Feeds

* Posts by Delbert

48 posts • joined 25 Jun 2011

Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

Delbert

landfill rumours may be premature

Having been badly burned buying a Moto Android hampered by Moto/Google first refusing to update the firmware and then the dreadful clunky Google front end which simply ate data allowance by continually 'phoning home' and ignored attempts to block the drain. I put it back in the box and vowed never Motorola again. I found a 3G Windows ME phone - I know a retrograde step but it solved the data issue and I was moderately happy with a interface familiar to my old iPaq (2G).

I did need an android for a number of applications and now finally I have Chinese droid that works admirably, one which is upgradable, carries eight gig of storage plus a microSD slot and a second simcard slot (though only 2G) it doesn't have a massive megapixel camera (which I don't need) What it does have a slick capacitive multipoint touch response, unfussy interface, 5 inch screen and googleplay. Cost? a lot less than these featured here . Simply it does exactly what I need, it may not be a Starbucks table item of man jewellery (OK it looks a lot like a Samsung Galaxy S5 until you get very close) - but it seems while the big players stampede into specifying more unwanted features the actual Chinese manufacturers are listening to what users want and quietly making their own decisions like including everybody's favourite better battery life - well can you find a phone with a battery that really lasts to the specs? I have now five days standby with a few hours of websurfing and a handful of calls thrown in I'm down to just over 40% battery life? the landfill can wait!

0
0

Virgin Media sales are a bit flat under the Cable Cowboy's reign

Delbert

lack of value

I'm a subscriber who has watched VM steadily ramp up prices using little incremental things we are are not supposed to notice. In the end it was the constant repeating of programmes on TV that made me take another look at the rediculous amount of money I was expected to pay for a service no better than freeview with TV cancelled after subscribing to Netflix I'm over £40 a month better off and that first month covered the cost of my new freesat PVR rather less than the cost of "installing" ie plugging in a Virgin+ box .

They played a similar game with my mobile account with an enticing PAYG deal for twelve months that became a joke quickly from 20p for a days internet it jumped to 40 then 50p rehashed the call charges and it was time to cancel that as well. Time they learned that having loyal customers is not a reason to fleece them.

0
0

Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Delbert

Re: Great headline!

That sounds about right 50/50 split sadly though they have lost the plot in the same way Tandy did pricing themselves out of the market for those without urgent need. These days I check the 'specials' flyers when stuff actually gets marked down to the true street value. Why pay a couple of quid for a pretty blister pack with two plugs when you can buy 10 delivered for less money?

0
0

Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

Delbert

Re: Why pay for Google? to have all your bases

The elephant in any room involving Google is privacy and their record much like the elephant stinks. Would anybody discussing commercially sensitive information really trust them not to be trawling through communications in the way they routinely do with every product they produce? like that elephant its not going to fly.

2
1

HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

Delbert

Re: legal?

I think you are correct in consumer law , holding a customer to ransom when you have supplied goods with a fault is not going to fly and is likely to get you dragged into court for failing to comply with the law,. Persue this in the local small claims court and send in the bailiffs to HP for reparations and siezures when they try to ignore it!

1
0

Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

Delbert

Wrong question?

So far as I am aware I have not missed any episodes or movies of the good Doctor an advantage of being almost as old as a Timelord. I've warmed to all of them,I agree Mcgann should have been given more tenure Hartnell and Troughton were authoritarian figures Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee the two best Doctors in my mind they added depth to the role with their portrayals, Davidson was lighter more flippant a sea change in the role, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy were more idiosyncratic Doctors, which you prefer depends as observed when you came to the series of the reborn series Tennant would be my choice a blend of those who came before , not taking anything away from the others who carried the mantle with equal aplomb. but what of the companions that were the conscence, assistance and occasional voice of reason? I can tell you who was the worst but who was the best? they were the other side of the coin you could not have one without the other!

1
0

Amazon's cloud revenues rocket up as company posts loss

Delbert

Something to hide?

I wonder if yet again this is an example of undisclosed earnings for tax purposes? if I was in a revenue office I would be all over this like a fat chick in a cake shop. $1.6 billion is not an amount you find left in your spare jeans and to fail to account for it fully is nothing less than concealment..

