399 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
Re: Start with the basics
We use internet banking with two Dutch banks. One has the calculator thing and the other has phone text two factor authentication. Both work fine, though the phone is just so much easier that it gets used far more often. Both are so much superior to the stupid MasterCard site where I just reset my password everytime I buy something online with it!
I loved my Windows Phone (Lumia 820). It was easy to use, even though the screen resulution sucked (my choice, I could have got a better one but did not want to spend the money on the day) the software used it in such a way that you really did not notice that much and it was reliable.
The only reason I got rid of it was that we replaced our boiler and the new one came with a smart thermostat. Which needs an app. Which was not in the store. Normally I would say that there are no apps that are deal breakers, but in this case...
Hopefully Bosch will release one for WP and I can go back to it with my next phone!
Ok, I'm jealous! We have about 7m of book cases about 2.5m heigh and a few book shelves in other rooms for those that don't fit. Always on the look out for new books :-)
Just browsing, reading a few passages from a few books before picking one is so much better than swiping through lists on an ereader...
On top of him still being alive (and releasing books) I was referring to the time when I did this for my edition of Jingo
So... I can go to Waterstones, speak to Terrry Pratchett and then have a personalised signature in my book.
Or, I can download a predefined signature that is meaningless. This does not make an ebook closer to a paper book. It makes the differences stick out even more!
(Disclaimer, I love ebooks for travelling, but for reading at home it doesn't come close to going to the library of books, browsing and selecting one.)
If your concern is disk failure wiping you out then why not do off site backup rather than multiple disks?
That way you can have a single backup disk at home, and off site back up for if everything should die.
I used to have lots of back-up disks for the same reason, until I realised that if anything happened to the house I would still lose everything... (Obviously not the biggest problem at the time of it happenning, but would not be great once you are on your feet again).
Sounds like a great idea - any instructions? I have an 80GB classic lying around (actually, I also have ZIF SSD lying around, but can't remember the capcity...) and would love to give this a try!
I would suggest a good second hand body and a good second hand lens (sigma ex dg lenses are great and a fraction of the cost of a professional grade brand lenses). My Canon 5d was about 600 pounds and my sigma 24-70 1.8f lens was 150. Great combination, and cheaper than a cheap DSLR costs brand new
Yes, when I go to Google search on my Android I expect my search query to be sent to Google.
Using a Bing powered Spotlight search bar I expect my query to be sent to Bing.
Why should Apple also need a copy of the search request? And why should turning off sending the data to Apple stop Spotlight showing suggestions from an organisation so completely inrelated to them? If you turn off the 'Help improve search' option then that is what it should do, not just throw it's toys out of a pram and disable the functionality completely.
I opt out of the 'Help improve SQL 2014' and yet SQL server still has full functionality...
Re: Replace anything with "Lucas" written on it
The motorway between Antwerp and Gent gets a bit bumpy in places, but we can still have conversations unlike the M20 when we get off of the train or the M6 between Stoke and Carlisle (i can't comment on the M1 or M25 as in the last 10 years I don't think I've seen them without major roadworks between Dartford and Leicester :p)
Re: Depends on assumptions
You mean Volvo are still in the minority of making (front) bulbs easier? I pull a tent peg looking thing out of my headlight cluster and it pops out so you can change the bulbs. Makes it easy to swing the beam when I come to the UK as well.
Mind you. There isn't even access to the rear cluster! Not without removing the interior lining and soundproofing anyway!
Re: Replace anything with "Lucas" written on it
No, I'm comparing the motorways from Amsterdam, around Antwerp, round Gent and Brugge and across Normandy to Calais (all toll free). I know the motorways around Paris are shocking, but UK motorways are the next worst that I have driven on in my travels around Europe (Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland next the countries mentioned - I'll give you that Italy having toll motorways though)
Re: Replace anything with "Lucas" written on it
No, you are being too kind to UK roads there.
I live in Holland and drive back to the UK every now and then to see family. Driving through Holland, Belgium and France you can have a conversation in the car with ease. Then you get in the chunnel, get out and hit the M20 and any thought of a conversation goes out of the window as road noise increases by an unreal amount. The first time I did it I actually stopped to check there was nothing wrong with the car. If you drive something less sophiticated it can be even worse.
