* Posts by Vincent

119 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Aug 2008


First Windows 7 beta puts fresh face on Vista

Jobs Horns

Windows 7 Page down

The page from which you will be able to download the Windows 7 Beta (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx) has presumably fallen victim to traffic rape - it's been getting slower and slower throughout the day and at the time of me typing this message it's completely down.

I want to give it a go to see if it's actually an improvement over Vista so far, plus it doesn't cost me any money and gives me something to do!

iPlayer finally makes friendly with Mac and Linux

Gates Horns

The whole "Apple/Mac Fanboy" thing...

Can we accept that it was most likely a tongue-in-cheek comment and move on? We all know that the occasional joke is put in to an article here every now and then. Besides, it doesn't really matter anyway. If you can't laugh at yourself then you might as well catch the fail express.

The BBC iPlayer Downloader thingy-whatever-it's-called doesn't work on my computer, not the last time I tried it anyway. I just had to keep installing it over and over again, but it wouldn't work. Eventually I just gave up. I may give it another go some time.

Evil Gates because the machine that it doesn't work on runs Vista/ D'oh!

Enormous HP box spotted from space


El Em Ay Oh

Bloody brilliant article!

Royal laptop theft 'will expose picture'


Please stop...

Please stop suggesting that there are pornographic pictures of the royal family on that laptop.

I'm gonna be need some of that mind bleach, AC...

Mozilla hastily shoves Firefox updates out door


I take it that...

I take it that i'm the only person who doesn't really have a problem with Firefox 3 then?

That said, i'm thinking about jumping ship to Chrome once it comes out of Beta.

Actually, I just looked at the Google Chrome page and it's missing the Beta tag, so it looks like i'll be downloading and installing that when I get home today then!

Gamer recovers Xbox 360 using controller


Re: Me thinks someone is stretching the truth...

You can format the Xbox 360s Hard Drive, which, in turn, will wipe any data that's on there:


I agree with you though, it seems hard to imagine that he just strolled in to an empty apartment that was unlocked with a 360 just sitting there.

Apologies after teacher's 'Linux holding back kids' claim


Re: re: "learn" windows?

Don't get me wrong or anything, I am indeed in favour of free open source software such as Linux, but I have to admit that it's a bit of a pain to get going.

Mostly with getting drivers installed, it's a particular pain if your wireless card doesn't work "out of the box" and you have to go searching the Internet trying to find a driver, but then you find out that the only driver for it only supports WEP encryption (as was the case with me).

I'm certainly no Linux guru; I imagine there is a way around it somehow.

Thinking about it, it's more of a fault with the hardware manufacturer for not supporting Linux, when they should be.

Again, I’m in favour of open source software, and I like how most Linux distros will work well older computers whereas some versions of Windows won't, but I do generally find Linux to be a bit of a pain to use at times.

Yeah, I’m kind of rambling, so I’ll shut up.

(Also, I apologize to El Reg if I submitted this post twice - the network died as soon as I clicked on "Post Comment" and I wasn't sure if it sent or not)


Important to learn both

Linux is (slowly) gaining market share, it would make sense to teach kids the basics at least, like how to install it and get things going, and the pros/cons of it against something like Windows.

I intend to try and learn how to use Ubuntu when I have the time and patience.

Alien because I, for one, welcome our free, open source overlords.

Microsoft knew about Xbox 360 disc-scratch problem, employee claims

Gates Horns


Microsoft really haven't done themselves any favors in terms of hardware with the Xbox 360 have they?

Tiny iPhone en route?


But seriously...

Those cases look pretty ugly. Who in their right mind would put THAT on their iPhone?

As for an iPhone Nano, i'm not really too bothered. If it's cheaper than the regular sized model then I can see more people buying them.

Mines the one with the iPod Touch in the pocket.

Asus sexes up Eee PC 1000 series


Same old thing

Low-end Netbooks have already been done to death now, seriously, how many do we need? I don't think there's much of a point in releasing all of these clones, not until someone feels like putting a dual core Atom inside one or something.

