* Posts by Mark Browell

15 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

Mark Browell

Re: It works...sometimes

TomTom use anonymised, aggregated data from all Vodafone subscribers, not just the SIM installed in TomTom units, so HD Traffic isn't dependent on a critical mass of sat navs being on the road.

GiffGaff mobile network goes titsup for 3 weeks

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This is what happens when you're a cheapskate.

Tivo to return to UK in 2010

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This is about 10 kinds of awesome. Or maybe 12. I haven't decided yet.

Jacqui Smith ecstatically ignores more scientific advice

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My soundbite hell.

Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said: "Ecstasy can and does kill unpredictably.

I agree Alan, it's so much better to be killed predictably, e.g. by smoking or alcoholism.


Vodafone compo confirms BlackBerry Storm incoming

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Launch date

I could tell you the launch date, but then I'd have to shoot you.

RIM Blackberry Bold 9000

Mark Browell

To the AC's

Re: battery Life

You're wrong. The battery life on the current firmware is epic. Only the (beta) firmware that Orange launched on 2 weeks prior to anyone else was an issue.

Re: RIM relay

The data is encrypted (either Triple-DES or AES) end to end (between BES and device), so there is NO chance of RIM accessing your data. It's been cleared for the US military/gov, and has UK CESG approval. It's certainly more secure than a mobile phone call (for example).

TomTom GO 530 Traffic

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Hey Joe

I would be very sad to meet you in the pub...

UK boffins roll out video periodic table

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Prof Poliakoff

Yay, my claim to fame is that Prof Poliakoff used to be my inorganic chemistry tutor (16 years ago - gulp). Mad as a lorry. Absolute legend.

Holidaymaker gets £31k data roaming bill

Mark Browell

Let's spin it another way

How about: Personal Responsibility

Some people need to grow up, get a spine, and accept the consequences. "Hey, look mum, I'm watching telly in Portugal on my mobile. What's that? It's going to cost me more than £2.30? Shorely Shum Mishtake."

Palm, BlackBerry-beating demand for 3G iPhone claims researcher

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Corporate IT

I would suggest there is a disconnect between what people "want", and what a corporate IT department will be prepared to deploy to its user community.

Apart from a small number of 'C' level execs - where anything goes, I cannot see a large scale iPhone deployment to a corporate in the UK anytime soon.

RIM reportedly delays 3G BlackBerry to avoid next-gen iPhone

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Actually, the other reason is to replace the ageing 8707 which also supports 3g and fulfills the remit when you need a device to operate in Japan and other far east countries that are 3g only.

Also, a number of users are using them as tethered modems as well.

Sat Navs

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Actually, it's Traffic Message Channel.

Friday pedantry over. :)

Connoisseurs go mad for £1,000 ham

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Iberico ham is the Shiznit.

Never mind sarnies, I had this for lunch on a recent trip to Spain, just served simply with some toasted amonds, a bit of manchego cheese, a few olives and some cold beer. Beautiful.

RIM develops Wi-Fi BlackBerry... again

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8820 is a go

Do keep up at the back, El Reg!

The 8820 (essentially an 8800 with integrated Wi-Fi), debuts in the UK on BT Mobile from next week.

UK MoD: O2 won't help employees serve in Iraq

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Chris Bland is Chairman

Not the CEO. OK, enough pedantry for today