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Comment: Apple Mail (Score 1) 167

by benbean (#38263940) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling and Cleaning Up a Large Personal Email Archive?

If you use, or have access to a Mac, the Apple Mail client has for some years had a Remove Attachments option in the Message menu. Simply select all your mail in a folder with Cmd-A and select that menu option and it'll do exactly what you want. I use it regularly to prune my database.

Comment: Re:Comparison to Apple][, Atari 800, C64? (Score 2) 208

by benbean (#38226184) Attached to: 30 Years of the BBC Micro

It was roughly contemporary to the Commodore 64 and Atari 800/800XL micros. More expensive than both of those, but cheaper than an Apple II, which were very expensive in the UK. The Apple II predated it by about 4 years if I recall. My impression at the time was that the Sinclair ZX Spectrum (Timex Sinclair in the US) was far more popular in the UK, along with the C64. The BBC was common in schools, but less common at home, mostly due to a dearth of games and pricing. A cheaper version, Electron, was released later to combat this, but too late.

Comment: Re:Documentation, Documentation, Documentation. (Score 1) 349

by benbean (#37306852) Attached to: Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation's $25 PC

Yeah probably, that's the unfortunate default these days, and in this case would ideally require a second computer with Internet access. The days when software came with thick, well-written *paper* documentation you could have open alongside your computer while you learn are long gone, sadly.

Comment: Re:Documentation, Documentation, Documentation. (Score 1) 349

by benbean (#37285550) Attached to: Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation's $25 PC

Yes, and how do you propose the home hobbyist learns to use the system he or she has just hooked up? I'm talking about a friendly, introductory book detailing the types of things the computer can do, a jumping off point, a flavour of the type of tasks people who've never gone behind the GUI before can tackle, not a bloody K&R.

As for Mr Double The Price, yes it probably would be getting on for what the computer cost, but it's not mandatory. What's your point?

Comment: Documentation, Documentation, Documentation. (Score 3, Interesting) 349

by benbean (#37284184) Attached to: Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation's $25 PC

Looks like a great project. I think a key though will be to have some well-written documentation or tutorials to go with it. For my first computer (Atari 800XL), my Dad just bought a book on BASIC and a book of type-in games, and it was going through those that encouraged me to learn and experiment. Hopefully they can get a hookup with O'Reilly or somebody to produce a companion volume.

Reeeally pie in the sky wish would be for a BBC series to go with it, a la The Computer Programme, Making the Most of your Micro and Micro Live. Never gonna happen sadly. :-(

Comment: Re:The US - behind the rest of the world again... (Score 1) 131

by benbean (#35927944) Attached to: Microsoft's Xbox To Have Streaming TV Service?

Maybe, but it requires a full Sky Player-eligibe Sky account, which means you either have to already be paying extra on your base package for Multiroom or one of the Sports packages. Again, this is in addition to the Xbox Live Gold account requirement. If it was a simple, reasonable monthly fee for access to Sky channels on the Xbox without a dish it'd be a worthwhile proposition for people who aren't already Sky customers. As it is, you already need to be a Sky customer paying in the £40-50 a month region for your packages to benefit.

What we need in the UK is a decent Netflix-style system with unlimited access to a film and television library in the £10-20 a month region, accessible on our existing consoles without any surplus requirements such as the Xbox Live membership or massively overpriced full Sky package.

Comment: Could be worse... (Score 1) 533

by benbean (#35793272) Attached to: Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade

I suspect often times a bit of extra memory, or a software cleanup would be the solution, and a bit of proactivity on the part of the employer would help. Still, could be worse, I recall my Dad, a journalist, telling me that when he started work in the 60s his typewriter was supplied by the newspaper up front, but he had to pay it off in weekly instalments from his salary. Of course, it was decades rather than months/years before it was obsolete.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.