Tuesday, 30 October 2012

BBC Iplayer is available on Sky boxes- The Inquirer

BBC Iplayer is available on Sky boxes- The Inquirer

Monday, 29 October 2012

Dell S2340T - Why no reviews?

I can't find any detailed reviews of this! I really want one though!

Windows 8 and Avast won't play nice.

So so I really like Window 8. I started by trying an upgrade of my windows 7 install but was marred by blue screens of death. Not fun.... So I though it would be best to do a clean install (I wanted to anyway, I was just being lazy) but the BSODs continued....

ndis.sys and aswnet.sys were the culprits... This problem proved to be my Avast security suite... One uninstall and hey presto the system was fully functional again.

Avast say that program version 7.0.1473
 (announcement: ) is fully compatible but it looks like a fair few people are seeing the same issue:

I think I'll wait for a few more updates before installing it again. Overall I'm really liking the UI of windows 8. It takes a bit of getting used to but once you realise you can just start typing from the start screen to search for what you want its dead quick to navigate!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Windows, reimagined: A review of Windows 8, Ars

I've got my retail copy in the post. Been using the release candidate and at first I didn't like it but its started to grow on me.

I think this would be perfect with a Dell S2340T touch screen LCD in front of you and then a larger LCD just behind slightly raised!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Huawei offers access to source code and equipment

This really does need the US to come out and reveal the 'smoking gun' that was the base of their ruling.

Yes it looks like Huawei have previously copied source code and been naughty on a few occasions but unless someone can prove they are breaching security then its a bit of a brand demanding exercises and nothing more in my opinion.. Huawei certainly seem keen to open up their source code to particular parties, thats not to say its the same across their products but it certain is a positive move.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Christmas trains for TFL and south west trains around London

Openreach blog: Killer RABIT let loose by Openreach

Openreach blog: Killer RABIT let loose by Openreach: We’re now three months into a customer trial of RABIT, known officially as the slightly less catchy 'Major Service Outage (MSO) proactive CP...

EE shoots it's self in the foot with pricing?

Personally I think 4G is a great technology. Providing you have good coverage it has the ability to massively increase your upstream and downstream while keeping latency low compared to 3G. People have banded around that you could even do your online gaming via it.

So why EE would hike the price up massively I don't know! It's not going to help their early chance at market penetration.

It's not something you can hype easily... when people will barely notice others who have it on their phones.
I think they should have just hiked the business prices and went in low with the consumer ones, then increase over time if required.... Other theory is they don't have the capacity just yet for a large scale migration onto it.

Monday, 22 October 2012 software bundle (Charity donation included)

Worth it if you see something on this list you like. If it unlocks BioShock 2 then it's definitely worth it if you haven't played that! A lot of the games are steam codes which makes re-downloading in future dead simple too.

Bundle Contents

DiskTools Pro
Bejeweled 3
Jurassic Park
PDF Signer
Sam and Max
Strong Bad
MacGourmet Deluxe 3
BioShock 2
Corel Painter Lite

Friday, 19 October 2012

Sky Broadband Sky Hub pictures and hands-on

I was part of the trial for this and find it a really good (free when you sign up) consumer product. The WiFi is definately better compared to the previous Sagem models.

So far I've changed the subnet, Secured the interface, Allowed remote connections (make sure you change the default password if you do!!!), forwarded a few services and reserved DHCP IP's. All of which are working fine.

No issues with any devices including an Onkyo Amp, Xbox, Wii, Macbook, Panasonic Blu-ray, Sky STB's and various switches (cheap and expensive).

It's a shame they didn't go for a gigabit Ethernet ports as more and more integrated devices in the home evolve but its not a massive deal. I just use one port into a gigabit Linksys cisco switch as home as I move a lot of files about between SSD's.



Wednesday, 17 October 2012

O2 dumps network partner Ericsson after major outages- The Inquirer

O2 dumps network partner Ericsson after major outages- The Inquirer

A look inside a Google data centre

FTTH Ultrafast Fibre Optic Broadband Connections Pass 175000 UK Homes


Virgin extends free London tube WiFi coverage till 2013

I've enjoyed using this at Waterloo / Aldgate East but I would never pay for it unless it covered the tunnels as well as it's only for quick travel checks / updating new articles / pulling e-mails, all of which I can do on my way into the station....

Would have loved for The Cloud to extend into the Underground as I really like their service top side in Waterloo. Helps me catch football matches on my way home from work in the evenings.

Monday, 8 October 2012

EE coverage maps (Orange + T Mobile) UK


Brits who don't live in Swindon, Southwark or Reading (4G went live for them today) will be able to get their mitts on 4G LTE from 30 October, when EE launches its 4G LTE network. µ

(Take from The Inquirer here)

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Apple Mac, Wheres the hash (#) key!

I can't believe that in the age of Twitter Apple hasn't got round to printing the hash # symbol on the number '3' key. At least for the UK rMBP (retina Macbook Pro) keyboard i'm using anyway! They've done it with the euro € symbol...

It's Alt + 3 for anyone wanting to know what it is! 

The register gives PureView tech a look