BR-monster Thoughts and musings of a computer literate beer drinker…



I have used a HP C80 printer at home for a while and it has been a real pain

It goes through ink in no time, it gets regular paper jams, its noisy - I wish I never bought it, so I binned it

The missus bought me a HP7760, I thought 'on no, this will be as bad'... it performed Ok at first, its photo printing was excellent, but after a few months it started with the paper jams and unpredictable ink levels...

In a nutshell - don't buy one HP make crap printers!


Imac G4

My main home computer (for general use). It might be the old dome shape but I love it, it must be the most retro 'modern' device ever! It is also entirely functional, the screen is a joy and is easily positioned in just the right place, the keyboard and mouse are what you expect from Apple (just the right feel)

It might be a bit weak on power with its 1Ghz G4 processor, but you don't notice, its at least equal to my 2Ghz (or greater) PCs for performance

These things are now dirt cheap on Ebay and I recommend them to everyone


Size 0 – Give It Up, Ever Cuddled a Skeleton?

If an animal looked like that the RSPCA would collect it and 'get it sorted' - the fashion industry requires bodies like 'coat hangers' to present their clobber - it doesn't mean the public have to strive for that shape - who wears designer crap anyway?

Eat something you freaks!

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Xserve Dual G5

At my previous employer I had the good fortune to install and maintain a G4 Xserve - it was a joy and it looked great (unusual for servers)

I missed it so much I acquired a more powerful version for my 'at home' server - I couldn't resist a dual 2Ghz G5 with 3x80Gb disks in a mirror and spare combination

I use it as a testbed server and file store (yes, in addition to the 2TB array), it is absolutely lightning fast (running OsX 10.3.9 Panther server)

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Microsoft Curry Favour

Micro$oft vesta (sic, sounding like a rubbish 70s curry) has been released, what - its vista? the 1st security update will follow after an hour or so...

Looks like its finally gained some OSX features - too little too late for me - I ditch MS for Leopard when its released...


BT Business Hub

Following our office move we had to abandon cable internet and switch to ADSL (no cable in our new location)

I got the 8Mb BT ADSL option which comes with a business hub, this has a built in ADSL modem, 4 port 10/100 switch, wireless access point and firewall

I was VERY simple to install - plug it in, give it some basic settings and off it went

Its not as configurable as my Draytek at home, but it makes up for it in ease of use. BT should be commended for making this so easy to use. It is a good option for any technophobes or users that lack configuration confidence.

It seems to have a recommended limit of 10 concurrent users, so we will outgro it in no time, but it is a perfectly adequate solution at the moment


Yanks – Debt Paid!

They see themselves as the worlds police (how accurate was Team America- World Police?). South Park, Simpsons, Futurama and can be self critical - but they are out of the ordinary for Yank TV - in the main they portray themselves as the birthplace of civilisation, masters of the universe and earthly gods...

Patriotism is pushed to the point of fanaticism, what will happen when the spics take over the US (which they will)?

We have been in debt to them since the end of the 2nd world war following a 4 billion pound loan to keep us going after we fought whilst they watched to keep the world free of tyranny, but no longer - we've paid it off!

Let us no longer dance to their tune, we don't need them and we don't owe them anything anymore!

Their intolerance of anything none US puts them at odds with the rest of the world and we too should shun them, much as I disagree with muslim militancy I can see their point about US foreign interference

Yanks go home...

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USB turntable

USB turntable + Imac = hifi

Finally got rid of my trusty old hifi (a Mitsubishi), no need for it now (never thought I'd say that...) - I can play all my new stuff AND my vinyl via the computer!

All my CDs have been ripped and are stored on a 2TB NAS array which sits behind the TV.

I can access them wirelessly from anywhere within reach of the house

The USB turntable was the final piece - it allows me to play my old vinyl (or easily rip it, so it was goodbye hifi!

It also allows me to connect my old cassette (anyone remember them) player if I fancy listening to them...


yarnarr wot amin?

Is the English language dead, it is certainly being murdered down south - they've gone all Ali-G!

Why is it that people have to sound like gangsta rappers or Afro-Caribbean wide boys when they quite clearly are not?

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M60 review

M60 review (in preparation for disposal in favour of mac book pro upon leopard reease).

For the last 18 months I have been using a Dell Precision M60 for both work and personal stuff (my main computer) and it has been excellent.

It replaced my old Dell Latitude C640 and was a bit of pain at first because it needed D peripherals instead of all the C peripherals that I used with my C640 and C600 prior to that...

Its Centrino 2Ghz processor is acceptable (but only seems to be as fast as my old P4 2.2Ghz, when it should be quicker), the wireless is OK (only 2 bars connectivity when others are getting 4 - but it works), the video card is excellent - plenty fast and easily capable of the 1920x1200 res that I prefer for both viewing and editing stuff I'm working on - it also does a goods jobe dual heading (extended desktop) with my old Dell Ultrasharp monitor.

Its getting on a bit now, but it only has to last until OsX 105 Leopard is out - I'll then get a MacBook Pro and wave goodbye to Windoze forever...