0
0

Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

Delbert
Thumb Up

No Hollywood

The BBC would be unlikely to cast an 'A' list Hollywood actor budget constraints would rule that out, if Benedict Comberbatch had not taken the studio shilling I would have given him short odds , he has that idiosyncracy in spades. I think for my money David Threlfall would be by far the most obvious choice he has a great track record, can go the distance in a series (Butterflies, Shameless,Men of the World,Paradise Postponed,The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby)

0
0

WordPress warns of mass Tumblr defections after Yahoo! deal

Delbert
Holmes

and no axes were ground honest

Hardly a disinterested bystander are we Wordpress, and not trying to panic anybody to their services at all?

ooh look was that a pig flying past the window?

0
0

Software update knocks out Space Station communications

Delbert
Happy

Re: Hmmm...

I would be less than surprised if it was the flash player update that took it down :-)

0
0

Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

Delbert

how fast can you jump on the bandwagon?

Ah another politician shows olympic class jumping skills. A redtop tabloid newspaper prints a story which is demonstrably inaccurate about kids accidentally accessing porn on the web. Even after repeated google searches by interested parties might have skewed the results a simple duplication of the search still proves the story was based on a downright lie but the bottom feeding frenzy had already been triggered. It is up to parents to take responsibility for the actions of their offspring and not nannies who just look to boost their approval rating with voters if that was a top Labour politician the Milliband must be crying with shame.

1
0

China fingered as counterfeit parts flood tech supply chain

Delbert
Thumb Down

Is it news

Eerm not exactly anything new now i it I was conned into buying 'legitimate' fakes in my early years of building PC's. The infamous PCchips company were only too happy to fake clock speeds and caches to sell substandard boards . They escaped the attentions of regulators who by rights should have banned the company from ever trading with the west for such blatent fraud. Seems to me this is merely a continuation of the same business plan.

0
0

Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

Delbert

Sheldonite

after all he is not getting a Nobel prize any time soon.........

0
0

Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

Delbert

black pudding

yes lovely on a bacon and egg barm (giant oven bottom muffin is better) or as an alternative haggis makes the the ediface superbly spicy.

0
0

Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

Delbert
Alien

film shortage

No they are just waiting for the photo's to get back from the HappySnaps' Lab the postal service is very slow you know

0
0

Taiwan's civil servants caught by sexy email trap

Delbert
Facepalm

Sound idea

Not that I would expect it to have a long term effect but awareness of the problems of security can only be a good thing. One company (no names to save embaressment) employee recieved a suspicious email and forwarded it to IT with the stupidly dangerous suggestion to 'please check' which IT did and infected the system shutting it down for 48 hours so not everybody is immune from acts of foolishness!

0
0

Google snags patent on price discrimination

Delbert
Pirate

Google gazumping

So the answer would seem to be a piece of software to block google tracking totally and since there is a disclosure requirement about cookies lets get busy I wanna be a refusenik

1
0

eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

Delbert
Angel

Re: Damn e-bay

you could say that's magic ...but not a lot!

1
0

'Google can do whatever it wants with the data once it gets it'

Delbert

is size that important? or is it how you use it

Interesting comment 7inch pads are not big enough because we will be selling you a swigeingly expensive iPad which will be much bigger a huuuge 3 inches. :-p

In the real world the 10.2 inch pads are just a bit too big when you handle one as an ebook reader it is just not as comfortable as a book to handle, you want to rest it on one hand like a hardback book, as a youtube viewer held again at book distance from your eyes its rather like sitting at the front of a cinema too much too close perfectly ok for web browsing if websites would stop treating it like a phone and forcing mobile pages to display when it would be preferable to use full page size. Me? well I've had a 10.2 for over a year its handy but you want to put it on a desk like a notebook or rest it on your knee like a laptop, my wife agrees tried mine for a while and we got her a 7 inch pad which does everything she wants without causing wrist RSI If 7 inch was really too small then everybody would throw out their iPods wouldn't they?.

The only things these pads are missing is the snob appeal of half eaten fruit.........

0
0

What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

Delbert
Happy

Re: Why not just...

