* Posts by Ian Entwistle

65 posts • joined 7 Aug 2008


Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

Ian Entwistle

Re: I'm smarter...

I've got two in the garage along with the tape deck ( old style square one that put tapes into orbit when ejected )

Planet Computers has really let things slide: Firm's third real-keyboard gizmo boasts 5G, Android 10, Linux support

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Neil, whilst the initial firmware did have the lock bug the updates mine had ( before it died, see elsewhere ) resolved it. ditto the cover display issues on release were fixed. ( I know they have just had a bug in a very recent release but i believe that is also fixed now )

Ian Entwistle

Re: I wish them well

Have you looked at Andronix? i have Ubuntu running nicely on my key2 with "reasonable" performance. ( Key2 is not a stunner compared to some other android devices). with a BT keyboard I could see a S10/20/Note10 being a very useful device if you don't mind the two bits aspect.

Ian Entwistle

Re: I wish them well

You will have seen above my cosmo is dead, it replaced a KeyOne and has been replaced by a Key2..

in terms of device, the cosmo is a different beast to do a different job. Whilst the KB on the 2 is good for most stuff I do the cosmo was capable of far far longer typing sessions than I'd like to do on the 2.

software wise the cosmo was OK for me, I had the odd quirk but as a techie i sort of guessed I'd be beta tester at best. it was fast enough and generally worked well once we'd sorted an autorotate mechanism for the few apps that prefer it.

so the q is what do you want it to be, a fancier Key2 or a scaled down laptop. former stay where you are for now to see how the Astro goes, latter jump right in.

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yes its dry as a bone but still dead as a dead thing.. I suspect the battery is actually duff rather than water damage to anything.

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I backed/got a cosmo... loved it... till I happened to use it whilst it was raining.. now dead and " water ingress" means no warranty/replacement... I've never had to worry about using a phone outside before but now I'm the owner of a 500 quid paperweight. :(

The BlackBerry in your junk drawer is now a collectors' item: TCL says no more new keyboard-clad phones

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Typing this on my cosmo communicator on its lovely keyboard...

Look a little harder, they are out there..

Sueball claims Tesla solar panels are so effective, they started fires at Walmart stores

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Re: $deities have a sense of humor

I've got 3.6kw on my roof up in t' frozen north.. cost 5.5k. over last 5 years have averaged 550 pa in fit payments and in conjunction with log burner run on scavenged trees seasoned myself my utilities is 120 a month less than it was. Seems to work ok here...

Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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Re: *Points in disappointment*

+1000, back in 2005 I "invested" in one of the first ever megapixel ( well 1.3 ) camera phones a sanyo m570. the reason, was we'd just had our daughter and whilst I had a great camera I knew I'd always have my phone and I have hundreds of OK, not great quality pictures but i HAVE pictures that I wouldn't have if I'd set myself only to use my camera.

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Still have mine

I take my ZX81 and VIC-20 when i do STEM events ( careers fairs, talks about careers in general, early days computing talks etc ). I find them great Ice breakers and the kids are amazed we could do stuff with so little RAM etc. when you explain tuning the TV in to see the screen you just get blank stares...

Still reckon it was THE best 50 quid I ever spent as I now have a great career that I love that pays far more than the "teacher" option that I was expected to follow.

Thanks Sir Clive!!!

Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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Filtering is perfectly legal here in the UK, in fact during a bike test if you fail to filter when its safe to do so you fail for lack of confidence in your ability. As per original comment though even if said biker was doing something he shouldn't that doesn't give self driving cars the right to hit him... it is in situations like this where the gap it was going for is no longer a safe option yet abandoning the move leads to an accident that is the hard bit of programming as you have to now make a difficult choice, if in the case both would end up with a casualty which one do you want the computer to choose?

His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

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Re: Note the 200mile+ range.

"And the Blighty weather is unlikely to hammer the aircon very often."

More likley to batter the heating/wipers/lights/heated seats/etc... plus batteries don't work as well in cold weather so I suspect that range will drop more

With the new Leaf expecting to be near 200 mile range ( in optimum conditions) by the tuime we get RHD models I suspect the competition will have passed the current range spec of the Tesla

( I have driven a P90D and loved it as a vehicle, it was just an absolutely stupid amount of money)

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I do 120 miles a day round trip to the office and have done for 20 years... yes I could have moved closer except for the facts I have an elderly mother that needs looking after, all my friends and family are here, its MUCH cheaper to buy a nice house in a nice part of town here than near where I work, I have gorgeous countryside on my doorstep, the seaside less than an hour away. The people are friendlier and if I do for some god forsaken reason want to shop in a city I have a choice of the three major northern cities within an hours drive in my 5 litre twin turbo V10 dino powered monstrosity that averages a nice easy 35 mpg cruising at the legal limit...

