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Sony SGPCV5 Cover for Xperia Tablet Z

Now you have a lovely looking, and pricey, Xperia Table Z you’ll be looking at a case to protect it. There are various available but the one that caught my eye was the official version from Sony. The official versions of accessories are often the best and, let’s be honest, Sony produce some cracking quality stuff. The one down side – the price. Nearly £50. For a case.

Anyway, I bought it anyway. You have to pay to get quality, and all that.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z

After returning my Nexus 7 when a fault developed I re-considered its replacement. The Nexus 7, don’t get me wrong, is excellent but I was wondering if the size was right. With a 5″ phone there wasn’t a huge difference between them, so I wondered if a more substantial 10″ tablet would be better.

Naturally, I looked at the Nexus 10. A great tablet, but in need of an update. I waited for the last few months of 2013 with expectations that an update was due and nothing happened. So, with recommendation from a friend, I started looking at the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Originally more costly that the Nexus 10 it was, at the time, less. And with a Sony PlayStation 4 and the intention of buying a Sony Bravia TV, a matching tablet would be beneficial I was told as the Sony would offer all sorts of pairing options with, particularly, the TV.

So I went for it. And without wanting to jump to the conclusion straight away, it was the best decision.

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Look what I've got!

Driving home today and I noticed something at the top of my phone… it’s on 4G! I have a Nexus 5 with a cheap Three SIM. No settings changed, no extra paid for the privilege – you just get it. Nice.

4G

Installing SVNx on OS X Mountain Lion & Mavericks

On Windows I use TortoiseSVN for my SVN needs – and those needs are light. I use it for uploading WordPress plugins to their repository and nothing else. I’m therefore not interested in learning the ins-and-outs of subversion, but simply how to update my plugin files. TortoiseSVN is perfect for this with its drag-and-drop interface.

Sadly, finding a free, similar solution for OS X has been more difficult.

After trying a number of solutions I settled on SVNx. However, installing it is not quite as simple as you may first think as it requires you to have SVN installed, something which no longer comes as part of OS X after Mountain Lion. Also, if you’re not familiar with editing in Terminal, etc, then this isn’t going to be an easy ride. None-the-less, I fathomed it in the end.

There are a number of places where you can get SVN, but I chose WANdisco. Download it and install – SVN will install at /opt/subversion/bin. You will now need to update the file .profile with this path…

  • Open Terminal
  • Type open .profile. If it reports that no such file exists, first type touch .profile, followed by Enter. This will create a .profile. Now type the open command again.
  • Add to .profile export PATH=/opt/subversion/bin:$PATH and save it.

Now, download and install SVNx. When you launch it, head to preferences and provide the above SVN path in the field “Path to svn binaries folder”, as per the screenshot below…

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V7 Vertical Mobile Sling Bag

The V7 Vertical Mobile Sling Bag is a low-priced shoulder bag for holding a tablet and/or slimline laptop, up to 10.1″ in size. Technically, it’s designed to hold just one but I was able to place two tablets (or equivalents) within it. I was also able to easily put in a 10.1″ tablet with attached keyboard.

The interior is a grey, soft material with one of the compartments padded. Another compartment next to it is of equal size, with a half-size pocket within it. A zip closes off the top with a two-thirds height flap going over the top and Velcroing to the front. It’s not technically waterproof but I’d trust it in the rain a lot more than other bags I’ve used.

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