Spot on, even in the days of roll film the best professionals would admit to being as happy as a pig in poop if they got a couple of worthwhile shots on a roll (36 exp) the rest went binwise in fact never got past the contact sheet (thumbnails by todays standard) its a major problem with digital that people save garbage just because they can. Be ruthless bin the bad stuff and keep the worthwhile so you do not look an idiot when you share a pile of badly focussed badly composed over exposed wastes of time and cyberspace. Personally I publish a few of mine on our blog at www.classicrockradio.eu to publicise artists and gigs I willl only use the best three or maybe four I could easily share the two or three hundred taken but we want to have an readership afterwards.

2
0

William Shatner confirms Devon town actually prostitute free

Delbert

Tourist Information

Bill did a great service to Ilfracombe his off the cuff comment was obviously a joke and one that the Burghers of the town should enjoy and share I reckon a free holiday is in order to further boost the brand.

0
0

Star Trek's Wesley Crusher blasts Google+ landgrab

Delbert
Thumb Up

Google = evil empire?

I'm very careful about revealing any info on a Google service it gets stored away indefinately get in to dashboard and delete it away and why do they want my mobile number? they won't get it .!

Respect to Wil having been a child star it takes a lot of fortitude to become a respected adult actor. There is a huge list of child stars that never achieved their potential with that particular Albatross hanging round their necks, plus he seems to enjoy playing the darker characters great in both TBBT and Eureka

0
0

Windows 3.1 rebooted: Microsoft's DOS destroyer turns 20

Delbert

Re: I had WfW3.11

It rather depended on what programs you were running, the weak spot of the Cyrix was the coprocessor (maths processor as we used to call it) if you ran anything that depended on it you were dead in the water. However gamers were very fond of them supplied at very low prices they could outperform intel chips costing nearly twice as much but only if your game liked them and most did it was a no brainer. did you ever come across the SGS Thomson 486 DX 2 80 that was a big surprise the 40mhz bus plus some trick internals meant it benchmarked nearer to the 486 DX4 120 billy bargain chip!

0
0
Delbert

Re: memmaker

Worth remembering that Microsoft gave a clear message about their predatory intents by ensuring that DRDos Windows users could not use Smartdrive to cache effectively hobbling performance. DRDos was hugely frugal by loading memory resident programmes into legacy reserved areas of memory it freed up base memory easily. Using memmaker was more of a black art to get anything like the results of DRDos you needed to load programs in the correct order to fit the available spaces in the the upper memory blocks..

0
0

Half of Apple fanbois would bank with the iPad titan

Delbert
Big Brother

certifiable users

We are all shredding our documents hiding PIN's and setting privacy filters so why on gods earth would anybody outside of an asylum let a giant unaccountable corporation in a foreign land have access to our money in addition to , all our history, personal details, browsing, searching blogging , access to website purchasing information and location? Google are trying it though they have no published plans to become a bank ....yet! I've spent twenty minutes disabling features on a phone and they still managed to pass all my contact details through their server time has come to say enough unless you already have an apple/google barcode tattooed on the back of your neck.

0
0

So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Delbert
FAIL

So bad it transcends cult status

When you get a faux horror musical that the fans hate the band hates and the general audience detest what more can you say. Well if you can last 20 minutes unaided by alcohol or psychotropic drugs please visit a psychiatrist the movie -

"Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park"

you can add to a lesser degree each time "Steve ( I used to be funny on SNL) Martin" takes an icon and besmirches it with a remake or in case of Bilko a travesty there can be no excuse especially when you crayon in the script.

0
0

Samsung reveals Tocco Lite 2 release details

Delbert

missing info

ts going to be more desirable than the mk1 as it has wifi capability but come on out of the box a paltry 20mb of onboard storage is somebody having a laugh?

0
0

George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

Delbert

The Farce is Strong in this one

When you make a series of movies based on adult oriented action- based themes it shows a degree of arrogance when you tag three more on that would not challenge a five year old and are surprised that you are royally criticised for not keeping the faith with the audience that made it possible who btw have got older not regressed into childhood. The world moved on after the Empire Strikes Back and merchandising became important to the profitability of film but that cannot excuse creating cutesy charactors that have no right in scifi aside from excrable Disney flicks to snag the adolescents into collecting more tatt he cries art-house and yet produces sales orientated pulp. I will not shed a tear at the news I cannot see anything good coming if he continued just more boxed set limited edition collectibles.

