Re: Home security problem
"Do you know anyone who doesn't flush a bog within an hour of falling out of bed in the morning?"
Yes! My Kids :-(
125 posts • joined 14 Jan 2010
I'm seriously considering weaning myself from my Amazon addiction.
It is getting so hard to filter out the stuff that is just plan crap!
Things I have been bitten by (and not always returned)
Ceramic light sockets
Mains socket timer
It's got to the point where you can't trust the reviews, and it's not always obvious where the products are being shipped from.
Oh, and "Prime" rarely delivers next day any more.
What they need is one phone number where you can contact one person on a help desk who will log a fault and see it though to resolution.
What they have is multiple phone numbers (take your pick), with people at the other end trained to say:
"Ah, you've come through to department A, you need to speak to Department B on this phone number."
"Ah, you've come through to department B, you need to speak to Department C on this phone number."
"Ah, you've come through to department C, you need to speak to Department A on this phone number."
Sometimes, just for shits and giggles, the department list is longer. I've set aside whole afternoons to (fail to) resolve issues with BT.
Yeah probably a Chrome book.
Music - not so much. I rip CDs to my library on the NAS, and then sync them with winamp to the ipod
So everything I have done on my PC in the last 6 months:
1) Produced (and printed) party invitations in word
2) Produced and printed graphics for charity events (Word NOT Office 360)
3) Written emails (Gmail) (used to be chrome, but now Firefox)
4) browsed the web (chrome/firefox)
5) opened keypass
6) ripped CDs (and listened to music while doing so)
7) logged into work with Citrix
8) produced simple excel spreadsheets (Not Office 360)
9) Downloaded gopro footage
10) Copy photos to NAS & USB, and made minor edits (Photoshop - NOT CC)
11) managed NAS./firewall / router (browser based)
What I have not done is gaming!
When you look at that list, a chrome book will be more than adequate.
I've no idea what to get next.
I hate windows 10.
I have tried Linux - everything is a tiring battle requiring internet searches.
I hate Apple (iTunes borked my PC music library), and it's an overpriced walled garden.
Tablet (Hudl) - hated limited screen and keyboard options (like to have more than one thing open at once, and easy drag/drop functionality. Plus USB OtG was flaky
ChromeOS - maybe, but the devices are low powered.
Something else? Maybe I don't need a computer? Except the NAS interface is browser based :-/
Most of what i do is send emails and copy pictures from my camera to NAS.
I will nurse Windows 7 as long as possible, and see whats available in a couple of years.
I would love a shiny new laptop - but every review I read makes me shudder when I get to the OS bit.
Genuinely not enthused by any of the poor options currently available.
I got a Hudl with a keyboard attached.
We take a lot of photos on holiday, and I like to back them up onto a USB stick while we are away. I also occasionally connect into work
I thought a tablet would be a better solution than a netbook: lighter, modern, touch screen.
Citrix was fine, but it turns out that USB OTG is a complete pain in the arse. Basically it doesn't work.
The result is that I still take the trusty NC10, which has now been loaded with Ububtu. I was quite disappointed really. And it's not supported any longer, I believe.
I still use it occasionally, but it doesn't offer me much advantage over the phone (and its usually further away, with a flat battery). If I need a bigger screen, I use the PC.
@ David Nash
Thanks for your suggestion. I am rapidly coming to that conclusion - that it is the only way to watch it on a TV.
I then start looking at the FireTV, so I can get a cable connection, and the price increases markedly.
Plus it's yet another box, and I already have 4!.
Plus it is definitely inelegant to have that number of boxes. :-(
I signed up for Netflix over Christmas to watch films.
I have trawled through the list of available films.
There are ONLY half a dozen I will watch, two of which I have seen. I am still buying latest releases from Virgin :-( Oh, and FB Junior is working his way through The Clone Wars, saving about £60 on a box set.
So it's not all bad, but on an ongoing basis I can't see any more films I want to watch. I might watch Westworld, and I will return for GoT, but maybe I am not the target market for it. I don't like American drama that never ends, but merely gets cancelled. Please give me a proper story with a proper end. Like 24. I enjoyed that.
I have also just signed up to Amazon Prime, in order to watch the Grand Tour.
I have again trawled through the films on there. Nothing. TV series: Lucifer, Constantine and Ripper Street (which I expect will be on BBC at some point). The next day prime delivery is useful, but it appears to not be available for a huge part of the stuff available, rendering it frustrating. I've tried the "no rush" delivery a couple of times, but can't work out how to spend the credit on anything I actually want.
