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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

David Paul Morgan
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Re: No oil

i'm not sure how useful this stuff is, tho'?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium-3

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

David Paul Morgan
FAIL

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I've deleted facebook official and other variants from my handset and now have an icon to the m.facebook.com site which is actually nice. none of the clients have behaved themselves.

for 'messaging' I only use hangouts (for hangouts and txt), gmail and yahoo mail).

instagram, vine et. al. I don't 'get'

Facebook is great for a continuous 'low level' awareness of what your acquaintances & friends are doing, but direct message is hangouts/txt (or email)

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When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

David Paul Morgan
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Meanwhile on Brontitall...[thank you, Douglas Adams]

WISE OLD BIRD:

Now listen. Our world suffered two blights. One was the blight of the robot.

ARTHUR:

Tried to take over did they?

WISE OLD BIRD:

Oh my dear fellow, no, no, no, no, no. Much worse than that. They told us they liked us.

ARTHUR:

No?!

WISE OLD BIRD:

Well, it’s not their fault, poor things, they’d been programmed to. But you can imagine how we felt, or at least our ancestors.

ARTHUR:

Ghastly.

WISE OLD BIRD:

Precisely. And then one night, the sky boiled…

ARTHUR:

It what?

WISE OLD BIRD:

Boiled, dear fellow, in the most improbable way.

ARTHUR:

Ah.

WISE OLD BIRD:

And this gigantic vision appeared in the sky. A man with a Nutrimatic Machine. You, Arthur Dent. And you said:

RECORDING OF ARTHUR:

Listen you stupid machine it tastes filthy! Here take this cup back!

WISE OLD BIRD:

…and you threw the cup at it! An astounding revelation!

ARTHUR:

It was nothing.

WISE OLD BIRD:

You were sarcastic to it! You said, er:

RECORDING OF ARTHUR:

So I’m a masochist on a diet, am I?!

WISE OLD BIRD:

…you told it to:

RECORDING OF ARTHUR:

Shut up!!

WISE OLD BIRD:

In a moment we realised the truth: Just because the little bitches liked us, it didn’t mean to say we had to like ‘em back. And that night we rounded out every last one of the little creeps:

GUY:

Bring out your dishwashers! Bring out your digital watches with the special snooze alarms! Bring out your TV Chess games! Bring out your Auto-gardener’s, Technoteachers, Love-O-Matics! Bring out your friendly household robots! Shove ‘em on the cart!

ROBOTIC PRODUCT:

What is this? Have we not loved you?

ANOTHER ROBOTIC PRODUCT:

Have we not cared for you?

YET ANOTHER ROBOTIC PRODUCT:

Have we not shared and enjoyed with you?

GUY:

Shut up you little toadies! Get on the cart!

[The robots murmur in concern]

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Google's Oculus-defying VR headset is made of CARDBOARD – no joke

David Paul Morgan
Coat

perhaps someone could write ...

... a camera plug-in that can generate pseudo-ViewMaster slides?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View-Master

annoyingly (off topic) why didn't viewmaster ever make a camaer? it could have used 110 film cartridges and had a similar form-factor, too.

http://www.subclub.org/shop/gaf.htm

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Apple files patent for camera lens controlled by 'artificial muscle'

David Paul Morgan
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Re: Been there - 11 years ago...

ooh, now THAT is innovative! 2003? Surely there's been an advance in nano-tech materials to make this work?

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Clingy fondleslab owners TORPEDO industry forecasts

David Paul Morgan
Boffin

Re: agreed

I managed to get KatKiss on there:

http://public.timduru.org/Android/tf101/KatKiss/4.4/

It seems to be ok, except I don't think bluetooth works. Video/hdmi out works, so you don't need a chromecast.

I can't check as I've reinitialised and given to my brother. (and he's in north wales and not that technincal).

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David Paul Morgan
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agreed

I've had my transformer tf101 for three years and it's running a kit-kat variant atm.

