* Posts by Kev K

101 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

Carphone Warehouse buys Tiscali UK

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LOL @ Jamie Jones Post

the thread http://www.talktalkmembers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16829

is absolute class - I shall watch this thread with interest and look forward to Stephen Grays input and fixing

//hugs VM 20 mb faultless pipe

Lame Mac 'email worm' limps into view

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So ...

like every other bit of mac only software - rubbish :D

Jacqui drops central snooping database

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Black Helicopters

What about independent Mail/Domain hosts?

This may be a naive question, I (Small UK company) host multiple domains for UK clients on my servers based in the US (cheaper bandwidth etc)

Do I have any legal obligation to keep a copy of all these emails (I do not at the moment and have no plans to do so in the fuure) in case Mr Plod knock on my door and ask for copies of email sent / received through my servers?? & what will they do when I say "Sorry I forgot to set this up"

A fair few of my clients quite like the idea of only having local copies under their control and not accessible by Jacquie's mob at the drop of a hat.

Again probably a dumb question - but as all email traffic is sent /received via my server & not magacorp ISP crappy mailserver then the ISP shouldn't be copying/sniffing everything/anything running over port 25/110 should they ? or am I being incredibly naive here ?

This has been bugging me for a while

Anon 'cos you never know who's watching

Oz bloke in underpants wrestles 'lunatic ninja' roo

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roo burgers

are very gamey - I had one - didnt eat it all

Eric Schmidt reanimates el cheapo PC zombie

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Ahhh mondays

I don't know if I enjoy the fail articles more or the comments that come accompany them.

Carry on, perfect end to a $hitty day/

Kev

Spotify: We kick the tyres

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just tried this

so simple even the mrs can use it

sound quality is fine to my ears - lots of "never heard of them" artists

If they offered a download option with the paid for service you can sign me up

I like

Squatting spammers take over Facebook protest site

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Shock!! Facebook contains spammers

Yawn - see title

California to get 'space age' three-wheel EV

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My Mrs would like this

And as I am genuinly intrerested in this I did some reading up and found these specs - which made me even more interested

Aptera 2e Specifications:

Dimensions:

53in high x 91.0in wide x 173in long

111in wheelbase

80.5in front track.

Other key specifications:

0.15 coefficient of drag

5in ground clearance

1500lb (680kg) curb weight

Electric motor torque: 60lb-ft (81Nm)

Standard outlet power (110v 15A) charge time: 8 hrs.

Battery output: 10-13 KWh

Battery voltage: 336V DC Nominal Traction Voltage

Transmission: Gear box 10:1 ratio

Battery Type: Lithium Ion Phosphate Chassis:

Front Suspension: Independent unequal length A-arm

Rear Suspension: Swing Arm

Steering: Manual Steering, tilt steering column

Brakes: Manual Brakes, dual circuit brake hydraulics, mechanical brake proportioning, 3-wheel disc

Wheels: 14in High Strength Stamped Steel wheels

Size: P165/65R14

Performance:

Range: Up to 100mi (160km) per charge

Warranty:

Basic: 4 years / 50,000mi (80,000km)

Powertrain: 4 years / 50,000mi (80,000km)

Corrosion: 12 / unlimited mileage

Roadside: 4 years / 50,000mi (80,000km)

Features: (S=standard, O=optional)

Interior:

Push Button Start: S

Electronic shift PRNDL (shift controller): S

AM/FM/MP3/WMA with 5 speakers and MP3/Smart Phone Connectivity: S

DVD Navigation System: O

Power up/down windows with Driver side one-touch and anti-pinch: S

Power automatic door locks with anti-lockout feature: S

Center console armrest with two cup holders: S

Overhead mounted LED Dome Lights: S

Recycled Fabric-trimmed seats and door panels: S

Leatherette (recycled materials) trimmed steering wheel: S

Defroster-linked CFC-free automatic climate control with electric inverter compressor air conditioning: S

One 12V auxiliary power outlets and one 12V USB Outlet: S

Retractable passenger-assist grips at all doors: S

Exterior:

Dual color-keyed power outside mirrors: S

Aerodynamic multi-reflector halogen headlamps: S

Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers: S

Rear window defogger with timer: S

Rear Electronic rear hatch locking system (sic): S

Solar Energy-Reflecting glass: S

Smart Key System (Proximity locking/starting) Maintenance key & cylinder to prevent accidental lock out: S

