* Posts by Tenkaykev

12 posts • joined 2 Aug 2018

The bigger they are, the harder they fall: Peak smartphone hits Apple, Samsung the worst


Re: Too expensive

If you are in the UK and want a phone with 2 Sims then John Lewis have this:

Honor 10 Lite Dual SIM Smartphone, Android, 6.21”, 4G LTE, SIM Free, 64GB, Sapphire Blue

£199.95 and comes with a John Lewis 2 year warranty

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?


Pugwash here too. The first thing I do if I change my phone is to copy Cap'n Pugwash to it. On one occasion I was sitting in a Pub and heard the opening bars of Pugwash, reached for my phone and realised that some other bugger was using MY ringtone :-)

Fittingly the Pub was the Jolly Sailor on Poole Quay.

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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I used to run with a Glaswegian lad, he was as tough as old boots and if any of the group complained about the cold his stock response was to remark that it was " Like July in Aberdeen "

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?


Re: No value

Just picked up a iPhone 6s 128Gb for £120 from a local ad on Gumtree. Arranged for a new battery to be fitted by Apple which cost £32 ( applied online, they sent a custom made box and prepaid envelope, turn round time was 4 days and it was delivered back to me by courier )

Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere


Ten Ton Tess

IIRC " Ten Ton Tess " had a younger brother, " Two Ton Ted " I believe he came from the Teddington area and was a Baker by trade.

Apple's dark-horse macOS Mojave is out (and it's already pwned)


My iMac is too old

I have a mid 2010 27" iMac.

Intel Core i7 2.93 GHz

16 GB 1333 MHz DDR 3 RAM

ATI Radeon 5750 Graphics card with 1024 MB RAM


This specification isn't enough to allow Mojave to be installed.

Not sure what the bottleneck is that prevents Mojave working satisfactorily. I'll stick with High Sierra until this machine bites the dust*

*That could be a long time, my 2006 iMac that I sold to a friend is still chugging along happily

The eyes don't have it! AI's 'deep-fake' vids surge ahead in realism

Black Helicopters

Re: Better fake news, just what we need!

It is almost certainly a coincidence that this technology has become widely reported about the same time that rumours of compromising videos of a major politician and Russian prostitutes were being discussed.

Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle


Here in the UK John Lewis are offering the Huawei Mate 10 Pro for £399 sim free, and comes with a 2 Year JL Warranty*.

The phone was £699 on release, I'm hoping the P20 Pro follows a similar trajectory.

* I purchased a B+W Zeppelin from JL a few years ago. It developed a fault after about 18 months. I took it back to JL who sent it back to B+W. Ten days later I received an Email to say that my unit was ready for collection. I visited the store and they could not find it, someone else went to look, they couldn't find it. The manager apologised and said that they would give me a brand new one from their stock. Just as I was about to take the new Zeppelin away some b*gger went and found the repaired unit.:-( ( it had been sent back in plain packaging and they were looking for a B+W box )

When I unpacked the unit there was a letter of apology from B+W and a brand new 2 year warranty.

Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot


Re: There's noticeable value ... upgrading from a $200 or $300 smartphone

I like the camera on my S7 and quite like the look of the camera on new Huawei P20 pro. I've made a note to check it out next year once the price has dropped ( though no doubt there will be a newer phone with better camera available then ).

I see the Mate 10 Pro 128GB is selling for £399 with a 2 year warranty in John Lewis right now.

Hopefully the P20 Pro will follow a similar trajectory.

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts


Re: Case sensor

Not Computer related but one of the engineering companies that I worked for had a Refrigeration department which did installs and maintenance of commercial equipment and the occasional domestic job when work was slow.

Some of the fridges used a coolant that would on occasion separate out and lose effectiveness. This was fixed by loading the fridge into the back of the works van and going for a drive around The vibration / acceleration / deceleration would churn everything up and hey presto one working fridge.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.


Drawer full of leads

We have a dedicated drawer which holds a collection of leads and chargers that have accumulated over the years.

I also have a "Muker" plug in monitor which piggybacks on to the USB socket and the lead for the item to be charged plugs in the other end. It gives a Voltage and Current read out. It's educational to plug in a device and then see how different cables allowing different current flow, sometimes the thinner O.D. cables perform better than thicker ones.

It's well worth getting one of these for a few quid and checking the various combinations of charger / cable to sort out the duff ones.

2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage


Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

As an aside. My favourite tipple Innis and Gunn Barrel Aged. As the name says it is aged in Bourbon Barrels. It comes in a 660ml bottle. It is 6.6%. It's a devilishly good beer, especially when on offer at Waitrose for £2.50 :-0



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