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Google pries open YOUR mailbox, invites developer partners

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Time to drop Gmail?

I use my Gmail account for Google related stuff only. Looks like it's definitely going to stay that way - really don't find handing the keys (that permissions stuff is far too lax for some 'enterprising' developers...) to my box to other apps that appealing. If Google are going to tweak the Android Gmail app to give access non-gmail accounts - that'll be the nail in coffin of the Android Mail app.

So, K9 mail [or similar] + non-Gmail email accounts in future? Perhaps I'll stick to my Orange email account as they don't spaff its access to all and sundry, Ahhh...er ...wait....

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

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Homebrew..ish HP boxes as servers..

Couple of P4 HP D530 3.0GHz boxes (off eBay for ~£80 ea)

1 x SME server for..er files; email; personal storage 1TB drive (backup to ext drive). Done sterling service for years (with updates/upgrades) and just works. P4 has gigabit ethernet

1 x Mythbuntu box with 3 Hauppauge DVB-T cards 1TB disk; sits in cellar; backup to ext drive by eSATA (only approx 2.5 hrs...) when I feel it needs a recent image. Reason for this later.

Ther servers are 24/7 and they are not particularly low power but they are very quiet boxes; been very reliable and don't run full bore (and very cheap)

TVs are: 4 x mixture of HP D7900 USDT + Zotac mini-ITX (in Akasa crypto cases-small!). These have decent enough video output (DVI) for TVs which are 17in to 23 in monitors (off eBay again). All these have USB Hauppauge remotes and run Mythbuntu (frontends only - boot OS and it will find the server). All these on SSDs so very quick boot (under 15s). Modified LIRC file means the remotes can switch off picture but keep TV running (great in bedroomif Misses want TV/Radio sound but I want darkness for sleep!). Zotacs need active cooling or run too hot so need slightly larger CPU+Case fans with down rated speed.

Only problem with all these is the Hauppauge USB Remotes-work fine with Zotacs but for some reason all HPs (diff boxes/processors) crash X to terminal panic if the rooms gets cold- really irritating in winter when kitchen PC dumps out - easier to reboot. Works fine now it is Summer!!

All these are linked by wired ethernet in the house - gigabit input to switch from Media server and SME box - 100mBit to the rest of the house (18ports used + spare) . I have wireless but only use it for the Mythremote app on my phone to control the mythfrontends or to program recordings whilst watching TV/film/recodings/Videos/music from frontends. DLNA client (Skifta) on phone finds mythbox OK - just a bit skimpy on how it can search (Skifta issue). Streams video to phone/tablet fine (probably because nothing else is on the wireless!).

Reason I backup whole Myth server disc is when I go on holiday; I copy the ext backup disk to a 1TB 2.5in drive and put this in another HP D7900 USDT. Take this plus monitor+wirelessN router/switch+cables in a small laptop/work case on holiday (house in France - no telephone/broadband yet - long story). Just tell the wireless router it's now my 'home router' by address; boot HP and all recording/music/videos now available if we get bored. Use Mythremote on the phone to control this holiday box - couldn't be bothered sorting USB remote - particularly as we do stream more to phone/tablet on holiday from out of sight of the mini-server

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Twaddle

You mean you've never needed to pay in a shop and the terminal cannot/will not connect??

Seriously?

Where do you live? We can then all move to this cloud-topia you speak of.

Me, I live in a [relatively prosperous] suburb of Manchester [UK] and this cloud-payment-scan thing fails nearly every week - in a wide range of shops....

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

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[W]Edimax wifi woes with Win7....[nod to Tweety Pie]

Had same problem with Edimax USB Wifi adapter - had to connect a Win7 pre-installed puchased PC to home network and and didn't want to use the wired port in the room because the linux Myth server lives on it normally. Nicked son's USB wifi dongle and Win7 found USB wifi - couldn't identify driver needed - despite wired port plugged in and connected to internet! Tried Troubleshooting wizard; tried looking for Edimax model in Win 7 properties pages and d**icked about in terminal to see if it would tell me model. Eventually gave up and looked at Edimax website - must have been at least a dozen models listed! As I wasn't going to try and install each one in turn - rebooted PC into linux LiveUSB** and found wifi name and manufacturer's USB id codes. Googling identified the model sufficient to download correct driver* from website.

