* Posts by Adam Trickett

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Epson says ink pad saturation behind 'end of service life' warning on inkjet printers

Adam Trickett

Laser is the way to go...

Over 20 years ago I got an Epson Stylus Color 740 (I think) Worked fine for years without any problem. I didn't use it often and when I need it, the carts were often dry. Then one day it leaked black and was for ever prone to smearing after that (I suspect it wasn't able to clean itself properly anymore). I used it less and less, than one day it made a lot of noise and stopped printing altogether.

Swapped it for a mono laser (Samsung - now HP) which has been fine ever since. I never really needed colour printing anyway - though when it worked it was very good, but reliability is far more useful than features you can't use...

My mother-in-law has a Brother all-in-one and that's a horribly unreliable ink-jet. I wouldn't touch ink-jet technology again...

Logitech's MX Mechanical keyboard, Master 3S mouse

Adam Trickett
WTF?

Corporate user?

"Then again, this is the sort of keyboard aimed squarely at a corporate user."

Don't know where that is, most firms I've worked for use the cheapest most horrible keyboards that Dell, HP, Lenovo etc supply.

IBM's autonomous Mayflower ship breaks down in second transatlantic attempt

Adam Trickett
Holmes

bananas

A mate did a few crossings of the Atlantic as an engineer on banana boats. Apparenty stuff breaks all the time and they had to fix it at sea in their workshop. They could radio for help if things got really serious but in practice that was only ever going to happen if someone life depended on it, in all other cases they made it up as they went along.

I'm happy to believe a computer can manage the basics of navigation and watching all the critical parts of a ship all on it's own, however without some pretty sophisticated robotics it's going to be hardpressed to fix much...

ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that turned Europe onto PCs, is 40

Adam Trickett
Go

What fun we had!

I had (and still have a C-64) but plenty of friends had Speccies. I remember typing programs out in both of them from magazines, always fun, to watch your afternoon end in tears...! Sometimes the programs even worked which was interesting...!

The joys of playing games with the strange Spectrum keyboard, or via joystick and some strange contraption to connect it into the Spectrum... I remember Attic Attack and friends - though I was never any good at most games...

Scary to think it's 40 years ago though...!

European silicon output shrinking, metal smelters closing as electricity prices quadruple, trade body warns

Adam Trickett
Mushroom

Follow the money

It doesn't help that Franc's nuclear fleet it getting old and hasn't been replaced. The new plants are eye-wateringly expensive and running years late, and no one wants to pay for them.... At the moment several reactors are also off line with unplanned maintenance because cracks and corrosion has been found - as I said they are getting old and no wants them to go bang even if electricity prices are through the roof here in France too.

Stepping aside from the nuclear debate, the key problem with high capital projects (nuclear or coal or hydro) is that once you've built it you want to run it to death to get your money back and at the same no one ever wants to foot the massive capital start-up costs which can run into billions and your may not earn a penny for a decade until it's built.

The French tax payer built a lot of nuclear plants and gave them to EDF to run at a profit, but hasn't built any in years and now EDF has gone cap in hand to the French tax payer to be given another new plant - and the tax payer isn't so keen to foot the bill anymore...

'IwlIj jachjaj! Incoming LibreOffice 7.3 to support Klingon and Interslavic

Adam Trickett

Re: Well done Liam...

I've been here three years, and can communicate with my mother-in-law very much as you say, in the present tense and then improvise. I just wish I had more vocabulary, as I'm always missing one or two words in the sentence that's important and I've no idea what they would be...

Adam Trickett
FAIL

Re: Subtitles.

I'm in France and try to watch French TV with the subtitles on, as it helps me along. However the quality of the subtitles is utterly dire, and I now know enough French to notice that the subs aren't the same as what's spoken, sometime alternative words are used so it's not just abbreviations or dropping non-essential words.

The best though are the foreign programs that have been dubbed from foreign to French and have subtitles provided in French. Then the two French versions are not aligned, as if translated by different people, lots of different words are selected, and while the meaning is the same overall, the languages is quite different. In those cases I prefer to listen to it in foreign and read the French subs...

I spend many an hour using Duolingo, and if anyone wants to know if the cat is eating a croissant, then I know that... Local makers club a bit on hold because of COVID which is a real shame as I was just getting into that!