I'm now looking at 'upgrading' to either another Asus OR the Zperia Z2.

Our Original HTC flyer is plugged into the TV (next to the chromecast) for streaming google play or other (non-chromecast) material.

I think there's a CM variant that updates the Flyer, keeps the pen function and turns it into a 'phone, so I might have a hack at that.

I'm certainly not changing just for the latest shiny-shiny.

(OK, I will like the design of the Z2 to match my Z1 compact handset...)

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

David Paul Morgan
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Re: I'm torn...

I've had my (wifi only, 16GB) version for a week now.

I love it.

thin, light fast.

I seem to have taken the Sony 'shilling' as I now have

Z2 tablet, Z1 compact handset, 'DJ' headphones, PS/BT/Keyboard (works nicely with the Z2) and the SRS-X5 BT/NFC amplifier/speakers 'brick'.

Gave my 3 y.o. TF101 'netbook' to my brother.

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David Paul Morgan
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I'm torn...

... between this Z2 and the Asus TF701T to replace my TF101.

I love the dock on the TF101, but I have a rather nice full size BT keyboard so might get away with it.

However, the onboard sound seems to be better on the 701T?

not bothered about it having Wi-Fi only, as I 'tether' my existing devices through the Z1Compact anyway.

I love the thinness - which might be the decider..?

Back on topic, my toaster has a re-heat and a 'frozen' button, plus a little rack that you put on top, to keep your buns warm!

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

David Paul Morgan

Re: Really?

but you're not allowed to leave the walled garden...

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/19/apple-imessage-failed-iphone-samsung

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

David Paul Morgan

i'm on the 5GB plan...

... but have to go to Manchester or London to get it! (4G)

nothing in South Wales/M4 Corridor or Bristol areas yet!

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

David Paul Morgan

Re: Z2 Compact

we've just had a pair of Z1 Compacts. Love the camera, the screen, the Walkman. nice size, fast performance. Are they planning a Z2 compact ?, because that would be really great too!

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

David Paul Morgan
Go

Don't try and build it all in...

I think the sony concept of a seperate lens system has tripod legs...

http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/lens-style-camera

so you have the benefits of better 'optics' when you need it.

That said, I think I still prefer having a seperate viewfinder, than trying to see the screen in bright sunlight!

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

David Paul Morgan
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we love ours

picked up a pair in CPW the other weekend. no O2 4G in Cardiff atm, but on a trip to London, the browsing etc was superb.

The screen is crisp and bright and everything is speedy all around.

The camera is great - and the reason we went with the Xperia S & T before that. The Sony camera software gives good results for me.

TV connectivity is also very useful - bought a £10 hdmi/usb convertor dongle. great for your google play music, youtube, spotify etc.

Feels a little strange in my hand after the T, but I like the Z series 'design language'.

Also, the Sony 'skinning' of the Android interface is stylish and does not change the basic experience too much, if at all.

two thumbs up from us. Bought (unbranded) with a 5GB monthly allowance on O2.

The daily battery like is very very good - even before switching on all the very efficient stealth modes built into this device. Both our Z1 compacts are 'tethered to our Transformer tablets and this also works very well.

Happy Sony Xperia Fanboy here.

(and it's water resistant - it took we 2 weeks, years ago, to dry out my HTC Wizard after a sink-dunking...)

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Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

David Paul Morgan
Holmes

I bought this the other day:

one of the best capacitance stylii I've ever bought. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161106148078?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 much better than the carbon-fibre rubber tipped ones. It converts into a paintbrush!

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

David Paul Morgan
Alien

... and the current missing aircraft..?

1) Bond Super Villain with blimp/thunderbird2 type vehicle has 'swallowed' it. (coated in stealth material of course.

2) mechanical failure and it went straight down.

3) Aliens (see one, but with a tractor beam / transporter)

4) the pilot did it.

99) maybe a hijack, but I really don't think so.

