* Posts by Simon

41 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Oct 2006

The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread


Sharing a tape recorder with my sister. I used to load and save programs on it and she would record top of the pops over the them, happy days!

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students


> You should she how fast those office chairs can move.

Ah Mr Bond, I enjoy your sense of humour!

Flight Simulator 2020: Exciting new ride or a doomed tailspin in a crowded market?


Having bought Microsoft Flight only to have all the servers shut down and purchases lost I would not buy this.

Anyone else who bought this can get it running again with Flight Toolkit, no thanks to MS.

Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass


No, we're the ones without a touchscreen and enough sense to know that nothing is free, I do not want to trade my privacy for an "upgrade".

A premium smartie lump: Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition


It's good to know that my Galaxy Mega which has a larger screen is actually smaller than this, clever Samsung eh?

Advertisers slam Microsoft over 'Do not track' decision

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What is the betting an update turns it off, by accident of course. Once they have had their good publicity and it has been shipping in the new OS.

This is a ploy not a major win for privacy.

3D TV fails to excite, gesture UIs to flop: analyst

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Wearing 3D glasses all evening is not an option. I want to use my laptop, talk to (and see) other people in the room without seeing them through 3D glasses. Sure for a film it might be worth it but every day TV is not enhanced by 3D.

Reg Picture puzzler


Haha, how lazy can The Register get? Laughable! :)

Samsung must cough up Android prototypes to Apple



Haha, rotten to the core!

YouTube strips page clutter with 'Feather'


So ...

this would be the feather lite version? ;-)

Early adopters bloodied by Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Gates Horns

Maybe the problem is between the keyboard and the chair?

Kubuntu here with ($ uname -r) 2.6.31-14-generic

All works perfectly, even plays all region DVD's and syncs to Wm6.1.

Thanks Medibuntu.

X-Men helmsman to fly Battlestar Galactica



"a human civilization on 12 planets decimated from an attack by intelligent robots known as Cylons"

So we're now saying that the twin towers were brought down by robots? Or is the Taliban run by Cylons? I'm confused as to the link there.

Google caches payment card details for 19,000 Brits



So this is the Google cash site?

I'm going ...

Microsoft dumped after India PM's emails go AWOL


@Chris Miller

Arse, I just spit coffee all over my keaybored. ;-)

Thanks for that! :-))

MS packs yet more tweaks into 'near-ready' Windows 7

Gates Horns


You didn't use a GUI before windows came along in '95? That's your fault not the rest of us, MS have slowed computer advancement not helped it.

iPhone 3.0 gossip lassos MMS, tethering, cut-and-paste...

Jobs Horns

I hate Microsoft but..

I have an HTC Touch HD running WM6.1 and it is awesome. It's not as polished as the iphone but it does so much more, so much better. I love this phone and nothing on the market is close, not even the Omnia. :)

Brit couple divorce over Sadville infidelity

Paris Hilton


Is that the place they went to in Top Gear?

Paris 'cause she'd know all about top gear

Gates dethroned as tech's richest get thumped


Gates Foundation

I thought that was what Melinda had on her face, or was that.....eww enough of that thank you.

How does Bill who acquires money through bullying and stealing become a good guy because he gives some back to charities?

If I rob a bank, then donate some to Oxfam, would I be a better person than today?

Mine's the one with the arms tied to the back.

Microsoft Mojave 'outs' secret Vista lovers

Gates Horns

No Hurry

What Microsoft are missing is a killer feature. Sure Vista looks prettier but all that bad press about cancel/allow and high-end hardware mean people will upgrade when they buy their new system.

Businesses are taking the safe option and using their downgrade rights to keep XP uniform on the desktop.

I have a new shiny Dell machine with Vista Business downgraded to XP, for fun I installed Vista and compared it to XP. No real difference, work is not quicker, pretty doesn't make any difference in Excel (Calc but still!).

Kubuntu however loves it, as you may guess I am using 3.5 and without Compiz and it really flies. Of course there's no antiviurs or spyware scanner.

Overall I am using Kubuntu for everything except games, which XP does nicely. In time I may have to switch to Vista, through strong-arm tactics like DirectX compatibility, but for now Vista is not for me.

I speak to a lot of IT and non-IT people and it's the IT ones who are not upgrading. This in turn effects their users who are convinced that if "Tim the IT guy" says Vista is crap, they'll keep XP at home too.

Bill, 'cause it's all down to him.

Tesco causes couple condom catastrophe

Paris Hilton


Chocolate & lemon! :-)

Paris, coz, well erm, you know...

Canonical rejiggers Ubuntu for laptots

Paris Hilton


So a nice looking laptot would result in me buying a laptotty?

Cruising the high street looking for laptotty, yeah my wife'll believe that....not!

Paris: 'cos the Asus girl is till not there! :-(

US protests to WTO over EU 'IT' tariffs



How can the US ask the WTO to help them when they blatenty ignore directives against them? Can you say Antigua? http://www.antiguawto.com/

If the WTO have any backbone at all they will get compliance from the US before starting any negotiations for the US. They can't have their cake and eat it!