2
0

UK student faces extradition to US after piracy case ruling

Delbert
IT Angle

Quid Pro Quo

So by extension if I take out and order against the CEO of a large American Company which has infringed my rights by illegally modifying software on my computer and others in the UK (said company has already been found in breach of European Law ) will he be extradited by Dave Cameron's legal team, TBH I don't expect Bill Gates to start sweating anytime soon

3
0

The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

Delbert
FAIL

You cant fight technology

I've had the same issues I drive a MAN truck with Euro IV compliant technology. Once the ecu decides there is a fault it disables the engine and may take several reboots of the system to drive away . However if there is a sensor out of range it simple will not start. That can be as simple as the temperature spike when the engine is shut off after a run not really what you can call progress and yes I have been stranded by it thankfully not on train tracks.

0
0

Ofcom squeezes local TV into 20 cities' tight White Spaces

Delbert
Unhappy

why?

I have cable and several hundred channels to access but the content is simply not there. Most is simply recycled tripe anything the least bit notable is available on three different channels .We simply do not need more channels we need fewer and ditch the endless repeats for new material

rather than further diluting the revenue stream .

0
0

GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search

Delbert
Linux

Intelligence

I suppose it has to be asked who supplied the url to Google? I have to say I am very tempted to download the page and use it as wallpaper on my android pad , but backdoors and shortcuts are what information seeking is all about. Who has not when confronted with Error 404 rather than run back to google had a little search around with alternate url's they would expect to find and found themselves on pages not normally accessible or in Nerdvana in FTP heaven with direct access to page source files?

0
0

Bloke pays inked tribute to Top Gear

Delbert

More ink

Amazing he could have Clarkson on the other leg and still have space somewhere between to put Hammond...... :-)

0
0

Harry Potter director takes on Doctor Who movie

Delbert

Bovverd - not

So a big screen production of a classic TV show? any actor with two brain cells to rub together will know what Hollywood's track record is and also the expression 'bad career move' which leaves Steve Martin who is really very good at burying classic TV and Movies without a trace the perfect murder!

Funny thought though the Dr has always been idiosyncratic a little odd or off the wall crazy ...and I understand Mr Charlie Sheen is available

0
0

Gov reduces e-petitions to public spleen-venting exercise

Delbert

PR exercise

If you had any dealings with this huge waste of time and resources under the previous government you would have no doubt what it was. Even petitions with massive support were ignored with subscribers receiving platitudes via email which said in a nutshell what the govt's policy was, that they were elected and no matter how many told them where to stick it they had the mandate and thanks for being gullible. I had hoped the new govt would have allowed free votes on matters of great concern but it doesn't really look like it.

0
0

US Navy in new electromagnetic railgun milestone

Delbert

Enough to boil a very big kettle

Looking at the cabling attached to the gun it poses the question just how much energy does it require to discharge? and secondly where is that going to from onboard a ship somehow I don't think duracell batteries are quite big enough. Moving projectiles is always a question of stored energy so far I cannot see and alternative to chemical energy that is effective.

0
0

Linehan turns IT Crowd off but NOT on again

Delbert

On the other hand

I imagine his work with Count AS will not be humour related as I have yet to hear the alleged funny man actually do anything remotely connected with comedy and I include the radio series which inexplicably was given a further season . I rather hear mimes on radio 4

0
0

Virgin Media touts high-speed signups and TiVO

Delbert
Thumb Down

Ping is not everything

I'm about due for the annual run of outages that seems to plague VM/Mercury/ C&W or whoever the hell else they have been over my subscription. The ping is now worse than it was 5 years ago never getting into single figures and this year packet losses have prevented me playing my favourite and very undemanding game UT which was smooth as milk on a 1gb cable typically at between 5 and 12ms now I have to exist with 55- 115ms progress? then I'm a banana --- oh and before somebody tries to shift the blame most of the delays are clearly internal VM routing issues try explaining that to the drones in the asian subcontinent call centres

0
1

Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules

Delbert

can we protest

It's a historical fact in the UK that a disproportionate amount of credence is given to the wishes of a tiny minority of 'moral guardians' unelected protectors of the majority its a pity there is no way to answer back to put things into perspective like pointing out that free choice is just that free . if you don't want to know about a game with pixelated naked dancers then look away. 50 million viewers swayed by the wishes of a few hundred.

