* Posts by RobDog

98 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Oct 2013


Musk 'texts' Nadella about Windows 11's demands for a Microsoft account


Doesn’t matter who you are, this is ridiculous

“ it is still possible to get Windows 11 up and running without using a Microsoft account.”

One of the first questions should be, if you have a MS account and want to use it click Next, or click No to proceed without.

And that process for bypassing is equally ridiculous.

He’s got a point, doesn’t matter who he is.

How Sinclair's QL computer outshined Apple's Macintosh against all odds


Re: The 128K Mac was not "rubbish"..

Just because you liked them and know lots about them, doesn’t make them good.


Re: Apple rubbish

I see what you’re saying, yes true, but they were still told off for buying Amiga vs ‘current’ Apple, not old Apple.


Apple rubbish

Everything of that time outshone Apple II. But people bought them because then, as now, expensive seemed to mean better. Even a branch of NASA used Amigas believe it or not because the engineers found that for the cost they were far better than Apple or PC but the mgrs of the lab that was reprimanded them BECAUSE they were much cheaper and therefore couldn’t be as good.

Atari 400 makes a comeback in miniature form


Re: We could recycle the vibe.

You can buy a ‘wifi modem’ for a C64 that plugs into the user port edge connector and can allow your 64 to connect BBS on the web. Old meets new.


Re: Why?

Check out The 8-Bit Guy on YT. He’s done as far as personally ‘invested’ a load of his cash on developing a new 16-bit version of an 8-bit computer that never existed - basically, his mid-80s wet dream computer. I sort of admire his efforts but can’t see it selling in decent numbers, so many commenters stating the truth - that people like me, (but not me) that is mid-50s aged blokes who enjoyed micros the first time round and who are still misty eyed and nostalgic for them will buy one and show them to their kids expecting them to be fascinated - which will never ever happen. Don’t get me wrong, I have 2 C64s which in ever ever use. I should just sell them really and emulate when I have the urge.



We had RML 380Z, one with 2 disk drives and one with tape, as well as a Beeb and a teletype to the Tech college’s PDP/11

How governments become addicted to suppliers like Fujitsu


Re: This

I am this person

UK government lays out plan to divert people's broken gizmos from landfill


Re: "financed by the hardware producers rather than the taxpayer"

Check out Technology Connections on YT for how they work


Re: disposable vapes

I’ve just bought (clearance) some LED spotlights for my summer house office, but each one is sealed, no replaceable bulbs element. So if one bulb goes on the rails of 4 lights, then it’s down to 3, then 2 etc. and look progressively more rubbish and less effective.


Re: "The local recycling centre"

Since Covid started, you now have to pre-book an arrival slot on a website for our local recycling centre. It was obviously put in place to separate people, but the council’s snooping is obviously too good for them to resist and they have kept it in place. So no spontaneous garage or garden clearing now. And they now charge for green waste bin collection. And they are going to refuse collection of black bins (non-recycle) if a) the lid is not closed and b) there is no ‘side’ waste aka black bags sitting next to it. All bases covered.


Re: "The local recycling centre"

At my local recycling centre, if some other customer fancies the item that you intended to throw away and you give it to them to enjoy a second life instead of binning it, the attendants go absolutely mental and start a tug of war, and shouting match. I know because I was the one about to put the wooden stools in the receptacle. The argument that ensued was ridiculous. I would have assumed the attendant wanted it for himself to sell on (come on, we all know it’s one of their perks) but he hadn’t even seen them until that point, just saw us talking and handing over.

‘I needed antihistamine tablets every time I opened the computers’


40 JPS per day

I was an Commodore 64 and Amiga user; my brother caught the micro bug and bought an Atari ST. My teenage room was relatively clean; he, being 10 years older, smoked 40 JPS per day and periodically he paid me a fiver to open up his ST and clear out the build up of fag ash. I was good with electronics whereas he was a bit ham-fisted and probably destroyed an Atari joystick every 2 months, until he invested in one with a steel shaft and micro switches.

