Welcome back!

Well it’s been a long time since I posted here. I have been spending too much time on Facebook and Twitter. So I decided to give my personal site a touch up. I have refreshed some images, and confirmed everything is working.

In the next day or so, I will add some more images that I have taken over the years.

I am also debating shuttering TalkTech.info and focusing here. Talktech.info was good for awhile, but I don’t think I want two sites to focus on. So I may also shut my talktech twitter down and focus back on my original twitter feed.

Amazon Auto-Rip : Cheaper then getting the MP3!

Classic FM Hall Of Fame 2014 Amazon.co.uk Music

Classic FM Hall Of Fame 2014 Amazon.co.uk Music

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Why is it that sometimes it is a few pounds cheaper to buy the CD from Amazon and then get the MP3 Auto-Rip’d for you for no extra charge?

Lets take my recent purchase of Classic FM Hall Of Fame 2014

The cost of the CD (at the time of me writing this post) was £7.99.
The cost of the MP3 was £9.49

So in this instance, it is £1.50 cheaper to buy the CD and get instant access to the MP3 downloads for free.

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Don’t get me wrong, this is fantastic for us consumers. I get instant access to the music and then when I get the CD, I can re-rip it into a lossless format of my chosing. I also get the knowledge that I can always listen to the music if Amazon closes down, or my hardrive gets messed up and I loose my already downloaded copy!

 

OMG a LEAK!

Water Droplet

Water Droplet

Yesterday morning I was rudely awoken by a leak in our roof! The heavy rain was making it’s way into our house and onto the landing. On it’s way to the landing it decided to pass through our smoke alarm and has now broken it!

While walking to the scene of the crime, I had visions of buckled ceilings and flooded stairs. Luckily the truth was that there was little internal damage. A Small wet spot on the ceiling and a broken smoke alarm.

One small consolation is that due to the fact I rent the house, it will be somebody else footing the bill the repair the roof and return some normality to the house!

 

Site Design Update!

I heard from several designers that a website design is never finished. In my case that is correct and today brings another new look to my site.

There are various HTML 5 elements at play on this new design. If you look to the right you will see that that background image is flipping between images. If you would like to see them without intruption from the site contents, just click the camera icon on the icon menu and the content will slide away.

Click any icon to go back to the content.

I would like to thank Jo again for her design skills in getting me this new modern look.

A Day at Great Yarmouth

Well what do you know, nice weather on a weekend! So out I go on the train up to Great Yarmouth coastal resort.

Snap a few pictures and enjoy the sun, sea sand and Sangria. Overall a pleasant day out with Jo.

Here are some select shots from the day.

Things have moved on!

Well after a bit of playing around, this site is now back to being about me. Anything technical will now be over on www.talktech.info (Please take a look!).

I will now off and ramble on my site about what is bugging me with the world!

Out with the Old

Well, this theme and website design have served me well for a while now.
But the time has come for something fresh.

A new look is being worked on and with this – a new name and a move.

I finally have a focus for what will and won’t be on the agenda to post/blog about so you will see more focus in my posts in the future. I may even tell you what I am talking about (looking through the history I see posts where I make no reference to what I am discussing).

So this blog will slow turn back into a personal site and my ramblings and help/advice will come afresh!

Come back soon to find the new look @ the new address.

Blog Cleanup

I have decided to go through my blog and clean it up a little and and some new features.

I am now using Facebook connect to allow people to interact with my blog posts. What does this mean to you I hear you all cry (OK – maybe not)? Facebook connect allows you to post comments on my blog under your Facebook account. It also enables faster sharing if you think one of my posts is interesting or useful.

For me – it lets me interact with you on a more one to one level as I will see comments on my Facebook feeds.

So for now – enjoy the added options of interaction. I will be adding some G+ integration soon as well.

 

Three days in.

So I have had this phone for nearly three days now and I must say I love it.

One of my favorite features is swype.
Swype is a method of typing on a phone fast and easily.

This has upped my typing speed massively on the phone.

I have been able to find all the apps and games I could want with little exception.

The phone does feel a lot faster than the iphone and is nicer to hold even though it is bigger.

The oled screen is bright even in sunlight.

It does get got when I play some heavy 3d games but so did the iphone.

So I am very happy with it.

Bye Bye iPhone 4?

On the 22nd of May O2 will offer me an upgrade on my iPhone 4 and I have been looking at the new phones available.

One of the phones I have been looking at is the Brand new Samsung Galaxy S II. This is an Android 2.3 phone and runs a dual core 1.2GHz processor (Faster then the iPhone 4’s Single core 1Ghz processor). It can also take SDHC Memory cards to expand the storage. Oh and the Camera is 8MegaPixels.

So I am torn – should I stick with my iPhone 4 where I have lots of apps I have paid for and just wait for the iPhone 5 as and when – or should I lose all my paid apps – and switch over to an Android phone?

I like the more freedom that you get from Android, but I like that on iPhone’s you have a much more stable App store. The apps I see for Android always seem buggy and due to the massive range of screen differences – some don’t like big screens!

Pros

  • Open architecture
  • Faster
  • Upgradable memory
  • User replaceable batteries
  • Adobe Flash Support

Cons

  • Less stable app store
  • Would lose all the apps I have purchased
  • Would need to spend more money getting the apps again

Well, the pros do outweigh the cons – but still..

WHAT SHOULD I DO?