49 posts • joined Thursday 7th June 2007 13:59 GMT
FLASHblock also blocks the FLASH advertisements
I bet that is why Mozilla don't want to 'protect' us from FLASH. Can't upset the advertisers. Oh well, as long as Flashblock continues to work as a plugin...
Kelly Smith died of Cancer several years ago
Incidentally, the engineer who produced Tandon Computer's clone BIOS, Kelly Smith, died several years ago from cancer. After Tandon, Kelly worked on the Phoenix BIOS at Phoenix's 'skunk works' in Hawaii. Another sad loss to the industry...
Yes, indeed. I have a box containing QDOS 86 on my shelf
And it worked, although Microsoft had to get out quite a few bugs.
An excellent article, BTW. Accurate. RIP Mr Lowe. You changed the world...
Travel - it's like that...
Whether in Brussels or Beijing, I always prefer tethered 3G to WiFi. If I use WiFi, it is behind a VPN (usually my own server).
As for giving " name, address, workplace, ID number, birth date and phone number just to register for Wi-Fi" -- who would be silly enough to do that in this day and age? Birth date?
Google will save the world. While perhaps doing only a little evil.
Google will support those who fail to migrate (at least with a competent browser). I have no doubt that other software suppliers will follow Google's lead.
Sammy is pushing out the 'fix' in a software 'upgrade' for older phones?
Grab the popcorn - but after you have switched off automatic updates on your own phone...
We are seeing Lenovo riding Windows 8's coat-tails
I bought Lenovo Thinkpads as they offered drivers fro Windows XP and Windows 7, and came with Windows 7 pre-installed, not Windows 8. Plus they have a Legacy Bios mode as well as the UEFI.
I guess I was not alone in avoiding Windows 8....
Re: How do I get rid of this BLOAT - I don't want it
Oops - I didn't mean to imply that ALL Android users are twits - only those who are incapable of downloading this new app as a conscious mental task...
How do I get rid of this BLOAT - I don't want it
I am sick and tired of Google pushing bloat at me through Google Play. Google ought not to be able to do this without me being asked "Do you want this."
I just spent an hour tracking down "Google Settings" which got pushed last week and which takes up CPU cycles and battery power by searching periodically through my phone memory, allegedly to find compromized apks. It popped up on my power monitoring 'radar' long before I read that Google was pushing it in the background.
STOP this, Google. I am sure that the twits who use Android think it is great, but I think the concept of pushing apps silently at my phone is BRAINDEAD.
@PartTimeLegend: "They should have killed XP support in 2007"
they did. But then the netbooks came along - with LINUX. To stop that trend MS came up with a sweetheart XP license for netbooks, and thus extended the life (and reach) of XP.
I spend a lot of time listening to Radio Caroline these days...
Re: Where are the real BIOS programmers ?
Kelly Smith, who wrote the early Tandon clone-BIOS, and worked on Phoenix BIOS, died several years ago.
Not many of my old friends have survived the decades.. and the new generation of software programmers tend to work in a team... not as loners, solely responsible for whether their BIOS worked, or not...
The $1Bn is mostly spent on FDA paperwork
The $1Bn is mostly spent on FDA paperwork and therefore this alleged cyber-espionage is pointless.
I don't believe the pretext of this report. It is much simpler to attend the scientific conferences -- where the scientists who invented these drugs squeal like stuck pigs. Any info about a new drug is available there - except the $1Bn to pay the FDA, and except that the patent claims have usually been filed. Although the scientists are often apt to disclose weaknesses in the patents, too, with a little bit of alcoholic lubrication...
I still have four Lenovo S10 netbooks
I started with four - and all are still going strong. Running XP Home. An excellent and solid OS, once I stripped out all the bloatware. I switched off half the silly services that MS provides, which improved security, and these netbooks can do all my odd-jobs. One is monitoring the IP security cameras all day. One travels with me wherever I go, and two do odd jobs such as run test equipment software and interface with my Li-Ion battery tester.
The strange thing is that the low-end i3 rubbish being sold in many ultrabooks right now really isn't that much faster than these old atoms... and a lot more expensive. But then, they have to run Windows 8, don't they. I quite forgot...
