* Posts by StripeyMiata

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Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

StripeyMiata

We looked at them in 1995 but my boss said no because of the name.

We considered them as our first ISP back in 1995 (there wasn't a lot of choices back then) and my boss vetoed them as he was a devout Christian and didn't like the name.

Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'

StripeyMiata

Re: I know it's unlikely

Back in the days when wireless mice were rare we stuck a USB receiver in the back of our bosses laptop and every now and again would move his mouse pointer around the screen.

We got away with it for about 6 months.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

StripeyMiata

I'm posting this from a Google free android phone

An Amazon Fire Phone (stop laughing, I like it).

My Dad uses a Nokia X, another Google free Android phone but with Microsoft bits instead.

Dixons to shutter 92 UK Carphone Warehouse shops after profit warning

StripeyMiata

Re: Sometimes way too many stores

There are three in Belfast City Centre, all within 5 minutes walk from each other.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

StripeyMiata

HTC First - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_First

Was a massive flop for what it's worth.

'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

StripeyMiata

BlackBerry 2011

>It's hard to top Bert's story for sheer scale

Only one I can think of is the BlackBerry outage of 2011 which I believe was caused in Reading. So someone here might know about it.

BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

StripeyMiata

Re: Z10 Became Quite Good

Can confirm, my wife got a Z10 about a year after launch and she used it as her only phone for 3 years, just needed a new battery after year 2. Then got a Z30 which was even better.

But now like 1/2 the world is now using an iPhone.

The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead

StripeyMiata

I had a FireFox OS phone that a mugger probably would have wanted

I used to own a LG Fx0 - https://gadgets.ndtv.com/lg-fx0-2233

It was see-through gold and one of the only few phones in the last few years I have owned that had people regularly ask "what is that". The other one is a Amazon Fire Phone.

The phone was lovely, but FireFox back then even though I was on 2.2 still felt slow and buggy. Ironically the Firefox browser itself was one of the worse things about it.

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

StripeyMiata

I have a machine with a Via C7 processor

It's used as a little fanless media server, although to be honest a Raspberry Pi could probably replace it. Does anyone know if that CPU is affected?

Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

StripeyMiata

Re: Maybe it's just not worth upgrading anymore

Apple prices do drop but not by much, probably £50 a handset. What you are saying makes sense but we just have a 2 year handset refresh policy (mostly because of support/warrenty) shich just happens to fall late spring, just mopping up the last now. If it was October every two years would probably be better as Apple refresh usually in September.

StripeyMiata

Maybe it's just not worth upgrading anymore

I'm currently doing a refresh cycle in work, upgrading iPhone 6 devices to 7 and Galaxy S5 to Galaxy S7 for my clients. I just can't see if it was my money any killer feature to justify me getting into a £40 a month contract again for 2 years if I had a iPhone 6 or S5 that was due an upgrade. Currently I'm using a B&Q Aquaris Ubuntu Edition E4.5 on a rolling £5 a month sim and it does everything I need.

Now it doesn't do Snapchat or Instagram, but to be honest now I'm not using I'm realising I'm not actually missing that much.

Intel Pumageddon: Broadband chip bug haunts Chipzilla's past, present and future

StripeyMiata

Re: Virgin Media Tivo

I have a Virgin V6 box if that's what you are referring to? It doesn't have a modem in it, you connect to the Superhub via Ethernet or Wireless. Or a 3rd party router if you put the Superhub into modem mode.

It's a slow buggy piece of crap by the way, while no fan of Murdock's Sky, having spend the weekend with my wife's family and using their Sky Q box, the Sky Q is far, far, far superior.

Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

StripeyMiata

Call me paranoid, but I have a hunch it's something that can't be fixed by firmware, perhaps a design fault with that chipset. Hence they'll just string us along until they run out of Suberhub 3 stock and go to a 4 or 3 with a different chipset.

Reborn Nokia phones biz loses its head

StripeyMiata

Re: Hard to believe

No movie, but I can recommend this book - http://amzn.to/2vm3Xns

And there is a good one about BlackBerry as well - http://amzn.to/2vlRznr

BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

StripeyMiata

I forgot it funny that Virgin Media complained

As I find the Superhub's WiFi's performance falls off a cliff once you have 5 or more devices on it.

Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

StripeyMiata

It's not just diesels

There is a trend towards small turbocharged petrol engines that do 65MPG+ according to the makers, Ford's EcoBoost and Peugeot's Puretech being two of the most well known ones.

While quite impressive tech (125BHP out of a 3cyl 1 litre engine that will fit on A4 paper) the 65MPG figure is complete bollocks, most owners struggle to get just over 1/2 that.

Alcatel wants to be Android, but different – and another crack at the Windows market

StripeyMiata

O2 did the LED thing 10 years ago with the Cocoon

https://youtu.be/2OEuQ52pFq0

O2 sales dip 9% as tight-fisted Brits cling to their old handsets

StripeyMiata

My wife and I got out of the "upgrade every 2 years" mindset a several years ago and looking back considering we both used to be on £30 a month contracts we have saved probably near to 2 grand.

She currently uses a BlackBerry Z10 on GiffGaff at £5pm and I use a Phone Co-Op sim that usually costs me around £6pm. I recently bought a Silent Circle BlackPhone brand new unlocked from eBay for £49, they were £600 at launch but a bit of a flop.

ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

StripeyMiata

Re: Good tip

Undertakers still use them in my experience.

BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

StripeyMiata

Re: Just can't make it work?

My wife has a Z10, and I use the BBM app on my iPhone to keep in touch, including voice calls, it works great.

Knackered Euro server turns Panasonic smart TVs into dumb TVs

StripeyMiata

FireFoxOS is all HTML

I have a FireFoxOS phone, assuming the TV's work the same way most of the apps are not apps as such, they are just API files that interact with a HTML website. So if they can't talk to the website, you are screwed.

Most of my games on the phone are shortcuts to github for example.

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_OS/Firefox_OS_apps/Building_apps_for_Firefox_OS

Microsoft sneaks onto Android while Android sneaks onto Windows

StripeyMiata

You could argue that Microsoft already had a Microsoft friendly Android platform with the Nokia X - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_X

By default it had Skype, Microsoft Office including the Outlook App, Here Maps and its own Nokia android store. Bizarrely it also had BBM as standard, which I didn't mind as my wife uses a BlackBerry Z10.

I bought and ran one last year, apart from the shockingly bad camera it wasn't a bad phone at the £49 unlocked it cost to purchase. I gave it to my Mum who's Asha phone finally gave up the ghost and she loves it.

I now run a Firefox OS phone, I seem to have a habit of picking dying OSs......

Broadband / Phone provider sought

StripeyMiata

I've been with them since August last year, they actually resell Plusnet if you live outside Sheffield, I think they have their own Fibre in Sheffield city but none outside. So I'm with Plusnet but pay slightly less.

Had a few hours downtime during this problem - http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/10/plusnet-users-suffer-outages-dns-problems

But apart from that been solid and fast enough.

Mozilla officially kills Firefox OS for smartphones in favour of 'Connected Devices'

StripeyMiata

I'm currently using a FirefoxOS phone

I have a LG Fx0 that I got cheap from eBay - https://www.instagram.com/p/_pYdbWmCHp/?taken-by=stripeymiata

Hardware is pretty cool, it's the only phone I have had since the very first iPhone I got on launch day that people have asked me about.

The OS at first glance is nice to use and fast, but the Marketplace is an empty shell. Hardly any official apps, there are 3rd party ones for WhatsApp and Instagram that get me by. It doesn't have cut and paste which is a glaring omission for 2016. And the camera has hardly any options and is buggy if using flash in bad lighting it can take up to 20 seconds to take a picture. When it does take a picture the quality isn't that great. I am stuck on 2.1 though, 2.6 might fix some of those issues but it isn't 100% ready yet for this device.

I have been using it as a daily driver and the call quality is excellent, however there is no turn by turn navigation, not a problem now but will be in the summer so will probably sell it on then.

Boeing just about gives up on the 747

StripeyMiata

If you are ever in Paris and like aircraft, I can highly recommend visiting Musée de l'Air et de l'space. They have a 747 that is stripped inside so you can see all the working bits, plus a couple of Concordes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stripeymiata/albums/72157655661241545/page6

Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

StripeyMiata

I think build quality must have suffered during the Compaq days, we had one of these and it was a dog reliability wise compared to the Vaxen - http://www.compaq.com/info/CU9803/CU9803HM.HTM

StripeyMiata

Re: I recently retired a couple of Vias

Where they VIA C3s? I recently retired one of mine because I had problems with the latest Linux distros and the processor's lack of CMOV support. Shame as it was a reliable (if slow) old girl.

