* Posts by Steve Oliver 1

14 posts • joined 12 Aug 2009

Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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Our Viewsonic VMP74 died this week after nearly 4 years of service. I'm waiting for the postman to bring us a Roku 3.

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

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Re: useful features

Another vote for Foobar2000. I switched from Winamp last year from and have been happy with Foobar so far. It has encoding facilities (although you may need to point it at the encoder executables yourself the first time), library, DSP plugins, input plugins, themes/layouts, global hotkeys, selectable output, etc. One of my favourite features is that it supports last.fm's scrobbler natively, without needing the official scrobbler app running in the tray.

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Next-generation materials for post-Christmas repairs: Reg investigates

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FAIL

@AC

Glue gun was mentioned in the third paragraph. Araldite is cyanoacrylate, same as most "superglues" (eg Loctite).

A quick audit of my "fixing box" turned up a glue gun, Sugru (probably out of date now, though), Araldite (slow- and fast-setting, plus Loctite), Polymorph, and plasticine. I'm well prepared for another year of breakages!

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BBC website ditches modules in facelift

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Funky sliding draws

Draws what? A crowd of admirers?

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Three touts 21.1Mb/s mobile broadband dongle

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Do you mean the One Plan?

I was sold this by my local Tesco Phone Shop for use in my Huawei 585, only to be told the next day by 3 that you can only use it in a phone, not a dongle or Mi-Fi device.

So no, it doesn't apply to dongles.

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Ten... in-ear headphones

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WTF?

wat

Excuse me, but did you actually write "boom ting" in a Reg Hardware article?

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Apple pulls app after dev publishes users' PINs

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12345?

That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!

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Europe confirms raids on ebook publishers

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FAIL

@AC

You don't HAVE to buy ebooks from Amazon in order to read them on the Kindle. In fact, you don't have to BUY ebooks at all; there are plenty of (legit) free books available.

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Ten... sub-£50 budget MP3 players

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Go

Sansa Clip+

Will actually support up to 40GB. I have an 8GB model with a 32GB microSDHC card. It takes bloody ages to rebuild the internal database every time I disconnect it from the computer, but it's otherwise fine. Word to the wise, though - secure the card with some electrical tape. If you don't, and you drop the player on the kitchen floor, the card will ping out and disappear under the cooker.

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'Biggest thing in farming for 10,000 years on horizon'

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WTF?

Bit late now but

I'm not a farmer, and neither is my wife.

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Universal Tech MyXerver Pro MX3800

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Never mind the Apple box

The Via Artigo A2000 has an optional wi-fi module (if that counts) and has been around since late 2008. Could've sworn El Reg reviewed it but I can't find the article now.

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Asus serves up Windows 7 Home Server box

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Coinkidink

Interesting to read this the morning after I ordered an Artigo A2000 and 2x 2TB Seagate drives. The Artigo's been around the best part of a year, and has a very similar spec.

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PC World punts Windows 7 £100 trade-in promotion

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FAIL

"Up to" is right

I sold a Dell Latitude C610 (~1GHz, 256MB RAM, 10GB HDD, Windows XP, perfect working order if a little slow) to a guy for £20 who was intending to trade it in for £100 off a new machine. He'd heard about this offer in store, but the "up to" bit wasn't made clear to him. In the end, they offered him £10 for the Dell. Ouch.

So yes, don't get your hopes up.

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Government stamp of approval for fake weed

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Flame

"'legal highs' that pose a significant health risk"

Like tobacco and alcohol?

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