* Posts by Daniel Moss

8 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Aug 2007

Apple misses self-imposed Windows 7 boot camp deadline

Daniel Moss

News to me

I'm confused - what doesn't work? I installed Windows 7 on my MacBook when I bought it back in November, and it all worked flawlessly. Haven't had a single problem, and my only complaint would be that the touchpad is a bit jerky compared to how it works in OSX.

Elgato Turbo.264 HD hi-def H.264 encoder

Daniel Moss

Only 120f/s?

Hmm. Recently upgraded to a Core i7 920 (my 6yo AMD Athlon64 finally gave up the ghost), and that encodes divxvid to H264 using Handbrake/MediaCoder at >350f/s. I suppose it might be worth it for under-specced Mac owners.

BlackBerry advert sticks it to Apple

Daniel Moss

Close, but no banana

It's a well thought out ad, if slightly south of subtle. It gets the point across of what RIM were trying to do when they made the Storm. Sadly, they've made a seriously sub-standard device. It may be technically better (lack of wifi not withstanding), but the UI is an ergonomic nightmare compared to the iPhone. I sometimes miss the functionalty of my previous Nokia N-Series devices, but the sheer ease of using the slick iPhone GUI more than makes up for it. Other companies are a very long way from being able to compete at present, and I struggle to believe they release these touch screen devices, years after the first iPhone, that seem decades behind it. The Storm is barely better to use than my 6 year old iPaq - worse, if you try typing anything long on it and have to put up with that horrible moving screen.

EU says Microsoft violated law with IE on Windows

Daniel Moss

Pick on something else

I understand people's complaints with the Microsoft Monopoly thing, but I think people need to pick a different horse to flog than IE. In today's computing world, complaining that they ship their own browser with their OS is rather like complaining that Ford fit their own design of windscreen to their cars. If they ship it without IE, then how are people going to get a copy of Firefox/Opera/Chrome/Insert-browser-name-here to use? Are they going to have to go to the nearest newsagent to buy something with a coverdisk? As far as I'm concerned, IE is a good place to start with Internet browsing, and as awareness of other browsers is steadily growing, then its dominance will fall. Other companies have built better browsers, and now people are flooding to their doors, integrated IE or not.

How can I run Windows apps on a Linux Acer Aspire One?

Daniel Moss

Somewhere to start...

Without having used one, I can only tell you where to look. Use everybody's friend Google to search for your laptop and the program WINE, which lets Windows apps run under Linux. I wouldn't like to make any bets how well the low-power Atom CPU will cope with a CAD program though.

The Times: PLA war-hackers can switch off US navy

Daniel Moss

79,000 per year? Is that all?

SELinux tells me I got 4000 "hacks" (login attempts) on my SSH server yesterday. That makes about 140,000 attacks per year, not including the exploit searches on the web server. About half of those seem to come from Chinese owned IPs, so does that mean I'm about as dangerous to them as the Pentagon? I'm impressed...

Vista's Long Goodbye strikes again

Daniel Moss

Further interest...

I've been playing with this for a while... Interestingly enough, if you share a folder on the Vista PC, then use another PC on the network to browse to that share, you can copy to and from it at a proper rate (from the other PC). Vista only seems to slow the network performance if it initiates the copy/move.

Microsoft delivers critical fixes for Windows, IE and Excel

Daniel Moss

No more Bluetooth

Doh, one bluetooth update means no more bluetooth... When, oh when will I learn?