199 posts • joined 20 Aug 2007
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...)
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!
... 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.
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....]
bring back the view-finder?
yes. an equilateral curved heptagon has a constant diameter.
therefore, the new coin should have had 11 sides, curved...
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)
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.
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...
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.....
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?
it was, of course...
whilst attempting to design 'transparent aluminum' (sp.)
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.
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?
you would think, after the 1999 into 2000 saga,
the western world could, globally, set the correct way of writing a date/time as
you know, place order, highest to lowest...
so this promo should have been called
and would be completely unambiguous.
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.
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.
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!
Re: Bring back Aero too
they could call it "Windows Classic"!
Re: Handspring Visor Deluxe
I had one of these - the Visor Edge
(my palm III was translucent green plastic - 1999 Nov)
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?
Re: Which reminds me of the various early 80s scanned argos catalogues...
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.
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?
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.
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.
" 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. "
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!
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...)
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!
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!
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...
"tabula rasa" - a clean slate!
I've visited the BOSS!
at least it was a real 'computer' factory!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Baxter Softscreens anyone?
coupled with this technology
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!
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...)
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?
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
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!
there were others too
Anyone remember ICL microlan and the DRS range of networked cp/m, c-cp/m, unix & ms-dos machines?
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.
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.
What are the British Equivalent figures ...?
"Was God looking the other way when the asteroid/meteorite destroyed the intelligent dinosaur civilisation" therefore leaving the mammals to inherit the earth?
(explosion, representing the asteroid impact)
Re: Infringing how?
I'm so loath to side with News International & Murdoch, but as they seem to be an internet service provider, then a Sky Drive could reasonably be supplied by BSkyB
I think that Apple will definitely have to steer well clear of calling their product iTV over here.
Actually, now Sky seem to have the use of Skydrive, that could be their generic name for their own programmes on demand service (like Netflix or Lovefilm)
Re: New name for SkyDrive
and they should call the IMKA Metro the LIVE interface
Re: "Android today is like Microsoft's Windows 3.1"
The VHS/Betamax is a very poor analogy.
Technically, V2000 was superior and offered 2 x 6mm tracks, dynamic track following, but was too late onto the market.
VHS did really well, because of the JVC/Thorn partnership, which meant that the 3v22 (purple LEDs, piano-keys) was in every Thorn rental shop - DER/Radio-Rentals/Rumbelows whereas you had to /buy/ a Betamax, usually at sony prices.
Technically, there was very little difference in the picture quality. My ultimate VHS was the Ferguson 3v43 - which I had converted to nicam stereo, but we digresss...
Re: Windows Phone+ is a poor name
I think I've said this before, but what's wrong with "Windows LIVE Phone" using the LIVE interface?
(I like my Android Widgets, thank you very much, but will be putting Win7 on my Asus 1050HE)
I had a lot of use from my Asus 1050 Win XP machine.
My Asus TF101 with keyboard has much the same form-factor, but is much lighter.
I've installed a CM10 version of JB.
The TF101 goes everywhere with me and I mostly use it as a tablet for browsing and reading, but it easily converts into a productive document editing product. (word, excel & powerpoint compatible, plus Evernote & e-mail).
I would like to see maybe some convergence between Android and Chromebook. could be a winner.
Re: The sad thing about ID cards
The only possible reason for having id cards would be if UK joined the Schengen zone.
Would this mean an end to middle class business men being treated as criminals by uk border agency?
Neutral smiley as not sure...
how much more accurate..?
.. would this make gps location fixes?
If it could be made small enough to go in sat-nav/smartphone devices?
(big brother, 'cos he knows where you are..!)
he also found out...
... that because of the uneveness of the earth, he didn't need to move the island and his house was pretty much in the right place for the base station. Fabulous concept. (As an aside, the computer tech is really old fashioned)
Consistency would be appreciated
... so that Cymraeg is treated in the same way as Breton or Catalan (or Manx or Kernowek).
Welsh is most certainly spoken in the Americas - think Thomas Jefferson/Pennsylvania, USA and Patagonia, Argentina.
The biggest irony is, of course, that Amazon have a major distribution centre located just off the M4 in Swansea/Abertawe - and I'm pretty sure there was a 'development grant' for them to do this from the WAG.
an interesting selection
but primarily home machines.
I always quite like the ICL Series 39 here...
and the Trimetra (running VME, Unixware & WinNT in virtual partitions) here...
Why are the traditional carriers still around?
given the mountains of cash Apple, Microsoft and Google are sitting on, why are we still using O2, vodafone et. al?
I'm genuinely surprised that the big three have not bought out a carrier already, to run facetime/skype/google+ etc. and sniff all the data as it's transferred!
Big Brother - but beware the 'little sisters' too!
Agree about the Poundland "pair for a pound".
much better than the 10GBP Griffin I bought first!
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