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Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook

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Expensive laptop, crappy screen

One of the good things about Dell was that you could spec your laptop with a high resolution screen. I went to the Dell site to check and this machine has one crappy shiny 1366x768 panel.

I don't get it, I've never heard anybody say, "the thing I really like about my laptop is the way I can use the screen as a mirror"

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2011's Best... Cars

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it is?

"...petrol and diesel are dangerous..."

Petrol definitely, but diesel is anything but dangerous. Unless you choose to drink it, rub it on your body or inhale it, it's only as dangerous as vegetable oil.

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Early 2012 date for UK Kindle Fire debut

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price

Check out the price of the 3G kindle keyboard in the US. $189, over here it's £152. By that logic the fire should be around £160

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Bankrupt Borders flogs 65,536 IP addresses at $12 a pop

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$12 per IP address

It's accepted that the reason you don't give back your /16 is because the cost of renumbering 65000 computers to local addresses would be huge. However, is the cost more than $12 per address because if not, that sounds like a nice money spinner for any companies given these ranges.

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Turn your WinPhone into an Xbox remote

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Make this work with Windows Media Centre too

I don't have an Xbox but I'd like this functionality for Media Centre, especially if there was the ability to remotely schedule recordings.

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GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search

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How did Google find the page?

Google follows links so is there a link somewhere to the success page?

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Apple Thunderbolt Display 27in monitor

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Vesa mount?

No Vesa mount, and a crappy non height adjustable stand.

Also why are all the ports on the back, surely it would be useful to have at least some on the edge to make plugging and unplugging easier.

£250 more than the equivalent Dell or HP with the same panel and a 3 year onsite warranty. It's a lot of money to pay for something that looks nice.

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Java tops for hackers, warns Microsoft

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updater

Updating java has loads of problems, applications that don't fully support new versions are common in the enterprise environment. Older versions of java were installed side by side I've seen computers where the update program has installed several versions of 5 and 6. The new 6 installer will uninstall older versions of 6 but not anything prior to that.

The updater is also very poor, on newer versions of windows with UAC enabled it pops a UAC request before telling you there's an update available. This happens for administrators and non admin alike. It's so annoying that I would imagine the java updater is simply disabled on most peoples computers.

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Sky's mobile movies move leaves Apple, Amazon gasping

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Lost my custom months back

"Where it couldn’t do this, it played along nicely with whatever hardware people want to use: laptops, phones or tablets."

I used to subscribe to sky player, the forerunner to the sky go service. One nice thing about sky player was that it was integrated into Windows Media Centre. When sky go launched the media centre plugin was withdrawn. I cancelled my subscription. So I guess it's any hardware you want as long as it's on the list of hardware sky want to support.

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Huge mob swarms phone launch – but it's a BLACKBERRY

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If you sell a $540 phone at a 50% discount then of course you'll have a huge turn out. I'd talk about going, and then not bother because it was a Friday night/I forgot, just to get one to sell on for profit.

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Nokia promises not one but two Lumia 800 power fix patches

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Where's your troll icon?

"No tethering"

I don't know why Nokia have chosen not to include tethering, my HTC mozart received an update last week that included it, wifi hotspot for 5 users, works really well.

"No remote desktop"

There are at least two native RD apps in the marketplace, both of which are far superior to the built in client in 6.5. Like all phone RD apps they are essentially useless on such a small screen.

"No simple way to get to the outlook subfolders"

From the email screen, hit folders then subfolders and the list appears, you can choose to sync a folder with your phone, you can even choose to pin the folder as a tile on the start screen so one click takes you straight there and the tile shows the number of new messages in that folder.

"Constantly flickering tiles (not wonder the batteries flat its always jiggling the screen)"

You do realise the tiles only animate whilst you're looking at them, they don't do it for their own amusement in the background whilst you're doing something else or the phone is in your pocket.

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Robot ostrich spy outpaces world’s fastest sprinters

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I suggest you upgrade to V1.5 it fixes a bad anvil related issue.

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Brussels: Water cannot be sold as remedy for dehydration

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People still buy bottled water? Do they know you can get water out of the tap?

