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Got a BMW? Thicko thieves can EASILY NICK IT with $30 box

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Re: put a lock on the OBD port

I don't know about BMW's - but my V70 has a key hidden in the keyfob that is used for nothing except unlocking the car when the battery is dead and locking the glove box when it's serviced (if you want to do that).

Why not simply use that to secure the ODB port. No special tools are required as per EU instructions.

There again, how long would it take them to force the lock and just gain access anyway? Would making key setting a main dealer only item then make fall foul of the EU law?

Could you have a two tier system:

- program key from key = non main dealer

- program kays from nothing = main dealer

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Nintendo Wii U launch and pricing disclosed

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Is not the price, or the controller for me

It's the games.

We have a PC and an XBox for the block type buster titles.

We had a Wii for the more family centric titles - then they died off and the Wii usage died off with it.

If they bring more family orientated games out then I'll buy them, otherewise I'll stick with the Xbox and PC

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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 64GB Android tablet review

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Re: Pricey! - Right Click Test

Sure - I just did :) Typing this using Jump to talk to my development machine now. Right click on the track pad works the same as it does on my mouse.

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Re: Pricey!

Thankyou! I have a couple installed, and they work fine for what I needed, but were not perfect - plugging a mouse into the Infinity I now have a 1920*1122 RDP machine that has pin sharp letters and works like a regular RDP machine - making it even better than I thought it was before. That good I may even put my credit card into the play store to buy the full version (something I thought I would never do!)

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Re: Dock

To use yoru words... Not even slightly true :)

At least not in Holland. My infinity came in a box resting on the rubber pads of the keyboard dock. (Which is the TF201 as you have said)

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Really nice machine

I've been using one of these as a note taker for the last week - it's a fantastic peice of kit!

RDP to a windows machine and having a better resolution that the desktop it is connecting too, whilst still being readable, is really usefull!

Movies look just absolutely stunning

Working on documents and presentations, comfortably, whilst out and about is great (actually the reason I brought it).

And it fits in my handbag without being too heavy (which is just one reason why I would not a crappy notebook for the same price)

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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

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Re: Looks like the TF Infinity

What I was expecting... No really biggie, but it would have been nice to try :)

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Re: Looks like the TF Infinity

It does, and it is... But can I install RT on my current infinity???

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Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

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Re: Oh I do miss Apple at times...

Not True...

On the box for the Xperia S was the sticker for 'Upgradabe to ICS!' It was promised, and came (and did a great job of improving the phone too) - it just took too long.

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

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@They promote slacking off

Where? I read the posting and nowhere does it say that.

It just sounds like they want honest programmers to me. Some of the best programmers I have met, and employed have not been people who class themselves as shit hot. Some of the worst have.

And I would not take a developer who wanted the job just because of the salary - in my experience they are without fail the last people you should want to employ! Sure it's a factor, but I'd take a lower paid (but still suiting my lifestyle), better atmosphere job over a higher paid crap environment job anytime.

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Samsung: 'Apple's proto-iPhone Jony is a Sony phone phoney'

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Re: Pretty solid case

What does this say about best buys customers? They went into a shop and picked up a box that said 'Samsung Galaxy Tab' on it and with a picture of a tablet with 'Samsung' written on it that is even readable on poor quality low res youtube videos; let alone in real life! They then returned it saying they thought it said 'Apple iPad'...

Are their customers really that poorly educated that they can't read?

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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

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I was wondering whether to get it

Until I saw that some features are artificially disabled for anything other than the expensive new models. (I mean really, why do you need an SSD for powernap?)

Hmm... I know people love these machines but I just can't see why - after not quite a year of ownership I have come to loathe the damn thing...

This kind of thing just add's to the list of reasons why... Shame really becuase it does look and feel much better than my day to day Vaio that I use constantly...

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Spy Hunter

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But no mention of the...

Ability of your car to transform into a boat, and then blow up as you miss the ramp to get out of the water and back onto the road :)

How much time did I waste on my C64 in the 80's :)

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Re: This whole episode proves:

Some do, I don't know about all. A couple of years ago brought a pair of CM9 speakers for home. The seller showed me lots of speakers and then said if I had more money to throw at a system... Don't. The difference between the 1800 CM9's and the 7000 800 series is negligable at best.

Then again I have been using the same shop now for many years as they have always been briliant in both pre and after sales. My first half decent stereo came from there and they also recomended a set cheaper than my budget as the difference between the two was the amount of lights on the amp :)

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Even Apples sometimes have worms in them, admits Cupertino

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@Hans 1

No... OSx can't get infected. I am running Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro perfectly fine, and in accordence with licensing (hell, Apple even provide most of the drivers!) so the Mac can get infected quite easily!

