* Posts by itzumee

23 posts • joined 21 Feb 2019

There’s no new normal coming for PC sales, just the boring old normal of a long, slow decline


Re: Why would you buy a PC when you can buy a Mac?


The sun is shining, the birds are singing. You can shut the curtains and tour The National Museum of Computing in VR


Re: no bombe at TNMOC

I recently went to Bletchley Park for a 10.30am entrance and due to the social distancing currently in place, visiting the exhibits took much longer than usual and even without looking at every exhibit in detail and having an hour for lunch, barely made the last showing of the film in the small cinema in one of the huts, so I doubt you'd do both BP and TNMOC unless you plan on an earlier start and a shorter lunch.

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds


A working from home colleague had recurring issues with her broadband connection which would die at random times of the day, IT support asked her to send a photo of the back of her home router so that a replacement could be ordered. The photo received showed the router with a large table lamp sitting on it and blocking the air vents on it's top surface, so the poor thing was overheating and shutting off, only recovering when it'd cooled down, and so on.

When asked why she'd placed a table lamp on top of the router, her reply was that there are vents on the sides and front of the router, so she thought it'd be okay.

As the old saying goes, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing...

Three words you do not want to hear regarding a 'secure browser' called SafePay... Remote. Code. Execution


Re: Yet again ... yawn ...

>>Some useful services like interactive maps currently can't work without scripting. Interactive map, etc

>>APIs would have to be defined and implemented in browsers before scripting can be killed

They could be implemented in WebAssembly assuming the browser provides support

Email innovator Hey extends an olive branch in standoff with Apple, tweaks code to make the iGiant appier


Re: A subscription fee for email‽

I too have my own domain name and use it in the way you've described, but some organisation's email relies on the email address actually existing (or so I was told) and so I'd never receive emails to my your-company-name@mypersonaldomain.co.uk

It doesn't happen with many organisations, though Patreon was another from whom I'd never receive emails to patreon@mydomain.co.uk until I emailed them to explain things.

Not so nice, we investigated them twice: EU opens double whammy of inquiries into Apple's biz practices


I'm surprised that no-one has taken Apple to court over it's App Store practices - or is there a gagging clause in the App Store T+Cs ?

Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner


Re: the sky has gone a couple of shades bluer

It's a shame that covid-19 isn't more Darwinian in the sense that the stupid and ignorant (mostly millennials it seems) get culled. The reality is that they're less likely to and will just carry on ignoring all advice about social distancing, get infected and then spread the virus to the weak and elderly who are more likely to die as a result.

Microsoft's Bill Gates defrag is finally virtually complete: Billionaire quits board to double down on philanthropy


That's a bit rich considering you forgot to mention the "cashectomy" that Lotus decided to inflict on Borland over the Quattro Pro court case that dragged on and on, until Borland caved when they realised they had less cash than Lotus to spend on never-ending court appeals.


Re: Would you like to be fried with that?

Lotus 123's decline and demise was the result of their lawsuit against Borland and it's Quatrro Pro spreadsheet that had a Lotus 123 menu structure option, allowing QP to run Lotus 123 macros - the uncertainty gave MS the opportunity to promote Excel as the alternative to Lotus 123 and the rest is history.

Microsoft picks up Your Phone – unless you're an Apple fan – in a fresh Windows 10 build


Re: Converted

My wife has used Windows for work and home for a long time now and found MacOS frustrating - she's not a techie or a Windows power user in any way, but frequently found herself cursing at the MacBook and eventually gave up on it, demanding we got a laptop instead.

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector


A hirer's tax that is the same percentage as employer's NI on the contractor's rate? Wonder why HMRC didn't think of that way back before IR35 was introduced?

Apple tries to have VirnetX VPN patent ruling overturned again, US Supremes say no... again



>>It stopped FaceTime working as a peer-to-peer product and instead calls went via a relay run by Akamai in order to avoid the relevant patents

So FaceTime functionality has been hobbled just because one of the richest tech companies in the world are unwilling to license the technology for the cost of a small percentage of their profit and capital?

With Apple the customer comes a distant second.

One man is standing up to Donald Trump's ban on US chip tech going to Huawei. That man... is Donald Trump


Re: Trump leads where others follow

You’ve nicked that from Julie Burchill but I forget who she applied it to, might’ve been Stephen Fry

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit


Re: He sounds like...

So his property value falls by 10%, hardly a catastrophe given his probable wealth...

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn

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Re: No one has mentioned Dashlane

I use 1Password, it's fully featured and costs me around 30 quid per year, no issues with it so far...

High-resolution display output or Wi-Fi: It seems you can only choose one on Raspberry Pi 4


a PDP11 is a minicomputer

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action


"Not much in the way of staff benefits at rbs.

They dont pay a pension contribution as such. When they give you the job they quote a salary of, say, £55k a year. Then you find out that they really mean a base salary of £42k with an extra 15% to cover your 'value' and another 15% which represents your gross pension contribution. They don't make any employers contribution to your pension whatsoever. You can let them pay the 15% into your pension, or just take it as cash if you want. However when they do something important like calculate your redundancy they use the lower salary figure as that's in their favour."

And if you've worked for them for say 25 years, then switch to a four day week after, say, having a child, then are made redundant a year later, the payoff if calculated on the basis of the 4 day week, with no account being taken of working full-time for 25 years.

Anyone for unintended ChatRoulette? Zoom installs hidden Mac web server to allow auto-join video conferencing


Re: "to avoid this extra click"

"I've said it before and I'll say it again : Humanity will not die in the fire of a nuclear holocaust or an Armageddon from asteroid, it will die of convenience."

Now that's a ripe theme for a Black Mirror episode

Pushed around and kicked around, always a lonely boy: Run Huawei, Google Play, turns away, from Huawei... turns away


Upvoted because you didn't write "I hear the slavering of anti-trust lawyers chomping at the bit!"

Blame Canada! Zuckerberg subpoenaed to face Cambridge Anal. probe from Canucks


Re: London

Or even London, Ontario

Apple iPhone sales down by double digits, Mac sales knifed by Intel CPU 'constraints'


Re: Nobody wants to acknowledge

you could add glass-backed case

I've had it with these mother-fscking slaps on this mother-fscking plane: Flight fight sparks legal brouhaha over mid-air co-ords


Next time I see a fight or altercation on a flight, I'll whip out my iPhone and start taking photos, as the GPS will still be on even if the iPhone is in flight mode and the photos taken will contain geo-location information.

Apple reseller Solutions Inc pulls down shutters, calls in administrators


Re: No Margin

“We are forced to pay full retail prices for Apple here in the UK. I don't see any discounter offering more than a few quid off the retail price”

Last years model iPhones and iPads are discounted by UK shops - got my 128GB iPhone 6S for £529 from CPW when the 7 was announced; new 2017 iPad WiFi + cellular 128GB bought from Argos eBay store for £299 just before Christmas last year, that’s a big discount on the £500+ retail price of the 2018 model which offers nothing more than a slightly faster CPU and Apple Pencil support.


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