67 posts • joined Tuesday 31st August 2010 05:52 GMT
Re: Search as primary means of navigation?
This is one of the most true and wise posts I've ever read here. I am in awe.
Re: That awesome Tomorrow People theme
I used to love the Tomorrow People when I was a kid in the 70's. The music really set the mood. Feeling nostalgic and very old right now. I hope they do a good job on this. Supernatural is one of theirs and that is excellent so they can make good telly if they try.
Re: Come back Vista. All is forgiven.
I'd take the POS that is Vista over Windows 8 with TIFKAM any day.
Come back Vista. All is forgiven.
Surely a more appropriate name would be
DESQview 2.8. 'cos that's more or less what the new bloody awful user interface is like, only worse. At least DESQview could have more than two windows open at the same time.
I do hope that sense prevails in the end.
Research Machines. Now there's a blast from the past
I remember playing with the school 380z a very long time ago. It was one the only computer the school had until the BBC Model B and a 48K Spectrum turned up.
Those were the days. I remember giving the physics teacher (who had responsibility for the computers dumped on him) tutorials on it. I had to teach him how to use CP/M and code in BASIC and Pascal (which I'd been learning for O level computer science at an FE college 'cos my school couldn't teach it) .
Fanbois possibly responsible for sat nav failure ?
A heck of a lot of UK Tomtom sat nav users have been unable to connect to the Live Traffic HD service since Feb 6th. The service is hosted on the Vodafone network. The error is something along the lines of "Can't establish wireless data connection".
I'll be well miffed if my getting stuck in traffic is Apple's fault. Not content with buggering up fanbois navigation they want to bugger up everybody else's.
Re: Netflix for me
That argument is bollocks. Netflix runs on Gingerbread and even Froyo. The whole Android "fragmentation issue" is also bollocks. Developers need to write their code properly. Netflix runs on anything with Froyo or newer. The only issue potentially is for someone running a cheap and nasty budget phone/tablet.
The market share argument for supporting Apple over Android is a non-argument and there is no fragmentation issue for Android if the code is properly written. The BBC and Sky seem to be populated by Fanbois IMV or they're in Apple's pocket (probably in the case of Sky anyway). It is fundamentally wrong of the BBC to waste license fee on supporting the Apple platform over Android when there are more Android using license fee payers.
Cut off 50% of their customers ? How can they cut off 50% of their customers when they don't bloody have any customers ? BBC iplayer on Android is lazily and badly written, relying on utterly rubbish Adobe technology to bodge in DRM. Sky Go is so crap it's not worth bothering with even if it does work on your device. Amazon just want people to buy Kindle Fires so they won't support other devices even though there's no technical issue why not.
If Netflix can produce a quality product on a wide range of Android devices then there's no excuse for Sky, the BBC and Lovefilm not to do the same.
Netflix for me
With Netflix I get HD content with 5.1 surround sound on my WD TV Live STB and great HD video on my Android phone, Android tablet and PCs. Using the DNS bodge I get access to the US content. Currently working my way through some series I missed such as Warehouse 13, Eureka and Breaking Bad.
Lovefilm doesn't support Android which is a big no-no for me. Especially as there's no reason for this as they do support the Kindle Fire. Also no support on the WD TV Live.
It amazes me that Netflix can provide HD quality streaming on Android tablets and phones with DRM but the likes of Lovefilm , Sky and the BBC can't. Perhaps they should license streaming technology off someone who knows how to do it like Netflix.
There's very little reason to buy a new PC...
...unless the one you have is broken. I'm a s/w developer and I'm more than happy with my 5 year old Dell laptop which is very heavily used and serves my needs perfectly. My wife and son are also pretty happy with their Dell laptops too, both of which are even older than mine. All the machines do what we all want, so why spend money on a new one? We may have to replace the wife's machine which is suffering from very floppy hinges but it won't happen until the day it breaks. I expect there are many people out there with perfectly adequate older machines just like us. Windows 8 is certainly no incentive to buy a new machine given that it is crippled with TIFKAM.
Good luck with that.
They'd better ban Team Fortress 2
'cos there's bound to be a mass outbreak of teenagers beating people to death with wet fish.
Re: Have they ...
Of course not! You're not supposed to use a mouse you silly person. You're supposed to use a touch screen for everything.
Wonder if the EULA for Windows 8 includes a cop-out absolving Microsoft from responsibility for the neck and shoulder strains people will suffer when they spend all day reaching out to touch their screens. Or indeed for the responsibility for the eye strains caused by people spending all day looking at their monitor screens through the inevitable layer of awful, greasy, finger smears. Yuk !
Won't somebody think of the children who will grow up looking all lop sided like Quasimodo from using touch screen interfaces on laptops and desktops ?
Re: More fake numbers by Google....
