* Posts by Rumournz

26 posts • joined 25 Jul 2012

The designer of the IBM ThinkPad has died

Rumournz

I think everyone Interested in IT should spend some time with the older Thinkpads. They set a benchmark for reliability (not to mention near indestructability) Indeed my R60 is still chugging away - I'm typing this on it :) makes later laptops feel like flimsy toys :)

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How much do UK cops pay for Microsoft licences? £30 a head or £137? Both

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RE: making a living

Corporations have to eat too...

so do the self-entitled sociopaths that treat wall street as an ATM

so companies like Microsoft and and Oracle have to screw their hostages err customers as hard as possible. At some point their big customers will realise that they can save wads of cash (even factoring in migration) and walk away - even down here in the colonies i've seen this - they hand over the cash and don't ask questions (of themselves let alone Microsoft et al)

the other aggravating factor esp in the public sector is if the departments don't spend the cash, they get their budgets cut..

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Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling

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"First dibs on calling integrated camera the iOfSauron"

and the reg wonders why it doesn't get invited to the church of sci.. err apple events

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Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

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Mushroom

@ bobgameon

MS has run out of shotgun ammo and had to resort to the chainsaw - one wonders what will happen when they find the BFG....

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Is Toshiba mulling asset sales? HDD, TV businesses in the frame

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No great loss for the PC biz

Toshiba are on my permanent sh#t list after 5 laptops (C660D irrc) went tits up in a year (final score 8 motherboards 6 power supplies 3 HDD's) customer service was a dantesque joke

I believe the thinkpads we replaced them with are still trooping away happily - I quit after that nightmare

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128TB SSD by 2018? Toshiba promises much, delivers ... a little

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Dear SSD manufacters

Here's a idea:

1. take your chips, and shove as much as you can into a 3.5" drive

2. pillage my bank account (I'll take 7 now, more later)

3. ???

4 profit

Seriously, why is there no love for the 3.5" form factor?

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

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Anyone taking bets on when accident #176 happens? the boss is getting a little suspicious...

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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the trick is ..

get em hooked young..

I was fixing a friends PC and their daughter (6 at the time) was bugging me to hurry up, so she could use it. so i said it'd be faster if she helped, and while fixing it I pointed out what each of the parts were and what they did - in the finish she re-assembled it (gave it a good clean out while i was at it) she's now studying robotics at Uni...

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X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

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Re: What about Blizzard?

its actually worse than that for Blizzard - at the last earnings call (the other day, actually) WoW is down to 5.4 mill or so subs and IMHO WoW:legion looks like a Warlords 2.0

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: Linux (@Dropbear)

not true so much now - starting from mint 17 you can upgrade without a ground up re-install , and in my (limited admittedly) experience it does it more smoothly than windows ... i still have a W7 gaming box, and when 7 goes EOL i'll switch that to mint as well

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Telstra vid downloads getting SLOWER says new Netflix speed test

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Joke

It's even worse across the ditch

Due to the crap payTV over here in NZ, people accessing Netflix US is breaking DSL infrastructure - bandwidth frequently dropping to '80s dial up speeds and ping times measurable in minutes

the 'fix' is to upgrade to fibre - witch isn't affected, but where i am at least, that's not happening 'till 2018 - if at all

we call the problem 'netflixed'

joke icon - because the situation is one massive one

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Linux

Re: Great article (@ naive)

they do. I'm running mint 17 xfce on a thinkpad R60e and it runs like a cut cat - having an SSD does help, but spinning rust storage is also quite snappy. its my goto for windows upgrades for the great unwashed hordes - aka people who want their ancient windows machines updated / repaired - when windows is no longer an option

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'I thought we were pals!' Belgium, Netherlands demand answers from Germany in spy bust-up

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typical

keep your enemies close, keep your friends closer

-- sun tsu

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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have an upvote for the Grace Hooper ref

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Ink cartridge scammers forced to pen cheque for $AUD100k fine

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Re: They got the wrong guys

agreed - the whole ink-jet game is rigged - stopped using em years ago

for personal use (photos), 99% of the time you're better off using a print service - the one i use is 3 doors down the street, coincidentally right next to one of the best coffee kiosks in town :)

for bulk text printing jobs - laser is the preferred option round here

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

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Re: Microsoft, the 90s called, they want their FUD back.

the fact they jack up the ransom 10-30% err prices every year may have something to do with "record" results

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What, another one? Violin appoints its third EMEA boss this year

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@anonymous coward 12:28

that was nicked from the bond film goldfinger

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

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I still use Winamp today

on my linux box - it's kinda sad that the best music player on linux (you milage may vary) is winamp

i just have the playlist window open, and the keyboard shortcuts have probibly imprinted themselves into my DNA by now...

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

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better plan would be:

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2013/08/arkell-v-pressdram.html

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

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FAIL

Re: What? You mean it's not...

No, it's Admin / Admin, still (set one up for a friend the other week)

still the same as the default from 2000 :(

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Devil

Re: Let me see now, his "logic" would imply that.........

so was bill hicks (google it) *Warning* strongly NSFW

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Re: He killed the Start Button.

the wrong one

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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

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Devil

Re: I used to mildly tolerate of $Deitists....

have an-up vote.. well some people do call Christchurch "the village of the dammed"

it seems it was true...

Satan, just because

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Power-mad HPC fans told: No exascale for you - for at least 8 years

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Facepalm

Re: Just build a nuclear plant.

to build a nuke plant in the states these days requires 2 acts of congress and 4 acts of $diety. So while technically doable, your faster bet would be to wait for the tech to catch up...

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John Key accused of Dotcom ‘brain fade’

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Facepalm

Re: This whole government suffers from Alzheimers.

a lot of people here in New Zealand a sick to the back teeth of the whole dotcom saga - and want him gone, along with the nazi err national government - this may be a chance to be rid of them both . on the other hand, with the government spending so much time putting the fire out it stops them buggering up the rest of the country

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iiNet buys up more bandwidth on Southern Cross

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this is a necessity given Australia's NBN and New Zealand's UFB rollouts, i would'nt be surprised if pacific fiber start rolling out a 3rd string as soon as the second one is done

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