* Posts by Martin 63

65 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Mar 2010


Oracle gears up to fend off RPA and workflow upstarts by pouring more automation into core enterprise apps

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I see you're wanting more lock in.

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It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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You say tomato...

Have I mispronounced "done" all my life?

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties

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Num Pad

The number pad is of no real use to me. Being left handed I don't really use the ones I have. But the price is a bit steep.

US threatens to turf out four Chinese telcos amid concerns over national security... and COVID-19, doctors, schools, jobs, communists, etc

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Big Brother

Pot meet kettle

Can't the US force US companies to hand over things like data without government ownership?

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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Fake retaliation


Cosmo Communicator: More phone than the Gemini, more pocket computer than phone

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Nice news

As I'm here clearing out my man cave, I cannot let go of the Psion CM, up to the netbook. Its a nice end to a particularly bad day. Once my cosmo arrives. I just meed to figure out loading OPL on it.

Oh, the massive sky dong? Contrails from 'standard' F-35 training, US Air Force insists

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Reviewing the tapes?

Is it really still done that way?

Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Now there's a blast from the past

IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

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I seem to recall old IBM adverts saying that the future was either Java, or flipping burgers. Neither of which are IBM services AFAIK.

Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

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'Also their product suck less'

Be careful there :)

Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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Smacks of this

“But the plans were on display…”

“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”

“That’s the display department.”

“With a flashlight.”

“Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”

“So had the stairs.”

“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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@ ledswinger

Rather than keep this to the realms of commentards, an article from you could enlighten us. You really seem to know your stuff.

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@ ledswinger

Agreed its a POS, but its my POS now. Why is not something to post. But from the inside (of using these puppies) replacing them doesn't save stuff.

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Well beyond my end of life before I save the planet then

I had a smart meter fitted for electric and gas under one supplier, changed to another supplier and they needed to fit a new one. That's a bit daft from a saving the planet perspective.

Plus the new gas one doesn't read anything. Another engineer is now probably coming out to pull out some isolation tab to make it read something.

Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

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My Granddad had an 'infected' iThing. Midweek the conversation went roughly as follows:

"Are you sitting in front of the machine?"


"Shut it down, close the lid and Ill look at it at the weekend".

1 day later, I get a call asking where all his files have gone. PCW had hit the reset option on the Airbook

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Oh blimey flip. I want the naysayers life. I have more important things to worry about than Who is the next Dr, who won whatever sport etc. Good luck to the next Dr

Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

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Old joke

As a friend of mine once said when looking at a bush - 'Ive seen into the Fuchsia'

Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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EPOC was great, then came symbian from what I recall. Designed by meetings after Psion span it off. It was fighting against PalmOS and windows though. The slowdown in bluetooth improvement happened around the same time.

I think a guy called Martin Tasker (not me I hasten to add) wrote EPOC , so a weekend beer to him, wherever he is.

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This was an astounding piece of kit back then. Sadly it still would be now. All it would need is an alternative connection to the proprietary one, so WiFi probably, rather than via IR to a modem. Motorola did bring out a version on the 5mx, with a plug in modem. I always forgot the plug in when travelling.

Id like it back with essentially the same keyboard, add WiFi, same OS and drop the rubbish screen cable.

Im not expecting that to happen though.

Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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I remember as a kid when decimalisation came in, all companies rounded up.

I remember when I lived in mainland Europe, and the Euro was introduced, all companies rounded up

GBP was at a parity exchange rate a while back. Companies didn't discount the UK. The general statement back then was xxx company didnt take into account exchange rates.

Rules change to fit the boss staying in their post. The rest seems nonsense to me.

'Paedo hunter' who made £40,000 from blackmail jailed for 9 years

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What happened to the people who had kiddie porn planted on their machines? Or is the justice system missing a trick here.

Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

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Im just wondering

If we are bouncing up and down through time, why does part two always follow part one?

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, the trees do

Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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Job for life

How many programmers will it now take to change a light bulb?

Nokia tears devs' hearts out, shutters Symbian and Meego stores early

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Save us!

Where is Martin Tasker?

Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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Trying vacuum cleaners...

Had a Sebo that died after > 10 years. Then tried various ones (including Dyson, Vax). Back with Sebo now. No, I dont work for any of the companies

Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

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Darwinian evolution

Observing it means we can tweak it. Just an observation :)

iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent

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$308,081. In the grand scale of things, isn't that peanuts?

First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

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I wasn't interested. Now I want one

Google's UK grip slips a bit, brutal dominance basically unshaken

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Ive used google search for years, but thinking about switching, purely on the principle that they pay no tax in the UK and I do. Any suggestions?