When my Spitfire, with very uprated and hardend suspension, went back to the UK to await restoration (12 years and counting :( ) my dad was driving it with my mum. On the continent it drove brilliantly, he was amazed at how well it went. On the UK roads it continually pulled as the pits and tram lines in the roads pulled it left and right. Again he stopped to make sure something hadn't broken. It was only when he hit a small patch of fresh tarmac and suddenly everything was right again that he realised what it was.
As for that wiring loom - aside from the concerns here about fire, I want! Spitfires have terrible wiring and anything that could make everything work as it is supposed to would be good! (And of course something to stop the switches on the dash melting when the power going through them gets too much! This was a wiring fault with the rear fogs!). Making everything low power with just a single bus delivering power to where it is needed sounds great.
Re: So where are the "new" Products?
I agree - whilst the hardware in it sucks that resolution is amazing. If what someone else has posted on here is true (that Dell has the same res monitor for the same price) then even with the hardware it isn't a bad deal (as long as you can use it ass a second display!).
I detest the screen on 2011 13" Mac, but the retina displays do look great.
Re: Reading in the bath
This is exactly what I was thinking about when I read the headline. I read in the bath, but with a limited set of titles as I doon't want to ruin all of my paper books.
However, dropping the Sony reader in a sealable sandwich bag may save me 180 euros!
Re: Pure H2O versus Flavoured drinks
This is just what I was thinking. When I started building my AV system I had a base point of music has to sound stunning, films should be good as well.
As a result I have a 4.0 system (I only use the front speakers for music though) that keeps up with any 5.1 system that I have heard (to be fair, for the money it should). When it rains I look outside (deduct a point ;p), when Star Destroyers come into picture the glass above the doors rattles (on the low notes of Taccota and Fugue in D minor as well) and most importantly when playing Air on a G String I can close my eyes and almost be in the same room as the violinist.
I wonder just what extra dimension this adds, and considering the price of the amp for everything it does, what it takes away with quality short cuts.
Not the cache
But I'd still rather my V70 than this for lugging loads about.
Any estate that has a sports back, lifestyle rear end is not serious about load lugging. According to the specs I can find the V70 can carry more, tow almost as miuch, go almost as fast (in T5 form) and not use a huge amount more fuel even though it's a petrol engine. It has more toys as standard is an amount cheaper.
And I think it's a far prettier car.
But yes, as Mitoo points out, you can't say 'It's a Jaaaaaaaaaaaag' when telling people about it :)
Re: Story arcs and episodes
The problem is thay Moffet's son has a short attention span and can't cope with a story that spans more than one episode (he has said this in an interview, OK I may be paraphrasing - but he said he son didn't like multi week stories) and so he decided that he couldn't upset his him. Ergo, he is writing for his son, rather than for the fans.
I would love more multi-episode stories where they can really get stuck into the story, leave a cliff hanger or two and leave out the current rushing to a conclusion.
Re: Boo Who
Amy, in the first series was a great doctors companion, as was Rory. The problem was that after the first great series the scripts went a bit downhill.
As for favorite doctor, that for me is a tough one. As with Jennifer, I had a bit of a girl crush on David Tennant (to be fair, I still do...) and so it's a tough comparison for any other. But! I think that Matt did a great job (again, with slowly worsening scripts to work with - his send off was a huge anti-climax when you compare it David's!).
So far I am loving Peter, there have been dud eposides, but as others have said there have also been great ones - Listen was hairs on the back of the neck terrifying (I'll admit at this point that I never watch horror, this is as creepy as I go) and I'd also list it as second only to Blink.
Clara depserately needs some personality padding. And she needs to be happy and smile less when situations are seriously bad. But, yes, I would love most of Clara's outfits. (Actually, I have red handbag now as I thought it looked so good on the show :S )
Yes you can, but probaby not on a Sonos speaker
When I had an OK stereo I had to re-rip all of my 196kbps to 320kbps as the OK stereo made the differences stand out like a sore thumb.
Then when I upgraded to a Cyrus set and B&W speakers I had to re-rip it all to FLAC becuase after searching for a problem in my new set-up for a couple of hours as the sound from my iPod classic sucked I eventually did a comparison with the CD and it was night and day different.
The old stereo was relegated to the bedroom to use as an alarm clock, and MP3s still sound fine on that system, you can't tell them from the CDs they came on.
