664 posts • joined 24 May 2007
Re: It started on BBC2
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?
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
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.?
Re: Would it be too much...
"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.
Viglen customer both past and present
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.
Spectrum 128 version
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.
"content not there"
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.
For me I couldn't see the point in watching the movie because the subject has been saturated by the media already. What aspects of the story could be shown in the film that we don't already know?
They turned me down for the job
Can't think why:
EMP in Fiction
Also check out "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen.
Viglen customer here
My Viglen 5.25" twin disk drives are still going strong on my BBC Micro.
And we last used them a couple of years ago for our Microsoft Licence renewal. Good price, good service.
Jailed for refusing to disclose password
I seem to recall this got a lot of coverage at the time:
But heard nothing since. Has he ever given an interview?
Decommissioned subs and ships are a popular target for the urbexers, here's a link to one of several reports:
Click on "military sites" for more.
What are the alternatives?
There seems to be a lot of the usual Microsoft bashing here but I don't think many commenters know how much MS's products are integrated into a school's network and how there's no real viable alternative. There's more to school ICT than pupils using MS Office.
I agree with "lansalot" in that DPM is a good solution. However, I disagree about the cost and problems. I might be a little biased as we got the software for free as part of our licensing agreement, but after the initial outlay of a storage array and configuration I've found the software a doddle to use and management is minimal - certainly no calls to MS needed for me.
Re: FIVE years?
Yep, I was on Prestel and Micronet back in 1984 with my Spectrum and trust Prism VTX5000 modem (1200/75 baud).
We didn't have emails back then but MBX's.
I think my first download was "Fireview", an alternative to the in-built Viewdata software in the modem.
No connection to Misco adding delivery charges on the orders?
I know a few who no longer buy from Misco because of this.
When the media was covering Balcombe, protesters were announcing that 85% of the locals were against fracking.
But according to this:
850 households received the poll document. And subsequently:
only 284 polling cards had been returned.
Out of those 284, 125 had concerns for fracking.
And the most popular concern was "Increase in road traffic through the village"
If it's such an important issue to the people of Balcombe you'd have thought more than a third of the people would have responded.
300 to strike but only 103 voted
Up to 300 cleaners to strike. Yet the link showed that only 103 voted.
So what about the other 200?
turbos and the manual
Here you go, the manuals are here. See if you can find anything about the turbo:
Any other real campers concerned about the spacing of the tents and fire regs or is it just me?
Re: I must be getting old
The Family Guy version:
So you lost Snowden. But you got Red October. :-)
I'm still waiting for HOTOL.
Everyone seems to be harping on that tramps and hobos won't have a smartphone.
Maybe not but a local soup kitchen or Sally Army food kitchen volunteer might, and could go round and collect the food on their behalf.
I'll happily scrap DAB
When 6Music gets its rightful frequency on FM.
I thought that was Ghostwatch? :-)
Same old article
And the same old comments. Why not just save everyone the time and bother, just close the thread to comments and direct it to last month's Patch Tuesday arguments.
One minute and eight seconds in:
I remember this coming out for the SAM Coupé but not the Spectrum. But then the clever East European coders made a Spectrum 128 version.
"sentencing by BBC Newsnight"
Wow, I knew the BBC had lots of powers but I didn't realise Paxman now sent people down. I bet he'd like to give Boris five years.
9500% sounds a lot but....
How many actual sales were there? My maths is a little rusty but doesn't it mean that they sold 96 copies, as opposed to one?
As considering its an anniversary, wouldn't that account for some of those sales, rather than claiming a link with some NSA scandal? Particularly after seeing what other "movers and shakers" have sales increases.
Clear screen command
IIRC, the Vic 20 didn't have one either, you had to PRINT CHR$(147)
Lost in translation
Hello - English to Kingdom = qavan
qavan - Klingon to English = Hi baby
Can't imagine saying that to Worf without being "killed where you stand".
Backup Exec - DPM
In the education sector they've lost a lot of trade from schools ditching Backup Exec and moving to Microsoft DPM, as it comes free as part of the schools agreement.
The word "Infinity" already tainted
Thanks to BT.
Boulby Dark matter Lab
Although not as famous or glamorous as CERN, I can highly recommend a trip to Boulby:
Went a few years ago, it was fantastic.
This isn't a new phenomenon though. People have been hooking cameras up to kites and remote controlled helicopters for decades.
Charging in public areas
Obviously just a generalisation based on the photograph, but I wouldn't want to leave my car unattended while charging judging by the graff on the walls of that car park. Who's to say nefarious characters aren't going to arse about with the power cable for a laugh?
The old BBC programme Local Heroes with Adam Hart Davis was a superb guide to where the best brains of Britain worked and lived.
21st cenutury technology on 20th century kit
The good thing is though, if you've still got your original kit you can still do fun things with them, such as all these CF and SD card adapters and virtual disks. Having a 256Mb SD card in my Beeb on a board that cost less than a tenner to make and having all those free disk images from the 'net on there is wonderful.
It was only the first drive that connected to the IF1 with a ribbon cable. Subsequent drives were connected by a connector like this: http://www.clive.nl/files/imagecache/detail/images/pict0840.jpg
and a plastic plate on the base of the microdrive was used to secure the drives together.
Still got mine, still working, along with the +D and various drives.
Microsoft Security Essentials and forced browser choice
On an XP machine I was working on this morning (I know, I know, but its old and only has 512Mb of RAM), it wouldn't allow me to download or install Microsoft Security Essentials unless I upgraded by browser to IE8.
Even though it wouldn't be used for web browsing, and if it were, Chrome would be used.
"different take on how to make the laptop-tablet duo dance work "
The author claims "Every single one I’ve encountered so far has a different take on how to make the laptop-tablet duo dance work "
Surely that shows why the whole thing is flawed if there's no standard?
Am I so wrong in wanting my OS to be "boring"?
The reason for an older couple....
is because Tito has seen what elderly couples in the UK do - drive long distances, stop (without getting out of the vehicle) to look at the scenery through the window while consuming a picnic, then driving back home again.
The new "Microsoft way"
Try as they might, nothing Microsoft does is encouraging me to give their devices a try.
They use awful irritating tunes in their TV adverts (The Lenka video and song is just too abstract for me), and the non musical ones use "celebs" like James Corden and Holly Willoughby.
Work colleagues who own Windows phones try and convince me that I'll "soon get used to the interface over time", and the lack of apps will soon change.
Sorry, but that's not a chance I'm willing to take when there's a brilliant, easy to use interface and app store already out there on the 'droids, and their phones are great value - such as the Orange Intel San Diego I bought last week for £70 from the Orange store (20% public sector discount and rest from my phone fund).
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