Given the traditionally male make up of NI politics / the NIO when the cold war was simmering, Vault 96 would've been more like it.
906 posts • joined 3 Mar 2009
Re: Call a spade a shovel
Realigning your branding with ACs cadence
They were also briefly sold as an Iveco in Italy
They did try once to export it to North America, with an external rollcage. However federal regulations kept moving the goalposts and they gave up in the end.
Re: +1 for (older) Thinkpads
In my previous life, I went through 3 Lenovo Thinkpad T410s.
Albeit they were hard worked workstations running various VMs, IDEs, test environments etc.
However the downgrade in quality from my old IBM Thinkpad 380Z (still running) was remarkable.
As much as I moan about Apple fanbois, I bought a Mac Mini as a cheap home workstation, and it has outpowered and outlived the Windows 10 MiniITX box it sat alongside.
Re: I still have a working 286...
From it's prominence in mid-late 90s IT GCSE and A level courses, I thought that I'd be encountering Winchester drives regularly in my IT career.
Not the case.
Re: UV light anymore to erase them
> (UK) sunshine
Good luck with that.
Re: Apple keyboards are sh!t
I have an old Apple ADB extended keyboard that once came with a 1991 Mac Classic, it is as good as any PC keyboard of that era, which makes it a fantastic piece of kit compared to modern keyboards.
Apple did make decent keyboards, before they let form take over from function.
I tend to use a 1994 big beige PC mechanical keyboard, with a cheap wireless Logitech keyboard & trackpad for when I want to PC on the TV.
Schedule+ on Windows for workgroups
For a second, I thought they meant Boxer on OSX, a DosBox wrapper.
Overtime, in IT?
Typically in the UK, merges in rush hour are as successful as my git merges.
However, on rural 1 - 2 - 1 lanes, the merger depends on whether the lane was designated as a crawler lane or a overtaking lane. The former, the vehicle on the inside must merge, the latter the vehicle on the outside.
Although there are also cases, such as the M8 at Livingston, where the inside lane is created as a crawler, however the outside lane then merges in. No-one has a clue how to navigate this.
Or the bond girl from Live and Let Die playing the Patience style card game as bundled with Windows 3.1 to 7.
Since working in corporate land I've heard the term "Reach out" alternated with "Touch base with" more times than I care to remember, meaning send an email and forget about it.
I joined their club and started using the terms, but now my meetings end up sounding like a Depeche Mode song as I "Reach out and touch base..."
Re: Being picky...
A good reason for keeping XP mode on Windows 7
Gooseneck boot hinges?
The gooseneck boot hinges just scream costcutting to me.
If a 2005 Peugeot 407 can have a nice cantilevered hinge that doesn't eat into the boot, why can't a 2015 VW Passat?
I tend to use a combination of Android Google Maps and Waze for my navigation needs.
Doesn't go out of date like a standalone satnav either.
Re: I loved the top down GTA Games
Sweden used to drive on the left, however a lot of cars were imports from other Scandinavian countries.
They switched over to driving on the right one afternoon in the 60s.
They chose the afternoon such that people wouldn't forget first thing in the morning rush hour, and by the evening rush hour occurred it was already in place.
I loved the top down GTA games, they were like a violent Micro Machines (another great top down racing series). The London expansion packs had some great humour mocking 60s British films. The series on a 3Dfx card looked great, games until then looked blocky and low resolution, GTA ran reasonably quickly, smooth graphics and at a resolution that would put today's consoles to shame.
So Audi take you on a nice little jolly over to Monaco in exchange for a decent review of their new ever-so-slightly-changed Skoda Fabia clone?
These small 'premium' hatchbacks are about as interesting as a review for a new Dell base model workstation.
I think I'm the only one who doesn't take to the modern trend of SUVs or pretend SUVs like this and the Washcow?
Best Renault in recent years, in terms of looks, was the Laguna coupe. From the side and rear it could easily be mistaken for an Aston Martin. A shame they never went the whole hog and put a new Ford-style grille on it.
