662 posts • joined 24 Jul 2007
Re: Two way adapters
And then, after christmas, you'll find them all where the wife put them.
It might be made of plastic but it's certainly not plasticky. In fact it feels like enamelled metal.
I must admit that after the launch of the 5S and 5C all I saw were 5Ss, even in the phone shops - the 5C was nowhere to be seen.
However over the last 3 or 4 weeks I have seen an increasing number of 5Cs, mostly (as reported above) in the hands of young (teenage) girls.
One exception is an eighty-year-old client of mine who has bought a green one.
I am tempted to get one myself to replace my trusty reliable iPhone 4 - which iOS7 has turned into a dog!
Re: Buzzwords buzzed my sheeple!
But some of these quad-copters (or whatever the correct term for them is) are not toys.
Take a mosey down to the Excel next week and you will see a range of these things, ranging in size from a couple of feet across to a couple of metres across and capable of lifting hefty DSLRs with remote pan, tilt and zoom.
I'm guessing that the flyer in this case was on the larger side because the overall stability is very, very good and the height it acheives is impressive. (Yes it could have been stabilied in post, but I don't think it was).
As I've said earlier, this kid knows how to fly this thing.
The BBC used something like this over the flooded tracks at Datchet - but their film was nowhere near as good.
I didn't realise what a beautiful city it is.
This lad's film is a brilliant promotion for the city.
And...This kid can really fly.
Re: Didn't Apple deep-six profssional users with Final Cut Pro X ?
Why not look up some new comments - July 2011 is a long time ago.
That was then. Look at the date of the link you cited - two and a half years ago! A lot has changed since then.
The Film is being edited by 6 editors working on the latest version of FCP X working together as a distributed job working with 4K video and 40TB or raw footage.
Here's a quote from an editor of 37+years experiencel
"We have been using FCPX on a professional level for a long time now, so the fact that a Hollywood studio feature is being cut on it neither surprises me, nor does it make any difference to us. But I hope it will finally stop some people from still posting idiotic statements as "FCPX is not ready for professional use" on various forums. "
Re: Final Cut Pro X?
Wrong. Warner Bros have a $100M film being edited in FCP X right now. And from what I've been reading in various video-related postings, some of those who abandoned the FCP ship after the intiial launch have been revisiting and are finding that the new version is so easy to use and so slick (and capable) that many are adusting to the new workflow and returning to the fold (as it were).
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equals 1000 megaspliffs
Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen - Samsung are simply better value
Until they Kack.
Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen
Daughter bought a Samsung TV, we bought them a Samsung cinema system to go with it.
Just over 18 months later the TV screen went kack. 6 or so months after that the surround sound went kack.
No more Samsung anything for me.
On the other hand, I know a number of Sony Trinitrons (and some monitors) still going strong.
So are these patents 'world' patents or just 'American' patents ? (regardeless of were they are held)
Just tried it here on Bing and HMRC came up first as well - no ads either.
If there's anyone out there who can print me out a bunch of Archive and Quill files from 4MB ED floppies.
d love to hear from them.
Re: Nice article, thanks Reg
"It got to the stage where people wanted standard floppy drives and to use standard printers."
WhenI eventually retired mine (it's in the loft staring at me when i go in there) it had twin 3.5 inch floppies and was on its second 'standard' printer. The first was the universally popular Citizen LSP10. Evenually I got sick of the noise and replaced it with an Epson Laser that cost me about £700 (possibly more). Both of them connected with a 'standard' serial to Centronics (bought for about £29 at MicroAnvica's first shop in TCR.)
I'm another one who didn't have problems with microdives - but as soon as the floppies came along the MDs were never used again.
That machine earned me quite a lot of dosh at the time. Th Psion suite along with Tony Tebby's QJump OS made it a terrific machine to use.
AK and Apple
I may just be hallucinating, but I have a recollection of AK being one of Steve Jobs' special guests at the end of some iProduct launch.
