* Posts by jason 7

1834 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

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Re: @jason 7

But would you give a Bentley to kids to drive?

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You can burn through quite a few Chromebooks for the price of one Macbook Pro.

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Re: Check the specs

Thats why the two local Mac repair guys I know have both given up their Apple Support/Repair businesses.

Just not feasible anymore.

If I get an Apple person call in I have to tell them to go to the local Apple Store.

"But they wanted £700 to repair it!"

Oh well. You'd think they wanted you to buy a new one!

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Re: Apple PC buyers are more savvy

Hmmmm from most of the Apple owners I know, most are not that savvy at all.

Most wouldnt know a Haswell from a Hazelnut. Same as most 'computer owning people'.

So I don't think that excuse holds up really.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

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To those that don't get it.

I suggest trying or borrowing one first.

Before I got mine I was pretty sniffy and felt "what the hell is this going to be useful for???"

But then I got one (felt I had to try as it's part of my job really) and within an hour or two I was pretty impressed. The form factor works, the usability is far more then you imagine for general use.

It is actually far nicer to use than all these cheap full laptops that keep getting mentioned. Laptops at that end are miserable. I do not consider the 11" Samsung miserable at all. My proper laptop gathers dust.

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Re: Specs making ChromeOS pointless?

How often in the 21st century do you find yourself offline?

I take it you have a smartphone with tethering? You live in the first or developing world?

If I find myself in a location or situation nowadays that doesn't have any access to the internet then chances are that's exactly the situation I wanted.

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Re: Love my Chromebook.

I have the 11" Samsung and its great. I don't bother using my 13" Laptop anymore. It's just too heavy and bulky compared to the little Samsung.

I can do most of what I need to do with it web wise plus a bit more. For me it's a more useful device than a tablet. It's also far far superior to a netbook. It may only have a 768p screen but at least the menus fit on it.

Basically it cost £200 so I just thrash it for two years and then buy a new one. And when I get the new one all I have to do is log into it and I'm up and running. Cheap, simple chuck-about computing. No need for Linux as it's...well linux already really.

Try doing that with your miserable bulky £300 Toshiba bargain special laptop from PC World.

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Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY

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Re: El Reg Elite Minority

I had my 20th Internet anniversary this year.

Ahhh installing 16550 cards with jumper pins for manual IRQ configs, Trumpet Winsock, RWIN tweaking, static IP address for a home user. Direct Connection ISP, Netscape V1.0 fitting on a single floppy.

Having an email address but no one else you knew back then did.

Dad going bonkers over the phone bill....

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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Oh what's this....

....yet another format and another modern mastering that just takes us further from the original recording.

What I always find amusing is people clamouring to buy this stuff forget to check the frequency range of their speakers that were probably designed with a 22-24KHz cut off point for CD.

"I can really hear the extra highs!" Erm no.

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

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Re: Never keen on all in ones.

You kind of missed my point but nevermind.

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Never keen on all in ones.

Whether PC or Apple.

Fiddly (often laptop spec) parts, difficult to repair. If you send it back you cant get the HDD out so do you send it off with your data or wipe it first and copy the data back later. What if you cant wipe it?

Too much like hard work. I like to know I can swap out a HDD or Graphics card in three minutes.

Function over style for me everytime.

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Indeed.

Waiting for the first one to not get the joke in...3...2..

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Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

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Re: Total amount of

It still sits in the Control Panel options like always.

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You put up with CRAPPY iOS 7. You can put up with Obamacare too, says prez

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Re: Repulicans deny Evolution

I think you may be closer to the truth than you think.

By denying the poor and weak access to heathcare it's enabled the rich to allow a form of natural selection.

Unfortunately, it's not the best kind of natural selection as the survivors are highly deficient in other areas.

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Re: Facinating

Free healthcare socialist or communist?

Hmm no, I think the word is simply - Civilised.

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Asus NV550JV 15.6in full HD notebook - the one we didn't have to send back

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Re: Awesome stickers!

Yes I really don't know why they have to put those on there. I peel them off my machines from new.

Awful legacy policies I guess.

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Re: Let's build a spec?

Errrm I think we'd end up with ...a Homer!

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Re: Dell M4800

Yes a Hybrid HDD would be a good compromise in such machines.The cost difference isn't that great. I've installed a couple of the new Seagate 500GB Hybrid laptops drives in machines and was very impressed by the performance from them.

Worth checking out if you want the space but also the general pep of an SSD.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Re: Standardised connector... like, err, Micro USB

I too preferred Mini-USB. Micro is too fragile.

I now have a pile of 8 Mini-USB chargers and 20+ cables that are no longer of any use.

Never quite understood why micro came along, it's not like thinner and thinner phones are a good idea...

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BlackBerry Black Friday: $1bn loss as warehouses bulge with hated Z10s

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Re: Z10 Owner, And The Only One By The Looks Of It

I liked the look of the Z10 just before it came out. I was looking for a new smartphone and was keen to try the BB way.

Then they wanted a small fortune for it SIM free.

Nexus 4 it was then. I'm sure I'm not the only one that did the same.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

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Am I the only one....

