* Posts by Cornholio

75 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Mar 2008


Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions


Regarding sound quality, I seem to recall Steve Jobs saying that he was going to replace his expensive/high-end/audiophile (can't remember the exact words) stereo with an iPod Hi-Fi.

I wonder if he ever did?

Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet



When it happens here, I go through the captcha and it give me a 400 error.

We've been advised to use Bing.

Tried to access boots.com this morning and they wouldn't let me on:

'The behaviour of your interaction with our site does not align with profile of normal customer behaviour.

If you have requirements for information from this site, please contact us to discuss further.'

Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline


Given the horror stories I've heard about dirty pipes between cellar and pump, I'd love to hear about how they're going to keep that one clean. Which I'm sure they will, of course.

Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward



Can I feed it my DNG files? Poor RAW support in Opensourceland is a big stumbling block for photographers.

Windows 10 mobile upgrade coming in December


Re: Windows 3.1 came on 7 floppies.

And Amiga Workbench came on one :o)

PIGS IN SPAAAACE: HAMS send porker to 25,927m


Launching from Newark, Lincolnshire

Newark-on-Trent is in Nottinghamshire, if that's the one you're referring to...

Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30


Happy birthday Amiga!

How I loved my machines. The hours spent playing Geoff Crammond's F1GP, when I should have been out meeting girls. Frame rate was abysmal on the A500, A1200 FTW!

Wish I'd kept one of them now, but still enjoy firing up an emulator and reliving those heady days.

Stolen an Apple watch? Want to pawn it off? Good news!


Re: Version 1.0

> Or do Rolex and Phillippe Patek

Patek Philippe

Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch


Seen elsewhere


Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store


Re: But the Nexus 7 is a great tablet!

My 2012 Nexus 7 now runs sooooooooooooo slowly and wifi is forever disconnecting. Google haven't been any help.

Still loving my Windows phone. Experience with N7 is putting me off trying Android again.

Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows


Re: So... what then?

"And I've heard few users of said windows phone who really like it over android."

I've had various Android devices, from an old Orange San Fransisco to a rather more recent Nexus 7.

I find Windows Phone to be far more intuitive. There are some things about Android that I prefer, but not enough to make me go back there.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette


Re: Don't forget

No. *I* am the Great Cornholio!

Digital dongle transforms European XBOXen into tellies


Re: Didn't Sony do this a few years ago?

Sure did. Mine gets a lot of use, although it is only SD.

Our new TV will record HD Freeview to USB, but there's no way of getting your hands on the files. At least with the PlayTV you can copy and edit them as you see fit.

Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission



I've never met a Fuller's that I didn't like.

BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage


Re: Not surprising...

I read that as "rambler/naturist/Guardian reader/holiday cottager". Must be time for bed. Nighty night.

Apple abruptly axes Aperture ... Adobe anxiously awaits arrivals


Oh, and did I mention it's not made by Adobe?

Neither is Optics Pro...

Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630


Camera button

I'm dissapointed that there's no camera button. I thought I'd read somewhere that it was a requirement for WinPhone hardware. Oh well.

Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89


One for Mrs Cornholio please

Wifey is a real technophobe, and has never got on with any of the mobile phones that I've provided her with (feature phones, Android, ancient voice and text only devices).

She picked up my Nokia 925 at the weekend and used it without any assistance from me at all. I'll be getting her one of these 630s PDQ.

BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust


Not what it used to be

Can't comment on the television news as I don't watch it. However, it seems to me that the interweb outlet has gone from being a useful provider of news to some vacuous lifestyle magazine. Radio 4 news continues its long-term dumbing down too, and is now as likely to annoy as it is to inform.

Rant over.

WTF happened to Pac-Man?


That reminds me...

...I have a boxed Grandstand Munchman waiting to go on eBay. Ah, great days!

China's annual TV smear segment drags Nikon's name through the mud


Re: Apple branded “greedy” and “incomparably arrogant”

Nikon's 'black spots' were caused by bits of muck coming off the shutter and sticking to the sensor. They denied the problem for a long time, though to be fair they are fixing them now.

Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update


Re: Think

Being a bit of a Luddite, I currently face the prospect of finding something to replace XP on my machines.

Installed Mint on them all last week. Kept one with the option to boot into XP for those times when only Windows will do.

Think I'll give 8.x a miss. If 9 looks better I'll try it. Assuming, that is, that I feel I need to go back to Windows.

El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!


Yeah, cool...

We need more stuff like this please :o)

The right time to drink coffee



One per day for me. Earl Grey first, then...

1 tsp Mellow Birds

2 tsp sugar

3 tsp coffee whitener

...before I leave the house. I'm aware that I am likely to be derided for equating Mellow Birds with coffee.

It's tea all the way for the rest of the day, including a chai masala when I get into the office, but occasionally have another coffee when I get home.

Unsung DEAD WHALE EXPLODER hero, who gave the early internet a purpose, passes away


It's a shame they didn't call Blaster Bates...

...I'd have loved to have heard him spin a yarn that.

Do dishwashers really blunt knives


Sorry, no time to read through all the posts...

...but has anyone mentioned ceramic knifes? Great things, keep their edge for years.

Can't comment on dishwashers though. Somebody else's problem, too middle-class for Cornholio Towers.

If I did have a dishwasher, I wouldn't want to risk my carbon steel Sabatier in it. I like to treat my tools with respect ;o)

Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes


Some do

I have my Nokia from Utility Warehouse. I can visit their website to view my usage (to mmidnight previous day), and it always seems to agree with that measured by the phone.

Oh, and they send me an SMS if I'm getting near my limit.

Hands on: We play with the slippery Lumia 1520, Nokia's first phondleslab


I seem to recall that the 1020 scored behind the iPhone when video performance was considered in addition to stills. Stills only put the Nokia ahead.

Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!


Whereas in Thunderbird Land

Everyone is asking how to turn off the tabs. Of course, it can be done, but there's no granny-friendly 'use tabs' tick box.

Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go



My 2006 HP Pavilion is still providing excellent service, and Microsoft are still supporting its OS.

Well, at least they will be until April.

Oh, yes, its battery hasn't worked for a while. But even so...

Nokia's 41Mp Lumia 1020 'launches' in UK - but hoi polloi must wait


Re: Only one problem

Why? What exactly is your problem with WinPho 8? I was Phandroid, but I've no complaints about my Lumia 925. In fact, I think it's marvellous.

'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob


I'm so old

Was it One Direction that Benjamin Zephaniah had to listen to when he was on Radio 4's "I've never seen Star Wars"? One of the funniest things I've heard for a long time, and I'm sure he found more than one track on the album that was, shall we say, heavily influenced by a classic.

Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip


Re: Eh?

Ah. Starglider 2 on the Amiga. Happy days Painting with Rolf :o)

ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug


Milk in mug before or after tea: After



I'd probably choose the Assam out of that selection, but surely there is no one perfect cuppa? Horses for courses and all that.

So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits


Got my Lumia 925 last week...

...after being impressed with a friend's 920. I really like it, but then again it has replaced a creaky old Android 2.1 Orange San Fransisco (ZTE Blade).

The only thing that is bugging me at the moment is the way that the keyboard doesn't pop up when I hit the search button. Maybe I need to change a setting somewhere, but it is a pain to have to press the search button AND then tap the Bing search bar at the top of the screen before I can start typing.

Otherwise, it is a very fluid OS. It seems to require less horsepower than equivalent Android devices. I'm sure my quad-core Nexus 7 isn't quite as smooth as my dual-core Lumia 925.

Then again, I've never claimed to know anyting about phones. I just really want something that is good for making calls and texting, and the excellent (for a phone) camera on the 925 is a bonus for me. Looking forward to Nokia Pro Camera arriving with the Amber update!

What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...


"Heavily compressed DAB is the sonic equivalent of Michelangelo's David made out of Lego"


Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone


I hope to get one too...