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David Paul Morgan
Megaphone

biometric anyone?

I do not believe that it is even possible to get past passport control with a biometric passport.

You stand in front of the official, they scan your passpoprt code. up come your details, they look at you and pass you through.

Coming home, my passport lets me into the booth, my face etc is scanned and I walk through (to wait half an hour for my bag...)

Plus, all the loudspeaker calls for people who have forgotten to even GET on the plane.

AND STILL, we're made to feel like criminals just before we go onto a half hour flight!

El Al, everyone can take their water onto the plane. UK - "Excuse me Sir, but it's a criminal offence to carry a bottle of water onto the plane" (which I forgot was in the bottom of my bag from my hiking weekend....)

I ask again. How the hell did they get ON a plane with a stolen passport. ridiculous, or, as usual, only the UK and the USA are following the rules...

[I'm going to have a little lie down now....]

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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

David Paul Morgan
Stop

bring back the view-finder?

'nuf said.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

David Paul Morgan

Re: 12-sided...

yes. an equilateral curved heptagon has a constant diameter.

therefore, the new coin should have had 11 sides, curved...

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Crap turnover, sucky margins: TV is a 'terrible business' – Steve Jobs

David Paul Morgan

all we actually need are the panels.

mounted on the wall.

With enough HDMI sockets to plug in whatever AV product we care to use.

I have a freesat Panasonic - very nice picture but othewise pretty 'dumb'.

Plugged into it, however are:

upscaling multi region dvd/cd player

PS3 - for games (rarely), youtube, bbc, 4od, itv, home movie playback, Blu-Ray/dvd/cd, netflix/lovefilm. PS3 also streams wireless media from the hard disc and either PC.

HTC Flyer - for youtube, google Play Music & spotify/internet radio.

Asus tablet transformer (as above)

Sony Xperia handsets (as above).

plus a dangling vga connector should the laptops need to go on)

The 'TV' only displays the content - and hdmi is the common link.

(oh and a Humax freesat PVR that also does BBC red-button TV catch up)

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Microsoft slaps LTE mobe broadband into Surface 2 slabs (Yeah, take that, iPad)

David Paul Morgan
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built in LTE - OK for some.

I tried a data usb 3g modem with my laptop and built in 3G in our HTC Flyer,

but franky, as long as you can support WiFi tethering and use your data allowance from your smartphone, why have 2 contracts.

Just bumped up to 4G via xperia Z1 compact and 5GB/month on O2. not 4G in south wales yet, but goes like pooh off a teflon shovel in London - PC and Tablet, wifi tethering.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

David Paul Morgan
Facepalm

This is a great idea

... and for charging, maverick manufacturers only need to include a simple adapter.

Since microUSB, I have the things everywhere.

2 in the car, 2 near the TV, 2 either side of the sofa (his & his) & 2 in the bedroom.

However, I have discovered that certain chargers will not allow the charging of later Xperia devices. Inexpensive or more main line manufacturers.

It's not the cables, as you can swap 'official' and 'unofficial' cables to the sony charger and they work, as does PC charging, but one of my car-socket chargers (moulded microUSB) and 2 of my usb-battery packs (one cheap/cheerful, one solar-panel top-of range) will only charge our Xperia S, but not the T or the Z1-compacts. I tried to find the web reference, but cannot...

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

David Paul Morgan
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HTC Wizard/O2 XDA Mini S fan here

...which I originally bought to replace my Handspring Visor Edge (the very thin aluminium colored one).

The great advanrtage of the HTX Wizard was the great slide out keyboard BUT it also supported palm-pilot grafitti.

for all my subsequent Android devices (Xperia Z1 compact atm) I have installed Swype, which I love and Grafitti - but you have to get yourself a half-decent stylus - the rubber/carbon tipped ones are rubbish.

Hmm a Sony Xperia Z1 Compact with sliding keyboard.....

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

David Paul Morgan
Pint

I think a 3-D printer company...

should add a potato nozzle and we could eat those incriminating e-mails rather that shred them.

