* Posts by gfx

36 posts • joined 5 Nov 2008

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth


Re: chewed wires

While watching the voice or x-factor kind of show when they sing out of tune the ears of the cat go backwards.

We did have a rat once at work, the mice leave cables intact but the rat was testing the fiber optic patch cables under the computer floor. Chewed everywhere. Replaced it with a rodent proof one

a sturdier mantel with a couple of patch wires inside and made to length with a number of connectors.

Not even that expensive compared the couple of cables it replaced.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


not only 3rd party

HP's own cartridges refuse to print after a certain date is expired and still "full" of ink. Basterds.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels


Re: These are wheely gweat!

At least the IKEA rollers are cheap compared to a DIY store.

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia


Apple did a server in the past it wasn't that successful, but to discontinue it didn't help.

For the desktops they switched to Intel because the PowerPC didn't show much progress.

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD


Re: HDD only, here

Once a SSD and you will never want back to spinning rust. They are also a lot quieter.

Last laptop I just replaced the spinning rust one with a SSD and put the original in an external case as a backup drive.


the ssd option is still pricy in some servers

While SSD's can be had for 100 pound a terabyte some big name computer vendors still charge an awful lot more for an SSD

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan


The dumb speakers I had on the desk lasted for more than twenty years. They still work but got some new and even better bookshelfs. I really don't get all wireless fancy stuff. Having said that an old mac mini from 2011 does bluetooth audio to the amplifier. The previous nine years I used a cable.

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?


Re: PE

PE being Protective Earth is connected to the Earth with a ground pin at home and/or the local street transformer. The Neutral is connected to the Earth at the 3-phase transformer somewhere in the neighborhood. In my country usually a 10500V to 400V one. If you use one phase with a neutral you'll end up with 230 VAC

UK culture sec hints at replacing TV licence fee, defends encryption ban proposals and her boss in Hacker House inquiry


Re: set top boxes are a pain in the arse

My current TV has a DVB-S tuner (no need for a box) a hard disk for recording, I must admit external and USB powered. A Netflix and Amazon app and can play from a network drive. It is just convenient with just one remote (and one for the amplifier)

UK taxman spent six times more with AWS last year than cloud firm paid in corporation tax



Amazon charges the customer for VAT in their country (21%) and pay(?) a lower rate in Luxembourg.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams


Re: Hmmm...

Older CD's don't have the loudness problem I've heard some really good classical recordings on CD.

Some bands are worse than others Muse springs to mind, awful CD while a BBC live recording sounded much better. http://dr.loudness-war.info/


Re: If you're looking for a challenge...

Techmoan on youtube reviews some stuff like this, very interesting video about open-reel tape.


As a kid I wanted a Revox or a Nakamichi flipping tapedesk never got one.


Re: MiniDisk? Bah!

My grandpa had a stylus that could flip between 33 and 78 rpm records and the turntable could do 16/33/45/78 rpm but he used it with an newer Ortofon stylus.

DXC Technology utters words 'hiring' and 'digital' 105 times in Q3 earnings car-crash



Never heard of them, looked at the website and still no clue what they do... Useless management drivel.

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired


They may be happy until it breaks and they can't get the data of the soldered harddisk or replace the battery. Or the device is so thin that the keyboard travel is non existant.

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box


raspberry pi

A Raspberry pi is 40 quid once and can display a webpage. Saves 2360 quid over five years and less energy.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs


Re: well it shows...

Got an Android 8 update for my phone. The bloody icons are all f*cked. Compared with nexus 7 that didn't got an update since version 6.

You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’


Re: Chromebooks for schools and light home users

$400 is a bit in the iPad range. I have a surface pro 4 but $99 for the pen is ridicules. It needs a AAAA battery every year which won't come out easy. Wacom pens have a coil for the power.

Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people



The Amiga had open source software back in 1988 look at aminet

PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope


Re: Delivery

Amazon prime ships to the Netherlands (from Germany) but next day delivery it is not.

Fortunately some firms manage to ship next day if you order it before midnight. Still have to wait for the mailman who drops by between five and eight pm.

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview


Re: Alternative OS? Tried the Live USB of Fedora 25

In Linux (ubuntu-mate) you can adjust the update frequency in software & updates.

It works pretty well. Arduino and Tinkerforge software is available for linux. B&R and Wago have some linux based stuff.

I run the Siemens shit in a virtualbox on Linux.

