812 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007
Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?
"My suspicion is no such scheme has been introduced as it's a useful source of income for the Royal Mail."
There's already a system for opting out of un-addressed mail. http://www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/how-do-I-stop-receiving-any-leaflets-or-unaddressed-promotional-material
That should stop the virgin stuff.
Re: New Wheeze
" It was designed and implemented for single CPU single core 32 bit PCs with less than 1GB of RAM"
XP worked fine with multi-core CPUs. The NT kernel had always been designed to support multiple CPUs. The 64bit criticism is more valid, XP 64bit is actually fine, it's based on Server 2003 (OS version 5.2) and server 2003 64bit is a decent OS. The problem as you've mentioned is drivers, hardly anyone published drivers for 64bit XP.
I'm personally fine with using Windows 8 on my home PCs. I like how quickly it starts up and I like the changes made to the desktop UI, particularly around dual monitor support. However anyone that claims the start screen is OK is either working for Microsoft or only has 5 programs installed. It's fine if you can remember the name of the program, you just hit windows and type same as you do on 7. When you have no idea about the name and all you can remember is which sub folder of the menu it's supposed to come under, you are in trouble also using the whole screen isn't a good thing when a menu is spread over the entire screen it takes longer to move your mouse from one side to the other.
All in all Microsoft have kind of ruined Windows 8 by reputation. They've fixed it up as best they could in 8.1 now they need to draw a line under it and get Windows 9 out
We don't have a 6 year warranty on anything. Goods have to last a reasonable amount of time what that means is going to vary from item to item. The responsibility for this is with the supplier not the manufacturer, I think most people buy their servers from their favourite distributor I know I do so HP aren't liable for anything.
In any case B2B doesn't count.
I see most people just like to read the headline then head here for a quick rant.
I can't see any issue with what Mozilla are doing here.
To all the people who can't be bothered to read the article, you'll only see these "Adverts" if you install firefox on a new computer and you will only see them until you have visited 9 different websites.
If you are already using firefox then there will be no change, once you've been using firefox for any normal period of time it will be no different to how it is now.
This is no different to the way the start screen for firefox is a google search page.
Re: Great article
joystick port on the CPC took any standard stick with a 9 pin D connector. I think you only needed the Amstrad sticks if you wanted two joysticks.
Re: Serious question: why buy a new router?
Try getting the DHCP server to hand out a custom DNS address.
I agree, I just can't see this working. The technical side alone is full of holes. Currently you pay for 1 license per household, it doesn't matter if you have 1 TV or 10 TVs, or any mixture of TVs set top boxes, USB dongles, PVRs etc.
In a subscription model every one of these devices is going to need a card. Lets say I have Sky, I have a single sky box but also I have 3 TVs in bedrooms upstairs that don't have Sky subs and are currently viewing free to air BBC. Under the new system do I pay my BBC sub to Sky? Do I then have to pay a second sub for my upstairs TVs? Is that per TV or am I covered for the whole house? If I'm covered for the whole house how many cards am I allowed? What stops me from asking for more cards than I need and giving them away or selling them on the black market?
What about all the devices that don't have card slots? My TV has one but my media PC just has USB tuners, will my subscription cover the cost of new tuners for my PC or can I only use a BBC approved PVR?
Virgin should offer deals without phone
Virgin have a huge advantage over all the DSL providers in that they can provide broadband without a phone line. They should make more of this with deals for Internet only or Internet+TV+mobile which would suit loads of people far better than having to pay for redundant a land line.
Re: >sit too far from their screens to benefit from HD
"However... freeze frame on a scene involving a letter or a page of a book, held at arms length. Most of the time, you can't read the text from a DVD but you can do that just fine from a BluRay. Or watch Apocalypto, for example, one of the best early movies for HD."
I generally prefer to watch all movies like this. I just pause them and then advance one frame at a time, that way I don't miss anything.
Re: 2K intermediate
Look at the current UK box office top 10 according to imdb
12 years a slave - shot on 35mm, 2K digital intermediate
American Hustle - shot on 35mm, 4K intermediate
The hobbit - shot on red, 2K intermediate
Frozen - digital animation, 2K intermediate
Last vegas - shot on digital, 2K intermediate
The Railway Man - shot on digital, 2K intermediate
Delivery Man - shot on 35mm, 2K intermediate
Mandela - shot on 35mm
Anchorman 2 - shot on digital, 2K intermediate
Paranormal Activity - unknown
So out of 10 films, only 1 uses a 4K process. My point is that this is totally different to when HD arrived. When 1080p came films were being shot and processed at that resolution so the benefits for new films was there. Now people are being sold 4K TVs and the content they are being sold is actually up-scaled 2K.
