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* Posts by jon fisher

24 posts • joined 13 Sep 2006

Mobile Broadband

jon fisher
Boffin

OSX/o2 install help

Ran into trouble recently with o2's dongle on an up-to-date OSX, documented the workaround here: http://www.naviina.eu/wp/blog/o2-mobile-broadband-on-mac-os-x-10-6-2/

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Dutch cat skinner publishes critics' personal details

jon fisher
IT Angle

Real-life troll

that's all, nothing wrong with killing your cat to make a bag, but doing it to get a reaction out of other people makes you a class 1 knobhead.

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Wolfram Alpha - a new kind of Fail

jon fisher
Stop

enough of the 4chan memes

This is the reg isn't it?

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Ryanair may charge cattle to use the bog

jon fisher
Dead Vulture

Would it be legal?

a quid to spend a penny? they're taking the piss!

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Google bars Android app makers from their own apps

jon fisher
Dead Vulture

A non-story

this is completely reasonable. there is no issue.

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Blogger fights Psion's claim to 'netbook' name

jon fisher
Thumb Up

comedy.

"We have been considering adding new models to our 'Netbook' line for a while"

bollocks.

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iPhone squares up to Android

jon fisher
Boffin

BlackBerry already has streetview...

... at least it does on the Bold I'm using.

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IT depts under threat as City braces for 20,000 job cuts

jon fisher
Boffin

Not so good up north...

'It's lovely up 'ere in't north!'...

That's not what I'm seeing, I started looking about for new posts this week to see what's out there and compared to 2 years ago there's a very noticeable reduction in positions for my field which is worrying. Strangely there are still lots of positions in the financial sector, it's the more interesting companies (to me at least) which seem to have shut up shop, moved down south or just aren't hiring at the moment.

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Apple ignores Jesus Phone life raft

jon fisher
Boffin

Apple decided to go for the Enterprise.

@Chris Gibson - "When will Steve Jobs learn that instead of marketing a hugely usable device to the masses, he should be focusing all his efforts on the arcane, niche requirements of bearded nerds?"

Because these bearded nerds write enterprise software that's distributed to companies with several thousand employees, software that can't operate without background processes. Battery life doesn't need to be an issue, you just need to be able to register event listeners, after all, the BlackBerry manages this just fine...

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Tom Cruise Scientology vid leaks onto net

jon fisher
Alert

What are your crimes?

For anyone that's not seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocw90W44Boc

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Boeing announces 'Laser Gunship' completion

jon fisher
Boffin

Did they hire Val Kilmer?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/11/boeing_atl_advanced_tactical_laser_fitted/

I'll get me coat.

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Virgin downs 1and1 and Germany

jon fisher
Boffin

fasthosts passwords

aren't fasthosts only sending out passwords to users who didn't change them themselves, as advised, following the security breach weeks ago?

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Mobe, mobe, mobe. There - we've said it

jon fisher
Pirate

if we allow mobe...

...can we reach a comprimise where any mention of a 'mashup' results in instant death?

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BlackBerry boss blows raspberries at iPhone

jon fisher
Boffin

wifi

Pearl2 does have wifi. or gps. but not both together.

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Web 2.0 - carry on, don't lose your job

jon fisher
Stop

mash up doesnt mean anything

tell the author to stop reading boingboing - it's rotting his brain.

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Virgin Media downed by Manchester arsonists

jon fisher
Thumb Up

had the day off...

..thank to this. the office is in rossendale and power was out all day.

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One day my mobile apps prince will come

jon fisher
Stop

mash up... grrrrr

'mash it up with other business processes' - anyone using the phrase 'mashup' should be beaten to a pulp.

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Facebook teams with RIM for Web 2.0 on-the-go

jon fisher
Thumb Up

slick

fair play - this is one slick app. more advanced ui than what we're used to from rim apps. stylish and snappy. hopefully these new ui fields are a preview of what we can expect from the native api in the near future.

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Gosling ready to kill-off lame duck J2ME

jon fisher
Boffin

the reg and java

posts like this on the reg always make me smile. i'd hardly call the blackberry 'one rank above the WebApps that the iPhone can run'.

i remember a previous post about savaje stating java just wasn't up to being a mobile os...

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Info chief shrugs off Bluetooth regulation

jon fisher

Bluetooth2.1

this will quickly become irrelevant - advertisers will use the NFC (Near FIeld Communications) support in Bluetooth2.1 - users will opt-in to promotions by placing their phones in close proximity (< 10cm) to the advert.

so yes, currently it could affect the way they use their devices - but once 2.1 arrives NFC will be the standard way of initialising a pairing and this issue disappears.

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Top judge: put everyone in UK on the DNA database

jon fisher

DOES NOT COMPUTE

this country gets more absurd every year.

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Paris Hilton walks to freedom

jon fisher

aaaaaaaggggghhhhhhhhhhhh

is there no escape?

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RIM's enterprise dominance comes to an end

jon fisher

RIM isn't just bloody push email!

The security features on a blackberry are outstanding, software profiles prevent employees installing unwanted potentially dangerous 3rd party unvetted software, the lack of a camera is also seen as a plus for companies where security is paramount. if someone does lose a unit they can be remotely wiped, and wiped, and wiped, i think i recall the data is overwritten 8 times when a command is sent for it to selfdestruct.

The smartcard product available is also very elegant, if your unit is more than a couple of metres from you it locks up.

Even the much publicised 'security-hole' was just a media frenzy - it relied on a chain of events which starts with the very very unlikely scenario that there won't be a company wide software profile in place, ie. users would be able to install software that reaches them through a malicious email.

Compare all this with a pocketpc powered device...

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A slippery slope for RIM and the BlackBerry?

jon fisher

A slippery slope for RIM and the BlackBerry?

having used the interface i think you can rest easy. it's just as intuitive as it ever was. the camera/video/ringtone/mp3 functions are kept in a media menu option which you can safely ignore. the current consumer phones have so many features packed into them they make them incredibly complex to use, i've recently 'downgraded' from a sony k750i to a simple nokia 1600 for this reason - useability. the pearl doesn't suffer from this problem as the interface is essentially the same as previous models.

the addition of the trackball makes navigation easier, you can move about flow-fields easier, you don't have to option-scroll to move downwards through an index of icons.

the only thing stopping me from buying a 8100 is the suretype keypad; it's just as bad as it was on the 7100 series. if they create a full qWerty version they'll have the best device there is (the title currently held by the 8700 of course - i'm a blackberry developer and very biased).

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