* Posts by Martipar

37 posts • joined 19 Jun 2012

ReactOS hits a milestone – actually hiring a full-time developer. And we've got our talons on the latest build to see what needs fixing


Actually i can see Microsoft hitting the same problems as SCO vs Linux. If they don't actually copy any code i don't see why there would be an issue.

If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal


Re: Not the successor to Windows Me

Technicall Xp 64-bit was actually a rebadged Server 2003 (it even only took Server 2003 updates and not XP ones) So really it goes 2000, XP, XP-64bit, Vista, 7, 8, 10. As the differences between XP and XP-64bit were as great if not greater than the difference between 2000 and XP.

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo


Re: What's with the vertical consoles?

The PS2 was shown upright http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/445933.stm as was the PS3 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4807858.stm and the PS4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-22852723/playstation-4-launch-gasps-as-price-unveiled I'm pretty sure this one can lie down to

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties


Re: No numpad

All my keyboards have numpads and fit in both my average rucksacks - i agree no numpad no sale, i use it far too often.

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30


I still use Windows 3

The 3.11 WFW version on my DOSBox installation. I have heard it is possible to install Win 95 on DOSBox too, though i've not tried it.

DirectX comes to Linux (via WSL2): Microsoft unveils tricks needed to flash a GPU at a penguin


Are Microsoft planning go back to their roots and create a new Xenix which is Linux based?

I'm not saying they should or shouldn't but Microsoft do like their backward comparability though they have said that Windows 10 will be the last Windows: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/31/rising_and_ongoing_cost_of_windows/

Maybe we misinterpreted it and they are ditching it in favour of going back to their roots? I like the name Xenix, it's definitely cooler than Windows and Linux style performance in gaming is attractive.

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs


Re: Probably just as well, given how much RAM it uses..

Well i did try that and it failed, it wouldn't allow me to upgrade to the 64-bit version. Maybe it was because i upgraded in the Win 7 environment rather than starting a fresh install but i assure you i did give that a go.


Re: I honestly thought it never existed

I run Win 3.11 on this PC under DosBox (well technically that's a lie as i need to reinstall DosBox but it will) couldn't you, if they ever upgraded to 64-bit, install DosBox and in it's equivalent of Autoexec hava a line to boot windows and in the Autoexec.bat open the dictionary so they only have to click the DosBox icon (or a custom icon taken from the dictionary directory) and they get the dictionary loaded?

It's a bit of a janky solution but it'll get the job done and you get the nostalgia hit of installing Windows 3.11.


Re: Amazed it took them this long

To add to your point there is no reason why chip manufacturers should still be producing consumer 32-bit processors. I'm not old enough to remember but surely they had stopped producing 16-bit desktop processors at this point in the 32-bit era?


Re: Probably just as well, given how much RAM it uses..

Have you tried turning on PAE in Windows? On this PC (which was running Win 7 32-bit which got upgrade to Win 10 32-bit during the free upgrade period) I followed the steps to enable it, it failed, i ran a 3rd party PAE fix program which only runs on certain builds and mine was already above that build, However there was one for my build available but i had to compile it from source (as a part-time Linux user i've done this sort of thing before) so I download Visual Studio community, download 4-5GB of libraries compile. Halt. Need other program which also needs compiling then compile PAE program. No go, it failed.

I gave in, went on Amazon and purchased Win10 64 bit OEM. On Linux you can install either the standared or PAE kernel from the package manager, why on Windows can't there be a nice big button with PAE On/Off on it? PAE is nice in theory but turning it on in Windows is a right PITA.

I spent a full day fiddling, tweaking, compiling, downloading and nothing worked - it was a complete waste of time and yet i know this processor supports PAE, it's run Linux PAE without issue and it shouldn't be a exerciser in hoop jumping to get it running on Windows.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Some suggestions


They who shall not be named.


Android 11 Developer Preview 3 allows your mobe to become a router via USB Ethernet – if you can get a decent signal


Re: Hasn't it been able to do this for ages?

No. https://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2018/10/three-uk-quietly-removes-tethering-caps-from-4g-mobile-plans.html

Fright at the museum: Bored curators play spooky Top Trumps on Twitter over who has the creepiest object


A few years ago in Cornwall

I spotted a 2 headed piglet in ajar, apparently it didn't live long, i was fascinated my vegan friend wasn't

Vivaldi browser to perform a symphony of ad and tracker blocking with version 3.0


Re: It's not bad

I agree, Opera has had built in ad blocking for ages - It's new FB messenger sidebar is excellent and adequate compensation for the removal of their email client.