Safety:

Remote keyless entry system with 2-stage unlocking, panic function and remote illuminated entry: S

Backup camera: O

Driver and front passenger Airbag System: S

Front and rear crumple zones and side-impact door beams: S

Engine immobilizer: S

Center high-mount stop lamp: S

Emergency Tire inflation system: S

3-point front outboard seatbelts with adjustable shoulder anchors and driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR), front passenger Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR): S

Driver and front passenger seatbelt with seat belt starter interlock: S

Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS): S

Anti-theft system: O

Facebook turns pollster in search for cash

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computertan.com

Yuk - huge (opps sorry .... EPIC) fail

dodgy flash based "corp" type thing - fires up on screen "free tanning session" - then lots of uv rays can kill you rant and lots of pics of ppl with growths and stuff.

FFS we are geeks - most of us have never seen the sun

thats just gone right into my blacklist of acceptable domains at work

Deception of 'up to' broadband speeds exposed

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Pirate

Huggles VM

20mb Virgin

2.0 to 2.6Mb download via newshosting (newsgroups)

4.5gb in rougly 20 mins everything queued for past midnight so the rest of the family can knock themselves out on iplayer / msn / facebook & even if the cap kicks in Im so fast asleep I dont notice. All my TV progs/ demo's / patches / pr0n / whatever are waiting for me to peruse at my lesuire

cant see what all the fuss is about - My connection does exactly what is says on the tin.

Free wireless broadband boosted

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Stupidest idea

ever.

That is all

Boss frogmarches bound employee to cop shop

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Fair play to the boss

More of this sort of thing - and less of the arresting people who stand up for themselves & their own belongings.

Satanic net neologisms - nominations invited

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Flame

another vote

for 'the blogosphere'

//likes "Automagically"

Dixons plunges to loss

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to be fair

PC world is dead handy when you need something in a real hurry (network card / router / usb to cat5 conector etc) & they will price match if ask (web on my e90 comes in handy sometimes)

it could be worse - sometimes I have to go into maplins - now THERE is a bunch of toosers who need to kneel in front of a wall and be shot (in my town anywhere)

As for dixons - the sooner they go the better

North Korea photoshops stroke from Kim Jong Il

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Paris Hilton

ya think ??

and the missing seam/line at the top of the step is not a give away either is it?

Paris cos nobody would need to potatoshop her ;)

SanDisk reinvents 1980s personal stereo for the noughties

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Here's an idea

Instead of sd cards why not have a USB drive that you can load say 2 to 10 gb of mp3's do some electronic wizardry so you can plug some headphones into it and listen direct??

THEN when your bored of those songs you put your music player into a spare USB slot to recharge the player and swap songs out from your extensive (legal of course) downloaded collection

I think I may patent that idea - its bound to be cheap & easy and not look like an ipuke

What a crappy idea for a player and a crappy price for an album

PayPal top-up card is titsup

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Paris Hilton

WOW!!

there are people who actually want a card with gaypal on it ?? who do not know how messed up and gaypal are? and do not know what a bunch of robbing bas*ards the are ?

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING ?? please go remove yourselves from the gene pool immediately

Thank you

Even paris wouldnt sign up for this

Trend virus update freezes some PCs

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thank {deity}

It didn’t hit their corporate AV or my crappy Monday would have been even more fun

Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility

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You owe me a new monitor

Ive just sprayed coffee over this one laughing so hard

Million bank details sold on eBay

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LMFAO @ Graphic data

We used to sell them hardware & support - they were (are?) the biggest bunch of cowboys going - I wouldnt trust them to archive my toilet paper

Dancing Baby v. Universal: Baby wins!

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Prince is a freak

and I hope he loses his house payingout compensation over this

Sue me you midget - Ive got no money - its all in the girlfriends name

Anatomy of a malware scam

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Is it just me ..

Or does thing also download other malware variants ??

Been seeing a lot of these coming through the workshop in the last week or so and by all accounts its an absolute pig to remove completely. The lads have said they need to use at least 3 tools to nuke it and other random crap that seems to be getting downloaded. One bloke claims he got infected via a spam email and had not been surfing at all that day.

Oh and well written article.

