877 posts • joined 3 Mar 2009
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:
Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft
What they need is another FLP.
FLP was XP-lite for old Pentium 2s etc. that were running Win 9x to bring them up to the NT/XP line.
An FLP2 based on 8.x, with TIFKAM nonsense removed, but which runs on anything from a 1.5ghz atom up, would be useful in getting people off XP.
Not sure if I'd notice
Not sure if I'd notice any reduction in speed that Plusnet provide, below the 1.5mb/s.
Might be fine in 1998, but in 2014 it is shockingly slow.
I was going to post similar.
I remember in the mid/late 90s, a friend had a top of the range PC with a Voodoo 2 graphics card, staring in amazement at the anti-aliasing and the lighting effects (back then, every game had red and blue lights everywhere, it was atmospheric at the time).
Now it runs on a 20 quid 'toy'
In 20 years time, looking forward to playing Crysis and Bioshock on a RaspberryBake....
Re: Smart kids in the UK are making better career decisions too
The careers teacher in the 90s sold me a pig in a poke.
I ran SimCity on their 386s, suddenly I was some sort of whizzkid.
Ended up with a BSc Comp Sci, was sold some sort of golden path, ended up in App. Support fixing other people's messes.
If I had to do it all over again - I wouldn't.
First is to make up a childish name, like 'boo', 'twitter', 'bing', 'google' etc.
Then, get the trendies to use your site. Sell useless stuff at high prices, or have a service which will never turn a profit. Get the trendies talking about it, as if it is some 'in' secret.
Then, fire out PRs, wait until the investors buy you, sell out, retire to a mansion in the Bahamas before investors realise they've been sold a pig in a poke.
One provider, one service please
Call me old fashioned, but if one provider can focus on one service that'd be great.
Facebook - don't offer me email.
Google/Gmail - don't offer me social networking.
Re: Wii failed
The N64s visuals were remarkable compared to the PS1 and the Saturn.
Goldeneye was a watershed moment in console gaming history.
Super Mario 64 showed that you could take an old franchise, turn it 3D without losing the fun.
Pilotwings 64 was a thing of beauty that still gets the occasional play.
WaveRace was the showcase for water effects.
What the N64 didn't have was the breadth of games that the PS1's licensing allowed.
The cartridge format restricted the size of games, and were expensive to produce (and sell) compared to CDs.
The PS1 struck a cord with the 90s 'lads' era, gaming was no longer Manic Miner in the bedroom, it was Fifa and Gran Turismo in the living room.
The Gamecube similarly failed against the PS2 and Xbox, the Wii was basically Gamecube with a motion controller. Some fun games - WiiSports, Mario Kart Wii, but once the gimmick wore off it was back to the 360/PS3 for BioShock / GTA4-5 / Forza-GT / Cod-Battlefield / Fallout etc.
How I envy the pioneering era of UK computing 30 years ago, as I sit in front of a Chinese computer running a mass produced American OS.
Amstrad swept up with their bulk sales to retailers, no masses of inventory, ended up buying the last of Sinclair.
Re: Mail Order
Did anyone actually do this?
Most I know bought their C64s / Spectrums / Amstrads from the likes of Comet / Lazer / Boots / Tandy...
I never tried an Amstrad, though I did boot up an emulator once to play an old game I was trying to source on any emulator. It booted up CPM, which with DOS-like syntax did feel very business-like.
Surely the martian ice caps are the greatest indicator of water?
No such thing as bad publicity.
I'd never heard of this, and if I had noticed it on the app store I would've thought it was an Angry Birds ripoff.
Now from the national media, I know the app, what it is about and who the developer is.
Not bad publicity at all!
You're sitting on a goldmine there.
- The eMac will sell itself on eBay to one of the many Apple hoarders.
- The typewriter - at a wedding show recently we were quoted 50 quid to hire a typewriter, like the one there with a bit of plastic ivy glued to it. The 'retro' wedding craze is in full swing and is an absolute cashcow to those in the know.
- The filing cabinets - used car dealers love these for storing V5s, MOTs, dodgy stamped service history books etc. - can't do that with a computer!
Re: TV and DLNA
"Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes (not Opel for obvious reasons, GM) - Germans put a lot of effort into making the car look esthetic"
VW just tweak the headlights of their last generation Golf and sell it as a new model.
BMW and Mercedes have a photocopier set to S/M/L saloon car.
German designs are some of the most conservative (small c) and boring in the industry.
Compare a last-gen 3 series coupe and saloon to an Alfa Romeo Brera and 159.
Compare an S class to a Jag XJ.
VW, BMW, Mercedes etc. aesthetic-wise are the automotive equivalent of Thinkpads.