I now have a Sonos connect connected to the preamp with a coax digital cable and it plays the FLACs from a network share. It sounds way better than I expected it to, to the point where the CDs were taken out of the living room the same day.
But after listening to Sonos speakers at friends and in shops I wouldn't expect you to see the difference from the 196 to FLAC, let alone the 320...
(Oh, and to answer the question about cables from someone earlier: I use the mains cables that came with the units, and cheap, but very thick, speaker cable as reccomended by the shop I got the speakers from - they commented that the expensive cable is for showing off, not for the music)
More than that
Induction stoves don't heat up at all (except for the small amount of heat that radiates from the pan to the glass). The pans themselves heat up - that is the reason they are so energy efficient compared to other forms of cooking.
I see what Panasonic have done though - it's a very nice extension of the Flexi Zone idea that our Siemens induction cooker has. Each cooking zone has multiple induction coils. So, rather than supply power to the whole cooking area of a burner, only the zone that senses a pan actually has power supplied to it. The Panasonic one just looks like it has much smaller individual zones than the Siemens one has.
I wonder how hard it is to control though - as it looks like it is one giant burner as opposed to 5 individual ones.
Not of fan of Dyson anyway, but even so I don't see this one being very good
Expensive and they really don't work on wooden floors at all (in my limited experience watching my in laws Dyson push the crums around the room in front of the brush instead of hovering it up) and never having a good explaination as to why they are better than the 4 times cheaper vacuums that work perfectly on the same surface from the sales people desperate to sell you something for hundreds of euros instead of 80.
But this just puzzels me. The point of a robot vacuum is that you can use it when it's not in your way, like 3am for our Roomba, if this dyson sees it's way around the room instead of using the infra red / mapping technique that the roomba (watching it slow down for obsticles it knows about, and circling table legs it knows about is quite cool) has how does it cope with a pitch black room?
Also, the roomba goes underneath our sofas, tables and our sons play pen and cleans under small legs with the side brush - something that I can't see on dyson so the edges of the room will be missed.
And is about 1/3 of the price.
Re: Got a give them credit...
It is very laudable.
I'm trying to work out whether to wait for HiBerry to get there Digi+ to work with PiMusicBox (much cheaper option!) or to go for a Connect (looks pretty, has the same functionality) to play our FLAC collection and Spotify in the living room though our normal HiFi. If we can do this then the CDs taking up lots of space can finally be moved to storage!
One has geek value and is cheap, the other is likely to be easier (as I get older I see this as a benefit more and more) and will look better in the living room... As both have a COAX digital out I am assuming the sound will be the same...
Whilst I admire the effort that went into this
Monopoly Board Pub Crawl and no mention of either Dave Lister, Emily Berkenstein or Red Dwarf...
Or did I just miss it :)
Re: It may not matter
The last bulb I bought was about 4 years ago - and it was from a Volvo dealer. After seeing the rigmarole the mechanic had to go through to fit it there is no way I would want to fo it myself. It was nothing like a halogen bulp (pop the cap off, pull out the bulb, put new bulb in, pop the cap back on vs dismantle the electronics behind the bulb, dismantle the auto adjust system behind the bulb. change the bulb and refit by reversing the above - which is obviously not as easy as it sounds!). The fitting is free (of course with the price of the bulb free is a relative term).
As for the 20 euro bulbs, unless they have improved significantly, no thanks. When I got my first car with xenon bubs I was amazed at how white the light was compared to cars with cheap bulb kits that emit a blue light rather than white, with far less illumination of the road and far more dazzle effect to oncoming traffic. For the amount of times a bulb has to be changed (once in 8 years so far) I'll stick with the Volvo ones.
I would keep it simple and have it as a menu option where you can say if you are driving at home or abroad. I appriciate that you can always forget to switch it back - but then you can with the manual system in the car already so I don't see much of a difference. Of course there could always be the warning on the dash when you start the car that the lights are not set up for the country the car is registered to so that you are always reminded.
Though if I was going for a more tech approach I think that I would choose the GPS over the camera - how would the camera cope with dual carriageways, or single track roads etc?
Re: It may not matter
I always wondered about those with Xenon - there are big warnings about dismanteling the Xenon unit due to the voltage behind the cover. So how am I supposed to change the bulb myself?
And seriously, 100 euro for a bulb - I'm not carrying a spare!