Re: Life imitates the Simpsons
I got the elephant version.
I should hope it contains more than one.
Or even worse
Re: oh come on!
What's the Port Of London Authority got to do with all this?
I thought they just cleared the rubbish out of the Thames.
Re: It takes ages for the operators to put out an OTA update...
"iPhones are updated by Apple, and most devices are now on iOS7."
Not in this house!
1 is on iOS7, 2 are on iOS5
You can choose to update or not. Only 1 in this house has chosen to update - and I expect that there are a significant number of others (outside this house) who do not like the new OS, running iOS 6.
(They are not all outside my house - some of them live round the corner.)
Perhaps, only perhaps, the fact that you no longer have to go to Regent Street to buy a new Apple product has something to do with it.
From my house I can visit Apple stores in Watford, Shepherd's Bush, Stratford and Regent Street with train/tube journeys of approximately 30-45 minutes. Additionally I can get a bus to Brent Cross.
The Covent Garden store is there for the tourists (the Russians etc.)
There are so many stores now that queuing is generally unnecessary (especially in the rain and cold).
My store of choice used to be Brent Cross but now it's Watford.
(Oh, and I forgot, it's so easy to buy the things online too).
Re: Already seen this
Had them here too, and the Companies House ones. Haven't had one for about 2 weeks though.
This weeks it's been mms messeages into several email accounts - purporting to be from T-Mobile.
Over the last three years we replaced all our CRT tellies with flatties. A Humax in the bedroom, A Tosh in the kitchen and a lovely HD Panasonic Plasma in the lounge. All work beautifully but all have their quirks.
The Humax has its Guide & Info buttons in completely unrelated positions on the remote. The Tosh has an awful remote and takes at least 10 seconds to respond to any command from it. The Panasonic kills whichever program you are watching should you select the guide - but the guide is good and the info button is right where it should be.
At Christmas I added an Panasonic BD player which gave us all the connectivity we could want - but at a price.
The other half uses Skype to talk to her mother in New York and a cousin in Jackson.
Skype is one of the 'features' of the connected player.
Fire it up (from the TV remote - easy) and it says "There is no camera connected". So I go up the road to Currys and buy a USB camera by HP.
Plug it in, launch skype - "There is no camera connected"
Turns out I have to buy a Panasonic USB camera at £120 in order to be able to use Skype.
(That sort of con puts Apple's pricing practices into a much lower league)
I see they are a little cheaper now, but still - why can I not use a off-the-shelf camera like any computer can.?
So if anyone can tell me how I can convince my BD player that the HP camera is a Panasonic camera I'd be much obliged.
2.8 million square foot?
Shirley that should be 2.8 million round foot.
Re: A Video mellotron?
Actually this was it.
A Video mellotron?
Back in the early 70s (71 IIRC) I witnessed a demo of what was a video combination of a Mellotron and a cart marchine (as used for playing radio jingles).
It was made by Ampex, used 2inch tape and was designed for commercial TV stations so that the content of advert breaks could be altered at will and at the last minute.
Individual ads were stored on tape in a small box akin to an audio cart. Except that they were bigger (they had 2inch tape in them) and the tape was stored as a single strip loose in a wave (there was no spool IIRC) with one end of the tape poking out of a slot in the side of the box. I can't remember if the tape rested on its edge or was layed flat - it's a long time ago, but logic suggests that it would stand on its edge for the wave to work better.
The boxes were loaded up into the machine prior to the commercial break in the sequence they were to be played. At the required time the machine went into action and the first two ads were loaded up ready to play.
This was rather clever, The tape was extracted from its box and laced up pneumatically, ready to play on cue, with the second tape loaded ready to play on the end cue of tape one (there were two seperate playback mechanisms - I should have said that earlier).
While tape 2 was playing, tape 1 was magically sucked (or blown) back into its box, shuffled out of the way and tape 3 moved into position ready for its sucking lace-up and cuing. - and so on until the end of the ad break.
