* Posts by Deft

21 posts • joined 15 Sep 2011

If you never thought you'd hear a Microsoftie tell you to stop using Internet Explorer, lap it up: 'I beg you, let it retire to great bitbucket in the sky'


Re: Can't Avoid It

If you are using ADP Freedom, I found that although the main landing page tells you to get stuffed if not using Internet Explorer, the actual username / password login pages work in other browsers.

For any other systems I do Chrome with IE Tab add-in which seems to cope with most things.

AppSheet. Gesundheit! Oh, we see – it's Google pulling no-code development into a cloudy embrace


I'm OK with it

So some perspective from the other side of the fence. I'm a hobbyist programmer who works in a scientific job. Things like this are occasionally quite useful for very small jobs or ideas. I've used a bit of Power Apps, Power Automate etc. to accomplish some business tasks. Things that aren't really large enough to become a proper IT project. My colleagues generally accept that these apps are probably a bit wonky, might break and aren't supported by anyone. Power Apps as an example though, it's an aggravating middle ground. Not simple enough for an average citizen (in my department at least) but missing some of the key things you'd normally expect in a development environment.

10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI


Re: Simple tech is good

Don't worry, those pesky analog audio outs will be obsolete soon.

Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?



I backed for the three colourful versions, intending them to be Christmas presents for myself and two brothers, all of whom played Speccy games together as children. Realistically I was expecting to play it for approximately 4 mins before reverting back to PS4.

The level of frothing rage on the comments amuses me, and makes me feel happy that I don't get wound up like that. As others have mentioned, many have missed the concept and risk involved in these campaigns.

Still hopeful something might be delivered!

Zen loses its chill: UK biz ISP falls offline for four hours and counting



I'm a Zen residential customer on one of those area codes. Thank Christ Die Hard 2 is on Film 4 to be my Netflix sub. I'll be writing a strongly worded letter to my MP.

We have family staying at the moment and as the "IT" guy they basically assume the outage is my fault.

50c buys you someone else's password for Netflix, Spotify or ...


Am I being thick?

Things like Spotify or Netflix have viewing histories or syncing of playlists / collections. Wouldn't it be kind of obvious an uninvited freeloader is sharing the account?

UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace


Re: Edinburgh

I'm an Englishman travelling home so no choice for me. I would have voted "yes" for what it's worth!



Given I only fly a couple of times a year, pretty unlucky to be in Edinburgh trying to fly south right now. Doesn't seem too crazy in terms of delays. More funny to hear endless announcements of "problems down south" causing delays. Stupid soft southern nancy boys.

It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014


Fun job?

I've always wondered whether meticulously predicting the future, yet revising those estimates with hindsight must be the most depressing job ever. The futility of it all.

Tell me, professor, what is big data?


I'm scared of big data

I work in the pharmaceutical industry and I have to admit I'm not sure I do a great job of managing my small data nevermind the big stuff.

Review: Jabra Revo Wireless headphones


Gapless = correct

I'd say gapless playback is correct in the sense that is how it would play in a CD player (as in, the intention of the artist when making the recording).

All-in-one PCs: bright star of the desktop biz, says analyst


Dell Inspiron 2320

My Dell Inspiron One 2320 is the quality you expect for the price (plasticy and makes weird casing vibration noises), and I have used the touchscreen capability for about 5 secs in the 6 months since I bought it. I did get it for decent size screen / relatively smaller and cleaner footprint though.

Apple TV surfaces on Best Buy


Upgrade cycle?

Will people want to upgrade their TV as much as their phones / iPads?

Punters flocked to all-in-one desktops in 2011


I gave in

Bought myself a Dell Inspiron 2320 a few months ago, so guess I am one of the stats. Apart from the slightly tinny speakers and plasticy feeling casing it's nice to get rid of a tower and have some space back. I would have liked a Lenovo but couldn't really find stock or options anywhere properly in the UK. I almost thought about getting an iMac to run Windows but that was a stretch (and about 1K) too far.

OnLive Game System cloud gaming console



Like most people I was surprised at how well it worked - but on my PC it chews through a steady 4-5Mbit whilst using it. As mentioned above, not for the bandwidth or transfer limited!

Griffin iTrip Dual Connect car kit for iPhone


Digital or analog audio feed?

Does it really pull off digital audio and have its own D/A converters? The dock connector has both digital and analog feeds but my experience is that most docks etc. use the analog.

Apple preps TV enabled iMac ahead of own-brand telly


Video IN

Does the current iMac have any kind of video input to use it in a normal TV like way? Doesn't look like it. I just picked up a Dell Inspiron 2320 (poor man's iMac) and it has VGA and HDMI input which is useful. I assumed an iMac would have the same.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword



I bought a Wii yesterday just so I could play this. No idea what I will do with the Wii once I finish it.

Apple admits iPhone battery suckage, promises fix


What about audio

I have had real audio problems since using iOS5 on my 3GS. Distortion on bass heavy music and I'm convinced they have changed the default "no EQ" DSP setting to make the output hotter and more bassy. There are a couple of workarounds (and perhaps some bugs relating to per track volume adjustment contained in the XML file) but I would love to see a fix (or back to what it was in iOS4.

El Reg in email address blunder



I made a mistake once, but luckily no-one ever found out and I covered it up.

Science, engineering PhDs to drop by a third


Good luck getting Industry to fund

At least from where I am sitting (Pharmaceutical R&D) the UK has been decimated in the recent years, so industry magically picking up the slack might be a bit of a stretch. Not sure where you can get those figures from though?


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