Swiftkey is still my default Android keyboard. I can't recall exactly when I bought it, but If I recall correctly I started using it on my original Galaxy S.
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It's a pet named Mrs Scoby Lunchbox
I have a mate who used to practice his target shooting (was on the NZ air rifle team) by shooting the possums at the local golf course. He used make a fair bit of the fur (about NZ$100/kg)
Microsoft customers locked out of Teams, Office, Xbox, Dynamics – and Azure Active Directory breakdown blamed
What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon
Adolf Hitler killed himself in 1945 having been responsible for the death of millions as the leader of Germany's Nazi party. He had a small rectangular mustache.
What a bizarre way to start the article. you make it sound like the reason he killed himself was because he was "responsible for the death of millions". I think the reason he killed himself is he was petrified at what the Russians would do to him if caught alive.
I'm on my second MX Ergo, the first lasted me just over two years.
I have a dodgy wrist (TFCC tear and 3 surgeries) and it, along with a MS Ergonomic keyboard, means I can use a PC for more than an hour without needing lots of painkillers.
Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music
The show Musk go on: Tesla defies Silicon Valley coronavirus lockdown order, keeps Fremont factory open
Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit
Stop us if you've heard this one before: HP Inc rejects Xerox's $36.5bn buyout plan as takeover saga drags on
won't someone think about Canon :P
I also read yesterday that Canon has stated that if the Xerox/HP merger were to happen, they would end their 35 year relationship with the company. That would remove about 14% of HP's sales.
Dead or alive, you're camming with me, says RoboPup: Bomb squad hires Boston Dynamics Spot to snoop on suspects, packages
IBM stands for I Block Money, says sales rep: Big Blue sued yet again by its own staff over 'missing' commissions
Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'
Many moons ago
back when I was a junior dev in South Africa I worked for a large forestry company. This company had a lot of research staff who liked to fiddle.
One several occasions we would have this scenario: there would an MS Access db application that one of the researchers had cobbled together to help him in his day to day work. He would then share this with his colleagues. And in some cases the researcher would have moved on to a new job, shuffled off from this mortal coil, or simply forgot what was happening in the back ground of the app
Then suddenly IT would get a support ticket as something had gone wrong, and as the whole department was now using this Access App it was mission critical.
Ok, where is the documentation? What's that.
Ok, what does it do in the background? Not sure (often some very complicated modelling).
Do you really need it? Yes!
And so a rewrite of the MS Access App into Oracle and .NET1.1 would start.
My boss eventually banned all users from having MS Access.
back in South Africa
When Technikon Natal merged with ML Sultan, they had a submission process for the new name. The Dean of Engineering (a Sea Captain) suggested Southern Hemisphere Institute of Technology.
His suggestion made it almost to the final round of decisions before someone on the Council noticed the acronym....
Fellow AI nerds, beware: Google Cloud glitch leaves Nvidia T4 GPUs off estimated bills for some virtual machines
Key to success: Tenants finally get physical keys after suing landlords for fitting Bluetooth smart-lock to front door
Re: Saying God did it, with extra steps
Galileo was condemned because he called the Pope (who up until that time) a simpleton for not accepting Galileo's (unproven at the time) theories as fact.Up until that incident there is plenty of evidence that the Church was fine with his teaching about his models, he just wasn't allowed to refer to them as facts because they were not proven yet (and the scientific conses of the day was that he was wrong.
The pope over reacted to being called a simpleton, and condemned Galileo's teaching as heresy.
(and Galileo's models were wrong, and had even more complicated epicycles with circular orbits than the Ptolemaic models used. Kepler's models with parabolic orbits and no complicated epicycles were right)
User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?
Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!
I see tablets generally falling into to main niche markets: School kids and the Elderly.
(Disclaimer, I have a Galaxy Tab A 10'1 2016. I'm not a school kid, nor am I elderly, I do have primary school aged kids)
The kids will generally either be using Chromebooks (not a tablet) or their school will insist on an iPad, so that market is split.
For the elderly, take my neighbour. She is not very tech aware. She has facebook etc on her phone (a cheap android) installed and setup by her grandkids. She battles with the screen size. She doesn't want a computer or a laptop, she does like my Galaxy Tab with the bluetooth keyboard. The screen is bigger, and it does everything she could want it to do.
Re: MacGuyver solution in the wild
My Jaybird X3's came with some of them (Comply Tips). They work really well, and are comfortable, but I've found they don't last for very long (so gonna have to buy some replacements).
I've used them whilst mowing the lawn (petrol mower) and I would say the comply tips are as good as the class 5 earmuffs I normally use
Re: Going for the customers who previously purchased gold-plated ethernet cables?
Perhaps they're chasing after the customers of the Sennheiser HE160.
They cost AU$75,000
Re: Seems to me
Have you ever read David Brin's book Earth?
In it he is this prediction of what the internet would become like (written in 1990)
<blockquote>Holospere: The problem usually wasn't getting access to information, it was to stave off being drowned in it. People bought personalised filter programs to skim a few droplets from that sea and keep the rest out. For some, subjective reality became the selected entertainments and special interest zines passed through by those tailored shells...
...Here, a man watches nothing but detective films... Next door, a woman reads and hears only opinions that match her own, because other points of view are culled by her loyal guardian software.</blockquote>
It is remarkably close to what those algorithms are now doing.
coils and spiking
"It turned out that this forklift had some sort of fault that caused its ignition coil to radiate excessive RF noise. The problem was corrected on the forklift and the crashes stopped."
My old Mini had a slight short or something in it's distributor cap (can't remember the exact fault, over 20 years ago). And my girlfriend's family would know exactly when I was coming to visit as it would cause some static on their TV from about half a km out.
Re: Everything old is new again
"Now, with the iPod Nano going defunct, all we need is some 2000-era stand alone MP3 player for joggers who aren't interested in taking a 6" phone slab with them when they exercise..."
I think smart watches are trying to full that niche. (Garmin, Samsung Gear S3 and the new FitBit Ionic all have space for you to upload mp3's)