...that feels this is all just Alex Salmond on an ego trip?

"Don't worry Ma, I'll get myself into the history books somehow!"

(ooh looks like his mum has down-voted already!)

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

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Re: Affordability my arse

Well as according to Apple stating that there is a 'Bit of Steve's Input' in all future products, he must have been signing all these off on his deathbed.

I guess he might have been a bit distracted at the time.

Very sad.

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

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Re: The engine

I suppose also the old adage , 'not all turbos are created equal' applies to reliability too.

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Microsoft says axed certificates were FAILING its software biz

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You learn to live with it....

....I did A levels in the late 80's and only scraped one pass.

Now my papers would probably all get A* grades.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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Will they make a 32" version?

I personally think they got the current HD resolutions all wrong.

At worst it should have been 720p for standard broadcast TV and 1440p for Bluray. Lets dump the interlace stuff.

That way it would be a simple clean 100% upscale/downscale depending on what TV you bought or what you wanted to watch.

I currently have a 540p resolution TV (Sharp Perfect PAL) and 1080p stuff downscaled looks great on it. People often say what a great solid detailed picture it has.

Decent picture for day to day use and streaming and ultimate effect for Bluray movie watching at home.

Plus the 1440p would have helped with the larger screens that we now have. I would imagine 1080p's pixel density starts to wane over 45".

Plus it would have made PC monitors better to use if we had 1440p as standard.

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Re: It's the Durability, Stupid!

I was told by a watch selling buddy that any non-metal watch strap is only expected to last 6-12 months.

So next time you decide to buy a watch with £40 a go crocodile straps or...well cameras in them....

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How annoying!

I had the phrase "Excuse me but do you have anywhere I can charge up my watch?" as the activation phrase for my sleeper cell agents.

Bad enough I had to change it from "I'm really getting tired of this orgasm!" for my 'never will be heard phrase' after American Dad used it!

That kind of reprogramming takes time!

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Less than 24 hours usage before battery fails.

I'll be first in the queue!

Are we going backwards in a way?

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BT doles out measly 2GB to customers in Dropbox-alike BT Cloud

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I'm a BT customer

and when I saw the email telling me proudly I could have the oh so generous 2GB... I chuckled.

Ahhh bless.

It's always amazing when large companies totally fail to recognise what all the others offering such services are doing.

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Decks and plugs and rock and roll: Tascam CD-A750 cassette and CD combo

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Re: Dolby

Yes I always felt Dolby C was awful. Like listening to music with cotton wool in your ears.

Dolby S however, with decent chrome/metal tapes, proper bias/levels was a revelation. That really worked a treat.

Too little too late though. About 18 months after I got my Sony Dolby S deck I traded it in for a Sharp portable Mini-disc recorder. Direct toslink copies from my Meridian 506 (then a 507) CD player.

Now that was fantastic! Even had a six MD changer fitted in the car.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Re: @Dave 126 (was: Been there, done that. In 1985.)

Does come across rather Walter Mitty.

Pinch of salt.

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Ex-Windows chief Sinofsky flogs brains to Valley startups

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Re: Insurance loss

This is the problem you get when you employ 'very wealthy' project managers with cast iron golden boot contracts.

License to dick around.

Use someone who has something to lose or someone that say a $2 million bonus for success would make a big difference to.

The Sinofsky/Mattricks of the world we can well do without. You had your turn now go play on your yachts and quit bothering us.

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Have to admit...

...I wouldn't rush to return his call.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: teenage kicks...

MASH DACs were great. Never heard a MASH CD player I didn't like.

My brother still uses my A400GTE (was one of the first to have the Tom Evan's Mod). We cleaned it all up a couple of years ago as it had 20 years of dust in it.

Lots of blown air and contact/switch cleaner later and it shone like new.

Bought that A400 the week Freddie Mercury died. So long ago......

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Re: TDK SA90...

The SA's were nice but if there were none in stock the AR ferric was a fine choice. The reason being your could redline them to buggary and they would still sound great.

I still miss the Saturday afternoons dubbing my latests fave compilations from the recent CDs I'd bought to play in the car for my travels.

Cleaning the transport, demagnitizing, tuning in the tape bias levels on my three head Sony Dolby S deck to then hook the Furukawa Phono cables direct from my Meridian 506 CD player into the back of the Sony to bypass the Pineer A400GTE amp. Just so there was a little more directness in the signal chain.

Of course I really can't be arsed with any of that nowadays.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Re: These articles make me so sad ..

I remember writing out my 1987 O level Computer Studies project on my bedroom floor in long hand.

Then I got to school and typed it up on the BBC B and saved it to 5.25" floppy.

There was a long queue for the Epson dot matrix to print all our code out on.

I still have my Computer Studies project folder with all the print outs in. I saved it from the parents bonfire a couple of years ago.

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Re: 32K- the BBC Micro's most annoying limitation

I always felt the BBC B could have done with losing a couple of expensive and probably not that often used ports and bumping the ram another 16k at least.

Wonderful connectivity but.......

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Re: Ahhh bless.

