* Posts by legless82

40 posts • joined 6 Dec 2013

Logitech Bolt devices support secure Bluetooth Low Energy – but forget the 'Unifying Receiver'


I have a fairly high-end Logitech wireless mouse, which I was about to return due to its horrible lag and jerky motion, until I pulled the Unifying Receiver out and just connected using my machine's onboard Bluetooth.

Since then, no issues at all. It's been perfect. Since I can't remember the last time I used a machine without built-in Bluetooth, it makes me wonder why they even bother with that horrible receiver.

Remember the bloke who was told by Zen Internet to contact his MP about crap service? Yeah, it's still not fixed


As a counterpoint

I've been on Zen's FTTP for a couple of years now without any problem.

About a month ago, the connection dropped, and looking at my router logs it was full of PPP timeouts. Called Zen, went through troubleshooting with someone who knew what they were actually talking about, and they determined an Openreach fault.

First Openreach droid turned up, looked at my ONT and declared that because the PON light on my ONT was a steady green then there was nothing wrong with the Openreach side of things and refused to investigate any further. He logged a response back to Zen saying that the fault was with my equipment.

I spoke to Zen, and they escalated within Openreach and a second chap turned up a few days later, ran some tests and declared there to be no issue at all between my house and the exchange, and disappeared.

I called Zen again and explained the quandary of my Schrödinger's internet connection, that was apparently simultaneously fault-free and non-functional, and they escalated once more within Openreach.

A couple of days later, I had a call from Zen to say that Openreach had discovered a fault in one of the network switches connecting the FTTP head node to the backhaul connection, and the switch was tagged to be replaced in a couple more days.

Sure enough, the connection came back a couple of days later, and Zen gave me around £75 as compensation for the lost service.

Now, I don't know how my experience would have differed with other ISPs, but having had dealings with Virgin Media and Plusnet in the past, I have doubts as to whether I'd even have been able to talk to someone sensible, let alone get it resolved.


Re: ourselves

It's not an irrational dislike. It's because it's simply wrong.

Ourself, yourself, myself etc. are all reflexive pronouns. This means that they're only correct when the subject and object of the sentence are the same.


"I dressed myself" is correct. "You dressed myself" is not.

Personally, I blame The Apprentice.

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’


Re: Ooh, NEO

It's not a new number though. The A321's been around for the best part of 30 years now.

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries


Re: Fuel is the least of the cost in the total life of the car

And how much is depreciation costing you? For most people (and most people rarely keep a car longer than around 5 years), that's significantly more than the cost of the fuel.

Boeing confirms last 747 to roll off production line in 2022


Re: Who rides the top deck?

Crew space - as seen in Die Hard 2...

Happy silver jubilee to JavaScript, king of the web at 25 and still hanging on to its crown, for now


I always thought the worst thing about JavaScript was the name.

Despite having as much in common with Java as my shoes do with an Amazonian tree frog, the very fact it's called JavaScript means that recruitment sharks are unable to comprehend the difference between it and Java.

Getting a stack of JavaScript CVs on my desk when I'm looking for Java developers and vice versa is a perennial problem for me.

Solving a big, yellow IT problem: If it's not wearing hi-vis, I don't trust it


Re: Live that everyday

About 10 years ago I was involved with what was then the largest private sector IT project in Europe, and involved a 'clone and go' approach to a business unit being sold off from a large multinational to another multinational - both large household names.

There was a team of us frantically scouring eBay and bankruptcy auctions for months trying to get all of the kit together to build an infrastructure identical to what already existed in the parent company. Some of it was running business-critical accounting and manufacturing scheduling systems, and was running on kit that had been out of production for over 15 years in some cases.

I remember rejoicing on one day when I found a bulk-lot of various capacity 30 pin SIMMs for sale. They were rare even then.

MediaTek's Snapdragon-7-bothering 5G eight-core Arm chip for modest mobes jets into Europe this month


Re: 14 usages of "5G" in article...

