* Posts by jahill

10 posts • joined 6 Jan 2011

Blighty bloke: PC World lost my Mac Mini – and trolled my blog!

jahill

Back when this outfit was called Dixons, I made the mistake of allowing these guys to 'fix' a brand-new Walkman.

Every time it went away, it was gone for four weeks and came back (still) broken. Eventually (after seven months without the unit), I decided I'd had enough and asked for my money back - to which the store had the cheek of offering me half its new value on the basis 'it was now second-hand and more than half a year old''!!!

After a discussion with the store manager, I did eventually get all my money back. I think they have improved since then, although this article suggests this is not always the case.

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Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

jahill

WiFi calling works on some Vodafone tariffs too, the catch is you can't send or receive text messages while outside of their cellular signal, which can be a bit of an issue.

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jahill

I hate to burst Vodafone's PR bubble, but I'm not convinced that all the failures happen in the way they describe.

I've had four units fail, each one with the lights remaining on. Each unit also burning hot to touch. When restarted, the lights *then* wouldn't appear, which suggests a more complex fault than just the MOV failing.

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Let Europeans sue America for slurping their data – US Senate

jahill

I can imagine the conversation went something along the lines of: 'I know. We'll tell them that their citizens can sue us through our courts, with our rules to protect the data that they won't even know we've stolen. That'll do. I bet those European idiots will buy this.'

I can't help but feel suspicious that the 'powers that be' are on the side of the Americans and simply want to find a way around the 'inconvenient' decision that the previous arrangement was illegal.

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Apple relents, doubles EU warranty (sort of)

jahill

They are keeping the change very quiet: A quick call to Apple today showed that they are still only honouring a one year warranty, unless extended (and paid for).

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New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost

jahill

Re: Mates' rates

Surely add in the UK's VAT rate at 20% leaves a price difference of just 5%?

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Arcam Solo rDac wireless digital-to-analogue converter

jahill

I still say cleaner air is the way forward

but platinum sata cables would make for an interesting review!

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jahill

You're right, it won't...

But don't tell anyone!

It's a bit like the 'sound enhancing SATA cables' nonsense. And Kate Middleton wearing plastic wrist bands to help balance her life... as for me, I'm off to buy some magic beans.

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jahill

It's all down to the quality of the interconnects...

'Swapping the rWave dongle for a USB cable didn't have any noticeable impact on sound quality'

That does surprise me. Especially when you consider that the sound quality would be adversely affected by the quality of the air you are using.

For future tests, might I suggest you try using cleaner air? 'Air dusters' that 'dust' the air for you can be bought from places like Maplin. Expensive, but well worth the cost IMO.

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