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Roaming. Why is it such a ripoff?

August 28, 2014

Before I get into it, I get that Telco infrastructure is expensive. All those towers and cables and spectrum licenses and staying ahead of the technology curve doesn’t come cheap. However a lot of that is their own fault. Refusing to share infrastructure and trying to push proprietary technology to create customer lock-in and creating more and more complex plans to lock consumers in just makes the problems worse. (more…)

Jabra BT800: just keeps on getting better

December 13, 2005

So far I’m very pleased with my Jabra BT800… makes life a lot more comfortable with the cellphone.It’s good to see that Jabra continue to support users with the new v0032 firmware update which adds a few improvements;Faster audio transfer for Sony Ericsson phones Faster speech channel handling – the call is transferred to the headset faster Faster reaction on Key-presses during incoming call

Jabra BT800: just keeps on getting better

December 13, 2005

Jabra BT800 headsetSo far I’m very pleased with my Jabra BT800… makes life a lot more comfortable with the cellphone.

It’s good to see that Jabra continue to support users with the new v0032 firmware update which adds a few improvements;

  • Faster audio transfer for Sony Ericsson phones
  • Faster speech channel handling – the call is transferred to the headset faster
  • Faster reaction on Key-presses during incoming call
  • The missing international prefix “+” is displayed in your caller list thus allowing you to dial out from your Jabra BT800

The upgrade is very simple – I wish other firmware fixes where as easy to apply, and makes use of the charging USB cable (but make sure you don’t loose the little stylus or pushing the rest button can be a bit tricky!)

Still no caller-id from my SE T610 … but then again, that’s running firmware that’s over 2 years old (but unlike the headset isn’t a user upgrade and not worth the pain and cost of a Sony service fee)

Spring Clean the Laptop – Part II

November 17, 2005

The saga that began with a need to reinstall my laptop has progressed quite nicely, and I’m very happy with the results.My backups didn’t fail me, and my ability to track down old software CDs and serial numbers hasn’t been compromised by the house move between getting the current machine and now.One thing I did forget to backup was a lot of the samed passwords in IE for various websites. Luckily

Spring Clean the Laptop – Part II

November 17, 2005

The saga that began with a need to reinstall my laptop has progressed quite nicely, and I’m very happy with the results.

My backups didn’t fail me, and my ability to track down old software CDs and serial numbers hasn’t been compromised by the house move between getting the current machine and now.

One thing I did forget to backup was a lot of the samed passwords in IE for various websites. Luckily most of the really important ones I manage through eWise so as long as I don’t loose the USB key with the important data on I’m okay!

One of the nicer aspects of the rebuild is that the machine is running really well again. No demo versions of anything or partly uninstalled trialware to slow things down. I did celebrate with an upgrade to Macromedia Studio 8 which negated the need for a couple of little utilities I used to have lying around.

On the whole it’s gone well. So far I’ve not come across any problems with lost data or apps, and it has made me think about what I actually need as a bare-bones install and what I like to add for a comfort fit.

Now I’ve just got to decide if I want to repeat the process on the PowerBook and the Desktop machine….

Big Brother 2006 – Applications

November 16, 2005

Once again the Big Brother roadshow is underway. Similar process to 2005… there will be a roadshow and then the process of whittling the applicants down to the housemates we get to know.The site is back and ticking over nicely. The front end is showing it’s initial simple face at the moment, but all the cool applications stuff is sitting there waiting to spring into life.As usual the core is

Big Brother 2006 – Applications

November 16, 2005

Once again the Big Brother roadshow is underway. Similar process to 2005… there will be a roadshow and then the process of whittling the applicants down to the housemates we get to know.

The site is back and ticking over nicely. The front end is showing it’s initial simple face at the moment, but all the cool applications stuff is sitting there waiting to spring into life.

As usual the core is Classic ASP (with a big shiny SQL database lurking in the background)… but I have sneaked in some beginnings of a migration to ASP.NET. Means there is some duplication of common include files but no great shakes.

Now on to planning the main site….

Beltane Trinity Craftings

November 14, 2005

Finally I’ve got around to fixing up the site for Beltane Trinity Craftings. It’s very early stages… a lot of content needs adding and some tweaking of the design (first website this designer has done) and page templates but it was a fun ASP.NET build.The whole thing took a day from getting the assets to launch (hosted as usual with HostingShop who do a great job).Behind the scenes is a simple

Beltane Trinity Craftings

November 14, 2005

Finally I’ve got around to fixing up the site for Beltane Trinity Craftings. It’s very early stages… a lot of content needs adding and some tweaking of the design (first website this designer has done) and page templates but it was a fun ASP.NET build.

The whole thing took a day from getting the assets to launch (hosted as usual with HostingShop who do a great job).

Behind the scenes is a simple content management system (CMS) which allows the publisher to edit the copy for the pages, upload and tag images and manage classifications. It made good use of the ASP.NET Image Upload and Resizer code that I already had and a great Captcha sample but the rest was pretty much built from scratch – it’s theraputic !

Worried about the SonyBMG rootkit ?

November 12, 2005

If you’re worried about the impact of the SonyBMG rootkit exposing you to trojans on your PC check out AnyDVD from Slysoft – allows you to not install the rootkit and still play the CD ;)Also check out Rootkit Revealer to see if you’re already ‘infected’.OSX users are also affected by SonyBMGs actionsSonyBMG are already under legal attack thanks to their actions. Meantime why don’t we just vote