But why that VPN? How WireGuard made it into Linux

Adam Trickett
Linux

Seems to work okay

I've been running it a home between my computers in the house and a tiny hosted virtual server in a data centre for about a year or so. Works perfectly well when I want my machines at home to appear to be in a different geographic location, and for my phone or a mobile system away from the house, when I want to check something at home.

As it stands for a small user it's pretty perfect and no more or less complicated than SSH to set up. Obviously once you have a lot of systems it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of OpenVPN, but then for a lot of small simple use cases it's pretty good. It also appears to be quite a bit more efficient than OpenVPN, which may be an issue if you're stuck with rubbish ADSL connections...

AWS claims 'monumental step forward' with optional IPv6-only networks

Adam Trickett
Linux

Hardly surprising

I was looking for a hosted box earlier this year (as a personal VPN endpoint) and the cheaper offers were all IPv6 only systems, you pay extra if you want IPv4. Thankfully my ISP offers IPv6 at home, so it's not an inconvenience for me.

Hardly surprising that some of the big players would start the push to IPv6, there can't be that much usable IPv4 space left for them...!

A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes

Adam Trickett

Cupboard light

A colleague once told me about an ICL mainframe with a fault which confused the engineers all day until they discovered it was the light in the paper cupboard under the printer that wasn't working...

Two non-Gtk Linux desktops have put out new versions

Adam Trickett
Linux

Re: TDE is a Great fork of KDE3

When KDE4 came out people laughed when Debian stuck with KDE3 for one more release cycle. At the time it felt annoying, but it was the right decision in the end, by the time that Debian moved to KDE4, it actually worked, I'm glad I didn't go through the pain that most of the bleeding edge adopters did...

At the moment I mostly use KDE on my systems, but LXQt is pretty good and nice and compatible and I use it instead on my low spec systems. Sharing lots of Qt apps and look and feel is nice.

Learning app Duolingo sets its sights on the language of numbers

Adam Trickett
Linux

I agree that removing the integrated Tinycards was a retrograde step.

I still use Duolingo, but I wouldn't pay for it, it's not that good.

The adverts are laughably absurd, can't imagine how they ever work...! I'm learning French and I get loads of adds to Learn English from French - because their ad server is so lame as it sees a French IP address....! Deux plus deux égale four?

Japan's bullet trains replace smoking rooms with Zooming rooms

Adam Trickett
WTF?

Re: Lagging

Ditto in France. The TGV service is fantastic, fast and reliable, but no WiFI or at seat power in most of the rolling stock. The regional TER trains do mostly have at seat power now but not WifI (at least on the ones I've used), and I think the refurbished TGV and most recent TGVs may now have at seat power and WifI.

We forget that some countries have already started to decommission their first and second generation high speed trains, and are replacing them with third and fourth generations, while the old BR IC125/HST still soldier on and the UK doesn't really have any actual high speed rail at all (other than a HS1).

30 years of Linux: OS was successful because of how it was licensed, says Red Hat

Adam Trickett
Linux

Re: Still have my Red Hat red hat

By chance I was once in someone's house and noted a red fedora on a hat stand. Apparently they had been in marketing a Red Hat in the UK previously. They knew less about computers and IT than my mother-in-law's dog, but they'd kept the hat!

They were please that I recognised the branding - which I suppose was the point of it!

Microsoft's Cloud PCs debut – priced between $20 and $158 a month

Adam Trickett
Big Brother

Re: Windows on Windows

I can see the point for BYOD people who only work in a networked environment anyway.

Work installs their VPN, Office, and corporate software in the cloud instance. That belongs to work, they secure/manage/run it.

You simply connect to it with your own computer of any type. Work doesn't care what you physically have in front of you, but they can control what's there virtually.

If you don't need or can't use isolated access when there is no network, then for some people that's a sane plane. I can't do any work without access to the servers so for me it makes sense, though it's a bit expensive compared to a bulk bough corporate Dell at the moment...

Thinking about upgrading to Debian Bullseye? Watch out for changes in Exim and anything using Python 2.x

Adam Trickett
Linux

So far so good.

I've updated a few non-critical systems from "Buster" 10 to "Bullseye" 11 and installed a few new systems directly as 11 and it's mostly a very dull (in a good sense) process and everything seems to be the same but with incremental improvements across the board. Annoyingly after no changes for several weeks the last minute fixes have been trickling ever day, but it still feels very good and solid.