StripeyMiata

We had a VaxCluster at work that ran from around 1995 to 2011 so that's 16 years, was only turned off about 2 or 3 days during that time for power supply work - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VAX_4000

In it's glory days it supported about 1000 users, in it's last days was just used for legacy COBOL print jobs to a huge old Digital printer - http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?130409/W9416

Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

StripeyMiata

Re: The cynic yahoo bashing gets old

I'm still daily use my Rocketmail address from 1997, it's not glamorous but "just works". Can't remember the last time it went down.

Gmail/Outlook.com Contacts and Calendar are better though I have to admit.

At last, switching between rubbish broadband providers now easier

StripeyMiata

Re: if any of them actually provided a decent service

When I moved from BT Infinity to AAISP my speed went from 27Mbps to 29Mbps.

Browsing wise I havn't noticed any difference, but Torrents hit a lot higher speeds now.

Although people slag off the BT Homehub, I'm convinced it had better wireless connection that the Thompson TG585 that AAISP give you. But it works good enough so haven't changed it.

Intel, Cray bag $200m to build 180PFLOPS super for US nuke boffins

StripeyMiata

Wasn't this the kind of thing itanium was meant to do?

Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

StripeyMiata

USA Price = $20

UK Price = £20

So we're paying £7 a month more, they can piss right off.

Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

StripeyMiata

Re: Clarification needed (for me!)

I have this in my Ford Fiesta, only works if I have a phone linked to the car's Ford SYNC system via Bluetooth.

I assume however if I have a £10 Nokia without GPS it can only make a phone call.

Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

StripeyMiata

Re: A major omission...

There used to be a 911 Turbo that did the school run near where I live, I was secretly rather impressed. Then one day she turned up in a Cayenne instead :(

StripeyMiata

Just a couple of things if you are thinking of buying a Focus.

1) They do a 1.0 Ecoboost model. It's an amazing wee engine, they managed to get 125BHP out of a 1.0 Three Cylinder unit. It's a hoot to drive. But it's meant to average 65MPG, you have no chance of getting anything near that, you'll average just over 40MPG if you are lucky.

2) You'll get the hard sale from the dealer for paint protection at about £400, if Trustford it will be Diamondbrite. The kit costs them around £72 ex VAT so it's almost all profit, plus it's an average product that a proper valuetter would never use. It also only lasts an average of a few months if you don't use PH neutral shampoo when washing the car. To be fair to Ford all dealers are at it now as it's such a moneymaker. Apparently Aston Martin charge £2000 for the same £72 kit.

Landlines: The tech that just won't die

StripeyMiata

Was with BT, they mischarged me £50 and their shitty Indian Call Centre spent a year promising to refund it and never did. Finally got in contact with a UK bod and got it refunded within 1 day. Now with A&A for Broadband, and Co-Op for Landline. While I knew I could get landline with A&A for £10, I could get the same deal with the Co-Op and still be able to ring out.

Cheap Android phones? Bah! How about a $29 mobe from Microsoft?

StripeyMiata

Re: Dual SIM

I have a dual sim phone, funnily enough a Nokia but a Nokia that runs Android, it's a Nokia X.

I got it for 2 reasons, the main one is that I live in Northern Ireland and cross the border into Ireland quite often, data roaming is expensive so I pop an Irish PAYG sim into slot 2 and it takes over once I cross the border. I use Waze as my Sat Nav so need a data connection.

Second reason is that I am on call on 1 weekend a month, so I can just pop my work sim into it so I don't have to lug two phones around over the weekend. Don't mind carrying two phones during the week as I wear a suit, but at weekends in jeans and t-shirt (depending on season).

Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

StripeyMiata

Re: Have to laugh

" My Nornirish friends still order takeaways under assumed names, and that's hardly the hallmark of "boring""

Bollocks they do, they're pulling your leg.

VIA looks to be counting down to launch of Atom competitor

StripeyMiata

Re: Not any more. They fixed the performance around the time of going 64 bit

The previous 32-Bit ones were a dog though, I built a cheap one (brand new motherboard with soldiered in processor £7 from eBay :) ) for a friend who needed a cheap PC for his son's homework, it couldn't run Ubuntu but that was actually Unity killing the GPU, ran fine with Debian.

