Techno git

by on Apr.24, 2011, under Geekstuff, Life

So I have now become such a techno git that I can now blog from my iPhone. I don’t know if I should laugh or impale myself on a mobile repeater. Or move to Williamsburg, grow a whispy beard and listen to bands you have never heard of

Impaling seems the most humane option…

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After a new compact digital

by on Jan.14, 2010, under Geekstuff, Photography

So whilst I dream of having the dosh to splash out on Nikon’s latest range of semi-pro D-SLRs, I am thinking seriously about buying a new compact as frankly the Canon Ixus I have currently is nothing short of crap. Was thinking of maybe a Panasonic Ixus but would welcome any suggestions – must take good photos, especially when under the influence, be packed with features and at a good price – any suggestions as I am a bit out of the loop with what’s hot and what’s not compact wise.

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Google Wave

by on Jan.04, 2010, under Geekstuff

So finally got myself a google wave addy today. Think I can see the logic behind it but practice will indeed make perfect. Guess I need some friends to play with so if any one of you wants to add me up – it’s unsuprisingly, unoriginally but perhaps unforgettably waynster at googlewave.com.

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Windows 7 – first impression

by on Jul.24, 2009, under Geekstuff

I noticed my laptop, my cheap but value for money Toshiba Satellite has for the last few days has been running like a dog, even after just a few weeks of a complete fresh install of Vista Business – I’m using it a lot now for various design projects, and for online gaming when I have free time, so this morning, it occurred to me I have Windows 7 lying around which I still haven’t properly tested, so I went ahead and installed it for shits and giggles, but this isn’t no laughing matter – what we have (so far anyway) is a vast improvement on Vista – first impressions are really quite positive, just because it was so fast, I actually tried using both things open, the usual website I use to play games It usually takes my whole software for it, I use Elitist gaming, you can Review here, but in my computer  it’s no way to have it open and have my photoshop or any adobe on use as it will crash, but now with this update it’s running perfectly and both of them as well. 

Aesthetically, it’s not that much different – there are a few pretty graphical tweaks (the regional changing wallpaper dependant on your location is quite trick), and apart from the start up and some graphical improvements to Icons, it is not that much different. I am running the ultimate version, and there doesn’t seem to be that much packaged in it – maybe its part of Microsofts legal wranglings with the EU that what you are getting is in fact a bareback OS without too many gizmos (although IE8 is in the pre-release)

What is impressive is how bloody fast it is – reboot times, and especially internet access is lightning quick. Compatibility wise, so far, again no problems. Several adobe products, Avast antivirus, MS Office and Visio have all installed without any issue – the only snag so far, is that MS SQL (which I need for MS Visual Express) needs a fix, and post the software installs I now have a whopping 476 meg of updates to install, but if its all for compatibility and continues this so far enjoyable ride with the OS, I’ll not be miffed.

I am sure there are those out there who will spit and curse for the use of Microsoft products when perfectly good alternatives can be had for nothing – I’ve used them (I continue to at work for some applications) but I genuinely like the feel of this, and having been a slave to their products for years proffesionally, it’s what you are used to, and this is like getting a pair of new slippers – more or less the same as your old ones, certainly as comfortable, but with those improvements that make you not miss your old favourites after a short while.

Incidentally, due to a long running issue with multiple video cards we have dropped XP at work on one of our production systems to be replaced by Vista – it’s funny what a difference it makes there too.

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