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8 posts • joined 17 Jul 2007

Storage big three to define HDD way ahead

Dominic Thomas
Megaphone

In the driving seat?

So a spokesman from the cartel says that it's not a cartel, and there's nothing to worry about? Oh, well, that's Ok then!

But the comparison with the LTO organisation is interesting, it will remain to be seen whether the Alliance lives up to its name, or goes over to the dark side...

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iPhone worms can create mobile botnets

Dominic Thomas
Dead Vulture

Is that a DEC in your pocket?

> allowing decent internet access with what's essentially a mini-computer

A PDP-11? A Prime 50? Neither are exactly pocketable... "Mini-computer" is already a well established term, at least for us old-timers...

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Vodafone and T-Mobile: 1800MHz bad, 900MHz good

Dominic Thomas
Thumb Down

Streetcheck? Hah!

T-Mobile's Streetcheck service lies like a rug - I used it to check four key locations (all in major cities) before I switched to T-Mobile last year, and in spite of its firm assurance that they had excellent signal quality, three of the four are poor at best for 3G, and in one I can barely get a 2G signal at all!

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Harman hack horror has blog backing Boris

Dominic Thomas
IT Angle

A slow-moving target

She just admitted in an interview on the Sky News channel (Sunday morning) that her ID was "harriet" and her password "harman". In reply to Adam Boulton's raised eyebrow she said "You have identified that I'm perhaps not as security conscious as I should be". Indeed...

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Bill Gates loses richest man crown

Dominic Thomas
Gates Halo

Rumours of his demise

I thought Gates lost the No 1 spot some time ago, actually - yes, I blogged about it back in July of last year when he slipped to No 2, behind the wonderfully-named Carlos Slim:

http://www.epicycle.org.uk/weblog/2007/jul-2007.htm#6

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Apple opens up iPhone to app developers

Dominic Thomas

Re: Nokia more open than he thinks

I'm sure you're right, Twm - evidently it's just as well that I have a specialist on my team to understand such things better than I do. However, exact details notwithstanding, the net effect is that with self-signed apps enabled Joe Public User can indeed install any old application, utility or game (a 3D version of the classic Snake game seems a particular favourite with our engineers), whatever its provenance, which is exactly what Uncle Steve's letter says can't be done:

"Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer"

Nice to see that the reality distortion field is still hard at work.

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Dominic Thomas

Nokia more open than he thinks

If the E61 etc series counts as "the newer phones" then the requirement for digitally signed 3rd party apps can be disabled easily enough in the phone's settings.

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Fasthosts 'electrical issue' halts service for four hours

Dominic Thomas

Why no status updates?

I don't mind the outage - problems happen - but I'm annoyed that they didn't post an update on their customer support status page until 8:36pm, more than four hours (by their own admission) after the problems began. That is what the status page is for, after all, and it's a PITA to sit there trying to work out if it's a local issue, a routing problem or, as it turned out to be, a host issue. Thumbs down, there, Fasthosts...

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