It always amuses me when "When A Child is Born" is played on the radio at Xmas:
815 posts • joined 24 May 2007
I remember going online in the 80s with a Sinclair Spectrum and a 1200/75 modem (VTX5000)
Aside from Micronet 800 and Prestel there were a few hobbyists running BBSes on BBC Micros and even a Spectrum +3 with external drive.
Access hours were very limited - usually when the owner had gone to bed. I remember calling one night at 1am, they'd forgot to switch on the kit and the sysop's parents were very irate at getting a call at such an ungodly hour
Can't speak for anyone else but I've found a couple of occasions they've been useful.
One time I noticed the electric usage was quite high, it turned out to be an outside light left on running a 100w bulb that the previous owner put in.
And more than once I've left the oven on after cooking.
I had a similar problem, had a "new" 18 month contract due to a change of package (even though I'd been with them for 6 years previously) because they don't seem to do 12 month ones any more - but also had to move to a place where there was no Virgin coverage, I wouldn't mind but it was a new estate so I've no idea why they didn't cable up the place during construction.
Its times like this why I fire up Frontier Elite 2 (now playable in a web browser at https://www.myabandonware.com/game/frontier-elite-ii-22i/play-22i )
My star system information says that its a stable system with 10 bodies, the largest being Barnards Star 3 - 2.14 Earth masses, but with a methane weather system and corrosive atmosphere, surface temperature -149'c.
"Why Sir Clive Sinclair’s corporate shareholder in RCL, Sinclair Research Ltd, has not intervened is a source of ongoing confusion"
According to RCL:
"It is no secret that Sir Clive Sinclair has been in poor health for some considerable time. Over this extended period, the current board of Retro Computers Limited have sought to support him at every opportunity in both his professional and private life. Having shared a personal friendship with some of the current board spanning several decades. It is with much sadness that we announce that it has reached a point where Sir Clive no longer looks after his own day to day affairs, and as his advisors have pointed out he has not been "doing much directing lately"."
Thanks to Edugeek and other groups for powers that be in school, such as deputy heads and business managers who make the decisions, discussion on existing tech to make teachers lives easier is already in place.
The tech already exists - behavioral and classroom progress trackers, & online homework systems, are easier than they've ever been, and seamlessly link with the schools MIS already in place.
We in our respective groups mentioned above, discuss these systems - which ones are fantastic and which ones are rubbish.
The problem is that teachers don't have the time to use these systems.
A couple of years back, my assistant's OH was off to the US from the UK. It was her first ever trip on a plane and she was scared, and he was a little apprehensive too.
I suggested he put the Flightradar website on his workstation's second screen so he could watch the flight progress through the day.
I can still see the picture of horror on his face when he saw the plane had turned around some way across the Atlantic and was slowly returning to Ireland to land and he had no way of knowing what was up until it landed and she called (faulty air conditioner in the cabin).
Although Steve Jones ruins C4's F1 Coverage, David Coulthard is the undisputed king of grid walks and double enterdres - especially when he's paired up with Mark Webber.
IIRC in 2017 at Monaco he was walking backwards and talking to the camera when he walked into the Crown Prince.
councillor Don Thomas quoted as saying: "It never ceases to amaze me the lengths some people will go to fly-tip when it would be just as easy to take material to the council recycling centre and dispose of it legally."
I'll tell you why Don, based on my local ones:
1) Tips close before I finish work. At weekends there are massive queues.
2) Surly staff
3) Striking staff
4) Expensive charges if you dare to turn up in anything other than a car.
5) And probably the most obvious one: "A speedboat, we're not f*cking taking that".
"Hi, just ringing to see if you need anything?" on a weekly basis.
Yeah I've got a massive shopping list here and I was just waiting for you to call.
And that is why you and Softcat don't get a single penny of my IT budget, and my decent sales managers who never ring me will.
I wonder how many people who logged issues were incompetent Kodi users? There's a few FB support pages where users have posted "Kodi doesn't work, my internet must be down" when in reality its just a few streaming sources (usually football) which have been blocked and they've not bothered to check anything else.
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