Feeds

* Posts by Andy Taylor

174 posts • joined 9 Jul 2007

Page:

iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac! World feels different today – and it IS

Andy Taylor
Boffin

Of course you can, for only £1999. Includes free Mac.

From the Apple Support pages:

"If you have an iMac with Thunderbolt, any other Mac with Thunderbolt can use it as a display. The iMac will play both the video and audio from the other Mac.

Connect the Thunderbolt cable to the Thunderbolt ports on each computer.

Make sure both Mac computers are turned on and awake.

Press Command (⌘)-F2 on the keyboard of the external display Mac.

If you want the external display Mac to play audio as well as video from the primary Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Sound, then click Output. Select the external display Mac in the list of devices."

3
0

How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Andy Taylor

"Kit is everything - I blew a stack of cash on top end kit (10 Grand), and I could tell the difference between a bought CD and a CD-R of the same album - the difference was tiny, but I could tell every time. 320K MP3 is good enough for most situations"

How is this even possible when the CD and CD-R are bit for bit identical?

7
2

Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

Andy Taylor

Re: I'll bet this is a non-issue like "antenna gate" and all the rest

Actually, the design did change between 4 and 4S, the 4 has a visible gap in the aluminium band at the top of the phone near the headphone socket which is not present on the 4S.

1
0

Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

Andy Taylor

Re: Something missing in this article

Read the original article, it clearly says this gentleman was sitting writing in his book and a fellow passenger called a flight attendant over to see what he was writing.

I'd like to hear from an independent witness to be sure, but it is totally plausible in a world where you can't get on a plane while wearing t-shirt with a drawing of a gun on the front of it.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/man-threatened-with-arrest-at-heathrow-for-wearing-transformers-tshirt-6875154.html

10
0

Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

Andy Taylor

RAYNET still exists? Who knew?

My recollection of RAYNET was that they had a disproportionate sense of their own importance.

I'm more than surprised they are still in operation, I would have thought that the advent of alternative means of communication rendered the whole concept as inefficient and outdated.

0
0

Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

Andy Taylor

Re: old EE Q Next up: flying in circles

Why did the Warsaw flight crash?

All the poles were in the left half-plane

<pedant>

Shouldn't that be in the right half? Left half poles = stable system.

</pendant>

1
0

Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

Andy Taylor

Re: Macs only need a HIPS..

Rapport is a horrible resource hog, I have seen many instances of high CPU usage on OS X.

0
0
Andy Taylor

Re: Tips

"Depends - if you receive email and need to communicate with Windows users you're still better off doing at least a scan."

That's what Douglas Adams would call an SEP - Somebody Else's Problem.

If the Windows machine you are sending email to doesn't have adequate protection, it will get infected sooner or later anyway.

I concur with the advice given previously - there's no need for any of these products.

0
0

NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

Andy Taylor

Re: "Security questions" aren't for security, they're to reduce support costs

That doesn't work if there's a timer set to prevent re-use within a certain time frame. For example, in my previous job I couldn't re-use the same password within 12 months.

I believe the same may be true for AppleIDs.

1
0

iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

Andy Taylor

A genuine question from my days supporting iPhones

"How do I stop my iPhone pictures from appearing on my son's iPod Touch?"

Same iCloud account on both devices, PhotoStream switched on... I can only imagine the conversation.

1
0

Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

Andy Taylor
Facepalm

Worst experience of overzealous IT?

That's easy. I was sending instructions on how to install some software to a customer whose email service blocked SETUP.EXE. Not an attachment called SETUP.EXE, the text SETUP.EXE.

0
0

So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

Andy Taylor

Chromebook?

I always thought that Apple's Chromebook equivalent is called iPad.

2
0

Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

Andy Taylor
Thumb Up

Phone Co-op

I'm with the Phone Co-op too, they are not the cheapest, but have nice options like paying £30 extra up front for a 12 month contract instead of 18 month one. Support is pretty good (UK based) as well.

Their biggest advantage seems to be that we are treated like business customers when there is a fault. Shortly after our FTTC link was installed, we had an issue. The Openreach engineer was on site within 4 hours (to fix the line that his colleague had broken doing the FTTC install).

0
0

Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

Andy Taylor

Re: EasyPay Necklace?

" If you are going to sneer at least look at the fucking picture."

I did, I used to have one of those with my name on it and it is what I said - just a name badge/business card holder. The one in the picture is advertising EasyPay for customers - using your iPhone and iTunes account to make purchases in the store.

This is an (old model) EasyPay for comparison: http://gadgetynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Apple-EasyPay.jpg

2
0
Andy Taylor
Boffin

EasyPay Necklace?

The white thing that goes around your neck is a Lanyard. It tells the customer the name of the wearer and contains space for business cards. Supposedly designed by Sir Jony, like all other plastic Apple products, it has a weak spot and cracks easily.

An EasyPay is a payment device comprising an iPod Touch and a Chip/Pin Reader (depending on country). EasyPays cost several hundred pounds each and are not allowed out of the store.

4
0

Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

Andy Taylor

Re: Learn the First Rule of Computer Science

Anyone who doesn't back up shouldn't be surprised if they lose information.