Thanks

Kev

Cops cuff anti-drug ninja vigilantes

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Go

Playmobile pix

or it didnt happen

Fujitsu intros 5.6in bonsai laptop... with Vista

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Ohhh (2)

Im with Steve - That would be a toy I would buy, especialy if I can add more ram and its touch screen

Man buys $1,000 worth of iPhone pixels by accident

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Paris Hilton

Wow

thats just iDumb

Paris - well cos Ms Prez can afford it cant she

Happy Sysadmin Day!

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YAY to me

and all other sysadmins out there

Boo to the t0sser who had me out of bed this morning for what I shall politely call an error between the chair and keyboard & without a word of apology when the “error” was pointed out. (also who’s mobile no is now in my list of do not answer outside of my work hours)

Dell adds multi-touch to Latitude XT

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Yay for dell

I LURRRRVE my XT but do have "big boned" fingers so am looking forward to this & the bigger ssd drive will mean I have to carry less USB sticks about (vista/office/CS3 = almost no space).

This is the only machine I have that actually runs Vista decently & is probably the lowest spec laptop in the place

You would have thought though that a company the size of Dell would have a better Vid release that this though – does look a bit icky

Windows XP SP3 leaps into the tubes

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Gates Halo

Seems fine to me

I just whacked it on a clean install (inc sp2) on a old semparon 2200+ with 256mb ram (too lazy to dig out any more) and AVG for a machine for a mate of a mate who wants to do some *web* browsing and it runs fine (MUCH to my supprise) - it does seem to run noticbly faster than a machine with sp2 on it.

Not sure if I want to put it on any production machines just yet though

US warez sitemaster jailed for 30 months

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Paris Hilton

What a result for the Gov't

As we all know that you can no longer get "stuph" ™ on

IRC

BitTorent

Other P2P apps

FTP servers

Some bloke down the pub/school/mate of a mate

No wonder theres no end to terrorism

Pfft

HSBC e-payments system limps back online

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Paris Hilton

hsbc automated email address ?

I guess we have nuked any automated emails.

Does anyone have the email address that these come from so I can add it to my whitelist

thanks

Kev K

X Prize comes to earth

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GSX's ??

To get 60+ MPG you must be driving it in VERY old fart mode

2x GSXR / R1 / Busa lumps in a production car - NOW your talking though 60+ mpg ?? - I doubt it if if I am driving it :D

US scientists puncture the ethanol biofuel bubble

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Paris Hilton

HAHAHAHA

this has made my day.

Now quit whinging and pour the R&D funds into solar/wind/wave and shoot anyone who says that a shed load of 400 foot propellers are messing up their nice rual view.

Fscking hippies - Boris for UK President & Paris as his Mrs cos she would happily shoot a few hipies

RealPlayer dinged by software watchdog group

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Real Player & Quicktime both suck

QT lite and Real Alternative from free-codecs.com do the job very nicely for me without the bloat or constant nagging.

Hoax: German IT boss sacks three non-smokers

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Nice one

As a smoker I KNOW its bad for my health - I am an adult and its my choice, same as you joggers who die from heart attacks and the guys who drink too much (possibly guilty of that too).

If the Govt were that concerned with our health they would ban the sale and importation of fags, but then there would be the small point of our taxes creating a HUGE gap in NHS funding and everything else they spend out tax money on.

I applaud the man and would love my firm to become big enough to be able to do the same thing

Virgin Media network collapses nationwide

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IT Angle

Work from home and NEED BB??

If you NEED your BB then get NTL Business, UK call centre, MUCH better support and a different system/network if you believe what they say - oh and its slower (1.5mb I think) as well as more expensive. I work from home but have made provision for the odd time it all goes titsup (access to next doors ADSL wifi - I set it up & kept a copy of the wpa key for "security" reasons <grin>.

You have to be retarded if you are reliant on a home network for WORK. Like people who use FarceHosts or some other budget host for their mission critical websites and then whinge that their £10 a month hosting has ruined their e-com service - redundancy and reliability - I thought that’s what IT professionals were supposed to sell their customers ??

