Re: One for dad
I think Chrome OS (or tablets) should be compulsory for technophobes
166 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Much the same here; having used MS Office most working days since '96 it took me a couple of years to get my MSO 2010 proficiency up to MSO 2003 levels. The only small advantage I can think of to 2010 is the live preview of the potential results of a copy/paste action. Frickin' ribbon crammed with dumb ass templates / styles that seems designed to make my boring data analysis look like a Disney storyboard...and for some bizarre reason the ribbon defaults to the top of the screen, reducing the working area on widescreen monitors, which seem to be the only choice these days.
" In your correspondent's opinion, to have regressed to the two-decades-old sound quality of EHR as a matter of course is penny-pinching of the highest order "
Really?. Don't think I've ever heard anyone moan about the actual sound quality of a mobile call in those two decades; dropped calls yes, lousy headsets yes, all sorts of other factors, but not the speech codec quality.
"That “somewhere” can mean anything that’s not a PC – so passenger information systems, kiosks and airline ticketing systems.
And let's not forget ATMs: two-thirds of the country’s 60,000 cash machines are also, as of today, still trucking along on Windows XP."
Support for XP Embedded doesn't end until 2016, presumably a good chunk of the above will be running on that.
FWIW I was sitting in the pub the other evening, guy comes in and takes the Quiz Machine to bits (I assume he was invited...), in order to replace the monitor. When rebooted it showed a Win 2K Pro splash screen :-)
All other factors remaining equal then yes, the mobile would have to transmit twice as much power to maintain a balanced link. Seldom that straightforward in practice, but upping the base station maximum transmit power by 3dB isn't the 'easy win' it might first appear to be.
Same here, DMX mini system CD player started skipping after 14 months, then the DAB radio started losing its tuning memory randomly (both common faults judging by Amazon reviews). PURE's only repsonse was to offer a discount on a newer PURE product - and that discount was more than Amazon's normal price anyway. No more PURE products for me.
"the remaining digital channels [will] become available in all areas".
Even to those on repeaters which will only broadcast the "Freeview Lite" channel selection????
My mum lives in Weymouth, and her range of channels has actually decreased post DSO, because she's on a repeater.
"Network streaming has fast become an integral component of the modern AVR"
Well my fairly mundane 'DSGi special' internet radio/media streamer was introduced in 2006, and was harldy pioneering then, so 'fas't isn't the right term here.
While I'm being grumpy, thiis a tech site, so some idea what "audiophile grade ICEpower Energy HD digital amplification" actually means (if anything) in electronics terms would be good.
So, currently it isn't unusual to transmit via HP and VP on the same frequency at the same time, this concept takes the principle further by using a whole range of angular polarisations between HP and VP. Possibly.
Can't see how that will work in the real world where any refelections of the signals will start causing interference between them and a loss of orthogonality.
I submitted a draft patent application for that 10+ years ago, turned down on the basis of prior art.... For sure there are plenty of base stations dotted around now in streetlamp like hardware.
O&M and backhaul have always been big issues when looking at rolling out loads of little base staions as opposed to fewer big ones - look how long it's taking Femtocells to get any traction.
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