* Posts by Ross 12

21 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Philips pushes out SDK for multicolour Zigbee LED lights

Ross 12

Or a cheaper Raspberry Pi + LedBorg alternative

http://www.utonium.com/2012/12/raspberry-pi-ledborg-vala-network.html </plug class="shameless">

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Happy

GEdit

it's free, it works, and even has some nice plugins to make it even more programmer-friendly.

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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WTF?

what the hell?

Mandating one language is stupid. But even if you go down that route, why the hell not choose something like Vala https://live.gnome.org/Vala/Documentation - a language that compiles to C, has modern C# syntax and is actually built around GObject and the GNOME libraries?

I've been using GNOME since 1.0 but I just don't understand what they're playing at any more.

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Micro-computer bakers open Raspberry Pi shop

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Re: Pah!

Also available through the store are issues of The Mag Pi magazine, which does indeed have code listings and tutorials, just like the 80s computer mags

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Femto fail: Vodafone's Sure Signal gets a bit shaky again

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I'm having to 'reboot' mine roughly once a day at the moment. It's better than no signal at all, but as soon as my contract's up, I'm ebaying the damned thing and switching to Orange, as they're the only network with a reliable signal in my new house. I also resent having to pay for a service that partly uses my own broadband connection.

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Myspace mutates Windows 8 with new look

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Meh

The 'sign in with Facebook' and 'sign in with Twitter' buttons on the login page really speak volumes.

Also, a lot of bands and artists are on Soundcloud these days, which is more purpose built. For fan stuff and music discovery there are sites like spotify and last.fm.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

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WTF?

what the hell?

That bacon is criminally underdone!

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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cluttering lines

The problem I have with this, as I do with the google web apps, is that by flattening all the background colours to the same shade of white, everything has to be separated with straight lines. And all those lines and boxes actually make it look *more* cluttered despite the apparent clean-ness. It's much harder to instantly visually separate the areas of the window with that they've done. All it'd take is some different background colours for the UI areas to the document area and they could lose some of the separating lines and boxes and actually make it look cleaner and easier to comprehend.

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

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HiSoft BASIC

Like many people, I started programming on speccy in basic, but around 1989 I upgraded to an Atari STe and got a copy of the excellent HiSoft BASIC.

Unlike the old 8-bit BASICs, it did away with line numbers, allowing use of line lables if needed, but also had proper support for functions and subroutines, and felt pretty modern. Plus it compiled into rather nice small binaries I seem to remember.

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Iomega TV with Boxee

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firmware update

I have a boxee box which I got for chrimbo - looks exactly the same as your screenshots except for the iomega logo. I found that doing a firmware update (somewhere in the settings menu) gave me BBC iplayer amongst other things.

Rather hoping the next version will be even less US-centric.

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HTC to release first Ice Cream Sandwich updates 'early 2012'

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Meh

I'll believe it when I see it

I remember going through this with my old HTC Hero. 1.6 was going to be 'real soon now'.. then 2.0 came and went.. 2.1 came along.. and finally there was an update from the ageing 1.5

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Beeb to fund ad-mungous Local TV for local people

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Meh

Oh dear

This will make youtube look like high-production-value quality programming. Just wait for TV versions of those cringe-worthy local radio ads

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Dam Busters dog dubbed 'Digger'

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Meh

sod human rights

Interesting that curator of the RAF museum thinks that they should not only 'sod political correctness' (yeah, arguable) but also 'sod human rights'. Hmm. Bit of a dinosaur perhaps?

It *is* a shame the name needs to be changed, but I think that as a society we're just not grown-up enough to deal with it and for it to be taken entirely in the historical context, and thus be a total non-issue. Instead, as soon as the remake was announced, the first question everyone asked was about the dog's name. Plus, given that America, which is probably going to be the biggest audience for the film, has such a bad and recent history with *that* word, I'd say it's the... least-bad option.

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Firefox 4 squeezes onto phones

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Built-in and Opera

No-one ever seems to mention Dolphin, which has been around for ages, so is pretty mature and stable, performs well and has lots of available addons. Much nicer than Opera IMHO.

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Gov axes £35bn Severn Barrage tide-energy scheme

Ross 12
WTF?

£35bn

how? is it made of solid gold encrusted with diamonds?

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No cassette required: ZX Spectrum games on the iPhone

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Heart

Marvin on Android

For anyone outside of Steve's Walled Garden, there's a great speccy emulator called Marvin.

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Apple is suing HTC

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Stop

Oh fuck off, Jobs

Just because you now have some credible competition

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iPhone upgrades - a one-way control-freak street

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shock horror

I can't believe that people are surprised by this.

The iphone is a tightly controlled closed platform - did anyone expect otherwise from Apple? The iphone is designed as a consumer product, not a gadget for geeks. As such, you have to put up with their dictatorial rules.

If you want a gadget you can muck around with, look for something based on an open(ish) platform, i.e. android.

Beer because it's Friday and I need one

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US magazine to display Harry Potter-style moving images

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@Lottie

You could just... read the online version? that has no doubt got embedded videos and more adverts than you could shake a stick at

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Dell's first phone spied on web

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who'd have a dell phone?

Not that I care much about 'cool' brands, but Dell is so uncool it hurts. I've always thought of them as the sort of supplier that middle-aged technophobe managers would go for, as they seem 'safe'. Like the tech equivalent of Rover or something. Carrying a Dell phone around would be like saying 'yes I have a smartphone but I only use it for taking calls'

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PayPal UK titsup

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@Number6

Re titsup, I remember the good old days of the first .com bubble, when 90% of stories on the reg were 'suchandsuch.com goes titsup'. Those were the days!

*beer because it's the perfect weather for one

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