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Comment Firmware bugs killed my OCZ Vertex 2 (Score 2) 510

I always expected the cells to go first. I was careful to avoid unnecessary writes. In the end, though, it was a known bug that killed the drive. Well, I didn't know about it, of course, until it was too late. If I'd known, I'd have updated the drive firmware to one that didn't have a catastrophic bug.

I replaced it with a Samsung. The RMA'd replacement OCZ is still sitting in its packet on my desk.

Comment Slash screen? (Score 4, Funny) 186

If you have an 'About...' item or a slash screen this seems like a good place to do it

A slash screen? Now I'm imagining a desktop application that starts up with a painstakingly-rendered airbrush-style image of Picard and Riker locked in a passionate kiss.

And now you probably are, too. I'm so sorry.

Comment GSM900 never widely adopted? (Score 1) 172

FWIW, GSM900 was never widely adopted in the UK, distributors instead preferring GSM1800. The 934 crowd never got their bandwidth back to this day.

That's not right, surely? The first UK GSM licences (Vodafone and Cellnet) were 900, followed some time later by one2one and Orange on 1800. (At university, I could always tell the people on one2one or Orange. They had loads of free minutes, but the networks were sparse and 1800 was more readily attenuated by masonry, so they had to stand outside in January to make phone calls.)

The first GSM phones in the UK were 900-only, too: if you were on an 1800 network, you needed to be sure to buy a dual-band phone.

Vodafone and Cellnet (or were they O2 by then? I forget) obtained 1800 licences quite a long time later, and added 1800 base stations too - and made a point of telling their customers that they'd get better service if they had dual-band handsets.

900 is still in use - and operators are allowed to use both 900 and 1800 for UMTS now [PDF]. How widely, though, I don't know.

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