It would be nice to see someone cram some medium or even high-end stuff in to a Netbook, okay, I know that Sony have pretty much already done that (Sony Vaio TT) but a little bit more variety never hurt anyone.

Sony sued for collecting kids' data


Re: 'Scuse me

I agree, unless there's some kind of law that I haven't heard of, it sounds like it's the kids fault here. I know that I lied about my age just to register on some websites a few years ago, that certainly doesn't make it the organizations fault, it was my fault.

Sony should delete the information, yes, but I don't think that they should lose money for it.

Mac supremacists annexe Maidstone

Jobs Horns


I don't see much of a point. Nothing from my initial observations looks like it's cheaper than what's on the Apple Store, so yeah, if you want a Mac then you're still going to be ripped off.

PS3 Home is '2005 tech', says Xbox exec


As a 360 owner...

I personally think that PlayStation Home looks better than what the Xbox Dashboard has to offer. Can't say i'm particularly bothered though, as long as I can play games on the thing i'm happy.

Indian court urged to 'ban Google Earth'

Gates Horns

Such a shame

Looks like they'll have to use maps.live.com now instead!

Evil Gates because MS are helping terrorists now.

Google gives Chrome spit 'n' polish treatment, says report

Paris Hilton

Re: When will we finally have the browser-in-the cloud?

Is that even possible?

The web browser is a means of accessing applications in the cloud, how would you get hold of the web browser if you have no web browser to access it?

It would be like trying to download, say, Firefox on a clean installation of Windows without Internet Explorer.

Confused Face icon, please? Paris will do for now.


Re: Macs

It came across as a tongue-in-cheek comment to me. I'm using a Mac, and I didn't really care about the "Mac fan boys and gals" comment. In fact, the whole Mac users reacting badly to that kind of thing is probably one of the reasons that Apple has such a bad name nowadays.

As for Chrome, I may give it another go when there are some add-ons for it. I like having Adblock Plus and Last.fm functionality in my web browser. I'll give the "full" version a go, if I like it more than Firefox then i'll keep it.

Oh, and wasn't there a Linux version in the works? Or am I just cracking up there?

ITU plots third dimension


HDTV = Big Enough

I can't see the need for people needing anything bigger than a 1080p display. We can barely fit our 1080p TV in our living room, so why is anyone going to need something that's 4 times bigger? Where are you even going to put it?

I can't really see myself getting a 3D display either, not until they're dirt cheap at the least.

'I don't blame pilot', says San Diego jet crash father

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Re: Mr Yoon


Is filming someone in the street a breach of privacy?

Paris Hilton


Permission should be obtained from the person who was filmed before the show is broadcast.

That's what I think, at least.

Paris because she always gives permission. ;D

Apple more closed than Microsoft


"It just works"

Currently using a Mac now, and have been doing so for the past few weeks. I find that it's generally a mixed bag.

I have found, however, that it locks up a lot more than my computer at home which runs Vista, and all I really do on this thing is surf the Internet.

Also, I was trying to access a shared folder on the network that i'm connected to right now, and didn't have any luck. It worked before, but now it doesn't.

So what i'm saying is that Macs are nice, but they certainly don't "just work", and certainly not good enough to justify the premium that Apple charge for one.

Also, these MacBooks get pretty bloody hot after a while.

Mine's the flameproof jacket.

Ofcom rules on Clarkson strumpet gag


Re: John Imrie

"I believe there is an other presenter but for some reason my mind drops into a stupor when he appears and I can't remember his name."

That'll be James May. The guy with the long hair.


Outbreak of common sense?

"To restrict humour only to material which does not cause offence would be an unnecessary restriction of freedom of expression."

Now can people stop crying over nothing?

Hackintosh clone surfaces in the Argentine

Jobs Horns

That monitor in the picture...

Is the same one that I have!

And is it just me, or is the tower a little on the ugly side?

Getting a Mac "on the cheap" is all fine and well, but what's the point if applications might not even work properly?

