* Posts by Bad Beaver

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Oh great… wait, HOW much?

€600? Seriously?

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Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

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Re: Buy some HD25s

IIRC, the Concorde had the HD25SP which now seem to go by "HD25 Light". Both models are from the "survive the apocalypse" school of design and tend not to break. If they do, all the parts are easily replaced. They also sound great (the SP a little less so) and, like many Sennheisers, scale very well if you like to throw money at them via ever-better and more powerful headphone-amps.

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Re: Buy Koss -> please do not.

Please, do the responsible thing and do not get the Koss Porta Pro. For the money, they are really good, fun-sounding phones and Koss provides a great warranty. They are also as open as the arms of a seamstress on duty and leak more to the public than the most proficient whistleblowers. So if you use them on any sort of shared transport, other people will hate you. A lot.

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

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QWERTZ

Looks neat. Let me know when I can get it with a QWERTZ keyboard.

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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… and the 8110

That phone had proper drama, I really liked it. Maybe one could actually revamp it with a touchscreen that is mostly covered by the slider, make it a bit slimmer, the works. Ad the spring-loaded action from the Matrix – sold!

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MiniDisc

It's so much more fun than all those faceless files stashed away on some featureless touch-slab. All the high-res in the world cannot replace the tactile joy of making your own disc, choosing it from a stack and spinning it up in one of those little portable hifi-gems.

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Trump's new telecoms chief bins broadband subsidies for the poor

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Re: Prevent an informed electorate

That would explain a lot, P. Lee. Then again, my perception is likely biased. Please share a link to that talk should you find it, I would love to share it among my more educated friends.

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Would you like to know why I get a lot of action at night?

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Re: Sorry

Antihistamines do exist ;)

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Angel

Airborne Fulfillment – DELIVER US!

The best thing: Once Alexa becomes self-aware, whole cities will be obliterared with areal bombardments comprised of toasters, smartphones and sextoys. Out of the rubble, a new kind of techno-cultist society will emerge, praying to the angry blimp beyond the clouds.

"When the sky god is furious, he sends the hard rain"

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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When will it be available?

Looks neat. Does anyone know when it is actually going to be available?

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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It's amazing

Mac user since 98, and what did this announcement do to me? Look up at what you get for throwing €2.000 at Lenovo. Turns out you get a heck of a beastly system with more ports than you can shake a dongle at, a removable battery, matte screen (!) and rows upon rows of real keys. Amazing.

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Germany calls halt to Facebook’s WhatsApp info slurp

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The snickering in response

... must have been deafening. I'm sure the whole of Zuckstown is sitting in a fear-related puddle. Not.

As others have pointed out, the damage is done. You cannot effectively prevent anyone from violating your privacy by uploading your data to WA. Yes, there should be a warning. No, people would still be doing it regardless.

If you want out of this handbasket, you would have to change all your contact data and then keep it to yourself. Which does not seem that practical.

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Video service Binge On 'broke the internet' but 99pc of users love it

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Yawn

> paranoid political movement that rallies around an “open internet” or “net neutrality”.

Picked up some telco stock lately that could do better?

I am rather thankful that "somebody" gives "a damn" about those "issues", as for some reason they are damn important. Much like other pesky "odds and sods" such as human rights or privacy, too little people actually bother on a regular basis, and whoops, shit's gone.

If that means that there is a little ruckus about some throttling service (cutting quality as a service – splendid! It's almost as brillant as Nestlé managing to sell cold coffee in a can) with such amazing benefits as still being able to make "that important video call" (seriously?) than so be it.

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Paris Hilton

No more inserting my shiny jack?

Shame, I won't be jackblocked by Apple, no matter how courageous Phil thinks this to be. Not that inserting your plug into an iThing's welcoming recepticle would have ever resulted in an exceptionally pleasant auditory experience - it has always been more of a convenience thing. Plugging into something of higher quality will instantly cure you, though.

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Sony levels up PlayStation 4

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Nice

I'll take one once it also comes in white.

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Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

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Meh

Ahh, glorious past…

I remember, long long time ago, when I bought my first PowerBook. It was made in Ireland. What a gem. Turned out to be kind of expensive despite being the low end model on sale. It has those hot-swap bays so you could pop out the CD-ROM drive or battery. Today, those bays are gone. Too much blood would seep out, I guess.

Alas, where is the alternative? And would anyone be able to afford it?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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My condolences

Rest in peace, Lester Haines.

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Prospect of fertilisation really blows bees' hair back

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hmmm

How do the electric emissions of flowers change if you, say, pluck a leaf?

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Love ’em

I have the privilege to see the Beluga almost every day and I never grow tired of it. Very impressive aircraft.

