I remember giving a wee chuckle when they were previewing a mobile phone and suggested that one day, they'd be so universal, even kids would have them. What utter nonsense.
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Back when I was a lad, I remember Philip Schofield demonstrating this amazing new type of personal stereo on Saturday Superstore or similar, where the music was all stored on these tiny little solid state black plastic chips. By way of demonstration, he showed how this weeny bit of plastic, the size of a small coin, could contain an entire album and played a bit of Guns N Roses' Appetite for destruction (that dates it to 1988 or so).
I was amazed and totally sold on this awesome new technology and couldn't wait for it to replace the clunky tape players of the time. Then I realised it was April 1st and that this was clearly a joke. Well Phil, the joke's on you pal; I can fit an entire album on just such a 32Mb chip now (if I compress it to 96k) so who looks stupid today, eh???
Is WileyFox finally WileyF*cked?
I've bought a few WF devices for me, Mrs Me and for users at work, registering each for their warranty on their site with a personal and a work account. After buying a couple more for new starts last week, I went to register them (that screen warranty is useful...) and found my password wasn't recognised.
Hit the password reset and waited...
No new password. Hmm. Did I definitely use this address? Let's try creating an account with it... New account created with existing email. No devices registered - there should be 6. Bollocks.
Has someone hacked my account and deleted it? Let's try a password reset on the personal one. No new password...
Looks to me that they've got one ether a massive issue where duplicate accounts can be created with existing email addresses, or multiple accounts have been hacked or they've deleted all of their f*cking users' accounts. Occam's razor makes me think the latter, though their chat support promises to look into it; in the meantime, I've bought my last WileyFox.
Re: They're all mostly overpriced landfill.
Fair play to the above; I'm too cheap to buy Apple (and don't like the iOS even if I wasn't) but accept that the price I pay for my parsimony is a lack of support and the odd wee (and sometimes not so wee) Android niggle. Being a clumsy bugger, I'm unlikely to get more than a couple of years out of a handset so can't work the increased purchase cost against depreciation/sell on value like you can, but recognise your experience to be as good a reason for buying Apple as I've seen.
Re: Yes Samsung / Apple phones are overpriced
But Samsung's software (even more expensive) is even worse! I thought Huawei were supposed to have just a light dusting of cruft (crufting?) on their handsets?
Give me as close to stock as possible, such as Motorola - or preferably my WileyFox's (soon to be MIA) CyanogenMod.
Sounds like an issue with his Win 7 installation; my laptop - before I wiped and installed 10 - would regularly go weeks with no reboots (and no need for them), just a hibernate at night. Same now with 10. I'm agnostic and happy to admit that XP needed regular reboots (haven't a clue about Vista - I avoided) but recent Win OSs have been fine - albeit, any updates usually require a restart. It's hardly a big issue these days though, taking little longer than a resume from sleep.
Re: "using yet-to-be built technology"
It's worse than that; boffins could, one day, build a device that can read what you were thinking when the photograph was taken. Imagine the security risks if you were thinking about your password at that point - there's your two factor authentication gubbed at a stroke.
Now I understand...
My HH5 started doing this last week for no (at the time) apparent reason; boot up, connect, reboot. Glad I didn't know it was my Chromecasts as I'd have felt guilty about politely, but firmly, demanding a new HH after waiting to get through to support for an hour. New hub seems to have sorted it but what fun it was rebuilding a home network that seems to have grown more and more complex.
On the basis that bot HH and Chromecasts worked fine together for a year or so, I'm guessing an update to the latter is what borked the thing. Do BT ever update their firmware?
Not sure, but interested to find out. Weirdly, although silent now for some time on FB and Twitter, WileyFox pushed out an update to my Storm on Saturday. Odd.
There was a fleece I got from emusic.com back in 2001 or so for signing up and paying actual money for real mp3s.
I'm still with them on the same grandfathered account; what was originally $9.99 for unlimited downloads (try that on a 128k ISDN) became $9.99 for 40 tracks a month which became £16.80 credit per month for a payment of $9.99 (~£6ish) at a price of £0.42 per track. Still good value - all the indie and classical I want and I've still got the fleece!
Wish I'd kept it.
I'm no Apple fan but even I wasn't taken in by the Blackberry tote bag (stuffed with a load of leaflets but alas, nothing useful) at the launch of their tablet, whatever it was called. Remember - the one that didn't actually have email on it?
