* Posts by Richard Crossley

83 posts • joined 24 May 2007


Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: only roll it in sprinkles.

Icon, because you earned it with that comment.

Thanks for the laugh after a hard day.

IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Take the money

I'm not familiar with US or Texas employment law, but consider this.

IBM have been having troubles (plural used intentionally) since the mid 1990s. They have been trying to be hip like someones older uncle since I was hip.

Being made redundant is unfortunate, especially if you're an older person. Mr Langley has been working for IBM since 1993 so hopefully he has built up a retirement pot and potentially a redundancy package. No details are mentioned in the original article, nor were any conditions attached to such a package. Given he's already proceeded with legal action I imagine the package, whatever it was is off the table.

Since he's engaged lawyers he's already spending whatever resources he has with the hope of reclaiming: lost pay, benefits, damages and legal fees. I have no appreciation of what the "damages" may be, but would the lost pay and benefits match the package he has already lost? The legal fees will be a win for the lawyers and zero for Mr Langley.

I'd be surprised if he recovers any serious wedge as a result of this action; whilst trawling his name through the headlines.

Personally I would have made taken the package and let my partners know of some newly found availability. After 25 successful years in sales he must have made some contacts.

♬ Finland, Finland, Finland, the country for new cloud DCs ♬

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1000 Lakes?

Wikipedia says 187,888.

List of lakes of Finland

It used to be a great place for a quiet holiday, fond memories.

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: EEE play


Thank you for adding that to my vocabulary.

Icon, because it's worth it.

Every bloody gadget in the house is ringing. Thanks, EE

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Re: Won't hurt

I don't have any IoT things and this sounds terrifying.

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Well done that Captain...

I was going to offer Blue Sky Spirit

Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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Re: 80186

Sounds like RM Nimbus

Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

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Definitely prefer the older Macs

I have a 2015 Macbook Air, 11 inch. Bought for being able to use in cattle class and on trains. The keyboard is truly excellent. If I buy another I'll be scouting around the used computer mall a couple of miles away to pick up a Macbook Pro that doesn't have one of these horrible keyboards.

Right now, typing this on an Apple Polycarbonate keyboard plugged into a Linux laptop.

LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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Re: In loving memory

When I worked in London there was a bar in the basement, now it would have to come from The Beer Bay* and negotiate a shopping mall and multiple lifts.


* Shameless plug for the ladies running the Pier 3 bar "The Beer Bay" who stayed open a little later than normal so I could quench my thirst after hot and sweaty encounter with "The Twins" at Ching Ming Festival

Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: I know that printer!

My LX80 certainly didn't have a colour option, just various shades of grey depending how many times you reprinted the same line.

Most of my O level and A level homeworks were done using it. Out put from Wordwise!

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I know that printer!

That graphic is either an Epson LX80 or LX86 (I see it was sold under supplier badges too) a rather noisy and slow 9 pin dot matrix printer from the 1980s.


Sad, I know, but it's nearly beer o'clock here.

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Computing as a vacation..

Mac OS is like a vacation at a 5 star resort. You can have everything, if you pay for it.

Mines the one with no money in the pockets, I vacation in the Linux woods.

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I can see this being a fail.

My folks, octogenarians, they've been using PCs for about 15 years. Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Imagine they go to the store, I'll be generous and say John Lewis and purchase a new desktop with Windows 10 and S mode deployed out of the box.

They set this up and try and run their beloved "Spider", some card game that I can't fathom but made by Microsoft. The version in the App Store is the current version, but not the one *THEY* want.

Since this doesn't do what they want my guess would be to return it, because:

1) It's new

2) Doesn't meet the requirements

3) I'm not going to talk them through some random Windows 10 SNAFU, because it will be complicated

4) I'm not getting a plane and flying a 12,000 mile round trip to fix MS Windows and MS aren't going to repay my time/costs

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Driving versus flying

My folks decided they wanted a "cheap" holiday and started looking at places that Easyjet flew to. Porto was selected as the destination. I decided to drive instead, having bought a large comfortable car with a big boot (trunk for our North American chums). I collected their luggage the weekend before and pon the appointed day took the Channel Tunnel and drove through France and Spain with overnight stops in Narbonne and Bilbao and arrived at our hotel in time to check-in and then meet them at the airport.

