* Posts by Lindsay T

14 posts • joined 3 Sep 2010

Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

Lindsay T

You can stand on a Dell 1710 (rebadged Lexmark I think) as well. Company I worked for threw them out ten years ago after many years as they had come the end of their useful life. I bought one for next to nothing and it is still going strong.

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

Lindsay T

Re: Most shops accept Amex these days,

Even found a filling station recently in Lockerbie that refused American Express although that is pretty rare. There's a other half way up the A9 though.

Want a Dell printer? Unlucky – they've just stopped selling them

Lindsay T

My two very elderly UK model Dell 1701 lasers appear to be Lexmark under the skin. They have done tens of thousands of prints over the years and remain fast and reliable with excellent results.

Airbag bug forces GM to recall 4.3m vehicles – but eh, how about those self-driving cars, huh?

Lindsay T

Re: I'm old enough to remember

The hard metal dashboards also often had sharp chromium badges on them, which is why I have a scar under my chin that reads "caidoZ".

Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date

Lindsay T

I wonder how the rest of us would fare if we argued that we could not comply with the data protection legislation because our database was so badly constructed that we could not delete data no longer required for our lawful purposes.

Share-crazy millennials spaff passwords ALL OVER the workplace

Lindsay T

Re: Passwords on Post it notes pasted to monitor

In the good old days many CRT monitors had a small flap below the screen under which were the brightness control etc.. Bring this back and you have a wonderful wholly secret place to keep the Post-it note!

RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

Lindsay T

Looks Great

I understand all the techie stuff (I think) but doesn't it look great? How is it that a paint job designed to be purely functional looks so good? Or is it just our historical memory that makes it seem right? Answers from a psychologist please.

Openreach to trial G.fast in Swansea

Lindsay T

In rural Scotland (but with an agricultural college and Forestry Commission offices on the same exchange) I get BT Business at around 3 Mbps if I'm lucky. Sometimes it's even fast enough to download a family photograph - as long as it's low resolution. Stories of such speeds as 500 seem as relevant as The House that Jack Built.

Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

Lindsay T

"I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" as Voltaire probably didn't say. I may not agree necessarily with all Mr Eich said or did but his views were surely his right to hold.

I have downloaded Chrome.

No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

Lindsay T


None of us over a certain age will be in any doubt about where Seascale is. If you can't find it on a map, try Windscale and Sellafield just next door.

Dell: Shhh, don't tell a soul, but the PC sector ISN'T doomed...

Lindsay T

Dells Galore

As an accountant, I'm not sure that the figures necessarily show a long-term future for Dell. What does make me think there's a future is that I am in a good number of accountancy departments in nvarious organisations where the humble PC or laptop is the standard workhorse. For someone hammering journal entries into a ledger or processing a pile of creditors, there is no logical alternative at present. Yes, systems are becoming more automatic but the number crunching goes on. The same is true those who prepare reports, type letters, feed maintenance systems etc.etc..

I therefore feel that the death of the PC may be coming but it's not imminent. In Michael Dell's favour is that businesses are inherently conservative and Dell machines are embedded in many offices. I am typing this on a Dell laptop working wirelessly with our server and there's a Dell PC adjacent. My Galaxy Note is going too but I need the full-sized beasts for any serious work. A spreadsheet, which is my bread and butter, just doesn't work on a tablet. A 17inch laptop is the one I need.

Parallel import argument turns toxic in Oz

Lindsay T

Big Threat?

I have been in and around IT since the early 1960s and, while not a supergeek, I might reasonably be termed a geriageek. I have also been a keen amateur photographer for at least as long. I have never updated my beloved OM2 and it still works like a dream, if i can be bothered to search out 35mm film. More relevantly, this house contains at least 5 high-end digital cameras and a plethora of others of varying ages going back to a Canon of nearly 20 years ago. None have ever had the firmware updated.

I accept that some improvements may have been missed and, in extremis, I do occasionally update the firmware in my more sophisticated IT kit but this threat, for most folk, is completely empty. The average user just doesn't care while the true enthusiast is well aware of how to get round such restrictions.

Good on ya Cobbers; your disrespect for overbearing authority is an example to us all. Now deal similarly with your traffic cops before their extreme ways infect those of us who admire you from the northern hemisphere.

'Porn lock' heralds death of WikiLeaks, internet, democracy, universe

Lindsay T

Wide scope

Until yesterday, I had left the "porn filter" set on my smartphone expecting it to be of no great concern. Then I tried to access an article about Alexander McQueen, the late fashion designer, and found it was labelled as porn! Now I know he sometimes clad ladies in slightly revealing dresses but hardly pornographic. This is the problem; who decides what is unacceptable.

LaCie catches ultra-small USB Flash drive bug

Lindsay T

Too small?

The smaller the flash drive, the larger the key ring you have to attach to prevent it dropping out of your pocket and being rushed to the redtops who will then gleefully broadcast your darkest secrets to the world.

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