Some of you people make me laugh & keep a roof over my head with your stupidity - thanks

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Happy

To be fair

NTL/Virgin have a pretty good uptime rate - like others have said when it goes wrong it goes titsup.com in a fairly major way - in the 12 odd years I have been with them they have been more reliable than BT or even Zen plus I can live with the caps as I just queue my big downloads for day time or early morning. Having to go to bed early once in a while is not such a bad thing ;)

Ohh and El reg finaly remembers who I am - Bonus

Virgin Media eases off bandwidth throttling

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@ Martin Richards

I regularly pull around 18.8mb / 2.3 MB a sec off newshosting.com newsgroup servers in europe with 8 concurrent conections - a full 4.7 MB DVD iso in 50MB chunks takes in the region of 30 to 33 mins - the same film ... errr - test object in xvid format ~760 mb in 15MB chunks takes in the region of 5 mins 30 secs.

That is not a speed I am going to complain about or realisticly get with an ADSL provider considering I am more than a stones throw from my nearest exchange (Zen and BeBroadband both said I would should expect next to bugger all as I live 7 miles from an exchange)

And all the people with cloned cable boxes and TV services - where I live 50 odd miles north of London, they have started shutting down the cable boxes & the guys who make/chip the TV Boxes recon they are for the crapper any time soon (my guess is new years eve so when you come home after a night on the sherbert no more free Pr0n - not that UK cable pr0n is even worth watching - we had to check it out for *cough* research reasons you understand)

Anon as I like my service

*disclaimer*

Any downloads were all done as part of research. Downloading TV eppisodes due to "Lets fsck up a bank next" Beardy Branson being able to agree with meglomaniac Murdoch supports lost at sea cannoists and Osama Bin Hiding. You shouldnt do it.

This post may contain traces of nuts and will only help with weight loss as part of a callorie controlled diet.

Fasthosts customers blindsided by emergency password reset

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Alternate host

I hated my time @ FH

We now have a managed box in the states with liquidweb.com

24/7 manned phones - fantastic support - and with the $ being so far down the pan its almost like they are paying for me to host with them.

Have a look and make your own mind up

Reported malfunction in PayPal Security Key

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Paris Hilton

Gosh

Gaypal / Fleabay security error - what a shock!!!

Pfft - I presume this is from the Daily Express "Diana's still dead and Maddys still mising" dept

Virgin Media strategy boutique boss quits

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VM - Fantastic

I love my 20mb speed

I get most of the TV epps I need from the newsgroups & am more than happy with the traffic management - I understand that an internet hog like me can max out my BB 24/7 and upset my next door neighbour looking at her face-bebo-my-book social networking thing - with 99% of ADSL services I would have been kicked off years ago for abuse - Every serious downloader I know uses VM and use the net for "normal" stuff during peak hours - while setting their d/l queue for past midnight - its not exactly rocket science is it ?? - fair play to VM for being sensible about the whole thing.

(More upload speed would be nice though)

Mum sends stripper to teenage son's school

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Dead Vulture

It never happened

if I cant see any pics or vid, then it never happened

South Korea cracks down on draft-dodger advice sites

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Hell yeah

Happy to mirror any site that reduces the amount of cannon fodder to available the "Political Elite" from any country.

Kev

French court says non to pre-loaded Windows on Acer laptop

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And I thought El Reg was for tech savy people

This has got to be one of the more amusing comments read ever, for a bunch of tech savy readers I find a lot of the comments quite laughable.

in my not so humble opinion

A) The french courts are looking to jump on the current Hate M$ Bandwagon & get a slice of me too.

B) Unless you live under a rock - buying a bare bones PC or Lappy is not exactly akin to finding the holy grail - local PC store "dear person selling boxes to the public - I would like my pc to contain these items and no OS" - I can think of 3 stores in my home town (one of which I would & do actually use) and maybe 4 (off the top of my head) interweb stores I have used, all of which are happy to offer 2+ years RTB warrenty.

C) The great unwashed public at large are (mostly) incapable of correctly configuring a new pc - so god help 'em when it comes to installing an OS Windoze or *nix - the ones that can - normally do.

D) IF (and I cant see it anytime soon) the norm becomes selling PC's without OS's - I will be the first in line to go back into servicing the general public - with a per min 0870 support number & a team of experience @home techs - be like the late 80's/90's again when there was money to be made in selling/supporting home users.

