* Posts by OwenMc64

14 posts • joined 30 Jun 2015

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

OwenMc64

Mouse-related + parent.

My sister bought my 92 (at the time) Mum a new notebook + wireless mouse. My Mum gets the tech - she just uses it to play patience - but not always the differences from when she did this on a desktop + wired mouse.

"My mouse is doing funny things....".

Looking at the screen, it was indeed behaving oddly, so asked for the mouse, which felt funny in my hand - big clue: as she was holding it upside down. Years of using a wired mouse had gotten her used to using the 'tail' to orient it - now she had lost the reference point....

I was sitting beside her when this happened - not sure how I'd've helped with this one over the phone!

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

OwenMc64

Re: Just FYI

Aye indeed - whatever about the sub-heading, the expansion to:

"Fivemiletown in Ulster, Northern Ireland" really displays astounding ignorance.

Written from Hampshire in Europe, England.....

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Fancy a mile-high earjob? We've had five!

OwenMc64

Re: QC25 here, too

In-ear + level III ear-protectors are comfy enough that I wear them for an hour or 2 at a time in the office.

I've had colleagues come over to tell my my phone was ringing, within arm's reach, so that's plenty quiet for my purposes :-)

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

OwenMc64

Re: "Mundane staff"

Secretaries & Security - I always tried to stay on their side when I was posted to customer sites, and while it didn't pay off too often, the investment didn't hurt.

One of the secretaries was English working in the US, I just need to pack a packet of Maltesers every trip to keep her sweet. That customer was tricky & she was a senior person's PA, so THAT was worth the grid

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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

OwenMc64

Re: Repainting the text....

I always read that as a toungue-in-cheek variant of 'Give Peace a Chance" - even got me a t-shirt - amazing what you'll pick up El Reg

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

OwenMc64

In a previous job I travelled a lot to customer sites, & I made sure to get on with "Systems, Security & Secretaries" - duty-free chocolate smoothed many a trip.

And then there was the time Security had to escort me from a customer site - it sort of spoiled the effect when I was on first-name terms with the guy who turned up :-D

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Apple, Amazon smash audiobook cabal after European pressure

OwenMc64

Re: It's all irrellevant now

Grate is the word that springs to mind with President Tweety-Pie Trump....

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

OwenMc64

Now, while I don't believe everything I read in the Economist any more than I do all that I read in the Register, quoting the relevant paragraph from:

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21708257-britains-prime-minister-must-resist-her-partys-dangerous-instincts-road-brexit

"Amid the world’s most complex divorce, Britain’s diplomats also have another vital task. Through its membership of the EU, Britain is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and party to free-trade deals with 53 other countries. When it leaves, it will lose all that. So Britain must urgently prepare to rejoin the WTO as an individual country—which, again, requires the consent of every other member."

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

OwenMc64

Re: T'was ever thus

Or even 'sounds like a roman consul, but turns out to be a modern tale' :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petronius#Apocryphal_quotation

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US Treasury to launch pre-emptive strike on EU's Ireland tax probe

OwenMc64

Re: EU Irony

Sadly the EU is not alone on this matter - many other countries make use of the same tricks:

http://www.economist.com/node/21563323

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21643191-crop-prices-fall-farmers-grow-subsidies-instead-milking-taxpayers

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

OwenMc64

Re: Optional

I haven't replayed to check, but I believe that one end of the kiddies see-saw was a ducking stool, which at the time I thought was another one of those hidden clues :-)

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A thousand mile Atom merci mission: Driving from Monaco to London in an open-topped motor

OwenMc64

Not a sales plug, but as a biker I find that Nikwax Visor does a great job on keeping the rain off the front of the visor. I had an anonymous bottle of something similar picked up from a German service station that lasted for years and years - Nikwax was the best replacement I could find.

For the misting, check the biker shops - loads of options there.

Might make for a different passenger experience if you MUST drive in the rain :-)

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

OwenMc64
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Re: Trump frangrance

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner-1.2292283

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

OwenMc64

Or, to put it another way.....

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner-1.2266978

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