* Posts by andy gibson

969 publicly visible posts • joined 24 May 2007


Whistleblower cries foul over alleged fuselage gaps in Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Re: Glad I'm retired

Nooo! Head East to the wonderful Cleethorpes! Even the Guardy says its great now


Microsoft to use Windows 11 Start menu as a billboard with app ads for Insiders

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Re: If you read the Windows EULA carefully, you'll note the words...

Does it depend on version? I've been using 11 Enterprise for about a year and not seen a single ad. The only annoying thing is a few start menu feature that I didn't ask for but can easily delete.

Tired techie 'fixed' a server, blamed Microsoft, and got away with it

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Bring back TWEAK UI!

UN: E-waste is growing 5x faster than it can be recycled

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Re: Recycling not that easy

That's where the https://www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk/ website is useful.

Although it lists two recycle sites near me (we used to call them tips BITD) it also lists other places I can recycle.

For example I can take my old mobile to Tesco, Sainsburys, the YMCA and Argos

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Re: Or.....

Agree except for the ipad mini bit - mine's all but useless because so many of the apps have been discontinued.

UK awards £1.73M to AI projects to advance net zero goals

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I see a lot of negativity about AI.

AI comes up with battery design that uses 70 per cent less lithium


Microsoft drags Windows Subsystem for Android into the trash

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Re: Any particular Android apps?

I sideloaded TV and movie apps like Cinema HD and Cyberflix. Much faster and more stable and reliable than websites which offer the same

Uncle Sam explores satellites that can create propellant out of thin air

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Just put 4 windmill-type sails on them like they did with Skylab - then do a quick dip down into the atmosphere for them to spin around and charge the battery


China breakthrough promises optical discs that store hundreds of terabytes

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Re: I thought we learned...

CD+R and CD-R wars!

NHS in Wales bets big on Microsoft with deal worth nearly half a billion

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Re: How does anyone not see this as being an obscene amount of money?

because millions to them are like pennies to us.

Like this £122 million just lost, with no clear outcome on where it went

Betsi Cadwaladr health board: £122m fraud probe launched


And concluded, but with no explanation:


Windows 10 users report app gremlins after Microsoft update

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Windows 10 photo error from 2018

There's been a Windows photo error - file system error (-2147219196) - around for some years


'I’m sorry for everything...' Facebook's Zuck apologizes to families at Senate hearing

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bizarre standards

I find it amazing how they can do so little to protect users, but give me a 3 day ban for "breaching community standards" (no warning to edit or remove) when I remarked on someone getting a bargain on a retro sales site with "That's an amazing price, I'd have snapped their hand off for that".

Apparently this age-old UK expression is a threat of violence to them.

Techie resurrects teletext on a vintage BBC Master

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There's a nice library of BBC Micro teletext utils here:


Eben Upton on Sinclair, Acorn, and the Raspberry Pi

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Re: Backwards

Just picking two:

Hardware and software

Define the terms hardware and software and understand the relationship between them.

Boolean logic

Construct truth tables for the following logic gates:





They were doing that in GCSE IT back in 1989

Atari 400 makes a comeback in miniature form

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Towards the end of its life, MAKRO sold Atari 2600 games for 99p. Space Shuttle and Pitfall 2 were my best computer purchases ever.

The New ROM Antics – building the ZX Spectrum 128

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See the Sinclair (and partly Amstrad) PC200 - a flop


UK PM promises faster justice for Post Office Horizon victims

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Re: Not one person has been interested in any of the reports.

'I told police who my burglar was - but they did nothing'


What's the golden age of online services? Well, now doesn't suck

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No mention of Prestel, Micronet or Compunet?

Microsoft issues deadline for end of Windows 10 support – it's pay to play for security

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Re: Need the EU to step up…

RE: "significant performance penalty

I've found a hacked version of Windows 11 starts and runs much faster than 10 on my "ancient" Core i5-4570 with 8Gb RAM and an SSD. It uses under 2Gb at idle after startup, compared to over 3Gb for 10.

and if "memory security controls" are such an issue - why isn't the Linux installer being picky about my hardware?

