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* Posts by James Dore

39 posts • joined 8 Aug 2007

Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

James Dore
Unhappy

Re: Touchscreens suck on laptops

Google "Optimus Maximus" and then soil yourself at the price. Very very high initial startup costs.

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James Dore
Boffin

Touchscreens suck on laptops

Touchscreens in the vertical plane are wrist-achingly bad for anything other than very brief use, unless you're standing up. I'd be very surprised to see macbooks with touchscreens, especially as the multi-touch trackpad is brilliant (and far better than any implementation in the Windows world). Now, if they don't release a 13" Pro that can take more than 8GB of memory, I'll be very annoyed....

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Now beaming live from Pyongyang: NORKSCASTS!

James Dore
Mushroom

"Let's Study" would get a good showing in Eurovision.

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India uncloaks new thorium nuke plants

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+1 to petition also. Really liked the summary of UK Energy policy at the end as well. Top stuff!

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PlayBook stock mountain: RIM slashes prices

James Dore
Flame

Recession? What Recession?

Glad to see someone's got money to burn! Trebles all round!

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James Dore
FAIL

Flash? Naa-aaah!

Iknorite? I though that if that was all that was good enough about it to make the adverts, then they were beyond the event horizon of screwed. Blackberry are circling the drain, and have been for months. Release their BBM and mail cleverness as an Android and iPhone app, and leave the hardware and OS manufacture to those that know what they're doing.

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BOFH: Beer, shinies, death by fire, rats IN THAT ORDER

James Dore
Mushroom

Spot on....

" ../(because if you're going to release some buggy firmware that disables the management software, you may as well go the whole way and stuff the SSH server as well)... " Oooooh yeah.....

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A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

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Coffee/keyboard

Why I buy Big Brand desktops.

When I first started in IT work, fresh out of college, my employer was in the middle of a migrate to Windows 95 (ahh, happy days. Except Win95.) They had to purchase new hardware too, despite having reasonable 486 DX100/120's to run it on. Turns out they'd bought them from a UK system builder that built their own motherboards. Which had a fault. After 30 or so failures, we were informed that there were no more spares, and they weren't making any more. That's the rest of the custom-made 1-year-old machines up the spout then.

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James Dore
Trollface

Self destruct switch

ITYM "operated BY a tool"

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Boffins develop method of driving computers insane

James Dore
Terminator

Oh goody, psychotic computers....

I for one welcome our evil and unbalanced electronic overlords.

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Dirty PCs: How much filth can you take?

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Thank you!

This was part of our risk assessment, which went roughly thus (I'm paraphrasing):

Either:

a) Encase and filter /entire 42u rack/ - Approx £2k, delay project start by two days

or

b) move server: requiring new, temporary, (exposed and vulnerable) fibre laid from current location to new location that's not under refurb or occupied (only suitable area was an unused bathroom, no mains power) Cost unconfirmed.

or

c) If firewall fails replace with spare unit in storage that has same image on it.

Guess which one we did.

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Ballerina canned for flashing her assets

James Dore
Badgers

Mmmhemheheh hurrhurr

You said "Weiner" Mmmmhunhmmeheh!

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BT feathers ruffled over pigeon-based file transfer caper

James Dore
Coat

Re: Not a fair comparison

If the recipient rang the sender to say "yeah, pigeon's here", that sounds like TCP to me....

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Amazon takes Kindle to the UK

James Dore
Boffin

Better off with an iPad and the Kindle reader App....

The Kindle software for iPad (and other iOS devices, Macs and PC's ) is a much better idea. Having tried both, I find Apple's hardware is much nicer than the Kindle, and you can do more with it. I like the Kindle system for reading books, and that your notes, bookmarks, and whatnot are sync'd between all your subscribed Kindle installations, but I hated the hardware. Much prefer the iPad.

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Before the iPad, there was the Newton

James Dore
Jobs Halo

Sigh. Still no better note-taker.

I had an MP120, which I bought in 1997. It got signed by Douglas Adams, but I was a tool, and never covered, or replaced, the flip cover that he signed, so it wore off. Bah. Anyway, I then got an MP2k, which was awesome, and which still works, even on Wifi. There isn't anything electronic that yet comes close to it for taking notes, even the iPad; the resistive and slightly textured screen on the MessagePads is great for writing on, and very robust for poking with the stylus.

Anyone know of any good styli for the iPad? And if Inkwell (Ghost of Newton, which lives on in Mac OS X, and is summoned if you connect a graphics tablet) got ported and hidden?

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Samsung YP-Q2 v. Sony E-series deathmatch

James Dore

Sony Controls....

... look a bit 'Mickey Mouse'.

Can't help thinking they're both a bit irrelevant though.

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12 of the best... mice

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Logitech Trackman wheel

Excellent. Have had one of these for twelve years, still going strong. I even faffed about importing a second-hand ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) version from the States via a mate. It's hard to use anything else now.

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Hitler kicked off iPhone

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Downfall parody for the bikers

There's a lovely one circulating where Adolf is a tad annoyed to have had his beloved Honda VFR replaced with a BMW motocycle.

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Worldwide GPS may die in 2010, say US gov

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Coat

Chicken Licken says

The Skynet is falling! The Skynet is falling!

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US journo school mandates iPhone, iPod touch

James Dore

The point being missed....

Is that the University has made a big investment in iTunesU. The course materials will be delivered via podcast. Now, there are many ways to do this, but having seen the alternatives, Apple's Podcast Producer back end makes it far more straightforward for /end users/ to produce audio and video material. The payoff is that you deploy content via iTunesU. The payoff there is that you can only access the content on iPod/iPhone.

