Justified or not, these new laws and protection orders seem utterly pointless when there are barely any officers around to enforce anything these days.
29 posts • joined 16 Feb 2012
I've found the most efficient way to get a PAC code from any network is to simply say you have poor/non-existant signal combined with the occasional bellow down to the operator of "SORRY, CAN YOU REPEAT THAT AGAIN?". I most recently got a code from Three in less than five minutes using this method.
If you need to use Windows 10, try the 2016 LTSB version which is the successor to Windows Embedded editions. Current version is based on the 1607 build, I think. It is pretty good, and doesnt include crap like Windows Store, Metro apps, Cortana or Edge. It'll be patched up to 2026 without any out of the blue feature 'improvements'.
At least one branch of Maplins I know has got rid of its electronic components inventory and now they have to order in from central warehouse for anything in that category, so it has turned into a shop stocking almost 100% tat. I used to remember going past the old Maplin HQ in Westcliff-on-Sea (where R&D and support were done too) and also loved popping into the Maplins Westcliff shop in the 1990s, but sadly it is now a shell of its former self...
For all their sins, I think Dell have always been a fantastic company for serviceability. Bought an XPS 12 'Ultrabook' recently and I'm very impressed that the whole laptop including display module can be broken down easily and all replacement parts can be sourced. It was the same with my old M1210 from 2006 which is why I've stuck with them so far. They even make the service manuals easily obtained from their support website which is very uncommon with manufacturers now unfortunately!
Guess what too? Normal Torx screws that most people have a driver for these days. They are better for the application than the Philips head which is quite prone to stripping.
Rare of me to complement Google but they do actually have it right and far better than El Reg with site design on YouTube and others, so perhaps you might want to take a leaf out of their book.
It's nice how YouTube's style sheet adapts depending on screen size and resolution and takes full advantage of whatever you're using, tablet, hi-res desktop or otherwise...
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