I could choose a tiny engined car and sit two hours in a noisy, tin box or I can pay a tad more and sit in total luxury for that time being massaged on the heated//cooled seats in double glazed quiet with a superb stereo to chill out to... you pays your money and makes your choice but its not always about £ s d....

The thoughts of say riding a tube at rush hour.... nah, as they say, some things are worth every penny..

Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying car software' – report

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I'm with you having just "regressed" from a VW Phaeton with more control systems than can possibly be healthy to a old shape C70 Cab... IMHO all in car tech should be well segregated from the actual functionality of being a car. I use a Logitech Zerotouch to allow me to control music, start navigation, share location with the missus if running late, send/hear text/email/whatsapp etc if I want, instigate phone calls, yada yada. The music/audio is streamed through the excellent in built Dolby pro logic system via a bluetooth adaptor so I don't even need to hack the car with an aftermarket Halfrauds special disco delight.

All the "connected stuff" you could want in a car that can be fixed as and when needed ( currently on 142K miles and increasing at 2.5k/month) without taking out a second mortgage.

BlackBerry admits dying BB10 is in pain

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I love(d) my Passport and despite them having a Android build for it they will never release it unfortunately. I'd even be happy to pay a £20 "Google Tax" if necessary to switch mine to Droid life.. As it is I use a Priv for my everyday device... I still prefer the format and keyboard on the PP though...

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Re: Support for Blackberry

Google Play services is the reason why having Amazon app store is a red herring.. lots of apps simply don't work or are "not supported on this device"

BlackBerry DTEK60: An elegant flagship for grown-ups

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Did I get a promotion and no one told me??? ( Humble techie who loves having a proper keyboard... curently using BBerry Passport, previous owned Nokia N900, Nokia Communicators etc )

Nokia crawls towards comeback with new phones announcement

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New Communicator please..... still have my e90 and currently use a Bberry passport as the closest thing there is today...

‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

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Re: Wrong

*waves* (from reply posted on his blackberry passport hardware keyboard whilst I can still see the whole of the Web page I'm replying to ...)

Facebook, WhatsApp farewell BlackBerry

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I've used m.facebook for ages now on my Passport as the native client didn't support replies to comments and would bork out at some posts completely for some reason ( including occasionally even my own posts ). Turning off notifications for it also improved the already ace battery life.

Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

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What you mean like the Blackberry Priv? large screen, secured Android, physical keyboard, or if you are slightly more brave and aren't a slave to Candy crush etc the Passport is an excellent piece of kit. I have one and can't right now think of a phone other than potentially a PRIV that Id swap for and even that I can't see the cost/benefit bit making any sense for me as the PP does everything I need.

Three scoops 'most reliable network' crown, EE takes every other title

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The UK is a BIG place, of course every supplier will have good and bad spots, surely the sensible ones of us test where we need/want to use our phones the most and go with the best in those areas? e.g. I live in a small town in Lancashire, work in Cheshire and have a holiday caravan in Blackpool. Vodafone work best for me at home and work but are a tad intermittent at B'pool. So I have voda in my phone and an EE Mifi for the caravan... Its not exactly rocket science....

Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: Just give me a frikking keyboard!

BB Passport... job jobbed, physical keyboard and it acts like a touchpad for positioning the edit box accurately and for scrolling without having your fingers all over the screen. .

I can't think the last time that I genuinely haven;t got my eye on some new model... this thing is the most productive, intuitive thing I'd owned by far. the hardware is still top spec and best of all the battery lasts two full days of serious use. Add in the Hub for productivity and you can keep your Androids and iphones... I'll stay here quite happily.

BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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Re: So near, and yet.. so far

Any specific android apps and I can test them for you to check they work. it appears the only ones that have had issues for me are ones that care if its been rooted( Banking/SkyGo till i binned SKY/some bespoke work apps that demand non rooted).