This is grim, Vim and Neovim: Opening this crafty file in your editor may pwn your box. Patch now if not already


Just switch to EMACS

No worries, it's just the same

Cray's found a super scooper, $1.3bn's gonna buy you. HPE's the one


Regarding the Cray 1

How easy would it be to build a miniature working replica? I'd love a model Cray 1 i could put on a shelf but also plug it into some form of terminal and run original software on it.

RIP: Microsoft finally pulls plug on last XP survivor... POSReady 2009


Re: ReactOS (as the new XP)

What tosh, i first heard of ReactOS in about 2007, I was excited, i was still vaguely interested in 2010 by 2015 i'd lost all hope and interest. ReactOS may be ready for release before I expire but i doubt it greatly.

BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...


Re: Gilbert Murray

I use Bill gates and email: Bill@microsoft.com it works for most sites that require an email address but no confirmation.

BANGKOK-BLOCKED: Thailand's dictators 'ban dictator sim Tropico 5'


re: Junta

Junta: Viva El Presidente comes with a pair of sunglasses, it's a much shorter game designed for a slightly younger audience though.

The cute things they say


Title pending

So you're not in the UK then? Over here you can be sued for libel even if it's true.

ZEPPELINS to replace Goodyear blimps in American skies


Re: Blimp.

It's an aonomatopœia it's sound it makes when you slap one.

Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted


Re: How much does..

20% of 60 != 20 minutes 20 minutes is 1/3 of an hour

Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS


Re: American beer rocks (Just not Bud, etc)

Isn't most craft beer just overly hopped expensive keg? or is that just the ones we get over here.

Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others



All the base are belong to you, hail all RegEl conquereror of planets!

KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'


Re: Passwords ?

Because none of us on this tech news site knows anything about MAC addresses, ISP MAC codes, broadband, the internet or anything because we're all dumbasses, FFS man this is El Reg not the other place.

PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4


Re: Ho hum

Forgotten about the Pippin already? For shame!

One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store


Re: Clearly

just goes to show that nicking the slogan from a bureaucratic dystopian government works. Even though said government had problems with Buttle and Tuttle.

The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode


Re: Chris O'Dowd...is now a bona fide Hollywood star?

Frequently asked questions about time travel, nuff said really.

Look ma, no plugins! Streaming web video with just JavaScript


Re: Awesome..

Surely you're getting Javascript confused with the similarly named but completely different Java?

Leaping hedgehog probes planned for Martian moon Phobos

Black Helicopters

Doctor Who

I've seen enough Doctor who to know what they are.

One in four don't clean their stinky old browsers - especially Firefoxers


Well I use....

Opera and i's version 12.20, the only thing is as it's free but closed source it's not in any software repository so I have to update manually. Failfox has too many add-ons required for it to do the job of Opera (No-script, ad-block, Thunderbird etc.) Chrome is ok but about 3x the install size of Opera and I can't work out where the bloat is or why.

A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 2


What no Atari

The Atari Portfolio should be here, between the Psion Organiser and Simon, the first ms-dos compatible handheld computer, ran dos 2.0 IIRC. Used in Terminator2

Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review


And how do they do that.......

...before they've built their computer? hmmm.

LG making thin screens possibly FOR THE NEW iPHONE


In my experience...

LG touchscreens are crap, so therefore i heartily agree that they produce them for the iPhone, they annoy me purely by existing.

Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!


Re: Isn't it easier

You're new here aren't you? Mac OS and Linux are able to get viruses, there are many malicious Mac programs out there some for Linux lax security in any software will attract the nasties and should be protected against. I can't find a recent El Reg article on any Linux virus/malware/spyware etc. and there are far too many Mac articles to mention here.

The Dragon 32 is 30


Re: Missed opportunity.

Bootsdid indeed sell allt hat stuff and had a manufacturing arm but it was sold off, my cousin works for the part that was sold off and I can never remember it's name.

Internet Explorer bug patched only a week ago now being exploited


Re: chrome anyone?

I believe that copious amounts of midori are required before the use of IE


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