* Posts by Karl Dallas

14 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Mar 2008

Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

Karl Dallas

iOS9 screwed up Periscope on my iPad Mini

I'd been streaming from my iPad Mini successfully using Periscope but since "upgrading" to iOS9 I've had to fall back on my Android phone to stream. That's OK, but the image is flipped L2R.

Schmidt: Google Chrome OS 'a few months away'

Karl Dallas

Gingerbread for HTC G1 handset?

I don't think so, more's the pity, since upgrade to 2.1 isn't possible.

Android rebellion: How to tame your stupid smartphone

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I've never had any of these problems

I've got an HTC G1 and apart from the v.short battery life, have never had any problems with it.

Palestinian network launches without spectrum

Karl Dallas

Screwed if they do, screwed if they don't

Yes, this bothers me too, but I don't see what else they can do, given the commanding heights Israel has over the Middle East, thanks to the connivance of such as Blair.

Why is Israel doing this? Well, as David Hare said, experiencing the frustrating delays at Israeli checkpoints throughout the West Bank, because they can.

But also the Israelis are well aware that, even in its currently crippled state, mobile phones play an important role in the resistance, intifadas etc. I bet they'd like to do like Saddam Hussein did in Iraq, and ban them completely in Palestine.

BTW, please don't use "retard" as a term of abuse. It is insulting to all who suffer mental health problems, who ought to be treated with the same respect as other disabled persons.

Windows 7 - the Reg reader verdict

Karl Dallas

What about stereo mix?

I installed RTM on my Toshiba Equium A100 with no problems, except that it would not update, so first I had to back up all my data and then had to reinstall my apps.

My general impression was good: speedier, less of that infuriating wait looking at the "not responding" message (why couldn't it say "working", which is what Vista really means?).

However, in my radio work I use Stereo Mix on a daily basis, but found that there was no way I could enable it. (The Toshiba Equium I use had stereo mix working, though it needed a bit of tweaking).

Does anyone know if the Win7 Ultimate I now have will allow me to use stereo mix?

Homer Simpson 'nuclear waste spill' panic at nuke sub base!

Karl Dallas

What the SEPA actually said

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said: "It is not possible to make a direct comparison between a civilian and a military site because the MoD has an exemption from the 1993 Radioactive Substances Act.

"At a civilian installation, we could be considering suspending certain activities until improvements have been made in the essential equipment, operating procedures and training to prevent a recurrence of an unauthorised release.

"We have not said, as has been implied, that we would have closed HMNB Clyde if we had the regulatory power.

"What we have said is that, for the protection of the environment, it is essential that the management of HMNB Clyde operates to the same high standards that would be expected were they regulated."

Harry Potter Lexicon published after judgment-guided edit

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Good news

I'm working on a lexicon of another popular author (think sky like a TV tuned to a vacant channel) which I put on hold pending the outcome of this case. Now it's back to the keyboard!

Ubuntu Eee undergoes cheesy Easy Peasy rebrand

Karl Dallas

EEEPC doesn't have CDdrive

I know how to burn a CD from an ISO, but that's no help since the EEE PC doesn't have a CD drive. Can I burn it to USB memory stick instead?

The Mother of All Demos — 150 years ahead of its time

Karl Dallas

What about GEM?

We get the usual declension:: Xerox PARC begat the Mac, Mac begat Windows. Not true. Before either the Mac or Windows, there was Digital Research's GEM, which was better than either. But it didn't multi-task (nor did the others, but they used rapid task switching to look like they did). DR played with similar quasi-multitasking (I had a beta) but surrendered when Windows was beginning its conquest of the world.

And don't forget IBM's OS/2, AKA Presentation Manager, which for a time MS was thinking of making the successor to Windows, as it could run under the Protected Mode of the Intel 80286 processor and could access up to 16MB of memory. When the IBM/MS partnership fell apart, PM became Windows NT.

And where does DesqView fit in this story? For a time I was running Windows 2 (which ran in real mode) under DesqView (protected mode), which allowed me to run multiple Windows more efficiently.

Linux on the WinXP MSI Wind netbook?

Karl Dallas

Wanted: an easy way to install Wine

I've got an EEE PC & would like to run some of my familiar Windows apps without going the full XP-install route. So far, every time I try to install it, my system hangs.

Hasn't any Linux buff ever managed to create the equivalent of a DOS batch file that will do it all for me?

Logitech V550 Nano wireless laptop mouse

Karl Dallas

Trackballs don't suck!

What I want is a small laptop friendly trackball to replace that stupid supplied gadget that requires two hands to operate anything like efficiently. I've got three Logitech trackballs that I use on my laptop and two other desktop machines, but the laptop one's far too big for the bag I use. There used to be some really small trackballs that clipped onb the side of the screen, and if anyone has one they'd like to offer up on eBay I'd be a customer.

Billy Bragg: Why should songwriters starve so others get rich?

Karl Dallas

Well . . . I'm happy to sing for free (on picketlines etc)

I'm basically a demo singer (thought I've made a few pence from the Spinners' recording of my Family of Man song). And I'm happy if people pick up my songs and start making them their own.

So I make them available, on my website (www.karldallas.com) or via YouTube etc.

Bragg, of course, works primarily in the commercial sector so I suppose he has different priorities. I live on my old age pension (which is why I'm currently touring the country by bus to publicise the pensioners' free bus pass and collect signatures for a petition to get it extended to the whole of UK, 24/7).

Copyright is part of the capitalist system to which I (and I assume Bragg) am totally opposed.

Free voice and video firm plans April 1 UK launch

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This is an April fool - right?

Does anyone seriously believe this will work?

Elonex £99 Eee PC rival to arrive in June

Karl Dallas

Looks like I won't get my EEE till June anyway!

I'm tempted to fork out my tenner for the Elonex EEEclone. I ordered an EEE from Clove nearly a month ago and not only has it not arrived, but they never reply to my emails asking what's happening.