Apple pops blue bubbles of Beeper Mini's iMessage service again


Re: Apple is in its rights to block Beeper

“It is really only in the US where iMessage is widely used, in the rest of the world most iPhone owners use something else like WhatsApp”

Citation please?

It is 20 years since the last commercial flight of Concorde


Luton Airport

It landed there I think 1983-84, I could see the final approach and most of the landing run for rwy 26 from my bedroom window, so that was pretty thrilling.

Saw it several times taking off from LHR, Many years later on holiday in Barbados, I remember seeing banking in the approach, I was like whaaaa? And then remembered where it flew to.

That script I wrote three years ago is now doing what? How many times?


Re: Roll your own ... everything

But the VT52 was not released until 1974, the same year that UNIX arrived at Berkeley (both according to Wikipedia I grant you) so how does that work, the terminal being second hand? What was the professor’s name? Anyone would remember something that significant.


Re: Roll your own ... everything

You answered your own question there.

Raspberry Pi 5: Hot takes and cooler mistakes


Re: Names for childer

Yep, just like Dr Emmet Brown named his kids Hules and Verne

Workload written by student made millions, ran on unsupported hardware, with zero maintenance


Re: I'm curious...

You’ve actually seen it? Examples?

Elon Musk's ambitions for Starship soar high while reality waits on launchpad


Re: A brief look back

My upvote was for everything but the pillock part. I don’t think he is. Every company needs a visionary, and every industry needs a disruptor. I’m ok with all of it.

Musk's mighty missile is ready for launch once FAA says OK


Re: No

You said something positive about Musk. Expect downvotes.

Germany's wild boars still too radioactive to eat largely due to Cold War nuke tests


Not good news for Obelix then.

May the sky fall on on our heads!

Want to live dangerously? Try running Windows XP in 2023


I still run XP

Because where else can I play MS Combat Flight Simulator, on my MS Force Feedback Pro joystick? The latter needs a ‘game port’ interface to run it, but even though you can buy a sound card (eg Trust sells one, or did) you don’t get drivers for the ‘stick in modern OS even if you could probably get CFS to run on Windows 10/11.

I use the marvellous tool ‘NLite’ to make the XP install as lean as can be. And before anyone mentions VMs, you can’t get the display working properly in CFS.

Sometimes the old ways are the best.

Cage match: Zuck finally realizes Elon is full of twit


Fighting????? Like in a playground???

Like 8 years olds?

Pathetic. You’re grown men. Offering someone out to the grassy bank (as it was outside my school) for a scrap is pathetic and juvenile. A but like Zuckerberg himself really.

And I have to be honest, all the baying and hooting and hollering about making excuses etc (yeah so it’s Elon Musk so he’s never going to win a popularity contest around here) itself is ridiculous and juvenile, like cage fighting itself, somehow trying to legitimise the act of knocking another person senseless.

Go ahead and smash that downvote button. Watch me not care.

LG to offer subscriptions for appliances and televisions


Re: I bought an OLED TV from them 2 years ago

We had Samsung for ages, but the last one wasn’t very good. ‘LG looks nice’ said the missus and she’s right, the screen is super sharp, vibrant colours, GUI not bad but WHAT IS THIS FRESH HELL???? Whilst bl00dy Love Island was contaminating the screen, an ad popped up in the corner linking directly to a purchase opportunity for the sunglasses and bikini being clothes-horsed by one of the vapid morons dumb enough to humiliate themselves playing multi-person tonsil hockey for a guaranteed dose of Hep-C. I’ve configured it to point to Pi-Hole for DNS but haven’t checked it’s done the trick yet. I don’t think the pushed ads are optional in the settings. Grrrrrr.

Microsofties still digesting pay freeze upset by Nadella's 'landmark year' memo



‘Just come over here a minute and take a good look at that Ferrari in the car park. Now, if you work hard, put in long hours and show commitment and loyalty to this company, I can have a new one of those next year.’

FCC questions ISPs' selective memory about data caps


It’s really simple

They can, so they will. Just another way to make money, regardless whether it’s ‘the right thing’ or not.