Boring unchanging design, usually bought as corporate fleets.
Ford, Vauxhall etc. are the automotive equivalent of Dells.
I do agree, though, that someone needs to step up to the plate and offer an alternative to the cheap-plastic x86 laptops. Though most are probably keeping their best designs for tablets and ultra-expensive 'ultrabooks'.
Re: Their market
Avoid Lenovo era Thinkpads.
While my IBM TP 380Z still trundles along for occasional retro gaming, my Lenovo TP 410 needed 3 (!) replacements after the fan stopped spinning. Eventually it was crashing a lot (IRQ not less than or equal?) then ground to a halt (HD in death throes).
I would not recommend a Lenovo Thinkpad to anybody.
I did have a VAOIAOAIO about 12 years ago, nice machine at the time. Was great until the fan stopped spinning (although consuming half a bottle of beer might've played a factor in it's demise).
For some reason the model I had had a different shaped CPU fan to other, presumably more popular models, I never did find a replacement. Ended up breaking, salvaged the HDD and sold the screen and casing for parts.
Only machine I can think of, my old Netbook runs Linux, XP and OSX.
Plenty of alternative there.
Owning an Android Transformer and occasionally using an old Acer Aspire One netbook, this looks like it could be an ideal living room machine.
Connect to TV when needed, the tablet is still usable.
Use as laptop when needed.
My only concern is that the 'switch' looks bolted on, it reminds me a bit of an Amstrad MegaPC which was a 386 PC with a Megadrive bolted on, rather than sharing.
Re: Locked into enforced throw-away
Even during the compact run, various PC-like boxes were made, 2s LC 'pizza' boxes, up to the beige G3 which were basically an iMac sans the form factor, colour and USB.
The G3/4 towers were iMac coloured but a proper tower, then the 'cube'...
Re: desktop on every phone
I remember Windows Mobile phones from a decade ago, at least they had a stylus for touching the mini-CE start menu.
Difficult to get that point of accuracy with a big chubby finger. (oo-er!)
Re: We did question his use of plywood
The Spruce Goose!!
The problem with Opera
The problem I've found with Opera is with sites that are updated a lot.
Say, the mobile twitter site.
You go to click a link, but for some reason it gets the page layout of the latest page and clicks *that* region, rather than the original link.
Annoying, as it means you have to go back, refresh, find the link and select it again.
Life is indeed a game.
Albeit one that is heavily skewed towards those who have amassed, or started the game with, large amounts of in-game credits.
A game server or two need rebooted somewhere.
Re: Decent Android Laptop
Closest is probably the Asus Transformer
Nonetheless, a good way of getting a company to stop putting your name on a terrible product.
I'll bet Peter Norton is wishing he was videod snorting sherbet off a strippers chest.
Joining secondary school in the mid 90s I remember one of the requirements was a Casio FX-82.
It looked like it had barely changed in 15 years, but if it did the job then it was ripe for the job.
I also remember in the 80s in primary school, someone had a calculator that had a vivid red LED display, it was a thing of beauty.
Remember teachers saying that mental arithmetic was important?
That we wouldn't be carrying calculators with us everyday?
I look at my mobile phone, with calculator, spreadsheet and internet connectivity functionality, and laugh to myself.
For me, the pinnacle of racing sims was Toca2. I really enjoyed it, the AI seemed believable, and it was great to get a balance between proper racing, not being left behind but not zooming off into the distance either.
Later Codemasters offerings have been more about drifting around some X-Games stadium rather than raking a Peugeot saloon car around Knockhill and Croft.
Re: waltz-win in first car: a Honda (yes, really)
I once had an old Accord coupe VTec auto that cruised about like an old Merc, but when you put the foot down it is one of the only cars I've ever owned that was proper push-to-the-back-of-the-seat, it saw off many challenges from unaware boy racers in lesser Corsas.
Re: Home versions
My C64 copy was the 2nd on a compilation, meaning I had to load through the first game, then the 2nd (I was too young to realise the use of the tape counter).
I enjoyed it.
I remember Sega Power Drift, which was a bit like Out Run but had more of a roller coaster type tracks
Re: Handspring Visor Deluxe
> but this whole iMac design was one of the worst things to face the face of earth
Late 90s and everything was translucently blue, from external TV cards, webcams, printers, even pencil sharpeners.
By the early to mid 2000s, it was iPod white. Even the original xBox 360.
Then, late 2000s and into the 2010s, with the iPhone and iPad, black was the new.. black.
A hex upon thee
Plenty of hex screws lying about the Antrim coast.
Just follow the signs for the Giants Causeway.