Tiny11 shrinks Windows 11 23H2 down to pocket size

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I can't speak for everyone but the ten+ year old Core i5's I have here with an SSD and 8Gb RAM boots up quicker and runs Windows 11 faster and smoother on far less RAM than 10.

Firefox slow to load YouTube? Just another front in Google's war on ad blockers

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I find it ironic that a company which claims to improve your spelling and grammar uses a word which isn't even real!

Another month, another bunch of fixes for Microsoft security bugs exploited in the wild

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Re: Ah, Patch Tuesday...

Re: Ah, Patch Tuesday...

Always followed by "Smug Linux owner comments Wednesday"

UK govt finds £225M for Isambard-AI supercomputer powered by Nvidia

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Re: So many FLOPS

"can we co-exist and trade and travel seamlessly with Europe?"


Boeing acknowledges cyberattack on parts and distribution biz

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If it's Boeing......

Then the data is flowing

Take Windows 11... please. Leaks confirm low numbers for Microsoft's latest OS

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"no clear advantages over W10"

I manage a lot of old hardware (by "old" I mean core i5s and i7s with 8gb of RAM dating back from around 2016 that I'm not replacing because it works fine) and I've found that at start-up Windows 11 uses 1Gb less RAM than 10.

It also comes on and closes down much faster than 10.

Raspberry Pi 5: Hot takes and cooler mistakes

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Re: Got to be an improvement on my company Lenovo

They certainly blow up plenty of dust!

Nvidia boss tells Israeli staff Mellanox founder's daughter was killed in festival massacre

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Re: Why would you go to a music festival on the border right when things are clearly escalating?

"Israeli state media said Thursday its military did receive intel about a Hamas attack - three days before a rocket barrage and roving squads of gunmen killed over a thousand people - but opted not to take action."


Why Chromebooks are the new immortals of tech

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I work in education and have a lot of time for the older HP Elitebook 820 G3 - small, light, runs Windows 10 and 11 perfectly fine, and only cost us £120+VAT, and that's with a 256Gb SSD and 8Gb RAM.

Lawsuit claims Google Maps led dad of two over collapsed bridge to his death

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Re: Were there no signs indicating that the Bridge was out?

I wonder if the action is based on your rep with Google.

I upload a lot of pics and do reviews so I have a good score. Whenever I report a business had changed location, or their hours, or even shut down, the results get actioned within an hour.

Last rites for the UK's Online Safety Bill, an idea too stupid to notice it's dead

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Re: The simple solution which surely only fools cannot recognise or realise

A nice idea in principle, but until we have a "none of the above" option what choice do we have?

Labour - who slate the Tories then decide they'll probably continue to do what the Tories are doing, or

Lib Dems - who seem more concerned with providing tampons to men who identify as women.

Greens - see Lib Dems.

Larry Ellison a major contributor to Blair Institute vaccine database plan

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Blair and vaccines

Blair has history when it comes to vaccine donors:

"A businessman who benefited from a lucrative contract with the government for vaccines - and was later ennobled by Tony Blair - has donated half a million pounds to Labour"


Social media is too much for most of us to handle

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You get out what you put in

Its wrong to lump all social media as bad. I use Facebook to keep in touch with distant friends and family and just use groups where there's little or no infighting or other battles going on - owners groups for my particular car, some old TV shows I like, mine exploring, and a few humorous ones like "Angry People in Local Newspapers" and "Crap Signs".

Stay away from the obvious local curtain twitching sites and other places the uneducated tend to congregate and you'll have a positive experience.

The ZX81 finally gets the keyboard it deserves

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Nothing new

Plenty of add on keyboards around BITD


NASA to tear the wings off plane in the name of sustainability

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Simpsons predicts the future again:


Microsoft finally gets around to supporting rar, gz and tar files in Windows

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I'll still use 7ZIP

Just like I use VLC or Media Player Classic rather than anything bundled by Microsoft.

UK's GDPR replacement could wipe out oversight of live facial recognition

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It was used a couple of days ago in Wales. I think the whole point after the Manchester Arena bombing was that they WERE thinking of the children.


First-known interstellar Solar System visitor 'Oumuamua a comet in disguise – research

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Re: "led some folks to believe it was alien spaceship"

If it was good enough for Arthur C Clarke (Rendezvous with Rama) then its good enough for me.

