This is all kinds of amazing!
I think Lex Friedman echoes my thoughts perfectly in his article here.
This is still the most inspirational speech I’ve ever heard, and if you have a spare 15 minutes, it’s most definitely time well spent.
Written on my iPad.
Ok, so this isn’t new, but my brother recently directed me to this video and I just had to stick it up here. At first, it’s just kinda cool and a bit funny, but as the video goes on I just found myself grinning from ear to ear, with a few ‘woah!’s thrown in. It was first thing in the morning when I saw it, and it totally set me up for a great day.
“14 months in the making, 42 countries, and a cast of thousands.”
I came across this video as a link from a story on the BBC News site. It’s a cover of the current UK No. 1 single by Taio Cruz – Break Your Heart. I much prefer this cover to the original. I think I might have to check out some more of this bands work. The singer has a great sounding voice.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a rant about something on here, but this one has been bubbling for a long time.
I’ve read several articles over the last few months relating to how Apple always seem to be ‘working’ with record labels and movie distributors to improve sales of albums and movies on the iTunes store. Most recently is the news that they may be looking to include better ‘digital booklets’, or some kind of ‘interactive digital booklet’. Now, dont get me wrong, I like iTunes. I regularly buy my music from iTunes, but mostly, it’s just singles, or the odd specially-priced EP. Sometimes even a music video. I’ve not bought a single movie or music album from the iTunes store. I also know that I’m not alone with this. There’s a very good reason I don’t buy movies or music albums for download, and one that Apple (and the record companies/movie studios) seem to be ignoring.
As an example, let’s look at the top 5 albums currently in the iTunes music store:
1. Now That’s What I Call Music!, Vol 73 – Various Artists
iTunes Price: £16.99
CDWOW CD Price: £ 10.99
2. iTunes Price:Lungs – Florence & The Machine
iTunes Price: £7.99
CDWOW CD Price: £6.99 Continue reading
It really irritates me how some applications will ‘steal’ ownership of certain file types on my Mac. The biggest issue I have with this is with images. More often than not, I just want to open an image in Preview to take a quick look at it. I expect that when I double-click on an image file, it will quickly open in Preview. On several occasions, Adobe Photoshop has taken it upon itself to assign itself as the default application for many image types that Photoshop supports (.png, .jpg, etc). If you’re a Photoshop user, you’ll know that it’s not a quick application to start up.
In Microsoft Windows, you can right-click and select ‘Open with’, choose the relevant application and check the box for ‘Always use the selected program to open this kind of file’. This has pretty much always worked for me. Mac OS X has a similar right-click option, but this doesn’t always seem to work system-wide, as you might expect.
In order to make this change system-wide, you need to take a different approach. Right-click on the file you wish to always open in a particular program (the .png file in my case), and select ‘Get Info’. There is a section in the pane that opens for ‘Open with:’, and the ‘rogue’ application should be selected. Choose the required application (‘Preview’ in my case) from the pull-down list, and select the ‘Change All’ button. Confirm that you wish to make this change to all files.
Now when I double-click any .png file, it immediately springs open in Preview, and doesn’t try to launch Photoshop instead.
I’m pretty sure it’s the same procedure for Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) too.
As can probably be seen from the design of my site, and some past updates, I adore the new Fiat 500. It’s such a fantastic little car. Excellent to drive, extremely economical, and doesn’t cost the Earth to own. Over the past year, I’ve been a regular visitor and poster on the popular FIAT Forum website.
A couple of days ago, one of the other regulars on the site (who is also one of the organisers of the brilliant Isle of Wight Fiat 500 Fun Run) posted a link to the following YouTube video, which I just had to pass on:
If you missed it, the train is completely full (about 39 carriages!) of Fiat Panda’s and Fiat 500′s, as it’s leaving (if I read Google’s translation correctly) Stacja Ostrów Wielkopolski (Ostrow Station) making its way north across Poland, about 240km from Tychy (where the cars are assembled).
When I bought my iMac almost three years ago, I decided to upgrade my printer at the same time and take advantage of the Apple printer rebate offer. So I went for the more-than-I’d-usually-spend £160 Epson Stylus Photo RX640 All-In-One Printer, Scanner, Copier. With the £60 rebate, this made it £100, which was a bargain for a printer of this specification at the time. Although I didn’t have a particular use for the feature, I quite liked the idea of the advertised bluetooth connectivity. I know the range of bluetooth isn’t as good, but WiFi home inkjet printers were few and far between at the time, and using a USB print server would have left me unable to use the scanner function.
So the printer arrived, I got my rebate, and it has served me brilliantly over the last few years. I really can’t fault it. However, I was really quite baffled when I originally set it up as to how I enable the bluetooth connectivity. I found out shortly afterwards, that there was no bluetooth connectivity…at least not built-in. To enable the bluetooth functions, you have to purchase the optional Epson USB Bluetooth Adapter! This was a small-print item on the original product brochure, that I’d annoyingly overlooked, but what a swizz!! Feeling slightly misled after spending £160 on the printer, I was in no hurry to be spending yet more money on a bluetooth adapter for it.
I’ve recently had more and more need to be able to print to my printer whilst my iMac has been turned off. It’s such a pain having to wait for it to boot up, just to print a document from my laptop. So I decided to look into purchasing (begrudgingly) the Epson USB Bluetooth Adapter. Continue reading
I recently took part in a Fiat 500 Fun Run. I haven’t taken part in one of these kinds of events since I was really young, so I couldn’t quite remember how it would turn out. The event mainly involved following a set of clues, which would lead you around the picturesque roads of the Isle of Wight. All done, of course, in a Fiat 500! All of the cars then assembled at the endpoint, which was an excellent sight.
As I bought myself a Fiat 500 last year from the dealer that organised the event (Harwoods), I was invited along, although the event was open to all Fiat 500 owners. It was even attended by a couple of original Fiat 500′s. I’ve uploaded a few photos from the day in the ‘Photos’ section. More photos to come soon.
It was absolutely fantastic event, superbly organised, and as our team won, it was even better! ;o)
In an earlier post, I mentioned that Hotmail was now able to be configured in the iPhone’s Mail application, using POP3 access, directly to the MSN Live Hotmail service. No 3rd party tools required. No Hotmail Plus required.
After adding my Hotmail account to my iPhone, I dug into the settings to find out what the server details are. These should then be able to be used with any POP client:
Password: your hotmail password
Use SSL, port 995
If the option is available, ensure ‘delete messages from server’ is disabled.
Password: your hotmail password
Use SSL, port 587