I wouldn't even bank on it in San Fran. I spent a few weeks there at the end of last year, and even 4G (or at least one that would play roaming nicely with my O2 UK SIM) was patchy at best.

Das Keyboard 4C TKL: Plucky mechanical contender strikes happy medium between typing feel and clackety-clack joy


Re: No back light on a black keyboard?

Not a TKL keyboard, but 6 months ago I bought a Das Keyboard Prime 13 - variable white backlight, Cherry MX Brown switches and I haven't looked back.

Whoa-o BlackBerry, bam-ba-lam: QWERTY phone had a child. 5G thing's newly styled


I still lament the passing of my Blackberry Passport - it's still the best device I've ever used even in the face of later Android and iOS kit.

Much as I'd like this to succeed, I can't see it doing anything except be a pale imitation and flop in the marketplace (much like the original, sadly). Through necessity, it's using Android, but the whole UI experience and ecosystem of Android neither expects nor particularly supports the use of a physical keyboard. The experience will be too compromised for most users to put up with.

Samsung slows smartphone upgrade treadmill with promise to support three Android generations on Galaxies


Only 3 Android versions?

My 2016 vintage Oneplus 3T shipped with Android Marshmallow, and has had OEM upgrades to Nougat, Oreo and Pie while I've had it, and all reasonably soon after Google launched them.

The updates stopped with Pie, but that's 4 major OS versions it's had support for.

As it stands, I'm just going to keep using it until it dies, because I've yet to find anything that a new model would do significantly better.

I even sent it back to Oneplus last year for a screen replacement and new battery, and only paid about £80 for the privilege.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?


I don't envy anyone on the WIndows product team

Microsoft are in an unwinnable game here. Their past legacies of monopolising the desktop market have come back to bite them. They have such a broad spectrum of users, compatibility and support expectations, hardware and software platforms that they cannot possibly hope to develop and support it in a way that satisfies everyone.

Look, for example, at the furore at the ending of support for XP after 12 years, or the ending of Windows 7 support after 10 years, and the expectation from users that any application they've purchased or written in the last 30 years will continue to be executable by the latest version of Windows.

Contrast this with Apple, who have never supported any flavor of MacOS for longer than 4 years, and will readily drop compatibility support for even relatively recent software and hardware without so much as a murmur.

It's the games that Microsoft played in the 1990s to win the corporates that have come to bite them hard. Those same corporate customers expect their software to work for 10 years or more, and this is the problem they've made for themselves.

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display


Re: 0.1mm

The original Defender 90 didn't have a 90 inch wheelbase either - it was closer to 93", but in Land Rover manufacturing tolerances, that's probably close enough.

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?


Re: oneplus is great

Me too.

I got a Oneplus 3T shortly after launch back at the end of 2016. It was delivered on Marshmallow, and has had 3 major OS updates and is now on Pie.

Admittedly it's not going any further than that and Oneplus have now ceased updates for it, but not bad for a device getting on for 4 years old.

It developed a fault with the camera about 6 months ago and Oneplus repaired it FOC too. While it was with them, I had them replace the battery (for the princely sum of about £30) and it's as good as new now.

It's still performant enough for my needs, and I'll just hang on to it until it dies or I kill it.

Logitech G915 TKL: Numpad-free mechanical keyboard clicks all the right boxes


I'm a recent mechanical keyboard convert

But a lot of the mechanical keyboards on the market had lairy designs or gaudy RGB backlighting. I like gaming, but why marketing departments think that means I want my PC to look like a 1990s Dixons stereo system I'll never understand.

In the end I bought a Das Keyboard Prime 13. Keys backlit in a nice neutral white, Cherry MX Brown switches, aluminium casing and a USB passthrough. It's a joy to type on, and it was only £85.

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable


Re: The Wheel of History

I once worked at a place that used Lotus Notes, and I was glad to leave it behind.

A week later, I found myself wanting Notes back. My new place used Novell Groupwise,,,


In my experience

Every large corporate I've ever worked at basically runs on Excel.