Yes, it gets the lin/wintards all het up, but it's the easiest and most consistent way to produce and distribute content. Which is, I suspect, part of what being a J School is all about.

Scream all you like about the fanbois at the top of the uni admin - but someone has looked long and hard at /useability/ - not just for sysadmins, but users as well, which includes the Academic staff, as well as the students. And in useability terms, Apple comes out top. Now, are you really really surprised by that?

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Cuba crafts extra-communist Linux distro

James Dore
Coat

Hang on...

Doesn't "No va" mean "doesn't go", in Spanish, and hence why the tiny chav chariot was called the Corsa in Europe?

I'm only sayin. Not like I've had horrendous upgrade experiences with Linux or anything.

Mines the one with the Novell badge.

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Fisker posts Karma Sunset shots

James Dore
Flame

@ Pete James

If by 'Impressive contribution to Automotive styling' you mean hideous pastiche and baroque gaudiness that would make Liberace blush, then maybe you'd be correct.

In one single car, the French (and Italians) did more for automotive styling than any other country on the planet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citroen_DS

The French also introduced the 'Cab Forward' design about a decade before it became popular in the US - with the Renault Espace.

'American Styling' is a very convenient shorthand for crass, naive, meat-headed and hamfisted design over here. They're bought by egomaniacs with self-esteem issues.

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Asus' angular laptop-of-the-future designs spied

James Dore
Coat

Delenn would approve

Lovely C24 Minbari styling. Where's the crystal data storage port?

Mine's the one with the PPG in the pocket.

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LG confirms 2009 launch for 3G wristphone

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I want one...

Now where's my damned flying car?

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BNP leaked list claims first victims

James Dore
Coat

subhead...

Bottle - Genie = Foot + Mouth shurely?

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Google: 'We are Meltdown proof'

James Dore
Coat

"We're meltdown proof"

Is anyone reminded of that apocryphal condom machine that had "So Was the Titanic" garffito'd on the side?

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IBM delivers baby SAN

James Dore
Joke

Weak power

"has room for six blades and runs on wall power, or its high-end BladeCenter H chassis, which can hold 14 blades but requires 240-volt power."

Pardon? What kind of weakling system doesn't have 240v at the wall? Pansies.

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Netbooks and Mini-Laptops

James Dore

Wot no M912?

I've got one of these on order, it would have been nice to have an opinion! I quite like the idea of a small tablet, especially as the hdd is coming out to have a Samsung SSD put in instead. Now where's that hacked OS X install and a green-screen skin....?

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Date bug kills VMware systems

James Dore
Unhappy

I've got a bad feeling about this....

Curious that this happens just after the putsch that ousted Dianne Greene et al. Would someone with such a reputation as a stickler for detail have had this happen on their watch?

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South African survives exploding fridge attack

James Dore
Paris Hilton

Is this some kind of South African innuendo?

"Knocking up a milkshake with his back to the fridge"?

Paris has knocked up a couple of milkshakes in her time, I'll bet.

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Gigabyte intros tablet-style Eee rival

James Dore
Linux

Novell involvement....

SuSE Linux is supplied on the HP Mini-Note, or whatever it is. Although I agree, since they shipped a stripped-down Suse, they could get further involved. Maybe they're waiting for IBM/Lenovo to get involved. Although you can already install SuSE on the Eee, so I wouldn't imagine there's much to getting it running on other similar devices.

Please gawd not Devian though....

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Man barred from posting crimes on YouTube

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Leeds' Dumbest criminal?

As a denizen of Sheffield, I can only say that puts him in the running for dumbest criminal in Europe...

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Amazon.com: Now with 50% less cockfighting

James Dore
Paris Hilton

Didn't TVGoHome do this in 1999?

http://www.tvgohome.com/300499.html

Paris cos - you have to ask?!

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11-year-old Sun mascot beats up NetApp

James Dore
Coat

Gives you the...

Schlitz... I mean seriously dude, that stuff is /awful/. This explains much.

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Oz crematorium menaced by exploding dog

James Dore

Entries closed....

For the Register Headline of the Year competition. Brilliant.

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Laggard Apple lets Leopard virtualize

James Dore
Joke

@ New business opportunity

Huh. So that's what the two white Apple stickers in my Leopard Server box were for. Instant licenses for OS X on my ESX box :->

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W1NNT number plate vendor mocks L1NUX

James Dore
Joke

I'll take the L1NUX one....

Why would I want to advertise the fact that I'm a Winnet?

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XenSource calls VMware a cash-hogging automobile

James Dore

Stu just proves the point by wildly missing it...

"Think you'll find some of the fastest / best performing cars in the world are Kit (and limited build)cars, so keep your german Boring Machine for W**kers....

Go watch a track day and see how many 911 / M3 ponces get there arse kicked

by £7k "race car wannabe's"

Those race cars will need rebuilding, constant attention and very expensive parts to keep them in optimum condition and perfomance. They're also not running nearly as often as the production models.

When you're talking about running a virtualisation system, it's the very stability and longevity that win, not outright horsepower. Leave the 'race condition' monsters to the trackday chavs and pc modders - I need a reliable system that runs and runs and runs with little maintenance. VMWare wins.

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James Dore

Perfect metaphor!

Darn tootin' VMWare is a car. A classy Citroen C6 with the efficient V6 Twin-Turbo Diesel. With a service contract, and a dealer network for guaranteed support. Last time I tested XEN, it was an engine, yes. An ancient, asthmatic 2CV engine. If I'm getting to work, I know which I'll use....

(and I'm speaking as a Citroen CX-driving Novell fanboy here :-)

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