Where is this 4K content from?
Most cinema is processed at 2K.
4K just strikes me as a way to sell new TVs to idiots.
Re: 8.1's not bad
"The left and right buttons are incorporated in the one piece surface trackpad. This required extreme accuracy in clicking or the cursor went shooting off"
If the trackpad is like the one on my vaio pro then it's one of the better ones. The trick is to learn to use the gestures, don't use the click it's clunky. Tap the pad to left click, tap with two fingers to right click. Once you get used to it, you'll wonder why this stuff was kept to Apple's for so long.
The downside of having a touchpad that supports gestures is that Microsoft think you would like to have random menus appear when you swipe in from the left or right of the pad with no way provided to completely disable.
Looks nice but expensive
Information on battery life is in the quickspecs
HP EliteBook 840 G1
hard drive/intel 13 hours 15 minutes
hard drive/AMD 13 hours 15 minutes
SSD/intel 15 hours 15 minutes
SSD/AMD 14 hours 30 minutes
SSD/intel + slice 33 hours 45 minutes
These figures sound somewhat fanciful to me as they don't tie in with the results found in this review. The slice battery adds an extra 780g to the weight.
The price is steep, yes it has 1080p screen and 8GB of RAM but the SSD should really be included in a laptop costing this much money.
Smallest patch Tuesday I can remember for ages.
1 patch for XP/2003/7/2008R2
2 patches for 7/2008R2
1 for office 2007
1 for word 2003/2007
Should make for easy testing
Think I still prefer my vaio pro
The vaio pro has 1080p screen, weighs less than this, currently is selling for £950 with a pci-e SSD, no vents on the bottom so it won't overheat sitting on your lap or the bed.
The toshiba has better battery life and that's about it, if you want more battery life on the Sony you can get the battery slice and I think it will still only weigh slightly more than the Toshiba. Toshiba should get points for providing upgradeable memory. This shows it is possible on a lightweight machine.
Also as Graham has mentioned above, not just Sony but Toshiba themselves were producing a machine R500/R600 that is lighter than this but included a DVD drive.
Not sure of the point here
This is a 13.3" laptop with a screen that folds back into a tablet form factor. When it's in laptop mode you're going to want to use Windows. When it's in tablet mode it is a pretty big tablet I'm not sure what you're going to use it for that you can't do in Windows. Media players and web browsing are pretty well catered for in Windows 8. That basically leaves games and to me the screen size is too big to be useful on most games. Couple that with the fact that because this is an intel chip running Android, native code has to be emulated.
It's not like you're going to have access to your windows files from Android.
For me my tablet has become redundant, my phone has grown and my laptop has shrunk and that seems to cover everything I used my tablet for.
And how much noise do the fans make keeping it cool?
Re: In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?
48KHz is fine, that's the sample frequency. It's the 64Kbps that is the concern
I had windows mobiles that booted 6.5 and an early Android
When any "new" feature is touted for mobile you generally find that either Nokia or Windows mobile had it years ago
Pretty sure they're wrong here.
You wanted next day delivery, but you didn't get it. The cost for next day delivery is the total cost for delivery as it's not broken down into e.g. £1 for delivery + £1 for next day it's just £1 for delivery or £2 for next day. Ebuyer cannot substitute an alternative service and then expect you to pay for it.
This said in my experience I've always found ebuyer easy to deal with, everything delivered within agreed timescales, the one return I had to make (faulty SSD) was no problem. I've also had a firmware warning from them to tell me I needed to flash my SSD or risk data loss.
Quite often after the warrant on a server has expired I will re-purpose that server, either for lab work or for some non critical task. Does this change me I know have to make sure I've got a copy of all the drivers for the server whilst it was still in support and saved them? Currently I would just download the latest DVD from the HP site as required.
A nokia 520 costs £80 and comes with Nokia Here Drive. Why would anyone pay for a tom tom?
Re: Low voltage ring-main anyone?
because you would need cables the thickness of your fingers to be able to transfer the power required at such a low voltage.
You'd be better off putting the PSUs into the wall sockets.