Buster was very good and worked fine, so far I've not had any issues with migrating to Bullseye, but I've not touched any of my systems with fiddled exim config yet... All the desktops and laptops are vanilla when it comes to exim, so nothing happened, the actual mail server will need to be dealt with carefully. All the other config changes were minor or I rolled back to standard.

The world has a plastics shortage, and PC makers may be responding with a little greenwashing

Adam Trickett
Boffin

Recycling is a bad sign...

I'm not saying we shouldn't recycle but if it's economically viable to recycle that suggests that demand is outstripping supply.

No ones throws gold rings away because everyone knows gold is valuable because we like it and it's rare, so we sell it and make a point of recycling it, gold demand exceeds supply. Most people throw paper or plastic things away because we know they are worthless and there is plenty more where they came from...! Tat supply exceeds demand.

For decades our societies in the west have lived of an infinite growth, based on zero resource constraints, model for fuel and a bunch of core raw materials. When oil gets expensive things get painful and politicians get hot under the collar.

Generally speaking if companies are recycling plastic then it means that it is something they are doing on cost grounds, or availability grounds. Companies mostly aren't charities and don't do something unless it's in their interest. If raw plastic is in short supply or is getting expensive then it's suggests something we've thought of limitless is becoming limited - and that has consequences....!

Given that oil companies are pushing oil and gas into plastic production as we are currently travelling less, if there really is a plastic shortage does that mean we're hitting peak oil and gas? Not suggesting we're in anyway running out at the moment, but that demand is now exceeding supply.

While I'd love to see better efforts at recycling and much better waste management, I fear the short term effect will simply be price inflation, which always annoys most people...

Linux 5.13 hits rc5, isn’t yet calm, Linus Torvalds is only mildly perturbed

Adam Trickett
Linux

Re: Still brickin'...

Agree with your comments here. Mainstream distributions work on most hardware without a problem, most of the time, mostly first time. Some closed source hardware requires you add the non-free drivers but once that's done everything works. I've only had problems on really-really old or really-really new or really-really obscure kit. Most stuff uses commodity parts that are common across a wide ranges of systems and just work.

Adding the non-free bits does require you to engage your brain for 30 seconds, between just pressing yes to the defaults when you do an install, but it's hardly difficult to follow the instructions.

Things were different 20 years ago, and even 10 years ago you could have pain, but most of the time, things just work now, and I believe it doesn't matter much the distro chosen anymore...

Can't comment about a modern Windows install, but I remember reinstalling NT and 2K many, many times and suffering all sorts of grief over missing drivers, or drivers that bluescreened the system until you hacked them out...!

OVH founder says UPS fixed up day before blaze is early suspect as source of data centre destruction

Adam Trickett
Mushroom

Fumming

At previous employer we had the lead acid bath UPS of an antique phone system flood the room with sulphuric acid fumes which cased the fire brigade to attend in haz mat suits and closed the site for a day. The following day the phone engineer came, looked at the UPS and turned it back on with the same result - though this time we turned it off pronto before having to close the whole site...!

We also had one unrelated UPS explode and when someone opened the containment box it was just goo on the inside - not so nice...!

Dangerous things batteries if you aren't careful...!

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse

Adam Trickett
Linux

Great but not long lasting

Had a wired one and the M570. Both great but the cheap switches fail.

Bought replacements and soldered them in, so far they are lasting well. I've WHF for about 4 years now and couldn't use a mouse on a regular basis anymore. Don't really need it to be wireless most of the time, but useful if you're using it away from the screen, eg. TV or presentation - but that's not very common for me.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

Adam Trickett

Cats and rocker switches

I've known cats stand on power strips with rocker switches, turning thing off at awkward times. A kitten I knew liked the noise Win 95 used to make when you press the keyboard a random (jungle theme I think) - it would sit by the keyboard and pounce on it, Windows emitted a growl, and the kitten jumped back until it plucked up enough courage to try again...

I know rodents do chew cables, I've found them dead having gnawed on mains cable, but never seem them go for computer cables...!

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties

Adam Trickett
Linux

Re: No numpad

I thought the same too until I realised that the numeric pad was almost never used in the work I do. Yes it is highly useful when entering a lot of numbers, but I write code for a living and that's mostly in letters, so I've now decided to get a TKL (actually a 17 key fewer keyboard) - but not a blinged up one like this.

Secondly the numeric pad means that my trackball is further away to the right that it needs to be. I don't use the the trackball when writing but when I do need to use it it's further away that it should be.

