13 posts • joined 10 Dec 2009
e-Cigs are not for quitting
This is a common misconception with e-Cigs. They are not, and have never been a device to help quit smoking.
In order to be a quit smoking device, they would need to be classed as a medicine, which they are not. Simply put, they are an alternative to smoking lit tobacco.
I've been using ecigs exclusively for approx. 2 years now. I am however, still a smoker in every sense aside from the part that involves tobacco (and the lungs)
The problem being faced currently by ecigs goes beyond that of government & tax. There's also the fact that big pharma is getting more than a little upset by people choosing to switch to e-cigs and forgo the traditional NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) approach.
Then there's the lack of understanding in the wider sphere as to what vaping actually is...
Many moons ago, when running my own small PC repair firm, I had a CV sent to me in the mail.
Among the bullet points, the author proudly proclaimed
I had to give him a call and explain that no, I couldn't offer him a job, and that he might want to proof read his CV before sending it out to anyone else.
Does he use Google?
Not apps, but XBMC
XBMC is now running on the apple tv 2
Seriously considering getting one now - a small £100 box under the TV instead of a full HTPC? yes please.
So what safeguards are in place to stop someone buying the flash drive with the DLC on, copying it, and letting someone else use it?
Seeing as this is targeted towards those with no internet connection, the 360 will obviously not phone home to authenticate.
Don't give Gillette any more ideas now.
To be honest, I'm surprised they haven't gotten an old washboard, stuck razors & a handle on it and called it 'Gillette Sensor Max Extreme R2 Awesome!'
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Perhaps the TV doesn't have a built in tuner.
Perhaps the TV isn't a TV at all, but a monitor.
Perhaps you want to record more than one program.
£600, I'd expect the thing to have dual tuners. Especially when dual tuner cards are pretty cheap thesedays.
I suppose you could attach a USB tuner to work around the problem, but you shouldn't have to.
I was in PC World just before Christmas, purchasing a laptop (yes, I know - could've ordered one online. but snow and delivery problems messed that up)
When I informed the loitering sales gimp that I wanted to purchase *that* laptop, nothing else, that one, he then asked me what I was going to use it for.
None of his business of course, but I replied "development"
"Ok" he replied, "would you be wanting an anti virus product ?"
"No" says I, "I'll be removing Windows and installing Linux"
Taken aback by this he retorts
"You mean, you'll be removing Windows ?"
I respond that indeed, I'll be removing Windows.
He then proceeds to inform me that by doing this, I'll be voiding the warranty on the laptop. He further goes on to ask me if I wish to have a copy of office, and would I like a years subscription to their 'Tech Guy' service.
This isn't new
Shirley people recall the 'reviews' on the back of Codemasters games in the 80s/90s
"BMX Simulator is the closest you'll get to the real thing" - David Darling
The MyXerver MX3600?
I got one from Novatech - was advertised as a Novatech own brand NAS
To be honest, it wasn't the best purchase I've made.
The device ran extremely hot, and the user inteface resembled the early linksys efforts.
Also the fact that the device didn't allow telnet or SSH connections annoyed me.
Bring it up to spec with the Archie/ST/Amiga
And pop a slot loading optical drive on the right edge.
A floppy drive would be more fun for retro-chic, but ultimately useless.
In all seriousness, would make an excellent console to connect to terminals with.
If the price < £150, i'd seriously consider it.
The website seems to still support Windows 98 & NT4.
I wouldn't mind a job looking after their web servers. Doesn't seem to be much to do....