Give people fancy ERP, analytics and BI tools and all these will ever get used for is to create data extracts to be manipulated in Excel.

Its always at best the second best tool for the job for anything, and users like its familiarity.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?


Re: obvious

As an owner of an Atari ST in the early 90s, I struggle to shake 'Ghost virus' as my first diagnosis of inverted mouse movement.

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year


Re: The reality of FTTP

Yup, as long as the handset is compatible with the DECT-GAP standard, you can pair it with anything.

I've yet to find a DECT handset that you can't do this with.


Re: Fibre and copper

Ditch BT and use another VoIP provider - most of them can port any BT number. I use Andrews and Arnold and it was a one-time porting fee of £15, and £1.20/month after that for the service.


Re: The reality of FTTP

The first thing I did when I bought FTTP through Zen is to terminate my copper line.

It still sees quite a lot of use for inbound calls for my wife's business, but I ported it to VoIP through Andrews & Arnold for £1.20 a month. Zen's standard-issue AVM FritzBox router has a built-in DECT base station, so I just re-paired all of the phone handsets to the AVM router and everything (on the surface) acts exactly as it did before.

Sky Broadband is not the UK's cheapest, growls ad watchdog



The whole message of the advert is a sad reflection of consumer habits these days.

Service? Quality? Performance? None of this matters. It's all a race to the bottom on price.

It's the same with everything. Broadband. Cars. Clothes. Furniture. Pretty much anything. Joe Public forgets about anything other than number on the ticket, and other than a few select vendors, everyone (including those who used to make good quality stuff) churns out horrible tat with only skin-deep quality because that's all that matters to the majority.

You get fibre, you get fibre, you all get fibre: UK Ministry of Fun promises new rules to make all new homes gigabit capable


Re: Not coming here for years yet

I'm not sure that the OpenReach guy's statement around the areas being prioritized for FTTP is correct. I live in a reasonably-sized market town in the Midlands (population c.70k) that's had FTTC for around 7 or 8 years.

Recently, OpenReach descended on the place and FTTP is now available virtually everywhere in the town (and that's after being one of the areas that was trialled for G.Fast too).

To an outsider, there appears to be little logic or reason to the areas being chosen. Presumably, it makes sense to OpenReach somehow though.


Re: If it's wanted, of course

I recently made the switch to FTTP. The headline price looked much more expensive, but the difference in reality was less than £5/mo, once I'd junked the line rental for my copper line and switched my landline to VoIP.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation: Repairability fiends open up Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, find the remains of Shergar


Re: Samsung Repair not that bad

Oneplus score well here too, albeit without a physical UK presence.

I dropped my 3 year old Oneplus 3T and smashed the screen. I opened up a web chat with their support team and they arranged for it to be shipped to their service centre in Poland. While they had it, I asked if they'd replace the battery with a new one too.

I was without my phone for a total of 3 days, and for a OEM-original new screen and battery I was charged only £90. They also replaced the camera free of charge because it was reporting a hardware fault.

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025


I use VoIP on my FTTC connection

But use a normal DECT phone.

My router is also a DECT base, and has a normal phone socket on it should I wish to connect anything with a wire.

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer


Thanks a bunch El Reg

I managed to escape Stoke on Trent 20 years ago, but that picture of the Hanley branch of Natwest has brought the PTSD flooding back.

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling


Re: 2 years?

Sorry - got Oreo and Pie the wrong way around - it's on Pie at the moment with a recent security patch level,


2 years?

Nearly 3 and a half years ago, I bought a cheap (by the standards of similarly-specced devices) OnePlus 3T, which was delivered on Android Marshmallow. OnePlus pushed subsequent OS updates to Nougat and Pie when they were released, and they released Android Oreo for it about 6 months ago. It's still continuing to get security-related patch releases even now, almost 3 years after production stopped.

If a small (by the standards of the other players in the market) Chinese firm can do this, why can't everybody else?

