Tipex

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  1. Sky Q

    I've been living with Sky Q for the best part of a couple of days now so thought I'd post up my thoughts so far. I'll do the negatives first, there's a few of them and some of them seem to have carried over from Sky+ HD. The planner, Sky still insist on having the HD channels in the wrong place, why can't BBC1 HD be in the spot that's currently occupied by BBC1 SD? Every other TV box I've had (and my freeview TV's) automatically put the HD version of a channel in the correct location, why would I want to watch BBC1 in SD when it's also available in HD? The work around for this on Sky+ HD was to set all the HD channels up in the correct order in 'favourites' unfortunately Sky Q doesn't have the favourites option. Just to add insult to injury, the picture quality on some SD channels is awful, which makes the HD channel placement all the more annoying. I've got used to the BT YouView planner, the Sky planner seems archaic by comparison, I'm really going to miss being able to scroll back through the planner (to earlier in the day or even back as far as a week) and simply selecting something I missed and watching it. I also don't like the way when scrolling in the Sky planner the 'cursor' always stays on the top line, meaning the whole planner moves every time you scroll up or down, on YouView the cursor can move around the whole screen, only scrolling the planner when you get to the bottom/top and keep scrolling, this sounds trivial but makes it much easier to view sever channels at once and quickly highlight something to read a description without the other channels disappearing off the screen. The biggest issue with the planner, though, is the fact the remote does not have a button that takes you directly to it. To get to the planner you have to press 'home' then scroll up 4 times, then scroll right twice, this is surely a huge oversight on Sky's part? It could be made much better (but still not perfect) if when pressing 'home' it didn't default to 'Top Picks' but to 'TV Guide' instead, that would eliminate the 4 button presses to scroll up to it. What would make it perfect would be a dedicated button on the remote, sadly they aren't going to be able to physically add a button to everyone's remote but they could assign one of the four coloured buttons as a shortcut key. The new Sky remotes, you get two remotes with the Q Silver box, the posh one with the touch pad and touch sensitive scroll bar, and the 'normal' remote with buttons instead of the touch pad which the Q mini boxes also come with, the posh one makes the old Sky+ remotes seem like Fisher Price 'my first remotes'. They ooze quality and feel great in the hands, they connect via Bluetooth so you don't have to aim them at the box, they also have a voice button on the side so you'll be able to talk to the remote once this feature is activated. The non touch remotes don't feel quite as nice, but still much better than the old Sky+ ones, they also don't have the voice button and they are IR rather than Bluetooth. As mentioned previously, none of them have a button to take you directly to the TV guide. Syncing them to your TV is much easier than with old Sky+ remotes, there is a dedicated 'remotes' section in the settings menu which does everything for you, amusingly you can set up an old Sky+ remote too but it's labelled as an 'easy grip' remote for people with special needs. The spinning circle Sky boxes are famous for is incredibly bright on the Q Silver box, it's also a Q not a circle, unfortunately there is currently no option to disable it or reduce it's brightness On to the positive side, the main Q Sliver box is much smaller than a Sky+ box and looks much more modern, sleek and oozes quality, it's still about twice the size of the BT box we had though. The Q Mini boxes are much smaller, they still look good but really are designed to be hidden away I think, they don't have the bright blue spinning circle (well, Q) which is handy as it'd light up a dark bedroom. The whole menu system makes the Sky+ box feel like something from the past, it's very crisp and clear and looks fantastic, there are some issues though, mainly with the menu structure which isn't exactly intuitive, I dare say Sky will reorganise this with an update at some point as some things can be found in multiple places, but not where you'd expect them. Overall it's a massive leap from the Sky+ menu. The 'search and scan' banner has some great features, on the Silver box (but not the mini boxes) if you scroll it to a different channel it will show you a live picture of what is on (picture in picture type of thing) and if you then switch to that channel it is instantaneous, no black screen for a second or so. When watching on demand content if you bring up the banner it shows other episodes of what you are watching and you can trigger the downloading of more episodes directly without having to go in to the menu, strangely though, there is no timeout for the banner, it'll stay on the screen until you press the back button, this can be a bit annoying as it's a different button, pressing 'I' or 'Select' brings it up, but a second press doesn't drop it away, meaning you have to find the back button, another annoyance albeit a minor one. The apps section looks like it will be quite good once it has more apps, you press the button with three dots on it and the apps bar slides in from the right, currently it just has Sky apps (Sky news, Sky Sports) a weather app and 'photos' which apparently displays all your Facebook pictures, hopefully there is more to come, a Netflix app would be fantastic, the BT box had Netflix and it was by far the most convenient way to watch. All the boxes support Apple AirPlay, so you can play music directly from your phone, they also support Bluetooth so you can stream music from other non Apple devices, officially AirPlay only supports music, but I've been streaming YouTube videos via AirPlay and it works perfectly. The boxes also have YouTube and Vevo on then, but strangely they don't come up in the Apps section, you have to scroll deep in to the menu to find them which is odd, I expect they will be added to Apps in due course. The powerline tech is officially not implemented yet, however, the option is there to turn it on, and it works, I suspect Sky have experienced some bugs with it though and will officially 'turn it on' in a future update. The wifi hotspots seem to working well, we never really had much of an issue with wifi signal, and you can't tell which box you are connected to as it creates what Sky call a 'mesh' where every box talks to every other box. You can have up to 4 mini boxes connected to each sliver box, however, you can only use two mini boxes concurrently, it's possible to be recording four shows at the same time while watching a fifth, at the same time the two mini boxes can watch one channel and record another (all recordings stored on the silver box) and you can stream to two iPads at the same time, that makes 11 tuners, the twelfth tuner is dedicated to the picture in picture function. The fluid viewing thing as both great and flawed, you can access any recording on any box, but in the adverts they show someone pausing live TV, then resuming in a different room, this kind of works, but only with recorded content, the work around for live TV is to simply press record, then pause it, that way you can resume in another room, again, another minor annoyance. Overall I'm very happy with it, it's a huge leap from Sky+ and once they iron out the niggles it will be fantastic, there's a lot more I could go in to, but this post is long enough already, if anyone has any specific questions I'll be happy to answer them.
  2. Monarch (financial trouble bewing?)