I think there should be a requirement to state this on the side of bottles. Similar to the health warnings on cigarettes. WATER IS ALSO FREELY AVAILABLE FROM THE TAP

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Mobile operators warned on 'unlimited' data gouging

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Typical users

If your connection has a FUP of 500MB and the telco is going to charge you extra if you use more then your connection is 500MB, it's not unlimited and should not be sold as such.

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Rambus tumbles in antitrust reversal

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That's around 1.8 million sheets of paper.

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HP unwraps Ultrabook

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yawn, another "ultra" book with a 1366x768 screen, what's ultra about that?

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Acer Aspire S3 Core i7 Ultrabook

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A £900 laptop shouldn't have parts that aren't quite right, it shouldn't have a keyboard that takes getting used to or a touchpad that is next to useless or a fan that gives you tinnitus. I also don't think it should have a screen where the resolution is a compromise.

We can maybe forgive using a spinning disk (I notice the review doesn't mention the SSD cache or how well it works) but the rest of this stuff needs to be fixed before people are prepared to shell out this amount of money for an Acer laptop.

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Windows 8 aims to make security updates less painful

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Not sure where you get that idea

My home PC has the entire drive M: shared maybe it's a pro vs home thing

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Now Barracuda bitten by Thai disk drought disaster

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That's nothing

Try a 500GB momentus XT. Before the flood price was around £80, current price £220 that's a 175% increase.

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Vacuum cleaner set Swedish nuke plant on fire

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Vacuuming; not always a good thing.

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Ultrabooks are doomed unless prices tumble

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No, no, no and no

The problem is not the screen size, 13" is fine. The main problem is cost.

The ASUS is £999 for that you get a touchpad with buggy drivers and a screen with 0 contrast.

All of the other ultrabooks are shipping with 1366x768 screens.

Most people aren't going to buy a 1st generation product, everyone in the know is waiting for Ivy Bridge.

The final issue is that they aren't available to buy. The only model I could find in stock near me to look at was the 13" ASUS, couldn't find any of the other offerings.

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Nokia Lumia 800

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Guess you don't have many friends then

Microsoft have decided (don't know why or how they came up with the magic number) that the jump to letter function only appears on both the people hub and the app list when you have more than a specific number of entries.

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Tethering, IE9

The review doesn't make it clear that not supporting tethering is a failure of the Lumina, not windows phone mango. I have an HTC radar at work and it support tethering just fine.

IE9 is fine on my HTC mozart, I've read in another review that the blurry fonts on the lumia are a bi-product of the screen choice.

As has been posted before, can we just get a review of Mango with all the features thrashed out and then review the phones as reviews of the hardware and additional software only.

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The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out

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That's where Windows phone does well. I have 3 email accounts configured on my phone, two of them are personal and I have merged, the third is my work account and I have that separate. You can choose to merge any number of accounts into different groups each group can have its own tile. Or you can choose to leave them all separate (the default).

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Amazon rethinks Kindle Fire 2 screen size

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Thumbs up for the war games reference

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Yamaha RX-V471 5.1 AV receiver

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"I just wish there was a standard way of tuning in to internet radio and standard codecs. That might all exist already, never really looked into it. DNS SRV records would be perfect for this as you could just tune in to 6music@bbc.co.uk, then the stream server is located through DNS."

What about a .radio tld then the radio could scan for stations

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Disk prices double after flood - and could 'double again'

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I just managed to get in and order myself a momentus XT that I've been thinking about buying for ages. I got one at £80 for the 500GB model, it's now running at at least £160 and out of stock.

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Ultrabook sales 'falling short of targets'

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Where are they

I've had a look for the two Asus models in the UK, the 11" one is out of stock everywhere and the 13" one is on sale only at DSG for £1149 in an i7/128GB guise which is too much money.

I have an OK laptop at the moment, it's still going OK and it's not too slow so I'm going to wait until one of the manufactures comes out with something that ticks all the boxes. The Asus is almost there but I've heard reports of poor wireless performance, dodgy touchpad drivers and crummy screen. If I'm paying top prices for a laptop it needs to be perfect.

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Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

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You were unlucky,

My T610 is still going strong, I use it when I need to quick booting phone. Battery lasts forever, nice clear screen.

My T28 died because the flip front snapped off when it popped open in my pocket.

My T39 ran for at least 10 years and had to be replaced by the friend I lent it too when the battery had to be persuaded to stay attached to the phone with tape.