So that would be 300,007 for the Mac then... Wow, 7 more than my Vaio!

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Canon PowerShot G1 X compact camera

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Re: "Once the novelty of an interchangeable lens compact has worn off"

I think that either you missed the poin that the author was trying to make, or I missed your point :)

I have a 5D, and three Sigma EXDG lenses for various uses, as my main camera and I am really very happy with it.

But... I go on special trips with it, or I set it up for photo shoots at home. It is not something that I can carry arround with me constantly.

Compact cameras on the other hand can be carried around with me, but the quality of the sensors is terrible. Good for web use or snaps but when you get up to poster sized prints you start to see too many artifacts (for me anyway - these things are subjective). And of course you have no control over the shot - it's point and click, exactly what it was designed for - and what my other half likes about their camera.

The new range of CSC provide a nice inbetween step. Small enough to be caried, versatile enough to make some nice shots. Well some of them at least (the Sony NEX range with their larger sensors look interesting, as does the Panasonic range. The Nikon on the other hand produces the same artifacts as the standard compact camera from the shots I have seen as it also uses an extremely small sensor).

But... Do you need the hassle of interchangable lenses on the CSC ranges in order to get the control or quality? If I can get a handbag sized camera with a good lens, sensor and manual controls do I care that I only have the one that it came with? 120mm seems a little short for some of the shots I like to take, but I wonder if I couldlive with it...

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Apple 13in MacBook Pro to fall into line this autumn

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Re: A 13" notebook with retina display would be great @9 Circles

That looks stunning! Actually, that may have just sold Apple a machine... (Sorry it wasn't until I got further in your post before I realised it was actually an anti decent resolution post). I take the review as something positive to be honest.

I doubt the eye strain issue. if you have good vision, and the display is as crisp as it looks on that photo it it will be fine. I've suffered more eye strain on crappy DPI early learning monitors (17" 1600*900 for example) than I ever have on crisp small screens.

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Re: A 13" notebook with retina display would be great

I don't agree. I hade a Sony Ultra Portable (TZ21) with 11" screen with 1368*768 was a joy to use - until I dropped something on the screen and it shattered :( Upping it to 1600*900 at that size would have not been an issue either (in fact I wish I could have done!)

As long as the panel is good quality and your have good eyesight you don't need your screen scaling to early learning font size.

I'm actually considering one of the 15" machine just to boot camp it to windows and use the extra pixels to see extra information on the screen. If I can get around the issue of having to splurge now as it's not upgradable...

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Updated MacBook Air sports tweaked SSD tech

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Re: @AC: Embrace, Extend, Extract money.

And yet people claim that Macs are expensive because they run forever!

As to not buying a Mac if you want to upgrade - the 13" MBP is a doddle to upgrade (mechanically that is, software wise is another matter - it hated the new HDD and Memory until I found some tricks online to making it like them). I've heard people love the Mac Pro's as they are nice to work on on the inside unlike HP machines that try to cut your hands to ribbons everytime you open the case. (But I want to say that I loved your comment anyway ;p)

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@AC: Re: Embrace, Extend, Extract money.

Because it's a very expensive laptop computer, not a "cheap" phone. (Cheap as in a good quality phone is less than one quater of the cost of this laptop)

I don't know about Apple laptops, as the one I own is only a year old (and was upgraded with a new HDD and RAM within 2 weeks of buying it to replace the crap it came with) but my Windows machines last me on average about 6 years before the chip becomes just too slow for the tools I want to run. I that time I generally up the memory to the max the machine can take and upgrade the HDD at least once.

Ergo, I do not want something where I can upgrade from one supplier and one supplier only - making the machine obsolete long before it's time. I want something I can upgrade myself in my home after picking the best part for what I want and need.

Shame really as the screen really does sound great (though it doesn't sound like I can use it for desktop real estate)

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Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho 7 smartphone

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Re: that's a lot of money

Or less and the Xperia S - 32GB and 720P screen...

I was really dissapointed in the resolution that this Nokia has... I hate it when companies come out with a bigger screen when they mean a screen with a lower DPI... (And then pretend it's a good thing!)

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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Re: OSX

I'll go with the last window opened part - I do think that's quite cool.