Finally I clutter up my desk so a smaller footprint is useful on space, as I've never enough space...!

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer

Adam Trickett
Coat

Re: Great

Even when they don't screw up, the train their customers to do unsafe things and then say it's the users fault when they get scammed...!

Makes you wonder if it's cheaper to blame the customer than actually do things properly...?

HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

Adam Trickett

Re: I've been thinking about cheap ways to kill carriers.

While it is true that the British carriers were more resistant to kamikaze attacks than American carriers of the same period, they were also a lot heavier and had fewer aeroplanes per tonne so couldn't put up as large aerial combat force.

Post war analysis did report that they ships were badly damaged by the attacks, so were prematurely scrapped. But in the heat of action the fact they could soldier on was very valuable, even if they were actually a rite-off in the medium term.

As you say everyone learnt the hard way and post war designs did benefit from wartime experience.

Mulesoft set to be first tech IPO of 2017? We'd forgotten they existed...

Adam Trickett
Linux

I've used it, it's okay

I've used it at work, it's okay but didn't solve any problems we had.

I can see the usefulness of it, but like all new tools it's over hyped and that does spoil it to some extent.

Good luck in cashing out for them... No ill feelings in their direction.

The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

Adam Trickett
FAIL

Even Americans can get deported

I use to live in southern California nearly 20 years ago. Just north of San Diego there was a border check point on the interstate. A local from the near by military base went to visit his family in San Diego in uniform but was deported to Mexico while travelling back north back to his base because he didn't have his "passport" on him, he looked Mexican and had a Latino name. On being deported to a foreign country he then had to ring his commanding officer in the US to come and rescue him. It was all over the local news and it did annoy a lot of people, even then, but it's only got worse...

I'm white, have a very English accent and I mostly had no problems then or since, except one time having the third degree from some jumped up no body in Texas. I said I'd never been treated so badly before and made some off-hand comment about a police state and the official backed down and apologised like there was no tomorrow. Ironically we were in a 10-tonne lorry and could have had a hundred Mexicans in the back - but it was cold, late, I didn't really want to open the back up and he was rude. If he had been polite I would have got out of the cab and showed him - we had nothing to hide, but he was so rude and officious I took offence....

Fatal flaw found in PricewaterhouseCoopers SAP security software

Adam Trickett
Holmes

Because it's just software, and within SAP there is BUGGER all to stop a program from doing stuff once it's running. If you are properly configured some system calls (functions and classes) will check authorisation objects, but if your ABAP is running then your already on the inside and all bets are off. It should have been audited, but that is easier said than done and you can bet most companies don't have the will or resources to do it.

Basically SAP assume that the writer of ABAP knows what they are doing, if the code is shite on the security front (which is usually is) then the result is shite on the security front. Having seen what SAP and most third party vendor write I'm not surprised. It is possible to write good ABAP for SAP systems and have a program with decent security and the right functions, but it's a rare thing to see... To be honest most code I've seen is dire on more than just security: crap usability, crap performance, eats memory like it's going out of fashion and impossible to debug or extend fix. Most companies don't see the code that's on their SAP boxes and most never audit a thing.

Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

Adam Trickett
WTF?

We'll see.....

I think May's plan is to let BoJo and his useless cronies discover that just about everything they promised isn't possible or viable, and eventually the clock will run down and there will be a general election.

The referendum is only advisory to start with and it was a stupid question, no one know what leaving actually means, and by the time there is a new government it may be someone else's problem...

The only fly in the ointment is that Labour is in such chaos that May may be the next PM after the general election, so what she does then is anyone's guess...

As to immigration that's insoluble, industry wants people and industry controls the two big parties. People don't want immigrants (for all sorts of reasons) but people don't really control the government. so the parties will say X to get elected but always do Y.

The bottom line is that the referendum was a stupid idea in the first place, the question was stupid, and the arrogant t*ats in the Tory/Labour Remain teams gave the victory to the lying scum in the Leave campaign... Now we are left with a mess and no sensible way out without either utter ruin or s*it on our face.

I don't like May, but I do wish her well in sorting the mess out, because my livelihood along with a lot of others depends on the outcome.

£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

Adam Trickett

Gaz and Leccy...?

Apparently it will help get "Gaz and Leccy" under control, and give us accurate bills. Given that my bill is already accurate and I don't have cartoon characters causing mayhem at home what value is there in this process for me?

