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Re: A Mac article with no mention of Xerox or PARC...
The words of Steve Jobs from the Isaacson book after his umpteenth visit to Xerox PARC.
'The Smalltalk demonstration showed three amazing features. One was how computers could be networked; the second was how object-oriented programming worked. But Jobs and his team paid little attention to these attributes because they were so amazed by the third feature, the graphical interface that was made possible by a bitmapped screen. “It was like a veil being lifted from my eyes,” Jobs recalled. “I could see what the future of computing was destined to be.”'
'The Apple raid on Xerox PARC is sometimes described as one of the biggest heists in the chronicles of industry. Jobs occasionally endorsed this view, with pride.'
'bs and his engineers significantly improved the graphical interface ideas they saw at Xerox PARC, and then were able to implement them in ways that Xerox never could accomplish. For example, the Xerox mouse had three buttons, was complicated, cost $300 apiece, and didn’t roll around smoothly; a few days after his second Xerox PARC visit, Jobs went to a local industrial design firm, IDEO, and told one of its founders, Dean Hovey, that he wanted a simple single-button model that cost $15, “and I want to be able to use it on Formica and my blue jeans.” Hovey complied.'
A Mac article with no mention of Xerox or PARC...
Difficult, I would have thought, since Apple acquired their GUI and mouse stuff from there.
...BT spend a fortune on buying football rights and giving it away with broadband...
Yes, giving it with their broadband but they have also put up the price of landlines, calls, and for the first time in years they have started to charge for Caller ID. I use BT for landline not for broadband or TV so the end result for me is higher prices but no advantages so I don't see that the market has been made healthier, just more expensive.
make less than $1,250 a day...
Spock Must Die is not a novelisation
A novelisation would be a book based (maybe loosely) on the plot of a film or TV episode. Spock Must Die is based upon nothing like that and is not a bad tale if you can ignore the Trek characters not behaving quite 'right'.
Calls to 118 500/404 cost 59p per call plus £2.39 per minute
That is £2.98 per enquiry
Don't compare Viglen with the Amstrad PC
Viglen did make a PC that behaved, most of the time, as a PC should behave. The Amstrad PC was just crap. Unreliable, slow, pure pure crap. It had problems running many standard packages (dBase, Supercalc) and needed its own version of Wordstar (Wordstar 1512 for the Amstrad PC1512). Viglen I might miss, Amstrad games machines I will certainly miss. Amstrad PC I was glad to see the back of.
It isn't obvious how much it costs for the full version.
the free version will tell you what is spying but you need the paid version to block it. This is from their FAQ:
How much does SnoopWall cost?
In order to meet the differing needs of individuals, families, businesses and other organizations, SnoopWall is licensed on an monthly or annual basis per device.
Anyone see a price anywhere?
Apple wouldn't tell the WSJ what plans it has for the acquisition.
Do you really need to ask? How many of their acquisitions are still available now?
...we’ve decided to discontinue Bump and Flock...
...because Google paid us to.
Casio FX-502P Programmable
In 1977 I bought a Casio FX-502P. I still use it daily and it is on its fifth set of batteries in 36 years. Georgeous calculator, programmable (not in BASIC), with printer and external storage!!. Extremely usable and fast unlike some of the Sinclair models where you could actually watch the display changing while it calculating the answer.
Re: "old faithful Google Maps" on Android is becoming MUCH less useful
Not round here. If I zoom to display approx 10 miles of local towns, 'ok maps', and put the phone into airplane mode (simulating loss of signal) then zoom into a town all I get is a grey line where a road or building is but no names or numbers or colours and no voice. It used to download everything.
"old faithful Google Maps" on Android is becoming MUCH less useful
Google maps on IOS might get good reviews but on Android (including Google's own devices!) it is now fairly useless if you don't have an unbroken 3G/Wifi signal for the entire length of your journey since it no longer lets you store a section of maps offline. Once it loses a signal it also regularly forgets where you were going and has to be reset. Wonderful. Even street view is less useful than it used to be. The Apple Maps mob must be happy.
