* Posts by Mike Dunderdale

16 posts • joined 11 Oct 2007

Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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As they say..

How can anything bigger be called a Mini?

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Having owned

several Minis, I'd always choose one over a Bini. Driving one always gave me a smile on my face. Working on one not so much (spare marigolds anyone for the dizzy)

Not as big as driving my Pug 205 1.9 GTI. Easier to work on, and more like a go-kart in the linear throttle response.

The Smart Roadster we own is also good fun - 700cc rear engine rear wheel drive - coupled with good all-weather tyres, makes it also fun to drive. Similar to work on to the mini - removal of the back panel usually needed.

E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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The problem is that I as a allergic rhinitis sufferer had a twat change his vape substance on the train in front of me, and I can assure you the bloody sinuses as a result weren't the same as a coffee fume.

I agree with the idea of getting people to stop, but a vape should be treated with the same process as a cigarette - not indoors, in cars, or in public areas. Then you'll get the inconvenience of smoking and actually want to stop...

I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

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The not porn but equally fun..

Is when you have a take down notice for a student downloading and sharing

Vanilla Ice's Greatest Hits.

I kid you not.

'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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Dead hard drive PCD recovery.

Once recovered a shop's database off one such drive by replacing board with ebay one - of course no backup made (an oversight by the owner that was soon rectified..)

Close encounter: Apple Macs invade the business world

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Comparing Apple to XXXX

Yes, the Dell is a far superior product in my experience.

Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

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Google Advertising?

Go stick your head in a Pig? NSFW methinks.

Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

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LAN parties..

Anyone remember Netrek? Occasionally played with friends on a university system..

SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

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Do they expect

us to Share and Enjoy?

Video thrilled the radio star: Tracking the history of magnetic tape

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Dolby film fun.

Anyone notice the lovely touch of the Double D logo in the middle of the Dolby Digital digital encoding - try reverse engineering that without a trademark issue.

The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Coat

What, no SGIs

Agree with the other poster - I read the title and thought that at least the O2 should be in there. They were far more pioneering with form and elegance than most other manufacturers.

And I still might get around to converting one of our older machines into an Espressigo..

SanDisk flogs strap-on to speed up your lazy Windows 7 PC

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Holmes

So this is the same approach as that used by the Crucial Adrenaline, reviewed in El Reg in March, with a 50gb SSD:

http://www.reghardware.com/2012/03/09/crucial_pledges_pc_performance_boost_with_adrenaline_ssd/

?

New UK 'leccy meters remotely run via Voda 2G

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EON are doing it too.

They sent me a letter last week asking if I wanted a smart meter fitting for free..

Acer H5360 3D projector

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3D imagery using cheap glasses.

Google Geowall - uses twin projectors, two sets of polarising filters and a fairly bog-standard graphics card.

We use it regularly for teaching purposes here at UCL, and did an amazing 3D fly-through movie of Mars for the Royal Society a few years back, complete with War of the Worlds style scaffolding mounting the projectors.

Yes, needs 2 DLP projectors, but for thirty or so studnets the cost savings in the cheaper glasses is immediate.

Removable hard disks make a come-backup

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Remote backups..

Rsync over SSH to your remote server. You can use a free system such as rsnapshot - have your backup system offisite so your data can be considered safe in terms of local site disaster, and do locally at your secondary site backups to disks in removable caddies for archival purposes. You can even have multiple archive copies if you wish for those broken drives that inevitably happen. You can also have your last x days backup accessible live so your users can recover their data automatically without tape insertion etc.

This emergency alert has been cancelled by Hotmail

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Quite sensible really.

You'll find that a lot of companies block messages sent to more than X recipients as it is often a common indicator of UCE bots mas mailing your system.

Simple really, use a mailing list manager (eg Mailman) that allows you to throttle the number of recipients sent out at a time.

And as a university IT manager, I'm fed up of the number of students whose quotas on hotmail/ other free acounts get exceeded stopping important course related information getting to the student. They get a university email account, and it should be used for this purpose.

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