...as they say, the very best camera is the one you have with you when you need it.

Not fussed if I have Windows or Android, just so long as it all works nicely. And having seen a Nokia 920 in action, it seems to me that Windows Phone 8 does work nicely.

Good article too, but pleeease, it's not a huge sensor. It's a 1/1.5" sensor. It's dwarfed by the APS-C one in my Pentax K-30.

Huge number of pixels though! However, something like a Pentax 645D will give a similar number of pixels plus much better IQ. That really is more akin to a huge sensor, you see.

Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A


Let me get this right...

"[if you] wish to launch Excel. Both are desktop apps, so showing the Start screen is jarring. Now you can press Win-S, type Excel, and select the app from a right-hand panel without leaving the desktop."

I've not used Win8. On my XP boxes, I click Start / Excel if I want to launch Excel. Do you really have to do all of the above to launch it under 8.1? Sorry, I'm probably being thick as usual.

Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits


I put Mint 14 XFCE on Wifey's netbook...

...and I generally like it. However, it did take a bit of fiddling to get the wireless to work. Also, Thunar rarely picks up the network drives.

Boots quickly though, and Mrs Cornholio only really want her browser and e-mail client.

The toy of tech: The Mattel Aquarius 30 years on


My first computer

Never did get it to read from cassette though.

+1 for Burger Time!

Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?


Not to forget...

...a happy 50th birthday to Compact Cassette (first introduced at the Berlin Radio Show in 1963, I believe).

We do have a decent turntable in the house, but it is mostly of interest to the wife (a collector of vinyl since the 1960s). To paraphrase someone-or-other, it is surprising how good vinyl can sound considering the limitations and compromises of the system.

I've never been taken by the vinyl sound, although am guilty of loving valve amps. I think in both cases, it is a case of finding the inherent distortions pleasing to the ear. Euphonic colourations, I believe they're called.

Recently read in Hi-fi News about an album that had been digitally recorded, mixed and mastered, but then cut as a vinyl disc before being re-digitised and released as a CD. Of course, it was praised for having a 'nice, warm analogue sound'. I'd always maintained 'vinyl fans' were being seduced by the colourations of the system. It just gets on my moobs when they tell me that the 12" record is the One True Way.

Sorry, rambling. Beer o' clock came early at Cornholio Towers today.

It's official: Apple will reveal 'a little more' on October 23


iPod Classic

I bet I'm still going to be waiting for an iPod with >160GB of storage. Come on Apple (or Sony, or anyone), it isn't just me that wants one. Surely it can't be that difficult?

Vote now for the ultimate bacon sandwich


Spoiled ballot

Where is the 'none of the above' option? I thought everyone knew that the requirements are:

- Soft white bread

- Lightly fried bacon

- Lashings of butter

- Large lumps of BRIE

- A steaming hot mug of tea

Unless I'm missing something, brie doesn't seem to get a mention?

Ketchup can be applied sparingly, or even black olives on occasion.

Transit of Venus, live-ish from Australia


Don't worry if you missed it...

...there'll be a transit of Mercury before too long.

Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates


They generally just annoy me

If it's not obvious, they generally just make me cross. However, I remember a local one when I was a lad:

BAL 521T

The owner had thoughtfully put a sticker in his window to help those who needed it:


Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?



Montgomery Burns?

Rumors of iPod classic's death prove exaggerated


Very miffed

Most upset that the Classic is still stuck at 160GB. My iTunes library is larger than that and I've been waiting for quite some time for a more capacious iPod. Grrr.

Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30 hi-fi streamer


Cambridge Audio

Surprisingly, some of their gear is well regarded.


Re. "24bit/96KHz. Where are you supposed to get that source material from?"

How about http://www.highresaudio.com/? Or maybe https://www.hdtracks.com/?

Apple plans to prune iPhone 3GS price


How much?

My Orange San Fransisco was £95. I've since seen them for as little as 65 beer tokens. That's more like it.