* Posts by hopkinse

13 posts • joined 20 Feb 2012

VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

hopkinse

Re: Scirocco: - once upon a time........

things were different. the golf was an ugly wee box and the scirocco was much easier on the eye. Once they got the rust problems largely sorted in the late 70s, they were great cars. I had a MKII Storm ( metallic brown - ah the 80s! ) that I loved because it was so easy to work on, most of the parts were the same as a golf, i.e. cheap, and it had decent legroom in the front. Was just a pity they didn't do a turbo Quattro version :-) Had to switch badges for that pleasure

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

hopkinse

Re: There's nothing wrong with using 8.8.8.8 for DNS...

Spinrite was actually quite useful in the early to mid 90's when the hard disks did suiffer from sector drift - I rescued many ST225s, crappy Kyocera KC20s and the like, using it.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

hopkinse

Re: It could have been so different

Tomi Ahonen may not be totally impartial but he does tend to back up his arguments/opinions with freely available figures. He is a bit obsessed with Sun Tzu tho :-)

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

hopkinse

Re: Happier Days

I don't remember the Happy Days episode but I loved Mork & Mindy. The first record (vinyl 45rpm) I ever bought was by a British parody band called the Barron Knights who brought out a single in 1978 or 79 called nanu nanu, shazbot which I thought was the funniest thing ever at the time. DISCLAIMER: I was only 11/12 years old at the time :-) but I've still got it somewhere along with every other bit of vinyl I've ever bought.

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Barack Obama was ALMOST EATEN by a ROBOT GIRAFFE

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Go

Re: Just the prototype

well the British already invented the dirigiberbil years ago....

http://www.rathergood.com/mark

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

hopkinse

Spinrite...

OMG! I've not heard that name for abo0ut 20 years - I still have bad memories of having to nurse Kyocera 20MB dives periodically with spinrite to counter sector drift. I ran it over a weekend once on a CDC/Seagate Wren EDSI drive, that was a whole 670 odd meg, and it was still at it when I came in on on the Monday morning!

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

hopkinse

Re: Not that easy

er - I think you'll find it is possible to read amiga disks with a PC floppy drive - you just need the right sort of controller behind it. I worked for a company in the early 90s that did exactly that, saving images of amiga,commodore,spectrum and amstrad games to PC format files, for writing back to blank media at a later time - these came off 5.25", 3.5", amstrad 3" and cassette. There were PCs in John Menzies & WH Smith shops, usually hidden under the tills, that would write the games back to blank media on the spot, so that the shops didn't have to carry loads of stock, just blank media and inlays.

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OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

hopkinse

Re: Qi?

Wireless charging

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

hopkinse

RE:Re: The Bigfoot was an abomination

I think you'll find that many of the 'Seagate' SCSI / ESDI Wren drives were actually re-badged CDC/Imprimis drives - in 1990 we had a 4766E full height 5.25 with a massive 660MB formatted that came in at a couple of grand: the CDC model number was 94196-766 and Seagate ST4766N. Nothing much has changed over the years. Latterly came in useful for keeping your coffee warm :-)

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We've found it – the ULTIMATE man-cave accessory

hopkinse

Re: Recycle!

That fish box looks a bit posh! When I were a kid in the 70's, I remember bits of old wooden fish boxes being used to repair furniture and make impromptu shelving. If you were lucky, they only smelled faintly of shellfish. Those were they days :-)

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

hopkinse

curly bracket hell....

It's been a while since I last wrote any C but, putting the bracket on the same line, or the equivalent in whatever language you are using, just does nothing for clarity, unless it's a one-liner where it is obvious what's going on. I've never understood why people have to cram their code into the smallest space possible, it's not like the extra whitespace is going to make a jot of a difference to the complied code and gone are the days when you have to try and cram your source code onto a 256K floppy or worse! Coding shorthand so often just obscures the flow, especially if it's the first time you've looked at it for months or years or you have the misfortune to inherit someone else's undocumented project!

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Any storm in a port

hopkinse
Meh

obviously from the same school of design as SCART connectors...

At least USB slots are often on the front of a device where you can see what you are doing. As a previous owner of Peugeot/Citroen cars I was less than surprised to find out that the SCART standard originated from France: a good idea but the implementation fell somewhat short :-) I've lost count of the number of times I have had to scrabble blind at the rear of a TV or video/dvd player, trying to find the tiny sweet spot on a flush mounted SCART socket, where it will actually accept the plug. The alternative being to spend ages disentangling the rat's nest of tv/video/console/satellite/set top box wiring to haul out the offending unit for a better view

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

hopkinse

Looks suspiciously like the ultra-gaudy blue Nokia Lumia colour scheme. Subliminal association intended perhaps?

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