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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Re: It isn't even slightly difficult to differentiate

People used to freak out when I hooked up a mouse to my E7. HDMI was also nice to have.

That phone, with current specs, a better camera and some additions (SD card, replaceable battery)

-> Gimme. Now.

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Re: It isn't even slightly difficult to differentiate

So pretty much a Nokia E7 with some more or less minor adjustments. I'd buy that in a heartbeat.

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Endless pain, endless strain

I am sure many people will love yet another rectangular Android choice, I am just not one of them. So much hurt.

Regardless, the working adults of this world need business class devices that help them with _getting things done_. This is a trainwreck like Blackberry still exists. So how would that work for "Nokia"?

• Keys are key. Literally.

• Skin that droid! Add a well working interface (geez, just thinking about the UI from the N9's Harmattan rotting away in some IP-drawer is making me sick) that does not make one aggressive by just looking at it.

• At least provide the illusion of being shielded from the mighty eye in the sky.

• Have more than 24h of batterylife.

• Have expandable storage.

• Have a decent camera without any "EDOF" shenanigans.

• Finally: Try not to be everything to everybody with one device.

So pretty much like a Priv but better in terms of specs, build and general attention to detail. It cannot be that hard. Good Lord, why is it so hard?!

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Bloat is everywhere, go big or go bust

Look around, everything is bloated. Set up a new file in, say Word, like a good office drone. Let it have your company's little stationary logo of about 10kB. Now add a couple of paragraphs, just a single page. Save to docx.

How large is this document? Expectation: a whopping 80-120kB, because of all the docx overhead and the little picture and stuff.

Actually, it is more likely to be around 500kB. For a single page of text.

I guess this is according to the infinite growth paradigm or something. Everything must grow and expand, use up more resources, bigger and bigger, to keep the system alive.

By any account, in 10 years your little "S'up mate?" Whatsapp message will require several megabytes of data.

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Netflix's $1.81 billion Q1 disappoints markets

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Netflix is a sad excuse

for a video-shack. They could be such a cool place, a candyland for movie-buffs. Instead they don't even have a proper classics-section, plus if you happen not live in the US, you are expected to be happy with of last years' (if you're lucky) seasons of a very limited selection popular shows. For example, they sold out House of Cards, THE NETFLIX SHOW!, to some other service in Germany (sky?), so you do not get to see the latest episodes first on Netflix itself. It's pathetic.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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As a service...

stuff tends to break after 5-6 years :D

On the other hand, I still habe PPC machines going strong, not to speak of Newton Message Pads that just won't die.

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Mañana: Nokia’s in no hurry to go back to phones

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Re: Just buy Jolla

I think some folks at Jolla might rather implode than have that happen but Nokia should defenitely evaluate that route. Even if they do not buy the company they should license the OS and thereby keep them good people afloat. Put that stuff on a decent range of devices made in oldendays Nokia quality and we're talking.

There is zero use in a Nokia branded phone that is simply another faceless rebadged droid. It needs to be a _real_ Nokia.

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Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

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Re: @Bad Beaver, Another mark on the list

Interesting point, thank you for that. Of course, we cannot really be sure about the true cause. Maybe the OS performance is fine (safe for personal niggles) and Apple just happens to sell €1.300 "basic" desktops that cannot run it without jitters, despite 16GB of RAM and a fusion-drive. You never know. They also sell you a €35 Thunderbolt / Firewire 800 adaptor that seems to max out at 34MB/s.

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Another mark on the list

I have this theory going that post-PowerPC-Apple peaked at 10.6.8 and has been going down ever since. The impertinence that is 10.11.x can hardly be put into words that one would be willing to utter in public. It feels like a public beta with all the bugs, performance issues and plain bad design decisions all over the place. It's terrifying. Crap like this Safari bug just adds to the steaming pile.

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Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

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Beat me to it

There are jobs you simply do not quit.

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Russian subs prowling near submarine cables: report

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Re: Pacific?

Minor details! They can prolly teleport their subs to wherever they wish. Russians! Russians everywhere!

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Made you jump! Space to give Earth an asteroid Halloween scare

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Ten days

That's a little late for my taste.

Obligatory: Might be hard to even get Bruce Willis on the phone in that timeframe.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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What a meltdown.

Wow, just wow. So you remove the humans from an area – and then animals proceed to thrive in the freed up space? Who would have thought!

