75 posts • joined Wednesday 5th May 2010 08:17 GMT
Re: What Don't People Get?
Like many people I've not seen the point of the chromebook, or perhaps more honestly I've just not liked the idea of it. However if instead I think of it as kind of a wireless x-terminal equivalent then around a corporation it could make a lot of sense, especially if it spent most of it's time connected to company servers.
Certainly useful as mentioned above, when the 'data-protection-rules-don't-apply-to-me' CEO leaves it on the train...
Re: Adobe Reader
Bye Bye FoxIt, it's been fun ;-(
Re: HOW DARE YOU!
R Tape loading error, 0:1
The Black Knight always triumphs!
'Tis but a scratch....
We'll soon see...
.. the photo in this article being paraded by the NORKS as proof of their world-dominating fleet of laser armed rocket tanks...
My JVC MiniNote is still going reasonably well. The internal WIFI seems to have stopped working but I still use it with a dongle. Very handy for traveling.
It is more of a 'tiny laptop' than a netbook though, with an eyewatering RRP to match. I got mine in a sale and the VAT man kindly knocked 17.5% off too :)
I tried various linux distros on it a few years ago without much success, might be time to have another go...
Am I the only person...
So, we'll still be retuning the feckin' boxes once a week until at least 2019 then? Presumably for 'Babestation HD' 1 - 6 at a guess.
Have a rec for mention of the venerable 555. I'll see you, and raise with a 741 op-amp :-)
Ah, happy days in 'design and tech' soldering stuff together in the hope it would actually do something other than use up vast amounts of solder :-D
Re: 15 million more androids
Well I thought it was funny (and I'm one of the '300' ;-)
Re: Currys/PC World
When I wandered through PC world at the weekend, approx 1/4 of the Win8 machines were showing an 'Automatic Repair - Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC' type BSOD.
On some of the others I clicked through to the desktop only to see various error dialogs. Although that did look like it was caused by some incompatible crapware installed by the manufacturer or possibly PC world.
The staff were far more interested in pushing iStuff, and hardly anyone was looking at the Win8 machines.
Re: good enough
Quite. My home PC is a Pentium 4 and is perfectly capable of running windows 7, web browsing, usual email and document editing. Heck, even video editing is do-able without too much pain (just go and make a cuppa whilst it is rendering the final file!).
Basically I see no need to replace it until it explodes or I suddenly get back into gaming and need more power. Over the years I've upgraded the graphics a bit, stuck in more ram and another hard disk. That's about it.
That's not to say I wouldn't _like_ something new and shiny of course... :-)
Penetrator was awesome and I wasted many hours on that as a spotty yoof. Now I'm happily watching a youtube vid and remembering all the sound effects and startup music :-)
Re: Returning for a full refund I could imagine...
Quite. My first thought was "well why didn't he just take / send it back then?
Oh, greed that's why.
Re: Was the vulture logo created by a jiffics artist on jiff paper?
CICS was definitely pronounced 'kicks' when I went for a job at Hursley in the 90's. Although, as I sat waiting for my interview, I witnessed a large high-level meeting where they were trying to decide whether to put 'cubes' or 'rings' in the urinals... so I'm quite glad I didn't get the job ;-). Nice house tho.
Oh, and for the record I have only ever heard/used the hard G GIF pronunciation.
Hmm, time for a google map to work out the patterns methinks :-)
You can still get 'Commando' :-)
Re: Windows Phone still works
Are you sure you're using the official El Reg app? It sounds like you're using the crappy excuse for an RSS reader that someone has knocked up in their spare time and stuck a 'reg' logo on the top? That is, indeed, a pile of poo.
the official app shows the whole story, plus comments and allows you to comment also.(and includes icons ;-)
Re: In the meantime...
Awsome, thanks :-) I will now use the mobile site in preference to the main site on my desktop PC. The main site, like most most modern websites has been designed by someone who only uses their browser full screen on their 27" iMac and assumes everyone else will do the same. I've just checked the mobile site and that DOES reformat text as you make the window smaller, rather than just sticking scroll bars on the edges like wot the main site does.
Don't make me think, dammit!!! ;-)
Re: The Repuglican was...
More likely worried about them discovering it when they recover data from the disks ;-)
"internet sharing" was introduced in the recent update on my 710.
Just tested it out and it seems to work fine. Allows up to 5 devices to be connected at once.
And now for something completely different.
For some reason I'm reminded of Monty Python's Papperbok...
"Coming soon, Page 71!"
"only 15 pages to Page 71"
And the end result will be as magical and revolutionary no doubt.
Re: Physical buttons rule!
Indeed. I''m glad I have the 710 - I see none of the lag the article complains about, and have no issues with unintended button pressing. The main gripe for me is locked down contact management - no I don't want to see _all_ my fb/linkedin contact's birthdays on my calendar thanks. Plus, max 20 contacts in a group!?! WTF? And Zune on the PC blows goats of course.
What could possibly go wrong?
Re: Fond memories!
I have memories of SunTools on SunOS, from the early 90's. I think that pre-dated CDE? It certainly looks more like what I remember DEC ULTRIX workstations of the same era using. Ohhh. now I want a circular mouse with those offset wheels underneath :-D
Re: "Can the robot arm do ctrl-alt-delete?"