And don't even mention TomTom on Android. Look at these stats https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tomtom.ukireland&hl=en
What happened last time?
I seem to remember that this was going to happen years ago, report the phone stolen and 'they' kill it.
What gets me is that is that I've happily been using SugarSync for nearly three years with no problems until you think you are using a 'safe' service and then suddenly they take it away. BT did the exact same thing with their free service. Seems like any cloud backup needs a cloud backup of its own. There is plenty of free space around, I have over 120GB lying around the cloud but none of it is reliable.
The Sugarsync paid option is $74.99 after the first (special price) year.
Sugarsync add to the fails of cloud storage
Sugarsync say "beginning on February 8th, 2014 we will transition to a paid service. In order to continue using SugarSync you will need to upgrade your account."
Nice. Another example of a company talking up the idea of free storage UNTIL they decide to take it away (along with your data) unless you pay for it. Very nice.
seems slippery at best...
from a company that prides itself on not paying taxes. Hypocrites.
This explains BT starting to charge for Caller ID
They need the money for crap.
...doesn't affect our Google Cloud Platform’s Cloud SQL offering for developers...
Don’t try to game the system...
Don't call it "gaming the system". It is cheating. It is lying. It is fraud.
All that useless space...
A 4gig device with only 500meg available for non-official books. Crazy. And no way to root it. Bad. And rather ugly too.
judging by the intelligence shown by some of them they should be called amoeba or plankton.
That process continues today and will continue throughout the construction...
... Warning! Warning! that means the building will end up as a 30 storey monstrosity with no trees.
Not new, unfortunately
There are many sites offering to boost books on Amazon and on Goodreads by "gaming the system", translation: we can sell your product by using nothing more than lying, fraud, and deceit. Aren't they good?
That could get expensive to use
14cm3 is only 1 cubic inch. 13 of them for £52.80. It would need to be a very GOOD cubic inch to justify that. Looks like a great idea though.
Re: About time!
Did you miss this bit, "All they need to do is mention when they stop supporting a version and then we won't update it." Simple enough. They could add it to the bottom of the description just after the bit that says how wonderful it is and how much it will change our lives (until they abandon it withou warning). "Needs IOS 5.1 or later". Easy enough. No one expects a product to be supported forever but even Microsoft will give advance warning that something is being dropped. Using Apple and their control freak behaviour as an excuse is not acceptable.
IOS developers seem have a fetish for NOT mentioning when they drop support for an IOS revision. I have at least a dozen apps that have been dropped this way and either dn't run at all or crash while loading. The devs always say "We can't support every version of IOS" but they don't have to support every version. All they need to do is mention when they stop supporting a version and then we won't update it.
My third gen ipod touch happily upgraded itself to 5.1.1 when that turned up. Is yours different?
Re: Not Steve Jobs then...
Tim Berners-Lee wrote his system on a Norsk Data NORD-10 running under the Norsk Data OS Sintran III. Where do Apple fit in?
Not Steve Jobs then...
So Apple made their first moves towards pocket-sized devices at a time whem Jobs wasn't on the payroll? That will be a nice bit of trivia to drop into conversations at nerd get-togethers.
Re: you can always turn it off
It would be more appropriate if you could 'just turn it ON'.
It isn't about watching porn!
It is about allowing some Mary Whitehouse-type to decide what IS porn and therefore decide what is not allowed to be viewed. If the courts say "this is illegal" then fine, I can live with that but not with some dozy functionary in the basement of Virgin Media or BT Towers deciding for me.
"Only downside is the cable but I can live with that."
Don't forget that your HD *cannot* live *without* it. The cable fails and the nook is dead. You need to think about getting a spare cable.
Re: What out for the USB cable
Blackwells did answer when I asked about the kit. But when you add postage you get £17.45 when you only need the USB cable! Too much in my opinion. Much too much.