Re: Not just beautiful, quiet too
The case doesn't need to massive to cool passively I have my media PC in a streacom case which claims to be able to cool 95W. Worth noting that the PSU is external on this case which helps get rid of a lot of the heat.
Re: TP Link TL-WDR3600
also this TP-Link doesn't do 802.11ac it's dual band but N only
Why is the battery built in when the rear cover is removable?
Also the 8GB version should be ignored, for almost anyone that is going to be too little storage.
I've been using filesender https://www.assembla.com/spaces/file_sender/wiki for a while works well for me my users find it easy enough to use. Has some limitations at the moment, like only being able to send a single file at a time so folders have to be zipped before sending.
Played codemasters Brian Lara cricket (I think also called Graham Gooch cricket) for years on megadrive, playstation and xbox. I was looking forward to this game coming out but it's been clear for a while it wasn't going to happen. Everyone though it would be released in time for the England 2013 Ashes, then it was put back to the Australian series and now it's dead.
There is one more waiting in the wings, Don Bradman cricket lets hope that resolves to a playable cricket game, otherwise I'm going to be breaking out the megadrive emulator.
4GB of RAM is simply not good enough in a laptop costing around or, in a few cases, way above £1000. I know the Sony can be configured with 8GB (I have one) so I don't know about the others but really this should be a standard feature.
Re: MoBo Blues
Keyboard backlight is on or off in windows so you aren't losing anything in there.
There is a risk of attack for people using server 2003 terminal services or XenApp on server 2003.
Wrong on so many levels
NTSC differs from PAL in two main ways.
1. The way the colour is modulated on to the composite video signal. This means that you can't just feed a PAL TV with an NTSC signal and expect it to work. The TV has to specifically support NTSC or you will get black and white.
2. 50 vs 60Hz. Again the TV has to be able to specifically cope with 60Hz to be able to play NTSC. Also in the case of VHS the image is recorded on to the tape in diagonal stripes by a rotating head. With NTSC VHS the head moves faster so again the VHS player has to specifically support NTSC otherwise the playback head won't synchronise with the recording on the tape.
With modern TVs the situation is very different, modern LCD TVs will quite happily cope with all kinds of input signals. The problem here is that there is most likely that the TV signal is 50Hz and the xbox then converts this up to 60Hz for playback on the TV. Some TVs will cope with this better than others depending on there motion processing software but the fact remains that 10 extra frames have to be inserted each second so it's never going to be perfect.
Re: What about "phone only" extension wiring?
have a look at E-Metrotel they do Asterisk based devices that support all the old Nortel Norstar/BCM phones, both IP (unitstim) and the digital stuff.
After a further reading of the Amazon literature my guess is that they are not offering Windows 7. They advertise it as a "Windows 7 Experience". The assumption therefore is that they are using Server 2008R2 with desktop experience enabled so that it behaves like Windows 7. That way Amazon can purchase per user RDS CALs together with processor licensing for 2008R2 and they don't have to worry about the stupid way Microsoft have licensed desktop VDI
No mention of how they are dealing with the Windows licenses. A quote from the Microsoft VDI and VDA FAQ
"Currently, there is no SPLA model for Windows VDA. Hence, customers who subscribe to desktops from a third-party hoster will need to pay Microsoft for a Windows VDA license for each device accessing Windows client virtual machines in the datacenter. Additionally, hosters need to ensure they isolate the hardware and other resources for each company. Any hardware running an instance of Microsoft software (OS or application) must be dedicated to a single customer. For example, a SAN device that is not running any Microsoft software may be shared by more than one customer; whereas, a server or SAN device that runs Microsoft software may only be used by one customer."
So unless Amazon have some kind of special deal with Microsoft, there is no way that this can work running Windows 7.
Things that need to happen
1. Legislation to make it mandatory for all new cars to be sold with multiformat (DAB, DAB+, DRM+) radios
2. Wait 10 years for new cars to become common
3. During that time develop new DAB radios that use as little power as an FM radio and are as cheap so people can replace all their portable radios and radios in phones.
4. Make DAB radio signal stronger so it can be picked up properly.
People don't need DAB radios in their houses. In your house an Internet radio is better. People need portable DAB in their cars and their hands, but until the above happens you can't turn off FM.
gibi, mibi, kibi, pibi
It's the first letter of the decimal form plus ibi
megi, kili, peti would be confusing because they sound too much like the 10th power equivialants
not over till the fat lady sings
IE6 is the default web browser with server 2003, server 2003 has support until July 2015 so IE6 will live on.
