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Satellite Pro or is that Slow?

It’s one of the few decent days weather we’ve had this summer, so I’m sat out in the back garden. So I can work I’ve brought out with me a Celeron M powered Toshiba Satellite Pro. I’ve used systems like this one before and they can be quite snappy, but this one is like sludge working to rule! The reason being that the people who set it up put 512MB’s of RAM in it, which would have been fine for Windows XP, except they put Vista Business Basic on it. Doh! As the video sub-system takes some memory, you’re actually quite heavily in deficit before your opened any applications. I’ve turned off all the visual junk, installed Firefox, and now I can use WordPress without huge drive swapping delays. I may have to go and spend on some extra RAM for this if it’s to do much more than slow me down.


A printed Blog…surely not!

For those that would like more information about how ‘Unleashed’ came about, I’ve talked briefly about creating this blog on pages 58 and 59 of this weeks Micro Mart magazine (issue 963), available at most good newsagents in the UK.
Welcome to anyone who’s come along here after reading it! You’ll find the blog a bit different from what I normally write in Micro Mart, but all in my typically reserved style. Enjoy!


Bluetooth…when technology goes bad

I thought I’d share a Victor Meldrew moment I had the other day while shopping for groceries, in a local supermarket. I was alone in isle some distance from a twentysomething women when she began to talk to herself. I realised she wasn’t talking to me, because she was looking away and a good distance up the isle. Suddenly she turned and marched towards me proclaiming loudly,”I’ve got them!” Before reaching past me and making off with a packet of dried pasta. It was at this point I realised that she was holding a mobile telephone conversation using a Bluetooth earpiece!
At we shopped at a similar speed I encountered her at least half a dozen times, over a 45 minute period in which she continued to discuss her shopping requirements with her remote ‘controller’.

What is wrong with people? It’s shopping, not a military exercise or black-ops incursion! It’s ‘shopping’…where you buy what you want, pay and then run away! Why would anyone want to shop with a virtual person alongside them saying ‘no, not those beans’ and ‘Don’t get those, they’re no on offer’?

It’s the sort of thing that makes me think the worst when some new technology comes along, and that’s the best possible use we can come up with for all the blood, sweat and Red Bull consumed to create it. When we eventually crack fission will it be so people can have personal pastry warmers? Pleeeeeese!

At the time I wished that I had some small and simple device, which I know you can purchase, that would of ended her conversation abruptly. And then I could see her rise to the human challenge that choosing her own paste sauce! But then when my mood takes me, I can be quite a dark person sometimes.


Bluetooth earpieces. So subtle they’re almost invisible.


I’m not a patient person

Yesterday I ordered a new Lens for my Nikon SLR on 24 hour delivery, but it hasn’t appeared yet!
My concern is that it won’t arrive till next week, which will entirely stuff my plans to take it to London this weekend and shoot the Red Bull Air Race. I’ll be annoyed if that happens.

Why do companies offer 24 hour delivery, charge you for it and then not send it? Grrr….


It’s apparently on it’s way to  me, due to be delivered today…by Royal Mail…that’s the good news.
The bad news is that Royal Mail are currently having a 24 hours strike!


Blog name change – now I’m ‘Unleashed’

Decided to change the name of the blog to something more than just my name!
Blame Simon Brew, editor of Micro Mart and Den of Geek.

So now I’m unleashed…I could do anything! (a scary thought…)


Live Earth Day

We’re destroying the planet. So how do we react to that news? Have a rock concert!

Apparently the counter argument is that it’s to ‘raise awareness’…

At the rate that global change is overtaking us the change in sea level, catastrophic weather modifications and other impacts it won’t soon be long before we don’t need a host of rock celebrities to make us aware of our environment. Although I do also wonder if we missed the chance to avoid the worst of what we’ve done some considerable time ago.

Based on the track record of events with the word ‘Live’ in them, I can’t see this having much effect. But it might help the destitute record industry sell the odd album.


Hello world!


I’ve put off having a blog for some time…as I write every day anyway….

But then I get to put in here what I want to talk about!