As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?


I'm fairly sure that my 1965 Seamaster's crystal is acrylic too. 53 years old and still looks unmarked - I say looks unmarked because any scratches just polish out easily.

UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads


I graduated in 2003

in CompSci from a top 5 university.

The syllabus was extremely thorough, teaching everything from the low-level electronic architecture, through assembler and higher-level languages, including problem solving in some slightly oddball languages such as Haskell. A strong emphasis was placed on sensible use of design patterns and optimisation. There was lots of maths, along with many, many hours of logic, formal specification, networks etc.

As you would probably expect, there were many people on the course who I considered to be extremely intelligent and had a natural talent for what they did.

It was only during my final year though that my mind turned to employment, and it's only natural at this stage to start mentally sizing yourself up against the competition - the other people on the course. Sure - there were people who could run rings around me on the course, but I came to the realisation that there was a good proportion of the course group that I considered virtually unemployable. Clever - undoubtedly, but they lacked either the self awareness necessary to perform well in a corporate environment, or they lacked motivation to work on anything that they didn't find personally interesting. There's jobs out there for people like this, but those people aren't what most employers are looking for.

We tested the latest pre-flight build of Windows 10 Mobile. It's buggy but promising


Re: Depressed at the state of the market...

It was thinking along these lines that made me plump for a Blackberry Passport.

Leap of faith maybe, and an evidently dying platform (not least down to the fact that 'analysts' have been claiming since 2011 that BlackBerry wouldn't last the next 12 months and you'd be unwise to back it), but sadly it's probably the best mobile OS I've ever used.

I say sadly, because the likelihood of me being able to replace it with another once my Passport eventually shuffles off its mortal coil is close to zero.

BlackBerry vows to make even fewer phones


I'm not sure how they can fix their device business.

It's been woefully mismanaged in terms of getting the right devices out there at the right time, and actually making the market aware that the devices exist. They've burned their relationships with many of the carriers, meaning even less exposure to the consumer. Many of the people I speak to are not even aware that Blackberry still exists as a business and that they are producing devices still. Even fewer know about the BB10 platform, and still think that Blackberry devices are pretty much the same as the Curve they owned 7 years ago.

The real shame is that their devices really are better than ever. I currently use a Blackberry Passport as my personal device, having switched from a Galaxy S4, and it's the best device I've ever used. It's certainly a better device than my work-issued iPhone 5S.

It seems at times that they've pulled a masterstoke of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

T-Mobile prods at corpse of BlackBerry, says 'me too!'


Re: It was a leading brand in PDA space

On my BB Passport, the To-do and Notes are all held within the 'Remember' application, which is a core component of the BB10 OS. I can't see why the Classic would be any different.

BlackBerry Enterprise chief: Yes, we did leave users behind


Re: They're still in deep trouble

You're right.

Speaking as somebody who's just ditched my iPhone 5S for a BlackBerry Passport, the gap is wide. The Passport is better in just about every way I can think of.

Hate the BlackBerry Z10 and Passport? How about this dusty old flashback instead?


Re: Only if the email is freed up

Not sure that I understand you. BB10 uses the same ActiveSync push email protocol that's used by every other mobile platorm, and the mail delivery speed is identical.

I've certainly not noticed any difference in the speed of mail delivery to my Z10 compared to other platforms I've used, and the notification generally starts flashing on my phone the very same moment the message lands in my GMail account.

BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections


I was in the same boat with BE / Sky.

I jumped ship to A&A, and never looked back

BlackBerry CEO: I LOVE keyboards, so if you want them, you'll get them


Re: Hurrah!

Blackberry Q10?

Ford says Microsoft CEO target Mulally not going anywhere


Re: cars are not computers

I worked for Ford back in 2008 when Mulally joined.

At the time, there were cries of derision within the company that he wasn't a car guy and didn't understand the industry, as he'd had no previous experience in the automotive sector (having previously headed up Boeing)

I can't see any difference here.


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