* Posts by ICL1900-G3

563 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Nov 2019


German state ditches Windows, Microsoft Office for Linux and LibreOffice


Re: It wont be technical issues which sink this

My main desktop is 11 years old and runs Debian just fine. Not great for gaming nor video rendering, but I don't. C compilation is snappy enough for me.

Amazon fined in Europe for screwing shoppers with underhand dark patterns


I agree with you, but I think so many people just assume it's the easy option. I haven't bought from them in years and never shall again.They stink, on so many levels.

UN: E-waste is growing 5x faster than it can be recycled


Re: Or.....

Could not agree with you more. I haven't bought a new car, pc, laptop, phone, camera, hi-fi... in decades, and I'm very happy with what I have.

Britain enters period of mourning as Greggs unable to process payments



Wimpey was/is a builder. They ate a lot of sausages, I'm sure, but you're thinking of Wimpy.

Trump 'tried to sell Truth Social to Musk' as SPAC deal stalled


Obviously a Trumpist lurking in El Reg

Judging by all the downvotes.

Stratolaunch's air-launched test vehicle hits supersonic speed


The Roc

I bet that will qualify for the 'Friends of OPEC' award!

Attacks on UK fiber networks mount: Operators beg govt to step in


Even more limited since our moronic 'leaders' have cut police headcounts quite drastically.

IBM lifts lid on latest bid to halt mainframe skill slips


If only I were not so ancient...I love mainframes.

New solvent might end winter charging blues for EV owners



Nice car. I had a 4.2 V8, wish I hadn't sold it now.

Greener, cheaper, what's not to love about a secondhand smartphone?



I haven't bought a new phone for more than a decade. Absolutely no regrets. I marvel at what people tell me they paid for their new toy, and delight at the money I've saved.

Starting over: Rebooting the OS stack for fun and profit


What a great article

Thank you so much.

Euro shoppers popping more and more premium phones in the basket


Ah, well...

We can always get another planet when we've broken this one.

Apple Vision Pro units returned as folks just can't see themselves using it



Me, too. I prefer proper mechanical watches, but I had open heart surgery recently and, being a keen cyclist, wanted to monitor my heart rate - and ignore it when it got in the danger zone.

Amazing battery life, but the hands sometimes make up their own time. Denied by Garmin.

Still prefer mechanical and only use for cycling.

Self-taught-techie slept on the datacenter floor, survived communism, ended a marriage


Commie Linux

On the sadly-deceased blog Shelley the Republican, they assured readers that Linux was 'commie', here we have proof!

Yes, it was a spoof - I think, though lots of rednecks did take it as gospel.

Cutting kids off from the dark web – the solution can only ever be social


Re: Chilling Effects

However, more effort is likely to be made to catch a murderer than to catch someone who has sold a phone to someone underage. Restricting phones to adults is not realistically enforceable, outlawing murder stands more of a chance.

Mozilla CEO quits, pushes pivot to data privacy champion... but what about Firefox?


It's only use for me... you can watch films on the British Film Institute site under Linux if you use Edge. They say you need Windows or Apple. Thankfully not.

In its tantrum with Europe, Apple broke web apps in iOS 17 beta, still hasn't fixed them


Re: I love Apple...

I agree with you entirely, they are dicks, but they have a great marketing organisation that makes them very appealing to those without technical expertise. Sadly.

Tesla power steering probe upgraded after thousands more incidents reported


Re: Lucky for them...

Oh, those hideous Mini Countrymen! Alec Issigonis must be turning in his grave.

Developer's default setting created turbulence in the flight simulator


Apocryphal cron


Firefox 122 gets even more competitive with Chrome on translation


One advantage of Edge is that it allows you to watch BFI video on Linux - despite what they say. Maybe there are others, but it's the only thing I use it for.


Re: Since the translation DB can't be held locally ...

Upvote for Peter Tatcham's (?) Winsock. It was a different word... Waais, gopher.. Thanks for the memories.

The 'nothing-happened' Y2K bug – how the IT industry worked overtime to save world's computers


Re: Forewarned is forearmed?

Ah, the GIVE extracode... Can't remember the parameter, it's a while back, and it wasn't available in Gin, which I mainly used.

Thank you for the memories.

Remember when enterprise administration was more than just a browser dashboard?



Hot tango, if you don't mind!

How Sinclair's QL computer outshined Apple's Macintosh against all odds



I thought the QL looked such fun, I sold my Sirius and bought one. When someone eventually brought out a floppy interface, it became usable - sort of. There was also a rom add-on called ICE which gave a primitive gui. Eventually, I gave up the struggle and bought an Atari ST with a 20mb hard disk.

