77 posts • joined Tuesday 18th May 2010 13:33 GMT
Netbooks are just right for me.
most of what I need is text based, so by the time yo put a keyboard on a screen of a 'pad' then you are down to a very small screen.
yes, I have a laptop, but its too big and power hungry to do a full flight across the pond,
yes I have a pad, used for games and tv / internet film watching,
yes I have smart phone, lots of apps,
but typing / general most things,
, give us the key board of the netbook,
it does everything in a small package that just works
must admit I'm confused
So what are we to do ?
Insulation is good, or have I got that wrong: take out insulation, purchase more energy, keep more people in work.
Why has most to the Uk gone to flat screen TV's, why are most office computers now flat screens.
why did we switch almost over night to un leaded petrol,
why is it that cars now can do 50 mpg, where as only a few generations ago they could only do 20 mpg.
is it that most to the things I mention above are on a short turn over, 10 years or so,
whilst buildings are 10 times that slower at turn over.
energy wise it would be great to knock all the existing buildings in the uk down, and build much better insulated ones, it would even solve the job mountain,
what are we to do, can we go digging out old carbon deposits and burning it at the rate, or higher than we already are.
Nuc, why not
Strikes me that its not the Nuc thing thats the worry, its the shocking in competence of the operators and managers that's the killer.
did any one else see the bbc 2 Challenger program the other night ?
could be re titled, Nasa ups and downs Apollo 1 to Challenger.
it is sad, to me anyway,
that I already have MS documents that are no longer even readable in MS programs.
its back to paper records me thinks,
Now were the US putting up a mil shuttle as well,
he will be missed ,
I once as a kid in the 60's was at the London planetarium,
he gave a special presentation to the school kids.
he had us all wanting to be scientists.
BTW: re " Young Moore was present in NASA ground control for the Apollo landing"
was he not in the BBC studios in the UK ? I seem to remember him crying at the landing. bu tit wa sa long time ago..
the world is a better place because of him.
Interesting Questio for the pub...
If I have an item printed in say the netherlands, and ship it to say the usa,
is the import duty that of a print , or that of the thing I have had printed ?
a few Km of ehtenet cable, thats the 50 ohm coax stuff, and quite a few BNC connectors / T pieces.
A pile of ISA and such boards.
A stack of old memory, some in DIL packages....
Leads of all types. in a pile so big that I don't know what there is, so just get another one from the stores.
if I want a twisted pair ethernet I can only find USB. If I want usb, I can only find Firewire, and don't get me started on the pile oif 'usefull' D connectors in various forms and configuration, null modem, loop back, loop back with control, cross over, etc etc. all carefully labeled up, with sticky labels that are now falling off into the boxs.
then we old mother boards, PSU's of various vintages,
cases that only accept BTX boards,
but why would I want any of it
a raspery pi is more powerfull than any machine I could make out of this lot,
but I can' t chuck it, they might be useful, one day,
so on third house move they go again from one attic to the next, box's un oppened.
I think I need a coffee now, and may be a trip down the local computer flee market at lunch time to see what else there is I NEED.
this hub does have the worst reputation , and massive set of problems.
its amazing the company that makes the hardware and the firmware has not pulled out, they must be getting a terrible reputation.
personally, I had lots of hassle with it,
I ended up reseting it each night, and that seems to help,
but do I feel happy having to cross fingers to have a hub, NOPE.
yes, I'd be happier with a small , low power modem only, not this dammed great big power guzzler / heater.
and no, modem mode is no answer, the hardware is still there,,
so some one looks at the background,
and decides what colour to squirt into the baloon !
now the micro channels done by 3d printing is interesting,
super hub , too much in one box ?
I purchase an adsl router, and I might get one or two updates,
After a few years, it might be missing the latest features features, but it works reliable
The super hub,
which 'upgrade' are we on now ?
hay the last one even changed the gui on the log in page,
talk about deck chairs on the titanic.
now if they could split the function in two,
the basic cable modem part, and the add on parts,
I guess thats what the modem mode does, but that turns off the second part.
it still chews up power etc,
I do not know, and its a question,
hand warmers I think work on a reaction between iron and oxygen.
at altitude, I'd imagine there is not sufficient oxygen to actual make them heat,
are they 'just' working by thermal mass ?
If so, would thicker insulation,
and a hotter lump at the start be more efficient ?
sort of thinking heat a LUMP inside the unit up to a HIGH temprture on the ground,
? mains power ?
then unplug and launch. no need for access flap to chuck in hand warmers,
so could make better insulation ?
i wonder ,
what is the volume of ice that has dropped off each 'month' .
is thee as trend forming,
it has puzzled me,
technicaly, we can build large pressure containers to hold nuclear reactors,
is not under water pressure vessel 'just' a big version of the same ?
the small vessles we currently have for sub sea are limited , by the fact they have to fit on a ship, or are to be stealthy.
If you can build BIG, with lots of concrete, how hard can it be to build a container that can sit at any depth ?
its not like you have to fly it into space, it can float .