Does that mean that the ASUS EEE Pad Transformer TF101 that I've been using for the last 18 months is also crap ? Why did nobody tell me ? I'm going to have to bin it straight away and buy an iPad 4 if its the only one worth buying. I can't wait to enjoy the benefits of using the not at all bloated, slow and poorly designed iTunes on my PC with my new fruity piece of genius. It'll be so satisfying to penetrate its Appley case with my fully loaded SD cards of musical pleasure. Oh how could I have been so completely wrong in my choice of tablety goodness.
Please, please tell me it won't be so.
4G will be awesome
We'll all be able to exceed our download caps in seconds rather than minutes.
Re: I see what you did there!
The only reason I run Windows on my home PC is so I can play HL, CS & TF2. If I could run them on Linux then the last hurdle to ditching Windows would be removed. Any other Windows s/w I have that don't run on Linux would be fine running in a VM.
Re: Fixed with a fracking start icon
So the correct solution is as implemented in 3rd party utilities like Actual Multiple Monitors or Ultramon where you get a task bar and Start button on every monitor rather than having to hover over specific pixels in either corner. The main problem. This would have been much more sensible that the context breaking major distraction that is Metro on the desktop.
We have the successor to DESQview. I've been waiting 20 odd years for that.
Disastrous Penile Manfunction perhaps ?
or maybe not.
Re: Serves them right
tar ? xcopy ? Used to dream of using tar and xcopy. I had cpio to contend with.
...owe me a new keyboard for that headline.
Having owned a BMW...
...and being a current owner of 2 Skodas I can safely say that the Skodas are better built, more reliable, cheaper to run, and generally better cars than my BMW was. They may not be quite so much fun but they do their work-a-day jobs much better.
In this respect your analogy is quite good. BMWs = iphones = expensive fun toys. Skodas=Androids=Useful tools that get the job done affordably and reliably.
First there was Mosquito.NET which is now now longer a supported technology and will be replaced with Mosquito Laserlight. How about Mosquito Homosexually Transforming Mosquito Liquid version 5 to turn all mosquitoes gay so they don't breed. Yes, I'd say HTML 5 is the way of the future.
My iPod has been gathering dust since I got my Android phone. Always hated the iTunes program. Glad to be rid of it TBH.
There have been
3 updates to the ASUS Transformer since I got mine. It's running the latest 3.2 and is likely to get ICS in Nov.
As I said before, more apps is not necessarily better apps, just a bigger selection of dross. There are probably similar quantities of good apps.
“So far, Android’s appeal in the tablet market has been constrained by high prices, weak user interface and limited tablet applications,” Milanesi said.
I must have been mistaken in my belief that my ASUS EEE Pad Transformer was comparatively low priced, with an excellent user interface, loads of expansion potential and a perfectly acceptable number of very useful and entertaining applications that do everything I want.
I'd better throw it away immediately and buy a iFad so I can have an expensive device, limited multitasking, no expansion, no keyboard and access to a massive number of applications, of which 5% are any good and which are available just the same on Android.
I remember doing CESIL for 'O'-level computer science on a PDP-11 at the local FE college. We had to catch the bus from school to go to the college for lessons as we only had 2 BBC Micros, a Spectrum and a 380Z at school. I also remember writing a stock control system in BASIC for my 'O'-level too. Lots of fun using a line editor on a VT-52 terminal.
Or could it be because the Government of whatever colour is full of useless arty-farty muppets who're only interested in furthering their own advancement by the production of much hot air and interfering in the name of 'change' whether that 'change' is needed or not. Either that or interfering based on the back-handers of interested third parties with their own agenda.
...EEE Pad Transformer and keyboard for me. Great for note taking in meetings (thanks to really good keyboard and extra battery life) and also brill for music, audio books, watching tv shows, internet radio, games, social networking, reading news, podcasts, entertaining children on holiday, impulse web surfing, mailing and not being an Apple product.
Wouldn't have one instead of a proper computer but they're a great, if expensive, addition to one's gadget arsenal if you're already computered up.
I've been praying
my current dumb VM cable modem doesn't die until the SuperHub gets modem mode. They have been tending to die every 18 months or so which means my current one won't last long.
If the SuperHub gets the new mode and it works then I'll drink to that.
send them all the Australia to the Outback. Put them in a very large electric fenced enclosure and make them eat rice and beans all the time. Each day one of them gets picked to do nasty challenges such as eating bugs and finding stars at the bottom of barrels of rats and stuff. If they do well, they get food for the rest. They could show this on TV with a couple of chaps ,maybe from the North East of England as presenters. Each week, the viewing public could vote to release the most repentant.
We could call this TV program "I'm a Thug, Get Me Out of Here!". I'd watch it.
We never get accurate news
TV, newspapers, radio, the Internet ; they're all just channels for miss-information to distract us from what's really going on. Namely the slow and inexorable take-over of the world by the Lizard People!
Mark my words. We'll all soon be speaking in hisses and eating rodents and insects. Ignore the warnings of David Icke at your peril!
Climate scientists make models?
Cool. Do you think they could make me one that looks like Kelly Brook?
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