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* Posts by Dan Melluish

14 posts • joined 30 Aug 2011

Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

Dan Melluish

Fire TV stick remote

Just to clarify, the Fire TV stick does come with a basic remote (so you don't have to use your mobile to control it). The compatible extra is the full blown voice-search remote from the Fire TV box.

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O2: no Ice Cream Sandwich for some Sony Xperia owners

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Use wotanserver instead

For anyone wanting ICS, pop over to wotanserver and grab the update there. You'll have to pay a few euros but you'll get the unbranded Sony ICS update. Personally I didn't think it was that great - quite clunky (the lack of memory shows).

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Samsung refreshes ChromeOS hardware with first desktop system

Dan Melluish
Unhappy

Re: Prices in £ please

No problem - just use the usual IT exchange rate formula.....change the $ to a £ and leave the numbers as they are.

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Everything Everywhere activates top-secret erections

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Some praise due?

I know some people are having a few teething issues with the network merge but I think EE are due some praise. An Orange employee posts on digitalspy and had this to say....

"As far as I know this is the first time ever that two networks have been integrated in this way. It is even more of an achievement seeing that the two networks use different equipment manufacturers who have said previously "You'll never get the network equipment talking to each other. Totally incompatible!!". The team of EE engineers spent untold sums of time and money to make the impossible a reality. Even the equipment vendors were astounded that EE got two totally different networks talking to each other, not only that but to also incorporate Smart Signal and in-call handover through 2 different infrastructures? I think that's a totally amazing feat, and should be commended."

Personally my Orange 3g coverage has improved and i'm seeing no issues with speed. Then again, I guess YMMV. I'm sure EE are ironing the bugs out.

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UK mobile broadband carriers compared

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Re: My experience

And by phone i meant dongle.Derp.

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Re: My experience

I see Three give you 14 days to return a phone for a refund. Catch is, it has to be "unused" - so unwrap it carefully and format it before sending it back!

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Ten... Qwerty mobiles

Dan Melluish
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No Nokia E5?

Shame the Nokia E5 wasn't on this list. GPS plus Nokia Maps navigation (offline with little data use) is great on such a cheap(ish) phone.

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Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options

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Re: Useless still?

You can drag and drop folders using the new Windows client - makes life a LOT easier.

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TV market stalls as LCD sales slow

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Re: Hardly surprising...

Our old Philips 32" CRT measured 110 watts or so on our energy meter. The Samsung 32" LCD that replaced it.....110 watts. That figure can be reduced a little by switching on the "energy saving" mode (i.e. reduce the backlight brightness) but the picture quality nosedives.

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Cameras roll on 'blockbuster' new Who series

Dan Melluish
Holmes

Re: It's all relative (natch!)

I believe Benedict Cumberbatch was interested in the role of the 11th Doctor, but ultimately decided against it. He's a fan of the show and would like to appear in an episode though!

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Ten... Freesat TV receivers

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I found a fix for the narrow field of view on my Humax Foxsat remote. If you flip down the front cover you'll see the window for the display and a second round window for the remote sensor. On my Humax both windows had some grey tint paint applied. Carefully scraping the paint from the round window has resulted in much wider field of view for the remote! Seems like a bit of a daft design. I can't take credit for this fix - I found it on one of the Humax support forums.

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The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out

Dan Melluish
Happy

"Launch dialer->press search/lens button->start smart dial :)"

Didn't know that! Ta!

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Android or HTC Sense?

"Surprisingly, only Android supports smart-dialing directly from the numeric keypad."

Is this an HTC Sense thing? Can't do it on my Gingerbread Nexus S :(

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Windows 8 ribbon entangles Microsoft

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I quite like the ribbon!

I've come to quite like the ribbon in Office 2010 - I didn't like it at first but i've come round to it....of course I had a period where it took me ages to do anything in Word while I figured out where everything was.

I suppose that is the biggest issue MS will face - what about all those corporate users? Training your staff is a *big* issue and might be enough to put some buyers off. Then again, if they are already using Office 2010 and Windows Vista/7 then it isn't going to be such a big change for them......i don't know.

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