Microsoft begs you not to ditch Edge on Google's own Chrome download page

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Same with IE

Edge hijacks any usage of IE as well.

I had to recently manually log into some factory reset old Ruckus access points where the web interface would only work with IE, not Chrome, edge or Firefox.

But every time I entered the address, Edge would close IE and put the URL in its browser - which of course didn't work.

I can understand the need to want IE retired, but it was incredidbly frustrating to have the application closed without my say so.

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Re: You install Chrome?

"You do know that Edge is Chrome sans Google tracking"

so why is it slower to start?

I can double click Edge, then double click Chrome, put what I want in the search box and get a result before Edge has appeared

James Webb Space Telescope suffers another hitch: Instrument down

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The only thing derogatory was Webb himself, at least according to Scientific American:


This is the end, Windows 7 and 8 friends: Microsoft drops support this week

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Re: Windows 10 is not a problem

I found that 11 used less RAM at startup than 10. (2Gb as opposed to 3Gb)

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Re: Micro$oft update$

My 9 year old machine (core i5 with 8Gb of RAM still on Windows 7) booted up quicker and used less RAM the last time I tried Windows 10 on it.

Reason I didn't stick with it is that I just prefer the look and feel of 7, without having to use a third party program to make 10 or 11 look and operate like 7.

When I do finally migrate, I'll be buying no new PC or parts.

The Guardian ransomware attack hits week two as staff told to work from home

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Glad its not affected output as I rely on them for quality articles like this

'Upward-thrusting buildings ejaculating into the sky' – do cities have to be so sexist?"


Riding in Sidecar: How to get a Psion online in 2023

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Re: Very interesting

Ask this on the FB group "Spectrum for everyone", there'll be someone there happy to help.

I don't have any physical hardware anymore, but before I sold it all I copied all my 3" disks to 3.5" and then used the emulator REALSPEC to convert them to IMG files to run on an emulator.

Epson zaps lasers into oblivion, in the name of the environment

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Epson: "We're going to stop making laser printers"

HP, Konica, Lexmark: "You made laser printers?"

I'm happy paying Twitter eight bucks a month because price isn't the same as value

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I wondered where the "i hate twitter 'cos its a cesspool and don't need it" post would be.

Like all social media, its as good as YOU make it - you get back what you put in. If you're coming away from it angry and riled up, then maybe you're not using it right?

I use Twitter to keep up to date with more highbrow celebs and a few parody accounts (RAF Luton for one) and use Facebook to keep in touch with far away relatives and subscribe to a few special interest hobby groups where the trolling and abuse is virtually non existent.

If you're going to engage in the more toxic parts - well, the old saying applies - "lie with dogs and you'll get fleas". Or that boring twit in your local pub - you're not forced to sit at his table and listen or argue with him.

Sizewell C nuclear plant up for review as UK faces financial black hole

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Re: Daft

"Lab did a lot of good (schools, health, police & courts)"

Sadly they also did a lot of "bad" for schools. I remember BSF and the consultants, and all these modern school designs.

Replacing traditional brick built school designs for modern ones of glass looked stunning, but they cost a fortune to heat in winter, cool in summer, and when a huge pane of glass was smashed it costs far more than a regular piece of glass and often required professional services and cherry pickers.

Or the bank level Cisco switches they specced for the internal networks. We could get several HP ProCurves for just one of their Cisco ones - from their "preferred supplier" of course.

The worst one was a Dell PC. Cost to us from Dell was £299. Once we bought it from our managed service provider, who bought from a company who then bought it from Dell it was £450.

All of the norths are about to align over Britain

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Nick Crane

As good excuse as any to mention Nick Crane's excellent "Two Degrees West"


UK comms regulator rings death knell for fax machines

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Re: "the services necessary to send viruses and malware"

I'm missing it too. The only thing our works fax used to get was loads of business spam - especially for car leasing.

Russia says Starlink satellites could become military targets

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Re: History tells us yes, those are legitimate targets.

"Not interested in a small country half a world away."

Yet interested enough to comment at least twice.