I have to ask though - did you do A/B tests or put the machines next to each other? And were they are the same quality - or an el cheapo Windows machine (and I include expensive HP machines there too!) vs the Apple? These things make a difference.

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Re: OSX

Not that you would ever believe someone who says something bad about Apple / good about Windows...

But, it's a mid 2011 Sandy Bridge MacBook Pro 13" i5 - installed with Snow Leopard and with the free upgrade voucher for the Apple Store for Lion (about a week or two after Lion was released). It was expanded from 4GB to 8GB and had a faster, bigger HDD fitted when I assumed the performance was from the slow, small HDD Apple fitted as standard. With the upgrades it was much faster, but still not a patch on the Windows machines I have.

The screen, whilst a terrible resolution is at least better per colour reproduction than the 4 year old machine. But not as good as the Sony.

Oh, and by faster wakiing up from sleep I mean usable. The screen comes on much faster with the Mac. Within a second or so. But you can't enter your password for another 10 seconds or so. The Windows machine is ready to go when the screen turns on. After about 2 or 3 seconds.

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Re: See my comment from above

:) TBH I wouldn't feel right selling it to you for that price. I think I'd be ripping you off!

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Re: OSX

Lion straight from the App store to installed. No messing, no nothing.

Windows straight from Sony / OEM Disc (depending on the machine), no messing, no nothing.

The MacBook Pro takes a little over a minute to boot. The Windows 7 machines take a little under a minute to having El Reg in the browser.

I wanted to like the Mac (You fdon't spend that kind of cash in the expectation that you are not going to like it now do you?), but after trying to like it for 9 months I've given up. It's a 1300 euro web browser (and even that isn't fun).

The POS HP I have to use in the office *is* slow as hell. But then that goes back to my point about comparing crap computers or decent ones.

Having not tried Linux I couldn't say...

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See my comment from above

Me and my other half prefer working on a 4 year old Core2 Duo (admitedly top of the line when it was brought) running windows 7 than our 8 month old MacBook Pro i5 Sandy Bridge with double the memory as well. Let alone the Sony i7 Sandy Bridge that we have as our DTR laptop. In fact it lies in the study unloved and unused most of the time.

People like Macs compared to the (cehap) tat you can easily buy from shops with Windows on it. Not for similar computers!

I thought I'd try it out when I needed a new machine last year. We won't be trying another. I hear similar stories from others who use good quality windows machines and then try Macs. Only cheap windows to Mac seems to return the 'Wow!' response.

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OSX

Nah, after wanting to throw my MacBook Pro out of the window too many times in the last 7 months I've owned it I can't think of anything to like about it.

Slower to boot than windows, slower to wake from sleep than windows, more updates!!! (WTF - I was not expecting that!) and more system crashes.

Mac's are good because people who would not be prepared to pay 800 euro for a 17" windows laptop will pay 2500 euros for a 15" MacBook Pro. Because it's Apple. Then they act surprised that it's so much better than the awfulness they had before (which I advised against buying in the first place as I knew it was going to be awful and I was going to have to support it!)

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Panasonic DMP-BDT320 3D Blu-ray player

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Re: Optical Digital...

I have a system that is aimed more at music than AV (centred around a Cyrus AV Master for DAC and Sound Processor functions, with several AMPS to drive the speakers). No HDMI, just 2 Optical, 2 COAX Digital and 2 analogue.

The music reproduction is amazing, but the lack of inputs is a pain in the neck!

I hadn't though of a splitter though (I was concentrating on Optical to COAX converters, expensive and difficult to find) - I'll have to search for one; thanks for the tip!

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Optical Digital...

How can a player of this price not include a coax digital as well! (Nothing against optical digital, just that I have two inputs of each and it's nice on the expensive components to pick which to use, so that the cheaper ones can take the optical inputs where you don't get a choice!)

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Microsoft to bake Windows 8 in three flavours

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Re: At last...

True :)

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At last...

Three versions! Home, Pro and Tablet

So much better than the Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise (*2 with 'N' versions).

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Laptop computers are crap

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Re: Wise article

Why does screen size matter? My laptop has a smaller screen than I have on my office desk, but is way more readable and has lots more pixels... One of the best I used was a Dell D600 (IIRC) 14" 1400*1050 screen is wide viewing angles and pin sharp. Beautiful!

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Re: @ Mikeyboosh

Not always... I have three aluminuim laptops at home. Two of them are from before Apple started using it to build their laptops. Only one (and without a doubt the worst for everything except battery life) is the MacBook Pro.

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'Now we understand what's required to explode a supernova' - NASA

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Joke

Phew!

