* Posts by Mr Floppy

99 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Sep 2008


Samsung reveals release for 5in tablet

Mr Floppy

Or not

> Samsung may well have improved the "resolution" of the sensor so that it works. Or not.

The stylus works like a Wacom digitiser. It uses electromagnetic resonance technology patented by Wacom I believe. No need for power but pen tip power, orientation of the stylus, makes it better than any stylus system out there.

The only problem is that the API for the stylus is owned by Samsung and not a part of Android. Mind you, they could have just licensed Wacoms Cintiq.

Zombie mobile Linuxes mate

Mr Floppy

don't just blame Intel

Nokia are still to blame. Maemo could have been great. When Nokia announced Meego after all the people bought the N900, well initially there was a little excitement but then nothing, nothing, nothing.

Still, the N900 rides strong ..

Aussie fans of old BBC fodder get paid iPlayer offering

Mr Floppy

@Ian Ferguson

I don't actually watch much TV myself. The Mrs Floppy (an expat) likes it though.

But yeah .. suck it to yers! Stealing your TV!

Mr Floppy

a large pile of steaming poo and mostly unwatchable

I have to say that although I agree, UK television isn't that much better either.

Atleast I don't have to pay the license fee. Have a deal with a mate where we both have a slingbox at either end.

Turnbull storms Paris with NBN’s doom

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That is all. The guy is a major prat. His record at OzEmail kind of shows his approach. The company then had a great user base and potential but when the whole service got shit, he took his money and ran.

TiVo chief downunder ejects to the US

Mr Floppy

Bye TiVo

the Topfields have been doing it for free for ages. Even with ice tv, it was still a better alternative.

Ballmer: Windows Phone can win third place in mobile!

Mr Floppy

Pity about Maemo

If it wasn't for Nokias stupidity Win mobile would be 5th

Winklevoss twins: Zuck on our salty nuts

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did they really?

> These twins appear to be hardworking athletes that came with an idea, and just want they feel was stolen from them.

Even they admitted that the idea came from Divya Narendra.

Anyway, there wasn't a judgement in the case. The judge ordered the two companies to mediation. The case went bad for the twins and they were very very lucky to get 65 million. Ever since, they've gone back to try and get more.

Zuckerberg was never their friend by the way. They hired him to do work. No denying from me that Zuck is a tosser though. Don't know him personally but some of those interviews he's done, he's hardly Richard Branson

HTC mulls mobile OS buy – but won’t be rushed

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Thumb Up

HTC Desire Z or something similar and ..

Put Meego on that and it may mean I leave my N900 as a shelf queen

Nokia offers $10,000 for new ring tone

Mr Floppy

Give the money to me

1. record

2. take a nokia phone

3. play the Gran Vals tune and drop it in the toilet

4. Flush

5. Stop recording

Galaxy Tab 7.7 pulled from IFA after new Apple moves

Mr Floppy

@BorkedAgain: And how would you feel

Well, the little franchise in Australia called the Pancake Parlour managed to make Ronald change his pancakes to hotcakes ...

and a little burger joint called Burger King in South Australia managed to make Burger King change their name to hungry jacks.

Go little guys.. but not Apple in this case

Dell Alienware M18x 18.4in gaming notebook

Mr Floppy

ouch me back!

At 3800 pounds, that's a bit steep there. I suppose I don't need the raid 0 SSD.

I think this form factor needs to be revisited. Maybe as an all-in-one like the iMacs but dock your keyboard and mouse and with a carry handle and a fold-out stand. Keep the built in battery but only as a UPS or something. Should reduce the weight. I'd love a 21 inch all-in-one gaming rig.

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note

Mr Floppy

thumb typing

Yeah, if there is a proper bluetooth HID stack, then I'd happily carry around a rollup keyboard. I dont like typing with my thumbs.

But, theres a stylus so graffiti for android would be perfect us old palm users who have got quick at it. It's the only thing that'll stop me using my N900 with garnet VM.

Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept

Mr Floppy

even better!

it's Wacoms electromagnetic resonance technology behind the pen.

I'm liking this thing even more.

Mr Floppy

or a resistive touchscreen?

Or maybe a combination resistive capacitive touchscreen?

It might be multi touch resistive though. Will know more when the S-Pen SDK comes out.

Toshiba outs 'world's thinnest, lightest' tablet

Mr Floppy

you mean like Maemo

on a N900. Nokia's Internet Tablets. Such a travesty that they didn't do more with it.

Samsung outs MacBook Pro lookalike laptop

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It doesn't matter

Yes, there are some similarities in appearance (few that I can see) but it doesn't matter because it has the words "Samsung" on the cover. It's also pretty fugly.

I think the "inspiration" is misguided with many of the east Asian manufacturers. There are plenty of good designers out there given the number that make it over here as games designers. It just seems that the ones without an original thought work for the big companies, or are made to toe the line

Sid Meier's Civilization

Mr Floppy

Civ 2 was the easiest to cheat with

You could just edit the files as they were just text. Defeats the purpose of the game unless you want to totally dominate and place partisans to besiege all the other cities. It also helps you settle in the artic tundras.

Schmidt bewails Blighty's boffin-v-luvvie culture clash

Mr Floppy

Kids these days

BASIC was still a couple of years away in advanced computer studies. It was Logo and Turtle graphics for me. That with one of 6 Apple IIe we had. The geeky kids were the ones that stayed back in recess time to use them.

Mind you, you'll struggle to find any teachers now who has even heard of the those let alone teach it.

Elgato readies iPad 2 TV tuner dongle

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I'll believe it when I see it

Tried heaps of different aerials and various tuners and none proved adequate. Best is a home made yagi from a magnum stick and paper clips funny enough but hardly mobile.

How to... re-energise your Android smartphone's OS

Mr Floppy

for the HTC dream/magic,

since CM (and the other guy who I can't remember) no longer has this phone, CM 6 is the only stable build. As nice as that is and fast, it's still froyo but have no fear, Ginger Yoshi is here and it's good as. Android 2.3.5!

Samsung 'mulls bid for' HP's orphaned webOS

Mr Floppy

perish the thought

Adobe kill every thing that they touch. Just look at Business Catalyst. What a joke of a system.

I wonder if Amazon are interested?

Misery at Acer: 'Breaking even this year is impossible'

Mr Floppy

like all the rest

They missed the boat on the netbooks. They all thought about the form factor but not the software, or how the software would would work on such a small form factor. Then they put back harddrives, Windows XP, increase the form factor a little more and increased the weight, all with an underpowered CPU, it just didn't work anymore. What these companies should take away from this is that it isn't just about the hardware. Some software/OS support would go a long way

Posted from an eeepc 701 running puppy 5, with a modded touchscreen.

Apple shares drop after Jobs resignation

Mr Floppy

stock market for dummies

is that where all these player stock market players learn their trade?

Coders breathe Android into dead HP fondleslab

Mr Floppy

Alien Dalvik

If they ever release it that is. It seems they are targetting obsolete platforms so this would be just the thing.

If not, I'm sure there will be someone out there what will make a community based Dalvik port. Maybe these coders could do just that

Sony: PlayStation Vita will win gamers back from tablets, phones

Mr Floppy

cue N900 and wiimote and out to a big TV

Sure, i can play some old snes games but there are some great ones there.

Whats a gamer these days anyway? People on iPhones are calling themselves 'gamers' even though they might play smurfs village or something.

Motorola Atrix Lapdock

Mr Floppy

design students

especially since the concept was out with the Olo computer for the iPhone. That didn't go anywhere but the idea was good and the patent is probably out there if they wanted it as I think the company isn't there anymore (unless apple snapped it up).

a design student could have thought up something better than this

Community Linux support for Penguin phones floated

Mr Floppy

good idea

lets start with the N900 power kernel for long term support

id Software Wolfenstein 3D

Mr Floppy

Different game

but they were great. I had beyond castle wolfenstein on the C64. It was in colour! Good ol 8 bits of it.

iLuv iPad 2 case and Bluetooth keyboard

Mr Floppy

Cheap and more expensive alternatives

There's a Kensington version that is $100 and then theres a dealextreme version that's $40. Still, where's the projection keyboard?

