* Posts by beardypete

6 posts • joined 21 Apr 2012

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

beardypete

What will IKEA be thinking?

Given that IKEA have got into bed with SONOS, and given that theirs is a budget basement version of the pukkah SONOS gear, I wonder what IKEA management think about this behaviour. Part of SONOS's rationale for demoting equipment to legacy status is that this older kit has limited memory and/or processing power - I'm amazed that the IKEA low-end equipment is sufficiently well endowed to see anything but an exceedingly short life...

beardypete

Re: Ludicrous

I certainly hope that Europe kicks up a fuss - five years is nothing when it comes to the expected lifespan of consumer electronics... In the meantime I'm hoping that some electronics geek susses out how to work around this issue...

beardypete

The reason that I bought into Sonos was the assumption that, having paid good money, I could expect long service from their gear. The fact that SONOS is run by a bunch of sh*ts never occured to me. I'm hoping for hackers to solve this issue.

The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

beardypete

Please leave things as they always have been - the content doesn't need to be curated, users read at least daily and simply want to know that they haven't missed anything, the old format works perfectly to that end.

Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

beardypete

Great article - Donald will be proud of you!

Ten... Satnavs to suit all budgets

beardypete

What's the point of a SatNav review that doesn't comment on the accuracy of the maps?!!!

I've used TomToms for over a decade now and the thing that bugs me is that the same mapping errors are still there, despite the company's touting quarterly updates (for a hefty fee) - it really is a weakness and means that in towns and cities you'll often find yourself being directed the wrong way down one-way systems and into pedestrianised areas, whilst In rural areas you definitely need a map with you as well, because you're likely to be taken down impassable farm tracks.

I also use Nokia's FREE SatNav apps which come with downloadable maps of any country you care to choose and which are far more accurate than TomTom's - they're frequently updated and include safety camera and speed limit warnings, plus live traffic info (for sussing out what's out there) and traffic optimised routing - and as I said, they're FREE.

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