The Irish market facelift Laguna and Fluence (diesel) have grown as alternative D segment contenders, the latter of which is ridiculously cheap to tax.
Remember when French cars were either poky fun superminis or floaty big barges?
The 500X is based on a Jeep (the marque, not the genericised trademark), so they're as rustbuckety as anything that company produces.
Re: When will we hear....
Depends on how Amsterdam goes I guess
UK cops frown upon using the hard shoulder as a remote login location.
Lucky South Easters!
Bah! Lucky South Easters / Londoners, with your excellent links to all the interesting cities of mainland Europe!
On this backwater of the isles, a jolly to London is the best we can hope for!
I once had a Toyota that whined on the forward gears.
Re: IT angle? Who cares?
"By the way, I found that modern Bentley owners don't take too well if you ask how their Volkswagen is going... ;-)"
Their Phaetons with Chrysler grilles? :)
200MB might not seem like much, but when you are on a slow broadband connection (thanks BT wholesale!) and want to fire it on for an hour every so often, it often means I don't bother. I've renamed it the UpdateStation.
Re: No SD Card and a fixed battery ...
JaitcH stores his dastardly plans on SD card, then hides it upon his person?
Re: 4 + 3 =
I know Volvo used to use a 5 cylinder engine for their sporty models (and the BTCC 850 estate?), but surely 7 cylinders would be a harmonic nightmare?
My last-but-one French car, a 1.8 Xantia, managed over 40mpg and was sublimely comfortable.
Reliable too (the wonderfully simple XUD had just been put out to pasture, but this was based on the proven TU engine series).
Unfortunately I was put off a C5, had a bad experience with a 406 HDi, and have had enough horror stories from 307/407 drivers I know to put me off PSA products.
Though comparisons to a Golf? My wife's car has a VW engine, and my co-worker has a Golf with the same engine, they've had issues with ignition coils. The TDis seem to chew through injectors.
The Germans aren't as reliable as their marketing bumpf would have you believe.
A Focus? Apart from a dislike for the fussy detailed turtle-shaped silhouette (they wont sell a saloon car in the UK), I regard Ford with disdain as an accountancy company that throws together vehicles as a sideline (bad experience of a mk5 Escort based Orion, and disgust at the Visteon pension scandal).
So, if I was forced to buy a C segment car, what would it be?
Undoubtedly I'd have a sniff around the gorgeous Mazda 3 saloon (A marque I've always admired from afar but never actually admittedly owned) or a peek at the Volvo V40 (a modern day Saab 900?).
I suspect that with the XE, they're learning lessons from the X-type, the naysayers complaining that it was too small.
And that it was Mondeo based (despite various Audis being VW/Skoda based and blatantly getting away with it)
Re: No alternative
Citroen are running out the C5, and will probably not replace it, offering up the 3008 based DS5 instead.
Alfa may or may not be bringing out a large saloon and estate at some point, depending on the news.
Honda have basically replaced the unloved and underrated Accord with the Civic estate and some sort of 4x4.
Toyota may or may not be getting rid of the Avensis.
So, of the little alternatives, it leaves:
- Skoda Superb - VW parts bin, but all of those taxi drivers can't be wrong...
- Volvo V70 - The closest alternative to the 9-5 estate.
- Mazda 6 - I reckon this vaguely looks Jaguar-ish, from a company regarded by many as the Japanese Alfa...
- Hyundai i40 - If you can live with the badge.
- Mondeo / Insignia - The former is huge and available for buttons, getting replaced next year. The Insignia estate boot is slightly smaller.
Re: Nice Review
Big Citroen estates used to be the weapon of choice for those lumbering big boxes round my way.
The compliant suspension ensured that the boxes got there in one piece, the self levelling suspension meant that it never trailed the ground delivering several dozen PSU batteries, and it could be lowered or raised to prevent putting one's back out.
Sadly the mk1 C5 was an ugly duckling, briefly helped by the facelift, but the C5 and DS5 have went all Germanic in the suspension department.
Re: "So what can an original Mac do that the new ones can't?"
