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13 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007

Everyone's waving their 5-inchers: BlackBerry outs new supersized Z30

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Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish

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FAIL

Keyboard kills it!

I don't know about other developers, but shrinking the size of the cursor keys and making them share functionality with the Home and End is a FAIL for me.

Selecting blocks of code now becomes a convulted 3 finger process - if I wanted to press unecessary extra keys I'd choose a Macbook Pro!

Now if Dell put a high res screen in the E6230 - that would be near perfect!

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Start the clock! Public sector web MUST be disabled-friendly by 2015

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Re: Driving licences?

An example, from my early days making internal Government systems more accessible, is severe RSI; although often not severe enough to warrant appearing on the Register of People with Disabilities.

Often users would struggle to use a keyboard or mouse for any length of time, but could sucessfully use voice recognition software to input data and control applications.

A badly designed form where you couldn't tab between fields or select options using the first letter of the name was nigh impossible to use with voice recognition. A little pressure from their unions, and *a lot* of resistance from a well known blind MP at the time, and I was called in to fix it!

Needless to say the RSI would not have prevented any of them from driving!

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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3% VAT

But Luxembourg are only charging 3% VAT on eBooks - just 35p of the £11.99 price!

Kerching....

Rufus.

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Kobo revamps e-reader line, intros mini model

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Mini & Glo prices

WHSmith are listing both the Mini and Glo as pre-order items with prices. They cost £59.99 and £99.99 respectively - which isn't far removed from the US prices + 20% VAT!

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2011's Best... Premium Tablets

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What's the point of the Reg Rating.

Four of the five tablets score an identical 85%!

Or this another in-joke I've missed.

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Ten... colour laser printers

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Replacement Toner Costs

It's not only the cost/page it's the affordability of the replacement toners to achieve that. For example to get the low cost per page of the Editor's choice - Xerox Phaser 6280 you have to buy the high capacity toners. The cost for each colour toner is £200 and the black £150 a total of £750 just to change the toner - probably over double what you paid for the printer!

For a small office that's too much outlay, but ho, they do offer lower capacity toner at half the price. However rather than half the toner, then put in LESS THAN A THIRD of the toner. This increases the cost/page for colour from 8.4p to an eye watering 14p - one of the worst in the review!

If I was a cynic I might say nasty things about Xerox! Luckily not all printer manufactures are like this!

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YouView to adopt Freeview channel list rules

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FAIL

Pull your finger out!

Considering the original YouView nee Project Canvas nee Project Kangaroo was due to launch in mid 2008, to be honest I don't care what order or even colour the EPG is!

In fact I don't even give a damn if it doesn't have an EPG at all. What I do want is a simple STB which allows me to stream catch-up content from all the main "freeview" providers though a single common interface.

Is that too much to ask, or too difficult to achieve in 5 years FFS!

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Paul McCartney's ex-wife makes phone-hacking claim

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Paris Hilton

As Judge Bennett put it....

...the last time she was before a member of the courts:

"Having watched and listened to her give evidence, having studied the documents, and having given in her favour every allowance for the enormous strain she must have been under (and in conducting her own case) I am driven to the conclusion that much of her evidence, both written and oral, was not just inconsistent and inaccurate but also less than candid,” the judge said. "Overall she was a less than impressive witness."

Personally I think the Judge was just being polite. The Mirror's headline referred to her as "liar and fantasist Heather Mills" which some would say is closer to the truth!

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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad

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Childcatcher

How do they measure?

If it's by sniffing the User Agent from the header, they are likely to be under reporting more configurable mobile devices. For example my mobile browser currently reports itself as:

mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_3; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.16 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0 Safari/533.16

It's not easy to tell from that string that I'm running a standard Android browser with the "mobile view" toggled off, and I suspect it will be recorded as a hit from a Safari browser on the Mac.

That's before you muddy the water further by those mobile devices that allow you to install other browsers i.e. Mobile Opera etc.

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IPVision FetchTV SmartBox 8000 DVR

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Coat

Remote control reincarnation

The remote control looks *identical* to the one that my now deceased NetGem iPlayer (circa 2003) had.

The NetGem iPlayer had a built in web browser and email client which sadly the FetchTV appears to be missing. I wonder if they are in any way related? Or if someone bought up a batch of old and slightly quirky remote controls!

Rufus.

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Times websites want £1 a day from June

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FAIL

Farewell BBC News...

And when the experiment of charging for content fails, how long will it be before there are calls for the BBC to remove it's publically funded online news content which. "..is driving out competition and stifling innovation ..."

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New site marries Google, Yahoo!

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All4One - ten years ago!

I remember being introduced to All4One some time ago which searched Yahoo, Lycos, Altavista and Webcrawler and display the results in 4 resizeable panes using a frameset!

Wow, things have really progressed in 10 years!

Rufus.

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