The New ROM Antics – building the ZX Spectrum 128


Thank you

for the memories. Happy, halcyon days. Moving from being a mainframe systems programmer on to 'micros' as we called them, I couldn't believe I could have so much fun and be paid for it.

BTW, always enjoyed reading your articles.

While we fire the boss, can you lock him out of the network?



What is a cow orker? How do you ork anything?

'The computer was sitting in a puddle of mud, with water up to the motherboard'



I call bullshit! Anyone who knows anything about horses knows that racehorses are not suitable draught animals.

England's village green hydrogen dream in tatters


I have to wonder

What exactly this government is in a position to supply. The give new meaning to the word 'useless' every day.

Adobe warns it may face massive fines for subscription cancellation practices


Re: Finally

Very happy with Affinity Photo, purchased, not rented. Every bit as good as Photoshop, with excellent support.

Honda cooks up an electric motorbike menu, with sides of connectivity


Re: Hmmmmmm

Respect. I once rode to Munich in the snow, most miserable experience of my life. Stopped at every service station to warm up.

Apple lifts the sheet on a trio of 'scary fast' M3 SoCs built on a 3nm process


'My' first computer was an IBM 360/30 with 32k. Just being an old fart!

Meta's ad-free scheme dares you to buy your privacy back, one euro at a time


Re: I thought this was an Onion article


Oi! I most definitely am an old wrinkly!

Larry Ale-ison institute invests in Oxford pub linked to Tolkien, CS Lewis


Re: Bring back the Aunt Sally!

I lived in Sydenham near Thame. The Sun had an Aunt Sally team (side?) so probably an Oxon thing. Sun is no longer a pub, sadly.

Word turns 40: From 'new kid on the block' to 'I can't believe it's not bloatware'


Re: four decades on ...

Ahhhh! Protext! Loved it.


Re: MS Word 1.0 for DOS

My dog is very fast, I'll have you know!

CEO Satya Nadella thinks Microsoft hung up on Windows Phone too soon


Re: Imagine an HP phone, or a IBM phone

I must have been the other guy.

The QL... well, it was different. I tried doing a C compilation using Microdrives. Took a while.

Windows 11: The number you have dialed has been disconnected


Same with cars. Why do people need all these different options? Who do they think they are? One model should suffice for anyone, let's call it...the Trabant?

British boffins say aircraft could fly on trash, cutting pollution debt by 80%



What a beautiful tractor!

Tesla's purported hands-free 'Elon mode' raises regulator's blood pressure


Re: I for one can't wait till this works

The thing is, other countries (Holland, Germany..) manage to do this perfectly acceptably, I know, I've lived in both. But some, especially US and UK, think that the answer is more cars/roads whatever the question.

$17k solid gold Apple Watch goes from Beyoncé's wrist to the obsolete list



@vm - I won't. Neither will I tell you how ludicrous I find it that people seem happy to be conned into buying what they know will soon be worthless landfill.

Delighted to be wearing my dear old dad's Rolex, now in its 81st year.

Amazon 'protects' against junk AI e-books by limiting author-bots to three a day


Re: in order to help protect against abuse, we are lowering the volume limits


The iPhone 15 has a Goldilocks issue: Too big or too small. Maybe a case will make it just right


Re: Phones are lovely but they'd be much better without cameras

Yep. As a serious photographer, if I want a camera, I buy a camera. I realise not many think like that, though.

Bodhi Linux 7 brings Enlightenment to Ubuntu


Re: Tell me that Linux is never going to be a mainsteam option without telling me....etc.

@Jake: I'm envious Re blood machine. I loved doing stuff like that.

What happens when What3Words gets lost in translation?


Re: Four King Maps

Absolutely brilliant. You've made my day!

30 years on, Debian is at the heart of the world's most successful Linux distros


Re: We should distinguish between server and desktop

59!? Luxury ! My Mercedes is 55 and still looking fabulous and going well.

IBM gives z/OS an AI infusion in major upgrade aimed in part at easing admin chores


I love

... mainframes, but I'm too old now.

Quarter of tech pros say they're considering quitting jobs in next six months


Or better still...


Man who nearly killed physical media returns with $60,000 vinyl turntable


Re: Poor design in my opinion

Jeez, there are some dicks in this world!

There was a relevant cartoon in, I think, the New York Times, two hipsters in a loft apartment, one says: 'What first got me into vinyl was the expense and the inconvenience.'

M2 Ultra chip lands in 'cheese grater' Mac Pro to displace Apple's last Intel holdout


Re: So, no real news then: incremental updates and one desperate move

I'm amazed at the downvotes. Nothing to disagree with in what you have written.

Smartphone recovery that's always around the corner is around the corner


Amen to that. I always buy second hand on ebay. Works for me.