The delivery mechanism isn't great either. It took me an afternoon to figure out how to watch Amazon through any of the smart devices I could plug into the TV. The ones that didn't work: Samsung smart DVD; Virgin tivo box; Ubuntu laptop; Android phone chrome cast. I have had to plug in a Windows 7 laptop.
It's not that it confuses me, it just that the lack of elegance annoys me.
"I asked her if stealing cars, screwing hookers, dealing drugs and killing people was appropriate for an 11 year old."
But apart from the screwing hookers bit, none of that is appropriate for an 18 year old either!
I fail to see the difference.
My kids play it, and we talk about it. They like the driving...
I just read your comment, saw the highlighted letter, and thought (in order)
But that IS how you spell it.
Has El Reg made a typo ?
OMG, perhaps the g wasn't there in the first place.
That would make, erm, Goole. That's a place!
I'll go back and check the article!
Have an upvote
Firstly, I was given it, I don't think I'd ever have bought it.
1)Multiple temperature setting events per day.
For instance 05:50: 20 degrees, 07:00, 9 degrees, etc. I've not found a limit on the number yet.
2) Looks nice
3) Interesting to see when the heating was on for the last 10 days
4) Ability to turn on remotely when I know the kids are in (but upstairs) and its turned off. However this wouldn't be needed without Dislike (7).
1) Learning facility is useless.
2) Remote control is a useless gimmick. Never used beyond the first few weeks.
3) Software errors cause unexpected heating schedules
4) Software updates cause unexpected heating schedules.
5) "True radiant" (where it turns on and off early) is useless.
6) Annoying that I cant see when the heating was on since I installed it.
7) Auto away that turns heating off when people are in the house but not passing the thermostat.
8) Price (Although mine was free).
Its much simpler to use a to do list.
If you ONLY get the reminder to construct the spreadsheet next time you are on your PC, you might miss an opportunity when sitting at a laptop, or someone else's PC, or the spare Linux one you're dabbling with.
Give me a single list, and let me decide how & when to action the items on it.
I tried Libre Office for a while.
Opening repeatedly with LO and MS Office and using tracked changes in both, results in a document neither can read after a very very short time. This is saving in docx format.
Until everyone (whole world) moves, it is a risk I can't take.
"(note to posters above, there is no E in Whisky)"
Well, there is no 'e' in this particular whisky, as it comes from Scotland.
Other whiskey does have the 'e' in it.
The spelling of the term "whisky" is often debated by journalists and consumers. Scottish, Australian and Canadian whiskies use "whisky", Irish whiskies use "whiskey", while American and other styles vary in their spelling of the term.
Definitely go for a colour laser.
I've got one (after getting annoyed with chucking out half used inkjet cartridges.)
It lasts for AGES. OK, so the photo printing is not quite as good, but I just get any photos that I want to display printed online by Snapfish (other online photo printing services are available).
Inkjet is a complete con, I pretty much ended up buying a new cartridge every time I wanted to print something.
I read this review with a growing sense of meh regarding the whole thing.
There are no killer features which I personally need.
Then I got to this bit, and experienced a growing feeling of absolute dread:
"The Xbox app delivered with Windows 10 supports Xbox Live Streaming, letting you connect to an Xbox One console and play games on your PC."
Every single teenager in the world (including mine) will be updating to Windows 10 this month, whether they are told to avoid it like the plague or not :-(
1) I have a Samsung NC10 Netbook which was supplied with XP. Despite being a great little piece of kit, it has lain unused for the last year or so, as I did not want to risk linking it to my home network, and have newer hardware. Last week I needed an extra PC to connect to the internet, so I installed Ubuntu on it (downloaded onto a thumb drive), and its fantastic. It allows the NC10 to be useful once more, and the learning curve is not as steep as I feared, after using Android phones and tablets for half a decade. I truly believe that the end of XP will (well, should) encourage people to try Linux.
2) I bought a windows 7 PC last night. It's still readily available on new PCs from Chillblast. In fact they highlight it as their recommended OS.
If you are searching for a specific company, to be honest it adds an extra barrier rather than making it easier.
I was searching for some home improvement supplies earlier this week, and wanted to look at their price and availability at our local B&Q. I searched for B&Q, and the URL which came up was diy.com.
My first thought at this point is "phishing scam", and alarm bells ring, causing me to do some further checking.
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