My four Lenovo S10 are ideal for travel -- and around-the-house
My main Lenovo S10 is perfect for travel. Small, light, and dare I say - disposable - (easily replaced if stolen or seized by customs). Its new SSD makes it run beautifully fast . Its new USB3 expresscard makes it really fast to external mass storage. Another S10 is used to monitor the IP-based security system around our house. One is currently used to log output from battery chargers and miscellaneous test equipment. They are reliable, and perfectly capable of acting as functional backup to my quad-core desktops. If I need a better monitor or keyboard, I have only to connect them to the S10 I/O... But I don't use them for writing books...
An Ultrabook? With a Core 3? what does that offer me?
Oh - the S10 all are running Windoze XP. I initially equipped them with a dual-boot to Linux, but ended up rarely using that capability... And now I suppose you are going to tell me that a decades worth of XP app development is going to instantly vanish in 2014 ???
Android is Linux - Use the shell
Anything substantial I do in Android, whether it is moving files with 'Root Explorer', making a User app into a Systems app by shifting it from /data/app to /system/app, or managing permissions, everything substantive is Linux. I use 'Terminal' for nandroid backup. I use 'Terminal' to run 'top' or any one of dozens of familiar utilities. It is just that the average user is content to ignore the operating system entirely, and backup is left to the geeks amongst us... (same as windows users in that way).
Halfwit? That's mild
Halfwit is mild ... My own bio page was defaced continuously for three years before Jimbo Wales made the decision that I "wasn't notable." All sorts of stuff got edited in. That I had young male Thai sex slaves -- you wouldn't believe what I would wake up to reading some mornings.
Wikipedia really needs more discipline when handling the troublesome editors - those that hack away at "improving" the bios of living people...
Ah, I see - I should have offered money...
Now I get it. When Jimmy Wales got involved in the deletion of my Bio page, I should have offered money, and not abuse. We live and learn....
I'm waiting for a phone OS that doesn't piss away all your data to anyone who asks
I have my phone locked down so that it doesn't send anything I don't want it too, and "AppTraffic" (inter alia) to detect sneaky apps. But you have to root the Android, Null all the Ads, and be ever vigilant. But isn't the same with any computer OS?
But if you want to use Twitter and Facebook (etc) then you are totally out of luck...
Patents were not such a big deal, 30 years ago
The whole software world was 'borrowing' from each other back then. I have 86-DOS, CP/M, Cromemco DOS, SuperSoft DOS, and DR-DOS on my bookshelf, and used to run them all. They probably still boot in my old systems, although I rolled my own customized 'DOS' and that is what boots these days, when I blow the dust off the old Z80 and 8086 boxes...
IEEE is just a shadow of its former self
I spent a significant part of my life disassembling and understanding how CP/M, 86-DOS and CDOS worked internally. I wrote an IEEE Spectrum article in the 70's explaining a neat trick that the CDOS (Cromemco DOS clone) originated to optimize floppy disk read routines to the Z80 instruction set.
It is hard to believe that Spectrum would publish something like this when there are so many with actual expertize still alive to peer-review junk like this...
"negotiate a better price" WTF?
Anytime one has to negotiate with a monopoly, one is going to get burned...
"get their phones to last to teatime"?
I have a Galaxy Note N7000, and in standby, running GrooveIP and K9 push-mail, it draws about half a percent per hour on WiFi and 2% per hour on 3G (depending on celltower proximity). When running apps, 90% of the battery drain is the screen, which has nothing to do with Java.
I don't agree that Java is battery-hungry. Sloppy coding is battery-hungry.
Oh, I do have Samsung Media Hub, and all the other nice Samsung bloatware, disabled (frozen with Titanium Backup). Still using Gingerbread -- at least until they can make ICS drain less than 1% per hour (LOL)
I keep an eye on my applications
On Android, most background programs can be listed under "Settings>Applications>Running Services" from the home screen.
An application called "AppTraffic" keeps track of all data used, and which program used it, since the last reboot. I found this invaluable in finding out "who phones home" and the amount of data they communicate.
Incidentally, Google Play and Google Maps run background services you can't stop. Bad Google... But you can turn off GPS when you aren't using it, and that will stop Google Maps from using much CPU, or sending much data. Google Play has to be terminated from the Running Services screen. Unlike maps, it doesn't automatically restart until you run it, or reboot.
My Credit Card was compromised this way (most probably)
Last week my CC was used to buy a train ticket in London, even though I was in the US at the time. Previous week I had been staying at a smaller hotel in Paris. CC company caught the fraudulent use and cancelled the card. A couple of days later a hotel in Spain emails to tell me the same credit card, which I had used as a reservation guarantee, was no longer valid. They must be pulling the card every few weeks to check...
