Re: It belongs in a museum
I sent The Centre for Computing History my Franklin Rex organiser, since I no longer had a PCMCIA slot it would fit into. They were embarrassingly grateful.
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The only tech I keep for sentimental reasons is an Atari ST, complete with worn out joysticks and boxes of games, most of which we never got beyond level 1, but kept trying.
Leads and adaptors do get hoarded because they might be useful one day, but on top of that, I don't really trust that throwing stuff in the small appliances bin at the tip will get them recycled responsibly.
I used to use Ebay as a way of recycling tech, until someone "returned" a completely broken version of the working tablet they'd bought from me and Ebay refunded their money, despite photos of two plainly different serial numbers.
I get dropouts even with the wired connection. It's not the BT Hub, I had the same problem with a Billion router, before the Infinity upgrade. A BT CS rep, after multiple circuits of "So your broadband is working." "Yes, now, but it drops at random times" said she would "refresh the system" from their end. I have no idea what she did, if anything, but it didn't drop out for about 3 weeks. Then it started again.
Early 1990s I worked with a project manager who acquired a Compaq luggable. We went to Paris to give a demo, he decided the office was easy walking distance from the hotel, but I got to lug the beast. When we arrived, me feeling like I could drink the entire Paris water supply dry, they said "You vud like ze cafe, non?" Yeah, of course I would. And they came with the tiniest cup of thick oily black liquid I have ever seen.
How many questions do you need to ask, though? Having once arrived for a demo to find the power was supplied through round-pinned 3-pin sockets. And, having played with a band, you'd be amazed at the number of pub landlords who look shocked when you ask for access to electricity.
Having seen this on the news I logged into yahoo.co.uk to change my password, to be told by the ever helpful Firefox that they don't have a valid certificate for https://uk.mg40.mail.yahoo.com. Fortunately I only use it to soak up junk mail from Facebook and Linkedin, so I guess it doesn't matter that much.
Did you work in the UK car industry in the 1970s? I did. It wasn't the workers that designed the Austin Maestro. It wasn't the workers who didn't have a clue what to do when the Japanese started shipping cars with factory-fitted radios. It wasn't the workers who saddled Jaguar with Austin-Morris management, who didn't understand the idea of a quality car, let alone luxury. Of course the strikes didn't help, but they were a symptom of under-investment, poor management and political meddling, not the downfall of the industry.
The government wants large public sector IT contracts to be split into smaller units and handed to a larger number of providers, including SMEs. Part of the rationale being that very large contracts are hard to manage. Then when HMRC tries to do what it's been told to do, PAC rings its hands over how difficult it will be to manage it all. Maybe it's just managing IT contracts that they find hard, never mind how big they are.
I'd agree there was a "home computer" market that sold PCs to people who didn't really need one, but there was no viable alternative for what they did need. Now there are alternatives - phones and tablets - they've gone there in droves.
I don't play games, but I still wanted a PC with decent graphics that would drive a big screen that I could actually do stuff on. I ended up with what I suppose you'd call a mid-range gaming machine, which I didn't get from one of the big vendors. I'm ok with Windows 10, but it was nice not to have a load of other sponsored junk to remove.
When my monitor was delivered recently, the bell rang and I went to the door, to see the Yodel driver heading back to the van. So, based on past experience, I yelled at him not to go. He said he wasn't leaving, on a high value item he wasn't allowed to bring the parcel out of the van until the customer opened the door. He seemed like a nice guy and I really wanted to believe him.
I'm in a quite small, somewhat rural town in the desolate wilderness of South Warwickshire. While investigating the availability of superfast broadband, I noticed that the housing estates around the edges can get it, but in the centre of town we don't. After a lot more searching I found the likely reason - the housing estates are connected to cabinets, in the centre we're connected directly to the exchange. Apparently this makes us even more difficult and uneconomic to get fibre to. As far as I could see, hand-wringing and excuses are the nearest we will get to a solution.
I replaced an awful old Galaxy S3 with an HTC One M9. I'm very happy with it. The camera actually isn't great, but that isn't what I have a phone for. If you're into selfies, which I'm not, or video calls, the front camera is really good.
I also have a Galaxy Tab S. I had to install a 3rd party launcher on it to hide the awful flipboard screen, but otherwise it's been fine. You can't really generalise about manufacturers, some models are good and some aren't.
The whole telecoms infrastructure in this country seems to be a complete mess. I do get moderately fast broadband in the deep wilds of rural Warwickshire, but there's no sign of anything I'd call super fast. The mobile signal comes and goes with the wind, but I rarely find it's much better when travelling. The other day I almost fainted with surprise when the connection showed 4G, but I was right next to Heathrow.