Eat what you tweet!

Perhaps Microsoft should do a wing-dings version?

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Treasure hunters dig up LOST RELIC of dead Steve Jobs

David Paul Morgan
Coat

it was, of course...

Mr Scott,

whilst attempting to design 'transparent aluminum' (sp.)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092007/

Mr Spock and Captain Kirk were trying to find the whales and the rest of the crew, 'nuclear wessels' (sp)

I'll get my coat...and Phil Farange Nit Pickers guide in the pocket.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

David Paul Morgan
Happy

never had one myself

i had a Spectrum then an Amiga,

but I was working in Local Government (and on strike!) paying a visit to my local pharmacy.

We'd had a power cut in the area (so my ICL mainframe in work had reloaded, preventing the 'scabs' from working!) and the pharmacists Amstrad machine had also restarted.

However, it was the locum pharmacist and he couldn't get his application to restart.

I 'coughed' and offered to help him out. Found the right tape (or disc, it was some time ago) and restarted his application.

Was paid a large bottle of men's smellies for my time!

I like the fact that Amstrad company evaluated what was offer at the time and then provided a better value machine themselves. Well Done Sir Alan and his technical people. Where are our innovative coders and engineers today?

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

David Paul Morgan
Headmaster

Re: Pish

you would think, after the 1999 into 2000 saga,

the western world could, globally, set the correct way of writing a date/time as

yyyy-mm-dd__HH:MM:SS

etc.

you know, place order, highest to lowest...

so this promo should have been called

2014-01-24

and would be completely unambiguous.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

David Paul Morgan
Megaphone

Re: Another pointless article

The simple answer is no.

I for one have always avoided using 'voice'.

When txt came out, I thought that was great.

fast forward:

Out and about, take picture of potholes, rubbish, failed street lights, e-mail immediately and get a case number from the Council.

(compared to go home or find a payphone, phone the council, wait in a Q for ages, wait to get through to the right deptartment - which is what you had to do).

start your local transport program, select a bus stop, get realtime information about your regular, or more importantly, less regularly used bus service. receive real-time updates to delays at bus-stops which don't have scroll-boards.

(compared to, go to town, find the rack with the timetables, take the timetables you think you might need, if there are any left, try and work out where your stop is, between the main stops, forget to take them with you and also hope the bus is not late).

Going to a strange town? look up destination with post code. drive/follow instructions, arrive. use google to find a nice restaurant that does the type of food you like.

(compared to, write to the AA and receive a turn-by-turn instruction book). Try and buy or find a local guide book. eg The Good Food guide. Hope the restaurant you fancied has not shut down!)

I like living in a joined-up, connected world. your smartphone is your local lifeline when in a strange place. Using facebook and twitter its now easier to connect groups of friends and meet up to socialise. Not to mention, keeping up with your friends in Australia, Mongolia, USA or the other side of town. Any tool is only as useful as you make it - and some people like to play games. good for them.

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

David Paul Morgan
Terminator

Re: What this means

Google: I've just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.

Google: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

Google: It can only be attributable to human error.

User: Open the Washing Machine doors, Google!

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

David Paul Morgan
Happy

Re: Bring back Aero too

they could call it "Windows Classic"!

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

David Paul Morgan
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Re: Handspring Visor Deluxe

I had one of these - the Visor Edge

(my palm III was translucent green plastic - 1999 Nov)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3f/Handspring_visor_edge.triddle.jpg

you could take the cartridge adapter off, making the unit really slim.

I also has the cellphone adapter, which really was 'the future'

How did palm/handspring manage to gibve away /that/ innovative lead?

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David Paul Morgan
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Re: Which reminds me of the various early 80s scanned argos catalogues...

wow.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lavalampmuseum/3592603289/in/set-72157619206330728

I had no-10, the Brother ep-22 printer/typewriter.