And it's not EU - it is certain countries within the EU operating their own local non-overlord policy. Like the French :)
Stupid thing is that Xenon bulbs already have this ability! It's just not used that much.
The first 'new shape' V70s had a setting in the menu for left / right hand drive mode.
This changed over the model years to have to set it every trip
And my MY2011 has a manual switch meaning I have to remove the headlight unit (at least they made that easy - 5 min job, but you still get grime over your hands) when arriving at the Chunnel and flick a lever on the inside of the unit.
Very, very useful! But why remove the menu option!!!!!
I have a T1 e-reader from Sony, and whilst it hasn't replaced my books in home (nothing ever will whilst I have the choice) it is great for on the road. Light, lasts and age and really easy to read screen.
One question - just what are they going to continue making?
As others here have said
I refused to update the app for the same reason - I don't like the amount of permissions it is asking for.
I've only used the mobile site in Firefox for a while now, and apart form Firefox being annoying and trying to get me to use old comments when trying to enter a new one it's just as good, if not better than the app!
Re: Nearly had me agreeing
No, I don't get the point...
Netflix pay for their connection to the internet
I pay for my connection to the internet
That the ISP cannot supply the bandwidth being paid for is still the problem of the ISP in my eyes...
Nearly had me agreeing
Until I thought, hang on. I pay for a 180mbps Internet connection. If I choose to fill it with Netflix then I choose to fill it with Netflix. If I choose to fill it with Spotify then I choose to fill it with Spotify (or Pi OS downloads, or any other downloads). If I breach your cap then my bad (if I agreed to it) but if not then why should you throttle data which I have already paid for? Don't have the capacity then don't sell it.
I'm sure there are arguments against Netflix doing bad things, but if the data throughput is less that I have paid for then it's less than I have paid for.
I used to think that until my 18 year old Fiesta with rotten front and back wings, interior that was falling to bits and a 15 pound stereo (I was a student at the time, any car was amazing) was stolen. The police said it was probably nicked by teenagers who couldn't be bothered to catch a bus.
I got it back (a phone call from the police at 3am saying they had found it but could not secure it) but they stole the 15 pound stereo, and even the Tesco uniform in the boot. Since then I assume they'll steal anything... (Seriously, why would you steal a 15 pound stereo or Tesco uniform - especially the later?!?!?!?!)
Re: Only Lab-based tests?
But the Mythbusters experiment had the wrong title.
It should have been 'Is it safe to do complex mathematics whilst driving'. There was no 'chat' on the phone with the person driving being able to day 'I can't answer that right now' or 'This is getting complex I'll call you back. As such it was a biased experiment.
If I am on my hands free and I can't talk because of the traffic, I don't. The experiment was set up in such a way that there was only outcome. If you had the person sitting in the car with you asking the same complex questions and demanding the answers without exception then you would have had the same result.
Mandatory Credit Card
Great! If you are a geek then you can go and find all of the settings on each phone, and computer and turn off the empty my bank account function.
Why did you have to do that in the first place? My App Store account has my (old) credit card number attached to it because Apple demanded that for me to create an account to download the free OS update when I bought the machine (Lion to Snow Lion before the laptops in shops came with the OS by default). Why? It was a free update, there was not a single reason why Apple needed this information.
My Google account doesn't have my account number, because i don't pay for Apps and don't want in app purchases. And Google never even asked me for one.
My Windows Store account does not have a credit card because I don't want to pay for apps and they never even asked for it.
This is the first thing Apple should do - stop forcing people to enter a credit card to buy free apps - once that is done the problem is solved :) Free must be free as they have no way of charging you!
(At the same time I agree that parents should know what their kids are up to, and not give them these things as toys without supervision)
Re: Its a shame really
I don't go to the cinema that often because of the cost, the interruptions from people on the phone, or talking to each other the whole way through the film, or playing with laser pointers, or dirty seats, etc, etc
But that is the whole reason why I don't do. I would rather go to the cinema to see a film on a huge screen, with amazing sound and all of the experience. That is still up to date for me. It's just a shame it doesn't exist anymore...
Re: Add the 3d farce @mark 63
Having moved to Holland, the only issue I have with the sub-titles is that now I have learnt Dutch I tend to laugh at jokes before that have been spoken because the appear in the sub-title.
Re: Oh good
I don't know if Aldi is better in the UK, but a machine that is switched off would give better service than the people working there where I live...