E) As for Apples without preinstalled OS's - christ think of the floods from all the fanboys crying "My Apple just works - when someome who's not as hip and trendy looking as me charges me a fortune per hour to install my OS"

eBay forum mysteriously leaks account details on 1,200 users

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Ebay - only in it for the £££'s

We had someone blatantly selling our products on ebay (aftermarket lotus elise upgrades and "bits") - even linking to photo's on our server - claiming to be reseller of our products (we only sell our products and don’t franchise) and offering the products at ~50% discount. Was pointed out to use via one of the Elise Forums (some people thought it was happy hour - even though we pointed out from hour one this was a scam) - emailed fleabay - nothing - tracked the guys down ourselves - spoke to them on the phone - emailed fleabay multiple times proving the products were ours/ that photos were hosted on our server / that the address on the fake account was mail drop.

Net result ?? were asked to fill out multiple forms and no help while the "Buy Now"s were left to run - in the end we set up multiple fake accounts and "brought" everything ourselves and with the help of others on the forums that had *cough* test *cough* accounts and changed all the relevant pictures on our server to .jpg informing people the auction was a scam.

The only people that were remotely interested in the whole episode were lloyds TSB who were the bank that users were offered as a way of paying by direct bank transfer. Our local plod and the plod from the region the scammers were from told us that as we were not directly affected as a company financially there was nothing they could or would do.

Then Fleabay had the gall to send us "how was your experience with our fraud protection team" type questionnaires - I wasn’t allowed by my boss to respond in an appropriate way

Fraud protection my skinny white arse - as long as they get listing / final value fee's they don’t give a flying recreational intercourse about their users

O2 starts charging for calls to non-places

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0845 numbers

0845 numbers do not generate companies money as far as I am aware. I have one for my company it cost me £30 and I don’t make a penny out of it and wasn’t aware of anyone offering 0845's as a form of revenue stream.

We purchased it simply because it was guaranteed low cost call for anyone in the UK to call us (we have customers all over the UK).

Okay I guess if I’m honest we thought it would help the company look a bit bigger that we really are & when we move to bigger offices next year we can simply alter the location our 0845 redirects to without having to run the gamble on BT actually porting the correct number over to the new offices. Will look into seeing what we can blag off O2 to not move though. Changing everyone’s numbers or going through the hassle of porting to a different provider is such a pain in the rear end, I guess that’s what O2 are hoping everyone will think, when we changed from orange to O2 we spent 5 days with calls to our mobiles going into a black hole and that cost us way too much.

Sysadmin Day 2007: still time to get the beers in

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Pfft

If yo had of posted that yesterday I could have emailed all my clients this story and signed it "the invisible bloke who keeps your crappy cheap servers running"

and MAYBE had less of a shyte day sorting all the cr@p that they had left till the end of the week so they can slope off early

Ebuyer in hard-drive warranty debacle

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States OEM

On the ebuyer page in question. I actually followed the link and checked before lighting up the neon sign on my head.

My understanding is the reason people buy OEM is that as a rule they are cheaper and GENERALY come with less warranty/no frills/no free games/cr@py or no packaging etc. Lets be honest if Product X and Product are basically the same and one is cheaper there is normally a reason and you need to be living in some kind of Paris Hilton world of fluffy pink clouds to think there is such a thing as a free lunch.

TBH this kind of thing p1sses me off "Boo Hoo!! I didn’t pay retail prices but expect retail service" pfft I wish these people stuck to buying from PC world.

Ebuyer should ban this bloke from buying anything from them ever again. Or employ that customer service bloke from the other day, Rufus I think he was called

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dont see a problem here

The site description clearly states the product is OEM & clearly states the warranty is 5 years. I have never had a problem with ebuyer, on the very rare occasion I have had to return a product (one very cheap switch & one psu) they have been good as gold.

As a system builder (which I used to be) you should accept the fact that on occasion something will break & that you, as the builder & person who makes a profit on the system should fix it. Who gives a fig where the replacement comes from. If it is the brand you prefer and the same size or greater you say thank you very much and move on with life.

FFS some people get worked up over such small things, mind you as a system builder we had proper accounts with distributors, weren’t working out of our bedrooms and expected things to occasionally go wrong, its called the “that’s dealing with end (l)users factor”

Blogosphere is the net spawn of Satan: official

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Folksonomy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folksonomy

Still none the wiser - must be a "youf" thing

Need hard facts? Try Conservapedia

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I base my review on ..

goase

one has deleted it and will not alow it to be re-created (will try again in 7 days)

and one has a simple entry that you CAN edit - pfft - to dinos and god type ppl - I know whe gets my vote ::D

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