thread happy monday everyone!
delightfully the sun is coming before I wake up and will set before I leave work because changing the clocks is a fucking nonsense,
permalink hooray!
You can set your clocks (back) by Al moaning in October!

Now, if someone could point me at some nonsense poppy rage I can start my week properly.
permalink it's better than thinking about
[the politics]
permalink apparently the EU might stop it in 2021
which the UK then might follow suit, however the notion of losing GMT will probably mean we stay on the wrong one.

in other news I want one of these

permalink 8°C
A slight change from the 22°C in Marseilles. But well, mustn't grumble. I still have a day off to get the flat in order, before work starts again tomorrow.
permalink Does anyone (cj ???) know about decent PVRs / freeview recorders
we are going to ditch the virgin box and get a freeview type set-up with a recoding box thing.

mainly it needs a half decent series link option, not be deathly slow.. i see some tv now come with them built-in which could work as we are in the market for a new tv as well.. but my suspicion is they will be rubbish.

permalink Do you not just stream everything?
Bt do a nice one, but this is entirely based on the box as we don't have any set up in store

Edit, tellies though... What's your budget?

If you're not going for an LG oled then this is next best thing:

Dolby atmos, a7 processor (same as in their £1300 oled), nanocell. Good telly, awesome sound, just not oled.
permalink budget is small-ish
as will the telly be, we currently have a 32 which is basically fine, a 37 ould be idea but they are rarer.. a 40 would be a bit chinky for the space

we would stream, but I like having a stash of recorded series etc, we often fall way behind then find stuff is no longer available. it's also better for remembering what you've watched and what you havent.. and obviously means you skip ads, which you cant on ch 4's player
permalink Depending when you last bought a TV
it might be worth going into a shop with a tape measure (currys have paper ones up by the fridges), bezels have got much smaller in the last ten years so you may be able to go up a size. But there aren't many 40"s, it's usually 43".

Probably worth waiting til black friday (or at least a week for retail Christmas to kick in).
permalink yeah, i've measured over the bezel of this one...
going to 40 would be relying on the 'bezel dividend' quite heavily.

permalink Jesus Christ
why do I need to spend £700 on a telly?
permalink oh....
*puts credit card down*
permalink You don't, but if your budget is around £700 then that's
by far the best. You can spend £100 more on the next model up but there's no perceptible difference, or £100 less and lose the processor and Dolby Atmos, and the next step up is £1300 for the lowest model LG OLED (which is remarkably good but beyond most ppl's willingness to spend on a telly).

If you combine UK average hours watching telly with an expectation of a decade lifespan of your telly then that's 0.05p per hour for your £700 telly.
permalink we will mostly be watching repeats of QI on dave
if that helps
permalink Pick a telly you like the look of with a remote your happy with.
There's not a lot of difference between them at that size.

You'll struggle to get better than that LG.

This is the TV box I like the look of:
permalink we were between that one
and this one
the downside being that it needs an aerial for some reason, but it can record 4 things at the same time.

permalink It's because you want to record live telly, isn't it?
permalink yep
permalink probably something around £300

I note someone marked this down because it had no teletext

maybe stretch to £350 if i could be convinced it was better.
permalink Good telly that,
it may well come down for Christmas.

We had it on at £200 a few weeks ago and sold out.

I had someone ask if a telly came with teletext last week.
permalink noted
... cheers
permalink I can recommend LG as well
We got this one a couple of years ago and it's great!
permalink You can have a happy Tuesday
as yesterday was Labour Day bank holiday. And welcome to being 13 hours in the past for the next few months

Good weekend, sadly didn't get to see the rugby live, but have enjoyed catching up subsequently.
permalink in case anyone was in need of confrmation that there are some crazy people out there

and by "people" i mean, conspiracy theorists
permalink I saw The Damned last night
and they were, as always, splendid.

Today I have signed a publishing contract. In about 6 months time, my book, Very Very Old, will be published.
permalink WTH
and all that
permalink Scifi-ish,
7 interlocking short stories (40,000 words), Book 2 - more short stories - already being written. Novel to follow.
permalink will there be decent beer at the launch party?
permalink Fuck yes.
I shall make it so.
permalink I can be reached at the usual address
I can wear a roll neck jumper if required
permalink Only if you're prepared
to smoke unfiltered French or preferably Turkish fags
permalink *puts down pipe*
permalink Ceci
n'est ce pas une pipe
permalink It was meant to be w/y/h
permalink What the hoopla?
Woo that helps
Why the heck?
permalink Well, I'm two days into working for myself
and it's not gone red and fallen off yet.

I also now have a couple of grands worth of Dell's finest, and by Timothy laptops are very swish when you spunk shitloads on them. I figure I'll be on it 8-10 hours a day for two years, so better get it right...
permalink I don't think they'll work well for very long
if you spunk shitloads over them
permalink I maybe should have phrased that slightly better...
permalink To be fair
I was impressed you could manage it for 8-10 hours a day!
permalink Nice
Remember you have a Christmas party allowance to spend soon.
permalink But watch out for the boss
He's terrible after a few drinks!
permalink Hands like a bloody octopus
permalink I've had high end Dell laptops for years.
I find a specced-up 15" XPS pretty much spot on for my needs, which include some fairly hungry tools.

Speaking of hungry tools, I'd better check on The Politics...
permalink This is an XPS 13 2 in 1
with the new 10th gen i7, and 32gb of RAM.

I had a Surface Pro at my last job, and wanted the same ability to take it absolutely everywhere without thinking about it.

I may augment it with an external GPU for use at the desk though.
permalink I find mine drives an external monitor as well as its own screen quite happily
without the GPU struggling too much.
permalink This seems to do some strange things in AutoCAD
currently, but there doesn't seem to be a speed issue.
I'll be keeping an eye on it.
Photoshop performs brilliantly with all that RAM...
permalink I've got 32Gb in this too
and a couple-of-years-old i7

It's great. PS is fine, video editing is fine, AutoCAD, Max, Rhino all cope OK.

Even some of the weird realtime lighting visualisation stuff I use are alright.
permalink My 7 year old i7 with 8gb ram
is suddenly feeling sub-par
permalink I dunno
back not so many years ago, Moore's law would have rendered a seven year old laptop laughable, these days, there's really not that much difference.
permalink Yeah, and fortunately
the currys I work in doesn't have high end laptops on display, so there's only a couple of i7s and they have 8gb ram in them.
permalink I'm getting a new tumble dryer today
thanks to the old one being in hotpoint's recall. Which was a bit unexpected as it's around 15 years old and third hand.

We had it up in the loft, but we've put bookcases up since then, so I don't think the new one is going back up there. Which is a bit of a pain.

Edit: I keep getting spam inviting me to invest in property in Hull and Doncaster.