I suppose what they really mean is that they can charge you more at busy times of day and less when no one wants gas or electricity - allowing them to better manage load - but that's not how it's being sold to consumers...

Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

Adam Trickett

Past their best

Flown 747 many times trans Atlantic, never liked them, and always found them cramped, noisy and uncomfortable.

I much prefer newer designs and Airbus in particular.

I don't doubt that when they were new they were revolutionary, but that's before I was born, and that's a long time ago now... I can't disagree that they are iconic, famous and very numerous, but it's probably best to retire them for something better.

Debian farewells Pentium

Adam Trickett

Re: Perhaps opportune

While the Pentium 4 isn't being "farefelled", I know what you mean about older chips that are hot and thirsty.

I've got a AMD dual core X64 based server that I'll probably replace with a modern dual core Pentium, I'll get half the heat, save half on electricity and it should also be faster too...

Robber loses heist case after 'evil twin' defence, gets 60 years

Adam Trickett
Boffin

Not technically identical...

Even identical twins don't have identical DNA. During development there is a lot of random rearrangement that takes place to generate the genetic diversity required for the immune system, so even individuals that start out with identical DNA are born with different DNA.

However for all practical purposes this isn't something that could be used in a legal case as it's a very specialised difference.

Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

Adam Trickett
WTF?

Re: Never mind fast food

Wasn't quite sure what the point of a QR code was on a electronic bill. I've not had a hard copy utility bill for several years so I was most surprised when something designed to interface between physical and electronic appeared on my electronic bill.

It's a good job our 19th century politicians are catching up with the 20th century... One day they may even understand the Internet...

Tesla's top secret gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

Adam Trickett
Meh

SIlly

There is no shortage of a whole range of elements, however lots of them are not economic at the moment to extract and process at the concentration that they currently exist at.

Unless you find an ultra cheap and reliable method of extracting something it will be cheaper to either extract it from something more concentrated or use an alternative.

Saying there is no shortage of lithium is like saying there is no shortage of oil, gas, gold or uranium. No one cares about the total reserves all that matters is the economically extractable reserves...

Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

Adam Trickett
Alert

Land Piranha

Allegedly the temple dogs were crossed with small European breeds that were popular with sailors of the time (small is useful on a ship). After the temples were broken up large packs of the pre-chihuahua dogs then roamed the country side hunting and living feral "as wolves" - though on a smaller scale. It's from these frisky chaps the modern breed is a alleged to have been developed...

I once mentioned this story to a friend in the US, who coined the phrase "Land Piranha" in a cheesy Mexican accent...

More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

Adam Trickett
Linux

Is anyone but Steve surprised?

It's hardly surprising in the main.

I am surprised that tablet users aren't using touch more though. However if you've bought a Windows tablet then you are more likely to have a Windows "mindset" and legacy software, which isn't touch driven.

I don't really care, I don't use Windows at home and work have made it quite clear that the switch from XP to 7 was painful enough and we won't be upgrading to 8.

Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

Adam Trickett

Have you got the right date?

I had the same date in a calendar file but the NCSA web site gives a different date for the 1.0 version of Mosaic for Windows. I'm not sure what the correct date of Mosaic's birth is or if it has a strict birth date given the different dates for each platform...

http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/Projects/mosaic.html

&

ftp://ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Mosaic/Windows/Archive/MosaicHistory.html

Handwriting beats PowerPoint's teaching power says MIT boffin

Adam Trickett
Go

Powerpoint poisioning

In the dim and distance past I remember several styles of teaching:

1) Stand at the front and speak, no visual aids or hand outs - generally terrible as you can't write as fast as they can speak. Sometimes brilliant but that's rare.

2) Repeating what your slides/overheads said. Again you can't keep up and anyway there is evidence you don't remember well if you have the same visual and audio input.

3) Handouts with some detail on and you have to full out the blanks and scribble round. You then listen to what is said and annotate your hand outs - GOOD, always my favourite as you get the detail and human interaction without having to worry about keeping up.

4) Complete handouts - why bother with the lecturer?

5) Dictated notes, not much difference from 4 except you have to write them yourself.

Creating good presentations and lectures requires skill as it involves multiple skills but I'd say that PowerPoint is probably the least useful of skills in the mix. So the article probably has some truth to it.

Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

Adam Trickett
Linux

Classic Shell?

Some WIn8 users I know tried Classic Shell, it's free/open and made Win8 usable.

