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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:34 pm    Post subject: Do you still read newspapers? Reply with quote

If and when i take a paper it's the guardian mainly because of the sport and i agree with most of it's views.I have to be honest and say i now get most of my news from the net,but sometimes it's nice just sitting there with a paper
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only time I read newspapers is when I'm travelling on a train or aircraft. The rest of the time I just use my iPhone to access the BBC news or Guardian Online iPhone app.

When I do buy a "paper" version, it's either the Guardian or Independent. I never, ever, read the tabloids.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We take the Times most days for the proper news ( and for the crossword mainly) on Sunday we have the MoS (for the free magazines) Mum in law has the D-Mail every day, so I read that on Tuesdays - they have tokens at the moment for a free digital radio - you need 60 tokens!!!! each with a different date.. they are printing only 64 tokens ... Channel 4 news is far and away the best News programme on TV, we watch that every night (only the first half hour on Mondays cos otherwise you miss the first episode of Corrie.) I sometimes read the odd bit of news fom a link on yahoo's main page but other than that, web news is a waste of time for us- a paper is much better, cos you can read it in the garden, lounge kitchen, bed -park bench, anywhere you like where it's not windy. I think web news, in fact, web activity in general, will shrink over the coming years as people realise that life is better when you can touch and feel it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rachel wrote:
I think web news, in fact, web activity in general, will shrink over the coming years as people realise that life is better when you can touch and feel it.


Your posts are a delight, Rachel! Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
Rachel wrote:
I think web news, in fact, web activity in general, will shrink over the coming years as people realise that life is better when you can touch and feel it.


Your posts are a delight, Rachel! Cool


You're welcome: Remember where you heard it first. The internet is just a passing phase we all go through, the internet itself is just a phase, morphing into a new animal as I type- ten years from now the internet will be something entirely different but only those people willing to become cybernetic will be able to take full advantage of it. Already there's ways to intoduce a virus into say a pace-maker via proximity door security software. Having a PC that can be ruined by a virus is one thing... but being able to catch a computer virus yourself is something people will not queue up for.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rachel wrote:

You're welcome: Remember where you heard it first. The internet is just a passing phase we all go through, the internet itself is just a phase, morphing into a new animal as I type- ten years from now the internet will be something entirely different but only those people willing to become cybernetic will be able to take full advantage of it. Already there's ways to intoduce a virus into say a pace-maker via proximity door security software. Having a PC that can be ruined by a virus is one thing... but being able to catch a computer virus yourself is something people will not queue up for.


Er, right...................... I think I'm with you there! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
Rachel wrote:

You're welcome: Remember where you heard it first. The internet is just a passing phase we all go through, the internet itself is just a phase, morphing into a new animal as I type- ten years from now the internet will be something entirely different but only those people willing to become cybernetic will be able to take full advantage of it. Already there's ways to intoduce a virus into say a pace-maker via proximity door security software. Having a PC that can be ruined by a virus is one thing... but being able to catch a computer virus yourself is something people will not queue up for.


Er, right...................... I think I'm with you there! Laughing


Oh yes.... read it and weep... Smile it's all possible, and as you know anything possible can and will happen.....Wink

http://www.technewsdaily.com/man-infects-himself-with-computer-virus-0619/
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might be right there, Rachel. I know an applications programmer who is C++
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll get slated for this but we have the D Mail weekdays, and the Times on Sunday. Sometimes the Telegraph on Saturdays in winter.

The Mail is becoming worse but there are others that are as bad.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I have none of them, never had and most probably never will.. not even local ones. I don't think I could be bothered to read part of a paper let alone all the way through.
I hear enough on the TV/radio news and of course The Occomore Bugle.. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was on long-distance lorry driving, I was a Monday to Friday Daily Telegraph diehard, reluctantly accepting the occasional Times when no DT was available.

Apart from the editorials, I liked the sports content, but latterly it's gone somewhat downhill, only featuring the "name" teams. At a quid a throw it's also become somewhat expensive, and as I'm now home every night I can access the internet better.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gnasty Gnome wrote:
Apart from the editorials, I liked the sports content, but latterly it's gone somewhat downhill, only featuring the "name" teams. At a quid a throw it's also become somewhat expensive, and as I'm now home every night I can access the internet better.


The Telegraph iPhone app is very good, actually. And it's free!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the years I've had The Times, then The Independent, from its launch in 1986, and then for the last ten years The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, by annual subscription, which saves about a third on the cover price.

The Telegraph was excellent when it was digging up stories of waste, inefficiency and incompetance by the last Government, and, of course the MPs expenses scandal. At the moment it seems to be bent on undermining the current coalition before it has had a chance to mess things up itself. I'm also less than impressed by the way it "borrows" a lot of those "PC/elf and safety/immigration and racial favouritism" stories from the Daily Mail.

I don't get much news from the web. Trivia yes, but not much news. The Telegraph's own website is appalling to navigate and doesn't have half the content of the tangible article. The Times has decided to charge for its one. The Daily Mail is all fashion and celebrity gossip, and when someone does reference a story for discussion on a forum I'll usually go and read about it on the BBC News pages, to get the full story, cos the Mail has a habit of leaving important bits out.