IE6 is also the default browser in XP embedded which has support until January 2016
Fortunately Embedded 2009 which is XP based uses IE7
Re: No USB3
I totally agree it's stupid not to include USB 3 ports. Fortunately Apple seem to have included all 4 ports that are available on the Intel chipset.
Re: Will they do the same for Android?
Long before the Motorola in 2011 there was an HTC P6500 I have one in a drawer at work.
I also remember some kind of slider phone around the same time that had a fingerprint scanner on the rear. The scanner could be used to launch different apps depending on what finger you scanned.
A quick look and it's a Toshiba http://www.gsmarena.com/toshiba_g500-1904.php
Re: 4k benifits?
I appreciate your sentiment but why do you think that's going to happen?
Most TVs sold now are 1080p but laptops are sold with "HD" screens that are 1366x768
waste of time
Shooting on 35mm is a waste of time and money. We have digital cameras that can easily compete with 35mm.
Shooting on 70mm is a different matter, especially horizontal 70mm like imax.
It's worth noting that a lot of the Phantom Menace was shot on 35mm and it didn't help that film at all. The reason for the digital stuff in the prequels looking so bad was not a fault of it being digital, just that at the time the digital process wasn't as good as film.
The mistake with this film will be the same as with the last star trek film, shoot the film on film, in this case a mixture of 35mm and imax, then let the studio dimensionalise it so that you can charge more for tickets on the basis that 3D costs more because the equipment costs more even though everything is now projected using the same digital projectors.
Re: We are the Judian Peoples Front!
popular peoples front - splitters
Don't get why Microsoft didn't push 8.1 just a little further
Windows 8 has one perceived issue that is the lack of a traditional start menu. 8.1 essentially solves that problem by giving you.
1. Boot direct to desktop
2. Show applications on start screen rather than tiles
3. Show desktop background behind start screen.
Unfortunately this isn't enough for the masses because it's 3 options to change rather than one and, perhaps more importantly, it doesn't get you back to where you were. Microsoft could easily have chosen to bring back the windows 7 style start menu as an option. In the same way that XP offered the 95 style start menu. The start screen on windows 8 is probably better than the start menu but it needs refinement and time for people to come to that conclusion by themselves. When XP came out everyone changed the start menu to look like 2000, but over time people realised that actually the XP start menu was better. The jury is still out on the Windows 8 start screen but without the option to use the old system people aren't even going to try windows 8.
The other thing here that is interesting is that 8.1 is essentially windows 8 sp1, a free upgrade for all windows 8 users.. However server 2012 is moving to R2 which is a new version of Windows server
Re: Spotting a clone
Why by a fake Apple charger? Why not just buy some other USB charger that was neither fake nor expensive?
Re: "Available now" ???
presumably if your TV has a usb socket you could use that to power the device rather than actually using a USB cable.
The iOS/Android requirement kind of makes it useless to me. If I have to find my tablet to watch TV then I might as well just plug my tablet into my TV.
missed a trick
Microsoft should be releasing this as a full email client to try and encourage iPhone users onto windows phone. I guess if they gave it full support Apple wouldn't allow it in the store, but full exchange support would be good.
Microsoft are hoping that people will subscribe to 365 so they can get the app but it just won't work this way. You need to give people the app first and then if it's good enough some people will want to try windows phone or 365 off the back of that.
Re: We need a change of marketing
I agree with you up to a point here.
For a single person you get very little benefit once you go over 50Mb/s. However there is plenty of need if you have a lot of people who all want to stream video at the same time.
The other thing that needs to be addressed is the poor upload speeds. Instead of offering 300/20 they need to be offering 50/50. What's the point in running a fibre all the way to someone's house and then only giving the same upload speed they can get over copper?
Re: Several Questions:
DSLR Digtal Single Lens Reflex
1. The NEX-5R is not a DSLR
2. The NEX-5R is not a phone
3. The NEX-5R requires gigantic lenses to cover its sensor
4. The NEX-5R weighs 275g without a lens
5. The NEX-5R has no built in flash
Do you need any more?
I'm not saying this is the phone/camera for you but for a lot of people this is all the camera they will ever need, it will be way better than any camera they have ever owned before and it's a smartphone at the same time.
That said, no upgradeable storage is just idiocy.
Windows key + S is the shortcut for snapshot in onenote. Joined up thinking?
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