On the side the slogan was something along the lines of "Yeah, you should have waited" or "Bet you wish you waited". It hung around the office for long enough but was victim to a tat clear-out last year. Probably lasted longer than any of the actual devices. I wonder what happened to BlackBerry?
Re: Great for divorce lawyers
Perhaps not quite in that detail, but the fact that the CEO can access such detailed logs of any owner, seemingly on a whim and so rapidly just for a bit of good PR was what I took from the story. Brave New World indeed.
Eds off their meds: Does this headline REALLY need to be so astronomically long it can be measured in parsecs?
This person clicked on the link. What happened next will shock you to the core.
No it won't.
Re: ICO should open another investigation.
Thumbs down - seriously? I know El Reg is a broad church, but I didn't realise it was such a hotbed of adult nappy wearing. FFS, do as thou shalt but don't involve the rest of us, please.
Truly, speaking as someone who has done this kind of job, you do find yourself being part of peoples' "other interests" and it's not fair. Someone appearing at the door in a state of undress is a legitimate concern, particularly if it became a habit. That is offender's register stuff, whether you choose to believe it or not.
Is it actually worse than the real thing? I reckon I'd take my chances...
Re: Wow. Editing full screen video on a thin client is difficult and slow
But then senior management want laptops. Sometimes even so that they can actually work off-site.
The air museum at Tillamook, Oregon is well worth a visit if you're in Portland. Housed in a massive ex-naval airship hangar, it's got a great collection of planes inside as well as a Super Guppy outside. And loads of room left over for locals to store RVs, boats etc within the hangar. Massive. Bonus points - you're just down from Astoria where the Goonies was filmed!
Re: @ RIBrsiq @Turtle Typo Or Not?
It's not so long ago (it seems to me, but time flies as I get older) Microsoft were demoing a table computer. IIRC it was a big flat touchscreen desk thing, running XP that you all sat around and tweaked and pulled at. Then apple launched the ipad.
Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service?
That's a bit of a sloppy mouthful; I think it needs a snappy acronym. Connected User experiences N' Telemetry Service perhaps?
Re: Wait, who the hell still uses Shockwave?
I hate Adobe crap as much as most people (even making me salute Apple for their stance on Flash, FFS) but it's rare in these comments to see anything lucid and informative; your comment was both and I thank you for it. Like a few others, I was wondering what the differences between (and the reasons for) Flash and Shockwave were and you answered me perfectly. Have a vPint.
Re: Common Lego !!
Lego? It's Playmobil FFS!
Re: You need deep pockets for any class on 787 with BA @TWB
Weirdly, I had the most pleasant experience I've ever had at security the other night in Dulles; the chap working at the conveyor was cheery, enthusiastic and helpful. It actually made the process almost pleasant!
You'll have had your BT then...
There is one other existing memorial
I always thought these were placed immediately prior to Hood's last journey but it seems they predate that somewhat. Still, a fitting memorial about as close to her last resting place as it is to get on the UK mainland.
They're sneaky even to WSUS users
MS seem to keep "improving" the update kbs (for there are several) and re-releasing them; I've had to reject them several times now on my WSUS server. Anyone not paying attention could accidentally approve them.
It's bad enough having my creatives whining every five minutes that Adobe have farted out an absolutely-must-have 300Gb update to CC ("because all the companies we share files with already upgraded last night and now we have compatibility issues!") without having the same from MS. Happy Friday everyone.
Re: Peculiar and unlikely?
I had one from Newark to Manhattan ask me which tunnel he should take. Eh, that's your job pal.
Is this a new El Reg measurment?
If the Maser's length is a unit of Wales, is its boot to be measured in dead Capos or Made Men? No mention of it's airbags, Bulgarian or not, I notice.
I wouldn't hold out much hope for getting it working Londoners - our local mast was sitting on 2G for 8 days recently after Vodafone buggered up a 4G roll-out. No texts or calls on any of our 45 handsets unless we forced them all down to 2G. Not the first time it's happened either. Useless. Thank god I took the Reg's suggestion and moved my personal moby to 3 recently - what a revelation after a year of Vodafone.
It looks like you're writing a letter.
Didn't Rover live on? IIRC you could choose different avatars if Clippy wasn't to your taste but annoying virtual assistants were. I'm sure there were things like a star and indeed that wee dug.
For that error, you can go in via the Android app and watch/delete a programme now. It seems to affect remote recorded series links.
