* Posts by Calum Morrison

78 posts • joined 6 Jul 2007

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

Calum Morrison

Re: Good luck on that one.

"Aye, that's right, with your high volume, high earning, tax paying northern population, generating all that income..."

To reuse an old canard, even if you discount all the income we're creating from oil because it gets lumped into UK revenues rather than Scottish, the cash we get from the UK is then clawed back to pay for so-called "infrastructure" projects as HS2 (a line that will stop 200 miles south of us), Crossrail (a line that starts and stops 400 miles south of us) and a third runway for Heathrow (a road that will drain even more from us). Remind me how much you lot are paying for the new Forth Crossing (the what, I hear you ask?). Ah fuck it, you subsidise us and that's all we ever need to know.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Calum Morrison

Re: To install all in one go

Check your browser settings then - ninite is not and does not install crapware; quite the contrary. Used it lots and never had any issues with it. Your problem is not ninite.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

Calum Morrison

Re: Everyone apart from me, obviously...

The best way to keep an old POP account going is to filter it through gmail (or Hotmail etc). It's crazily simple when you think about it, but these guys filter spam a lot better than your free ISP will, have decent apps for most phones etc and you can send with your original POP address as the reply to, but using their SMTP servers...

It's a teeny bit of a faff to set up - but not beyond most Reg readers' abilities. First of all tell gmail to download from the POP server (leaving existing messages on it as discussed above if you wish - I don't) then, when this is working nicely, there's a setting that allows you to send as that address - in gmail, it ensures you have access to said address for security and gives you the option of using their SMTP server if you prefer (as a lot of ISPs only allow access to their SMTP from their IPs, you want to do this). Next tell it whether or not you want this as the default From address and bingo, you're done.

Aside from having Google rifle through all your mail, you now have the advantages of easy access from anywhere, bulletproof (ish) hosting and excellent spam filtering, tagging, searching etc. I've been using this for years, even setting it up for a few clients purely as a spam filter and archive - it's great.

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El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

Calum Morrison

Re: A nice interest, but ...

I wondered that too - my Tool "10,000 Days" CD has one built into the sleeve. That could be an interesting fight...

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

Calum Morrison

Re: Pop goes Samsung's glossy image.

I've had to replace the back panel on my Nexus 4 a couple of times, so believe me it's easy. Undo a couple of screws, lever the old one off then snap the new one on. Replacing the front screen is a different ball game, but doable (you need a new battery for that as the existing one is stuck to the screen and bends as you prise it off - it was that mis-shaping of it that lost me the first backplate as it cracked when I put it back on).

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

Calum Morrison

There was an alternative...

I probably still have a download of RealAlternative - a wee app that played Real media files (including BBC streams) but without installing all their shite. It was freeware IIRC and I installed it on many PCs. If Ninite had been around then,I'm sure they'd have stocked it.

Happy days

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

Calum Morrison

Re: @Chris Miller

There was an article here on el Reg a few months ago that explained why it takes so long to switch between digital channels. There were sound technical reasons IIRC; certainly not just some software that could be tuned up a bit; if that was the case, that would be a differentiator for a manufacturer to sell on...

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

Calum Morrison

Old news; potato waffles were actually supposed to be punched cards...

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

Calum Morrison

Re: Nice

You can do it in Google Maps again; type OK Maps in the search box and it caches what's on screen. It's better than it was but still not great. On the other hand, you can also get free mapping with OsmAnd which is decent enough for a lot of cases.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

Calum Morrison

Yep; B&Q have the worst.

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BlackBerry Messenger to launch on Android, iOS this weekend

Calum Morrison

I don't get it.

It's free on the client, it costs BB money to host the service and it means people no longer have to buy a BB handset. Am I missing something blindingly obvious but it sounds like the only loser here is BB themselves. What the hell is the business case for this? Seems bonkers to me...

