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  • Mine’s on the way too. Only noticed when adding the Mrs to the account.

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Brexit now = CETA +/-? in the forum Europe 2 days, 5 hours ago

    C’mon now, Dave, the procedural rule book was smashed asunder by Bercow even before proroguing took place. So gloves off and all that.

    My complaint of the trashing of the running of the country applies to everything that’s happened, not just one side or the other. But at least Bercow is on the side of Parliament – or have you forgotten how you g…[Read more]

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Three 4G HomeFi in the forum Other Tech 2 days, 5 hours ago

    I see from a blackboard outside Argos that EE have joined the fun, but at at the right price.

    TT really is driving us nuts, 5 outages in 30 mins this morning and back to half speed. There is absolutely no point in complaining they put so many things in the way. It took ridiculous effort last time and they appear “reasonable” in the eyes of the…[Read more]

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Try the Quiz in the forum Climate Change 2 days, 5 hours ago

    I totally agree. The rules here in Sth Glos are different from the authorities around us. When I go to Cornwall it’s another set again.

    “Plastic” isn’t an issue if it can be dealt with. See Mc Donalds aim at foot and fire swapping recyclable plastic straws for paper ones that aren’t! That’s PR Depts. ruling the strategy for you, they never think…[Read more]

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Try the Quiz in the forum Climate Change 2 days, 7 hours ago

    Oil takes millions of years to create, it’s a finite resource. Oil is not found in big lakes, like the graphics show, it’s actually contained in porous rocks. Oil wells can only fill up again if there is oil to drain into the voids left.

    Not a brilliant analogy, but think of squeezing a sponge out then leaving it. You can’t squeeze it all out and…[Read more]

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Build Problem in the forum PC Talk 2 days, 7 hours ago

    I think you’ll have some problems Bob. You may find some drivers won’t install as MS has an agreement with the OEMs that after certain cut off dates new hardware will not be supported on older o/ses. This includes early builds of W10.

    This is not the world you were in last time you did a build. In fact it is a lot easier than it used to be unless…[Read more]

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Try the Quiz in the forum Climate Change 2 days, 11 hours ago

    What a ridiculous set of questions! Talk about either irrelevant, out of context or just a “fact”.

    Never mind, fly in the face of the scientific world. I’m sure we’re all fed up with “experts”.

    Let’s just get our facts from Facebook, much more comforting when you get things from the echo chamber.

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Build Problem in the forum PC Talk 2 days, 11 hours ago

    A couple of things.

    1. Say goodbye to Windows 7! All of your booting issues will be down to it, it’s just too old.
    2. You can’t install Windows drivers before installing Windows 😀
    3. AMI is a BIOS manufacturer, UEFI is the type of “BIOS”.

    Things changed massively when UEFI took hold of the BIOS world, indeed it shouldn’t be called a BIOS it should…[Read more]

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Brexit now = CETA +/-? in the forum Europe 2 days, 17 hours ago

    I think only the press are using the word lie. The argument is is that his stated reasons for proroguing Parliament – getting ready for a new Queens Speech – were clearly for far too long and the timing was somewhat convenient. Also is it right to deny Parliament the right to deny scrutiny of the executives actions at precisely the time they most…[Read more]

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Three 4G HomeFi in the forum Other Tech 2 days, 21 hours ago

    It’s easy to check with a mobile phone. The beauty is you’re not tied to a BT socket.

    My eldest has just moved into a 3 story town house, the one with the BT socket and no mains nearby! It’s also at the bottom of the stairs so anything would have to be wall mounted or you’ll be stepping on it. Dunno how they get away with it. Anyway they needed…[Read more]

  • I get the Chromebook vs Windows if you are in total control and know how to get around the gotchas. But as BL says expectations are you’ll be using Windows / Office and everything is geared to that.

    Then there’s the whole getting ready for the big wide world thing. In business it’s going to be Windows. I know some big names like Airbus have moved…[Read more]

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Mobo Fans. in the forum PC Talk 3 days, 16 hours ago

    Should be OK

  • HP EliteBook 840 G1 14-inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i5 4th Gen, 8GB Memory, 180GB SSD, WiFi, WebCam, Windows 10 Professional 64-bit) (Renewed)

    £265 on Amazon

    There were some G2 about for the same price bracket but seem to have gone. Performance wise there was nothing in  it but they have 1600 x 900 screens.

    These are very nice bits of kit.

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic WiFi6 in the forum PC Talk 4 days, 10 hours ago

    That’s not an issue for current WiFi with the proper kit. The Whitchurch Legion regularly has over 100 people each weekend evening accessing the internet via two £60 300N units.

    As for speed, for most people at home it only needs to be faster than the stream or internet uplink. It could offer better coverage, but again properly designed units…[Read more]

  • It’s just part of the conspiracy theory Ed. Our own incompetent Government passes the buck on and people chose to believe it.

    It’s actually the EU improving things for the likes of Cornwall.

  • But before a project finishes in London they’re teeing up the next one.

    We finally get electrification and it’s cancelled, but not to Cardiff, they darent. Bristol is a net contributor to the UK economy too and an IT incubator but here the argument does not apply. So its still rules based on politics not logic. Bristol votes Labour so grayling…[Read more]

  • That is a good point Keith, I’d forgotten that.

    If the tech is too new W10 will only allow basic generic drivers.

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Three 4G HomeFi in the forum Other Tech 5 days, 13 hours ago

    No reason I can think of not to. I know of 4 now including customers and family. All OK

  • I really wouldn’t worry about Win 7, it’s only got months left. You can still get Classic Start to make it look like 7.

  • Dave Rice replied to the topic Three 4G HomeFi in the forum Other Tech 1 week, 1 day ago

    2nd link’s not working.

    I have a Huawei dongle in the back of a Draytek router at one customer which runs a permanent site to site VPN back to their HQ. Works a treat and very reliable.

    The only gotcha is the dongle has it’s own external IP address which louses up dynamic DNS (DYNDNS detects the dongles internal address – which is in a different…[Read more]

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