Is it just me that immediately got an image of the scutters from Red Dwarf at this point? Yes, oh well never mind then ;-)
Re: PC sales decline is based on longivity of hardware.
Hit the nail on the head there. Unless you're gaming or performing some computationally intensive tasks, there's usually no need to constantly renew hardware. My old P4 still does sterling service as a general use PC with upgraded RAM and disk (it's not quite Triggers Broom - yet ;-). I'll buy a new one only when needed.
That's not to say I don't *want* the latest whizzy hardware of course - just that until it blows up or my needs change, the old stuff does perfectly well :-)
Re: Valuable stuff?
10 Million for 225 Kg is not cheap by any means, it's a rip-off!
Yeah, even Easy Jet don't charge THAT much!
Panasonic'll never see any more of my money whilst they have advert-ridden abortion that is GuidePlus as their EPG...
Luckily my old Viera LCD isn't blighted with it :-) So if/when it breaks down I'll be looking elsewhere...
Anyone who buys a Windows phone in the next 9 months or so will either be in a dead end, or early adopters trap,
Only if you care about having the latest shiny shiny. The lumias are pretty good phones - I'm happy enough with my 710. I had my previous PalmOS phone for 4 years and that was obsolete when I got it. So what? It did what I needed at the time.
I'm not bothered that the 710 won't get the latest whizz-bang features. It has niggles, sure. But then so did every iPhone/Blackberry/Android/etc device I ever looked at. *shrugs*
Although..... Zune. That blows goats for sure. I think Microsoft saw early versions of iTunes for Windows and thought: "aha! We can do *far* worse than that!" ;-)
There I fixed it for you
Clueless managers have been spewing massive, wasted print jobs for decades.
Re: Metro is awful for touch
I have a Lumia 710 (much cheaper than the 800 for the loss of nothing that I care about)
<AOL> Hummed and haa'd over the 800, played with both in CPW, decided to go for the 710 and haven't regretted it.
And as !Spartacus said, the cursor placement isn't a problem once you understand how it works.
It does according to the ISO 3166-1 Alpha-3 country codes that the UKBA require to be used when we're telling them about overseas students... (It's XXT if you're interested - sounds a bit made-up-at-the-last-minute to me.).
Then again, the UKBA only recognise the FCO's approved list of 200ish 'passport issuing' countries. Maybe they all use iThings there ;-)
Linus only wrote the kernel, mind you, and it takes a lot more than just a kernel to have a working OS. The whole GNU stack, for example.
Then there's the small matter of Andrew Tanenbaum and Minix of course... I still have that book :)
Eight Megs And Constantly Swapping.
Oh, happy days. ELIZA, where are you now? ;-)
Re: While we are on the subject...
I gave up and adblocked the notification message instead...
What filter did you use? I am sick of the thing coming up every_fucking_page of the site despite me clearing out cookies and allowing them for el reg. I'm sick of the damn thing. A plague of boils 'pon your web monkey's wotsits, Reg!!!
new keyboard time
'Casting aside the diligence and thoroughness for which it's known, the BBC...'
Thats another new keyboard you owe me!
No icon as that's beyond the WinPho app's abilities ;-)
half the people who spout hatred against Windows Phone sound like they've never used it especially when they complain about things that could be fixed by changing some settings (e.g. filtering out facebook contacts).
I don't care how many cores a phone has, or how much ram for running applications. As long as it works smoothly. Yes there's no hardware expansion which could be a problem if you like to store tons of songs/vids but other than that I think it's a really nice phone. My 710 is slick as anything (even with its 'outdated' hardware) - maybe I haven't installed enough fart apps on it yet?
Each of the major phone operating systems has its plus and minus points, just pick the one which works for you, eh?
The only thing that surprises me...
...is that they're getting it so cheap!
Having worked on a few large projects in the commercial, govt and now education sector this is all depressingly par for the course.
So many classic games..
On the good ol' speccy (expanded into a DK Tronics keyboard ;-) for some reason I particularly remember playing 'a day in the life' starring none other than Clive Sinclair! http://www.mobygames.com/game/zx-spectrum/a-day-in-the-life/screenshots
But the game that absorbed many...many...many.. hours in two-player mode was Gauntlet. ISTR there were about 10 real levels and you just had to keep turning the tape over and pressing play to load each one. I think the game went on for several HUNDRED levels of repetition... Never finished it ;-) We discovered that taping down 'symbol shift' let you walk through walls though.
Also used to love it in the arcades.... "Valkyrie needs food - badly!" :-)
The only thing they need to be taught is...
... that matching pairs of braces should be indented to the same level. Any of that putting the opening brace at the end of a line malarkey, and it's 10 lashes of the cane for them!
Er... :-) (mostly ;-)
Re: It's not about the price.
Hmm, for me it's completely about the price. Got tired of the 'my os is better than your os' willy waving years ago. I just want something that does what I need these days. Every couple of years I have a look at the current crop of smartphones and this time round the Lumia with Windows Phone stood out as nice to use, fast, and consistent.
I didn't like the fragmented mess that is Android, and iDevices were just too expensive and trying iTunes made me suicidal ;-)
But 'til the price comes down I'm stuck with my Palm Centro... (waves to see if the other Centro user is out there ;-)