3
0

Spotify tethers future to Facebook

Delbert
FAIL

A million new users- its just BS

I'm likely to be on that list I do not, have not, will not use spottything I have no use for it and accounts elsewhere in fact I'm an admin at Classicrockradio.eu (shameless plug) but when I found an unknown and obviously unasked for button on farcebook (which is what it has become) I took a look and OMG I have a list of favourites ? of boy bands and pop wananbees which seem to have been trawled from the fetid stinking imagination of a troll in denial, interesting for a committed rock fan they'd put up bulls***t no doubt in and effort to goad me well they did I goed somewhere else. Funny thing though if they had assumed permissions(which farcebook seems to be giving away ) it is bloody obvious to all but a retard what I listen to.

0
0

Ten... all-in-one inkjet printers

Delbert
Holmes

Why not

Looking through the list one thought keeps recurring why would I buy an inkjet from this selection ? I couldn't think of a reason, the only one that was outstanding was the HP office and that was serious overkill for a home user. So for the money I'm likely to get a colour laser no problems with ink drying if I don't use it for several weeks and cost effective. Bit of a no brainer really unless you want a cheap throwaway model.

0
0

Prototype iPhone 5 lost in bar, right on schedule

Delbert

lost? really?

Now we know about Apple's no longer secret tracking of their devices how is it possible to 'lose' one did it accidentally fall into a lead lined box, did Mr Faraday leave the door to his cage open and it just bounced in? More likely is this just an example of iFree iViral advertising designed to get iDiots salivating about the iMpending reduction of their bank account.

0
0

Google dumps TV flop on UK

Delbert
Devil

Moving cursor on screen?

Moving a cursor about on screen is a nonstarter? there speaks a man that obviously has not experienced the wonders of a digital set or cable TV . When you have used clunky equivalents of tabbing to navigate menus one step at a time then surely a joystick or track ball has to be an improvement, the facility is already there on many remote controls with the navigation jog button .

Just a question of getting the software to default cursor movement to the buttons or hot areas of the screen- well its not rocket science is it?

2
8

UK's first Stealth fighter in successful catapult test

Delbert

Stealthy

Its really an interesting concept buy a stunningly expensive fighter aircraft to be used against an enemy which will not put aircraft in the air after hostilities are declared if recent conflicts are to be the norm. Probably the only countries in the world who might risk a fighter war would be Israel who last time I checked we were not at war with and maybe North Korea. Would anybody like to start a war with Kim's finger on the trigger of a nuclear arsenal I'd rather hope only in a (puppet) movie. Which rather leaves Iran who seem to be going the route of long range anti aircraft missiles and UAV's ?

2
0

UK data watchdog 'looking into' Google+ mission creep

Delbert
Pint

Scanning for the cancer

Theres an interesting search you can do as to just how much information Google is prepared to reveal it stores about you details here

http://www.articlesrightnow.com/Art/46235/94/What-Does-Google-Store-About-Me.html

so far you are able to delete it (probably but if it was just concealed how would you know?)

0
0

MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

Delbert
Holmes

Retrograde backward advances?

Why would I 'upgrade' to an OS that will leverage me into replacing my hardware with items that are 'fully' compatible when I can continue to use a system that works without change 4 years after I built it. I won't signup to .Net or Silverlight because I don't need them or the intrusions they 'provide'. I reckon three years is long enough for me to find a viable alternative I've a phone and a Pad both using Android which for a very young OS seems quite efficient and stable with a very low resource requirement and an HTPC a work in progress with Linux on board do I need a massive bill for an OS with no advantages aside from eye candy -can't see it myself.

2
0

Virgin Media blames Activision for Call of Duty lag problems

Delbert
FAIL

Willy waving and VM

Hardware issues aside it makes little difference what video card -new fast improved or five years old, multi core processor or other peripheral you are using aside from a decent network card and router on your home network. That is where the problems with VM lie and it has got progressively worse over the last few years. I play UT on a PC a game that is ancient in FPS terms and the ping has plummeted from low twenties to an average around 100ms with packet loss that frequently makes gaming a joke. Dead before you can move from the spawn point.At 2meg I was punching my weight and winning regularly at 10meg I get games that I cannot get a frag score above evens. Periodically I phone halfwits in a call centre 3 continents away I have had a VM engineer stood with me explaining what the issue was while a card reading git denied any problem existed.

report card: could do better -if they actually did anything at all.

0
0