* Posts by Tinstaafl

9 posts • joined 10 Nov 2009

Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on


Re: Cunning plan...

No. But if you wouldn't mind speaking a bit louder towards your keyboard's function key...

Notebook news: Dell does density, but Lenovo's a lot lighter


Re: Glossy screens

It's not just laptops. Tablets & phones also suffer the glossy screen endemic.


Re resolution: That's why I bought a used Lenovo W500 when my 2001 Toshiba 1600x1200 laptop finally died a year or two ago. No one makes laptops with UXGA (or better, WUXGA ie 1920x1200) screens anymore and I didn't want to lose vertical pixels while gaining horizontal resolution, thanks to the lemming-like rush of manufacturers to join the HD 16x9 format. I don't think anyone makes a 1200 vertical resolution screen anymore

Apart from fitting the HD movie format (minus useful screen real estate to fit player controls), what's the benefit? None that I can see. Nearly all my computer use is writing documents, email, or web browsing - all of which suffer on a HD screen compared to UXGA or WUXGA.

And as for the damn near wholesale adoption of glossy screens for everything? Why would you care if colours look brighter when you can't see them while trying to use your fondleslab or phone outdoors, or keep seeing the window or lights behind you while trying to work?

The Sinofsky Letters: Defenestrated Windows overlord corresponds


M$ was listening - but only to those that agree with them.

Monitors to grow half an inch in 2013


Who cares about larger monitors, if the resolution is downgraded

I use my laptop for writing documents, not staring at widescreen movies. I want the extra vertical resolution that's lost thanks to the curse of consumer idiot led 1080p glossy screens and not see every light behind me("Oooh. Shiny!"). When that laptop & its 1600x1200 matte screen finally died I had to buy a used machine (a Lenovo W500 1920x1200 matte in excellent condition) but would have preferred to buy a brand new laptop with the same type of screen.

Microsoft to announce new Office version on Monday



Hope to hell they transform it back to Office 97 with added Open Document support. Bloody loathe the ribbon in Office 10 that I'm forced to use at work. It interferes with getting my document writing done. A lot of the time I bring my laptop and use LibreOffice or Office 97, then copy the result to my work PC. Bring back customisable toolbars & menus! Much more efficient use of space.

And while I'm on the subject: What is it with these HD format glossy screens that have taken over the world? Is it 'Idiot Consumer Syndrome'? "Oooh....Shiny! And my movie fits the screen exactly". Never mind space to show the player's controls too. I really had to hunt to find a WUXGA matte screen when I replaced my laptop this year. As it was, I had to buy a 2nd hand Lenovo to do it. Damned if I wanted to move to a *reduced* vertical resolution on a replacement laptop - especially since I work on documents. Last time I checked, most documents aren't formatted in landscape orientation. Keep it up and we'll be holding our laptops sideways** to use them to develop any substantive document.

** I think a light bulb just went on. Now I know why M$ have rammed that bloody Metro UI down our throats - it's orientation agnostic!

Lenovo: Hey just relax, Gartner – we can flog this stuff


I would have happily bought a brand new Lenovo laptop this year - except they no longer have anything with a 1920x1200 resolution and matte. Instead I bought a 2nd hand Lenovo W500. They shot themselves in the foot by moving to consumer style screen formats in their business laptops.

Microsoft predicts Linux will fail mobile 'quality' test


feels, looks, acts and performs completely different

Does that mean it will be like Linux? Oh, at last!

More delays for UK.gov's net snooping programme


Bloody idiots...

...Have they never heard of Tor, ssh, PGP, one time ciphers et al?

With Tor they might well track the first link to an intermediate node - which could be to a node outside their jurisdiction anyway - but after that it's an encrypted, randomised series of hops until exiting the Tor network for the final link to the destination. Makes their whole 'tracking connections' philosophy utterly ineffective.

Email can be encrypted in transit and in storage, using a service/servers outside the country so not within their jurisdiction. Keep the key with someone outside the country/control so you can't be done for failing to supply a decryption key. Use a disposable cypher and even if they get the key it can only be used on a single item. Presuming you kept it in the first place.

If there aren't turnkey services already established for circumventing these sorts of unwarranted & draconian intrusions then I'd be surprised if they don't appear after Orwell's 1984 dystopia has been implemented.

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