I don't run Windows myself so I'm not sure whet the differences between the two are.

Spanish boffins increase GPS accuracy by 90%

Adam Trickett
Boffin

Re: GPS for Dummies

Perhaps it's for Stephen Fry...?

3 million Freesat receivers now out there, and boxes to get YouTube

Adam Trickett
Happy

Re: EPG, SchmeePG

The EPG on my Sony FreeView tuner and my father's Toshiba FreeView TV allows you to reorder and hide any channel you want. I wouldn't buy a TV or PVR that couldn't manage the same task. Without hiding and sorting it is as you suggest a nightmare.

Ofcom anoints broadcaster: Local TV is nearly here

Adam Trickett
Meh

A few hours a week perhaps?

I can see the value of a few hours a week of extra local news, and other local programming. I can't see it filling a whole channel though. The problem is that it is expensive and I can't see it being self funded from advertising alone - which means tax money needs to be supplied in.

I can't see why with all their channels of repeats the Beeb and ITV can't find a bit more space for extended local programming?

Panasonic: We'll save Earth by turning CO2 into booze

Adam Trickett
Happy

Would be useful

Jokes aside if you could take water, air (for CO2) and sunlight and make something useful (and burnable) at a higher efficiency than plants, and low enough capital cost then that is actually useful.

Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows

Adam Trickett
Meh

Re: Doctors caring & empathetic?

When I saw my surgeon in front of his team he was rude and very unfriendly. I'd never describe him as caring or empathetic. When he popped by the following day after my operation on his own he seemed like a normal chap - seemed friendly enough. I wouldn't say that the medical profession I've encountered were any different from everyone else: some were warm friendly people, some were rude...

I've not read the study but without a control group I'm highly dubious of the report.

END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

Adam Trickett
Meh

Nildram was good until they became TalkTalk

I use to be a happy Nildram customer. Each take over degraded the service and reduced the cost (marginally). Eventually TalkTalk took them over and the standard was the worst, billing was no good and I switched to The Phone Coop. It took over 6 months, a complaint to Ofcom and an email to the CEO to get rid of them.

I'm glad they are getting better, but considering how terrible they were it should be impossible for them to get any worse!

Raspberry Pi daddy: Stroke your hardware at night, land a job easy

Adam Trickett
Happy

Re: Agencies

A good agent or middle man (estate, job etc) is actually useful, however you are right in that 99% are useless and could be replaced by a small shell script.

Windows 8 and the ‘Dad test’ stunts

Adam Trickett
WTF?

Bollocks

"The truth is that users generally aren’t sat down in front a new installation of a new operating that someone has set up for them and just told to get on with it – that almost never happens in either a domestic or a business context."

Utter bollocks, people are dumped in front of a computer with no training or if training is given it's often worse than no training.

I make no comment about Windows 8, I've not seen or used it, but the idea that people are actually trained is madness.

Ten phones for seniors

Adam Trickett
Thumb Up

Why just for the "old"?

I work at a computer all day and at home I have yet more computers. The only time I don't have at least one internet connected computer is when I'm out and then I don't want to be connected.

If I were to pick a mobile phone I'd want a simple one with good battery life, some of these seem perfectly useful for being a mobile phone. As it happens work provides me with a mobile phone so I don't actually own my. However if I did, I don't want or need a fancy iDroid thing with a few nano seconds of battery life....

I'm not old, or at least I don't think so...

Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN

Adam Trickett
Linux

There was even a Windows 3.1 port of bits

HP ported bits of their Visual User Environment to Windows 3.1 and I use to love that, it was so much better than the Microsoft Program Manager. I think the Windows port was sold on to Starfish software but it died a death after Windows 95 came out.

While it's good that it's now open, it's rather to late to make much of a difference. But you never know perhaps some of it's bit's may resurface somewhere...

Devolo dLAN 500Mb/s powerline network adaptor review

Adam Trickett

Watch out for cheap LED lights

I've used their 200AV units for years. Mostly work great but lots of electrical noise isn't good for them obviously. Cheap CFL, dirty fridge compressors and surge suppressors make their life harder no doubt, but they are still usable.

I found that when I installed LED GU10 spot lights in the kitchen that killed the signal totally. I had to put the "strongest" ferrite round the cable in the light mount I could fit and even then it still hammers the performance.

I'd like to know how much power they use in use and when idle? and how good they are at dealing with line noise.

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