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An Introduction Of Sorts…

• Introduction • Comments Off started originally in December 2007 as an outlet for my ranting and to showcase my occasional artistic endeavours. Over the course of time, it has evolved into something of an infrequent Tech-Blog with a dash of Pop Culture reference for good measure.
My interest in aspects of technology has led me to read A LOT about the subject and given me a unique viewpoint to throw my own two cents into the equation.

I must stress that the opinions expressed in this Blog are mine and mine alone.

I will occasionally re-post articles which I find of interest, and these will be cited as such.

Here is my contribution to the Web will continue as my Tech and General Interest blog. will continue to showcase my original artwork and Photography.

Please feel free to drop by every now and then and check out what I’ve been doing and thinking.

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Hubble Telescope Takes A Bad Picture

Mar 27th, 2014 • Photography • No Comments »

A piece of art? A time-lapse photo? A flickering light show? At first glance, this image looks nothing like the images that we are used to seeing from Hubble. The distinctive splashes of colour must surely be a piece of modern art, or an example of the photographic technique of “light painting”. Or, could they be the trademark tracks of electrically charged particles in a bubble chamber? On a space theme, how about a time-lapse of the paths of orbiting satellites?

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iPhone Almost Never Happened

Mar 26th, 2014 • News • No Comments »

Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie has revealed a number of details about the birth of the iPhone to the Wall Street Journal.

Christie and his team were struggling with the original iPhone’s software when Apple co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs told the group it had two weeks to figure it out, or it would lose the project to another team.

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Metro Stations Planned To Be Creative Oases

Feb 23rd, 2014 • Arty • No Comments »

A really clever use of abandoned space is being planned in Paris. What were abandoned, dirty, hot, claustophobic Metro stations are now planned to become clean, open and tranquil spaces.

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Centuries-Old Instrument Sounds Like Mario

Feb 23rd, 2014 • Music • No Comments »

Listen to this young girl playing her sheng, a Chinese instrument invented thousands of years ago. The woodwind may be ancient, but the sound is pure 1980s nostalgia—it’s the Super Mario Brothers theme, right down to the sounds of Mario collecting coins and mushrooms. Amazing!

Music was a big part of the old school Nintendo experience, and it’s eerie how the notes coming out of an instrument you probably never heard of sound so shockingly familiar. This young musician has certainly put in a ton of practice—clearly, all those hours playing Super Mario have paid off.

Source: [YouTube via TastefullyOffensive]

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WhatsApp + Facebook = ?

Feb 20th, 2014 • App • No Comments »

I suppose it was inevitable that an App as successful as WhatsApp would eventually attract some attention from one of the big boys. Mark Zuckerburg last night announced that Facebook would be purchasing WhatsApp for a cool $9.5 Billion. Not bad for two developers who left Yahoo to follow their own direction. To be fair to them they left it a long time to sell out; only recently adding a subs charge once a user had trialled WhatsApp for 12 months – pretty reasonable really.

The big question now is what exactly Facebook plan on doing with WhatsApp. Do they continue the current business model, or do they incorporate it into the Facebook App and leach off the juicy info that gets passed through the WhatsApp servers every day from the 400 million+ active users – for marketing purposes of course.

I’m sure we’ll find out eventually, but in the mean time I hope Jim and Brian enjoy the fruits of their success.

Source: [WhatsApp Blog]

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Catch Up TV Services Propose Joint TV App

Feb 12th, 2014 • Technology • No Comments »

BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD are banding together into one smart TV app to rule them all: Freeview Connect. And the new smart TV standard could cut YouView out of the loop.

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First Usage of F-Word in English Text – 1528!

Feb 11th, 2014 • Arty • No Comments »

A dissatisfied 1528 Monk expressing his displeasure at an Abbot in the margins of a guide to moral conduct.

He wrote, “O D fuckin abbot.”

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SmartWatch Alternative – The HTC Mini+

Feb 9th, 2014 • News • No Comments »

With the world of Smart Watches heralding the possible future of mobile devices, some manufacturers in the research and development of such devices are trying some interesting alternatives.

The HTC Mini+ follows in this endeavor, using Bluetooth to field calls, view texts and e-mails, and trigger your a HTC phone’s camera from a distance.

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Sony Leave the Laptop/PC Marketplace

Feb 7th, 2014 • News • No Comments »

Sony abandoned the PC market on Thursday. The Vaio has been an expensive and sometimes lower-than-average spec for many years now; and with the massive increase in tablet sales and the obvious move towards Android for Sony, it makes sense for them to dump the Windows platform and move full-time into mobile devices.

The concern is now focused on their TV market. Again, Sony have been struggling – due to higher prices in a marketplace where specs are met by other manufacturers at lower prices. The Smart TV market is huge but with manufacturers merely linking to digital vendors like Netflix and having to pay big bucks for the privilage, the end result is a lower profit margin.

Source: [Wired]

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Vertical Video Syndrome Cure

Jan 23rd, 2014 • App • No Comments »

Finally there seems to be a cure for the longstanding disease VVS – or Vertical Video Syndrome to give it it’s full title.

VVS has been a constant reminder of the simple design flaw of all smartphones since phones first figured out how to be smart.

It is highlighted by the one difference between TVs/Monitors and phone screens – an incompatibility if you like – portrait vs landscape.

The human face is designed for landscape video – our eyes are next to each other instead of one above the other. This means that portrait videos are not easy to watch and hold less information to hold a viewers’ attention.

Giving the masses a recording tool without the proper training has been the main cause of millions of hours of footage being uploaded to YouTube and other popular media sharing sites which for some are unwatchable and for many totally irritating to the point if insanity.

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