* Posts by chris

18 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Jan 2008

Solar-powered netbook spied in Spain

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just another maplin minibook + a solar pannel

Looks like it's another reblanded Trendtac 700 EPC, Elonex One T, Linux Netbook, Maplin Minibook, Silverstar, Yinlips Micro PC, Sub Notebook, 3k Razorbook, Bestlink Alpha 400, HiVision Mininote, JAY-tech Jee-PC 400S, Letux 400 Linux Minibook, CnMBook, CnM Minibook, Novatech Minibook.

So a mips processor, tiny amount of ram and a really shit OS.

Students Union reps vote to ban cheap booze for students


Voter turnout

I've just left York Uni, we had a record turnout for the student elections last year.

We all voted for someone dresses as a pirate.

I think this says everything you need to know about how seriously we should take student politics

Infineon unleashes 4G chip


Why do we need 4g?

3G isn't all that slow, why do we need 4G?

new things allowed by 3G:-

-video calling (I've never done or even wanted to do)

-faster data access (expensive so I avoid, generally use wifi)

my phones (E71) slow even when using wifi so a faster speeds unlikely to change that much

3G as a board band replacement only works as the phone companies are selling excess capacity and is almost all profit allowing for the really good deals available. Think that when they have to build a new network to offer the same service that will still be true?

Last Xmas for CDs, please, researcher tells music biz


download < £5 an album

If I can buy the download for the same or often more than the CD I'll buy the CD everytime

Now cheap FLAC tracks would be more interest for me. I doubt I'll be the only person backing them up to CD/DVD anyway.

NASA's CO2-scan sat arrives at launch site



Depend on your definition of harmless. Most powders are pretty harmless until they are airborne and you breath them in.

Hydrogen chloride does react with almost anything to form generally unreactive compounds. On the other hand it's the cloud of hydrochloric acid step that's the dangerous part, not what they end up as

Voix MPX 2.1 tower loudspeakers


Lot of money for not very much

It might not look very sleek but I spent a bit over a hundred on a 500W amp and two 400W speaker cabs (8ohm get about 125W max on each speaker). Loud (if you want it to be) sounds amazing and looks so much more impressive.

2" subwoofers a joke

Hands on with the T-Mobile G1


@ Dave

Nokia E71? £280ish sim free, does imap, has gsm, 3g and wifi. build in browser's ok and opera's a worth while addition.

3.2M camera, nothing special but takes decent pics and strangely for a high end nokia stable

Netbooks and Mini-Laptops

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where did you get your info?

As far as i can tell the elonex onet and the maplin offering are identical, also the same offering is available from scan.

Which is the best Linux for laptops?


custom ubuntu

it's possible to do a non default install of ubuntu. have done it a few times, use the alternate cd and install a comandline system and build up from their

Palm launches £399 Treo Pro


How's this better than my E71

My E71 appears to do all that for less money. Although not sure which is worse symbian or win mobile

Toshiba Cell-based GPU trounces quad-core CPU

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What were they using to encode?

was it vista and nero or an actual quick encoder like mencoder/transcode in linux?

Bonce-antenna education downloads foreseen in 30 years


My predictions for the next 30 years

We'll have gone to war with the USA over Canada, been invaded atleast once probably by zombies, run out of oil and all be forced to live in the Scottish Highlands to escape the rising sea

Apple patent filing suggests solar powered iPhone


only one decent use

could it be used to make the backlight brighter when it's sunny outside? I'm tired of having to shade the screen to read a text on a nice day

Sharp claims record mobile fuel cell power density


re: Re: Meths actually

Meths does contain methanol, it's three quarters ethanol (drinking alcohol) and a quarter methanol (wood alcohol) plus a few additives to try to stop you drinking it/give it that lovely purple colour. Methanol is fairly toxic and very flammable, doubt they'd let you take it on a plane, something that ran on butane (lighter gas) would be nice, easily available, easy to refuel

MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus


@Jonny G and Tony Barnes

Probably has serial ports so i can be used as a till in a shop, quite a few bits of hardware still use a serial interface (barcode scanners etc)

Two problems with using it in a car, probably won't like the voltage variations and wouldn't fit in the 7" bay instead of your radio, but it is a common use for ITX pc's. personally I just bought a radio with a 3.5mm jack so can just plug my mp3 player in.

Ubuntu does bird beta


RE: I'll definately install it...

They do have an upgrade tool


sudo upgrade-manager -d

should transfer the majority of your settings across

Been running the alpha for months now, works great.

French motorwonk savages hybrid cars

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I still like the idea of ethanol fuelled cars

I still like the idea of ethanol fuelled cars. You can convert most petrol engines to run on alcohol fairly simply and while they do generate CO2 it's the same CO2 that was absorbed when the source crop was grown, not stuff that has spent the last million years trapped under the ground

Jobs: Blu-ray wins HD format war then loses to downloads


I'll stick to 700Mb .avi files thanks

Given that I'm only going to watch most things once on a laptop using some 15 quid head phones, I don't need high def/surround sound. I can download HD/blueray stuff, but they've effectively made it copy protected already, I don't need a 28gig version of the film!