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* Posts by TempestX3

9 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Arcam Solo Mini combo hi-fi

TempestX3

high end

I wonder if the harshness at the high end is also down to the bundled speakers. I've usually found aluminium dome tweeters a bit in that direction.

It would be interesting to try it with a different style of speaker, especially since Arcam tends to be known more for a 'smooth' sound - which I don't happen to like, but neither do I like harshness :)

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The iPad will doom humanity to painful bog-roll horror

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Go

Washlet

Japanese electronic bidet-toilets FTW!

Brilliant wikipedia image -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JapaneseToiletBidet.jpg

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Apple updates MacBook Pro notebooks

TempestX3

Not Optimus, according to Nvidia

"An Nvidia spokesperson confirmed to AppleInsider Tuesday that Apple's new high-end MacBook Pros include an automatic graphics switching solution that is the Mac maker's own creation. Nvidia had no input on Apple's solution and would not comment on the utilized technology."

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/04/13/nvidia_says_new_macbook_pro_graphics_switching_isnt_optimus.html

Interestingly they also say the 320M was made especially for Apple -

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/04/13/nvidia_320m_gpu_made_especially_for_apples_new_13_inch_macbook_pro.html

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Barclays online banking takes a dive

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Paris Hilton

@AndrueC

Agree entirely about the ads, and what this says about their view of their customers. They have a comparable approach to their Premier customers - as soon as I 'upgraded' to that they started cold calling me regularly, clearly trying to get their hooks into me.

See my previous post - I'm in the process of signing up with Smile. So far I've been very impressed on the phone; I've actually get through to someone after 2 rings, who even sounds human. I'll let you know how I get on - see you back in the comments for the next Barclays outage? ;-)

Paris for solidarity...

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I've gone to Smile

Last time this happened I commented that this was the last straw[1] for me, and I was leaving Barclays - I just wasn't sure where I was going.

Since the consensus here and among my friends seemed to be 'they're all as bad as each other', I've gone with Smile. They have generally good reviews for their online banking, and being part of the Co-op at least are owned by their members, and have an ethical policy.

Smile are still processing my application, 2 weeks later. I'm just hoping they'll be more efficient once it's all up and running...

[1] along with the adverts bang in the middle of the new account screen, hassling me endlessly as a Premier customer, and moving a large sum of mine into a new account without authorisation.

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Barclays online banking borked

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Unhappy

Final straw

This new look to their online banking is the final straw for me - even before it failed today (still not working here), it was showing me a bloody great advert slap bang in the middle of the screen. The area that, preferably, I'd like devoted to showing me real information. I'm funny like that.

A couple of months ago I 'upgraded' to their Premier service, with the naive idea that I'd get professional service. Instead they've regularly called me to try to sell me irrelevant products. They also - unbelievably - moved a large amount of my funds into a new account, without authorisation!

I'm taking my business elsewhere. Any suggestions for a competent bank? Please?!

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Police headcams burst into flames

TempestX3
Coat

Hot Fuzz!

That is all.

...right arm in first please, I get confused otherwise.

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Tube Deluxe 3.1

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@@Elsie: Public Service Announcement

Please do not feed the trolls. It only provokes them to post further, and reasoned argument is incompatible with their delicate metabolisms.

If you have any suitable food (pulped Daily Mail gruel is recommended), please give it to the Sarah Bee on duty.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Happy

iBlueSky

+1 for Tube Deluxe - invaluable and I use it daily.

May I also recommend iBlueSky, a highly intuitive mind mapping app. Very well designed, makes pretty maps and exports to many formats including FreeMind and pdf. It's just had a significant upgrade, so is clearly still being developed actively too.

Perfect form factor for mind mapping/brainstorming too, since ideas often occur at odd moments, likely away from a computer but still with your phone to hand.

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