PS - needed wireless as my statutory professional body's Contimual Professional Development page REQUIRES Flash to use and is not completely happy with Flash on Linux

* Actually the wireless configuration/utility GUI crap a la Edimax which then installed the driver. Win 7 stiil requested a reboot to make it work

** May be a reflection of my relative inexperience with Win 7 and use of linux [multiflavoured]/solaris since 1996

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GP surgeries MUST DO BETTER on data handling, says ICO

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Re: How to opt out:

As someone who needs daily access to Summary Care Eecords for new hospital admissions - can I second that you DO NOT opt-out of the Summary Care Record bit - otherwise we may miss you are diabetic/epileptic etc ;not give you something in time and your brain is fried - permanently

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Re: Everything you need to know ...

" but I regard the entirety of my medical records, existing and future, as private and personal"

They are NOT private and personal - they contain personal information which is confidential - that is something completely different. Also why is your [private contractor providing services to NHS for your care] any more entitled to hold your private and confidential information than the NHS itself? Whilst I disagree with passing on data 'for profit' ; surely using anonymised data collected for NHS purposes for health planning is pefectly reasonable?

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Nokia waves goodbye to device biz as phone sales continue to spiral

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Re: What is wrong with you people.........

Psshaw Big_Ted, For a moment, I almost believed you were being genuine. Shame on me; I must be needing a holiday..

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Former HTC staffers charged with fraud, leaking company secrets

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Schadenfreude for Senso?

(if you dont get it- look it up - Microsoft thrown in for good measure)

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DisARMed: Geeksphone's next high-end mobe to pack Intel x86 inside

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Re: Not another smart phone?

Wow

Wow

Wow

Hats off

And wow!

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
IT Angle

Re :"It will do for golfing what snowboarding did for skiing," he said.

i.e. thes new ' golfers ' will sit on their backside across the piste/fairway smoking joints; saying 'like' every third word and doing b*gg*r all golfing.

Aaaarrhhh now I feel better. Pre- Val Claret rant over..

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Wants: Forward planning using a stored route

I've plumped for the TomTom on Android program (yes - I hate 'App' as well) having previously used Copilot. The 'features' which irk the reviewer eg 'via' malarkey are also a feature of the Android program. I drive to-from south Manchester-Liverpool daily (just love Thelwall Viaduct..) - I know the route very well - been doing it for 17+yrs - and have to say TomTom is far better than the Copilot with respect to

: - alternative routes (Copilot deems the Runcorn bridge as non-existent and I DO NOT want to go to the M60 as a diversion!);

: - traffic delays/incidents - does tell me on MY routes well in advance (market penetration in the NW perhaps)

: - MUCH better at giving a reasonably accurate estimated arrival time and clearing them as they resolve - Copilot quite often wildly out even by my r'n'r reckoning.

What really falls down at TomTom is setting a route as a saved route (for recurring future use) - recalling it and letting it advise you as you start out on the defined route. Seems the reviewer found a similar 'feature' irksome (it's the only reason I keep the Copilot).

I also think that it won't be long before they move out of hardware altogether, although there must be a market for those people who cannot drive/don't want to drive a smartphone - e.g my father-in-law, (actually he can't drive a satnav either but that's another story)

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Munich signs off on Open Source project

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: Wow.

That's faster than our current XP to Win7 upgrade in our office (NHS). One PC every 3 weeks or so (out of 8). Oh and don't pull the 'its the specialised apps' excuse, THOSE are specifically exluded.!!

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.2: Tablet PC, CRT screen and more

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Psion netBook

The original and the best. Put a 'Pro' battery in mine for longer life (the Win CE Pro is not match for the original)

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Re: Model M

B**t**d! Sell one to me, I.'ve only got two (in daily use. ) had to rewire cable on one as all tje insulation cracked and fell off. Still the best - just dont drop it on your foot. Mine are 1987 vintage made in Scotland I think from label on th back.

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PlayStation 4 a doddle to fix: Handy if it OVERHEATS, for instance

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re: probably slightly cancerogenic

I think you will find that is "carcinogenic"....

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Look at how many ways we ruin your life, Redmond boasts

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know know why???

Like the last sentence - just for emphasis or trypo/spelchek ???

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

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Re: Motorcycle Helmets

D¤mn!!! You beat me to it

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Joke

Re: Dyson have a point.

but then wouldn't the Miele 'Cat'n'Dog' model have an unfair advantage??