On the other hand, during the five minutes of this very recent NYT video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG-nwQBBfmc

about the wildlife in the hot zones of Chernobyl we learn that there is for example …

• Less biodiversity than expected

• More tumors

• More deformations

• Decline in populations of insects and spiders

• Some birds adapting to increased radiation levels

• Very "hot" mushrooms

• Dramatic color changes in the rings of cut trees starting in 1986

• Abnormal color patterns on bugs

Well, sounds dandy in my book. Therefore, I would suggest for Lewis to permanently relocate to the hot zone in order to prove his point. There are very little human-related distractions there too, so he would find much more time to produce even more flawless pieces of balanced reporting regarding his favorite topics. I would personally volunteer to finance a nice big stick for him to shake at the abundance of wolves that now roam the blooming landscapes of Chernobyl. Further, if Lewis manages to convince a fertile female companion to make the move with him, I will even pay for a second stick in a color of her choice. Be warned though, this pesky radiation thing has a tendency to muck with your offspring so you might want to have an eye on that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VffZ2sSZ30M

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Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

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Re: Beat me to it

Why a lousy driver in a Ferrari is worse than the same lousy driver in a Yugo, especially in an urban setting?

Torque.

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Beat me to it

I happen to live in an area with a pretty high number of expensive cars around and the mere thought that folks are hurtling (in this case) nearly two tons of matter down the road aided by about 500 horses while dabbling with Apple Maps is … discomforting.

The driving skills exhibited by a great number of these motorists are bad enough as is, there is very little need to add more trouble in the form of buggy maps and apps, locked up or crashed phones and other items of distraction.

Exempt from this observation are, of course, all the gentlefolks with actual driving skills and an immunity to the idea that spending six figures or more on your ride somehow turns you into Batman.

Personally, whenever I find myself at the wheel, especially if it happens to be a high-powered car, I tend to ignore my phone during the ride. "Important" calls will be dealt with before I start, delayed to when I get there or handled by other passengers.

Call me old-fashioned but I would much rather live to see another day than be updated about some trivial detail Dick from the office added to the presentation or about how little Timmy was such a darling today while missing out on that lorry switching lanes. I am sometimes forced to share a ride with people who do not follow this philosophy and I find it rather disturbing that they deem their ability to yack away to be more important than the wellbeing of themselves, their passengers, fellow motorists and possibly pedestrians. It is not that you are making any great decisions during these calls anyhow – because your brain is busy driving a vehicle in traffic. If I want to make important decisions while on the road, I leave the driving to someone else.

Then again, I may not be rich and/or important enough to see the allure of it all.

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

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Re: So sad. SO sad.

Indeed it does and they could have put it into the whole lineup straight away. But no, that cow is to be milked another day. And then yet another day will come when they will magically rediscover the art of handwriting. "Wouldn't it be amazing if your iPad could read your handwriting and respond to pen gestures?" – yes, it would. Like a Newton from 20 years ago. Awesome!

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So sad. SO sad.

So ... so they finally figure out how one could use their fondleslabs for actual work (*ugh*) via the miracle of THE PEN ... and then that $99 bugger only works with ONE model, the huge one? And it is good for ... doodeling, not a word about HWR? So they basically reinvented the Newton – but 50% dumber and much less mobile?

For Pete's sake, find the guy with the cluestick and beg him for your pummeling!

Sell me an iPad mini with pen support, including HRW or – heavens – an iPhone plus of the same nature. Is it really that hard? It's called a Newton. Look it up, you sold it 20 years ago. You own the patents. Samsung can do it, they just cannot get it right. But at least they're trying.

What is it with this company?!

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Jolla chief quits: Fawning Putin lickspittles to take over?

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AFAIK there is only a limited batch of tablets, so if you did not participarte in the crowdfunding you should not wait too long. I have my doubts about a Jolla 2 phone. They sure should make one as a showboat for the OS but they did announce they were getting out of hardware.

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Bad timing

I agree, without some sort of celebratory act in the line of "Jolla enters a new stage and so do I" this seems like bad timing – with the tablet and Sailfish 2.0 finally ready to go. Dillon is a very likeable guy and Jolla should see to replace him with someone of similar charisma to keep the brand moving forward.

Anyway, whatever happens next: I gladly forked out for that tablet and am very much looking forward to getting my hands on it. I am also keen to see the OS on other makers' hardware.

From my perspective, Jolla and Sailfish are among the most interesting and significant things to happen in mobile since Jobs' death and Nokia leaving the building. They are a force of positive disruption desperately needed in a market saturated to death with samey uninspiredness.

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Game, set and DEATHMATCH: Drone TERROR ORDEAL at US Open tennis tournament

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Tennis, a sport for folks with some balls

Apparently not. I am flabbergasted by how tight the clutch of fear culture on peoples' minds seem to be these days. Scared to death by the unspeakable menace of a tiny RC-toy (stop calling these things drones for crivens sake).