Was thinking that...
If it was a 128k Mac, or even a fat 512k (I once sold a Plus a few years ago for £300) then fair enough.
But the 1 is as different to the Mac as a a Raspberry Pi is to a Mac Pro.
Re: Breathes from under the car, so...
This was why big Citroens used to be handy.
Yes, the BX also had a ridiculously low air intake, but until they axe the top spec C5 big Citroens traditionally allowed the driver to raise the suspension, making mincemeat of large puddles.
Mind I had a Celica with a very low radiator though, first stonechip it got and it was leaking like an iCloud.
Re: Karma remains balanced
C4 is one of the few channels that produces programming worth watching these days
I keep a Mac Classic in the computer room (a room that itself an alien concept now with portable laptops and tablets) for old times sake.
I worry that should I reproduce, my offspring will not see the interest in the daft looking beige box in the corner. Mostly black and white and a tiny screen.
The II is interesting in that they managed to shoehorn a Mac Finder like UI into it, almost a decade before the Win95/Pentium era.
"Can I play, Daddy?"
The "Can I play, Daddy?" setting is actually a nod to Wolfenstein 3D.
Where is your gaming history?
I see they've moved out of the Belfast city centre office too, would fetch a few penny.
Re: Submitting flight plan...
The day little Bobby Tables tries to book a flight....
Ah my old Zip disks.
Handy as I'd picked up an old Zip drive for the 486 and bought a 2nd hand Mac with an internal Zip drive.
Have the drive and a couple of disks in the house, should really try and find the power supply and see what I can grab off them onto a USB pen drive.
Amazing to think that on my keyring I have the equivalent of 80 Zip disks!!!!
Re: Are old XP machines being upgraded/replaced, or simply retired?
I used to upgrade 9x machines with Windows FLP, which was like a cutdown XP.
Did the job, and with the Royale skin looked modern!
Sadly, no such version has been made of 7. While a decent OS, from the performance (lack of) of 7 on a netbook, I'd not put 7 on anything but newish fast hardware.
"I guess they are too honourable as a company to grease the palms of the reviewers."
One only needs to look at the motoring media, and some winners / victims of the motoring industry over the last few years to see how that ends up...
don't have anything in the cloud and they are far too rooted in hardware
" don't have anything in the cloud
and they are far too rooted in hardware"
I suspect that the cloud fad will have passed, or at least be on the wane by 2020. These things are cyclical fashions, and just as the old mainframe - terminal model gave way to LAN'd PCs, so cloud will move on and the Next Big Thing will replace it.
The NSA snooping scandals, having no control over your own data and lack of trust with some cloud providers are already seeding the rainstorm.
And being rooted in hardware isn't a bad thing, despite what the likes of IBM think.
We're still going to need devices - computers, phones, tablets, whatever the next big thing is (wearable tech?).
Apple are at least in the envious position of using industrial design to position themselves at the top end of the market, charging whatever they want as they know it'll sell anyway.
It's a bit like saying:
"VW group are going to flop by 2020 as they don't have anything in private/toll road infrastructure and they are far too rooted in car manufacturing"
Acer and HP
"an inventory strategy that served Acer well until demand for netbook and low-cost notebooks collapsed in late 2010."
Don't know about everyone else, but the reason I bought an Acer netbook was because it was on for 150 quid. Even the girl at the till couldn't believe it.
A useful little machine, still gets used occasionally!
The other device I picked up was an HP Touchpad, which ended up as a cracking tablet. In fact, some of the features, such as bluetooth calling to a mobile, aren't available on my Android tablet.
Was great until it ended up consuming a spilt glass of wine, it has never woken up since.
Touch or no touch
People like long term transitions. Windows 95 still allowed the Program Manager to be ran, for example.
The Windows 8 default desktop with all the boxes just feels too much like a mix of MS Bob and Xbox 360 (where it was difficult to find things at the best of times!)
Re: Microsoft missed an opportunity here...
Rebrand it "Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs" and target it at older installations?
When I spotted one, it was fairly recognisable: