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Their systems are still XP. At least my local branch is.
Can't speak for anyone else but I don't have any problem with EE (Orange). 3G is always strong (better than some places free wifi) and I pay a tenner every two months to top up my PAYG phone. As soon as I top up a tenner I get 300 free texts and 1Gb of data.
When that runs out at the end of the month I just run down the accumulated credit, which tends to last another month, when I top up again.
Personally I think its OK. However, I never used Windows 8 for any length of time. I tried but stuck on Classic Shell straight away, but even then went back to 7.
Having spent a few moments removing live tiles, rearranging and creating my own, I think its pretty good, but MS could have scored extra brownie points for just having a "classic start menu" option.
He made a number of pretty funny appearances as himself on Family Guy (ooh piece of candy).
What's going on with the national outpouring of grief in all the media?
If he is dead he'll be spinning in his grave at the current state of the Labour party.
Tedious Romulan was 10. 9 was the planet where you didn't age because of something in the rings.
Can't mention Clarke and Spaceguard without this wonderful novel.
My current car is 13 years old, still looks in good nick inside and out, and sailed through its MOT again last week for the third year on the trot.
I'd imagine that in 12 years time my car of 2027 will be a 13 or 63 reg car, assuming they're not so laden full of electronics gizmos with a short lifespan that you can't get parts for and will be resigned to the scrap heap. I don't think I'd trust "park assist" on a 12 year old Ford.
The rise of the OBD port and cheap diagnostics is a double edged sword. While it does work out cheaper to buy the kit and do your own diagnostics instead of going to a garage, it sometimes requires more advanced equipment to read live data. And some of the cheap code readers don't even pick up all the faults. On my car, a bluetooth reader and Torque didn't pick up P1351 (glow plugs) or P0402 (I've disconnected my EGR valve) whereas the proper Lexia diagnostic kit did.
A good example is the "P" code which reports low pressure at the high pressure pump. On four occasions now I've had customers come to me after a garage and even national breakdown companies have seen this code and said "your high pressure pump is goosed, mate. £400 to replace including parts and labour". And when the fault hasn't been fixed, shoulder shrugging from the garages.
The fault? Simply a neglected fuel filter, either the one in the engine bay, or the one built into the pump in the fuel tank. The proper kit could read fuel flow at the tank pump. And on another it was a poor electrical connection to the fuel pump. The proper diagnostic kit could read the current at the
pump, and it was incredibly weak.
So I'd recommend getting a second opinion from a fellow owner on a car forum for your marque. You'll probably save hundreds.
I must give mention to the last re-telling of computing events of Sinclair and Acorn in BBC's Micro Men. Much better than the usual costume and period dramas the BBC churn out.
As a P/T mechanic one of the most common call outs I get is "remote fob not working - can't get in with key because lock is stiff as its never used or I never tested it when I bought the car". I'm pretty much old school and put a drop or two of oil into the lock every six months and routinely use the key once every month or so.
A piece on the Great Eastern and finding a piece of it in the mud from "BBC Coast" here:
Is that this:
My favourite, as it employs a Sinclair Spectrum
Maybe the powers that be are just jealous because he didn't crash it into the Mersey like their plod did:
£13,000 Merseyside Police drone lost as it crashes into River Mersey
Williams are also looking for an IT Infrastructure Technician
Is this why iPlayer radio isn't working on the Xbox 360? I tried and although it showed a wide range of programmes, all were unavailable.
Not related to Elite. but the picture you used in the article.
You would on a real Speccy too, it didn't have an F1 key.
I like Stewie's time machine in Family Guy. Good fun when used, and never takes itself too seriously.
"What Horizon does very well is take the whole idea in a new direction. What if you went to sleep when the world was at a politically precarious peace and when you woke up, everything had changed, including your interstellar mission?"
Wasn't that the plot of 2010, particularly the movie version with Roy Scheider? There was political turmoil on Earth and the US astronauts woke from cyrosleep in the Russian ship?
Sounds like Star Wreck by Leah Rewolinski
dotdavid, your comment reminded me of this:
"Makes sense all round to sell the right phone and contract to the right person"
To paraphrase Lionel Hutz (attorney at law) when he's in charge of Red Blazer Realty:
The right phone is the most expensive one. The right person is anybody.
Don't really care about Google Glass, but is that a door wedge on your driver's window glass?
There's a great episode on the old TV show Frasier where he plays himself and comes clean about aliens and the space race. But it all happens during one of Frasier's tantrums and it never gets heard or broadcast. About two minutes in:
I arrived late into the Spectrum world (1986), by which time the newsstands were occupied by Crash, Your Sinclair and Sinclair User, heavily games oriented.
By chance at a car boot sale I picked up the entire collection of Your Sinclair's predecessor - Your Spectrum - for just a quid, which had a much stronger focus on tech.
Reminds me of Silicon Village, which came after Micronet 800 in 1993.
The only thing that will be "impossible" is being able to use your broken fingers.
The Kobos are only £39 at Littlewoods / Very at the moment:
I've been lucky enough to see the UK's equivalent at Boulby. They occasionally do tours. If you can get on one you will absolutely love it.
The article states "So far only tentative exploratory work to research the quality of the shale formations has taken place in the UK"
But this link shows at least one site - Elswick - operating for decades:
I believe that was previously owned by British Gas. I wonder where the protesters were in 1993?
I remember a couple of years back where Nick Pickles was orchestrating a very heavy handed FOI request to schools, demanding to know if they had CCTV, where they were and who managed them.
Fair enough you might think. But it led to news stories about CCTV being in school toilets and the usual pitchfork brigade being outraged. What the story glossed over was the fact that the cameras were not in cubicles providing candid shots but in the general hand washing areas, where bullying was rife and CCTV eliminated it from a difficult area to police.
Around the time of Phantom Menace I recall seeing one of those weekly partworks magazines for Star Wars (where the first episode is 99p then jumps up to £4.99, with optional binder at £9.99).
One of them had a timeline for all nine episodes, mentioning that Chewbacca died in ep 7 or 8.
I was in a Euro Car Parts branch yesterday, all their sales team office desktops were on XP.
Nah, it supposed to blend in with the sky! North Korean stealth technology at its best - they send a black one up at night and a grey one when its cloudy.
Its not a case of "customers being blind", some have reported that the tracking number is a legitimate one, and that some of the purchase order numbering details in the email match those that certain people use. Like the article says "It is not clear how the fraudsters got customer details from CCL's database".
Yes, I get fake Amazon and Asda ones daily, which I delete without a second thought. What I don't want to see is my actual order numbers and tracking details being circulated in this way, it points less to being a random spoofing and more of their database being hacked and my details exposed.
Pipe lagging was once the process of protecting water pipes from frost. Now its a term for cons stealing them for the copper.
I certainly remember watching "edgy" comedy of The Young Ones first time round on BBC2. Same with Red Dwarf, HIGNIFY and many other shows. Didn't Armstrong & Miller and the two Peep Show lads have their sketch shows on BBC2?
Would probably be the brake switch. £6 part sited in the passenger footwell. The problem still plagues older 307s and 407s.
But will it stop me driving over cliffs, into rivers, on railway tracks etc.?
"We should be thankful that we're not getting a "Tony Blair" note!"
It would have to be a nine bob note if we did.
"The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects".
I don't know, scrapping ID cards was a big success.
My old Viglen 5.25" disk drive is still going strong on my BBC Master.
And I've used Viglen for Microsoft software licence renewals in education. Great pricing and good service.
This is nothing new. Just buy a brand new car, especially the first release of a new model. You pay the privilege of being the long term test driving guinea pig to report all the issues which are then ironed out in the "facelift" model.
The Spectrum 128 version was better than the 48k one - all the levels were pre-loaded into the RAMdisc and there was music and sound FX courtesy of the AY-8912 sound chip.
6music is probably the best DAB station there is, and getting more popular:
However, I'd happily abandon DAB if they'd give them an FM frequency.