People don't want tablets, they want iPads

Mr Floppy

Like the KeyFolio

Best accessory yet, the Kensington KeyFolio bluetooth keyboard and case. Not cheap but the charge on it lasts ages. It's like a netbook but can work in portrait mode too.

I don't know about Android but I hope they sort out their BT HID stack. Still favour my N900 over the iPad. If Nokia took stock and looked at what people have done with their NITs, they could have had a good tablet instead of offering their netbook.

Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

Mr Floppy

or get Buzz player

No need to jailbreak. It plays MKV and OGG fine just fine. Well, it struggles with 1080P MKV's but I think that's just the limitation of the device.

Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

Mr Floppy

How about a dock the phone as the track pad

or a second screen or something. Motorola missed the design there.

Popular Android modder takes job with Samsung Mobile

Mr Floppy

nothing changes

He may have started it all but there are now lots of people that are a part of each release. Good on ya Cyanogen. Hope you get a good salary.

Nokia snubs UK with N9

Mr Floppy

first five weeks

They sold less than 100000 in the first five weeks starting back in november 2009. Wasn't even available here after it was released for more than five months. That said, it wasn't aimed at the mass market and it sales exceed expectations. They had planned to manufacture 30000 per month but upped that to 100000. That despite the absolute rubbish job Nokia did in promoting the device.

Octovo Solis e-book reader lamp

Mr Floppy

suggestions for tests

The problem with theses single battery systems is the boost circuit uses PWM. This isn't a problem for me but for some people, they find that the PWM causes some flickering. If you could test this, that would be great. Just turn on a desk fan and pop the light on behind it. You'll notice a strange effect and that is the PWM.

Still this one looks good. It could be just the photography but the white is quite white without the blueish tinge of the M-Edge.

X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown

Mr Floppy

Simiar but ..

it's not ready yet. It's called Isochron.

You should email MicroProse or Mythos and pester them into making a mobile version

Oi, Android, get gaming sorted out NOW

Mr Floppy

Devices devices

It is quite the nightmare for porting even a simple game like Angband. With a virtual keyboard being part of every Android version, you would think that it'll be the same for every device but sadly it's not. Angdroid, she just doesn't want to work for a HTC Magic.

Hopefully they'll rethink the control system as it is rather convoluted. Maybe check out Nethack HD for the iPad for how to do controls. Or even check out kMoria which was out for the PalmPilot many yonks ago. I still play kMoria after all these years.

Mobee Magic Charger

Mr Floppy


The picture are NiMH batteries and not NiCd.

That's good that you can replace them because a good pair of eneloops actually will have a nominal charge of 800mA. Neat gimmick

Apple ups Mac Mini spec, lowers price

Mr Floppy

@Mark 65 - Writeable optical disk

One of my optical disk drives used to used to write on my read-only media. Well, I should say etch...

I had a read-only USB thumbdrive from a marketing company that was read-only. After a lot of fiddling about, I finally had to open the case and solder a little bridge to make it writeable. Sure it was only 512MB but I installed puppy on it, removed the bridge I soldered and it's read only again.

Mr Floppy

Guess I'll stick to the late 2009 model

Only interested in this as a media centre under the TV but unfortunately the world still hasn't ditched the optical media, nor has the missus. Mind you, I already had to extract the content from a bluray film we were given to the NAS so we could watch it and the missus puts all her new CD's into iTunes from her mac which is also on the NAS. The only time we use the drive is when the missus rents some DVDs. Really have to get her off this habit.

