* Posts by romanempire

16 posts • joined 21 May 2011

Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

romanempire
Windows

No good alternatives

Plenty of content on Freeview, more than I'll ever watch. Trouble is its scattered all over the schedules so how to harvest it. I've had hacked Series 1 Tivos for over 12 years and its ability to capture program series and other things via 'Wishlists' can't be bettered. The main problems are the lack of multi-tuner support and the faff of watching content on other devices. (Don't even mention Virgin Tivo - I'm in a not spot and pay TV would be very poor value anyway.)

I have messed around with various Linux media centres (XBMC, Myth TV, OpenELEC, etc) but they take the piss. Especially when it comes to tuner support. I've wasted days at a time googling, reading fora, wikis and howtos and still haven't had a working TV recorder. Great media players but nothing that will just sit in the corner and harvest programs from the schedules using the installed tuners.

Contrast that with the WMC I have sitting in the loft. Done and dusted and operational in a few hours. I'll need to sort a few add-ons to tweak it but the whole driver bit just worked. Don't get me wrong - I wanted the whole Linux thing to work and had useful outcomes using Smoothwall and Freenas but the media centre thing made me lose the will to live.

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

romanempire

Tom Tom are s*#t

Dumbass routing! Travelling back from York to Midlands it always tries (very insistently) to send me down the A1M and M18 and doesn't shut up til I'm way past Barnsley! Granted its about 6 miles longer via the M1 but come on! 3 lane motorway vs 2 lane A road with truck sand self-appointed coppers in the outside lane. Duh!

Useless live traffic! Just renewed the service (only because it was on special offer) because I'm in and out of Brum 3 times a week. It still tries to send me down the A38 Aston "Expressway" even though it takes over an hour to get to the M6. Ring-road around to the A45 is 9 times out of 10 better. I thought it was supposed to get real-time info from speed and density traffic sensors. S*#t S*#t S*#t

Anything better?

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

romanempire
Headmaster

Re: Gordon Brown

"Can't hear anything. La la la".

FTFY

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

romanempire
Mushroom

Just take off...

and nuke it from orbit. Its the only way to be sure!

Seriously though, I always install from a SA ISO and and add the drivers. That works with whatever product key you have, be it OEM, SA, retail, Action Pack. I've done that with Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, Acer and Tosh.

Finding the drivers is the pain. Tosh are the worst, their site is all over the place. At least with Lenovo you just need to install their 'System Update' utility which will detect your hardware and download all the relevant drivers (especially useful when there are 2 or 3 different cardreader/audio/etc used in a given model) and deselect what you don't want. Pity the other manufacturers don't have something similar. Combined with vanilla Windows install media it would make nuking and reinstalling windows much easier especially for home users (given all the dodgy sites that come up when looking for drivers).

(Note to self - get my own MDT instance setup soon!)

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

romanempire
FAIL

[Set Adblock slider to:- Blocked element:

<DIV

id="top_tease" >]

And the 'Expand comments' is dumb beyond words. If I'm interested enough to read the comments then I use the PgDn button. The 'Expand comments' crap forces me back to the mouse which doesn't help my RSI!

The Register

Biting the eyes that read IT

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romanempire
FAIL

Adblock installed...

...because of the redesign. Previously I didn't bother on the Reg as they weren't too intrusive.

It also has the added benefit of blocking that dumbass 'hero' pic. Draws the eye for absolutely no benefit.

The Register

Biting the eyes that read IT

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romanempire

Shit

Too much white space doing nothing. Too spread out.

Too much work to see at which stories might be worth reading.

P.

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

romanempire
WTF?

Duct infrastructure

What's the point of having duplicate infrastructure? The last place I lived had the ridiculous sight of two sets of slit trenches and manholes in the pavement (sidewalk to the merkins) where both BT and Telewest/NTL put their cables in the ground. It doesn't make sense for either the consumer or the businesses concerned (except maybe the guys digging the holes). Openretch should be treated the same way National Grid is. Then all the (phone/net/cableTV) service providers would pay equally and have the same access. A competitive market is all well and good but most of the BT's infrastructure was built out at taxpayers expense and BT are (naturally) hanging on to that advantage for all their worth which means its not a level playing field.

I don't know what the numbers are but it wouldn't surprise me if all the money wasted on duplicate infrastructure would have easily have paid for fibre to every house in the country by now.

P.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Going to pot

romanempire
Boffin

Re: All beside the point.

I assembled something to do this a few years ago. Used a PIR of the type used to control a flood light to control a socket into which I'd plugged a 12v transformer which powered a 12v water valve (from a washing machine). This controlled the water supply to a impulse sprinkler. This worked pretty well once I figured out how to shade the PIR from the sun as it had to face south. Also had a bit of fun finding a PIR with adjustable sensitivity (got it from RS in the end).

It wasn't pretty but it worked. There is an all-in-one device that does the same thing:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Contech-ScareCrow-Motion-Activated-Deterrent/dp/B005MW9VOM

but its good to feed your inner Heath Robinson :-)

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PSST! New PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled are out there – and will be into 2015, at least

romanempire

Two words...

Classic Shell

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Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought

romanempire

Re: ummmm

" If companies can outsource, why can't employees?"

Because an employment contract is a 'contract OF service'. The service must be given personally by the employee. There is no right of substitution.

Other contracts are a 'contract FOR service' and substitution can occur in these.

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Thanks ever so much Java, for that biz-wide rootkit infection

romanempire
Mushroom

I'm for the...

the "nuke from orbit option". Its the only way to be sure.

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FCC (finally) cracks down on BLARING! TV! ADS!

romanempire
Happy

TIVO

One of main reasons I still love my old Series One Tivo and still keep it going despite the lack of dual tuners, HD, etc.

See http://www.tivoland.com/altepg/

R.

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2011's Best... HD TVs

romanempire
Meh

All a bit expensive...

How about an article/review of 37", 42" HD TV's for under £500. Lots of them in the shops and that price point is very attractive in the current economic climate. But are any of them any good???

R.

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BOFH: Attack of the Global Corporate Overlords

romanempire
FAIL

LN is OK except for F5

Have used OL and LN at various clients over the years and its taken a while for OL/Exch to catch up. Both systems can be a steaming pile if the designers/programmers don't give some proper consideration for real world usage. But the thing thats pissed most people off about LN is the F5 key.

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romanempire
FAIL

The main thing wrong with LN is F5...

Have used OL and LN at various clients over the years and its taken a while for OL/Exch to catch up. Both systems can be a steaming pile if the designers/programmers don't give some proper consideration for real world usage. But the thing thats pissed most people off about LN is the F5 key.

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