I think they went downhill after that. Never really liked my K700.

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BBC iPlayer to require TV licence

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Sounds fair enough to me and potentially far easier to police than any other method of watching BBC content.

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Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law

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SSL

Presumably this is just a simple wire tap type of filter so any comms can be intercepted without having to talk to anyone. In which case running facebook under SSL (which everyone should be doing anyway) will stop it.

If on the other hand facebook have to provide the Swedish authorities access to any data on request then it's a different matter.

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Safe as Windows: Smartphones' security nightmare

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This is a problem that's easily solved. What Google need to do is police the Android Marketplace more heavily, allow any app but make sure the app is safe before it gets out there. Then still allow users to install apps through other stores or manually. That way everyone is happy, all apps can be catered for and if you stick to the official market place you are guaranteed a reasonably level of security.

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Virgin Media touts high-speed signups and TiVO

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Virgin's big selling point should be that you don't have to waste money paying for a phone line to get broadband or TV (Sky require you to have a phone line for the first 12 months of a TV contract). Yet they insist on bundling in a phone line and charging you for it, of course you can choose to not have a phone line but then the cost of your broadband or TV package goes up by about the same amount.

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Sony and Ericsson divorce

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Problem with the Walkman brand

The problem with the Walkman brand was that it had ceased to be recognised as such. A Walkman had long ago become a generic name for a personal portable cassette player with headphones. People aren't bothered about owning a phone with a built in Walkman; a phone with a built in iPod, now that's a different matter.

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HTC Radar WinPho 7.5 smartphone

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Are you sure you've upgraded to Mango? Some of this stuff you've listed is solved.

Web browser... slightly complicated javascript. - The web browser in Mango is IE9 it supports the same websites as IE9 on a desktop PC. The old browser had problems with javascript the new one; I've not noticed any.

- screen lock activates on every screen timeout meaning you have to type a code every few minutes... In Mango you can choose separate times for screen timeout and phone lock

- signal indicator is pretty much absent for no reason... tap the top of the screen and the indicator appears

- no receipts for texts or other messages to confirm delivery... delivery reports are in Mango, I haven't tried them because the stupid O2 network doesn't support them but the options are there

- the pointless search button... Again, in Mango the search button has changed, it now links you in with the new bing functionality. Including the text translation stuff, QR code reader and the local scout which I actually used at the weekend to find a nice restaurant near my hotel in Brighton.

- multitasking... the most disappointing fail in Mango. If you want true battery draining multitasking, get an Android phone. If you want to be able to listen to music whilst you browse the web and pick up where you left off in an application, the Mango implementation is fine.

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Tethering

Tethering is in Mango but for some inexplicable reason it's only on the new phones, so my Mozart doesn't have it and neither does your Omnia but the two new HTC phones do and the Nokia phones will as well.

My Mozart is the first phone I've had for 10 years that doesn't support tethering. I haven't used it often but it's nice to know it's there if you need it.

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Apple shouldn't bother with TV...

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Content

The problem will always be content.

I think Windows Media Centre is a beautiful interface for a PVR. Very easy to get around and makes good use of extra information that can be pulled down from the Internet.

Problem is I can only use it with Freeview or Freesat. If I want channels from Sky or Virgin I have to use a Sky box or a Virgin box. It doesn't matter that what I have can do everything those boxes do. Their encryption systems won't let me without some sort of hack.

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Updating to Windows Phone 7.5

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Windows phone connector

It would be nice if this software was available for PC too. Or if Microsoft had included support for the new phones in an updated mobile device centre or active sync.

Having to use zune to update your phone is one thing too many Microsoft have copied from Apple.

Updates should happen OTA and they should be incremental.

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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You're missing the distinction. When Google first started one of the things I liked about it was that all the search terms were included by default. Then about a year ago Google decided that they knew what they were searching for better than you did. First it was fairly useful stuff like searching for plural and non plural search terms, searching for UK and US English spellings of words. Then they started including roots of words, you search for playing, you get results for play, and synonyms.

Now Google just drops words from your query if they make the results too limited. When I use + in my searches I'm not trying to find an exact phrase. I just want to see all the pages that contain every one of those words.

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Facebook comes out swinging

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You can't be tagged in a photo if you don't have a Facebook account...