Microsoft fast-tracks Windows 8 Service Pack updates

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Why rush ?

I dont feel a need to upgrade right now. Vista > 7 trashed my red boxed films, and blue boxed are patchy now. That was Cyberlinks problem, but an obvious choice for picking on. Update your OS and it costs!

Windows 7 seems to trundle along quite happily, as did Vista.I dont see the point in paying again.

Rapper rips up Microsoft's Atlanta store during performance

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Windows 8/Vista/ME/95/3.1

Heaven forfend that MS could be linked with something that trashes your hardware. There seems to be a Tick/Tock going on.

Fuming fanbois flood 'flimsy iPhone 5 Wi-Fi' forum

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Suffering, but iT will get better

1/2 the phones in our house currently have more iSolation. iM sure iT will be solved promptly

Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

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Ten years ago, I dont think I could have gotten the family to swallow a non windows pill. Mostly the work they did was browser based.

Weened them onto alternate browsers, but smartphones seemed to be the kicker. With a mish mash of Android and iOS, Blackberry (and possibly Bada) browsers on these small devices, the OS seems irrelevant for them.

I cant judge the windows entry into this arena, but I suspect it will be at least as odd as the 2 main ones, less lock in than one, more than the other. But my family now regularly nick my tablet.

I really didnt see that one coming...

Mission successful I guess :)

RBS: June's tech enormo-cock-up cost us £125m

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"The probability of this type of incident is inordinately low."

And happens nine times out of ten. Gotta love Terry Pratchett

Apple serves 3m Mountain Lions in four days

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Re: 14 Quid...what for?

Hmm. While I think my post was pretty broad about the 3 main OS's, Im so far getting flak for one. Step it up please :)

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@ Fuzz

You are right. The hardware is really old. The last of the PPC desktops, which is about when I decided to ditch Mac's. It was a personal choice.

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14 quid??

Almost begs me to get my last apple out of the attic. A solidly builty bit of kit. I seem to remember the last windows upgrage costing more for me. Of course the jellybean upgrade was also cheaper. Im guessing it will cost me a packet to upgrade my last Mac hardware to this though.

Big biz 'struggling' to dump Windows XP

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Application rewrite

Im confused. What application is there to rewrite? 35m seems a bit steep, but I guess not once you take off 34.5m for management/consultancy charges

Google shakes up Android Jelly Bean to fend off malware meanies

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I got so bored of waiting, I used GEDify. Worked like a charm, but much like ICS on the G2, It prefers a USB 2 port. The only stumbling block was that I didnt turn USB debugging on. Turned it on and carried on. Perfect. Now Im waiting for JB to auto update it :)

Austrians drool over 15th-century jub buckets

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Please remove this article before my wife sees it. If not ill be dragged to a vintage fayre in East Tyrol

Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

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Still confused

Censorship is bad, so in protest Im censored from a site.

Nope. I still dont get it

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@ James!

I thought Id cause a rant there. Thanks for not making it so :)

Welcome back to when you couldnt 'see' music

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That explains why I couldnt get access to VM's website. Im happy I didnt phone to complain, just used TIVO instead.

Blocking TPB... On balance I dont have a problem with it as I have never used it. I expect to get payed for my work and so expect to pay someone else for their work. However I understand peoples anger at the excessive pricing the music industry has been responsible for especially in the 80's.

I dont work for any affiliation of VM, but think they are great, and without them im sure Sky wouldnt be as cheap.

Hampshire council throws BYOD party, hires extra security

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IT literate?

Owning a device doesnt make you literate in it. I own a car but am about as literate in fixing it as I am at spitting bricks. I know a guy who knows how to fix it, and thats all I need

Texan TSA crew accused of nude scanner ogling scheme

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Who watches the watchers

A live webcam in their viewing booth might just resolve this

Microsoft blames poor Windows sales on PC slump

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Wasnt the original post about windows?

Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

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Like my psion 5 then? But obviously different as its patentable. Next thing will be people calling things netbooks, which my netbook obviously is not.


Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK

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Sounds ideal

Use the gas, get better than 20% efficiency during the process, and plough the profit into building nuclear - not give it away as we did with north sea gas.

And sites for the nuclear stations - well if the gas extractions ruin the environment as much as we are told, there are some obvious sites for it.

Sometimes things are too simple for words.

Samsung preps anti-iPhone 5 lawsuit before it's even out

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as per icon

Im a bit confused now. I just checked my Psion 5 and it still has rounded corners. Ditto my netbook (also psion), and my other netbook (Acer). Last time I saw a palm pilot the icons were also very round.

Id prefer it if people just chose the best product to suit their needs. This spat has stopped people in Germany, Australia and possibly Korea from doing so.