tech

Good news about the phone

December 22, 2006

I had a message last night that Carphone Warehouse have accepted my claim and that I can go into any branch and pick up my replacement Nokia E61. Yay!! Very pleased about that (although I'll be more pleased when I actually have it in my hands – tend to be a little wary of getting […]

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Just had my phone stolen

December 18, 2006

I think I'm going to give up on mobile phones. My shiny new Nokia E61, which I purchased a mere 19 days ago, just got stolen. I was chatting to a friend on my way to Waitrose, and when I got there I put the phone in my coat pocket and picked up a basket. […]

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WordPress and importing/exporting content

December 17, 2006

Having decided that yes, I am going to look through all my old posts to see if any of them might possibly work in dead tree form, the next thing to do is figure out precisely how to do that. My current preferred methodology is to have a local installation of WordPress on my Macbook, […]

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iFixing my iBook in 15 iSeconds

November 12, 2006

Back in August I had a few problems with my trusty ol' iBook falling asleep on me unexpectedly. After a few false starts, I figured out that it must be the DC-in board – the socket that you plug the charger into had become a little loose and would occasionally short out. I went to […]

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When updates break things

October 26, 2006

I really hate it when software updates break things, particularly when that update is to Firefox and the thing it breaks is the one extension that makes me love Firefox. I've just installed Firefox 2.0, which means I've just discovered that 'extensions' have now become 'add-ons' and that the one extension I loved is not […]

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T-Mobile/Blackberry hidden costs disappointment

October 17, 2006

I was so happy when my Blackberry Pearl arrived this morning that I nearly missed an appointment because I spent so much time figuring it out and playing with it. It's a nice phone – small, lightweight, nice camera, decent interface. But I'm afraid it's going to have to go back to T-Mobile. The reason […]

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It came!

October 17, 2006

My new T-Mobile Blackberry Pearl came this morning, and I have to say, it's gorgeous! Haven't quite figured out how to make the internet work yet, but so far so good. I'll be emailing everyone with my new number soon, but if you think you need it and I don't get in touch, please ping […]

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Please don't try to call me – my mobile's dead

October 11, 2006

Bit of a general notice, this one. My Treo has no officially died, barring some sort of miraculous resurrection when I get home, which I doubt is going to happen. I now have no phone at all, so if you need me, you're going to have to email. I knew that the Treo was on […]

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Oh, the iRony

September 13, 2006

A couple of days ago, I lost all the music from my iPod, very little of which I actually had on my iBook. Kevin needed to get a file off my iPod and plugged it into a PC it hadn't been plugged into before. He grabbed the file and said no to some update requests […]

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My narcoleptic iBook

August 20, 2006

Been having a few problems lately with my iBook, which is now over a year old so out of warranty. Why is it that these things always happen just out of warranty? Anyway, I was very alarmed last week when my Mac suddenly started falling asleep without my shutting it down. It was plugged in […]

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Death of Gmail

June 22, 2006

Gmail, for the last month or two, has started running like a one-legged dog. It no longer runs – it staggers. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, it crawls. There appears to be a permanently unresponsive script running which kills it, no matter which browser I use. Anyone suffering this? A friend of mine suggested that the […]

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Negotiating shared playlists

June 2, 2006

T'Other and I have been living together for nearly three months now, and our single, shared neuron is as happy as ever. We find ourselves in agreement more often than not, but one thing that causes regular contention is the music we play. Music is really important for both of us, but our tastes are […]

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Posting from an QTEK 9100

April 8, 2006

So T`Other`s brother (ooh! that rhymes!) has this really great PDA/phone called a QTEK 9100 or an XDA mini S depending on who`s selling it to you. I've been thinking of getting one of these for a while and now I'm getting to play with one and I have to say that so far I […]

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The pain of dial-up

March 24, 2006

I'd forgotten what it was like. No, really. I'd totally forgotten. You click a link. You wait. The browser pane goes white. You wait. You wait. You wait. The title comes up at the top of the window. The progress bar has hardly moved. You wait. Skeletons of graphics appear, outlining where the images will […]

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Stenography

February 2, 2006

Why don't computers do stenography? Sitting in the Houses of Parliament today, watching the stenographer effortlessly record every word, verbatim, whilst I hurriedly tried to take notes the hard way made me feel deeply inadequate. Why can't I do some sort of chording on a computer? Why can't it tell that if I hit the […]

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