Are you sure, it certainly used to be possible. You tagged the person and put their email address in and facebook sent them a please join up message.

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New RAM shunts data into flash in power cuts

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Been available on RAID controllers for ages

All the new HP RAID controllers have this tech. They call it flash backed write cache.

I don't quite get the point of this for use on RAM chips though. Unless you're using a RAM disk you can't write files to RAM so the only benefit here is that you can suspend to RAM without any power usage but you can always use hibernate for that..

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Voda in 3G blackhole probe by ASA

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That was my impression, there's no problem with capacity they just don't have enough capacity.

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Pano's virtual desktops go from zero to hero

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"VDI is essentially a solution to the problem "how can we sell more servers?""

I was thinking the same thing about VDI. I currently manage a network which is a mixture of desktop PCs and thin/zero clients connected to Citrix XenApp (what was metaframe) servers. When I first started with Citrix your limit was about 20-30 users per server, less if your users were doing anything clever.

Now I can get 100 users on a server without it really breaking sweat and the servers cost me less money than they used to.

Virtualising servers is condensing traditional server loads onto less hardware.

The first time I saw VDI was in HP's product bulletin, they were advertising a system where you had a low power PC on your desktop driven by a workstation blade in the server room. So instead of a desktop PC you buy a cheap desktop PC and a server blade which means you also need a slot in a blade chassis. If that's not simply a way to sell more servers I don't know what is.

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hardware design

Looks poor, it doesn't even have front facing audio and USB. It's almost a cube so doesn't lend itself to mounting on the back of a monitor or under a desk. Headphones and microphone input are on the same connector.

I'm really liking the zero client concept, we're running the wyse xenith boxes. They boot and display a login prompt within a couple of seconds and use around 5W running.

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Did a Seagate sales bloke just say 5TB drives are coming?

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This is the thing, ask any body about a brand of drive and you will always get a group of people saying the won't touch them and they're the worst drives going.

I've had drives fail on me from all manufactures. Seagate, WD, IBM/Hitachi, Maxtor (In their day) and Samsung all make decent drives, some of which fail. Failing drives is the nature of having a lump of metal spinning at 7500 RPM. I think the only drives I've never had fail are Toshiba ones but I've dealt with far fewer of those over the years so I don't think they're any less likely to suffer an issue.

Once you start dealing with drives in hundreds rather than 2 or 3 you'll see that they are all very similar.

I own two SSDs one of them failed inside the first 3 months, the other one bought around the same time and the replacement for the first are fine.

Doesn't matter how big your drive is, if you want to keep your data you need to have it backed up. If you can't afford to be without your data whilst a broken drive is replaced/repaired you also need to be running RAID.

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Billion dollar telescope snaps galactic head-on

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100 square miles is only an area 10x10 miles, it's basically as far as the eye can see but not far enough to have differing weather from one end to the other.

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Microsoft pops Hadoop into SQL Server and Azure

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Stop messing with the interface

"...with a redesigned interface that allowed for touch control..."

What's wrong with the current interface, it works well for me. By all means tweak it, polish it, but don't make me learn where everything is again, and why does everything need touch control. People aren't going to be doing db administration or writing SQL queries on a tablet. SQL server is not Angry birds.

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Ads watchdog slaps down Sony smartphone battery life claim

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standard

There needs to be a standard measure for phone battery life. There is one for digital camera usage, generally you expect to get more pictures out of your battery than the standard measurement suggests but the important thing is that it's standard so it's possible to compare two different makes/models of camera.

As far as I can tell, the "standard" way to list smartphone battery life is to turn it on, possibly in flight mode, and then leave it to see how long the battery lasts.

I have smartphones on my desk that I use for testing. I'm amazed by how long they last when you don't use them. I can get over a week out of a battery that is gone in less than 24 hours of normal use.

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Ten... Freeview HD recorders

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I'm pretty happy with my Acer Revo running windows media centre. I have Freeview HD and satellite (DVB-S2), plenty of space for recordings and it can play all my media off of local drives, USB or network. It can also stream nicely from the Internet.

Total cost was more than most of the receivers here bar the technomate. Only feature it's missing is the transcode of AAC into DD5.1 on the freeview HD channels.

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Cambridge Audio iD100 hi-fi dock

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I didn't know the dock connector had digital outputs, in that case, what the hell is all the money for?

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