They had to cadge a lift from South Wales to Standstead, Dad bought more luggage, which he needed to pay for and had a suitably "wonderful" experience the whole trip. On balance my journey cost a lot more, but my holiday started when I turned the key, their holiday started some time after they arrived.

Since we had a car available we able to tour the Douro Valley and purchase some of its wonderful produce.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Fusion Food

So take two of my favourites and combine them; 2+2 = 5!

DXC confirms veep level shake-up in new world order

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SABA Cloud Employee Skills Profile

I guess they didn't comply with the email "Important Reminder: SABA Cloud Employee Skills Profile Update and Resume Upload".


London app dev wants to 'reinvent the bus'

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Fail In London, Try Hong Kong

OK, so they haven't failed (yet)

Hong Kong has the minibus fleet which his highly flexible (red) and more regulated (green). There are loads of these buses all over HK and are used on both short (2 miles) and much longer (10+ miles) routes.


There is also the possibility of the fleets being more optimally managed. I often see many buses queued waiting for their next run, especially in places where routes are attractive: Mong Kok to Yuan Long or Mong Kok to Sai Kung.

The data from the application could inform waiting passengers of the wait time and capacity of next buses. One some routes the buses depart with a certain number of empty seats, others only depart when full.

Given that HK is much smaller than London, but has a similar number of people (7.5 million). Most journeys involve public transport 90%+, the fleets already exist, HK is covered with almost 100% coverage of 3G or 4G and there is often free WiFi, I think they're missing an opportunity.


More importantly, if they want to corner this market, Tencent is across the border in Shenzhen and they're probably already reading this and thinking about it.


UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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Black Helicopters

Re: Absolutely uncalled for...

Some advice some political leaders would do well to heed.

After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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3 Minutes - Download and open the installer. I select the following options:

Broadband is 25Mbits

* .NET development environment

* Desktop Development with C++

* Data Storage and Processing

* Office / SharePoint Development

* Linux development with C++

Additional Individual components

* LINQ to SQL tools

Looking forward to playing with new toys over the weekend.

50 minutes.

Kept me busy and under the watchful eye of SWMBO!

Microsoft ups Surface slab prices for Brits. Darn weak pound, eh?

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Will those prices increases be reversed when the GBP goes back up?

No thought not!

Uber's robo-truck makes first delivery of ... Budweiser in Colorado

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This is the beginning...

This is from about 25 years ago, I didn't pursue it as a career, but since I worked in the offices organising the incoming and outgoing loads, this is the insight I received.

"Assuming it's a full load every time, that might work. A significant number of loads, eg beer to supermarkets, are not full loads."

Suppliers to the warehouse were mostly full loads. The warehouse staff would unload the delivery trailer whilst the driver had his "break", a legal requirement.

"Supermarkets tend to do their own deliveries to stores with all products on one truck and each truck doing multiple drops other than to the very largest superstores"

Each store received at least 2 deliveries per day; "chilled/frozen" and "ambient". If there were special offers or some sort of promotion there would be extra deliveries. I imagine the frequency of the deliveries increased at Christmas and other large festivals/holiday periods. Most of the trucks in the yard were 38 ton articulated vehicles (semis to our North American chums).

There were a fleet of smaller, "Less Than a Load", vehicles for hard to reach/smaller stores.

I see this as the beginning of a significant change in the trucking industry in less populated parts of the World. Possibly the largest expense of trucking is the driver. The driver needs compensation, needs a licence which must be maintained and they will probably cost more than the capital cost of the tractor/rig. With Otto doing most of the highway driving the driver will only be needed for the more awkward parts of the journey.