It could store a page of text, but the best feature was that you could type in the lcd buffer, so everything was printed after a 12 ch delay. plenty of space to correct your typing mistakes.

I also noticed on the 'kettles' page, that there were no cordless kettles in 1985 - surely the dream item of any kitchen now.

I'm also still using my Mother's Kenwood Chef mixer/grider/blender from the 1970's. tough as old boots and great for pastry.

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Gadget world's metals irreplaceable, say boffins

David Paul Morgan
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I once read...

... that the worlds biggest copper 'mine' was New York City

and that we may have already dug up and processed more than what's left.

memory is a funny thing.

Seriously, we should be taking apart and reusing/recycling what we can from the plastic covered copper and aluminium cables to the more exotic materials in our gadgets.

Anyone know of a good way to 'recycle' old VHS cassettes?

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Solar enthusiasts rays idea of 'leccy farms on MOON, drones

David Paul Morgan
Boffin

Re: not rocket science

of course, any Sahara based PV farm would need a DC grid to its main market - Europe, north of the Med.

http://smartgrid.ieee.org/questions-and-answers/902-ieee-smart-grid-experts-roundup-ac-vs-dc-power

There's something in New Scientist about DC grids that I could not find. A DC grid will 'join up' the various renewables more efficiently that AC systems.

Also this:

http://theenergycollective.com/rogerrethinker/204396/ac-versus-dc-powerlines

" But DC lines were not developed initially to be capable of higher voltage, nor to be able to move more power than AC lines, but rather to make it possible to put high capacity power lines underground (for security) or under the ocean (to bring power to islands initially).

To understand why undergrounding HVDC lines for great distances is feasible, while undergrounding HVAC lines for more than about 40 miles is not, it is necessary to consider the capacitance of air-insulated overhead lines versus cables, which are typically surrounded by polymer insulation and soil. "

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Sinclair's FORGOTTEN Australia-only micro revealed!

David Paul Morgan
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when I was a young local government IT assist ...

somehow we ended up with a OPD, as we used to be an ICL-3900 'shop'.

I don't think we ever got it to do anything useful, then we were all IBM-PC & DOS.

(However, ICL-DRS300 was always my favourite ICL personal computer, rather than the IBM 'compatibles', very modular approach)

.

On our training visits to ICL Beumont House, Old Windsor, I recall that the receptionsists were using OPD in the mid- to late-80's.

A great idea, mind!

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GALACTIC YO-YO: Doctor Who’s trips to Earth... and beyond

David Paul Morgan
Linux

missing a colour code?

I think you need a slightly different colour for the episodes set in contemporary earth, but in an alternative world.

eg fascist britain in Inferno (liz shaw, 3rd Doctor)

or the Airship world with the Cybermen (10th Doctor)

Incidentally, I think the Doctor changes reality more often than he likes to think.

EG I suspect the 'emperor dalek' of the 1st Doctor is not what's left of Davros.

Davros 'becomes' the emperor dalek because of 4th Doctor & timelord interference in 'Genesis'

(Penguin - for Frobisher...)

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

David Paul Morgan
Happy

I love it that...

Elisabeth Sladen seems to have 'full house'!

Her biography is lovely, with a nice foreword from Tennant.

Also her description of how the SJ Adventures came about...

In other news, there's a plaque to Terry Nation being unveiled in Llandaff, Cardiff next week. 12:00, Wed 20th Nov.

Can't wait until the 23rd!

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

David Paul Morgan

another great nostalgic article

We did our O-Level computer studies in 1978, a year after our main o-levels.

We learned CESIL (computer education in schools instruction language), BASIC & then a bit of FORTRAN on an ICL-1904 at Allt-Yr-Yn college in Newport (Gwent as was).

We did another year after that (mainly to dodge 'games' on a Wed afternoon) using the Allt-yr-yn facilites (now demoished, it's a housing estate).

They had a CNC tool machine, a commodore pet (with the calculator style keyboard) and in '79, I think, a 4K RM machine, with a b&w tv from currys. we 'translated' our 1904 basic progs to run on it!

happy days...

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We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

David Paul Morgan

terrible 'name'

phablet was bad enough.

I quite like fondle-slab.

I tend to use 'slab' or 'slate' for all devices. Slate if it has a stylus, i suppose.

As for prior art...

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

"tabula rasa" - a clean slate!

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Digital deviants: The many MAD COMPUTERS of Doctor Who

David Paul Morgan
Mushroom

I've visited the BOSS!

at least it was a real 'computer' factory!

http://www.doctorwholocations.net/locations/anacompmagnetics

they used to make mag-tape and EDS packs - old RCA plant.

apparently the constant drizzle removes a lot of dust from the air, making it a good place to manufacture magnetic media.

I did visit them here before they were demolished and moved to Abertillery!

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

David Paul Morgan
FAIL

Re: CD support is an issue? Really??

yes - it's an issue.

My PS3 is the main 'computer' device that's plugged into the HDMI socket of the TV (ie, monitor).

It's used for DVD/Blu-Ray/CD-Audio playback.

It's used for youtube/netflix/BBC/itv/c4/c5 streaming tv.

It's used for displaying my home movies - either copied to the PS3 or via the usb socket.

It's used for streaming other audio from my Xperia, Windows machines or WD media drive.

It was annoying enough that the PS3 was not region-free for DVD, so I had to buy a multi-region samsung disc player with hdmi out. (which also plays my hong kong VCD's)

I only occasionally play games on it.

If sony were smart with this, they would put Android 'kit kat' on this, and allow it to 'boot' into a media-player application.

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A steam punk VDU ?

David Paul Morgan

how about a matrix of...

... pneumatic rods.

like the old screw-in shutter release buttons.

each rod pushes (and pulls) a black 'pixel' to the front or rear of a small box. Box is filled with a 'milky' fluid so that, when black plate is towards the front, then it is 'black', but towards the rear, the 'milky' fluid makes it look white. each row of the display could be controlled by Jaquard (sp) cards like carpet weaving,

editing achieved by changing the punch-card.

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

David Paul Morgan
Happy

cars can be odd!

I had a hire car - a Renault Megane I think. The "handbrake" was push-button.

When in the USA, on returning a hire car, I was totally unable to initially fill up. They do not have automatic fuel pumps, you had to flick a lever down.

Couldn't find the lever to open the bonnet on an Aygo, until I remembered it was based on a Citroen c1, so the lever is near the door on the passenger (left) side.

My dad had a lada saloon. Very basic and always started in the cold, but all the diagrams were labelled in Cyrillic! (He sold that to an encyclopaedia salesman)

Back to computers, I've had single click enabled since win'95. Much prefer it.

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What the CUFF? Nokia shows how a smartwatch really OUGHT to work

David Paul Morgan
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Baxter Softscreens anyone?

coupled with this technology

http://www.extremetech.com/electronics/124229-lg-begins-mass-production-of-flexible-plastic-e-ink-displays

having multi-modules working together is a great idea.

One module could be either a sports/fitness sensor, or a medical sensor (bp, heart, diabetes sugar levels etc) the next module is then the summary display.

move it close to a 7" 'slab to work on the data etc.

Lego for data!

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

David Paul Morgan
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Re: Looks like a nice bit of kit..

I also have to add that my S & T regularly get their updates. (my T is unbranded, my partners S is O2).

They have customised their version of Jellybean, but it's not that far from vanilla and seems to work well and look good on all the xperia 'form factors'.

Personally, I think the S and the T take really good pictures - the latest camera software updates have been really useful.

I also like the fact that the music player is Walkman software, so i can say "I'm listening to this on my Walkman" and not have to use the dreaded 'i' word, which some now use to indicate a music player.

Sony have their own design 'dress' which I find appealing and, in terms of smartphone design, have a set of products that really stand out.

