neiljt (238527) writes "I'm really grateful to NASA for scheduling the arrival of MSL Curiosity just half an hour before the start of my working day (~05:30 GMT on Mon 6 Aug). This means I can be sitting at my workstation with a fresh cup of coffee and watch the show. Apart from the NASA mission pages, does anyone have recommendations for streamed video coverage on the day?" Link to Original Source top
neiljt (238527) writes "Struggling with current home infrastructure (noisy phone lines, crappy wi-fi), I am resigned to re-cabling the house for ethernet, and to the usual fight with BT ("favourite" UK telco) to get them to come out and fix the line quality. At the same time, my traditional phone extension lines are also past their best and it occurred to me this would be a good time to consider IP telephony. Basic setup here is a bunch of windows workstations plugged into a LAN, with CentOS servers available. Oh, and 4 telephones currently disconnected. Ideally, I'd like to avoid re-cabling dedicated phone lines in the house. What I'd like to have is the option to use IP phones on my LAN, leveraging the ethernet cabling. That would be either hardware IP phones that plug into an ethernet drop, soft-phones (using USB mike/headsets), or wi-fi phones. Has anyone any first-hand experience of attempting a project like this? Is it possible to set up without additional hardware (except the phones of course)? What software should I consider, and what should I avoid? Are there any particularly outstanding VOIP providers I should consider (UK, specifically), and for the benefit of those in other locations, what points in general, other than price, should I be taking into account? What advice can you offer?" top
neiljt (238527) writes "BBC Business Editor Robert Peston has been having a time of it with Vista. In an open letter to Bill Gates, he raises points such as the lack of drivers for his HP iPaq Pocket PC, and a failure of the new OS to remember Outlook XP passwords."