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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Re: end of the working week for the public sector

"after 1pm on Friday which is the end of the working week for the public sector "

Don't know which public sector in the UK you are referring to but MY part ( >27 yrs experience) is busiest after 2pm on Friday and frequently works beyond stated "day" to finish the work

Try not to generalise if basing this on your personal prejudices or "I have a mate in the pub whose wife knows someone in the public sector"

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Kids LIE about age on Facebook, gasps Brit ad watchdog

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Britain's best chance ..

"What kind of name is "Zuckerberg" anyway? Foreign, no doubt."

It's lunchtime and you now owe me a keyboard sir!!!!!!!!!!

Love the irony (which just HAS to be intentional...) "What kind of name is "Zuckerberg" anyway? Foreign, no doubt."

posted by "Andreas Koch"

Absolute class!

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Mars, bringer of WAR: Quatermass and the Pit

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

great film

Have the Hammer film in my film 'collection' - quality Hammer film-making (they DID make some good ones!) must have good copy as it also still looks good on the TV

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Megaphone

Re: Slightly OT

"Dutch have experimented with 'shared' urban road space"

Yes I've been "subjected" to that 'shared space' in Amsterdam and suburbs as a pedestrian. Not recommended - at all. fine for slowing car drivers but I witnessed horrifying intimidation of pedestrians by angrey; yelling; bell/horn ringing cyclists weaving at speed amongst pedestrians. Cyclists seemed to believe all the space was theirs; as cycles are silent, pedestrians would (out of fear) stop dead and turn to check behind before changing direction - which meant of course all sorts cannoned into them.

Before anyone dismisses being hit by a cyclist - I work in the Hosp sector NHS (critical care). had one fit 65yr old man hit by a cyclist from behind whilst walking his dog. Hit face on the ground- > compromised airway+facial fractures leading to ITU admission and nearly 6 months in hospital. being hit by a cyclist is no joke

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Review: Nokia Lumia 720

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Devil

Re: Almost perfect

I hate to say it - but you are right regarding the OS - no teenage kid/anyone cares. In my view that explains why people keep buying iOS phones (that is MY OPINION).

Phones look nice; spec sounds good etc but for reasons Dave 15 gives - I will not buy a Nokia while Elop is around. In addition the OS puts me off - my dislike of MS goes back to DR-DOS; Stacker; FoxPro, Sendo......

You may say I'm cutting my nose off to spite my face but in my book it's standing by my principles of not supporting such companies, (yes, Sky/Murdoch are in the same boat)

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

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Stop

Re: What a surprise! Linux is STILL not ready for the desktop!

I have a [work issued] HP mini 311; it refuses to hibernate properly and will not awake requiring power cycling - every time. It runs WinXP; conclusion : after 30+ years Windows is not ready for the desktop.

(FWIW: SAME machine runing Linux [stock Ubuntu 10.04] hibernates and reawakes perfectly: Conclusion Linux is ready for netbooks?)

I have many other examples with WinXP and wireless cards - and before you say "bad/misconfigured drivers" - that is EXACTLY what you are bleating about

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Living in the middle of a big city? Your broadband may still be crap

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Meh

45Mbs down via Infinity2+copper - small terrace in small town...

Always get 45-43Mbs - still arguing with BT that I SHOULD be getting better (apparently from the BT Wholesale tester I only lose ~2MBS from the cabinet to the house - copper get into house via a f****ng pole as well).

1892 Terrace in outskirts of S Manchester. S'pose I can't complain but as it's 45Mbs exchange->cabinet shurely they can do better (i.e. can I have closer to the 'up to 80Mbs' that I pay for)?

BT say as it's [service] within the tolerance for guaranteed minimum service (50Mbs) they won't do anything ("go away and be grateful")...............

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Google AXES another 1,200 employees from Motorola workforce

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Joke

Re: Lime Pie, eh?

No - it will be squarely aimed at the 'Limey' market only [if they're not too busy running after iPhones..]

UK look out!

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

'World's Smallest Mode'

Shurely shome mishtake?? "mode" for "Mobe"...spellcheck strike again..

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: Yeah, I feel it to bro.

I've not found in my [general computing] background a wired network adapter that does not work with a basic linux install - sort out the rest after intenet is connected.

Persistent internet connection is a feature of Linux heritage of 'being born via/over the internet'. Perhaps you would prefer the scratched multiple install CDs that are the Windows way? Or mid-way through a Windows install that you need an updated dll not on the CD's - Oh yes - need an internet connection to sort that (and good luck find the right one quickly). Face it - almost any modern OS requires internet access to troubleshoot any number of problems - be that access to readable or downloadable resources.