HSBC has had machine only branches for a long time (20 years or more) and they work really well. What works less well is the waiting time when you do actually need to speak to someone in person - you make an appointment and then wait an hour or more after that appointment to be told that they can't help you :)
Re: My biggest peeve
I gave you a down vote there, as I thought that you mean task bar :) Must learn to read!
Looking at it again I changed it to an up-vote - it does seem a long winded way to actually do this rather than right click the app and send to the desktop.
Re: My <COMPLICATED SQL-BASED SOFTWARE PACKAGE> isn't working
I love those ones. Always assume the user is lying!
In my first job ones of the salesman (who liked to think he was technical) inherited my computer when it was replaced. After 40 minutes of me giving it to him he called me:
Him: This computer you gave me doesn't work
Me: It worked 40 minutes ago when I gave it to you. What have you changed?
Me: You changed something didn't you
Him: I looked at a couple of config files, but I didn't change anything
Me: What did you change?
Him: I maybe changed something in Autoexec.bat, but I changed it back
Me: What did you change?
Him: I looked at the NetWare config file as well, but I changed norhing
Me: What did you change?
Him: I changed a couple of files, but I don't know what
It turned out that he had done something strange with the autoexec, I don'tremember exactly what, but the main problem was that he removed the MAC address from the NetWare configuration so the network driver stopped working.
And of course he didn't take a back up of it first.
I wished him luck and went back to work (I wasn't on support for the machines...)
Re: Office Screen Requirement
Odd, it seems to work very well on my 13" laptop, and my other half's 17" laptop. (Both full HD)
I wouldn't want to drop below the 13" personally though, and not without a mouse!
Re: Highway neutrality
I'm trying to figure out if that is a joke or not from Where not exists?
The sooner people stop driving cars the better for everybody. Want to drive, do a track day.
(Coming from a petrol head that will sorely miss her beloved Spitfire and R6 if this ever happens, and still sees that it is a good idea...)
My 820 wouldn't even connect to Zone. You needed the Windows Phone application to do a phone back up. However, for pictures you just open File Explorer and drag and drop...
My biggest gripes with the 820 were the screen resolution, the fact that I could not have different volumes for the ringer and music and the fact that my thermostat doesn't have a windows phone app, and they are not planning on making one. And the last is hardly the fault of the phone ;-)
It's a good phone though, best overall interface of the three main platforms for me. Shame about the above issues I had...
(typed on a Z1 compact though because of them...)
Re: Could care less / couldn't care less
As soon as I read it I was thinking of this :)
I can only speak from experience, but when my prescription was changed I was asked.by the pharmacist if I knew it had been changed. Phone.calls ensued and it turns out it had, I just hadn't been told. It was picked up though, and because it was electronic - they check against previous prescriptions on the screen on front of them. It doesn't rely on me knowing the names of my medication.
Not sure if this is the norm or if I just have a great pharmacist, but I was happy with them being able to check...
Here in Holland we have both. The prescriptions from the doctors are sent directly to the pharmacy. I walk in, identify myself with personal information (name, DOB etc (anyone who wants to just pick up my prescription would have to know my details and know exactly when the doctor sent it through) and get my medication which has normally been prepared. Easy and relatively secure.
The paper prescriptions (from Hospitals and other clinics) are much less secure, anyone can present my prescription and pick it up on my behalf. No checks, no nothing (and if they do that it automatically goes to my insurance company and they bill me for medicine I have not had!).
Re: BREAKING NEWS! NAMBLA to sue Nintendo for not including their chosen lifestyle in-game.
It's not a "chosen lifestyle". If you really think that you can pick and choose your sexuality then I suggest you try it. If you can't then I have to ask why not, after all it's simply a choice to you.
Wrong target audience
When the Wii came out it was full of promise for family gaming. My partner, not a gamer, really wanted to try one. The Sports, Olympics and Wii fit were great and got played a lot. However, most of the games seemed to be Xbox or PS3 wannabes - something that did not appeal to her. And if you want to play a high action shooter in full HD then you simply buy a real console (Xbox 360 or PS3 at the time).
Now we have the Wii U. About on a par with the 360 or PS3 from what I have seen in the shops, and an absolutely ridiculous price. If it was dropped by 100 euros then there would probably be one replacing our Wii with the hope that they concentrate on family gaming, but as it is. Nah...
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