I can heartily recommend the PP though, I thought i was taking a bit of a risk and it turned out to be best decision on a phone I made in a long time.

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I've used Android from 1.6, bought a Passport to replace my Note 3 in Jan as I have always preferred a hardware keyboard and like others, suddenly I stop thinking about how to do stuff on my phone and just got on with doing it. The Passport has been a revelation to me and took me back to how I felt about my Nokia N900 before I switched to droid, that I have a device really focused on function/usability over fashion. I quite like the quirky nature of the device, the square screen, the HUB, the amazing battery life and most of all the truly awesome keyboard and track pad function. I only miss one app that I can't run from Droid land for my Banking and can make do with the .mobi site for that.

I do quite fancy having a play with the PRIV but in all honesty it will have to be significantly "better" than my PP for me to make the switch. Having a normal rectangular ratio is not enough for me, I care little for a curved edge as I always use a case which would cover it anyway. The hardware in itself doesn't appear to be much better than the PP which has never felt slow or lacking to me either. right now I'm feeling less inclined to want to throw X hundred quid at something no better at doing what I want it to than what I have already.

BlackBerry vows to make even fewer phones

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Re: @James 51 @g7rpo: What do they offer anymore

Love my BBerry Passport I came from a NOTE 3 and it absolutely is everything I wanted it to be, in relation to how it sounds, have a shufty here http://audiophileon.com/news/blackberry-passport-review-part-2-audio-quality?rq=blackberry

Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Ranked #858 of 894 , you gotta wonder what the 36 that are considered worse are like then......

Intel shows off wine-powered processor and biometric boffinry

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I've had a wine powered processor for years... its called SWMBO....

Autogyro legend Ken Wallis hangs up wings at 97

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Met him when i was a nipper, a proper nice bloke who was more than happy to spend time to tell a snotty little 12 year old who was intrigued how it all worked. RIP

Universal Credit dole 'liable to be paralysed by IT cockups'

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And this is only a week after big blue announce the contractors delivering most of this are being forced to take a 10% pay cut.. Go figure the result of that bolt from big blue....

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on review

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Ditto, no problems with my pockets either with the original, my only beef is the ridiculously low sensitivity of the stylus try highlighting links that are close and more often than not it selects the wrong one.

Samsung whips out Galaxy Note II, cam-phone with proper zoom lens

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Agree on stylus of teh original

coming from a N900 to the Note via a Dell Streak I was looking forward to a decent screen res and the ability to use a stylus but its so inaccurate its a joke

in ebay gallery you click and image and either the one below or above opens.

I very rarely get the thing out now and yet it was one of the main differentiators when I was buying.

I love the size of the thing and it does most of my casual computing but I can burn a battery in half a day in decent use. it can as others say get extremely hot.

Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

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Re: The best bacon sandwich

But the best bacon sandwich is the one brought to you in bed with a brew by your naked other half.

^^^^^^^ fixed that for you...

Ten... eight-bit classic games

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Manic Miner was out on VIC 20(with 16K RAM pack) as well. I still have mine along with my ZX81. The text adventure cartridges of the VIC wasted many hours of my youth(Adventureland, The Count etc). you seem to have missed Jeff Minters awesome collection of games, Matrix, Lazerzone, Attack of teh Mutant Camels, Revenge OTMC, etc.

you do have to wonder how they managed to get so much quality gameplay into so little memory, now each time I decide I want a quick blast of GT5 on my rarely used PS3 it downloads gigabytes of updates.... In fact it would be quicker to get my VIC out the garage and wait for it to load up Manic Miner from tape than it is waiting for GT5 to update! progress eh?

Google Currents

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running on a Galaxy note the fonts are HUGE even when set to smallest setting.

GM puts the brake on Volt e-car output

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even though I'm a petrolhead if they want to drop one off at my house for me to use gratis I'll happily do so to get it seen out there in public. They can even plaster teh sides with advertising, I dont care as long at it makes my 120 miles a day commute as cheap as possible. currently I'l going through ~ 15 quids worth of diesel a day.....

Samsung Galaxy Note

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Dell Streak

*cough* I've been in 5" territory for over a year and its lovely...

I'll probably have a look at the Note when my contract is up unless something else of similar size is available with better spec.