For a moment there I had visions of Kryten and the rest of the Nova 5 crew writing the name of a certain fizzy drink brand in the sky!

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LG 3D TV ads misled buyers, judges watchdog

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I think that 1080p is FullHD and 1080i is only HD ready. My first flat panel was labeled HD ready and could display 720p and 1080i, my current 1080 24p and is labeled FullHD.

For the active 3D you display a full picture for one eye, then display a full picture for the other. So you have the full 1920*1080 picture for both eyes. That's why the refresh rate is so high on those screens - it allows the picture to flick between the two fast enough so that you as a viewer don't notice (hahaha).

I think :)

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Ten... mini hi-fi systems

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You want

a Hi-Fi for listening to classical music in all it's fidelity and are looking at these things?

For serious fidelity you need a serious system - something in the range of a Cyrus setup (small boxes the same as here, but infinitely better quality sound) linked up to, at minimum, something along the lines of a set of CM9's. Not something that you are going to find for even close to 1000 pounds. You'll get something good for that money I'm sure, but not amazing. It depends on what you want to spend, and what you can justify to yourself.

As another poster has said something along the line of Tocata and Fugue do have very deep bass, and you need an amplifier with the power, and speakers capable of translating that into sound to reproduce the feeling you get standing in front of cathedral organ playing the sound. Of course it is never going to match the real thing, but you can get quite close.

If you have your own file system you can get enough music streamers that will do that for you.

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The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

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@Vic - please re-read my post...

>If you don't lock your wheels, your ABS system does *nothing at all*. It doesn't make any difference whatsoever to an unlocked wheel. So your stopping distance, if you don't lock the wheels, is absolutely 100% identical.

>If, however, you *do* lock the wheels, then the ABS does something: it unlocks the wheel. This means that you can get some retardation from the wheel, rather than just sliding across the road. This *dramatically* shortens the stopping distance.

That's exactly what I was saying!!!!!! ABS releases the brakes to allow the wheels to rotate, this allows them to regain tracktion. Then the brakes are reapplied until they lock again. Repeat as required. The same as with manual cadence braking, just much, much faster than a human can achieve. Obviously skidding to a stop takes longer than using ABS, but then braking just short of the the point of where the ABS is needed will be better still as your brakes will never be released (at that point you are not slowing down as your brakes are not applied).

>Perhaps. But ABS isn't there for when you do everything completely right - it's there to pick up the pieces when you make a mistake. Have you ever made a mistake? I certainly have

I beleive that I said ABS had saved the front end on my car. I'm human (last time I chekced) so yes I make mistakes.

>Even imagining that ABS might generate grip that isn't there shows just how little you understand the technology.

Again, that is exactly what I was saying. When you try to stop on sheet ice the ABS works perfectly, but the the grip just an't there for it to be efective. And this can happen even at tiny speeds. I never said it would generate grip. In fact I said exactly the opposite.

What I said is that correct winter tyres help more in the winter than relying on ABS to stop you...

So yes, I do have an inderstanding of how it works, and I also know that if I ever use it (not often) then it means I have put myself into a stupid situation where I've had to jam the brakes on too hard.

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OMG

I can't beleive that in this day and age there is still so much ignorance surrounding ABS...

It does not stop you faster in a straight line - in fact it increases the distance from stopping without locking the wheels in the first place. It works by releasing and reapplying the brakes when the wheels stop turning so that you still have control over your car to (as a couple of others have said) to steer around the obstacle rather than careening into the back of it.

Learning how your car reacts on different road surfaces and knowing how hard to hit the brakes in an emergency will improive your stopping distances.

And in my experience it fails on ice... It does 'work' but it doesn't slow you down as the grip just isn't there before you start. Using winter tyres (not an option in the UK due to the stupid insurance companies I know) has a much bigger impact on stopping distances in wintery conditions than the ABS.

And no I don't think I am Dancia Patrick, and yes I have had the front end of my car saved on one occasion by the ABS kicking in and allowing me to keep control. But it isn't something I try to rely on!

I think the saftey systems on modern cars are great (look at the falling death rates on the roads) but people do need to realise that it is not an excuse to drive 1m from the car in front...

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Asus Zenbook UX31E

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Have you seen some of the Asus stuff?

I have been buying Asus for nearly a decade now and their kit is amazing!