Microsoft needs Windows Home Server test dummies

Paris Hilton

Why are they asking?

Surely those who will have an interest will be those already running the OS, in which case what have they got to lose? The OS they bought already loses data, how can even MS top that?

Paris, as the Asus girl isn't available.

HTC’s Diamond iPhone rival unwrapped



I don't have an iPhone (not officially available here in Oz) but I have an O2 Flame. The screen makes a huge (pardon the pun) difference. I can use it as a phone, GPS in the car, eBook reader and for basic internet use. I can even SSH using PocketPutty.

Size matters, we all know it.

Mine's the one with the bulge in the pocket.

Why I downgraded from Vista to XP



I agree, you'd think there was some clause that allowed you to install XP instead of Vista, wasn't that included in the Ultimate edition?

Nokia N810 internet tablet

Paris Hilton

Nokia ph..erm pda

So this is from Nokia, the mobile people?

A PDA with no SIM slot. Surely they'd have been better to leave out the GPS and make it a phone as well?

I suppose the next version will have a SIM slot as well and Nokia will have doubled revenue from the same idea... just like everyone else.

Hopefully MWg will bring something out to fill the gap, Flame II anyone?

Paris, coz she's not all there either.

Microsoft offers free Office storage to web plebs


Linux compatible

Surprisingly I signed up using swiftfox & feisty fawn.

As I found a 5Gb storage area I uploaded a few deb files and a couple of codec packs.

Cheers Bill! :-)

Google absolved of 'crimes against humanity'


@ Steve Roper

Thank you very much, a good laugh but you owe me a new keyboard! ;-)

Stop: because it probably should!

Korean software firm sues Microsoft


Installing apps

I think the point is more that you can't remove the ones supplied.

So yes Halfords might well complain if the Ford wheels won't come off.

Lawmaker shows nudie pic to high school seniors



Why do we need to know about their eating habits?

Or did he mean snigger?

Microsoft UK cracks another head over grey software


Might get a bit messy

"The Business Software Alliance is outing pirates by placing a bounty on their heads"

Well with global warming that's just silly, they're going to be all sticky in no time at all. I suppose then they'll turn themselves in which is the idea?

Vista attacked by 13-year-old virus



Well, how about Vista blocks installation of virus? Better yet Vista won't execute anything unless I say so?

While you're at it, get the media player, message program etc out of the business version, you're supposed to be working!

Let me know when I can buy a proper business version.



Firefox-Google marriage on shaky ground?



It may come as a surprise to some but with Adblock you do see some adverts. Most notably sponsored links at Google.

As for sites blocking Adblock, let them, we'll just go somewhere else. If adverts were not everywhere people wouldn't mind the odd one, but often you go to read an article and there are three columns, one is links, menus, terms, conditions etc, one in the middle has the actual information and the third, often the biggest third is all adverts. Many people now email the printable link because all the crap is removed.

We all used the fast forward button videos, we love the skip on PVR's, who is going to choose to see web adverts?

Incidentally, I use Konqueror which has its own version of Adblock, so all those Kubuntu users will also miss the adverts! :-)

Newest Ubuntu dubbed 'Hardy Heron'


Bill! Is that you?

For most people Ubuntu is at least as good as windows.

Think of the CPU cycles saved because you don't have MyWebSearch and all its cousins on your system.

Google Adwords dive-bombed by American Airlines


But Shirley

If you call your company American (as in the country) Airlines (as in the industry) you're going to keep getting this problem.

It'll be very hard to run an airline in America and not use those particular words.

Only an American would think they have a case, anyone with an ounce (I use imperial so as not to confuse the poor dears) of common sense would see it for what it is. Free publicity and a whole lot of stupidity!

Miss America calls for mandatory internet safety classes


Parental guidance

This is what parents do, it is not down to anyone else to raise children.

I know in the USSA* at the moment the current publicity stunt is to "think of the children" but will someone, please, motivate the parents?

Before long parents will turn round and say I don't legally have to wash my children... becoming a parent is about responsibility, for you and your children.

* No, that's not a typo!

Romanian cops cuff drunk, naked, handless driver



Steering can't have been easy either, must be a bit of a clever dick!


Linspire invites dirty uncle Microsoft over for patent party


Microsoft Lindows

This could end up with the dreaded Microsoft distribution.

A name change back to Lindows and of course the hierarchy at Microsoft completely missing the point again!

Hopefully it will kill Linspire and all the slutty distros that have jumped into bed with the 800lb gorilla. :-)

Microsoft makes another Linux friend in Xandros


Microsoft vaccine

I do hope Microsoft are aware they are at risk of catching the "cancer" they warned us about.

Maybe Linux isn't so bad after all, maybe everyone should give it a go before buying Vista?

Quote of the Day


Small parts?

Wow, the chip is smaller than his eyebrow!

Penelope the Thunderbird



Thunderbird has been stable since v1.

I have seen more users having OE problems than Thunderbird problems. Don't spread your FUD just because Eudora users migrating means OE users might too.