Evil Jobs because he won't release a cheaper MacBook/iMac.

Google OS gOS - if at first you don't succeed...


I lol'd

I found the article rather humorous, although I have to say that the idea of an OS that boots up quickly will probably be useful for people like me, who have a fairly low-end laptop that came pre-loaded with Vista.

I don't think that Cloud should be used as the only OS on the entire computer though, it'd be a bit pointless, methinks.

Leeds Council loses kids details

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"It contained names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, child protection information, ethnicity and whether their parents are claiming benefits."

"it was understood that no sensitive or confidential data was on this stick"

Last time I checked, names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, etc, was all confidential data.


Microsoft phone coming Zune?


@AC at 14:24 GMT

1- Actually, I think the 360, PS3 and Wii are the 7th generation of consoles, I can see what you mean though (PS1, N64, then PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, then PS3, 360 and Wii).

3- I've seen the odd Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse lying around.

Yeah I know, i'm nitpicking. Sorry. I'll shut up now.

Paris Hilton

"Ballmer can only wish..."

Safari preloaded on a Microsoft product? Yeah right! =P

I suppose Google Maps would be replaced by Windows Live Earth, or whatever the kids are calling it these days.

Anyway, if Microsoft wanted to release a Music Phone, then I could see it happening. I haven't used Windows Mobile but i've heard that it's more suited to business users rather than consumers. Don't quote me on that though, i've never used Windows Mobile.

Paris because Ballmer can only wish...

Entire class fails IT exam by submitting in Word format



I did my ICT GCSE last year and saved my files in the .doc format and passed. Have the rules changed recently at all? The exam board was the same as this one too. Hmm.

Were they using Word 2007 or something? I was using Word 2000. Yes, I know, the school that I was in was still teaching students how to use 8 (then 7) year old software. Pretty crap, eh?

Anywho, I hope those students get the grades that they actually deserve. It would suck doing all that preparation for the exam and then not getting the result that you deserve through no fault of their own.

Clangers creator dies at 83


Oh dear

"The BBC notes that in October this year company Coolbai acquired the right to many of his characters, and said it "planned to introduce Bagpuss to a new generation"."

Don't think many folks will like the sound of that.

Appletops may get juice pump


Re:Re: Ben Heck's 360 Laptop

Yup, here it is, I think:


Jacqui Smith denies any knowledge of police search


Oh ffs

Our Government are like a bunch of children - take credit when they do something right (which is rare), but blame it on others when they do something wrong (which is almost always the case).

Human rights court rules UK DNA grab illegal


Well, someone has to say it...

I, for one, welcome our European overlords.

Clamshell 'iPhone' appears online

Jobs Horns

Oh dear

Cue lawsuit in 3, 2, 1...

Apple shares mobile display plugs with outside world

Jobs Horns


We could use HDMI, which already has a lot more support than DisplayPort has. HDMI also doesn't need to be screwed in, and it's around about the same size as a USB Port.

Basically: What's the point?

Beatles stay off iTunes cos of 'heavy negotiations', man

Jobs Horns

Oh well...

I'm sure that somewhere else sells tracks by The Beatles already, probably without the DRM too.

Apple quietly releases Safari 3.2.1

Jobs Horns

Well, that explains it then

Today is the first time i've ever used OS X, and I was getting annoyed at how Safari kept crashing, I was thinking to myself "Well, it doesn't 'just work'". Hopefully this fixes it (although i've already put Firefox on to it).

For the record, no it's not my laptop, i'm on an IT Course with nothing to do, so I asked if I could try out one of the MacBooks for the day. So you can't rag on to me about wasting money on a MacBook. =p

Evil Jobs, because, well, because.

Inside Microsoft's 'New Xbox Experience'

Gates Horns

Some complaints

Generally speaking, I like the new interface, and I like the avatars as well.

I have several problems with the new dashboard though:

1- My friends list (In the actal dashboard, not the guide) keeps making my console crash. The only way to fix it is turning it off and turning it back on again, which is a pain in the arse.