    Flew with Monarch to Barcelona a couple of months ago, have to say, they made Ryanair look attractive, crappy, knackered old aircraft and the legroom was utterly ridiculous, I thought Ryanair/EasyJet were bad for legroom but this was on another level, some rows had so little legroom an adult of any size physically couldn't fit, literally just enough for a child and even then, they wouldn't be comfortable. We chose Monarch because they flew to the 'proper' Barcelona airport, but with hindsight, the extra time traveling from what Ryanair call Barcelona airport would have resulted in a more comfortable journey.
  3. WiFi extension

    Sky Q sorted out our wifi issues, did the same at my parents (very large) house. Creates a wireless ‘mesh’ but not sure if the same thing Mac is talking about? Every Sky product, so Q box, Q mini boxes, Sky router and if you need it, the little signal repeater box (neither myself nor my parents needed one) works as part of the WiFi network spreading the signal right around your home, and of course it means you get TV wherever in house you want it with no wires whatsoever. I appreciate it isn’t exactly what you were asking about, but it’s a solution that has worked very well for us so thought i’d mention it.
  4. Just reported on the news that TFL have declined to renew Uber's Private Hire licence on the grounds of public safety. Personally I don't think this will be the end of Uber in the U.K., I imagine Uber will appeal and make some concessions to address the issues and all will carry on as before.
  5. Uber lose Private Hire licence

    Well their existing licence expires at the end of the month, however, they'll be allowed to continue operating through the appeals process, which could potentially be years, but likely to be months. That said, when the French revoked their licence in Paris they ignored it and carried on working, paying drivers fines for them if they got caught, now the fines come with jail time they can't serve that for their drivers so less are taking the risk and they're pretty much done. The problem with the argument that they don't vet their drivers is that if you were to take any company of their size (40,000 employees/drivers (delete as appropriate) in London alone) you'll find a few rapists/murderers/whatever, so it's not really a fair comparison to compare them to Joe Bloggs Cabs with ten drivers, I doubt they have any more 'wronguns' as a percentage of their drivers than anyone else. As I said, I suspect some small concessions will be made by Uber and their licence will be granted, whether the damage is done or not in the eyes of the public already au can't answer, I know that I wouldn't personally use them having seen some of their business practices but each to their own.
  6. The £1k mobile phone

    I never put anything in my back pockets so that's not the cause, just normal day to day use, rarely even in my front pocket, only if I'm going out drinking and even then they aren't skinny jeans so the pockets aren't tight, I really wouldn't suit skinny jeans!! As I mentioned, the side actually has a kink in it now that bends out from the phone slightly right by the volume buttons, I've tapped it back in flat before with a small piece of wood and lightly tapping with a hammer, but it pops back out again after a day or two of bending!
  7. The £1k mobile phone