Look at the size of the big oil rigs, instead of building tall, make stong,
hats off to the engineers
an amazing bit of what we used to be able to do stuff.
how many computers of today will work in 40 years time ?
with my managers hat on, these are failures,
they were obviously over engineered, lasting much longer than they are intended to
cost way more than they could have , and stopping us selling new / better toys
or have I that wrong some where ?
How we used to be able to make stuff that did a great engineering job,
Just a thought
An Arduino must have about the same 'power' as a psion II or even a 3 ,
they can run for a few days on a PP3.
just charge the world in US dollars the same price ?
or is that too easy ?
is it only me BUT,
self duplicating stuff that can combine with other dna,
now that sounds like a bio containment disaster waiting to happen
crystal palace ,
I seem to think it was crystal palace that was the first transmitter of freeview, way back in the day.
now its the last ( almost ) to loose analog,
have a drink on me PAL,
MPEG II encoders
back when MPEG was 1.5, and we were looking at a 19 inch rack to make a MPEG II encoded of TV signals,
Oh how we loved Teletext,
We had an amazing number of technical meetings to decide should and how the teletext information of a TV signal should be encoded onto a MPEG II stream,
So much passion, sub sampling theories, trellis code detection,
now all gone
long live great thinkers who come up with the new ideas.
what would happen if a ssd was made out of different speed cells.
one big lot, slow, but small,
one smaller lot faster and bigger,
and one lot very fast, but big.
you add a cache controller system,
and I'xd have thought that there is a long way to go,
just a thought
what causes the spinning for a single balloon ?
I seem to remember a video of a guy jumping out of a balloon very high, in a space suit,
he was under one very big balloon , and I can't remember that spinning, else he could not jump.
second thought, does spinning matter ?
launch down wards, drop,
let the gyro stabilise the plane and point the plane up !
I know nothing about balloons but a thought, and I wish you luck.
another file system
why another file system ?
whats wrong with the other ones out there
apart from they are not Microsoft locked.
how can companies and governments insist on open file structures, but not open file systems ?
if I plug a disc into a different system I'd expect , with the appropriate pass words etc, to be able to read it,
they are just getting ready for the doubling of speeds,
double the quantity of internet packets, and lets see what happens.
one interesting effect, on the broadband monitor results I have seen,
after the outage, the average ping times were well down.
but soon rose as the network came back up,
why another file system,
are there not some perfectly good ones around, open source even ?
come on MS, you support ish open file formats , so why not file systems,
come on governments , you need to sort this out too.
look in the shops
did my twice yearly mull around the electronic shops at a big retail park this weekend, whilst the wife and daughter were doing there big shop.
noticed how few hard drives there are on the shelfs, and how many empty spaces on the shelfs there are.
glad I don't need a new hard drive soon.
how things change
once there was eeprom,
450 ns cycle times,
45 ns cycle times,
4.5 ns cycle times,
works for me
my sony tvs have lovefilm built in,
these tvs are not MS based I'm certain,
and sony own a lot of films do they not ?
so sony who own films are stopping us paying and watching those films on their TV !
or will sony update the TV so it still receives love film , on linux ?
OK, if that is a serious blast wall
its totaly useless,
in fact it will make the blast worse, as the blocks will be tumbled over, and you'll have gravity assisting.
try a big bag, filled with earth,
those bags that bulk sand comes in would be ideal.
much more transportable,
and as for the baloon,
a) use Hydrogen not Helium ( it will go higher, )
b) fill ballon only to the point it just lifts the weight, and attach a smaller balloon fully inflated to give initial fast lift.. That then will burst, but the main balloon has the maximum amount it can expand before it bursts . or till the latex freezes / becomes brittle and bursts, what ever is first.
tall people can't complain when people in front recline their seat
thats the air lines choice on seat pitch.
BUT: people who recline their chair on to the tall person, cant complain about having a back massage all the way from the person behind.
thats the airlines choice on seat pitch.
when seats are set such that mr average has an interference fit in the seat,
then , by the beauty of the Gaussian curve and probability, half of the people are going to find the seats too close together for comfort or safety ( DVT )
but what a weight on their shoulders if they got the code wrong !
oops does not cover it
an american article ?
no psion, amazing.
is the idea of a cache file not part of the OS.
it uses it to move data out of memory when memory is 'full'.
so set the ssd as the cache drive, the spinning drive as the other drive, and don't you automaticaly get a ssd cache ?
Once apon a time, there was a format bit in the cd sec that was something like 'compresion'.
it was intended for just this,
so a cd could play normaly, or with the compression turned on.
the thought was that compresion amounts controled by the studio engineer and written to the cd, would be better than one generated in the car cd player.
coal power plant
How do these numbers compare to a coal fired power station, or a wind mill / PV cells breaking down ?
would this not be the same as a hybrid drive
like the segate baby, that can already be fitted to laptops and net books ?
not so hot
its such a great set of software,
that they even have a special forum for problems,
the main topic of which is give us a refund !
dont touch this with the barge pole, its a bad beta release
what has happened to security
I've not been security cleared for a few years,
but the computers we used to have with the secure stuff on were not allowed to be connected to the out side world.
they were in secure rooms, with red ethernet cables, warning stickers on.
and we had security people checking all the time.