628 posts • joined Thursday 24th May 2007 11:52 GMT
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).
I've no problem with any power source (I just wish we'd use less of the stuff), but I get tired of the moaning about them being inefficient or useless when the wind isn't blowing. At least when they're sited the source of power (the wind) comes there naturally.
The same can't be said for obtaining and transporting all that coal or oil to the power stations, it doesn't just magically arrive there. A huge coal mound or spoil heap is just as unsightly as a wind turbine.
Cats are rubbish
Re: Monkey spacemen...
How many monkey spacemen will there be?
One, but he'll train others....
Downvoted because you didn't know that Boddies moved out of Manchester years ago.
Plenty of other superior micro breweries in the NW though - and of course Hydes.
Lots of speculations about the bathroom / toilet issues, so as someone who works in education I'll offer some suggestions for "bathroom" tracking:
Toilets are the most common areas for vandalism, bullying, and general socialising - i.e. kids arranging with their mates from different classes to time their toilet trips so they can have a ten minute skive / smoke together.
Other kids bored of lessons ask for toilet trips and go for a general wander around the school, possibly causing disruption on the way.
Far Beyond The Stars
"Far Beyond The Stars" was my favourite episode. Instead of getting the characters to be someone else in the holodeck which is the usual ruse, they had them as 1950's Science Fiction writers, and a great plot line of Benny Russel (aka Sisko) creating the idea of DS9.
"U turn" - or just listening to the people
Its interesting how Labour constantly ignored the people and pressed on with projects to suit them (wars, ID cards etc.), regardless of suitability or cost. But the Tories listen to feedback and its suddenly a "U turn" or "climbdown".
Google maps not so perfect
For years Google put every suburb of Sheffield as "Norton".
I think I'll re-watch BBC's Micro Men, probably one of the best retro computer dramatisations ever.
Blank drives = suspicion
Nothing arouses suspicion more than a blank hard drive in a PC. What the utility needs to do is overwrite the drive with a two year old copy of XP, full of useless documents, holiday pics and other rubbish accumulated over time.
1. I've worked in various schools over the past decade and none of them have been "corporate Council driven". Academies are even further removed from council control.
2. PAT testing isn't always required, especially for new equipment.
3. No argument there! But I think the current curriculum is partly to blame. The IT teachers I've known have all been well skilled (mainly in software though)
Whatever happened in the case with Oliver Drage:
Forget the past
One thing I see a lot of, particularly on here, is talk of life growing up in the 80s and programming on various computers, which "made" us the people we are today.
But things have changed spectacularly since that time, there is no evidence that a 21st century equivalent of what we had and did will work today, either with today's youth, or today's teaching practices and skills.
Re: Never mind the UIs - "Evolution slot"
"The latest Samsung 8000 series sets have an "Evolution" slot, enabling them to sell you upgraded memory, processor and so forth, so that you can be "future proof" when they come up with other exciting new services."
Sounds like the Mattel Aquarius, they promised the same in this magazine advert:
Needless to say it didn't.
Margaret Hodge - tax avoider
Excuse the source:
Multi-millionaire Labour MP's family business 'paid just 0.25% tax on its profits'
The Cambridge Z88 was also another portable that returned to how you left it after a power off.
QM2 had a couple of horrific bits - where they pulped the visitors to the site to block the tubes going to the big containers housing the "monster" when Quatermass was trying to kill it. No graphic gore needed, the screams were horrible enough when you were a child.
Even now when I drive in North Lincolnshire, seeing the signs for the real village of Winterton (the name of the town in the film) gives me a slight chill
Not sure if its to anyone's tastes but there's a British author called James Follett (not Ken) who wrote a series of novels based at a WW2 POW camp at Grizedale, Lake District (Cage of Cages, Forest of Eages, Return of the Eagles) and one of the lead characters is Ian Fleming. The Bond hints are subtle but good, and well worth a read, as are his other books.
According to Frontier Elite 2.....
AC-B doesn't have any planets but Proxima Centauri has "Eden: World with weather water system and corrosive atmosphere". Nothing on the planet but Eden Station orbits.
Forth Vs Machine Code
FORTH may have been great at being faster than BASIC (if you didn't factor in all the extra time needed to learn Forth!), but any computer geek at the time would have been looking towards machine code.
The outstanding "Spectrum ROM disassembly" and David Webb's "Supercharge Your Spectrum" were the two treasured books to have & inspire you and are still on my bookshelf today.
I had a portable Casio computer - the PB110, still going strong. As are my Casio PT82 (with ROM cartridges) and SK1 sampling keyboards.
Jobs not wanted in Liverpool
Some great opinions from NIMBYs in the area:
When Virgin screw up my bill, and it's happened a few times over the last few years, all I get is "we'll credit your next bill with the difference".
So who had all the tickets
for the women's football in Coventry and Cardiff on Wednesday, because the stadiums were barely a 1/4 full.