    Never sat on mine either and it's always lived in a case with a screen protector, hopefully they fixed the issue on the 6s but my 6 is almost Z shaped, it's been bent back so many times now, tend to notice it when I put it down on a flat surface and it wobbles like a chair with one short leg! Still works fine though, except for the battery, not sure about the conspiracy thing as batteries do degrade after time/ number of charging cycles, never noticed it in anything else but then nothing else I own gets used quite as much.
  8. The £1k mobile phone

    You won't want mine, it would be immaculate if it wasn't for the fact it's been bent so many times, and bent back straight again it's got a kink in the metal on the side now, also, according to battery testing apps my battery now only charges to 55% of it's original capacity, which explains the random shut downs and shocking battery life which can be as little as half and hour from 100% charge depending on what you are doing. I have ordered a replacement battery from Amazon which will hopefully solve the issue but I think my son has got dibs on it. The moral of that story I guess is don't buy an iPhone 6, they bend.
  9. The £1k mobile phone

    Well there you go, never knew you could do that, sometimes the terminals positions are even awkward to hold you finger on the reader, problem solved!
  10. The £1k mobile phone

    How does Apple Pay work without the fingerprint scanner? Do you have to use the face scanner to pay for stuff? Could be a pain in the arse with fixed terminals that aren't pointing at your face.
  11. The £1k mobile phone

    I'll not be queueing up at Apples door, but I will get an X in the month or two after release, Mrs T says she'll be happy with the 8 so she'll get one of those. As A_B says, current exchange rate means you could pick it up for around £750 in the US so that's what I may do, pretty annoying Apple just switch the $ sign to a £ one but they aren't the first to do that and won't be the last, but at that price it isn't much more than an 8 anyway (at U.K. Price), won't bother stretching to the 256GB one though, 64 will be more than enough.
  12. Opinions on Virgin Media.

    Yes I've signed up to the VIP loyalty thing, got our free DVD and whatever else it was. Every now and again Sky give away DVD's anyway, I normally get something come up from friends on Facebook who keep an eye on the various deals websites, we've had about 4 free DVD's in the last year where you do the buy and keep thing, you download the film straight away, and they also post you the DVD, just comes up with the price as £0.00 and you purchase as normal.
  13. Opinions on Virgin Media.

    I don't think that's a bad deal to be honest, basically what I pay minus the multi room, not sure how I got away without paying that, maybe because I was one of the early adopters of Q? My contract runs out in the next couple of months I think, so will be interesting to see if I have to actually cancel and wait for the 50% offer or if they'll just give it to me over the phone, it might just pop up in the 'my offers' section of account details on the box though, seems to happen to a lot of people.
  14. Opinions on Virgin Media.

    I paid a one off fee for the Q mini boxes, I don't pay any monthly multi room fee. Sky Q is simply the replacement for the old Sky+ HD boxes, they are pretty long in the tooth these days and very old tech now, there are two Q boxes (excluding the mini boxes), the normal 1tb box which doesn't give you 4K UHD, or the 2tb which does. The whole fluid viewing thing is a bit of a gimmick in general and I never use the 'My Q' page of the menu, however it is handy to be able to watch any recording from any other box. For example, on the old Sky+ boxes, if you had multi-room each box recorded whatever you asked it to, and you could only watch those recordings on that respective box, with Q it's all recorded on the main box, and you can play back on any box anywhere in the house, or on your iPad or whatever, also means no whiring Sky+ box in the bedroom making irritating noises all night, the mini boxes are silent. Sky are keen to do deals, I'm paying £78/month for everything, unlimited broadband, phone with unlimited calling, full TV package, My parents just moved house and I negotiated a new Sky Q set up in their new house, they have always had the full package and were previously paying £120/month on Sky+HD, they now have Q with 50% off that price for the same package.
  15. Boxing thread

    I can't see it going any other way either.
  16. Apple Watch launch

    With cars I think a lot of the 'connected' tech is pointless, not all of it though, stuff like Facebook or Twitter integration is just asking for trouble in my opinion, no one is so important that they can't wait until they park before reading or replying to a message, whether that means doing it all with voice control or not, it still takes concentration away from where it should be, that's my issue with the current trend for car tech. You could argue that it's safer than someone picking their phone up and physically reading a message and typing a reply, but they shouldn't be doing that in the first place and that doesn't make any better. People need to concentrate on driving when they are in a car, any tech, no matter how clever it is that takes your concentration away from that has no place in a car imo.
  17. Apple Watch launch

