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userFrank Wilkinson
Posted: 6 March 2007 4:38 PM
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Not much help for buying a laptop, but here's a good use for one if the occasion arises:

If you are sitting next to someone who's irritating you on a plane  or train....
1. Quietly and calmly open up your laptop case.
2.  Remove your laptop.
3. Boot it.
4. Make sure the guy who won't  leave you alone can see the screen.
5. Close your eyes and tilt your head up to the sky.
6. Then hit this link:


Edited by Frank Wilkinson 2007-03-06 4:54 PM
userDave Newell
Posted: 6 March 2007 5:07 PM
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Frank, that's brilliant, absolutely brilliant! Totally non PC but very funny.

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userBrian Kirby
Posted: 6 March 2007 7:16 PM
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Frank Wilkinson - 2007-03-06 4:38 PM

Not much help for buying a laptop, but here's a good use for one if the occasion arises:

If you are sitting next to someone who's irritating you on a plane  or train....
1. Quietly and calmly open up your laptop case.
2.  Remove your laptop.
3. Boot it.
4. Make sure the guy who won't  leave you alone can see the screen.
5. Close your eyes and tilt your head up to the sky.
6. Then hit this link:

Agreed: brilliant!  However, don't try this on the plane, you'll need a wifi link which I think has much the same effect as using your mobile, doesn't it!

userGJH
Posted: 6 March 2007 7:27 PM
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Dave Newell - 2007-03-06 5:07 PM
Totally non PC but very funny.

Don't matter when it's a laptop PC

Graham
userDave Newell
Posted: 10 March 2007 10:27 PM
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Well despite not being in the market for a new laptop today I bought one! It all started when the Makro brochure came through the post and in there was a Samsung job for £299.99 +VAT. A good price for a decent spec so today I drove the 23 miles to my nearest store to discover, much to my embarrassment, that the offer starts on Wednesday. As I'd already promised to sell my old one to someone who needs one cheap I was in a bit of a cleft stick 'cos on Wednesday we'll be in Taunton and my next opportunity to get to Makro will be in a couple of weeks time.

So I had a shop round today and ended up with an Advent 7113 from Currys for £430. Yes its a bit dearer than the Samsung (well £80 dearer to be exact ) but its a good spec. One downside to it though, my TV tuner card is a PCMCIA type and although I checked this laptop has a slot the card won't go in. There's some sort of narrowing piece about 3/4 of the way in. If I don't figure this out I'll be buying a USB TV stick and selling the cardbus one.

D.
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Posted: 10 March 2007 10:53 PM
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If it's a new computer it most probably won't take your card Dave
you most probably have to go get a USB one now can't see em doing an adapter for it because it'll stick out side the machine and break IMHO.

Good Luck
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Posted: 11 March 2007 8:55 AM
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Dave Newell - 2007-03-10 10:27 PM

One downside to it though, my TV tuner card is a PCMCIA type and although I checked this laptop has a slot the card won't go in. There's some sort of narrowing piece about 3/4 of the way in. If I don't figure this out I'll be buying a USB TV stick and selling the cardbus one.

D.

Hello Dave,

The problem is that the Advent 7113 has a different type of card slot called an "Express Card" slot - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExpressCard - which will not accept Cardbus cards.

Graham
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Posted: 11 March 2007 1:03 PM
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Yes Graham I've discovered that now. Stupid thing is its externally the same size as Cardbus so a quick glance led me to beleive it was Cardbus as I'd not encountered Express card before. Oh well I've been out spending again and now have a Hauppauge USB hybrid analogue/digital TV tuner thingy. All this so we can watch Masterchef for the two nights we're away this week!

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Posted: 11 March 2007 1:25 PM
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Dave Newell - 2007-03-11 1:03 PM Stupid thing is its externally the same size as Cardbus so a quick glance led me to beleive it was Cardbus as I'd not encountered Express card before.

Same here. Seems ridiculous that the new slot is not backwards compatible. Almost makes you think the hardware companies want to make us spend more than we need to doesn't it

Dave Newell - 2007-03-11 1:03 PM

Oh well I've been out spending again and now have a Hauppauge USB hybrid analogue/digital TV tuner thingy.

