* Posts by Julesthom

6 posts • joined 2 Nov 2011

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

Julesthom

Ampera?

Isn't this the 3rd Plug-in hybrid? I've had an Ampera for a year...

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Microsoft Office 2013 heads for the cloud but fails to soar

Julesthom

ALL CAPITALS

I don't like the menus... I assumed they were just place holders in a beta screenshot... but they're TOO SHOUTY for me.

Still can't fathom the ribbon though... baffling.

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HD glitch for Apple TV punters

Julesthom

...that would seriously inconvenience a Sky subscriber. Can you?

I'm not clear on the question, but if you're asking "Is there a web service which would make a Sky customer give up their subscription?" - then yes: I cancelled mine, and switched to Netflix. Far, far cheaper, and "stuff" I'm interested in, on demand.

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Gamers grumble over Steam outage

Julesthom

I hate the concept

As a previous poster said: If you've physically bought the boxed game, that should be enough to get going. Buying boxed is an alternative to buying online, and not having physical media.

I bought a game in a Game store whilst I was on holiday, with the intention of killing some time playing it on my laptop. I didn't have an internet connection, so couldn't activate via Steam... so it defeated the whole purpose of choosing to buy the game in-store... It appeared that what I had bought was a box with a disc inside, containing the Steam client, and the game then had to be downloaded.

I actively avoid any games which come with Steam.

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iOS 5's iMessage chops carrier SMS routing traffic

Julesthom

MMS

I have free unlimited SMS messages, so iMessage doesn't really offer any benefit on that front - other than free delivery reports.

The real bonus is MMS - I was paying around 30p per picture message, and sending around 20 or 30 a month. These are now free over iMessage to other iOS users, so I'm probably saving a fair few quid a month...

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HTC Titan WinPho 7.5 smartphone

Julesthom

So close...

I was almost ready to leap from iPhone to HTC, and thought the Titan would be the phone to make me switch - the big screen being really easy on the eye when I tried one in-store.

Unfortunately the lack of upgradable storage has stopped me in my tracks. It's my biggest gripe with the iPhone (my last Nokia took microSD cards...), and I'm hugely disappointed that the Titan has the same restriction. 16GB is paltry, especially if you like to carry a large-ish music collection around with you... at least the iPhone allows you to choose different sizes, albeit they're unreasonably expensive upgrades for the extra storage.

I'll wait to see whether the Titan's successor has larger/expandable storage, and then hopefully leave iOS behind.

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