Archive for April, 2008

iPhone UK price cut

April 15, 2008 Leave a comment

News sites are buzzing today with the news that O2 is to drop the price of the 8Gb iPhone by £100 to £169 tomorrow. Mobile Today reports that O2 has confirmed the price cut, to be available on all tariffs. Is this a move to clear out slow moving stock of the lower capacity iPhone, or even make way for the 3G version? Lets see what happens tomorrow.

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Is the Internet really struggling?

April 15, 2008 Leave a comment

If you listen to many ISP’s recently the future of the internet is pretty bleak. ‘Selfish’ p2p users are slowing the service for everyone else, and superfast 20Mbit connections with ‘no boring download limits’ are really hamstrung by speed caps. On top of the virus, spyware and trojan threat the internet might soon just fall over under the ever increasing traffic of Youtube and the countless other video services being unleashed each day.

To get a more honest opinion read the article posted at Ars Technica a couple of days ago. It makes a pleasant change to read an informed and intelligent assessment of what is really happening to internet traffic levels. The summary is that the internet is doing quite well and coping through ongoing upgrades and improvements, but the last mile connections to our homes are in need of upgrading. Our ISP’s control this part of the chain and they don’t seem too keen to spend the money to drag us into the 21st century. When legal video streaming is looking more like the next big thing it’s not going to be a case of if we all need high speed internet, but when.

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April 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Following on from the Wild Animals series last week I have something different again. This time it’s the software apps I would like to see on the iPhone and iPod touch. Starting with Tomtom Navigator, a new one each day for the rest of the week. Leave a comment of you have any requests.

Buy a Hackintosh?

April 14, 2008 3 comments

One of the nice things about blogging with WordPress is seeing incoming links i.e. sites that are linking to posts on this site. One that showed up yesterday was from, from a thread about a company called Psystar. This organisation are selling ready built hackintosh’s from their Florida site, under the title of ‘Openmac’. After a little browsing the site it looks like the computers are supplied with an install disk that I suspect installs the EFI emulation software allowing Leopard to be installed on top. The hardware spec can be customised within the available components and Leopard can be pre-installed. The biggest question is how long will this be available before Apple’s legal team are on the case? I’ve just tried accessing the site for some more info and it’s down, so maybe Apple have already struck. The Wayback machine internet archive doesn’t have any backups of the site from the last year so I’m guessing the Openmac hasn’t been around for long. More news if the site appears again.

UPDATE: The site is now back up, and the ‘Open Mac’ platform has now changed name to ‘Open Computer’. This story was widely reported on a number of sites, but none seem to have any reason for the name change. So did Apple have something to say, or did the exposure suggest caution?

First preview of the HDR-TG3E

April 11, 2008 Leave a comment

I posted a few days ago about the Sony HDR-TG3E, a compact HD camera that showed a lot of potential. The first hands on review I have seen has now been posted at No sample video or photo’s but a video of unboxing and first impressions was posted. Unfortunately it’s hosted on Revver which I can’t add here. Worth reading the review for the comments on picture quality, and I look forward to seeing the first low light samples.

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3G iPhone soon?

April 10, 2008 Leave a comment

The rumours about a 3G iPhone are gathering pace. Wall Street journalist Walt Mossberg predicted it would be available within 60 days, then retracted his comments. Now Engadget has the news that the Ziphone team have found code in the latest iPhone beta 2 software that suggests the 3G iPhone will use the successor to Infineon’s S-GOLD2 which powers the current iPhone. Offering 7.2Mbps HSDPA and support for up to 5 megapixel cameras this would certainly up the spec quite a bit. I’m happy at the moment with my iPod touch but a 3G iPhone would certainly be tempting, especially if the ease of jailbreaking and unlocking continues.

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Multi OS comparison by opinions

April 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Not quite as objective as my recent comparison of Linux/Mac OS/XP/Vista, Computerworld has a piece titled ‘OS Smackdown: Linux vs. Mac OS X vs. Windows Vista vs. Windows XP’. There’s no numbers involved, just the opinions of four computer journalists. It’s an interesting read if only for the way some of the writers manipulate or ignore the facts about the other operating systems.

Leopard vs XP vs Vista vs Linux part 1

Leopard vs XP vs Vista vs Linux part 2

Modular Windows

April 8, 2008 Leave a comment

When details of the next version of Microsoft Windows first started appearing, there was much talk of it being a lot more modular in nature. There were even Microsoft demo’s’ of a bare bones ‘MinWin’ that removed the many layers of Vista and gave a fast and compact core that used 40Mb or Ram and 25Mb of disk space. For once it sounded like Microsoft’s engineers were leading the development of Windows 7 instead of the marketing teams.

Unfortunately thing don’t seem to be going the way I had hoped. Arstechnica has an article titled ‘Why modular Windows will suck for Microsoft and suck for you’ that makes a good argument for why it’s not a good idea. It’s all about the way in which Windows will become modular, using software or services that are bought individually or subscribed to. If you want the full Windows package you end up paying more for it, or users who want to strip out the bits they don’t use could get a cheaper deal. Read more…

Retreat of the copyright Police?

April 6, 2008 Leave a comment

A few days can make a big difference in the news. I was away from home for several days this week on a work training course (hence the lack of updates). Before leaving I wrote a piece about The BPI working with ISP’s to implement the ‘three strikes’ rule to ban sharers of copyrighted material. Since returning home I have read several news pieces that show the situation to be getting a lot more interesting. Read more…

Sony unveils compact HD handycam

April 5, 2008 1 comment

Sony has unveiled the HDR-TG3E, which it claims is the world’s smallest and lightest 1920 HD camcorder available. Measuring 33 x 119 x 63mm it certainly compact, and the titanium body should help it to withstand scratching. The Memory Stick Pro Duo is as usual Sony’s storage medium of choice, and a 4GB stick is supplied. Four Megapixel stills are captured as well as the HD video, and it appears to use the AVCHD format including 5.1 surround sound. The 2.7in LCD touchscreen should make it easy to use, and an optional GPS unit will allow geotagging.

This stunner will be available Stateside from next month for around $900, with no word yet on the European launch date or price. I’m looking forward to the reviews to see how the low light performance compares to my sadly lacking Sanyo Xacti HD2.

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