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

Calum Morrison

Re: "photographs are forbidden for fear terrorists could make use of them,"

Is everyone here forgetting the terrorist attack on the similar Dubh Ardrain facility nearby? There's some big boys out there, and some of them know how to strike and run away!

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Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

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Re: Cardington

Do it properly; get yourselves to the hangar (one left of two originally built) at Tillamook in Oregon. Now that's an impressive shed; a complete air museum (http://www.tillamookair.com/building.html) nestles in one corner...

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

Calum Morrison

No they don't!

"the Clockwork Orange, as _everyone else seems to think_ Glaswegians fondly refer to their subway network". There, fixed that for you.

They just don't; in 20 years here, I've never heard it referred to as such, except by outsiders. It was officially called the Underground for long enough but changed officially to the Subway as that's all Weegies ever, ever call it.

That is all.

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Not cool, Adobe: Give the Ninite guys a job, not the middle finger

Calum Morrison

Re: Bravo!

And the downloader conveniently deletes itself when it runs so you need to download it again for the next PC or when it fails...

Still, at least it can see a proxy server these days; that's an improvement...

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

Calum Morrison
FAIL

"And we also have a lot of young hipsters,"

Honda? Really? Driving Jazz's are they?

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Samsung: Smart TV security hole is so minor we'll fix it immediately

Calum Morrison
Devil

More like PCs every day?

Damn right; I've lost count of the number of times my Samsung has crashed (full hard reboot) on accessing BBC iPlayer. It's like Windows 9x all over again.

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Calum Morrison

It's no joke

I actually have a talking Breville Toastie Maker someone bought me as a wedding present; it does lame celebrity impressions ("Huw Edwards" making a snack-based pun anyone?) whilst it makes your toastie. Even as I type this I know it sounds like I'm taking the piss, but I assure you I'm not. And we even asked for no wedding presents as well...

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What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

Calum Morrison
Devil

Better the devil you know;

My RAZR has been shit since I "upgraded" to ICS; regularly slows to toffee, takes forever (up to 5 mins) to recover from being plugged in as a USB mass storage device and regularly hard reboots itself. It's getting traded asap.

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

Calum Morrison

Re: Well....

That film was ruined by Fords being shoehorned in to inappropriate areas (amongst other things); the only good things were the beautiful beautiful Alfa 159s used by the bad guys. It's funny how Hollywood, err Pinewood, always makes the good guys so wet you end up rooting for the other side!

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'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

Calum Morrison
Facepalm

Re: Inquiring minds...

It's obvious; your budgie was living in a Faraday cage and was thus protected!

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Did GM food cause GIANT TUMOURS IN RATS?

Calum Morrison

Methodology..?

I kept pet rats back when I was a student, and of the six I had, three of them developed tumours similar in size and appearance to the one illustrated; at the time, the vet who successfully removed the tumours told me that fancy (pet) rats were bred from the same stock as lab rats, for their propensity to develop like this.

IIRC there was no GM food available in the UK at that time, (though they were all partial to kebabs and beer if they could get them - it was a student household...) but I've followed a broadly similar diet since then and don't seem to have put on more weight than a double chin and a bit of a gut.

With the statistical evidence I saw from my own experience, I guess if I was looking for a spectacular way to illustrate a "scientific" process, I'd probably use rats...

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Facebook, Last.fm and pals to reach deep into Ubuntu

Calum Morrison
Linux

This could be the killer app!

Watch out Windows, 2012 is the year of Linux on the desktop. Well, if it's not out 'til October, 2013. For sure. Yep, mark it in your calendars folks; next year is the year that Linux takes over the desktop. This is the biggie!

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

Calum Morrison

And how to install them?

www.ninite.com will install pretty much all of these apps for you - with the irritating options disabled - and then allow you to quickly and easily update them with a single click. It's saved me hours!

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Auld Reekie folk 'spend most on tech prezzies'

Calum Morrison

Aye right.