You're probably right about the internet and the web being a passing phase, Rach. We've had it for twenty years, it's changed a lot in that time, but it is time it evolved into something else. It's clunky and time-consuming.

Whatever happens to it, I will still prefer the paper newspaper, to read what I like, when and where I like.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
You might be right there, Rachel. I know an applications programmer who is C++


Laughing

C++ is a bit old hat these days.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rachel wrote:
C++ is a bit old hat these days.


Er, no it isn't! (But that discussion is for another forum....) Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
Rachel wrote:
C++ is a bit old hat these days.


Er, no it isn't! (But that discussion is for another forum....) Wink


Ok maybe we'll discuss computing on another day but C++ was old five years ago. Yep it's still used by lots of people today, it's still supported with updates and it's quite effective but new and hip it ain't and it's far from the best way to do things on the cutting edge, and I thought you were right up there riding on the crest of technologys wave. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rachel wrote:


Ok maybe we'll discuss computing on another day but C++ was old five years ago. Yep it's still used by lots of people today, it's still supported with updates and it's quite effective but new and hip it ain't and it's far from the best way to do things on the cutting edge, and I thought you were right up there riding on the crest of technologys wave. Wink


I never said it was "hip", I just said it isn't old hat. It's a bit like saying php or even html is "old hat" just because many people are now writing in a variation of JS.

Anyway......................................
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: Re: Do you still read newspapers? Reply with quote

littlepieces wrote:
If and when i take a paper it's the guardian mainly because of the sport and i agree with most of it's views.I have to be honest and say i now get most of my news from the net,but sometimes it's nice just sitting there with a paper

Me too, ...I like to have a look at all the main newspapers on - line - apart from The Times which you now have to subscribe to......I suppose it that's a success the others will follow suit...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
Gnasty Gnome wrote:
Apart from the editorials, I liked the sports content, but latterly it's gone somewhat downhill, only featuring the "name" teams. At a quid a throw it's also become somewhat expensive, and as I'm now home every night I can access the internet better.


The Telegraph iPhone app is very good, actually. And it's free!!!


I'll take you word for it; my mobile is a beat-up old Nokia clamshell of dubious vintage, which owes its longevity to the fact that it's survived the extremes of my working environment, something I'm reluctant to trust the more modern phones to endure!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gnasty Gnome wrote:
I'll take you word for it; my mobile is a beat-up old Nokia clamshell of dubious vintage, which owes its longevity to the fact that it's survived the extremes of my working environment, something I'm reluctant to trust the more modern phones to endure!


Interestingly, the one thing I do least on my iPhone is make telephone calls! Smile

It's an iPod, video player, portable computer, portable newspaper, contacts manager, calendar, sat nav device......... and much, much more.

Yesterday I had cause to use the "spirit level" application!!! I compared it to a "real" spirit level - one used by my builder friend - and it was spot-on. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've often wondered if people ever had time to make calls on those things!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I've often wondered if people ever had time to make calls on those things!


Personally, I think "iPhone" is a misnomer - the phone function is just a small part of what it does. It's actually a very good all-round portable Apple computer as well (whatever a "computer" is these days! That's an old-fashioned term as well).

BBC News has just recently launched an iPhone app that gives you the cut-down contents of the website, which is actually much easier to navigate and use than the main website. When there's a link to a video news story, you just touch it and it plays full screen.

More importantly, I'm creating a set of multi-media training resources for a client who wants them to be deliverable to iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads automatically. Initial trials have been really encouraging - it really opens up a completely new way of getting information across.

That said, I do like to read real newspapers and real magazines as well from time to time!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes you're right about the misnomer Colin!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only time I have to read newspapers properly is at the weekend.

Nothing better than getting a wide variety of newspapers from the broadsheets to the rags at the weekends to catch up on world news to the local news.

I much prefer a "hard" copy read to the news as opposed to the Internet.

Perhaps it is a generation thing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The wide, almost limitless, sources of "news" via the internet provides a much more democratic interpretation of what is news than the stuff that fills most printed papers. And it uses less trees!

Actually, the iPad displays newspaper content superbly.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:42 am    Post subject: do you still read newspapers every day Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I browse the news headlines on the net, that way I don't have to look at anything that I am not interested in. I sometimes buy a paper based on what I have seen online.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to love it when changing trains at Kings X when you could pick up the newspapers passengers left behind and have a good read of most.

If I could get out easier I'd probably buy a regular paper or one of the free sheets available on the busses but I never see them around here...

I couldn't be bothered to order one and have it delivered.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As someone very wisely once pointed out today's newspapers are tomorrow's chip wrappings!
I suppose in todays society obsessed with health and safety issues it is really now an outdated expression but I still think it still has some resonance
I know the way the newspaper business works and because of that I would never waste my money on such rubbish
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have "newspaper" iPhone apps in addition to the excellent BBC news app on my iPhone and this is sufficient for me to be kept up to date with what others deem to be news. The best ones embed video and audio with the stories, too.

I do like a proper printed newspaper if I'm on a longer train or plane journey, though, and that means either The Independent or The Guardian.
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