Yes, the smaller hotels are a major weakness in the CC system, I think...
Where is the Fortran?
The Nevada Fortran for my Z80 CP/M machine ran nicely in 64K. Should be a doddle in the Pi, except we all seem to have forgotten how to program in 64K of memory..
I was looking at an old database I once wrote for 64K, and was amazed to recall that all the hash tables were saved on 8 inch Floppy, yet the interactive response was quite acceptable... Sigh... Those were the days...
Yes, I know the Kids are taught Matlab these days... Sigh again...
I just bought a spare XP mother board
You know - one with a real BIOS in it, that will run my XP beyond 2014, even if my current hardware kicks the bucket.
I have 20 years of software collected on my Windows computer, some of which I only occasionally use, some of which I use every day (like Eudora, still the email with best immunity to Trojans).
I also run various flavors of Linux, but I am proud to be one of the 4% XP hangers-on because so much of my development and test software runs on XP :)
Happy Easter, all...
Only one question. What is it going to cost to 'support' my Windows XP machines beyond 2014? Will it be cheaper / safer to use Android and Linux on my internet-facing boxes, and XP only on my video development machines?
You get the picture. Why talk in the abstract? One company is responsible for outlandish behavior in extended support. Name them and shame them -- for an outdated and wasteful business model...
Re: Re: Elop wrong?
My rooted, bloatware-stripped, Samsung Galaxy Note uses 1% of battery per hour when sitting on WiFi running GrooveIP. It's got a powerful, responsive, dual CPU -- but no power penalty.
I hooked it up to an HDMI monitor, Bluetooth mouse and keyboard yesterday. Even Android ain't a bad desktop when displaying on a big monitor, at 1280x800 :)
I am a happy camper... Maybe Ubuntu can make me happier... Time will tell...
Sigh. I have a collection of good Kodak Digitals..
I own the following Kodak digital cameras. All were class-leading in their day. The V1253 was one of the first point and shoots which actually took decent 720p movies...
C875 - still my reference when evaluating landscape color balance
V1253 - first P&S with 720p and stereo mics
V1073 - still one of the best low-light movie P&S cameras
Z1012 IS superzoom 12X with HD movie capture
I don't use them much anymore, my LX5 tends to be in my pocket. But I can't pack the Kodaks away into the archives. Each was a wonderful digital camera in its day, and still does a decent job... It is amazing how such a huge company can absolutely fail at 'marketing 101'
Vanadalism and hate-speech are endemic
"vandalism edits can be undone simply and quickly, vandal IP addresses blocked easily too and there's also countless bots trawling through recent edits to find vandalism. If someone adds something to Wikipedia, it's a doddle to source it and keep it or disprove it and remove it in minutes."
Sure... I call this BS... When my bio was being repeatedly vandalized, the big Cuhuna himself figured it was easier to delete the bio itself, rather than argue with a few hate-mongering WP editors. Jimmy Wales himself knows how dysfunctional the WP community is, and he doesn't seem to care...
TomTom => Dodo
TomTom saw 'piracy' on the WinCE IPAQ smartphone version it released some years ago. 'Once bitten, twice shy' was the wrong metaphor to apply, however. Refusing to put TomTom on Android has made me switch to other vendors, including Google. Google is not as good at routing as TomTom, but gives you the info you need to get from point A to point B (the distance to the next turn being paramount, IMO). It may be too late for Tomtom to react to the changing market. I would have bought TomTom for Android at $100 a year ago, not so sure I would now... I used Google Navigator on a recent trip to Australia and Singapore without any problems... And TomTom doesn't even allow you easy access to foreign maps (oh - did anybody tell TomTom's MBA's that travel patterns have changed in the last decade?)
I knew my paranioa was well founded :)
Well that's it then.
Nothing but Cyanogenmod, and just a few closely monitored utilities for my phone :)
Now, if only I was doing something worth being surveilled :) :)
"if I want the full experience I'll put the CD in the CD Player"
You still have a CD player? How quaint :) All my CD collection is in FLAC on a RAID hard disk, protected against fire (many of the CDs are now out of print, irreplaceable).
ps: 'Medieval CUE Splitter' makes FLAC archiving really easy... I use CDex to RIP the whole CD side to a FLAC file. It takes about 3-4 minutes a CD..
What about those users without broadband???