PS - I've done DOS from 3.1-Windows 3.11-Win95 and been in Linux since 1996. I've needed internet access to download the CORRECT PCI network card driver for Windows 3.11 networking to even start linking machines [1995] so don't get me started on this "need internet access to do XXX" - Winows also has previous

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Has to be ... Star Wars!

Ahh the memories of wasted hours [1983) in the Bath Student Union bar trying to 'use the force'. Only got to plant the torp a couple of times.

oddly pints of Wadsworth's 4X didn't help Luke in any form in using the force....

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US lawmaker blames bicycle breath for global warming gas

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Re: UK: Cyclists already pay for the upkeep of roads, as do pedestrians

" its a tax on vehicle emisions". No it isn't. It's a vehicle tax, the current RATE is based upon vehicle emissions (which is a relatively new concept in the history of the tax). Hint: it's called Vehicle Excise Duty and has gone from being a flat rate (for cars) through banding based on engine size then linking the duty to CO2 emissions. It is NOT a tax on emisions as you will find out when Govt finds a new formula for implementing some policy or other.

You ar right in that all tax payers pay for roads some way or other as chunk of council tax (householders) pay some parts; fuel+income tax+other taxes+national insurance get lumped together for Govt to divy out in proportions they see fit..

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Keyboard, you're not my type

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Re: Still the best

My Model M [ '87 version] is also going strong - in daily use - now on PS2 connector + cable - all the insulation cracked and fell off the original. Couldn't find anyone selling the right cable+connector into keyboard so had to splice/solder into remnants of old cable. Excellent afternoons 'farting about' with a good result at the end.

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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Re: May I also point out

Clearly you have never worked for the NHS. I'm in clinical (non medic) and this 'budget theft' is the the norm. My home lab is for personal education for when I jump the NHS ship (>26 yrs long enough to be dangerous to your health

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Xantia's or XMs were a nightmare."

As a longtime and high mileage Xantia owner (4 to be precise); can I say they proved far more reliable than that paragon of German engineering & reliablity ; the VW Golf. My C5 and X-Picasso are similarly trouble free - I cannot believe that I have been SO lucky

Half of the resale price bit is due to Peugeot/Citroen discounting new prices so much.

Brits also never liked the hydropneumatic suspension (best bit ever and around since late '50s). Odd when it seems good enough for Rolls-Royce (most of which is Citroen parts..)

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Soot forces temperatures more than thought: AGU

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Joke

Re: Crappy Ford drivers take note

or have flashing brake/tail lights when the indicators are used............

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Jean Le PHARMACIEN
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VED (UK) is geared to Co2 emission BUT DIESELS ARE TAXED AT A HIGHER RATE than petrol vehicles for their actual CO2 emission - it's called 'Government fiddling the emissions rules'.

People use diesel as the engines use less fuel/mile than similar engine size petrol vehicles (even with the skewed VED/CO2 rate banding - still works out cheaper) ; they are particularly suited to long distances at constant speed; produce good torque for a given engine size and historically are more robust than petrol engines.

I think BMW might take issue with your heavy engine / inferior handling comment (heavier engine due to having higher compression than petrol).

Having driven both petrol vehicles (BMW) and diesel (Citroen) to 200,000 miles several times over, I can tell you which ones coped best (hint: not the German thingy even thought they were nice cars).

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HMRC hops back into bed with Microsoft, finds purse £10m lighter

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Trollface

Re: Incoming!

Cue 25 posts from people using Win 8 pointing out how touchscreen interface will help HMRC improve productivity over existing stellar performance on XP desktops. Oh, er wait....

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

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Coat

Re: Another MythTV user

Old HP D530 slim desktops are OK (eBay £30+ a decent Nvidia card) for MythTV - bit noisy though. Better to buy second hand Zotac ION boards w 1-2GB RAM + Akasa Cryto case - can be done for under £100. Work well as frontends (my server is D530 CMT +3GB RAM + 3 tuners and in the basement...) and can happily cope with three / four frontends round the house. Don't forget - SSDs are your frontend friends

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Having a work-issued 11.6in ; I'll second that (from my 10in 2140)

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Coat

Re: Still using a 701

From the deck of HMS Ramilies; I salute you sir!