Retailer intros cut-price 10in Android tablet

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Hannspree Hannspad, 154 quid at ebuyer a few weeks ago when I got mine

also got a dual core 7" capactive 2,.2 tab from Dealextreme for teh liitle one for 127 quid delivered. had a quick play with it and its very very good.

now is the time of cheap tabs as long as you aren't of the fruit based outlook

iPad baby baffled by paper magazine

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I didn't say that she shouldn't learn how to write or do mathematics ( which she is actually very good at ) what I did say is I dont want her to waste time learning "joined up" writing which was a skill taught when people wrote each other letters and were happy waiting a week for a reply. When did you last read anything written in human scribbled joined up writing? I certainly can't remember when I did and I dont think its likley to make a sudden come back.

At your analogy of writing a taxi number down, why would she need to do that when she could just type it straight into the phone itself? or even SHOCK HORROR remember it?

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My 6 YO is getting a Android tab for Xmas, my 2 YO loves playing on my current Android tab.

Daft bit is my 6 YO is about to be taught "joined up writing". Am I alone is thinking Why? I haven't written anything serious beyond basic musings on dead trees for years and certainly not in "Real writing" as it was called when I was a kid. I'd rather them spend that time doing something more productive with the time than teaching her a skill she will probably never ever use.


O2 struggles for breath in widespread outages

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ditto just south of Knutsford

data throughput only works before 8am, soon as the office fills up with people you may as well resort to carrier pigeon, reported to O2, " Our map says you have good coverage........."

DIY kit computer goes Forth against Braben's RaspberryPi

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If it was good enough for you why not introduce your kids to the same? A VIC20 emulator on your PC and jobs a good un. I still have a lot of my old 1980s magazines knocking around which I'll use for my kids when they are old enough

Car immobilisers easily circumvented by crafty carjackers

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It takes less than 6 hours if you bash the owner over the head and have it away with the keys

err, isn't the whole point of security that its only as strong as the weakest link and in pretty much all cases this will be the mortal fleshy thing holding the magic key...

Royal Wedding: Prince Charles is a ZX81, Wills is an iPad

Ian Entwistle

Best 70 quid I ever invested

if it wasn't for my door stop ZX81 I probably wouldn't be earning half what I do now. I still have it ( and my VIC-20) and thank it everytime it passes my hands.....

Mr Sinclair, I doff my cap to you!

As for the wedding rubbish, meh....

Nokia snaffles user data on the down-low

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doesn't do much anyway

I signed up and haven't had any messages etc from MyNokia up to now so its not like its bothering me much....

As menion on the forums its easy to disable if you are really paranoid but you should be concentrating more on the Black Helicopters overhead watching your every move.....

Vodafone to introduce out-of-bundle data charges

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it was always sold as 500mb.. and lets talk tethering

When I tool my first voda contract out 2 years or so ago it was because of two things, 500mb was plenty for most people and they were teh only people who let me use my phone with my laptop.

TBH they are also teh only network that offer me a good connection everywhere I go, work is rubbish for all other networks and I'd rather havve a signal than an expensive paperweight...

Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx stalks PC and Mac converts

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Yes, just double click the .deb and ity opens a GUI installer, click install, enter password, job done.

BTW its been doing this for a couple of years now.....

If you are talking about compiling from source then no, you need a CLI for that but I'd love to see a non geek complile a windows app to put up the comparison.

TBH you are better off using repos stuff as all updates will be managed automatically, if you install manually then you can't expect it to know about new releases. "with power comes responsibility"

Qwerty Smartphones: Best Buys

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So where was the N900 with its full Linux, good camera, excellent touchscreen, accelerometer, AGPS, integrated messaging clients etc?

Microsoft to extend Silverlight for Mac?

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right pain if I want to watch Sky sports over t'interweb on my Linux box as Moonlight doesn't work

Commodore 64 reincarnated as quad-core Ubuntu box

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VIC-20 was colour too!

I still have 2 that still work including the switchable 3/16K RAM pack and the "Super Expander" that gave 1024x 1024 addressable resolution ( although colour was limited to 20 x 35 (IIRC) addresses.

Did I mention I still have my ZX81 as well..... :o) although i haven't tested that one in years

I could never afford a C64 so I had to make teh best of my VIC so had it controling relays to open curtains, switch lights etc on/off. All the cabling and exposed connections in my bedroom was the best ever deterrent for keeping an inquisitive Mum away from those magazines you didn't want her to find!!!



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