The reality is and has been demonstrated by this exercise, the technical part is relatively easy, the cultural and legal hurdles will be much more challenging, but I expect they will be overcome. At the moment Otto drives with a police escort, cars used to be escorted by a human with a flag.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: since 2005...

Just bought my first Apple product this year and I have also been mightily impressed by it's sleep/hibernate functionality. As a frequent Linux user this was iffy to some degree. It's so long since I used a MS laptop that I can't remember if it worked or not. I suspect not.

As for purchasing this. UK Consumer Credit protection applies irrespective of where the product was purchased. If a product is purchased on a UK credit card, you are entitled to the protection it affords. That peace of mind is worth the little extra % when buying abroad.

British IT outsourcers back Remain in the EU referendum campaign

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My father worked several countries, France, Germany, Italy, Finland and others, during the 1960s, well before the UK was in the EEC and before the EU guaranteed free movement of people.

He was sponsored by his employers and granted a visa to work in those countries. At the very least there would be a return to that system. It might not be as simple or trouble free as simply turning up at the airport, but even if you did work overseas for any length of time, some sort of tax number and identity document would be required.

Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

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Re: What to buy?

I bought my father an Acer a year ago. He wanted a small, cheap laptop for email when travelling.

I bought him an Acer V5 something, 11 inch 1366x768 jobbie, I think it had 2 GB of RAM. I upgraded the RAM and Win 8.1 seemed happy enough. On his return to the UK he couldn't charge it and contacted Aced UK who although having no responsibility for the machine, took it for an under warranty repair and supplied a new power supply. The upgraded memory remained in place, but the hard drive was re-imaged, which about par for the course these days.

I have no interest in Acer other than this PC.

Richard Crossley

Re: Have a Satellite Pro B40-A

I live in Hong Kong which is well known for high humidity. My 2011, UK purchased Toshiba laptop hasn't suffered with keyboard failure, yet.

The hinge on the screen is beginning to wear and with a 1600x900 screen I should have returned it, but it was replacing a few desktops with VMs so I needed the 16GB.

The 2009 purchased NB 200 netbook works a treat though.

If they go, they go, I'll probably buy something else anyway next time!

Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

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Re: What am I going to do now?

I disagree. Keep fiddling and trying stuff out. You'll break it loads of times, but you'll learn as you do.

I would recommend fiddling on a VM image first if your NUC has valuable data.

Icon, because you know you'll detonate something.

Debian 6.0 about to take flying leap off long term support cliff

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Re: Upgrading

It might be worth reaching out to your local Linux user group, most have some sort of mailing list and some even have local meets where you can bring a PC.

Info on UK specific LUGs can be found here:


Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

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Local laws

Are inconvenient for all kinds of activity. Your choices are:

1) Comply.

2) Don't comply and face the consequences.

3) Don't go there.

These people are trying it on. Trying to circumvent liability and taxes.

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Computer Misuse Act, 1990

This is beginning to look like an offence under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act, 1990.


3. A person is guilty of an offence if—

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if—

(a) he does any act which causes an unauthorised modification of computer

(b) at the time when he does the act he has the requisite intent and the requisite knowledge

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(b) above the requisite intent is an intent to cause a

modification of the contents of any computer and by so doing—

(a) to impair the operation of any computer;

(b) to prevent or hinder access to any program or data held in any computer; or

(c) to impair the operation of any such program or the reliability of any such data.

(3) The intent need not be directed at—

(a) any particular computer;

(b) any particular program or data or a program or data of any particular kind; or

(c) any particular modification or a modification of any particular kind.

(4) For the purposes of subsection (1)(b) above the requisite knowledge is knowledge that any modification he intends to cause is unauthorised.

If I've configured my computer not receive updates and Microsoft ignores that configuration and the updates are being re-applied I think Section 3 would apply.

It would be hard for Microsoft to deny they have the requisite knowledge since they wrote Windows and the updates.

A new version of an OS could well impair the operation of a computer, especially if some feature has been removed that an application required.