Virtualbox is broken again in Window 10 15002

Windows 10 nags, Dirty Cow, Microsoft's Linux man love: The Reg's big ones for 2016


They didn't lose the plot. A clean install of Windows has always been followed by a couple of hundred updates and various reboots.

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro


2011 macbook pro's are update-able Put 8GB RAM, a SSD, a new keyboard, a new battery and a new SATA cable in one over the years.

Got a Surface Pro 4 but it's also glued together like the new macs. Hope it will last.

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers



Pricing isn't a Brexit thingy the euro price hike is a bit steep.

Cheapest Macbook pro is now 1699 euro, the 2015 model (13" retina 8GB, 128GB ssd) is (was) 1298

The new one with the touchy feely bar is 2000 euro's

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror


I have the Windows 10 preview on a PC to try it out but spend most of the time

running Ubuntu or linux mint on the same machine. Which is easier to install and quicker to update.

New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep



I build myself a new pc recently (i5, ssd, quick enough, nothing special)

Put Windows 10 preview and Ubuntu on it. Linux is less annoying, boots faster, updates better.

Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are


Over the years I had the Lego motor, a Wilesco steam roller (my dad's idea) and a Philips electronic set (from granddad).

The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household


The Google Nest doesn't modulate only on/off so it doesn't use the gas saving technology already available in most thermostats.

Our house is reasonably isolated so I don't let it cool down to far at night 19 degrees but only when it freezes the heater comes on at night, radiators get lukewarm. During the day the timer increases the temperature at 0,5 degrees intervals ending with 21 degrees after dinner.

Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display


Re: One question and a comment

Scaling in OSX renders the text in high resolution the same size of the original resolution.

It knows it is rendering to a 4x (or retina display). Text appears (is) crispier.

Scaling by the monitor is just hardware based upscaling like TV's do for SD, DVD or 720p content.

Not the same thing...

If you look at a retina screen (or hires tablet) for a while the the non retina screens look a bit pixely.

What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!


On an Apple keyboard the delete button is missing. That's the main reason I'm using a pc one on the mini.

I used 1-2-3 it was allright but it has been ages ago. On the Amiga I used some freeware spreadsheet thingy you could use a mouse.

Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon



I like the new Doctor better than the previous reincarnation. But last nights script was rambling. Alien space tech has to be a bit believable. Next weeks episode is from the same director hopefully with a better worked out storyline.

BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS


I like some programs on the BBC and that they are FTA on satellite.

In the Netherlands they don't have a license fee any more but increased the income tax so every working man pays for the Dutch TV which broadcast left wing political correct propaganda and other drivel. They do buy some BBC documentaries and edit out the fact that the earth is slightly older then 6000 years.

To actually watch Dutch tv you also have to pay a content provider ever increasing monthly fees (cable/sat/dvb-t) because everything is decoded. So I don't bother.

A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told



You should be happy with the BBC :)

In the Netherlands we used to have a TV license (every household had to pay) but that's changed to an income tax increase of 1.1% So now only working people pay for 3 channels of advertisement riddled (not during the shows but around it) left wing propaganda. Which is not FTA so you'll also have to pay a cable or satellite company to view it and buy an expensive card/decoder.

There is some FTA but DVB-T only, so low bitrate crappy quality stuff.

We watch the BBC / ITV / C4 channels on FTA satellite and really like it, not everything of course, but enough to stop watching dutch tv.

JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL



Amazon.co.uk is weird about tax. When I order a book from the Netherlands they insist on charging the dutch tax on books (6%) and shipping (19%) But they don't have to, it's allright to charge the uk tax only cause it's in the EU.

amazon.com ships tax free.

I also can't buy kindle books from the .uk store which are sometimes cheaper only from amazon.com on which they charge the wispernet fee (even for a wifi only kindle).

So the end result: I download my e-books and buy real books from the amazon.co.uk marketplace.

Ten... all-in-one inkjet photo printers



Why do you recommed HP inkjets? I have a previous incarnation of the photosmart and it gives ink cartridge low and empty messages within a year after only 25 prints (probalbly mostly status pages) So the true cost per pages is much higher than the couple of pennies. Every time you put it on (not often) it squirts ink down the drain.

I recommend a black and white (Kyocera or Samsung) laser and an online service for anything photo.

Berlin bans handy iPhone metro app


dutch timetables

Dutch timetables aren't free, you can buy them. They do have a slightly sucky website.

Running on time however is still a problem, but they found a way to just cancel a train when it is delayed too much so that it won't register as delayed.


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