I think you mean 'admirable'

Collects coat........

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Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: not forgetting the VIA options

Buy an extended battery for it - I did for mine and it really was worth it [you can still get them via eBay and some replacement battery suppliers]

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Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Pint

Re: That "Microsoft" experience was so dreadful that it has now killed the entire Netbook market.

Like it!

Neat 'Sendo' reference there [for anyonw lost - just Google 'sendo microsoft mobile phone' and watch the muck fall into place.

Yes MS did 'do' for the netbook - they trashed the whole 10in lightweight laptop idea [by leaning on the OEMs] while they tried to kill WinXP and put us all on Vista.

Those of us who 'got' the netbook ethos will mourn their disappearence [but eBay will probably be a great supply for years]

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NetBooks are dead! Long live the netBook!

As posted by others, these are great devices if you have the right one and the 'limitations' are the reasons why you bought one. I have an HP2140 - near full size keyboard; it's quick enough (max RAM + Xubuntu); excellant for light internet use on the go/writing emails (much easier to write larger emails with a keyboard); watch films whilst on holiday (useful to have ability to link t a larger monitor albeit VGA); decent batery life (4-6hrs depending on task). I would never use or carry a laptop and an ultrabook is too over-specced/xpensive for my needs. The netBook is a perfect smartphone companion when travelling

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Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

"smoking the weed........really good s**t considering the trouble"

Can I claim "I see what you did there..." number 2 ?

Yes, the "number 2" qualifies as "I see what you did there..." number 3 before anyone else starts...

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Virgin close to releasing long-delayed TiVo app

Jean Le PHARMACIEN

Re: I already have a working [MythTV] app...

I'd like to see you try and get to the shops in a remote control car; at least both TiVo and MythTv allow you to record TV programs; the fact that TiVo has satnav is irrelevant

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Re: I already have a working [MythTV] app...

Putting it politely, rather than with peevish remarks/sniping, the point is an open source DVR manages to have a web interface to control it's actions whilst Virgin seem to be struggling to get an app out to do the same on a commercial product.

Just to put the record straight, I don't run Arch. I have better things to do with my time.

Are you having a bad day? You do seem rather bitter about something...

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Re: I already have a working [MythTV] app...

No the article was about the CAPABILITIES + FEATURES + delivery of the app - not the box it controlled! I cannot have a TiVo as my town has no Virgin cable (or from any company...) but if I HAD a TiVo I would be asking why there is this control interface gap.

"Can it decode Virgin and record cable channels?" is irrelevant as far as discussion of the app goes - if an app can control a box to record FreeView; then if the box is also capable of decoding virgin/cable channels the the app will be able to do that also.

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Coat

I already have a working [MythTV] app...

It's called MythWeb and I can program my mythbox from my phone/mini tablet to make recordings and see what's already recorded. Mythmote allows me to use the phone as a remote control to the box and stream recording from my MythBox to my phone (thanks to Skifta/DLNA client of you choice).

All works very well

So what HAVE Virgin been doing - unless they've been making a 'superapp' of it all...

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Kick your computer... before it kicks you

Jean Le PHARMACIEN
Coat

Re: The Model M is truly ... (was: mechanical keyboard)

Who downvoted that post! Take six of the best and stand in the corner.

The Model M is THE keyboard. I know - I have two - the don't even die when the original cable desquamates it's insulation (aarrggh an hour or two with a 'new' PS2 connector+cable and figuring out which pins/cable corresponds to the original DIN plug prior to soldering..)

Killed a number of 'expensive' new keyboards but my 'M' keep on going on and on ...and on..

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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+1 for everything everyone has said above...(even the comments from my wife)

I have those boxes filled with cables; old DVD drives that still work and get used for diagnosing dodgy modern drives; 'proper modem' cards; 60Gb hard drives (for that emergency mythtv frontend); 12v power bricks...it's all there. Even complete P4s (those HP 530 machines REFUSE to die).

And a 1.2Mb 5.25 in drive...(anyone got an edge connector for those?)

There is some hope; I've ditched all but one of the 3.5in drives pulled from REALLY old machines (they read damaged disks where newe drives won't); all the 3.5in disks (unreadable now) ; all the 10baseT cards..All the (broken) CRT monitors)

The newer LCD monitors are being reused as TV replacements as my LCD TV's die (Ha!... MythTv again)

The *spare* IBM Model M keyboard is staying...obviously

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