For just $400 you can have this Raspberry Pi – and mine bitcoin

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HK Property Bubble

You'll need to mine a lot of bitcoins to pay for your data centre in HK.

Over US $1,000,000 for an apartment that is the size of a few TEU.

As with everything here, it's cheap until you have to find somewhere to put it.

Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Re: Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

It's been a while, but I thought Midsommer Murders and Miss Marple were on ITV.

2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Re: Non-product

A Linux desktop would make a lot of sense for my team.

The bulk of our efforts run on Linux and being able to develop on the target platform makes perfect sense. There's no reason why office productivity has to happen on Linux, cutting code would make life a bit easier for everyone.

A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: 10 years old

@ the thumb down,

Care to enlighten me with what I said that offended you?

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10 years old

1400x1050 screen

4x USB 2



PS/2 2 Mouse

SD Card



Head Phones


DVD Writer

and it surfs the Internet, runs productivity apps and is useful as a general desktop

I don't know about Apple being drunk, I would need to be to part with $1 to buy such a laptop.

Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Code reviews

As someone who conducts code reviews, there is no need to bad mouth people's efforts.

A code review should involve the contributors and be a dialogue explaining why/how something is changing and how that fits within the design and architecture. The accountable person considers this thinking and works with the contributors to guide them to taking the vision forward.

That sounds like middle management waffle, but it's still better than standing on a chair/desk and screaming at people telling them how useless they are. In that scenario no-one wins and the only achievement is higher blood pressure.

Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Plenty of electric bikes in China, did Ford copy the Chinese on this one?

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Casting my mind back to when beer was somewhat cheaper.

Way back in 1991 I was at University working on Sun IPC (or IPX) and Sparstation workstations. Most of the time they ran OLVWM which was a virtualised desktop; i.e. you could scroll around the desktop. I think Open Look's predecessor, SunView had something similar, my boss at the time preferred it, I didn't and it looked "old hat".

I also played with TWM, but I don't remember whether it had workspaces/desktops or was simply virtual.

On Windows 3.0 and 3.1 at home, I installed "BackDesk" which implemented a large virtual desktop; Big Desk; and Back Menu which provided a right click menu on the desktop. I even used this as my shell rather than Program Manager.

Moving forward a few years to 1994 CDE on HPUX and probably other implementations, had a multiple desktop feature, which included different wallpapers. HP Dashboard, Windows 3.1 also provided a similar look and feel on Windows.

Multiple Desktops have been on Windows since Windows 2000 and as discussed earlier there are Power Toys etc which can be downloaded to make this happen. Unfortunately MS are of the ilk where they like to receive $ for extra features and multiple simultaneous users is one of those features. Whist Windows has had this functionality in some form or other for some time, it's not widely documented and poorly implemented. For example there is no API to move a window between desktops.

Big Desk & Back Menu: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/comp.os.ms-windows.misc/Te1gXAwjhSo

HP Dashboard: http://home.comcast.net/~mernykdesign/BgHP3.htm

Windows Desktops: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx

Request 1:

Multiple desktops, yes please it would prove very when tailing sets of log files for multple process in different environments and still work on other issues.

Previously there was a Power Toy called "X Mouse". Originally this was a single "ini file" hack in Windows 3.0 / 3.1, then the Power Toy and finally several registry hacks.


I ended up with Option #3 but the values were different for me.

Request #2:

Can MS please implement "Focus Follows Mouse" as well, and make it configurable in a way that it's usable.

Request #3:

El Reg, can I have a "grumpy old man" icon?

London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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The Chinese already have this.

Hong Kong's Octopus card already works on trains, buses, green mini-bus and ferries. You can auto re-charge from your credit card and use it fir purchases.

What's missing is taxis and cross-border integration with the Shenzhen Tong.

Google's tax returns are trop petite says Hollande

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Tax Harmonisation

When the French speak about tax harmonisation, they want the rest of of the world to have the same taxes as the French. How about having competitive taxes that attract business rather than victimise it?

How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

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Thumb Up

Re: A dedicated keyboard for a single app?

You mean like this one from 198x


BBC Trust: 'LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING' to this DMI mega-tech FAIL

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Fully Buzzword Compliant

...And no onecwas really in charge that's convenient because no will be fired.

Hong Kong’s mobile-mad cabbies told to ditch dashboard devices

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Try taking one in China

Multiple phones and they drive as if they are walking. If a vehicle pulls in front of you, you swerve to avoid them. If you are hit in the side it's the 3rd party's, the one who hit you, fault. Ignore the fact there were no signals or communication and you were possibly on the wrong side of tge road. This in the reasonbly sensible city if Shenzhen. YMMV in more remote areas.

Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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No clouds in my sky

Sony is still on my "Don't Buy" list. The PS4 might have been granted an exception, but this isn't likely now.

1) I don't put my personal stuff (mp3, videos etc) in a cloud where they can be inspected by corps, govs etc.

2) Why would a buy a machine that does significantly less than the one I have

3) I still haven't forgiven Sony for removing "Other OS" from the PS3

4) Rootkit!

5) Owning the content and the delivery mechanism could be a conflict of interests.

Sony peaked with decent hifi and the Walkman 25 years ago, it's been largely down hill from there. Blu Ray and the PS2 & 3 are the exceptions.

Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

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It's My Mouse

One day "They" gave me a new PC, ooo goodie, squeels of delight my 5 year old Dell (Core 2 duo) was swapped for a HP i5. They even made sure to move the extra graphics cards (4 screens, 1280x1024). It was delivered to my desk with the usual service, it has Windows and Office. Wonderful! Now I can spend 2 days installing software.

What did become apparent, within about 2 hours was my right wrist was beginning to hurt (no sniggering at the back!). Along with swapping out the PC the keyboard and mouse had been swapped. Until that point I hadn't given the previous one much thought. After 5 years it was looking used, the silver paint on the buttons had warn off and the beige plastic was visible underneath, but it was still usable.

This new fangled HP mouse must have been the cheapest mouse on the list. Some quick googling led me to a reasonably ergonomic Logitech jobby (M500) with a funky wheel that could go click-click-click or at the press of a button it could just spin wildly and my wrist was much happier.

Whilst I appreciate, that delivering stuff for a price is king and I could have argued about the mouse with HR / Occupational Health / <insert relative dept here>, I just invested 35 GBP of my own money and bought what I wanted. When I relocated, my mouse came with me, no arguments or bother.

Given this, if I found the need, I would willingly swap out anything I found particularly annoying. The human-computer interface is the one you need to have working. It doesn't need to work for HR or the IT dept. Fine if they can help, but you're the one in pain.

PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD inside

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Re: Some people need a life

Thanks for the brief intro. I've never really taken a look at FreeBSD. I sort of know it exists and is "similar" to Linux in that's its a Unix based OS with a different licence.

Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Chinese web company faked Microsoft patch to force download

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I know this

My Fiancée's desktop PC has it. There's tons of crud on it and I'm not sure what is what because it's all in Chinese.

Until now it thought this was a re-skinned version IE.

'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

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Why do Reg Hacks live on the edge of society?

There's one who seems live up a mountain in Scotland and now Lester lives up a mountain in Spain. Are they trying to hide from someone?

Open-source attack dog enters Ballmer's inner ring

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Re: Yawn

"Sharepoint is SVN/GIT for management"

Thank you, that cheered up my afternoon.

2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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Cattle Class

I hadn't noticed the width of cattle class seats (trains or planes) getting wider. My netbook fitted nicely on the tray tables found in cattle class. My old school 15 inch laptop was a total failure for that. I shall mourn the passing of these little wonders.

Let's hop someone takes a leaf out of the Raspberry Pi (and similar), ups the RAM, adds a screen and keyboard. I'll happily run Linux on ARM.


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