The 'carts' could be resequenced right up to going on air.
I may be wrong about the wave storage - there could have been a spring-loaded rewind reel in the box but I don't remember that there was.
I seem to recall thinking that the possibilty of this going seriously wrong was quite high as there was so much going on and loose tape was involved.
I don't know if any were sold as I never saw one again. (and it was a big beast!)
Re: How exactly...
I was wondering about that too.
Re: Electronic waste
Instead of mandating the connector on the phone why not just mandate the wart. Apple's wart has a standard USB socket on it and many have interchangeable power pins for different countries.
All that's needed is a cable - and most people already have those if they sync to their computers or connect to car socket chargers.
Anyone who comes to our house, regardless of the make of their phone,(Kindle, Kobo, tablet) can recharge using any of our iPhone chargers.
Macs neither impressed either one of us
Please complete the above sentence so that it makes sense.
A colleague of mine won a Newton at the Apple launch event at Olympia.
The following day at work we all (naturally) had a play with it, writing our names (and various rude phrases).
Most names and phrases were interpreted quite well (apart from some of the rude bits, but one chap (I'll have to use his real name) called Nick O'Brian had his name interpreted as "Slick O Berlin"
And from then on that's what we all called him.
I got to use an eMate for a while and I must say I really liked it. We were able to connect it to both macs and pcs and the software was really quite clever. I don't remember what happened to it though.
"the controls were a joystick of sorts"
I was big into cassettes in the 70s and early 80s and owned and used a wide range of machines.
I had a number of 'desktop' Philips models that all had pianokey-style controls. However, if you opened up the case you found that it was the same basic joystick contol mechanism with some very clevery mechanicals translating the various keypresses into the joystick movement.
One of the nice things about Philips kit was that (compared to almost all the Japanese kit) was that they had metal chassis that could be removed from the case, all the circuitry was on discrete boards that could be changed individually. Most of the Japanese units of the time (Akai, Sansui, Sharp, Sony and TEAC) had one big board inside and were very difficult to work on as everything was fixed to the case amd access was through the base. Even those that you could get out of the case were difficult to work on as they were often lop-sided and had to to propped up with bits of wood to get the moving parts (particulatly the capstan flywheel) off the bench surface. The Philips on the other hand, with their chassis, could be run on the bench as normal units.
I remember running a radio staion in the middle-east back then, using 1 turntable and 2 cassette decks as sources. The most important thing was the BIC pen!
Nice article (and a degree of 'fondness' in the comments)
Re: Casettes did much more...
I seem to remember that claim being made about the rise of the Ayatolla (who was living in France I believe) and the subsequent fall of the Shah.
what happened to pico?
A couple of year ago I was serioiusly thinking about buying a pico projector but typically, coudn't make my mind up. I looked at several, Philips, Casio, LG, Optoma (and some others I forget now).
Although some could produce decent sized images, none were really bright enough for use except in a blacked-out room (there was onew that was very bright - but also quite expensive compared to the others. Anyway i didn't bother, thinking that give it a year and they'll be better and cheaper.
January this year at the BETT, I could only find one pico projector.
What happened to all the others?
Re: $35 + Cost of a tablet remote
But the hookers are only there for the tomatoes.
Re: Come on you know the real problem with Apple Maps
The first genuinely witty version of the immortal phrase.
Have an upvote
Never saw A For Andromeda either
But the book was much better than any TV series could ever have been.
Never saw Quatermass as we didn't have a TV
But I remember people talking about it and the papers discussing it.
There was another series at the time which I remembeer reading about.
The Scarf - apparently people weren't going to church because of it.
Re: I'm ashamed of Reg readers
He never would have been able to build. Everyone knows that Schindler's Pissed.
With some people I know, a gas-powered generator in their pants would be far more efficient.