Ah, now "thingies" are different again. Proper stuff are thingies

Dave Newell - 2007-03-11 1:03 PM
All this so we can watch Masterchef for the two nights we're away this week!

Don't tell Jill that's on or she'll want to watch it

Graham
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Posted: 11 March 2007 4:51 PM
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In all the years we've been motorhoming we've never been very bothered about TV but about 18 months ago I got the Cardbus tuner for the laptop. We still don't watch much TV in the van but as we both love to watch foody progs we got into Masterchef, its so much better now than that dry old programme Lloyd Grossman used to present on a Sunday afternoon and its on five days a week at the mo. As its the final week of this series we cannot afford to miss it (well I cannot afford to let us miss it if I want to eat for the rest of the year).

I must say I quite like this new Windows Vista so far and this widescreen display is so much nicer.
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userMillhey
Posted: 11 March 2007 7:42 PM
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Hi Frank

Sorry for the late response. The website is hilarious - gave me a huge laugh.

However, and speaking as an airline pilot, please, please, please, don't even think of really using this on an aircraft. Believe me, cabin crew can have a serious sense of humour failure at times. I would hate to think of an in-flight diversion and subsequent action, just because of intended joke.

Sitting here at home, it's still funny though!

Cheers
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Posted: 2 September 2007 4:04 PM
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Dave Newell - 2007-03-11 1:03 PM

Oh well I've been out spending again and now have a Hauppauge USB hybrid analogue/digital TV tuner thingy.
D.


Can I resurrect this thread and find out whether these TV tuners work well when parked in a field in the middle of nowhere?

Do you need to have a good aerial as well?
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Posted: 2 September 2007 4:05 PM
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J9withdogs - 2007-09-02 4:04 PM

Dave Newell - 2007-03-11 1:03 PM

Oh well I've been out spending again and now have a Hauppauge USB hybrid analogue/digital TV tuner thingy.
D.


Can I resurrect this thread and find out whether these TV tuners work well when parked in a field in the middle of nowhere?

Do you need to have a good aerial as well?
You can luv
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Posted: 2 September 2007 4:33 PM
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Yes Jan a good aerial is a must whatever you use for TV. I use an external one mounted on a pole and fitted on clamps at the side of the 'van. Reception is brilliant and its cheaper than a built in one like the Status 530.

D.

P.S. further to my previous comment about liking Vista, that state of affairs didn't last long. it was a total pain as drivers were not avaialable for my new TV tuner thingy. After ooh whole minutes of frustration with it I junked Vista and bought a legit copy of XP which has been running sweetly ever since. Oh yes XP is a bloody sight faster than Vista on the same machine, when I checked it over half the available memory (1 GB) was being used just by Vista, even when sitting idle! Yet another case of bloatware from Mr Gates's emporium of all things digital.

D.

Edited by davenewell@home 2007-09-02 4:37 PM
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Posted: 2 September 2007 4:56 PM
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Yes, I agree that Vista is a pain. My Virgin broadband security package won't work with Vista - think Mr Branson needs to talk to Mr Gates.

Was almost sold a whole new Microsoft Office Professional programme at £450, but decided to try installing my old XP version, and, guess what, it works perfectly!

Unfortunately you cannot buy a new laptop with anything other than Vista >:-(

Dave, there is a TV aerial on ebay - do you think it would be OK?

http://tinyurl.com/22rn3l





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Posted: 2 September 2007 5:07 PM
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That would work well Jan but I prefer to use the pole mounting as the higher the aerial is above the 'van the better. Complete kit for the aerial, pole, mounting brackets and external aerial point is about £70 plus fitting though so you have to decide how much you want to watch the telly.

D.
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Posted: 2 September 2007 5:13 PM
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Yes, I see your point, but I don't think I want to spend that much (as it's only to watch the rugby world cup ) or drill holes in Shirley.

Thanks for your help
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Posted: 2 September 2007 5:25 PM
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No problem, go for the E-bay unit I'm sure it will do what you need.

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Posted: 2 September 2007 8:52 PM
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ime - the only time MS operating systems are reasonably reliable is about 6 months before they are replaced.

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Posted: 2 September 2007 9:01 PM
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you are absolutely right, Twooks
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