Edinbvrgh? Generous? You'll have had your TCP/IP then, more like...

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Apple iPhone 4S

Calum Morrison
WTF?

That's amazing logic; so what you're saying is that a Bentley Continental is actually quite cheap if you use it "many"? Why didn't I think of that..?

I wonder if you use a cheap Android handset "many" does it represent even better value?

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Why grill Google over web dominance? It has none

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Actually a very good article. I think a lot of people here are missing the point; you may use Google to find Amazon (lots of people I watch using the web do that rather than bookmark or type in an address to the address bar), but you use Amazon (or Orbitz etc.) to search for - and ultimately buy - a book, CD or whatever. When this happens, Google gets nothing (it actually pays for your use of it, albeit a fraction of a penny), whilst Amazon gets a healthy cut of the actual purchase.

This is Google's argument (and more importantly, it's fear); they simply become a pipe, rather than a destination. Like the mobile telcos fear of simply shifting low value data for Skype conversations, rather than high value point to point calls and texts. That's a slippery slope; who wants to be so reduced..?

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Painters wrap Forth Bridge job after 121 years

Calum Morrison
FAIL

There is only one Forth Bridge

There is a Forth Road Bridge too. Please do not confuse them.

That is all.

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How are we going to search our hard disks now?

Calum Morrison
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I thought that too...

Then tried searching for file types; it can't. I searched an indexed location on my PC the other day (using the more-or-less-undocumented-but-none-the-less-official method: type=) for an ISO and it flat out refused to find it. Even XP could do that...

The future is rubbish.

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My Tracks travel tracker

Calum Morrison
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I'm a tech-head who frequents the Reg

... and I'd been using MapMyRun's app for ages as it integrated well with their web site; because of this, I didn't need to look for anything else. Until now. MapMyRun's app has recently been upgraded to an unusable level (it's truly awful now and has the feel of a poor web site rather than an actual app; really really terrible) so this review has made me aware of an alternative. Thank you El Reg.

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Russians honour 65-metre fluorescent phallus

Calum Morrison

Tut tut;

Tut tut Gerhardt; you're attempting to be smutty. I'm sure you're well aware that Ardgay is not pronounced to rhyme with "gay"; correct local pronunciation rhymes it with "Hard Guy".

Cripes.

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Calum Morrison
Happy

St Petersburg

Shortly to be twinned with the Sutherland town of Bonar Bridge?

http://tinyurl.com/6x4kfw5

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Hackers find Google's music cloud

Calum Morrison
Badgers

Sounds like you need...

...mp3tunes.com. I've had around 120Gb uploaded with them (and growing) for years. Music is backed up (and easily redownloadable) and can be streamed to any client their open APIs support. It was set up by Michael Robertson who has already sold some tech to Google; could this be his next divestment?

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Adobe patches critical Flash Player vuln under attack

Calum Morrison
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Admins can use Group Policy

Both the IE and Firfox versions are available in .msi format for automatic distribution via Group Policy; you need to sign up (free) to redistribute Flash player after which you get the full range of files offered to you.

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Google Instant – more searches, less thought

Calum Morrison

or...

You could just turn it off.

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True Utility Scarab and KeyTool micro multi-tools

Calum Morrison
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Nice, but...

Will either of them get on a flight with me?

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Ditch the malware magnet

Calum Morrison
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Try this.

Foxit are providing a free app and, if adding toolbars and shortcuts to it keeps it free and them in business, then we can't really complain; if you don't like it, don't use it (or untick the boxes - it's not that tough). On the other hand, if you use www.ninite.com to install your freeware (inc Foxit, AVG, FireFox et al et al) they very kindly strip out all the crap for you, giving you all the bits you want in one handy installer. Genius.

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Microsoft issues stopgap fix for critical Windows flaw

Calum Morrison
Linux

It's not just Windows.

