My work Lenovo E585 ThinkPad still hasn't had the 2004 update switched on for it, apparently because of disagreeable drivers causing boot loops. Fingers crossed that Microsoft and Lenovo can sort their shit out and the 2010 update or whatever it will be called isn't so fucked (to use a technical term).
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Halloween approaches and the veil between worlds wears thin – the Windows 10 October 2020 Release walks among us
... nearly all the people I know who were using Adobe's suite have bitten the bullet and moved to other products. Adobe's subscriptions are now more expensive than the cost of learning new tools, workflows and muscle memory. And I suggest that for the vast majority of users out there, the alternatives are now entirely good enough.
Snowden was right: US court deems NSA bulk phone-call snooping illegal, possibly unconstitutional, and probably pointless anyway
Techie studied ancient ways of iSeries machine, saved day when user unleashed eldritch powers, got £50 gift voucher
Samsung slows smartphone upgrade treadmill with promise to support three Android generations on Galaxies
I can see my house from here! Microsoft Flight Simulator has laid strong foundations for the nerdy scene's next generation
The Surface Duo isn't such an outlandish idea, but Microsoft has to convince punters the form factor is worth having
We have bad news for non-US Microsoft fans: The incoming Surface Duo is underspecced, overpriced, and over there
That's how we roll: OWC savagely undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with bargain $199 alternative
Virgin Galactic pals up with Rolls-Royce to work on Mach 3 Concorde-style private jet that can carry up to 19 people
Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple
Re: My heart bleeds
Oh, I entirely agree that the whole system is massively out of kilter, as a result of decades' worth of a multitude of contributary factors. At the moment it's rather like a badly-levelled washing machine with worn drum bearings that will eventually just destroy itself, and unfortunately Indesit don't sell shiny new High Streets, complete with three year warranties, for £200. However, something has to change, and as with so much else in the UK, I think that full-fat localism is a large part of the answer.
Re: My heart bleeds
I have a mad dream that High Street property would be acquired (probably with compulsory purchase orders) by the lowest level regional authority body - something like a town or parish council, and managed as a public good by a local not-for-profit organisation. Sort of like a Housing Association for commercial property. Rents would be capped at a minimum, businesses could apply for leases on vacant properties, but local residents and workers would have the final say on whether or not to allow a business to open, or to renew a lease, in a balloted vote.
I know it's an idea likely riddled with flaws (and socialism!), but ultimately about the only thing that stands a chance of keeping our High Streets alive and reversing the chain-store desertification is some form of active localism.
Intel couldn't shrink to 7nm on time – but it was able to reduce one thing: Its chief engineer's employment
ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy
A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT
Re: Cables with labels on
Same here. I was tested by my optician when I was about 14 / 15 years old as part of the whole 'careers advice' thing.
At the end of the test, he handed me a document (three A4 pages, single-spaced print on both sides) that listed all the jobs that colour-deficient vision disqualified me from ever doing, with Military / Commercial Pilot on the first line.
This was at the bottom of page six:
Careers where colour blindness may be beneficial
Obviously I'm unable to discuss any subsequent work for Military Intelligence.
UK govt probes Brit chip biz Imagination after growing Chinese ownership sparks national security fears
OK brainiacs, we've got an IT cold case for you: Fatal disk errors on an Amiga 4000 with 600MB external SCSI unless the clock app is... just so
Signal sends smoke, er, signal: If Congress cripples anonymous speech with EARN IT Act, we'll shut US ops
Re: "a political body that devotes a lot of attention to national security"
It was actually the FBI who flagged that up. When the FBI asked the CIA if they had info in their files about any of the names on the FBI's list of arabs attending US flight schools, the CIA hid the fact that two people on the FBI's list were known al-Qaeda members.
Still waiting for your Atari retro gaming console? You're not alone: Its architect has just sued the biz for 'non-payment'
Time to brush up on current affairs. Because we're predicting Li-ion batt lifetimes using impedance and AI
Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...
All well and good for admins of the corporate moneybags lot with their swanky Pro Plus* subscriptions, but what about those of us having to make do on (and I use the term very relatively) cheap Business Premium or Business Essentials subs?
* Pro Plus might have some more fully-featured admin tools, but bizarrely costs £2 a month more per user (+VAT) and doesn't include any of Microsoft's cloudy service goodness like SharePoint, Teams or even Exchange.