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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MiFi - the future of mobile Internet?

Today I took delivery of my Novatel MiFi, a new category of mobile Internet device.
This palm-sized device (about an inch shorter than an iPhone) takes a SIM card from your mobile provider and creates a WiFi network for up to five devices. I connected my iMac, MacBook and iPhone simultaneously and could spot no detrimental effects on the speed of connection, although speedtest.net results were slower than real-life impressions.
I've only been using the device for an hour or so but first impressions are favourable with some misgivings about the effects on my other local network - the one I use for my Time Capsule and AirPort Express for iTunes and printing. I need to do a bit of delving and figure out a way for both networks to coexist.
The most surprising thing about this device is the lack of coverage out there. I'm not the most avid reader of technology websites and the like, but for something so new and innovative to have passed much of the Internet by seems astounding; I only heard of the MiFi through Twitter. Perhaps that is more indicative of the rise of Twitter than anything else.
Further reports to follow.

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Pollock is the best iPhone app ever. This week.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Can I take a picture?

I went to Wootton Bassett to meet my aunt and gran. As I have just got back from the Isle of Wight after a two week exercise I am still on my RAF uniform which lead to a bit of attention.
I got a couple of thumbs up from passers by, an old lady came up for a chat and a couple of kids wanted a photo. Bless.
So support for troops in Wootton Bassett then, but hardly surprising.

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Psychic Fayre.

I knew this was on.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Name that sauce.

I've seen these new sauce sachets around in cafes over the past year, and I just really like the design.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Isle of Wight invasion

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

"sign vending vehicle only"

I think they made this sign wrongly.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Touring North Yorkshire

Fish & chips

Fish, chips, mushy peas, tea and bread. Made a fish & chip sandwich.

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Toast, coffee, orange juice.

Back in Bettys this morning for a selection of toast (eaten, not pictured), coffee and orange juice. It's quite nice here, rather extravagant. Someone's just started playing the piano.

 Off to Witby later for fish and chips.


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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Boyes - Yorkshire's super store.

Excellent Michael Jackson poster, as modelled by my grandmother.

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I made it to Harrogate in four hours, not too bad. It was lovely all the way up, now it's come over cold and cloudy, but never mind, I have Bettys today and fish and chips tomorrow to look forward to, and I'm in Yorkshire, what could be better?

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Songs of my life - a song a year 1976-2009

A few years ago I started making a playlist featuring one song for each year of my life. The songs are not necessarily my favourites, but rather ones that were representative of the year for me. I have kept this list up to date, so here it is to the present day, in fact this morning - when I bought Hockey's new single 'Song Away'. Links open in Spotify.

1976Love Really Hurts Without You - Billy Ocean
1977Denis - Blondie
1978Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
1979Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles
1980Tell Me When My Light Turns Green - Dexys Midnight Runners
1981Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
19821999 - Prince
1983Madness - Madness
1984Together In Electric Dreams - Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
1985Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
1986For America - Red Box
1987We Care a Lot - Faith No More
1988Happy Hour - The Housemartins
1989Song for Whoever - The Beautiful South
1990 - Swing the Mood - Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
1991Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
1992Disappointed - Electronic

1993Break From The Old Routine - Oui 3
1994Basket Case - Green Day
1995 - The Magnificent - The One World Orchestra
1996On a Rope - Rocket From The Crypt
1997 - Santa Cruz - Fatboy Slim
1998 - I Need You - Wireless
1999Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
2000The Bad Touch - The Bloodhound Gang
2001 - Wild World - Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
2002Home and dry - Pet Shop Boys
2003You Got The Style - Athlete
2004Mr Brightside - The Killers
2005I Predict a Riot - Kaiser Chiefs
2006 - King Without A Crown - Matisyahu
2007 - Village Green Preservation Society - Kate Rusby
2009 - Song Away - Hockey

Hey, Spotify, no Jive Bunny? Tsk.

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