644 posts • joined Tuesday 24th July 2007 15:38 GMT
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.
Re: How exactly...
I was wondering about that too.
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: 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.
....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).
Re: Sinclair, what was that all about ?
I think you are being a bit harsh on Sinclair. The QL was actually a very good computer - once you had added external drives (of which there were several tto choose from). Also it was expandable, several companies (most notably Miracle Systems) made sub-assembles that would plug into the expansion port on the left-hand end.
Mine had a Miracle Systems Gold card that upped my RAM to 2MB and gave me an interface to 2 Mitsubishi ED floppy drives (2.88MB each).
I had an Epson Laser printer (EPL something or other) that cost more than the entire QL set-up!
With that (and later the Cambridge Z88 portable) I ran my part-time photographic business, learned database development and generally got on the road to becoming a trainer and support bod.
With regard to their amplifiers, I still have a Sinclair System 2000 amp (although I don't use it) but I would really like a Neoteric 60 amp (if I could find one).
Re: no acer iconia w700?
It's probably because there's no need to use iTunes.
My other half's ipad has never been anywhere near it .
Her books, her music, her videos her apps and her work - everything on board has got there over-the-air, It's very physically been attached to a computer at all.
Re: Religions and non-religions
There's a difference between a channel which you have to tune into to watch and a paid for advert that pops up uninvited on a secular channel.
With regard to the BBC, IIRC they are obliged to do so many hours of religious broadcasting a week. I wouldn't go so far as to call that advertising as they share out the religions fairly well on Thought for the Day., Nor would I call Songs of Praise religious advertising. It's just one program of (generally( good singing and top-flight music that balances out all the hours of music dross we get the rest of the time,
No I am not religious. (but I do like a good tune)
Religions and non-religions
A couple of nights back I was channel hopping on the box and came across an advert for CoS.
I cannot for the life of me think of the last time (or even the fist time) I have seen a TV advert for Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism or any other ism.
To me a religion shouldn't need to advertise itself. People either take up the idea though family or society and either believe it or don't believe it.
Advertising implies you have a product.
Ignoring the fact that it some considerable time since iWork (in trial form) came installed on new Macs. It's never been installed on new macs as standard, and it sounds as though your experience is of the pre-2006 version (which admittedley, was not that brilliant).
However, it has changed. I open all word docs and docx sent to me in Pages and I send them back as doc. No-one knows. I use Pages in schools to produce booklets with young kids. When I do my presentations I get comments like "our Powerpoints never look as good as that' that's because Powerpoint is nowhere to be found on my macs, Keybote does it all.
My only downer on iWork is that Numbers (the spreadsheet module) is not as quick to learn if you want to develop large sheets. It is very clever (clever enough for most users (other than power users)) and produces great 3D charts with lots of control. It's just the getting there that takes a bit longer.
I can honestly say that I haven't opened Excel now since numbers was installed.
Re: I came from space. It landed in a lake
It's just had eye surgery - it's playing havoc with my tryping.
Just trying to imagine Auntie Violet in a porn film.
No. I give up.
I came from space. It landed in a lake
Don't go near the lake after dark or the................... . . . . . . . .
Re: Perhaps he could make a copy...
OFHS Read up on your design history will you.
1. Find any item in the entire Braun history that looks as though it was designed by Jony Ive.
You will be very hard pressed. there are 2 items - but then only if you take very liberal view.
2. Look for any item in the Jony Ive history that looks like it was designed by Dieter Rams.
Same again. You will find only the same two items - and the similarity is very tenuous.
3. Read what Deiter Rams has said himself about Jony Ive's work.
I' let you do that yourself.
Re: signature capture ?
This is bizarre. I've just answered the door - and there is a UPS man with a thingy for me to sign.
Re: "... what was yours?"
Mini Moke (in the freezing cold open flatlands of Lincolnshire)
What about Starbucks Swiss coffee beans?
Are thery going to look at that aspect too?
Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid
That should have been attached to the post about Starbucks.
Re: Wonder how much tax HMV paid
And I've often wondered how, with these perennial losses, they are still in business.
I was a developer on Project Janus in 1978
Sorry Ian, in 1978 you were a 'Computer Programmer' - a relatively rare breed.
Developers didn't appear until much later - now they're 10 a penny.
We keep seeing figures saying that Android 'outsells' the iPhone and that it is the dominant mobile system. However, when I look around, I don't see the phones to back up those figures.
I've done 2 train journeys today, one on the Northern Line and one on the District Line.
The NL train was not very busy and I could only see 5 phones during the journey from Finchley to Embankment, but 4 of those were iPhones (1 i5 and 3 i4/4s). On the District Line I could see 12 phones, 9 of them being actively used for texting, gaming or whatever - including 2 deaf guys using them to communicate). One was slightly obscured by a reflection in one of the glass panels and I couldn't make out what it was, but of the remaining 11, only 2 were not iPhones (and they were not the deaf guys).
The 4 and 4s is the commonest model iPhone (you can't tell them apart by just looking), the 5 is still a bit of a rarity on the tube.
I did see a chap with something that looked about the size of a 3.5inch Hard-drive clamped to his ear earlier in the day - he looked like an idiot.
Also in my web stats - Android still lags iOS. It's getting closer but it's not 75% in front like the 'sales figures' suggest it should be.
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