* Posts by Curt Vile

16 posts • joined 22 Oct 2009

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: 'the rate at which Microsoft has been able to shovel code onto PCs...

But Windows 7 IS still an option. I have installed it on around 20 machines this past year, mostly PCs which had Windows 10 preinstalled.

PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: Kubuntu 18.04 - FOR THE WIN!

Took me 45 mins to do a clean install of Windows 10, so Christ knows what your problem is/was.

Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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Re: This update is shit

Windows 7 licences can be picked up on eBay for £10.

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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Re: Groove is dead.

Well, I personally would store my music in the cloud so that it's available from any device I'm logged into, but YMMV I suppose.

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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Well, so what? Who uses Windows Mail, FFS?

Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Clearly a purely symbolic gesture since the drive in question is an ancient IDE one. And what about his laptop drive? Or the backups?

Next 15in, 17in MacBook Pros to be MacBook Air skinny

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Much ado about nothing

Meh. I replaced my Thinkpad's optical drive with a second HDD yonks ago and I haven't looked back. Of course, it helps that the HDD caddy in question is hot-swappable, so it's a matter of seconds to replace it with the DVD-R drive if I really need it.

UK.gov ignores 'net neutrality' campaigners

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Coat

Haw haw

"Improve competition" my backside. The only thing this'll improve is the bank balances of certain venal MPs (no names, no libel suit).

Mine's the coat with the well-stuffed brown envelope in the pocket ;)

OOo contributors make a dash for LibreOffice

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Happy

Hah!

Well, that would certainly explain why Symphony is so sucktacular.

Microsoft's Office ribbon hits Mac fans

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Here's hoping

Sod the ribbon, I just hope it's an improvement performance-wise on the execrable Office 2008 for Mac which is a knuckle-dragging sloth on my Quad Xeon with 4GB RAM. I hate to think what it's like on the average iMac.

Amazon Kindle 3 e-book reader

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@DrXym

The Kindle is by no means restricted to ebooks with DRM. It can read PRC and MOBI files that have no DRM, and it is pretty trivial to convert epubs, txt, rtf and you-name-it to MOBI format using Calibre. This naturally includes ebooks purchased from other sellers.

You can also (if you like) drag your DRMed ebooks from Amazon off your Kindle, and back them up and/or remove the DRM.

In future please do some elementary Googling before putting your fat fingers to the keyboard and flailing away in a fit of frothing righteousness.

Adobe declares 'LOVE' for Apple

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FAIL

"We love healthy competition"!?

That's pretty rich coming from the company which closed down Freehand because it was miles better than their shoddy old Illustrator. In fact, Illustrator suddenly becoming the only game in town was what made me switch away from Apple....

Why you subsidize Google's Soviet-style Net

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I've paid Google my share...

I used to admin a website with a large and sprawling forum, and Google's bot insisted on blithely ignoring the robots.txt and crawling every damn forum thread page by sodding page, to the tune of 2GB or so of bandwidth every couple of months. I eventually had to block it in the .htaccess from everything but the site's index page. I also took the opportunity to block every other damn bot and search spider, but that's another story...

OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

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Personally speaking...

...I find OpenOffice wholly unusable because of the deranged way it handles paragraphs. Simply put, it doesn't allow the user to search and replace across paragraph boundaries. This makes actions which are a breeze in MS Word - like finding two paragraph codes in a row and replacing them with a single paragraph code and a TAB (for example) - a brain-croggling adventure in regular expressions.

Microsoft thinks it can sell one copy of Windows 7 for every four people

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Oh God, again with the Applefans' FUD

I just couldn't let that anonyposter get away with the bizarre assertion that MacBooks are cheaper than the equivalent Dells - a quick look on Dell's website reveals that a Vostro 1520 with a GeForce 9300M, twice the RAM of the MacBook, and a faster CPU, is nearly £300 cheaper...

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