I re-read the article twice, thinking "How did I miss that?", and still couldn't find it.
But then of course, it wasn't actually in the article!
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Another great article, as also was the one a couple of months ago about Chris Shelton and the Nascom 1. Both articles have brought back many memories of that time. Excellent.
I worked for John Marshall from 1978 to 1986, firstly as Technical Coordinator at Nascom, then as Technical Manager at Gemini Microcomputers (later becoming Gemini Computer Systems). They were certainly fascinating times.
I didn't spot the Shelton/Nascom article until several days after it had appeared, so chose not to respond then as most people had already read it, commented, and moved on. However, as this article is much fresher I thought I would take the opportunity to report something that I have not spotted reported anywhere in any press.
That is that John Marshall sadly died suddenly of a heart attack on Hove / Brighton front 3 - 4 years ago. I had maintained periodic contact with him since I had left Gemini in 1986 and to the end John was still very entrepreneurial, working on various projects, forever seeking to repeat that rare mix of ideas/timing/execution (and luck!) that had resulted in the massive and somewhat unexpected success of the Nascom 1 - the original aim of which was to allow his semiconductor sales company to sell lots more components!
Using a computer monitor as a computer monitor is not the same as using a TV as a TV, so the same distance rule does not apply to both.
With a computer monitor you are not looking at the whole screen all of the time, but concentrating on a portion of it - you therefore sit closer.
There are huge numbers of "Reviews" in Google Play complaining that this update has broken Skype for them. Bizarrely a number of people are saying they can't get it to work at all now, but have still given it 4 or 5 stars! I can only assume if you have previously reviewed it and then re-review it you are unable to downgrade your rating? Otherwise, people are seemingly saying it's good that it's broken!
The fraudsters are asking their targets for their phone number AND their Phone Service Provider, giving them a pull-down menu choice of BT, TalkTalk, Sky and Other.
At this point I would hope that most rational human beings would ask themselves "Why do they need that?".
Let's face it, can you think of any other (non-telecom related) business that would ever have any reason to ask that question? Has any (non-telecom related) business ever asked them that before?
People really need to be more savvy when online - but I know many won't be...
I really enjoyed Craig as the new Bond in Casino Royale - to me it was Bond Reborn, in much the way Christian Bales first Batman was an excellent restart of that franchise. But was I the only one that struggled to work out what the heck was going on in Solace?
I saw it at the Odeon, Leicester Square, the day after the Premier and have to say the sound was awful. I couldn't decide whether the difficulty of hearing what was being said was the problem to grasping the plot, or whether it was just all pretty random in the first place.
Here's hoping the next one gets back to the promise seen in the first Craig Bond.
Skyfall or Sky-FAIL ?
"Around 40 per cent of shoppers found paying a high price, *** or indeed any price ***, for postage and packing annoying,..."
I run an e-commerce site. So far I haven't found any organisation that is willing, FOR NO FEE, to come and collect the items from my premises each evening and then deliver them to any location within the UK the next morning.
Rather than price everything so that the charge I have to pay is included (hidden?) within it, I charge a price PER DELIVERY - reflecting my actual cost. So if someone purchases multiple items they aren't paying multiple (hidden) delivery costs.
I consider this approach gives the best possible value to my customers and would have hoped they appreciate it...
(Incidentally, once the order gets above a certain value then I take a margin loss and do not charge for the delivery.)
Now I'm being told 40% of people find any charge "annoying".
** SO ** - Perhaps any of these 40% can advise me where any of these magical free packing and delivery service can be found so I can start using them? Perhaps Santa's elves are available for most of the year (excluding December of course)...
"So you are saying that 100% -> 95% done 4 times is any worse for a battery than 100% -> 80% once - lithium ion has no 'memory effect' so it shouldn't."
Lithium ion may not have "memory effect" but that is not the relevant factor here. One of the key factors on overall battery life is the number of charge/discharge cycles any particular technology is good for. So 100% -> 95% done 4 times *IS* worse as you are using up 4 of your battery's charge/discharge lives rather than just 1.
"All of this will be accompanied by suitable promotions explaining how to pronounce the name of the company (HU-AH-WAY) – a problem that HTC never had to face."
Not quite right - perhaps HTC could try to educate the ignoramuses who believe it is "Haitch Tea Cee" as opposed to the correct and altogether more pleasant "Aitch Tea Cee".
(Whilst I'm on this topic, perhaps the BBC could also train some of their announcers that it is "Bee Bee Cee One Aitch Dee" and not the quite frequently used "Bee Bee Cee One Haitch Dee".)
"makes an ideal backup phone for those inevitable moments when your regular handset dies"...."it has come to my rescue numerous times over the last week".
My own phone gets regular use every day, yet I could not even begin to remember the last time, if ever, it ran out of battery on me. However, you seem to manage it with yours numerous times per week?
Don't you ever think of charging it?
PS: Despite your own apparent ineptitude I am still sorely temped by this "sick" device!
"The gang members got a flat fee of up to £30,000 for their work."
So, no, they haven't got equal portions of a very large sum - it would appear just one of them has got the thick end of the dosh all to himself.
And I don't think "up to £30,000" is much compensation for any number of years in the slammer, no matter how low security.
Mind you, they'll probably come out better educated in crime and detection avoidance, and thus able to avoid the same mistakes again.
Two things I say to friends looking to buy anything "tech":
1) NOW - Buy the best you can for the most you are willing to pay - being wary of the sharp price increment for the very latest / highest spec.
2) FUTURE - Once you have done 1) STOP LOOKING - otherwise you will see what you've just bought get cheaper and something better will come along for the same price.
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