"Accenture acquires Chaotic Moon studios, radically changing the course of human history and business forever."
"The only thing more awesome than Chaotic Moon is dinosaurs. After developing virtually supernatural dinosaur technology that we can't discuss, Accenture bought us."
Not everyone lives in modern, fully insulated homes. It is difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature with single-glazed sash windows and single-skin brick/timber/wattle walls. I imagine Nest or EcoBee would help keep a more even temperature, but I'm as sceptical as others that it would save much money.
I suppose it's too much to expect an IT exec to understand the analogy he's using.
I'm just about to release I tune I've written called "You Did It My Way". It may sound superficially like the song Sinatra recorded, but it's faster, louder and in a different key. I shall call Martin Fink as an expert witness when the lawsuit comes to court.
In the entire history of corporate logo changes, has there ever been one that couldn't be ridiculed to some extent? I can't think of one. One the positive side, a new logo is a rich source of slightly cheap humour for just about everyone who wasn't involved in creating it.
I'm no expert on branding, but, looked at seriously, this does seem to have some problems. One is that the green rectangle, by itself, isn't uniquely recognisable as HP. Many corporate logos incorporate a symbol along with the company name, but the symbol is usually capable of standing by itself.
The other is using the name Hewlett Packard. We've been led to believe the new company will be called HP Enterprise; has that changed?
My wife has severe visual impairment, which she has struggled to adapt to, and one of the things that has kept her going is the Internet Backgammon and other games on Windows XP. I thought I could upgrade her PC to Win 7, as those games are still there, but, guess what, they "improved" the user interface, introducing 3D textures that just make everything harder for her to see. So she's back on XP, while I work out what to do.
There's policies, and then there's pre-election pledges. Some people seem to think the LibDems made the tuition fees issue such a strong commitment in their election campaign that it should have been a line they would not cross. Whether it would have been worth bringing the coalition down over is another matter, but some people clearly think it would.
On the basis some company like this phones my landline and my mobile, sometimes several times a week, I'm not that surprised.
If the ICO could also raid the company that thinks I should claim for injuries in an accident, when I wasn't even in the car at the time, I would be very happy. Actually, they could also raid the insurance company that sold the data. Even better, I can tell them which one that is.
Isn't the height of the wall less important than the thickness? When you say solid, I can imagine the wall would have to be pretty thick before the brontesaurus would even notice the collision, assuming it was head on.
As Leslie Phillips used to say in The Navy Lark, "Left hand down a bit!"
In the BBC article, the engine pictured is supposed to be 17.2m high and the bloke in overalls and a hard hat standing next to it is 1.85m tall. So the engine is as tall as 9.3 blokes in overalls stacked one on top of the other. But when I attempt to replicate this scientifically in Powerpoint, I can only fit just over 8 men into the stack. It's this sort of disregard for accuracy that undermines the credibility of the whole measurement system.
Tell me about it. In the Thus era, Demon messed up the direct debit and didn't collect my monthly payment for a year. Maybe I should have noticed, but the first I knew was when they sent a very nasty debt collection agency after me. By the time they apologised and offered token compensation I'd signed up with BT.
Thing I don't understand about Vodafone's mobile signal is, in my home office I can get a reasonable signal, but the direction I have to point the phone to get it changes every day. What do they do, drive the mast around on the back of a truck, or swing the antenna round from day to day, so everyone gets their fair share of lousy signal?
The data is published and it is freely available online. But, every central government department, every NHS trust, every local authority, publishes their individual data in a separate spreadsheet every month. In order to get a picture over one year for even one organisation, you have to download and consolidate 12 csv files, hoping the format doesn't change from one month to the next. To get a complete picture even for central government is a mind-boggling exercise. You then have to find a way of isolating IT spend from all the other types, bearing in mind the classifications aren't obvious or consistent.
Thus the government can claim complete openness on spending, while making the data almost completely unusable.
I bought a Samsung fridge freezer. It has an LED panel on the front, which tells you the temperature in the fridge and the freezer, and an alarm if you leave the door open. Three weeks after it arrived, the temperature display stopped working, so we phoned the shop and the shop phoned the company Samsung outsource their service to. A week later two guys turn up with a new door - yes, they have to replace the whole door - but when they get it out of the box, it's damaged. So, back in the box, and off they go.
Another week goes by, another two guys turn up with another door, but, guess what, that's damaged too.
Two weeks go by and the service rep phones to say they've finally found a door that they've checked isn't damaged. So another two guys arrive, fit the door and off they go.
Fortunately the LED panel has worked ever since.
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