* Posts by TheDataRecoverer

19 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Dec 2013

Apple reportedly planning to revive the MagSafe charging standard with the next lot of MacBook Pros


Bring back HDMI, & frankly SDxC was a handy storage extra for when the old space bought fell short of need. Yeah, yeah, "the cloud" can cover that, but still....

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



Well, we've had around £1,500 worth of Sonos over the years, & it has worked pretty well most of the time.

Have to say I found this email and approach by them pretty unpleasant.

30% off something new? Wow. Big deal. What is the mark-up on their kit? 70%? 80%?

I can't say this would make me ever spend another pound with them.

I guess I will limp on in 'legacy mode' until things really start creaking.....& in the meantime, I will investigate alternative options to suit us in the future.

Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina


Peak Apple.....

Is it just me who feels that "peak Apple" was around 2014: the time when you could get a 'pro' machine with *gasp* ports, & connectivity...rrom for a decent SD card to expand storage, a properly decent keyboard, magsafe for power safety....

I do seriously think they lost the plot right there, & everything since has taken them down to a pool of despair.

Lawks, I might even consider a windows or chromebook when my 2014 MBPr 13" 512GB dies a death.....

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles


"Contacting the server for information".......& frozen. What a load of old rubbish this is!!

Right, HPE. You've eaten your hyperconverged Simplivity breakfast. Will it blend?


Wonder how many good Simplivity people remain at HP now they have been consumed. Pretty sure I know a few who have moved on. Not sure what happened to the typical 2-year "golden handcuffs" to keep their experience in the team......

You mean Google updated its smartwatch OS and nobody noticed?


Received my ZeTime last week - now that is a classy smart watch for reasonable money!

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!


Electric cars & taxation is the tip of a very large iceberg, I would say.

The broader question to me is how we run civilisation once we get to the point where many more things are robotic....driverless taxi's, robotic lawyers, etc, etc - there are few industries exempt from this progress.

Finland and others are dipping toes into the idea of a 'basic income for everyone - the question is how to raise the funds for it, & the answer (to me!) appears to be some form of taxation on robotics.

Tough to properly visualise, but in 50 years time I doubt we would recognise the tax environment to keep mankind functioning......

Mauritian code-cutters to help deliver TLS 1.3


Re: Mauritius?

Oh, you'd soon tire of the endless beautiful weather, beaches, rum....

I know: got married there many years ago, happy memories! Sadly back in Blighty soon after (although a visit to Reunion and Rodrigues was a blast!)

Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms


No, I haven't read the full blog....perhaps I should....

....but which of the items listed in this article are the ones that greatly concern people?

If it is links to other music services: heck, so far as I am concerned, they are part of the package of what I am using to listen to music!

I'm reading the list thinking "how does that massacre my privacy" (as so many here appear to believe!).

I would certainly agree Sonos are falling behind (lack of recent innovation), but they are very good speakers that work very well (in our 3-4 year experience, at least). Expensive: yes! Quality? yes!

I do realise it is perfectly possible to kludge together a solution at a fraction of the cost, but it is a kludge, & probably won't work quite so smoothly: link to macbook/pc/tablet/phone is pretty seamless.... Sonos pretty well doe what it says on the tin!

Guess I am missing the part where they got me to sign away my relatives in blood.

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking


Re: ,So there's an online fix for not being able to get online?

pick an alternative mechanism.....http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/fed-up-with-skype-here-are-6-of-the-best-free-alternatives Set him up a google hangout, or whatever: skye isn't the only game in town here!

Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off


Re: A once brilliant comic....

once went to a Viz party as Faithful Border Bin-liner. Buster Gonad turned up, as did a bunch of others....ahhh, happy days!!

We turn Sonos PLAY:5 up to 11


Re: With respect...

You may want to listen to a pair of play:1's set up as stereo.....we did some sampling at the local RS, and the play:3 was relatively underwhelming in comparison. We ended up with one play:5 plus a few 1's.

To us, the real value is the simplicity of use plus the multi-room ("party") grouping capabilities.

Nice stuff. But expensive, and I agree anyone more keen on wires & tinkering can probably build something that sounds perhaps better for undoubtedly less......

Horses for courses!

Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS


Surprised to not find him up on http://www.roadsideamerica.com - great site for weird things in the US!

Microsoft: Stop using Microsoft Silverlight. (Everyone else has)


Re: Ordnance Survey

If only DofE could chase this down: 250,000 young people take part in DofE, and for their expeditions the mapping has NO way of working on a Mac, AND requires Silverlight on Windows.....not a great situation.

Mind you, eDofE has plenty of other reasons for not wanting to use it.

Big Blue drops a billion dollars to refresh its pig herd's lipstick


All this talk of Spectrum reminded me of https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sinclair-zx-spectrum-vega

For that retro feel :D

Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power


recumbants? I would love a go on one, but I would *hate* to commute on one.

Cars don't see you, other cyclists may not (I know....a friend fell over one on a charity ride once 'cos she didn't spot the fella below her !!).

Also look like they need a lot of space to store compared with a 'regular' bike.

Don't get me wrong: as I started, I would love a go on one!

Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Well, we had a Quooker as a "luxury item" in our kitchen refit way back in 2008....& what a great device!

Morning tea ready "instantly". Safe to use (twist and push tap), we love it!

I measured the energy used with a meter - the kettle before, then the Quooker, and in our kitchen we found the Quooker was around 15-25% more energy efficient. The range is because we measured the kettle over 30 days in total, but for different periods (7 days, 16 days, then 7 days again) - overall it looked to me like the Quooker was around 21% more energy efficient.

To be brutally honest, we were not desparately scientific about it - we didn't make absolutely certain we had the same numbers of cups of tea, etc...it was more a "quick test", really to find out whether our decision was better or worse for our energy cost (& ergo, the environment!).

You could never justify it on raw economic grounds.....it is simply to expensive up front (although we paid way less than the price in this article!).....it is a luxury item.....but one we have never regretted lashing out on!

I guess we should think about replacing the filter now....but it still makes great tea, so maybe I'll leave it another year or six.....

Gadget world's metals irreplaceable, say boffins


Never mind metals, what about helium ?

How are we going to have great parties with daft voices when *that* runs out.....far more likely !


How your data loss prevention plan is killing your business


Re: Bake it into the OS?

Sounds like regular snapshots you describe there: take them instantly, replicate them super-efficiently to get an offsite copy, keep a few months or potentially years at low storage cost......

Simple to restore, whether the data is file or block based, integrate them with apps where appropriate, take instant clones (regardless of capacity - 10TB as easily as 10GB!)

It absolutely is all about the restore.

<Disclosure: NetApp snapshot lover!>