I guess this is Apples way of moving everyone to their appleTV media solution

RAF Eurofighter Typhoons 'beaten by Pakistani F-16s'

Mr Floppy
Paris Hilton

Perhaps the account above is simply a lie

"Perhaps the account above is simply a lie, or anyway a bit of a fighter pilot tall story. But the pilot quoted will be easily identifiable inside his community if not to the outside world, and he could expect a lot of flak for telling a lie on such a matter in public."

Well, it looks like if you pass on a lie, you can expect a lot of flak too

Microsoft fingered for Nokia's bleak future

Mr Floppy


Meego may be what the linux foundation are supporting but the Meego community has some catching up to do with the maemo community.

'Dodgy Android apps are breaking our phones' - Motorola

Mr Floppy

Atleast marked as tested

There should be one some sort of marking that shows the level of compliance. It doesn't have to be as soon as the app is submitted. It can be retrospective.

It was a problem with iOS 4 too. You could get some apps that didn't behave properly and ran the phone down but over time, they got fixed as people got the hang of the API.

Belkin eBook Light

Mr Floppy
Paris Hilton

Paris, she'll suck your batteries dry

$25 is ridiculous and it uses 3 AAA's, so direct driven LED and possibly no dropping resistor, plus the weight of 3 AAA's.

There is a chip that will drive a LED from an input source of 0.9V to 6V. When the source is above 0.9V it maintains a constant light so unlike the 3 AAA direct driven lights, it won't dim as the batteries wear. Below 0.9V, it starts to dim. It sucks every last bit of energy out of a battery.

It costs 80 cents and it comes with an inductor. I'm sure it'll be cheaper in bulk.

I have a LED torch that cost me $11. It uses such a similar chip but it has a hard anodised aluminum body to justify the cost and uses a single AAA battery. I haven't changed the battery in it for months. Attached to pivoting head on a goose neck with a clip, all purchased at a shit shop (dollar or pound stores in your local lingo), total cost $12.

Surely someone can make something better than this.

World Health Organization: Mobile phone cancer risk 'possible'

Mr Floppy

Over simplified

Yes they are a specialised agency but I wouldn't lump them in with the other lot. They have their own incompetencies but they have done some good work. Well AIDS really. They do seem to be catching up to the other lot though

Mr Floppy


Did you mean World Health Organisation?

Asus revamp adds tablet-phone dock

Mr Floppy

The good, the pad and the fugly

ASUS really have trouble with naming their products. Padfone? Seriously. That said, the design I feel has missed something. The Motorola Attrix is a much more appealing dock system. What ASUS should have done is built the dock into their transformer, preferably with the phone as useful second screen or touch pad.

MeeGo on their slim netbooks is good but given the debacle with Xandros, I hope that ASUS spends a bit more effort in support. I've already tried on an eeepc 901 and it is already quite impressive. It is fast for a start, faster than the original Xandros, and all that without any ASUS input.

The All-in-one, that base stand looks ridiculous. It looks like a high-heeled birkenstock.

MeeGo and Mango promise mobile web delights

Mr Floppy

Why did Nokia kill Maemo?

Because they are morons! Did they even see what the Maemo community were doing on the N900? Had a very mature debian arm repo to boot.

Enter Intel. Right, partner with them and look like a big company, kill off Maemo.

Enter Microsoft, partner with them and look like a bigger company, kill off Meego.

All the loyal customers, just treat them like shit. Symbian might not be as hot as new boys but given what it can do on a 369 MHz cpu, it wasn't bad. It even has a nice bluetooth HID stack that the new kids were missing.

Nokia, Es-POO

Ballmer: Time up for 'stuck in the past' Microsoft CEO?

Mr Floppy


Not denying that Apple doesn't peek at someone else, just that Microsoft likes to peek over the shoulder of Apple. In so much as they are happy to copy Apple in finding a CEO is really crap at running the iconic company.

In the case of Steve, I guess he wasn't just the Gil Amelio of MS. He's both Gil and Michael Spindler too.

Some apologies to Gil though, he did do some good things with National Semiconductor.