I was on a Continental flight a few years ago and all the way across the Atlantic, the in-flight entertainment system kept falling over and rebooting. At the time I got some blurry photos (god bless my original BlackBerry Pearl) of a curious penguin logo as the system attempted to come back to life. Thankfully only Linux crashed on that flight.

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MP3tunes offers tuneful truce to Apple and Google

Calum Morrison
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Stand by the phone Tom...

They have; you can. I've got over 120Gb in my locker and it didn't all get purchased from Amazon or iTunes... This service has been running for years - other than Apple finally allowing an app for it, it's not really news as such.

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Man sold EverythingEverywhere domain for 'nominal sum'

Calum Morrison
Boffin

Kerrang!

The legendary - and now largely crap - heavy metal mag bought kerrang.com from a squatter a few years back. He was a metal fan who bought it when he realised they hadn't; when they launched on the interwebs, he agreed to sell it to them for the very metal sum of £666.

If you have to ask...

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Mobile Broadband

Calum Morrison
Grenade

Scotland good on paper?

Are you kidding? We're as bad on paper as in real life. For that analogy to work, you'd need an international team stuffed with top stars from the "greatest league in the world" but that consistently falls to pieces in every tournament it enters, failing to get anywhere near the potential it claims. As a Scot, I can't think of any teams that fit that description though...

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Chip maker to take on iPad with $99 tablet

Calum Morrison
Dead Vulture

I thought...

Moby was a banned word on El Reg?

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Guinness to hit three quid a pint

Calum Morrison

Cheap Guinness?

The Vale opposite Queen Street Station in Glasgow was selling Guinness for £1.70 a pint for a portion of last year. Can't remember what it is now, but it's not £5, that's for sure...

Cracking wee pub it is too, but Queen St doesn't serve trains down to England I'm afraid.

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Mouse maker spends big on video conferencing

Calum Morrison

HD or not HD?

We put in a LifeSize system here in the UK to speak to our colonial cousins in the US a couple of years ago. It wasn't cheap (£10k each end) but it works pretty well over ADSL though you'd be hard pressed to call it HD quality; having said that, the faster your link, the better it is. The benefit for us was IP meant no need for loads of concurrent international ISDN calls and the reduction in flights over the Atlantic so it's definitely paid for itself. YMMV...

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PC tune-up software: does it really work?

Calum Morrison
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Mike Lin's your man...

I find that Startup Control Panel and Startup Monitor (both free) from mlin.net do best (if I can't be bothered formatting...). The first allows you to easily see what's in the various startup locations and allows you to delete / disable them (works pretty well for spyware as well as normal apps) and the latter tells you when some cheeky little piece of software is trying to implant itself in a startup location (I'm looking at you Itunes!) without telling you.

Five minutes work and you'll speed up your PC immediately, for free.

Oh, and I concur with the limewire comment; any PC I find with that on is usually needing nothing less than a wipe. OTOH, whenever I install FireFox and the user uses it, problems rarely arise.

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Why teachers fear Callum, Chelsea, Connor and Crystal

Calum Morrison
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Sliding down the social scale...

Twenty years ago when I was at school (in the top half of the class, natch) my name was pretty much unique. Now it seems I'm at the bottom of the social pile and am nowt more than a chav. Oh well...

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Vista and Lotus: Knowing when to let go of a brand

Calum Morrison
WTF?

@ Darren Adams

"As for people who say "I used to use Notes, I didn't like it, but I'll stick my fingers in my ears and say la la la rather than hear about the improvements"... they just sound a bit childish."

Isn't that the whole point of the article; whether or not the software is crap, the (potential) customers still associate it with its predecessors which really was. Change it's branding and they may just reassess those opinions...

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Soviet military-surplus manned spacecraft to fly again

Calum Morrison
Joke

Almaz?

Pure and simple; born in a world where love survives...

As Randy Crawford would say.

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Michael Jackson manifests in California tree stump

Calum Morrison

@nada

I saw Gene Simmons too! Does that mean he's dead?

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