I spent years having to be sympathetic to people with no proper backup, even rescuing their data on many occasions.

Now I just shrug and tell them it was their own fault for not having a backup.

0
0

You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Andy Taylor

"I don't do Windows"

I told my mother that as an Apple employee I was contractually unable to provide Windows support. It took 6 years for her to finally buy a Mac and I made sure she got both AppleCare and One to One. Now I just tell her to ring AppleCare.

The irony is that I recently changed jobs and have to do Windows support again.

0
0

Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

Andy Taylor

M$ just make it up as they go along

I used to work for a national charity that provides help for people needing advice. Microsoft landed us with a £12k bill for a "connectivity licence" for which the organisation received no benefit or features at all. The reason was because the users of a particular web site were neither internal users or the general public and that wasn't covered in the usual IIS licence.

7
0

Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

Andy Taylor

What about Electronics - The Maplin Magazine?

I am surprised no one else has mentioned the magazine, a mixture of tech news, product reviews and projects to build yourself from parts purchased in-store. It was sold off and met a sad demise in early 2002.

The Maplin catalogue also used to have a handy reference for all the TV and radio antenna in the UK with frequency and band group information to help you choose the right aerial.

2
0

Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

Andy Taylor

Re: wtf?

Gravity and a cotton swab with a wooden shaft usually did the trick for me. Shaking the iMac with drive slot facing down sometimes works too. Usual disclaimers apply.

0
0
Andy Taylor

Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???

Probably close to zero. None of the current 21.5" models can be user upgraded because there's no access door.

I used to repair these things, to change/upgrade the RAM, you have to remove the screen/glass, and main logic board etc. to get at the DIMMS. No especially difficult, but it is more of a challenge to stick the screen back on afterwards. The process requires special tools and a lot of swearing,

I'm sure iFixit.com have a how-to guide. you will invalidate your warranty if you try,

The 27" iMac, Mac mini. Mac Pro and 13' Macbook Pro without Retina Display can all have their RAM upgraded by the end user.

This base model will probably be aimed at education and those users that just want to do Internet shopping, email and Skype/FaceTime their grandchildren but don't want to get an iPad.

1
0

AV for Mac

Andy Taylor

Restoring from Time Machine is quite likely to reintroduce the malware, so I don't recommend it.

Best option is erase then a manual restore of user's files and applications.

0
0
Andy Taylor

OS version?

The OP doesn't mention which version of OS X is in use, I suggest backing up, erase and re-install latest OS then manual restore of documents and photos (Don't use Time Machine as it will probably put the malware back).

I agree, MacKeeper is evil. When you try and uninstall, it keeps trying to get you to change your mind. Nasty, insidious pile of crap.

0
0

Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

Andy Taylor

Good effort

Sounds plausible, had me going until the bit about the $100 bet.

1
1

Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

Andy Taylor

Re: "new CEO doesn't like chairs"

This comment reminds me of the Bursar of the unnamed management college where I worked some 20 years back. He was obsessive about the look of the buildings, mainly the Grade II listed main house, to the point that he didn't want any Emergency Exit signs or fire extinguishers visible because they weren't "contemporary". It was only when it was pointed out these things are a legal requirement that he relented.

One thing he did get his way on was with the refurbishing of the main conference room/lecture theatre. Unable to find a suitable clock to decorate the wall, he decided one was not needed. The first event to take place in the re-opened room was an exam. Which needed a clock on the wall.

0
0
Andy Taylor

Re: Colossus is in H Block

Colossus Rebuild Limited is listed at Companies House, a quick search will turn up all you need to know.

0
0
Andy Taylor

Colossus is in H Block

Just a couple of points, the Colossus rebuild is housed in H Block, which is not one of the original wartime huts. It is, however, the first purpose-built computer building in the world.

H Block was built to house Colossus machines and 6 were operational there. The rebuilt Colossus occupies the site of Colossus number 9. This makes a nonsense of the idea of moving it elsewhere, besides, where would the Science Museum put it?

Also, Colossus doesn't belong to Bletchley Park Trust or TNMoC, it belongs to Colossus Rebuild Limited, which is mentioned in the letter.

Finally, the fence has been erected with gates which remain open at present. What happens when they are closed remains to be seen.

2
0

Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

Andy Taylor

Re: Wuh?

To be fair to the BPT personnel, it may be because your friend visited on a day that TNMOC is closed.

TNMOC is normally open on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus a guided tour on Tuesdays. In addition, the museum aims to open on public holidays and all week outside school term time.

2
0

Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

Andy Taylor

Re: Hmmmm

You can run them on their sides, but Apple specifically states not to let the exhaust air from one machine blow into another:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6099

0
0

Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

Andy Taylor
FAIL

Where's the mention of Flappy Bert?

Easily the best parody app, and an official Sesame Street product too:

http://www.sesamestreet.org/cms-static/flappy_bert/

4
0

WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

Andy Taylor

UK Warranty

I assume you are referring to this page:

http://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

Which quite clearly states that under UK law, the seller assumes responsibility for defects present at the time of purchase for a period up to 6 years. However, "The burden to prove that the defect (including latent defects) existed on delivery generally shifts to the consumer after the expiry of a period of 6 months from date of delivery." So good luck with that.

