* Posts by David Paul Morgan

231 posts • joined 20 Aug 2007

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

David Paul Morgan

Re: Hipsters? Poseurs, more aptly

I still have my Aiwa 'beat box' portable cassette recorder/player and my Sony MD Walkman (4xplay for audio/talking books, 2xplay for 2 CDs per disk)

I used to timeshift radio 4 programmes for listening on the train or in the car (via the cassette audio adapter!)

I had one pre-recorded MD - Reef http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glow_(Reef_album)

by the time sony got to the 1GB MD format, memory cards and dedicated music players had already stolen their thunder. As I've said before, I love Walkman on my Xperia! (ony a 32GB uSD as I stream)

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

David Paul Morgan

Re: spying (and don't forget spivving)

ICL eventually were merged into Fujitsu, via the Fujitsu-Siemens interim company.

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

I still miss my ICL Series 39 DX/SX machines. Had a trimetra for a bit - running unixware, NT4 & openVME on the same intel machine!

(I also had an ICL TeamServer running unixware that survived the local government reorg and was still running unixware until a few years ago! a P100 intel processor, I think!)

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

David Paul Morgan

the common factor here is...

... that people who have a large smartphone are going to use it as a small tablet with telephony?

I use my Xperia Z2 (tethered) with my Z1 Compact - the Tablet is more for pdf's, Zinio, browsing and the compact is for txt/hangouts/facebook/twitter/Good.

At meetings, it's the Tablet as you have to read minutes and take notes, so that's easy with the Swype (etc ) keyboard.

cursus equorum

I agree about having a decent data tariff!

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

David Paul Morgan
Headmaster

plenty of debate and examples for Chrome vs iOS

and in this article - point 3 - which I've seen elsewhere, echoes what most schools who have tried both find,: that the Chrome way is more collaborateive and easier to generate content.

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-06-30-3-reasons-why-chromebook-beats-ipad-in-1-1-programs

disclaimer: I am a chair of governors at a primary (us. elementary) shcool and the previous Head bought iPad devices and I don't think they've been used for 8 months. I found myself doing the research on this subject after the event. I'm convinced that we should have gone Chrome.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

David Paul Morgan

Re: One Omission

perhaps it supports the MHL protocol? in which case, get a £5 - £10 micro-usb to hdmi adaptor off eBay etc?

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

David Paul Morgan
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Re: Android OEMs are copying Apple in all the wrong ways

this is not true.

My Xperia-ence (see what I did there) from the S, T and Z1 compacts/Z2 Tablet is that they've received all the Android updates in a timely fashion and I expect Lollipop by end of Jan on the Z1/Z2's.

The 'skinning' is minimal and, yes, Sony include their own media 'apps' which you can choose to use or not. I'm using the Sony apps, but my partner is using the Google media apps.

The Z3 Compact is, without doubt, the 'best' smartphone on the market, especially for media consumption AND generation because of the quality of the Sony camera. Plus, it supports micro-SD and DLNA and you can just plug it into your HDMI TV to smartify it. Also, getting them sim free is possible at a good price if you shop around.

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Making an entrance: Remote door-opening tech

David Paul Morgan
Meh

Not suitable for all doors?

I have a uPVC/double glazed front door, and ISTR i was quite pricey to change the lock on that.

Also, the interlocks would have to be electrically driven too?

i can see how a simple yale lock could be altered and strengthened, but a modern double-glazed door is a different proposition, surely.

(yes, I'd love to use NFC to open the door - but there's also the worry about what happens when the power goes off...)

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Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now

David Paul Morgan
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I agree about the specific customisations...

I think the manufacturers should be supplying as close to a 'base' version of Android as possible, but then supply separately, downloads for the Camera, Walkman, touchwiz/sense etc that they think will enhance the experience.

I have to say I had an unbranded chinese dual-sim gingerbread device about 2½ years ago and it was really handy, once I'd customized the launcher. The only 'flaw' was that some accented character text in the music player was displayed as a chinese pictogram!

Good luck to Xiomi as 'the west' seems to have long ago abandoned this sort of consumer hi-tech manufacture.

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

David Paul Morgan

Re: Witness the power of phone operators

oddly,

MMS is about the only thing from O2 that 'costs' me as an extra - inclusive minutes and txts - ample and a lot of mobile data - so I don't even use the 'free' txts but the hangouts-over-data (to other hangouts users, of course)

I sort-of like this soft SIM idea, but the GSM committee needs to get control to allow proper universal free (as in unrestricted) access to it, so ordinary folk can have full flexibility over network providers and data connectivitiy. 1½ cheers?