Gone but not noticed
A client of mine who lives in a quiet cul-de-sac in a salubrious part of north London, told me that there had been a number of break-ins of cars in the cul-de-sac but the owners hadn't notice because when they went to the cars they were still locked as they had left them.
The cars were different makes and models and the perps targetsed all different price bands.
The thefts happened over several days but the residents weren't aware that it wasn't just their car that had been 'visited' and in fact oftern thought that they had misplaced what had been stolen. It was only when one realised that something was actually missing from their car and went to the policew and then spoke to another neighbour that they discovered that they were having a small epidemic.
All the owners claimed that their cars were locked up normally at night and were still loc ked qwhen they went back to them the next morning.
This was two years ago.
The police are still looking into it.
Yes. Whatever happened to Proops?
(and Gamages, come to think of it)
There are one or two minor things I would like to see - like a button for entering the alignment section in Keynote. But more importantly, they need to introduce a DB module that can open and use existing Appleworks/Clarisworks DBs. The current way is an absolute fudge and means that the DB has to be completely recreated in Filemaker or something else in order to make it work. For a small business that has DBs going back many years that is generally a cost too far.
Also, it would be nice (but not essential) if they could make it possible to open AW Drawing files so that they can still be used. I know there are apps out there that can open AW drawings, they don't have the integration that AW has. (I say has rather than had because I have many clients who are hanging on to older macs just so that they can continue to use years-old files in AW.)
Left Be about 2 weeks ago
When they asked why and I told them that I didn't want to give money to murdoch, the chap at the other end said 'fair enough' and my MAC turned up in an email about 2 hours later.
BT installed Infinity 2 just over a week later.
I have to say I'm impressed so far with it - although there are a couple of anomalies I can't explain.
Using Speedtest.net to Xilo in Maidenhead, I used generally to get a ping of about 15-20ms, occasionally it would be longer but rarely more than 22ms. Download speed would be 9.5Mb/s max. Now with Infinity 2 my Pings are always over 20ms and sometimes as high as 30ms - however the uplad speed is now greater than my old download. The new dowload ramps along at 80Mb/s most of the time and on one occasionon during the first 24 hours it hit 100Mb/s. It hasn't done it since (well not when I've been testing).
I was with a client on Monday who had just had Virgin Cable installed. His pings were 8-11ms - but his max download speed was less than 8Mb/s.
All corners of the globe
Lesson 1 Journalism course
(not to be c onfuswed with Media Studies course)
....the bits had just become economic and they added some 1950s Dieter Rams Style...
If you are going to call Dieter Rams please be aware that in the 1950s he was designing furniture. - 1950 furniture!
Any system can be infected with malware, for reasons located between the chair and the keyboard.
So as long as I stand up i should be OK
new smarties v older smarties
I like to keep my phone in my shirt pocket and as if by some devine mechanism, my iPhone 4 fits so well you would think it had been designed for my shirts. The width is perfect and the length keeps it just invisible at the top.
Both daughters have iPhone 5. This phone does not fit. It is too tall and those extra mm sticking out look ridiculous
Looking at some of the competitor phones now available though, I can't see one that I could but into my shirts. they all appear to be turning into tablets. As well as being taller like the iPhone 5 (and taller in some instances), they are all too wide and I would need all my shirts remaking (and I don't think primark do that).
It looks as though I'll be staying with the iPhone 4 (Running iOS5.1.1) until it finally gives up the ghost.
Re: Re: Yes
Jane lives next door and she doesn't have an hovercrafts.
Quite agree. Also - there's these stupidly expensive collections of cogs and things that tell when it's high water on the Koi pond, when the Shitsu is in heat , and when she's coming round the mountain (when she comes, that is). - that they advertise in the glossy mags. Some are so complicated you need a manual just to be able to tell the time. (And the weigh several kilos too!)
Give me my Swatch Skin any day (the one with the see-though case so I can watch all it's innards doing nothing).
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
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