Also, a smashed screen or other damage is obviously not a defect present at the point of purchase, so is not covered by warranty or statutory rights.

1
0

Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

Andy Taylor

Re: Confusing

Walking round to the National Museum of Computing may become more difficult as there are some gates being installed that will block the most direct route from to Block H. See the picture at the top of this page:

http://www.tnmoc.org/news/news-releases/deciphering-discontent-statement-tnmoc-trustees

1
0
Andy Taylor

Re: Conflation?

Block H also happens to be the first purpose-built computer building in the world.

Block F, where the Mk 1 Colossus was first switched on, was demolished and is currently an open grassed area.

1
0

Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

Andy Taylor

ICANN slap down

It looks like ICANN has already moved to tell the domain registrars they should reinstate the domains immediately, allow the owner to transfer them to a different registrar or face disciplinary action.

Interestingly, the letter from the City of London Police is marked with a copyright notice and "Not Protectively Marked" all over it. They go on to explain that this means it should be distributed widely within the organisation, but not released further.

1
0

Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

Andy Taylor

It all seems too convenient to me

Perhaps my cynicism is unfounded, but this has all the hallmarks of a stunt designed to whip up a media frenzy.

The most convenient part is that the IWF can't actually show us the proof - is there anyone out there who works for one of the companies affected?

9
0

The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

Andy Taylor

BBC Mixing desks

The BBC mixing desk faders were backwards so you had to pull them on. Apparently it was so that if the presenter fell asleep across the desk it wouldn't fade stuff up, but switch off what was live (i.e. the presenter).

1
0

RIP Brian Wynne Oakley: Saviour of Bletchley Park

Andy Taylor

Re: North South Divide

Actually, anything past Watford is "the north".

Thank you, Mr Oakley, I live less than a mile from Bletchley Park and can wholly recommend it.

0
0

'Sacrifice another goat!: iCloud is Apple's biggest failure before Google

Andy Taylor

How do you input the data then?

You have to start on a device somewhere.

iCloud works perfectly for me across multiple devices.

4
0

Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dies at 83

Andy Taylor

Re: The ST was 32 bits

The STM did exist, I still have mine in the garage. I bought it second hand for £350 including a single sided floppy drive and high-resolution monitor. It had half a MB of RAM which I later upgraded to 2.5MB using some chips salvaged from old PC expansion cards.

0
0

The Register Comments Guidelines

Andy Taylor
Happy

Unable to find a replacement Moderatrix?

Obviously Sarah was a harder act to follow than you thought. This is the only rational solution.

0
0

Snake slides back onto Nokia smartphones

Andy Taylor
FAIL

silent H

It's the phonetic sound of the word that determines the use of "an" instead of "a".

So "an homage" is correct.

3
0

Second water utility reportedly hit by hack attack

Andy Taylor

It was Cornwall

Search for Camelford pollution.

1
0

Voyager 2 finally agrees to a long hard thrust

Andy Taylor
Boffin

Just look for "Pale Blue Dot"

Voyager 1 took a "Family Portrait" back in 1990.

0
0

Gas bill climbed £13,000 after correct online reading given

Andy Taylor
FAIL

Idiots

Is it even possible to go "round the meter" within 14 days in a normal sized house?

Would it not be better to prevent you from entering a lower figure and then directing you to call?

7
0

UK could have flooded world with iPods - Sir Humphrey

Andy Taylor

Gordon Brown had the Beatles on his iPod

but he had to remove them when someone pointed out that there was no legal way that the music could have got there (this being before the Beatles appeared on iTunes.

0
0

Apple sells world's most expensive flash drive

Andy Taylor

Copying CDs is still illegal in the UK

Although no one will come after you for ripping your own CDs onto your iPod, it is still illegal to do so in the UK without a mechanical copyright licence.

5
1

Fukushima: Situation improving all the time

Andy Taylor
Thumb Up

Excellent article.

Thanks for helping to get things into perspective, Lewis. I'm not a particular fan of Nuclear Power but I am fed up with the "we're all going to die" paranoia being touted by most media outlets.

Even worse, they are mixing up information within the articles:

<Paragraph on power station situation>

<Paragraph on power station situation>

<Paragraph on wider impact of power station situation>

<reminder of the number of people killed or missing from the earthquake/tsunami>

<Paragraph on power station situation>

This makes it look like the power stations have cause thousands of casualties.

32
1

Discovery glides into history

Andy Taylor

Soyuz

The Russians will provide the only access to the ISS using Soyuz craft, even older tech than the Shuttles

0
0

Flying dildo downs Oz stag party bloke

Andy Taylor
Happy

Could this be used as another Register unit of measurement?

Speed of a dildo in flight perhaps?

0
0

Assange fights extradition in court

Andy Taylor

Nobel useless since Obama?

Don't you mean since Henry Kissinger? The reason Tom Lehrer retired from satire.

4
1

Page: