I hope the scanners will be big enough to get an iPud under them.
3004 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
"though we're still working out how one gets an accounts-department-acceptable receipt printed out."
For as long as I've been claiming expenses, in many $MEGACORP, bridge tolls, rail fares and bus fares have been claimable on trust. Even the inland revenue don't expect reciepts for train fares, as long as you can demonstrate to have been at both ends of the journey in some casual way.
Alistair Cook told a WW2story of an old man ignoring all the regulations at an airstrip in the USA. Just striding out, getting into an airplane, and flying off. No log book checks, no flight plan, no pre-checks.
When Cooke commented on it his host said: 'yep. He ain't got no pilots licence neither.'.
Cooke asked why he was flying then.
'That's Orville Wright. Ain't no-one got the cheek to ask him to sit a test'.
You forgot the biggest failure - not asking the user what they need the computer FOR.
I am a commissioning engineer. I have to programme PLCs and HMIs that imply I need a laptop with RS232 or parallel ports. But the IT department does not know that, even though they have had to re-order my last 3 laptops. Making the same mistake twice is stupid, but making it 3 times because of over-rigid centralisation is just a waste of perfectly good money.
My latop is a spanner. I fill it up with software to talk to programmable controllers, compilers, devices to configure drives and motors, and to talk to stacks of instruments. When I then call for tech support because my email stops working I don't want all that lot deleting by remote services "because it is unsupported"
We've been here 13 years ago. It was called open.gov.uk. They could not be bothered to do it properly then, and they won't be bothered now.
Go and look for the maps that define floodplains and areas at risk from innundation. They are at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/37837.aspx
HOME AND LEISURE? is property flooding really a barbeque issue?
Has it not occurred to you that even Ikea Knightly knows a turkey when she sees one? Maybe, having suddenly learned to act, she has decided she does not need to do this again.
Paris. Because she probably enjoyed it. She seems to enjoy most things.
If you are going to stick with gnome, you can obtain eye candy either as individual bits or as whole themes from places like http://gnome-look.org/
http://ubuntusatanic.org/ for example has some interesting ideas and a simple explanation of how to load them.
Mostly you can use the package manager to suck them from repositories, like everything else.
If you are not going to stick with gnome, you can try things like
after installing them you can just pick them as an alternative to your default gnome session when you log in.
It's my experience that Dell offer an ubuntu version grudgingly, and at greater cost than the equivalent windoze one. Whether this is to present a facade of choice, or not I cannot imagine.
In a properly free market you could buy the laptop without an OS, and have done with it. As long as you can't, there is something creepy going on.
And as for warranty and support excuses, are they really saying they sell something so flaky that it won't run the commercial OS out of the box? Why should I want it then?
* Superb audio quality when making phone calls
* does not go straight to 'missed call' instead of ringing
* the error message 'operation failed' is replaced by one that tells you what the problem is.
* Nokia phone can talk to Nokia desktop sync app every time
* battery life >10 days on standby
* When it rings, I can hear it
+After that, two sims would be nice, both active.
+Then reliable charging from mini-usb
+And all data accessible in USB storage mode e.g. from Linux. So I won't have to care about syncing ever again.
Games? GPS? web browsing? adverts? cameras?watching TV? X-ray vision so I can see through people's clothes? Not interested in any of them.
Oh hang on, can I think about the last one again? Look who just arrived.
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