We don’t live in a ‘fair’ world any more.

Despite declines, DXC Technology boss awarded $20.3m in 2023


Welcome to the company, now take a look outside

You see my Ferrari in the car park?

Well, if you work hard, put in long hours and show commitment and diligence, I can have a new one of those this year. Right then, on your way.

Amazon confirms it locked Microsoft engineer out of his Echo gear over false claim


A certain irony

In a MS guy reminding us “ he emphasizes that the issue for him is Amazon and other tech companies exercising control over products that customers have purchased.”

Gen Z and Millennials don't know what their colleagues are talking about half the time


Re: Thanks El Reg...

‘Grok’ is bad enough. I know what it means but it still sounds like baby talk.

Microsoft enables booting physical PCs directly into cloud PCs


Re: Microsoft....

This thread has clearly gone (b)rogue

Cheapest, oldest, slowest part fixed very modern Mac


Re: Its always the simple things

“Technology Connections” on YT did a fantastic breakdown of how toasters work, along with many other things with a fair amount of snark for good measure. ‘Why American turn signals is a bad idea’ is another good one.


Re: Re:Lights on the same circuit as power

Is the UK a 3rd world nation? You lived and were educated here after all.

And enlighten us, what’s wrong with the ring-main system?

Windows XP activation algorithm cracked, keygen now works on Linux


XP great for me

Because I still play and very much enjoy Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator, using a game-port connected Microsoft Force Feedback joystick. None of those is supported by anything later than XP and I have a couple of Asus M5A7L PCs to keep me flying. Of course I have used a NLite to create a slim image and ghosted it, but every so often I rebuild using my genuine copies of XP. So really I don’t need this tool at all. I was just telling you what I do. Cheers.

Hive to pull the plug on smart home gadgets by 2025


Re: Reciva Radios

Just realised you replied

I (and everyone I worked with at the time, and in the IT press and trading I’ve done up to dates you mention) with been drawing ‘clouds’ to represent all that ‘stuff’ outside my org’s network, since 1987, as I am sure you have (almost certainly longer than that since you seem to have been everywhere, done everything, invented or been present at the conception of any modern device or service that anyone could mention, attended every lecture, passed every exam, met everyone, lived several overlapping lives in multiple countries….you get the picture, if anyone has a black dog, then your dog is blacker….if anyone goes to Tenerife, then you’ve been to Elevenerife) but I’m sure you realised that my use of the term here was in the generic, modern overall sense people use it now? It didn’t need your customary ‘look at me I can Google a fact and present it like I knew it or remembered it from an article’ smartarsed “Er I think you’ll find…” clarification which many people on this forum find very old and very tiring to read. In short, people will have understood clearly what I meant.

Elon Musk actually sits down and talks to 'government-funded media' the BBC


Re: Propaganda

Worth a read https://www.spiked-online.com/2023/04/12/elon-musk-vs-the-bbc/?fbclid=IwAR09B3taaXYZXfvDkbgr-XQKjX37kuqcEx87cOgXizuY6xFv6nSamCJ8JL4

Nostalgic for VB? BASIC is anything but dead


Re: I think I can safely say ...

…that you’re doing it a great disservice. Without BASIC the world of computers/data processing/office automation or whatever other term was kicked around in the 80s, would have been nowhere near as populous as it was, and it was an absolutely key element in sparking the interests in a computing career and in creating the essential tens/hundreds of thousands of (now) middle-aged, weathered IT pros who were there to underpin the digital age as really took off.

I also won a bet of £10 with myself, because I speculated that you specifically would have something negative to say on this subject. I’ve been in the job 35 years and hardly ever seen a problem like the one you describe. DOS scripters gave me headaches. So give us a few examples? You usually do.

Alarming: Tesla lawsuit claims collision monitoring system is faulty


Honda not immune

I had a 2016 Honda Civic, which had some sort of radar/collision avoidance/brake assistance. One day I pulled out of a roundabout quite enthusiastically but not dangerously and under complete control into these traffic flow. HAL interpreted that my acceleration was going to put my car under the back of an articulated lorry trailer 15 yards away (it wasn’t, Inhad already lifted off) and slammed on the anchors - the worst place it could have done so. By now a car was approaching from the right, and had the stupid system not released it’s grip within half a second, that car would have embedded itself in my door. Scary.