But out of curiosity I installed a 3 day trial of WIndows 7 on it to Benchmark against my Atom Media Centre and it was nearly 1/2 the performance.

http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/326353

http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/392385

On the plus side, his son is happy with it and I ended up building it for £27 in all (£20 for a case and used old HD & memory I had lying around) and he used an old TV for a monitor.

Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

StripeyMiata

I suspect it how he got to that is that I assume the major UK ISPs control 80% of the market, so that causes an 80% drop with the block.

Total bollocks if that's how he worked it out.

BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

StripeyMiata

Re: Glad I Jumped...

@ justincormack

No you don't, I just have moved to AAISP myself for Fibre, but split my landline off to Co-Op, it's only £10 a month if you pay upfront, otherwise £12.50 a month. AAISP would do Landline as well for £10 a month if I recall correctly, but was incoming calls only.

Primus and Post Office both do cheap line rental, but don't have a good reputation.

By the way, my downloads jumped from 26Mps to 31Mps when I moved from BT to AAISP, YMMV.

Sony DENIES PlayStation Network WOBBLES despite gamer GRIPES

StripeyMiata

Yep, it's buggered

Been getting a 80710092 error on my PS3 all day.

Digital dongle transforms European XBOXen into tellies

StripeyMiata

Re: Didn't Sony do this a few years ago?

I assume you're talking about a PlayTV? I have one, bought shortly after launch for £69.99 and still have it. I dumped Sky at the time which was £40 a month so it's paid for itself.

So basically it turns your PS3 into a PVR. You are limited by the size of your PS3's HD, with my first 80GB PS3 that meant that I could only record about 10 hours of stuff, when that failed I got one with a bigger HD and it stores more. It has some social media bits, you can live chat with people while watching the same program, post what you are watching to Facebook and recommend stuff to PSN friends to watch.

As I PVR it's fine, only drawback is it takes about 15 seconds to start. Also twice in the last few years the software got corrupted and I had to reinstall, unfortunately I lost my recordings both times. Bit of a pain and a common problem. Also it upscales the picture to HD apparently but I never really noticed the difference. Speaking of HD, you can't view/record HD channels on it, this is a hardware limitation, not software so will never be fixed.

Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

StripeyMiata

Re: BT

My HomeHub5 used to prompt me everytime I connected a new device until I replaced it with a Cisco one. The MyBT site prompted me for the first time a few days ago, ironically because I was getting my account details to get a MAC code to leave them.

You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

StripeyMiata

I'm moving from BT to Andrews & Arnold next week so it won't affect me anyway as only the main ISP's will be doing it apparently.

Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

StripeyMiata

Re: Three

I gather if you want to cancel a Mobile Phone contract it is best not to cancel but get a PAC Code instead even if you want to lose the number for good. Buy a 99p PAYG sim card in Tesco and get your number ported over, then let the Sim Card die naturally. It seems that this way because you are porting the closure of the old contract is done automatically and very rarely goes wrong.

StripeyMiata

Re: Three

I've posted my Three retention story on The Reg in the past, but here it is again in case you missed it.

"First time I rang, 40 minutes I spent and they just refused to hand me over my PAC Code. After reading up this was the norm, I decided a new tactic, I decided to come up with a load of lies that even they couldn't argue with. I told them I was the new CEO for Vodafone Northern Ireland and because of that it would be bad for my staff to see me using a Three phone and I get all the latest Vodafone phones for free with no cost to me. Still they wouldn't give up, took another 20 minutes of them, then their manager before I could get my PAC Code. I reckon they were googling my name in the background to see if it was true."

An interesting thing is how hot a mobile phone gets when you have been talking to someone on it for 40 minutes.

StripeyMiata

Re: Three

Why? Same thing happened to me, 40 minutes to get a PAC from Three.

Chucking cash at sport and broadband starts to pay off for BT

StripeyMiata

I'm leaving in July because they've been chucking cash at sport, I hate football and I'm pissed off they upped my prices just to pay £900m to UEFA. Going to go to a nice boring ISP like AAISP or Zen with none of that filtering bollocks either.

LinkedIn killing CardMunch biz-card scanning app

StripeyMiata

Car Salesmen

Been looking at a new car recently and car salesmen (as well as trying to make you buy overpriced GardX) love to hand them out.

Can't think of any other industry at the minute who still use them much.

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