Oh bloody brilliant. So when I am tethered to my mobile in China/Thailand/Korea, where my data costs $15 a megabyte, Firefox will 'silently' push an update at me? Pretty stupid, guys...
I still keep my IPAQ alive to run its TomTom software app
That's the only thing my IPAQ does these days. Run several-years-old maps and TomTom on Windows CE. With the "Austin Powers" voice. Come on TomTom, give me the app on Android before I decide to switch to something else...
So quickly we forget history, and are destined to re-live it
The IBM-PC architecture became a standard, and fueled the growth of an entire industry, including Apple, specifically because Tandon and Compaq 'copied' significant parts of it, including the BIOS ROMs. Social gatherings in my hot-tub often turned to inter-company discussions of new BIOS design features.
Do we see here that Apple is claiming that all subsequent similarly functioning pieces of hardware have to use different chips? What is this? Another example of the Judicial branch not understanding technology, or a statement that incremental innovation is no longer acceptable?
My Twitter account was hacked - here's how they did it
On 14th April I stayed at the Miyako hotel in Los Angeles. I connected to WiFi (hotel had an open network) and accessed twitter. Didn't post anything, but my cookie was apparently transferred in any case. A few minutes later a tweet went out from my Twitter feed with a malicious URL in it.
Even simpler to do with the new automated android tool :( So I now have a VPN I use when on the road (SSHtunnel) , and have set Twitter to https by default. No harm done (thank goodness), and it was a great wake-up call for me. They could really have sniffed some good login credentials from me, had their bot been looking more efficiently...
It is one thing to raise a warning. But an article on a pervasive rootkit, without any discussion of detection or mitigation measures, is worse than useless (IMO).
Oh no they didn't...
"Journalists and analysts it showed the snippets under NDA came away convinced SCO had a case"
Well I was shown a software module (malloc) which I had seen many times before, and recognized it as being in BSD. So I was not convinced SCO had a case... and I wrote as much in my article for BYTE.com...
I do agree that this Oracle debacle seems likely to condemn Oracle to a similar fate as SCO, however, and considering the size of Oracle, that is both an awesome and fascinating possibility...
Maybe I will upgrade to XP someday...
The Windows 2000 on my main workstation has been running so reliably these past few years, a pleasant change from the early days when it had to be rebooted at least once a week. Partly that is maturity in the applications, especially the anti-virus programs, and partly the reliability seems to have come from the successive MS bugfixes.
So why would I need to change to XP? I run XP on my 3 netbooks, and my laptop, and my 4CPU backup desktop system. XP works well enough, probably as well as this Windows 2000. And it has one or two multimedia improvements, notably improved webcam support.
But Windoze 7? Why would I want to upgrade to server 2008 or Windoze 7? What I have works well, a Core 2 Duo CPU at 3GHz and a couple of gig of RAM, and 3+ terabytes of RAID disks on multiple drives.
It will be interesting to see how things evolve...
Let's hope they get the screen resolution right
The really killer problem with the Picturebook (I own several C1XS which I still run with XP and Linux) is that the 480 pixel high screen is just not enough to get a decent menu displayed, let alone a default XP max menu size of 600 pixels.
Any netbooks with less than 768 pixels height are of no interest to me at this point. With Linux or XP.
I can just manage with XP on my Fujitsu P1510 with its 1024x600 screen, but I had to set the menu bars to disappear, and use other tweaks which are a pain. Even then many windows open to large for me to be able to click the "OK" button at their bottom...
The form factor with which the advertising is teasing us does not bode well for a decent screen geometry...
I would appreciate help with replication
Despite the double entendre in the title, that with which I need help is replication of a MySQL database over two servers at differing locations. I have read the MySQL manuals, but I would appreciate a pointer to a tutorial or a book which explains the procedures in more detail. Currently I am working with a 1 gigabyte DB, and I would like to mirror or replicate it so I don't lose everything next time a server-farm disappears...
You forgot the real original - HP95LX and HP200LX
The grandaddy of them all was Hewlett Packard's HP95LX, running DOS. The one I have sitting in front of me proudly announces "Lotus 123" amongst the pre0installed applications.
The HP200LX actually announces "Palmtop PC - 1MB RAM" from its fascia. It also has Lotus 123, but allso ccMail and Pocket Quicken...
Both of mine are still fully functional, and one even has a memory card in its expansion slot replete with 5 MB of SRAM..
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- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps