Re: "Mechanical Sympathy" and magic
I call it "Lucky Totem IT Support".
And yes, as I explain to customers, it's still chargeable.
33 posts • joined 29 Dec 2009
I call it "Lucky Totem IT Support".
And yes, as I explain to customers, it's still chargeable.
Out of more than 300 million people, the choice for President is between a giant douche or a turd sandwich?
Hillary is a crook and a liar. Stories from Wikileaks every day about how awful she is. The Clinton Foundation is the largest political slush fund in history that is wide out in the open and even celebrated by the establishment!
The Clintons stole billions from Haiti, took hundreds of millions, if not billions for access from all sorts of dodgy regimes. Anyone here ever received a $1 million birthday present? And with absolutely no expectation from the giver for anything in return?
And Trump can't even land these punches. He's a bully. He has regard for the constitution on some issues and complete disregard with others.
But at least Trump acknowledges the constitution. And he's the one candidate out of these two who HASN'T been secretly supporting ISIS in Syria.
The media across the pond devote 10 or 20 times as much airtime and newsprint to Trump gaffes and stupidity as they do to the criminal enterprise that is the Clinton family.
I would vote for Thomas Jefferson.
Proud to say that I was one of the first users of BitTorrent.
Used it in its earliest days to download and watch the first season of 24 before it was broadcast - even in the USA.
Do the TV companies still distribute shows to regional affiliates by satellite before broadcast? (That was how the pre-broadcast shows were sourced). Something tells me it's off-satellite digital distribution these days....
... about the vegetarian kick....
Had this once.
Builder was replacing flat roof while I was on holiday.
Came back home and found wifi wasn't giving any traffic.
Looked out the bathroom window to find the Ethernet cable from garage to loft had been blow-torched.
IP65 box and punch-down junction box solved the problem without having to re-run the cable.
+1 for the Office Space video
The app on my iPad says that "Sorry, our mobile application is currently unavailable".
But it's working fine so far as I can tell - I just used it to check my balance. And I've been using it all day, while Internet banking has been unavailable.
So the web interface for Internet banking may be borked, but working fine with the iOS app.
I have been repeatedly offered Office 365 from two different providers I use for hosted Exchange.
I always refuse.
My exchange providers run their own servers, whereas MS run the 365 servers. All they are is resellers of the 365 service.
So for the same reason I won't use Google Mail or apps, I won't use Office 365. Who do I call and yell at when it's not working? Where will the accountability be?
And if I was selecting services for clients... when they call and yell at me, who am I supposed to yell at?
You'll never know where your email is hosted with 365. With hosted Exchange, it's much more transparant.
The problems I had with billing snafus on 365 just for gaining use of applications that we'd paid for - total nightmare. Would never want that dire level of communication when chasing a fix for downed email servers.
..... a 2m USB extension cord.
You can then connect any HDD as a slave to a working machine in order to run diagnostics.
The USB extension cord is also particularly useful for charging your iPhone/Android while having a conversation.
Lan tester and tone generator. And velcro cable ties.
Mircofiber cloths - both for general cleaning and a specific glass one for cleaning flat screens e.g. Macbook Pro.
I used my Psion Series 3 to take notes in class and write my GCSE coursework on the move.
No-one in my English class resented me being the tosser with the pocket computer because I flogged all of them copies of my notes on Great Expectations, Shakespeare etc.
I was able to work more efficiently on my Series 3 than I can on my iPad.
Several times I've wanted to play an old Nintendo game on my iPhone or iPad but, alas, none of these games are available in the App Store.
Surely Nintendo could figure out a strategy of not losing console sales while selling limited versions of its games in the App Store.
They've done this to themselves.
Amazon's search engine is terrible!
You select 'Only Prime' and it shows you a load of other stuff.
You type in a very specific search query and it shows you a load of other stuff.
You select 'price from low to high' and the prices are all over the place.
How is this supposed to improve Siri?
The camera work at the opening ceremony and the sound at the closing ceremony were both diabolical.
Not only did they not have any camera angles that actually showed you what was going on, the director was great at cutting to something rubbish just when they DID get a shot right.
I think the sound desk at the closing ceremony was being run by a student. I've had better at university.
Poor show from OBS.
Yeah, just what exactly does this have to do with the iPad or bludgeoning anyone to death?
I travel around the USA with a £15 TP-Link router. Including PSU it's around the same size as this Belkin jobbie.
What my TP-Link router also has is four ethernet sockets, so that I can plug in other devices, as well as using the wireless.
On a normal trip, I'll be traveling with my iPhone, Windows laptop, Apple Macbook and my Vonage, along with cordless phone.
The hassle of the extra luggage is more than outweighed by the savings and the ability to work from a hotel room as if it was my office.
The additional ethernet socket is required for my Vonage which enables me to call the UK or Canada from the USA without incurring a penny in call charges.
What I would like to see is a router that can both act as a wireless client and a router at the same time, for hotels where no wireless bridge is available and the only internet is via WiFi. A wireless bridge is one thing I need to add to my travel kit.
What you do is plug the router in and connect with your device via the router.
Then the auth gateway sees the MAC address for the router instead of the device.
Problems occur when authenticating forces a re-issue and change of IP from private to public. It all depends on the type of system they're running.
That suggestion would require some planning which, given the timing of this news, the British public sector has once again proven is crap at doing.
Looking forward to the calls for a public inquiry after the Olympics.
The Metropolitan Police Trading Service is not the Metropolitan Police.
"The METROPOLITAN POLICE TRADING SERVICE is owned by members of the Metropolitan Police Service...The MPTS exists for the benefit of its members by supplying goods and services through a network of over 200 ‘authorised suppliers’ and extending credit facilities over five years if required."
This may well cause repercussions.
The police never got with the Data Protection program. There is no leadership on this issue from the top on down.
A quick check of the Data Protection Register indicates no registration for Met Police, London Police Commissioner, or Wembley Police.
There is a registration for the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. I don't know whether this covers all the activities of the entire W Yorks Police or just the Chief Constable. They still have more than the Met though.
Only some unfavorable press attention, or some questions in Parliament, will force the police to follow the same rules we do wrt Data Protection.
Incidentally, I didn't just complain to my local cop-shop. I offered to go in and train them how to use email so that they didn't breach my privacy. They never took me up on the offer. The only reason they changed their methodology was because they didn't want me calling up to complain again. They really don't understand what all the fuss was about.
I'm on the local community list with Wembley police and they've REPEATEDLY made the same mistake.
They've sent numerous emails with all email addresses shoved into the `to' field. The first time I complained to them, they couldn't give a crap. The next time they did it, I sternly told them I was going to complain to the ICO. This made them buck up their ideas, so that now they throw all the email addresses into the BCC field, with no recipient at all in the `to' field. Often they send without a subject line as well.
This is because of 3 things:
1. The Met have not insisted that email lists are run using a proper email list manager with confidentiality and unsubscribe built in.
2. There is no formal training or policy for how emails should be handled
3. Officers are left unsupervised with access to the email system and email addresses kept as clear text in text files, ready to be copied and pasted in.
The whole thing is a joke.
One email I received from Wembley Police, which shared my email address with around 100 other recipients, was trying to encourage me to sign up to a London-wide community email list. If they couldn't keep my email address private with 100 other people in my borough, how on earth could I trust them with a list that spanned the whole of London?
"Those emailed were not members of the WYGPA, and had provided their email addresses when attending a public event and indicated they wanted to be contacted with information and news, such as the contents of this email.
No confidential information was disclosed and no other details other than the email addresses of those individuals are held by us, and these email addresses are retained solely by the WYGPA."
This smacks of total arrogance by the police, same as here in Wembley. They believe that because you gave them your email address, you don't mind it being shared with others.
I hope they don't run an email list of snitches - could be very serious.
Unbelievable that the police, including the Met, think that the Data Protection Act doesn't apply to them.
Headline should read:
"Randy Welsh plods plundered police records just to get a date"
because this is about Welsh police only.
This can help users getting less than 2MB.
I saw a client 2 days ago who lives in a London suburb and is getting only 770kbps downstream sync because he's at the very end of the exchange's reach.
However, he knows that the Infinity cabinet is only about 300m away. So he could get about 17MB down on current FTTC and more if BT were to roll out this limited upgrade more widely.
Client's biggest question is whether to go with BT Infinity or Virgin. Service sucks with both, so as an Entanet reseller, I've offered to provide FTTC with Enta - better backbone and service. All Entanet staff are in the UK.
"Ali Naqvi, owner and director of 123vouchercodes.co.uk"
If you look at the website, it's clearly not a cheap job from VistaPrint.
This guy is complaining that a substantial source of traffic has been taken away and he'd like it back.
Where was he not spending where he should have been? How could spending money somewhere have prevented this?
Not spending money has nothing to do with getting him into this problem.
Money is required to fix this.
The guy in the story should go to court and have an injunction served on Facebook to reinstate him.
He needs to put his hand on his pocket.
When Facebook start to regularly get slapped by lawyers, forcing them to return ownership of a Page to the legitimate party, just as domain registrars currently do, they will finally implement a systematic response.
As for those who criticize the use of Facebook to grow a business - it's where the customers are and where there is money.
Any serious businesss owner should invest in a website in addition to use of social media but they also need to understand that Facebook is a private playground and the rules keep changing.
The future of Facebook is a mystery - are people getting fed up or is it merely recalibrating its target market - but if it's not going away any time soon then a systematic solution needs to be found or business owners will always have concerns.
Any reason you're keeping the appearance and actual size of the receiver a secret?
It's router size you say?
I have two routers, a Netgear DG834 and a Draytek 2820vn. The Draytek is more than twice the size of the Netgear. Which one is the size of the receiver?
The PlayBook was launched in the US in April. That was four months ago.
I wouldn't put any stock in the figures from Speedtest.net, nor from any other speed test that uses Flash to calculate the result.
Every time I have tried a Flash speed test, I get figures either wildly below or above what I know the line is giving.
The proof the figures are garbage: When I've run the test, Speedtest.net tells me that my 8Mbps line is giving me 20 or 30 Mbps. Physically impossible.
I use the Java based speed test at ThinkBroadband.com. Much more realistic figures.
Since you were writing from the perspective of an upstart publisher, I had hoped you would cover prices and margins available through these alternatives to the Kindle and iBook stores.
You raised the issue - "does anyone actually like paying £8 plus ($12 plus) for an e-novel? " and then you don't finish where you were going!
Yes, it's outrageous to pay as much, if not more, for an electronic copy which comes with minimal reproduction and distribution costs, instead of a hard copy. Surely the ridiculous prices are putting off the uptake of electronic book readers.
Can you get the price down to something appropriate for an electronic only copy of the book? What sort of cut do the author and the publisher take? How does this compare with both printed book publishing and the options available through Apple and Amazon?
"not terribly lucrative scam. "
650 quid for a sack of potatoes? Sounds pretty lucrative to me. Especially if the fuzz don't care.
If this isn't particularly lucrative for 15 minutes work, including the trip to the supermarket, then please do explain what you consider to be a lucrative scam by comparison.
Considering the bloody mess that the mobile phone companies got themselves into, paying a combined £22.5bn for their 3G licences, it makes sense to hold back.
Let a few other countries determine the business model and iron out the kinks before we go down that road.
No-one, except a handful of companies, wanted to pay several £££ per MB of data. So the mocos in the UK had masses of unused bandwidth and big debts to pay off after they bought their licences. Once they went flat rate, data usage rocketed such that 3G networks now congestion and slow speeds.
The mobile companies had forked out so much money, they were forced to make it back with higher contract fees and call charges. Phone subsidies are not the only reason they're moving to 18 and 24 month contracts.
So for a change, let's not be the guinea pigs with a new technology. Once they've figured out what the demand for bandwidth will be, based on other markets, they can make an educated bid for some spectrum, without hobbling the entire industry from the outset.
Clearwire primarily provide an alternative to wired broadband services. You can use the service on the move with a dongle too, something they throw in with their big piece of kit for use in the home.
My friend in Portland, OR, got rid of his cable TV box and cable internet and uses Clearwire instead. He gave up HD cable to go internet only.
His connection has no silly usage caps and I know personally that it can take some hammering - something you can't do with a 3G phone or dongle.
If I hadn't known my friend in the US I would have thought that no-one would want such a service. Turns out that not everyone likes the cable TV companies out there.
My friend doesn't have a laptop, but realises how cool his USB dongle is - he can get the same sort of broadband on the move that he's used to at home.
Congestion doesn't seem to be an issue in the way people experience it on 3G networks. This is not really a mobile phone company selling phones on the network and cheap data in your pocket. So they can afford to focus their investment in bandwidth. Upgrading to LTE follows their approach so far and would increase further the speed available to fixed and mobile users.
It actually opens up new economic opportunities. I would certainly appreciate a reliable high speed connection on my laptop in the wild. I'd like to be able to upload Kodak Zi8 HD video, lickety split, when I'm with clients.
Even with congestion, I'd rather have the net speed after congestion on a network that runs at 70Mbps than 7Mbps.
Did Google log this data in the UK too?
...will it have a flash?
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