* Posts by 20TC

9 posts • joined 10 Jun 2017

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Flingers of Fenestration ?

or Phlingers of Fenestration

(Keeps the spellcheck busy whichever you try!)

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?


DIY & Fingerprints

Fingerprint readers don't like it if you do too much DIY! Specifically the type that involves rubbing your thumb and/or forefinger over something a bit rough (tiling, grouting or sanding, before you go there....)

Registering my middle or ring finger as an alternative works of course but you look a bit of a pillock if you're trying to unlock your phone or, worse still, hold an NFC phone over the reader :-)

Why are there never free power sockets when my Y-fronts need charging?


International plugs

The cable length problem increase exponentially when you have guys from around the world.

Why do experienced travellers seem to forget that plugs are generally different? I now have Euro and US multiblocks ready to go (and UK multiblocks in our other offices.)

And those that do bring their own converters seem to find the largest and most cumbersome devices that double up as chargers, hotspots and God-knows-what but with the side effect that they cover up the precious sockets on either side of the one they are plugged in to thereby rendering the 6-way multiblock only usable by 3 people!

Apple blew my mind – literally, says woman: MagSafe plug sparked face-torching blaze, lawsuit claims


MagSafe vs Friction

Not trying to defend Apple but surely the magnetic component is just an alternative to friction or clips. So a spark is as likely - perhaps more so - from a ‘round’ DC type connector?

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work


Convertibles work (at a price)

I use an SP4 / i7 / 16Gb as my "main PC". At both office and home-office, I have a dock and two 24" monitors with regular keyboard, mouse, etc. It works very well and handles the big spreadsheets, will run a VM or two for dev. Basically exactly what you would expect from i7/16Gb.

On the road, I have exactly the same PC with all the same functions still with me, same speed, etc. in a slim and light package. The smaller screen and surface keyboard are a compromise (which I accept).

The company paid a premium of course and we have just one. The rest use a similar laptop, dock & monitor(s). So the surface concept is fine, just overpriced.

What makes me most exasperated is the reports of all the problems with Win10 updates and the Surface. FFS, that's the one thing that should work. Even my 'working' device often forgets how to use the camera to unlock the device or the keyboard decides to stop and you have to disconnect/reconnect. That where MS are bloody awful - can't make their own kit work with their own software.

Before you say it, In the 'real world', we don't have time or resources to switch everyone to Linux, including re-training staff. And half of our staff are selling or supporting customers in a Windows environment so need the experience/equipment to work with them.

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases


Re: Clippy is now AI?

I thought Clippy was always an arsehole irritation...?

But seriously, I can’t really see enough difference between Office 2016 (run by me) and Office 2010 (run by the rest of my guys) for day-to-day office DP work... even the most tortuous Excel pivot table crashes equally well in both versions....

Web searching died the day they invented SEO


I think the SEO, or lets be honest "Adword cash" wins out and put the less relevant results higher up even with missing terms.

Essentially proof of what Dabbsy's saying that it gives you what the marketeers want you to see (first).

The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab


SP4 user...

Have been using an SP4 now for a year or so and very pleased with it. When I'm travelling or in a plane, the device is compact and light to travel well. I can even use it 'during takeoff and landing' as the airline crew see it as a tablet even with keyboard folded behind.

Back in the office, with a magnetic click, it charges and docks to two 24" monitors and is just a comfortably powerful PC but exactly where I left it previously.

Remember that requirement is what *I* need from a PC solution. One format doesn't fit all.

We have some of the similar Dell tablets/PCs and they just don't cut the mustard in terms of quality, battery life, etc. Yes, they are cheaper but that is a price:position thing.

The biggest thing that lets down the use of the Surface is the bugs and quirks in Windows 10 that aren't specific to the SP4. As mentioned previously, why doesn't Outlook have a proper Tablet mode, not just a function with slightly wider scroll bars for fat fingers?

Yes, sure there are other O/S and client programs but Win7 & 10 + Office 2010/365 are business standard tools which are good enough and so widely used.

Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course


One "flight director"

As a regular flyer, in the last, say, 3 years, I have not been on a flight requiring major pilot flying intervention. I mean failed engine, plane divert, go-around, etc. However, I have seen the pilot out of the cockpit 3 times to sort out unruly or distressed passengers.

I'm confident that autopilot and AI can fly a plane better in emergencies than some of the less experienced pilots.

So I see the pilot as being the director of the flight who can also assist in the cabin when the plane is in normal cruise. That gets the cost saving that the airlines demand.

2x pilots, 1x Cabin Director, 2x stewards becomes 1x Flight Director, 2/3 x stewards

And, if at 30,000 feet the engine fails, the autopilot will take care of the shutdown in the minute it takes to get back to the pilots seat.

Maybe we will start with a "rule" that cockpits only need to be manned below 10,000 ft?


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