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

David Paul Morgan

I'm still surprised...

... that Apple, Microsoft and Google have not already bought out their own GSM networks.

For a soft SIM to be really useful, it must be fully open and, yes, let the service providers compete fairly and in a more open way.

The changing size of SIM cards is already restricting users flexibility - I don't have particularly fat fingers, but have you tried swapping micro- and nano- SIMs from one handset to another?

Plus, I previously found having a dual mini-SIM android handset really useful - one for me, one for work, so I would hope that any 'logical' SIM 'address' would allow you to have your main number/services AND your secondary/work service, with sensible seperation of services, address books etc.

The SIM card having your contact numbers used to be useful, until address books became better - and now in the cloud, so why not get rid of the 'card' itself. The GSM organisation MUST make sure that no single vendor exploits this unfairly.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

David Paul Morgan

Re: Doesn't matter if the features have been available for years...

putting the NFS chips in the handset is only the first stage.

Surely, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal et. al. could produce a smartphone application for ios, android, windows etc so the consumer can pick and choose which tap-to-pay system they wish to use - and link to a payment system that suits themselves.

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David Paul Morgan

Re: Apple is the reason some stuff happens

I'm still amazed that Google, Apple & Microsoft have not bought up a 'network operator' each - in each main market, to impliment a seamless gsm/voip experience using the various smart handsets.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

David Paul Morgan

Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards

no-one 'replaces' their DVD collection unless something new/better comes along.

eg the remastered Star Trek Next Gen Blu-Rays whcih look stunning compared to the original un-remastered DVD's.

Streaming is the way forward, of course.

I loved the improvement when I went from PAL -> Digital -> HD TV.

4K will be great for a more immersive domestic experience, but of course, for most living rooms, HD, 16:9, 37" screens are pretty good.

I'm glad that Netflix & Amazon/LoveFilm are embracing it and hope Google Play Movies /' Apple catch up so there's even more choice!

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

David Paul Morgan
Go

Nice to see...

that Panasonic are still making a contribution and a choice in this niche market, rather than chasing the herd.

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PhabletPhace: All the cool kids are doing it in Asia

David Paul Morgan
Thumb Up

incidentally...

... how do Chinese and Japanese people write text using a smartphone?

I would have imagined that stylus input for brush-strokes would have been ideal..?

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David Paul Morgan
Go

makes sense...

as for some folk, this is their main/only "networked communications device"

An ideal size for business folk on the move.

If you link your bluetooth headphones, then you can take calls and/or listen to your music on the go.

Add dual-sim and it's an ideal travelling/roaming companion.

now, where did I leave my old HTC-Flyer? I sense a CM 'upgrade' project coming along, to keep up with "the kids".

(I have a downloaded ROM which enables the 'voice' part of the hardware AND keeps the pen functionality...)

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

David Paul Morgan
Megaphone

she's right, of course.

The odd picture is one thing, but concert-going has been well and truly spoiled by arms in the air with a fondleslab - and the jPhone owners also holding the darn things portrait mode whilst recording video (splutter, aargh!)

Why not bring back an entire recording ban as part of the ticket purchase BUT with a code for an official picture set from the Artistes website?

(where's the grumpy old git icon)

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

David Paul Morgan

Interesting terminology...

... You make mention of a 'set top box',

but in all my years of adding gadgets to TV's (VHS, BSB, Astra/Sky, DVD+RW, NTL Digital, Sky digital, Virgin Media PCR, Humax PVR, Xbox/PS3) I have NEVER ONCE either installed my own devices to sit on top of the TV not have any of my friends.

They always go UNDER the TV.

In the age of 'waffer thin' TV's , a SetTop Box is a near impossibility!

NTL/Virgin have done a great job, despite being shafted by BSkyB/NewsInternational IMHO

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

David Paul Morgan

why do Samsung...

... keep putting the standby/home button at the centre/bottom.

It's like they were asking for trouble.

I'm sticking with Sony Xperia (Z1 compact, Z2 tablet) for a while as I like their design language and minimal android customisation.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

David Paul Morgan
Go

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
Happy

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
Happy

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
Go

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
Thumb Up

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
Happy

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
Happy

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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