* Posts by Alan Potter 1

21 posts • joined 1 Dec 2011

Pushed around and kicked around, always a lonely boy: Run Huawei, Google Play, turns away, from Huawei... turns away

Alan Potter 1

This. Every mobe maker in the world is going to be reconsidering its dependence on Android. Why would they commit their business to a thing that us.gov can switch off on a whim?

I expect there to be a new, fully open-source O/S from some foundation backed by all the major mobe makers (except Apple and Google) before the year is out...

The Reg takes a trip over the New Edge. Mmmm... New Coke with extra fizz

Alan Potter 1

"[moving to Chromium] was generally well received"

You must have been looking at different fora from the ones I was reading, where people - quite correctly - were bemoaning the increased homogeneity of the web and the additional power being granted to Google.

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results

Alan Potter 1

Disappointed, El Reg. You normally concentrate on serious stuff, not nonsense like the terminology being used.

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Alan Potter 1

Re: Ditch iTunes

Thanks. Actually it's mostly photos I would like to be able to put onto the i* without needing network, but music is a pain too...

Alan Potter 1

Ditch iTunes

For me Android's greatest strength is that I can plug a device into a PC and simply drag & drop media files onto / off of the phone

So the best possible improvement? Get rid of the need to use that stinking, steaming, appalling pile of utter excrement that is iTunes.

Sorry, I don't like iTunes very much.

Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

Alan Potter 1

Having recently bought an iPhone to replace my trusty but fragile old Androids, I am being forced to use iTunes.

I can honestly say I cannot think of any major piece of software I have used in the past twenty or more years that was so bloody difficult to use. It's fine if everything is just right and you want to arrange things Apple's way - but dare try to import a file that it doesn't like or manage your music yourself and it is the most utterly unhelpful pile of steaming you-know-what in existence.

Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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For those in the north of the country who want to see something similar, there is Ben Cruachan on the side of Loch Awe - http://www.visitcruachan.co.uk/

Also a great tour (I was on it last year)

Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

Alan Potter 1

Following in its father's footsteps

As VMS was desperately trying to fight the onslaught of cheap-n-cheerful offerings like SunOS, it gained a POSIX subsystem and became "OpenVMS"

Now Windows gains a Linux subsystem - will it become OpenWindows?

And is Windows destined for the same fate as its father?

Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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Re: Trust, indeed



Topaz Labs plugins.

Citrix receiver for the wife (not sure if there is a Linux flavour of this)

I'm sure there are alternatives to Photoshop and Lightroom, but TBH I'm not interested enough to learn 'em

Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

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Thank you for the answers :-)

Alan Potter 1


Would the Chromecast support DLNA from a local NAS?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

Alan Potter 1

This is such a bone-headed move on Samsung's part.

Sure, I've not yet been seconded to a country where I've stayed long enough to buy a local SIM. But like most of us in the tech business, that's something that might change tomorrow.

There's no way that I'm going to buy a phone that would prevent me from using a local SIM!

My S2 comes out of contract next month... I was planning to replace it with an S4. Ain't gonna happen now.

Yahoo! adds 1TB of free storage to Flickr in site revamp

Alan Potter 1

Other Services with stats?

Maybe this looks good on an iPad - it certainly looks silly on a 27" monitor... Seems that they have caught the Windows 8 disease - everything must look the same on all devices. Actually, now, it's okay to make them look different from device to device, as long as it is appropriate for the device you are using...

Anyway, are there any other sides that

1) allow you to embed pictures in a separate web site (ie my own web site has the "im src" tag, but it points to an image being pulled from flickr), and

2) give stats on image views?


Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

Alan Potter 1

One small customer lost

Okay, I am just a hobbyist who "lashed out" to buy Photoshop CS5 a couple of years ago. I'm not a big account that Adobe is going to care about... but when CS5 is too out-of-date to continue using it I'm not going to be going into the software rental market.

It's only one future sale that Adobe has guaranteed they won't be getting, but I suspect it's not the only one

Facebook: Yeah, we'll ban chainsaw beheading vids - when journos call us

Alan Potter 1

Re: Alan Potter is clearly a sexist commentard

>promoting/supporting rape and that have horrific videos of

>women being abused. But that's being sexist right?

Actually, yes. I don't want there to be horrific videos of ANYBODY being abused.

Alan Potter 1

Clearly this should have been removed by facebook instantly - there is no excuse for leaving it available.

However, at the risk of asking something a bit bland when the subject matter is so horrific, why did you go to the Everyday Sexism Project for comment? It is clearly a sexist organisation and one that I would have expected any competent journalist to avoid.

The first sentence on its website shows that it is sexist: "The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis". Not by people, but by women.

Sounds like a project to be avoided.

Sleepy North Yorkshire village is first to get gov-subsidised BT fibre

Alan Potter 1

I have to say that El Reg's ongoing "if they're rural, they must be thick as pigshit" tone is getting really old...

SHEEP NEED TWITTER, insist my noble Lords

Alan Potter 1


I know that lord-bashing creates a juicy headline, but I think the analysis here is well off the mark.

There are lots of poor people who live in rural areas. Improved access to the Net will provide more scope for enterprise - heck, even if they spend their time selling stuff on eBay - and with it increased prosperity for rural areas.

Our economy will surely work best if all of our land is utilised to its maximum potential. Leaving vast tracts of that land as areas that cannot properly participate in the 21st century is a recipe for disaster. If we want people to live in that land, we need to ensure that they have - amongst other things - good Net access.

Lords call for the end of TV transmissions

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If nothing else, their Lordships are trying to bring a serious debate about how we use the resources available to us - much better-informed contributions than we have seen from the Commons. Abolish the House Of Lords? Maybe it's "the other place" that we should be dismissing!

Devolo dLAN 500Mb/s powerline network adaptor review

Alan Potter 1

Agree with all above asking for further information in the review.

Quiescent power consumption figure would also be useful.

HTC Sensation XE

Alan Potter 1

I have not tested this phone, so can't comment on how ood the sound is, but one thing is worth emphasising - heavy bass does not equal good sound.

I did try some Dr Dre headphones... and was appalled at how crap they sounded. The bass was vastly - stupidly - over-emphasised. What I heard through the 'phones was nothing like what I would hear in a concert hall or opera house... it was hideously distorted, bass heavy and frankly garbage.

If you like heavy bass, then fine. But that's not the same as "good sound"


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