Because hey, it's not simply a minor nuisance not worthy of further attention but most likely a terrorist delivering a tiny load of ultra-efficient explosive or maybe even enough VX wo wipe out the entire tennis court.

Get a grip!

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German railways upgrade their comms tech from 2G to 4G

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Go

Oh, so the comms is the problem?

That's surprising, as trains get delayed around here rather often because the aircon in their multi-million-€-trains was not designed to handle the insane heat of the notoriously hot German summer or because the whole railway-system is unable to cope with the sudden and unexpected arrival of that weird phenomenon they call "winter". Really looking forward to that being solved by 4G -> Die Bahn kommt.

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Nokia will indeed be back 'making' phones – and it's far from a foolish move

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It's the devil's work

Is there any good will for them left to burn? I don't know. People will keep buying phones though. Yet I cannot say that I would be much interested in a Nokia branded device running NSAndroid. I would be interested in a Nokia branded device running Sailfish and as we hear, Jolla is going the licensing way and ditching their hardware efforts – but as Jolla only exists because folks were being axed by Nokia, that idea is high up on the unlikelyhood-shelve.

Regardless: Do try! Come back and sell N- and E-Series style devices. Hire Fallon or a bunch of other mad folks to come up with an earthshaking campaign. Free us from the boredom that is Apple and Samsung.

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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Torn

The article says they would design the phone and license the brandname.

I don't know. Could be interesting if they came up with useful designs, not generic landfill phones. I guess it would be some Android crap but maybe one could put Sailfish on it. Sailfish on a Nokia design is something I would pay good money for. Especially if it had some buttons or  – heavens – a real QWERTY. Because, honestly: Sailfish is the cool part about Jolla devices. Their phone all by itself is a bit lackluster.

As is, my E6-00 is doing a stellar job and the battery lasts for days at a time. Improve on that and we have a deal.

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Germany licks lips, eyes new data gulp with revised retention law

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Re: The world has changed...

You forgot your irony tags there.

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Nokia may tell struggling HERE Maps division to get lost – report

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WTF?

That Company…

Why are they no longer able to keep a good thing going? HERE is the best in the game and widely beloved. Yeah let's sell that. It boggles the mind.

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Meh

Dear Edward

Just think of Chelsea. Stay safe.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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WTF?

Whipped out the Newton the other day

I dusted off one of my MP2100s the other day, popped in some fresh AAs and FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER had to acutally do some maintenance – namely install a patch for the 2010 bug (Thank you Eckhart Köppen!). A process which I completed by downloading the pkg file to my phone and consequently pushing it to the Newton via Bluetooth (yes, indeed) as I had all but forgotten how to properly set up the WLAN. Not that it would not work without the patch but a working calendar is a good thing.

Onwards to the real point: I instantly remembered why I loved working with this device back in the day, with some very importand aspects being

• the interface: it is 100% pen-based

• you can write on the resistive touchscreen without worries about where to put your hand

So unless Apple changes the whole iPad interface the whole thing just smells of fail. A pen can never be an afterthought. Which is why you see so few people using one with their iPads for the task of actual writing. If it wasn't for the horror of Android, I would have picked up a Samsung Note of some sort by now.

But go ahead, Apple – surprise me. It's been a while!

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Positioned as the badass mainframe to put in your office

So whenever you have a guest they will oogle it in disbelief while you close the door via remote control, then lean forward and whisper: "I'm Batman."

At least you will know how to operate it, contrary to that darn espresso-monstrosity that nearly cost as much and now only collects dust while you suffer the humiliation that is Nespresso.

Anyhow, this could do better. Why are the door designs not mirrored? Does it have a faint purple glow oozing out from inside? Do the doors make a cool decompression noise when opened? Can you program it to rumble, hiss and growl when certain people are nearby?

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

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"Everything works just swell …

… while it works."

Seriously, I am delighted that there are places on this lump of space-dirt where internet and leccy are so reliable that you can make this stuff work. One must be really, really satisfied to add a slew of complications and sources of possible failure to one's daily grind. So if people want to pay good money for their own personal orwellian nightmare I won't stop them. Go ahead.

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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

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Why can't we be together …

I think I once dropped my Newton MP2100 on some unsuspecting Palm unit and it was not pretty … made up story that is. Anyhow, the big green brick was way superior for my needs in about every aspect including size. Nevertheless, the small thingies were quite appealing to look at. I also remember how very keen I was on picking up a Pre 3 but then HP threw a hissy fit instead of just selling the darn thing. So why would I want it now?

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