* Posts by MattW99

18 posts • joined 29 Sep 2012

Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets


No problem

Everything fine up here in the grim north.

Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong



Have the Twenty Twelve / W1A script writers been put in charge of this laughable idea?

Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves



They wouldn't let me join - apparently I'm too good looking and it wouldn't be fair to the other members.

El Reg regains atomic keyring capability


Hope they've improved...

I had three of these a few years ago and in each one the plastic plug sealing the tritium tube inside the body worked loose allowing the tritium element to fall out and shatter asunder.

After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws



"Not fully met the requirements"

More like drive through them with a freight train...

A year with Canada's Volvo-esque smartphone – The BlackBerry Z30


It's arrived and I like it.

Big change after years of Android but after a half a day, I'm getting used to the BB way of doing stuff and I think we're going to get along well.

Good call Andrew.


Well, I've just bought one.

Time to see what this. BlackBerry malarkey is all about...


Thanks for that post - clears up my concerns regarding needing a BB add-on for the Z30.

As far as I can work out, it'll play nicely with gmail / google contacts and google calendar via DAV (as I've been on android for years, I'm pretty heavily tied in to the google infrastructure).

I only have a few android apps which I use regularly but I'm happy side load them as and when but it's the 'workhorse' communication focus of the Z30 that's attractive (as is the new price).

I think I'll give it a go.


Re: Data contract requirements?

Thanks Andrew - was just concerned that O2 may have to provide any blackberry specific services at their end for mail etc.




Data contract requirements?

I have an old and greatly prized O2 sim only contract with unlimited data. This is obviously great with Android phones but I'm looking to replace my ageing S3 and this article has made me wonder about the Z30.

Does the Z30 require any blackberry specific data features which would mean me having to take out a new contract (hence losing my existing contracts favourable terms)?



Adobe Creative Cloud 2014: Progress and pain in the usual places



I just thank Christ that the only Adobe product I use (Lightroom) is available standalone without any of the CC / cloud authentication 'ball ache'.

I'm sure they'll lock it down at some point and that's the point that I'll abandon Adobe altogether but it'll be a crushing shame as for photographers, Lightroom is genuinely great at what it does...

Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?



I remember installing AutoCad r12 on standalone 386's from 12 floppies. The lucky few had Sun SparcStations with (whisper it) 'networking' and network installs.

I've still got one of those SparcStation boxes in the loft - god knows why...

Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?


My innovative XP upgrade solution?

Ditch windows.

My ageing XP Lenovo hasn't got the guts for an upgrade and I remain singularly unimpressed with the latest Windows variants.

So I've bitten the bullet and splurged 2k on a MacBook. I wonder how many others will use the XP end of life as the impetus to ditch the Windows OS completely?

Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED


Shower of ****'s

Years ago I swore I'd never buy from them due to their appalling customer service. Glad to see my continued boycot is justified.

Many happy returns ebuyer ;)

Do dishwashers really blunt knives



Let me start by admitting to being something of a knife obsessive, I make knives and other edged tools, I collect them and I've rescued hundreds of abused knives for friends. I'm possibly even more obsessed with sharpness...

The steel used in any edged tool is a trade-off between edge holding, durability and in the case of 'stainless' steels, corrosion resistance. Most decent kitchen knives use a fairly high carbon content to give better edge holding and it's the carbon in the grain boundaries of the steel which is attacked by aggressive dishwasher detergents.

If you look at the edge of a knife with a hand lens, you can often see the grain structure (more obvious in forged blades than ground) and in a regularly dishwashed knife, this edge starts to fall apart and turn into a jagged mess due to erosion of the grain structure.

'Sharpening' with a steel actually exacerbates the problem as steels actually micro forge the edge, moving steel around rather than removing it. This slightly weakens the edge and makes it more prone to grain erosion. Steels are fine for interim sharpening but you need to regrind the edge every so often to restore its geometry and expose 'fresh' steel. A few years ago, I used to collect and resharpen the knives for a few chefs in local restaurants - after repeated steeling and dishwashing, the edges on these knives were knackered - really convex and falling to pieces.

So if you care about your knives (and you should), don't dishwash them and get someone who knows how, to teach you how to regrind an edge (a simple oilstone works just fine, if you use it well - you can also destroy a knife with one if you don't use it well). Sharp knives are safe - I good rule of thumb is if you can shave your forearm with it, it's sharp enough.

Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!



When I did my degree about ten years ago (as a 30 year old - a perfectly mistimed career change if ever there was one), my final year summer placement was at a telecoms firm in Reading. I worked on the billing systems which polled all their main switches for call data records. All this ran on VAX / VMS. Two things struck me about my time there - one that they let me loose on their live billing systems and the other that this VMS stuff was pretty eye-watering and a bit archaic (although fun to work on at a very basic level).

Everything hung on the mainframe (and its failover mirror at IBM in Handford) - I wonder if they still run this system now (wouldn't surprise me - it just seemed to 'do the job').

Extreme teleworking: A Reg hack reports from the internet's frontier


Cool as a bag of cool things

I admire your bravery and your determination to overcome the joy of prehistoric buildings, altitude and technology. And I especially like reading about it :)

Tim Cook: 'So sorry for Apple's crap maps app - try Bing or Nokia'


Well I never.

Makes a change from the usual "it's fine - you're just not hip enough to use it properly" Apple response.

I won't be updating my iPad until google release a native app.

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