2- The Xbox Live Marketplace is a little buggy. Sometimes it takes too long to load, and often it doesn't even load at all.

Safari 3.2 update leaves Mac fanboys' balls in a spin

Jobs Halo

@David Kelly

"So? I could find numerous examples of pages that work in Safari properly but not in FF, or IE, or Opera or any browser you care to name. No browser is ever going to render all web pages as intended."

I can accept the fact that there's no such thing as a perfect web browser, and that they all have their flaws, but Safari goes titsup on websites that I visit when Firefox doesn't. If Firefox meets my needs better than Safari does, then it's logical that I use Firefox over Safari, right?

Plus I have a lot of add-ons for Firefox that I like to use that are probably unavailable on Safari.

In the end it's all about personal taste, if you prefer Safari as your default web browser, then that's fine.


A title is required

"What exactly is it you hate about Safari? There are advantages to Safari over FF, such as:


* better rendering"

I can't particularly comment on the other points because I haven't really used Safari enough to really provide a decent argument, but i've noticed that Safari produces some bugs on certain web pages, where Firefox and even IE7 don't.

"Still curious to know why these Safari haters dislike it so much. "It sucks" is not a real reason. :-P"

Why not? If it doesn't do the job well (And thus, sucks), then I think that's a valid reason to dislike a browser.

Personally i'm sticking to Firefox 3 right now, but I might switch to Chrome once it comes out of Beta.

Dell Studio Hybrid mini desktop PC



For the UK, you have a "Dell™ Wireless 1505 Wireless-N MiniPCI Card EUR" which is included in the price. You don't have the option to remove it or change it or anything.

It's on the "Accessorise my Dell" tab when you start to customise it.

25 years of Macintosh - the Apple Computer report card



"Vincent - maybe you could take over when Steve J inevitably goes? Do you own a black turtleneck and some blue jeans? Are you somehow able to inspire your workforce while reputedly having a major temper control problem? Are you able to convey a sense of geekish glee while onstage without doing anything so dull as discussing technical specifications?"

1- I have some jeans but am currently lacking a black turtleneck.

2- I wouldn't describe myself as "inspirational". :p

3- Unfortunately not, well, it depends what it is exactly I suppose.

But hey, this is stuff I can work on, right? =p


"Yep! I got a Mac because I was fed up to the teeth downloading and buying anti-virus stuff. I just wanted to get on with what I wanted to do ... is that stupid?"

You do know that there is some (albeit, not as much as there is for Windows) malware for Macs right? It's why software like ClamXav and stuff exists.



The guy on the left in that first picture (Jobs?) looks similar to me. In fact, if I let my beard grow a bit, we'd probably look almost exactly alike.

I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing though.

Jezza Clarkson cops flak for 'truckers murder strumpets' gag


The perfect puishment...

Take away all his fancy cars - make him drive the G-Wiz instead!

Forcefields will guard Mars ships from solar ion storms


Stupid question here...

But what does "Boffins" mean? I'm assuming it's a scientist or a developer or something?

Users pour forth MacBook trackpad woes


But it just works!

But it just works!

Windows 7 early promise: Passes the Vista test

Paris Hilton

Not a fan of the GUI

I use Vista and i'm starting to dislike the Aero interface. Also, i'm not a big fan of the whole Ribbon thing either. I've used Office 07 to get used to it, but I don't know if i'd be willing to put up with it in most applications.

Personally, i'd like to see the return of the Media Centre theme that came with Windows XP: Media Centre Edition. I believe it was called Energy Blue or something?

Paris because she's also easy to use.

Vodafone pitches Comic Sans as the next Crazy Frog


Oh dear

We're going to get people using Impact in Bold or something aren't we?

Sadface because, well, sadface.

Microsoft could block popular Azure apps


Oh dear.

See above.

Asus' sexed-up Eee PC 1000-series netbook spied on web

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Nicer than the S101 in my opinion, but i'm not a huge fan of brown so yeah.

Still won't get one though because I have no need for it.