In 2006 I brough one of their W2 models with a beautiful 17" screen that was pin sharp, had a great resolution and a sub-woofer that was powerful enough to make the laptop something that you could listen to music on and still enjoy it, a top end chip and plenty of RAM. And all housed in brushed alluminium case that looks better 5 years on than my MacBook Pro 13 looks after 5 months!

The problem is that they also produce 400GBP 17" laptops that are, well, terrible. (As most at that price are). Maybe they need to make a low end brand and keep Asus for the good kit?

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Strictly Come Dancing in 3D: the facts

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@Nigel

switch off your television set and go and do something less boring instead.

Wow, that sentence brought back some memories of watching summer holiday programes when I was growing up!

And made me feel old...

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Laptop display pixel counts to quadruple in 2012

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It's not about getting rid of those jagged lines, it's about desk top real estate. I use 2 FullHD monitors in the office and that is still not enough. I wanted 2 of the 27" monitors, but our budget would not even get close.

As Terry Pratchett said when asked why he has 6 of the monsters on his desk when writing 'Because I could not fit 8 in the room'.

Having to settle for a pathetic 1280*800 on my MacBook Pro 13" was such a come down, but as I only use it when on the train I can live with it. Sure it looks nice enough for word processing, but I just can't see enough code on the screen when I want to try and work on code or database queries.

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Laptop bags: 15-inchers

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I thought you said stylish and chic?

With the exception of the STM Scout Medium bag there isn't one there that doesn't scream nerd with a laptop! And even that is a close call thing.

If you want something a bit non laptop bag lookinig then something along the lines of the Kippling laptop range is about the best I have found. Doesn't look anything like a laptop bag, has a removable sleve for the laptop so it gets two layers of protection and is long lasting.

http://www.kipling.com/nl-nl/laptop-bags/all-laptop-bags/new-becky.html?show_img=K1275474000+999

You even get the little monkey :)

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Artists craft the ultimate iPhone fanboi holiday gift

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Couldn't agree more. As a sculpture sitting in the room it's beautiful.

As long as it's not the gold one. That just looks tacky to me...

But the white one is stunning.

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2011's Best... E-book Readers

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I would love a Kindle....

If only Amamzon would let me buy one from the UK instead of making me buy one from half way around the world! I have a UK account with Amazon.co.uk, but they refuse to ship to the Netherlands forcing me to buy from the .com site instead :(

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in Core i5 laptop

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But what screen?

And I don't just mean resolution. But pixel density, and general screen quality. I love Asus kit, and in fact from 2000 to this year brought almost nothing but Asus.

However... I would never dream of buying a 500GBP machine as the quality is just terrible - screen and build quality. No matter the brand! My Asus machines make the Apple look cheap (actually I have the apple for working on the train as it gave me the best screen / optical drive combo for the money - there is a way to annoy the Apple fans I know; tell them you brought a MBP because it was the cheap option!) but they have lasted years and have pin sharp screens with lots of desktop real estate and are wonderful for editing photos.

My sister in laws cheapo laptop is awful though - you can never see the whole screen in good quality as the viewing angle is so poor that either the top or bottom is washed out and the pixel density and colour reproduction is just a joke.

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So give me the option. Some people don't want sharp screens, others do. The screen on the 13" MBP isn't bad, but it's awful after using my 11" Vaio that had 1366*768 - if it wasn't for Sony removing the optical drives from their 11" Vaios my broken one (I dropped something on the screen - f**k) would have been replaced with another.

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You leave my optical drive alone!!!! The only reason I have my MBP 13" from mid this year is that it had an optical dive in it!

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iOS upgrade swells iPhone battery-suckage grief

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They have lots of official partner stores - complete with Genius bars etx, and are currently destroying momumental building in Amsterdam to have a full blown Apple store.

A hidden camera would be very useful...

http://www.apple.com/nl/buy/locator/map.html?tySearch=1&viaProduct=4&viaSpecial=-1&strCountry=NLD&lat=52.2336066&lng=5.1794274&gCountry=NL

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Bloody hell! You work for Apple don't you?

For the amount of money an apple gadget costs I would expect it to last me a lot longer than the two years mandated by the Dutch goverment! I was quite happy when they brought that it, and remember Apple being on the consumer programs because of their attitude.

It's unreal that any private person would seriously say 'No, please, I want LESS warrenty and protection not MORE! Let me give my money to Apple releatedly - after all it's only fair!' Wow.

Reading riddiculous statements from Apple owners is really making me think that I made a mistake buying the MB Pro I got in the summer. The kit sucks (no more than windows kit of the same cost, but certainly no less) and I get lumbered in the same category as people like you!

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