Oh I never said it was a bad machine. I had fun playing around on them. But you know what its like when your mates all have other machines (C64/Spectrum) and you are the only one with the Electron.

Not much game swapping going on there.

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Ahhh bless.

We always felt pity for the poor kid with the Electron!

Always a bit left out.

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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No crashes or lockups on my N4 with any version of Android since I've had it.

I do wonder at the exact makeup of these folks that are getting crashes though as I bet they are custom kernal/rom'ed to the hilt.

The only issue I have had with 4.3 was next to useless cell signal for 3G. 2G networks worked like a trooper but 3G was hopeless when it was fine with 4.2. I switched the baseband back to .48 (from .84) and its improved things.

Wi-fi has been fine though.

My only other issue with the N4 is I get loud crackles and pops on the first 5 seconds of any video I take with it. The next shot I take has none, just the first clip I shoot. Odd.

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Re: Retrain engineers to software development...

I remember sitting in on a software dev meeting where we were being shown a new insurance system by one of the engineer/developers.

He was going through the options and got to one of the many selection points and he said "Okay at this question you have to type in X1 for yes or X2 for no!"

We asked why they user couldn't just type in a Y or a N.

He paused, cogs were turning like crazy in his head, then replied with a frown, "Hmmm well I suppose they could!"

As a result of that meeting we spent a lot more time with them making 'suggestions'.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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Meh

We in the west havent had real democracy for decades. Only an illusion of it.

Whomever you vote for the same old agenda goes on. The few cherry picked bits of differing but irrlevant ideology is just there to let us know the difference.

Pick a western country and you'll see the pattern. Look at Bush/Obama/Cameron/Brown

Same song, different tempo.

Bit late to change it now though.

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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

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Re: "Sony's consoles have been harder to develop for"

@Paul Shirley

However, as game developers are in the market to sell as many copies of a game as possible it's not really in their interests to release a cross platform game that's wildly different between the two platforms.

Why sell 10 million on one platform and only 500k of the lesser version on the other when you can balance both versions and sell 20 million in total?

Plus having to deal with all the "EA I'm going to kill your family!" tweets from rabid console fans just isn't worth the bother.

I really don' t think they can afford to be too picky about one over the other.

Exclusives are a different matter.

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Re: Too late for me

Yes that's the issue in that most of the media/TV services will be US only. I bet most of the media services we will get in the UK will be just the existing ones on the 360.

For me a more media orientated box is the way to go (please god spare me from the 2004 nightmare of the HTPC, I don't want to go there again) with some gaming enabled. But really the XBone wont provide that for me in the UK and as for the PS4, I have no idea what that is offering.

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Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

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Re: re. 5GHz and walls

I can also recommend the TP-LInk W8980 router.

I got mine two weeks ago to replace my three year old Draytek 2710Vn (the wi-fi card had cooked itself plus other issues, shame really).

Flashed with the latest firmware its working a treat. I decided to split my wi-fi into two separate networks (2.4 and 5) so all the new gear uses 5Ghz and older gear uses 2.4. You do have to dig a little to get all the main settings though. But once done that's it.

I live in the centre of a city so around me are about 25+ networks on 2.4. On 5, I'm the only one.

Bliss!

One change I might make however, is to open it up and put some ram heatsinks on the main chips. I tend to do that with all my routers and similar kit. Though the Draytek did have heatsinks (well it did cost more) but not on the wi-fi card........

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Re: re. 5GHz and walls

I've found you get around 50-60% drop through one internal brick wall so pushing through plasterboard might be a little easier.

The fact that you may have no other interference may help the lower signal strength work just fine.

I don't regret going 5Ghz.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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In a similar vein...

I remember walking home one day and some young blokes drove by in their mum's Corsa and honked at this attractive lady who was walking with her young son and went "Whoooooooorrrrrrrrrr darlin!" etc. etc. at her.

Her son who was about 5 turned to her and asked "why did those men do that mummy?"

She simply sighed and said nonchalantly "it's because they were born without a penis!"

Good on yer! I thought.

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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It's not the guy with the phone I worry about on a flight.

It's the really clinically obese guy or woman five rows in front of me between my seat and the emergency exit.

No way is that person gonna shift with any speed.

Liability!

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Let me see....

Here is my Nexus 4 and what do I use most -

Gmail

Outlook Mail

Calendar

IMDB

BBC News

News 360

Twitter (Occasionally)

Tapatalk

Flipboard

Wi-Fi Analyzer

Maps

Thats from around 125 apps I have installed (all the usual suspects but no Angry Birds or Temple Run) some others are used occasionally. I bet I'm pretty common in my usage pattern. No I really don't need 2 million apps. Especially when 90% of the usage worldwide is from probably around 20 of them.

I will trim the apps down to the minimum soon, maybe when I get round to slapping Key Lime Pie on it.

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Western spooks banned Lenovo PCs after finding back doors

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Re: What

I wonder if kit made before a certain time would be less prone to having backdoors etc. ?

Could it be we will be going crazy on Ebay buying up all those 'secure' backdoor free single core laptops from 2003?

You know before Govts realised the internet was worth looking at.

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