The charger it comes with is rated at 2 amps which is a LOT higher than normal USB lumps or your PC output.
What out for the USB cable
I have the HD Plus but they both use a weird 30 Pin USB cable for charging & syncing. The cable simply isn't available by itself, only with a charger and isn't compatible with anyone elses 30 pin cable. The nook site only shows it with a US plug http://uk.nook.com/accessories/universal-power-kit-in-asphalt/9780594515364 and make a point of saying it is "imported". They also refuse to answer emails about what is included in the pack. I've emailed them 3 times in 2 months and got no replies at all. If they are clearing stock then you can bet that the mythical cable will soon be in very short supply and so I've stopped telling people how great the tablet is (it is brilliant) and just say stay away.
the period of time a chess grandmaster takes to notice that his king is in check...
Probably not. I would think that the average chess grandmaster would know several moves ago that he likely to be in check.
Don't forget BT Digital Vault
BT started sending threatening emails about closing their previous Cloud offering, BT Digital Vault, back in March. Vault was 2GB available to anyone, anywhere, forever, supposedly. They scrapped Vault and brought in Cloud which is only for BT Broadband subscribers. If you stop subscribing to BT Broadband you say goodbye to your data AND they ALSO say: "This service will be stopped and your files deleted if you don’t use it for 90 days". Sounds like a wonderful service that you can totally rely on.
Another Cloud hazard
So not only can your data go walkies in the Cloud but your actual identity can as well. The future looks even worse now.
TalkTalk say WHAT?
...our customers' rights always come first and we would never agree to anything that could compromise them...
Didn't TalkTalk monitor all the web activity of their entire customer base? How hypocritical, not to say lying, can they get.
"The IT industry is changing rapidly"...
... it is indeed, and Microsoft are showing that they no longer have any idea of what that industry involves. This isn't the first time they have screwed with the certification scheme. Years ago they made some of the certs time dependent so that they expired when Microsoft felt like it not when a product disappeared from the IT departments of the real world. Add this to the manure heap that is Windows 8, killing one of the best Flight Simulator games EVER, scrapping MS Money... and it becomes clear that MS have no idea, no idea at all about what goes on.
Apple's tops target list for litigious patent trolls
I thought it said "Apple tops list OF litigious patent trolls"
email – essentialy a private, mobile telegraph
Private? Think PRISM and whatever else Google themselves do with Gmail, etc, etc
AOL is still A$$holes OnLine
Nothing much changes in the butt of the Internet.
Re: Simple. If it can connect to the net, it is subject to the law.
The Victor Reader Stream lists at £255. I don't know how much of that would need to be added to, for example, my nook ereader.
May still remember (AOL). AOL? Stuff AOL!
The AOL I remember is A$$holes On-Line who dumped millions of noobs all over the technical newsgroups (before the illegal file scene got going). Groups that used to have small numbers of technical discussions suddenly had hundreds, sometimes thousands, of lost souls who had been given access by AOL without the slightest hint of guidance from AOL. "Ooh, what is this group for?", "Wow, this is GREAT". Ugh, still makes me cringe. And that doesn't even take into account the amount of landfill occupied by mega-grillions of AOL installation CDs. Stuff AOL.
The ultimate handsfree device
drive up costs for consumers...
I've never thought that Apple were one to keep prices low for any reason.
Oh good, more fun
Financial data in the cloud, network infrastructure supplied by Chinese companies, security provided by Russian companies (Kaspersky etc). Sounds good to me. Or not.
Cast your mind back...
I remember the very old saying "There are only two types of computer user. Those who have lost data in a crash and those who are going to lose data in a crash". But with 'cloud' we seem to be saying "There is only ONE type of cloud user. Those for whom their cloud provider will lose data." It seems to me that if data is stored in the cloud then some of it WILL be lost and that does not even take into account those cloud providers who simply scrap the cloud offering that you or I subscribe to (think BT and their scrapped Vault service).
message direct from their favourite social media...
Oh yes, let us cover the moon with crap.
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