* Posts by Andrew Taylor

7 posts • joined 9 Mar 2008

Dell rapped for £60 delivery charge on £200 laptop

Andrew Taylor
Unhappy

Dell additional charges

I must admit, I have been getting more disillusioned with Dell as the years go by.

I am a single buyer - not a company, and have bought seven Dells in the past, but now will never buy Dell.

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What's the best compact camera?

Andrew Taylor

Best Digital Camera

There is no easy way to answer "best" as this is very subjective but I will say what is best for me.

I am a journalist/photographer and have been for decades.

First of all, it had to be something I can put on my belt and have with me ALL THE TIME". A large DSLR bag of equipment can't be "lugged" around everywhere.

I want wide angle so a 35mm equivalent of 28mmm is a must, but I also want a good long range focus. There aren't many cameras that support this.

Then, Image Stabilisation is a must as trying to photograph at, say 280mmm with a tiny camera causes too much "bounce".

I want a camera where I can turn off all electronic sounds. Also one where I can quickly turn flash on and off. And one that allows a high ISO as, often for me, the picture is more important than the quality (Press).

I chose, in the end, one with a Leica lens but which was under £200 (street price). This was the Panasonic Lumix, TZ3 (although I think it has been superseded now by the TZ5.

As a professional, I have no allegiance to any specific make and if anything else turned out that did the job better, I would buy it and sell my old one on eBay.

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Creative settles MP3 player capacity clash

Andrew Taylor

What an awful settlement

MarmiteToast writes: "EDS would be proud of Creative."

What's the problem? They are being "creative" :-)

Ban using mobiles while crossing street, says US legislator

Andrew Taylor

Mobile phones and crossing the road.

This is a silly bill.

One of the problems why the IQ of the general public is deteriorating is because of all the dumbing down and molly-codling.

Natural selection is not taking place. In the "old days" the stupid amongst us would be weeded out. And now? They are beginning to out-number us.

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Ubuntu does bird beta

Andrew Taylor
Unhappy

Mr

Those with a Creative sound card X-FI will be pleased to know this works with the 8.04 beta.

Philips shows gadgets galore

Andrew Taylor

Philips shows gadgets galore

Nice gadgets but I prefer Ogg Vorbis as I use Linux.

And I am surprised that they are FM and not DAB.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the iPhone SDK

Andrew Taylor
Unhappy

Retired Journalist

I think that people involved with the technical revolution, i.e. the majority of the public, will start to question anything that looks like they will be tied into one system.

I have had enough of being helpless when the government, whoever is in, ties me up into little knots through terrorism legislation, climate change, and any other way they can keep the population down.

Now I can't fight City Hall, but I sure as hell can decide where I spend my money. And I can assure the readers here, it won't be on anything that forces me to use iTunes.

If I were a little brighter, technologically, I would be 100% a Linux user now!

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