Re: Good luck on that one.
"Aye, that's right, with your high volume, high earning, tax paying northern population, generating all that income..."
To reuse an old canard, even if you discount all the income we're creating from oil because it gets lumped into UK revenues rather than Scottish, the cash we get from the UK is then clawed back to pay for so-called "infrastructure" projects as HS2 (a line that will stop 200 miles south of us), Crossrail (a line that starts and stops 400 miles south of us) and a third runway for Heathrow (a road that will drain even more from us). Remind me how much you lot are paying for the new Forth Crossing (the what, I hear you ask?). Ah fuck it, you subsidise us and that's all we ever need to know.
Re: To install all in one go
Check your browser settings then - ninite is not and does not install crapware; quite the contrary. Used it lots and never had any issues with it. Your problem is not ninite.
Re: Everyone apart from me, obviously...
The best way to keep an old POP account going is to filter it through gmail (or Hotmail etc). It's crazily simple when you think about it, but these guys filter spam a lot better than your free ISP will, have decent apps for most phones etc and you can send with your original POP address as the reply to, but using their SMTP servers...
It's a teeny bit of a faff to set up - but not beyond most Reg readers' abilities. First of all tell gmail to download from the POP server (leaving existing messages on it as discussed above if you wish - I don't) then, when this is working nicely, there's a setting that allows you to send as that address - in gmail, it ensures you have access to said address for security and gives you the option of using their SMTP server if you prefer (as a lot of ISPs only allow access to their SMTP from their IPs, you want to do this). Next tell it whether or not you want this as the default From address and bingo, you're done.
Aside from having Google rifle through all your mail, you now have the advantages of easy access from anywhere, bulletproof (ish) hosting and excellent spam filtering, tagging, searching etc. I've been using this for years, even setting it up for a few clients purely as a spam filter and archive - it's great.
Re: A nice interest, but ...
I wondered that too - my Tool "10,000 Days" CD has one built into the sleeve. That could be an interesting fight...
Re: Pop goes Samsung's glossy image.
I've had to replace the back panel on my Nexus 4 a couple of times, so believe me it's easy. Undo a couple of screws, lever the old one off then snap the new one on. Replacing the front screen is a different ball game, but doable (you need a new battery for that as the existing one is stuck to the screen and bends as you prise it off - it was that mis-shaping of it that lost me the first backplate as it cracked when I put it back on).
There was an alternative...
I probably still have a download of RealAlternative - a wee app that played Real media files (including BBC streams) but without installing all their shite. It was freeware IIRC and I installed it on many PCs. If Ninite had been around then,I'm sure they'd have stocked it.
Re: @Chris Miller
There was an article here on el Reg a few months ago that explained why it takes so long to switch between digital channels. There were sound technical reasons IIRC; certainly not just some software that could be tuned up a bit; if that was the case, that would be a differentiator for a manufacturer to sell on...
Old news; potato waffles were actually supposed to be punched cards...
You can do it in Google Maps again; type OK Maps in the search box and it caches what's on screen. It's better than it was but still not great. On the other hand, you can also get free mapping with OsmAnd which is decent enough for a lot of cases.
Yep; B&Q have the worst.
I don't get it.
It's free on the client, it costs BB money to host the service and it means people no longer have to buy a BB handset. Am I missing something blindingly obvious but it sounds like the only loser here is BB themselves. What the hell is the business case for this? Seems bonkers to me...
Re: "photographs are forbidden for fear terrorists could make use of them,"
Is everyone here forgetting the terrorist attack on the similar Dubh Ardrain facility nearby? There's some big boys out there, and some of them know how to strike and run away!
Do it properly; get yourselves to the hangar (one left of two originally built) at Tillamook in Oregon. Now that's an impressive shed; a complete air museum (http://www.tillamookair.com/building.html) nestles in one corner...
No they don't!
"the Clockwork Orange, as _everyone else seems to think_ Glaswegians fondly refer to their subway network". There, fixed that for you.
They just don't; in 20 years here, I've never heard it referred to as such, except by outsiders. It was officially called the Underground for long enough but changed officially to the Subway as that's all Weegies ever, ever call it.
That is all.
And the downloader conveniently deletes itself when it runs so you need to download it again for the next PC or when it fails...
Still, at least it can see a proxy server these days; that's an improvement...
"And we also have a lot of young hipsters,"
Honda? Really? Driving Jazz's are they?