Category: Review

HTC Hero – my early thoughts 0

HTC Hero – my early thoughts

I’ve now had my HTC Hero (AKA T-Mobile G2 Touch) since yesterday, so thought I’d give an update on my initial impressions and thoughts. There were a few initial issues but these were all related to my network provider, rather than the fault of the phone – my data connection didn’t work (T-Mobile had to resend my settings) and I couldn’t access the Android Marketplace (this is because it may contain content for over 18’s so you have to override...

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BBC iPlayer on Nintendo Wii

Last night, or rather at midnight, the BBC iPlayer channel was released for the Nintendo Wii. The iPlayer has been usable in the past using the Opera-powered browser channel, but has been of limited quality and, well, not very easy to use. Now we have a very specific channel just for iPlayer. And it’s been a long time coming – the BBC have been talking about it for a year and a half. However, I can only assume they’ve spent...

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Sony VAIO VGF-CP1 Photo Frame

My bargain of a photo frame turned up last week, and it’s a corker. The frame is very square in appearance with a clear plastic section at the bottom. This contains status lights and the whole section can glow blue1. Unlike other frames there is no bevel between the screen and the surrounding frame, which makes it look like a single piece. Indeed the screen quality is so good, it looks like a printed photo stuck to the front of...

More TomTom Customer Service Problems 0

More TomTom Customer Service Problems

Hmmm, TomTom service is certainly not appearing to be up-to-scratch. I mentioned it before, and it now appears to be worse that I suspected. A few weeks ago I came across a problem with my TomTom Go and its voice control system – when navigating to an address, it displays a list of possibilities on the screen and you state the number. It correctly identifies this number but then appears to plot a route to a different address. If you...

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TomTom Customer Service

Believe it or not, I’ve been working for my current employer for 20 years1. Loyalty like that is a rarity these days (or could I just not find anything better elsewhere)? Anyway, they’ve given up on handing out watches and simply give out gift vouchers instead (although a generous amount, I should add). I’d been thinking for a while of replacing my aging TomTom One v2 – I was attracted to the larger screens and IQ routes features on more...

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Mozilla Weave

I’ve been a fan for sometime of Xmarks (aka Foxmarks), which allows you to synchronise your bookmarks and, more recently, your passwords across different computers. I use it exclusively on Firefox but it is also compatible with other browsers as well. However, I’m a little bit excited by Mozilla Weave – this is Mozilla’s version of, well, the same idea. It’s Open Source though and currently available as a Beta release. For this reason I haven’t replaced XMarks with it,...

Software reviews and how not to request them! 14

Software reviews and how not to request them!

Now, I don’t mind being asked to review products – indeed I positively ask for it. However, as it’s a free service, I would at least expect a little bit of effort from those making the request. So, step forward Digiarty Software, who asked me to review their two latest products – a free iPod media converter and a free DVD to iPod ripper. Which would be good, if I actually owned an iPod. Besides, the email missed one essential...

Registering programs with the Open With dialog 0

Registering programs with the Open With dialog

When you right-click a file and choose “Open With“, and click the “Choose Program…” option, the list of registered applications are displayed in the Open With dialogue. Programs that are not already listed in the Open With dialogue can be added manually using the “Browse…” option. However, in some cases, I find that when you browse to locate an application, it does not get added to the Open With dialogue. This happened to me earlier after updating an application –...

Terminator Salvation 0

Terminator Salvation

I got the chance to see this film yesterday and, after reading many positive reviews, I was expecting good things. In the end, however, I felt it was just, erm, average. The storyline is set after Judgement Day when Skynet is already in control and the older John Connor (played by Christian Bale) is plotting against the machines. He learns that a teenage Kyle Reese (his future, or rather past, father) is the number one target of Skynet, whilst the...

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3 PAYG Mobile Broadband

Back on the 24th I mentioned an excellent offer on 3 mobile broadband. Well, I ordered the broadband “dongle” on the 22nd and it turned up on the 30th. The packaging is small but contains everything you might need, including the USB device (which can also house a micro SD card so that you can it for storage as well) and SIM card. The instructions come in a number of small leaflets and individual sheets – probably to save money...

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