+1 for Minitool, I’ve found it the most reliable of the various Windows partitioning tools I’ve tried.
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When I used to do on-site technical support for home users I moved from varying sound a stock of bits and pieces that were useful for my clients and profitable for me (in terms of reasonable retail markup) to persuading/insisting that clients buy things such as PSUs and SSDs themselves, with my help if necessary - so that I didn’t have to carry the retailer risk of dealing with product problems.
An excellent and very comprehensive summary Liam, thank you!
It brought back a lot of memories and reminded me why I quickly became a Windows convert and evangelist (I'm not any more I hasten to add). When I started training as an accountant in 1989 (CIMA) the progressive first year IT syllabus included WIMP UIs - because nobody in the accounts world (neither clerks nor professionals/managers) had any idea what one was; green screens were the norm.
Now I'm just an 'old reactionary' bemoaning the loss of sensibly-designed UIs (like our friend @bombastic bob)!
Incidentally I think you've nailed the key points of the historical progress from the technical, business, economic and legal perspectives as far as I am aware (and you've clearly done a lot of research too); the extra details other commentards have added are just that - details. Here on El Reg we all like details, but adding more would cloud the message...
> before British English became more standardised
All living languages are continually changing and evolving, both in speech and writing (assisted by internationalisation, impeded by grammar nazis of course). Dictionaries merely reflect and attempt to codify the current state, albeit somewhat slowly and reluctantly. So, in a sense, you're all correct...
Icon... I was taught to use -ise, and 'forbidden' from using -ize, too :)
I wish I could give you more upvotes - @Pascal and several other commentards have missed the point that you are making, which is that making manufacturers pay means making consumers pay, as opposed to repairers, recyclers and do-withouters - or any other non-consuming taxpayers...
I’ve never understood why iMessage shows Apple messages in blue - I’ve never seen a blue apple, lots of green ones though, so it’s always been counterintuitive to me. Also, more importantly, why can’t I decide for myself what colour my messages are...?
Mine’s the one with my daily apple in the pocket (usually red incidentally), and a purple iPhone in the other pocket :)
They don't really need to look at the date on the cable - if "your friend" wants to convince someone that the work was done before 2005 then you, sorry he, needs to have a stash of red and black cable - using blue and brown T&E is a bit of a giveaway since it only became widely available around 2005 when the 2nd Amendment of the 16th Edition of the Regs mandated it for new installations in line with European colour harmonisation. Jus sayin'
I do too, now, but back in my early days of DIYing (before I qualified as an electrician) I drilled through a twin & earth buried in plaster where it shouldn't have been... not only did the bang throw me off the stepladder but it also unwelded the tungsten carbide tip from the masonry drill bit I was using!
One of the first parts of the electrical inspection/testing exam I took (C&G 2391 if memory serves) was to choose an appropriate set of testing tools from a collection that included some very inappropriate items; neon screwdrivers such as you inherited were definitely the latter - completely verboten! Something to do with how dangerously they can fail if I recall.
I too have one, but only because it's a handy little screwdriver with a useful pocket clip - I prefer to trust my approved Megger and Fluke equipment when my life is on the line...
This sounds somewhat like a new "blue sky" spreadsheet product I saw demoed at some trade show or other in the early 90s. I can't remember its name but it was by one of the big names and was very expensive; DEC or HP I think.
The sales video included stuff about visualising numbers as organic metaphors such as ripples in fields of wheat and suchlike...
I cut my teeth on black-and-white, DOS-based, 2-Dimensional SuperCalc 4 and was immediately hooked on the whole idea of spreadsheets. When 3-Dimensional SuperCalc 5 came out, it was the best thing ever! Excel has NEVER been properly 3D!
I then had to use Lotus 1-2-3 v2, and it seemed like a major backwards step (it was). Astounding to me since it was the overwhelmingly dominant market leader. However 1-2-3 v3 WAS properly 3D and redressed the feature balance, but when its Windows version came out (just as Windows 3 was starting to be used) it was so clunky and buggy and slow is was virtually unusable whereas Excel had a really slick, mouse-friendly UI. Therein lay the reason for 1-2-3's demise and Excel's rise to dominance, IMHO. The obvious choice for people who loved the concept of Windows was a GUI-centric spreadsheet, and Excel (having started on the Mac) was just that. It wasn't that Excel was the best at spreadsheeting - it certainly wasn't, and it might not even be now.
I was a trainee accountant at the time and spreadsheet expertise plus general IT savvy) was my competitive advantage...
Lotus Improv went one stage further - but it was too little, too late. I actually bought myself a copy of Improv just to try it out, and I was impressed. I still have the install floppies...
Mine's the one with a huge stash of 1990's business application floppies in the pockets!
You are way out of date!
I stopped working in primary schools over 10 years ago but at that point every school that I went in, and most others in the UK I believe, already had a large interactive whiteboard in every classroom front and centre!
There may have been a blackboard around in some rooms but they had already been sidelined as a teaching aid.
Icon - similarly anachronistic :)