Google staff asked to share desk space in latest cost purge


Re: Hey we want you back in the office...

We had hot desking for 18 months, 3 years before the pandemic. We used a desk booking system, and it was absolute disaster. People booked desks then never turned up, or if the desk was unoccupied by 10am then the reservation was released (as per the rules) but often people turned up at 10:05 (travel delayed) to find their booked desk occupied…or not…which then meant that people often didn’t bother to book and rocked up expecting to find a vacant desk. It was utter utter stupidity.

Hyundai and Kia issue software upgrades to thwart killer TikTok car theft hack


No key required

I diligently observed security on my 1983 Ford Capri until my friend’s Dad pointed out Ford locks didn’t deserve the name, and bade me unlock my car with a thin coin. Barely 2mm of the coin was in the key slot and could make it turn with hardly any force. I needed the key to start it though.


Re: Wait.... they did not have that?

Yep I was particularly fond of my 1989 Vauxhall Razzle

Uber strikes deals with Google and Oracle to cut datacenter dependence


This time next year

‘Google Aquires Book n Ride app Uber (and all its customers’ phone numbers, addresses etc)

Tales from four decades in the Sinclair aftermarket: Parts, upgrades and party tricks


Dominated in Europe?

Are you mental? In school playgrounds across the UK, the fight was C64 or Spectrum, C64 was easily as popular and no-one wanted Spectrum in wider Europe, they wanted C64. Atari and Commodore suggested it out in the US because they could afford disk drives and we could not.

helloSystem 0.8: A friendly, all-graphical FreeBSD


Re: Don't get this MAC is simple thing

I said something similar here the other week and got a slagging for it. There are (needlessly) too many Linux distros emerging all the time and they all do the same thing slightly differently, to the point where it’s not worth learning your way around them because you know they’ll change in the not too distant future. And too many desktops - why?? Even Ubuntu is blighted by that. For the record I’ll try using or fixing anything Windows Mac Linux because I’m not a snob or have any loyalty to any of them and I don’t see why people get so het up in that regard.

Chinese Tesla owners protest another round of price cuts


Hello Ford? About that Focus

That I bought a year ago. It’s cheaper now. I feel I’m due some money back.

<click brrrrrr>


Same. Stupid pay the price and stop complaining.

The CES tat bazaar: Bike desks, AI-powered bird feeders, and the smelloverse



I know what that is without looking. In my Desktop screensaver slideshow along with Tyre Nails and Junior Beer.

Don’t expect a Raspberry Pi 5 in 2023, says Raspboss Eben Upton


Big up for Explaining Computers

Great channel. He does the research to a depth I don’t have time to do and often puts a spin on it that I enjoy. So yes thanks Chris Barnatt too.

Zinc: An Ubuntu remix that dares to be different


Re: Another day, another distro

And how long did that take you?

And how long will it last?

My point is, why do ‘they’ keep reinventing stuff, instead of choosing a a jumping off point and continually improving it?

and yes, for my Linux requirements I have done what has been suggested; Mint and Raspberry Pi OS. And very satisfied I am too.

Tesla recalls 40k cars over patch that broke power steering


Re: Maybe the roads will last longer

Surely the other way round?

“This is why cyclists and motorcyclists don’t chow up the road surface and massive lorries do”

Motorcycles and cyclists can turn their tyres against the surface like PS vehicles can and do, but the contact patch is miniscule compared and they hardly ever do it because it’s a crap way to maneouvre two-wheeled vehicles.

What planet are you in?

Killing trees with lasers isn’t cool, says Epson. So why are inkjets any better?


Epson R200 owner for a long time

At the end of my tother with it, i bought used broken ones because they often had part used and unused carts with them. Cheaper than buying new carts, people have them away for a fiver or tenner.