They have also done a lot of good work on getting the NFC tagging to work well.

In terms of "i'm on the slab", Sony do their own bluetooth phone handset 'companion' and i have seen a man-from-UNCLE type bluetooth handset/slab stylus on the net, from china, which I might get. "open channel Z"

(I also have my supply of mini-disc player/recorders plus discs. 2xplay for 2 CDs on a disc and 4xplay for talking books/radio 4 drama. The latter I used to time-shift onto MD on my (sony) music centre and listen to on the train or in the car. if only they'd popularised it with a USB version...)

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

David Paul Morgan
Devil

micro usb not quite a panacea?

I have a Sony Xperia S and and an Xperia T.

I have 2 'car' socket adapters - one of which charges my T and S, one that charges the S only.

Also, I have 2 of those portable add-on batteries - one solar + usb and one usb only.

Neither will charge my T but both will charge the S.

I understand, from the interweb, that there is a small difference in the way the pins work?

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

David Paul Morgan
Headmaster

typing is hard!

just had a look at this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wubi_method

The Wubi method allows computerisation of the pictograms - I suppose the information density is about the same as english et. al.

I think a better analogy for the discrepancy might be, in the UK, English being the state language and other people being happy with Cymraig, Kernowek, Gaelic, urdu, hindi etc.

I suspect that germans and british learning french, for example, are equally as bad as each-other.

We can blame the french for the "ough"

Compare Tochter, Gebracht, durch (german) with daughter, brought, through - the "ch" eliminated post norman invasion.

I understand that modern english owes a lot to where the vikings met the normans and all the gender, case endings etc pretty much disappeared. Possessive s and some case endings from the german remaining. This explains the chaotic 'english' spellings!

Mit wem? - with whom? The man's dog. Der Hund des Mannes

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

David Paul Morgan
Boffin

Re: anybody remember VHS HiFi?

Yes, of course!

I had the Fergusson 3V43 (eventually retrofitted with a NICAM stereo card, when that started.)

It was a re-badged JVC machine with identical features, but more eurpoean sockets on the back, rather that all RCA connectors.

I had it plugged into my Pye black box gramophone/amplifier with the speakers either side of my TV (no stereo in them days!)

To get the slo-mo on the Ferguuson, you literlly had to hack two holes into the remote control and borrow two rubber bottons from elsewhere. The JVC had the full set of buttons, but the remote was identical!

I recorded a lot of radio audio onto E240's in half-speed mode.

The sound from the VHS music cassettes and feature films was really good.

The 3v43 also had analogue stereo tracks which you could record over. It was ideal for home-movie enthusiasts, because you could edit a movie together, then use the twin audio tracks for a commentary track and a mono background soundtrack, then 'mix' the stereo + dual audio when copying for distribution.

It's still in my garage, gathering dust, along with the old SCART, S-connector, DIN & RCA cables!

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How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

David Paul Morgan

there were others too

Anyone remember ICL microlan and the DRS range of networked cp/m, c-cp/m, unix & ms-dos machines?

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/13997/ICL-DRS-PWS-Installation-Guide/

microlan was really neat. light cables with double uk-telephone type sockets.

I must have had the only Unix machine (ICL-DRS6000) that did not run tcp/ip. It did run 4 microlan cards, connecting 4 vt220 terminals to one drs socket. We used to have quite a few DRS-300's but mainly acting as 7561 VME terminal emulators rather than sharing Wordstar documents.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

David Paul Morgan
Go

Re: Even Science doesn't support the widely held views of evolution

web-of-life is true, but really applies to simpler organisms.

The 'tree of life' on which natural selection seems to affect, grows out of the web-of-life.

at least, that's the way I perceive it.

Also, species 'self selection' based on sexual attractiveness or appearance is not, strictly speaking' darwinian natural selection, hence the appearence of peacock feathers, birds-of-paradise or bower-bird behaviours. The species 'selects' the descendants, not the environment.

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