    Do you really think augmented reality will take off? Genuine question, I can't see it being that popular myself, traditionally anything that requires wearing some sort of headset or glasses (other than poor eyesight) doesn't seem very popular, take 3D TV's for example, huge fail, people just can't be bothered with putting the glasses on, there isn't a single 3D TV from any manufacturer available in the 2017 ranges. Personally, I don't want a constant stream of information, I don't even have Facebook notifications turned on any more, constant notifications or streams of info just annoy me now, it was ok for a while when it was all new and a novelty but I'm kinda done with it if you see what I mean, I only want to access the information when I decide to. It feels a bit weird saying that, as I'm not a technophobe, I've always liked and bought the latest tech, when I was a kid my mum used to take me to the latest tech shows in london, I remember desperately wanting an Apple Newton when it was first displayed at a show, never got one because they were hideously expensive and not much use to a schoolboy, but I thought it was awesome, along with a lot of the other stuff that used to get revealed here before they moved everything to E3 in the states.
  18. Gatwick First Parking

    I've said it before - Never, ever, use anything other than the official airport parking, unless you know it's a genuine off site car park that you drop your car off at yourself, if they meet and greet you, chances are your car will be parked on the streets somewhere, or in a farmers field that the farmer is being paid (by the government) to leave fallow. Having worked out of Gatwick in the past (many years ago), and my sister living in Crawley for many years, it is rife, and easy money, there are very few genuine companies that look after your car as you would expect, and they aren't daft, they'll unplug your dash cam.
  19. This ones mostly aimed at Mook, but anyone else with any other suggestions feel free to chip in. After a 2 channel (so front + rear cameras) system, no internal camera and sound must be able to be switched off (preferably with a physical switch but I've yet to find a camera with that function) as audio recording in a taxi is illegal (yes I know it's more complicated than that). Currently looking at the Blackvue DR650GW and the Thinkware F770, although the Thinkware is probably ruled out for it's shape as the surround behind my rear view mirror in the Galaxy is huge, meaning to mount it in the swept part of my windscreen would have it effectively sitting right in the middle of the screen. I'm also considering the Qvia AR790WD Mook, I've been putting off buying one of these as I have a couple of concerns, firstly, have you sold any of the bloody things as I've been waiting in the hopes a review of one pops up on YouTube but nothing yet. Can that LED be switched off? I don't want a flashing light in my windscreen telling everyone there is a camera there. Can all those daft 'driving aids' be switched off? my car does them all anyway.
  20. Supercar megabuild - 100k heap of $hit

    Those are lady boys, real women prefer it poking in their centre console!
  21. Supercar megabuild - 100k heap of $hit

    I had a new rear caliper fitted last month, it was £80 fitted and has the electronic control module and motor inside it, not a lot more expensive than having a cable replaced and a lot quicker. And that's before you look at the other benefits of an electronic parking brake, such as hill hold assist, auto release (for the ladies) and a much nicer centre console without a big stick pointing out of it.
  22. Supercar megabuild - 100k heap of $hit

    Yes same here, I have an electronic parking brake so I asked my MOT man, his response is - the mechanism is still mechanical as the pads are wound in by a motor, so gets around the rules, hydraulic handbrakes can have a latching mechanism to hold the pads against the disc, but it is at the mercy of the fluid not leaking or expanding/contracting in fluctuating temperatures.
  23. Supercar megabuild - 100k heap of $hit

    Unless it also has a mechanical handbrake it'll fail it's first MOT as well, there must be a mechanical (i.e. not hydraulic) handbrake.
  24. Carwash Spots

    Well, whatever type of cloth he was using to dry it. That being said, I have tried all these waffle weave, microfibre, you name it, £25 drying miracles and I can tell you, without a doubt, none of them dry as well as a traditional chamois leather.
  25. Volvo

    I honestly don't know how much fuel supermarkets sell compared to traditional filling stations, it'll be a huge chunk either way, but the basic infrastructure is the same for a supermarket to sell fuel as it is for BP/Esso/Shell etc, just the supermarkets take advantage of oversupply of oil and sell it almost at a loss rather than actually producing it themselves. Most Esso/BP/Shell filling stations seem to have a shop attached to them these days, be it a Tesco/Morrisons/M&S or whatever, I assume the property is still owned by the oil company and the shop is licensed/franchised? We used to have an oil chap on here before he got hounded out, his input would probably have been quite interesting.