‘hardware’ Archive

Don’t Shout At Your Harddrives

5 January 2009 13:46


Now this is more than likely caused by the noise creating vibrations, but, still amusing.

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iPhone 2.0 School Report

31 July 2008 22:51

Overall: Must try harder.

I have an original 2G iPhone and now have a 3G iPhone with work. I’ve been comparing the two and have some initial thoughts on what needs to get sorted.

The signal strength on the 3G phone is worse than the 2G one, but, only with 3G turned on. If you turn 3G off on O2’s UK network the signal strength goes back to full. Also the 3G data speeds are seemingly only slightly faster than EDGE which is a disappointment.

Neither the 2G or 3G phones map “locate me” function works anymore and with the 3G iPhone I can’t any sign that GPS exists at all again with this being one of the key new features and potential sell points for me to upgrade mine, a disappointment.

In both the Settings > Phone menu and the contact list on the 2G phone “My number” is displayed at the top which is quite handy, on the 3G phone there’s no sign of that. It may be something I’ve not setup right but in side by side comparisons of menu’s etc I can’t spot it.

The screen on the 3G is definitely brighter and as reviews suggest slightly more yellow, doesn’t really matter though as I think it looks better. Also the sound quality on the 3G is superior both in ear sound quality and volume and the speaker quality and volume.

Apple are in beta for 2.1 which I hope fixes these niggly things. Locate me not working and crappy 3G pick up could be O2’s fault, but, it could be hardware or software. I’d lean to software and Apple as on the 2G with 1.1.4 locate me worked just fine.

As for MobileMe, well, after by 99 remaining days are up thanks to Apple for 2 lots of extra 30 days, I think I’ll be ditching it. SpanningSync 2.0 is looking like the main contender at the moment.

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iPhone 3G

16 July 2008 9:19

When O2 said limited supply they really weren’t kidding. If Apple seriously did under estimate demand they need to take a look at how they market. Spending a whole month saying, “the one you’ve been waiting for” and “it’s coming, July 11” what did they really think would happen?

Anyway, I’ve got iPhone 2.0 firmware running on my 1st gen iPhone and it’s nice. The apps are cool and the calendar changes along with multiple delete/move in email is really handy. The battery life is less with MobileMe running push hourly.

A couple of good, in depth reviews have now popped up. arstechnica.com and iLounge are the two best I’ve read.

I have to say I’m now not sure about it now. I was all for it, but, will Apple release another one in 6-9 months? Maybe.

Will I upgrade? Watch this space.

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3G iPhone

26 March 2008 8:46

Now the Apple rumour mill is active at the quietest of times but the 3G iPhone stories keep on popping up. Good, cause, I want one (even though I already have a regular one)… anyway the latest story [via] suggests Apple have placed orders for 10M units and they may have OLED screens.

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New Macbook and Macbook Pros

26 February 2008 15:09

Amid the ever entertainment Apple rumour mill so long awaiting updates have today popped out. Updates to the Macbook and Macbook Pros.

Nothing massive really, the screens on the MBP’s perhaps. Specs mainly.

This taken from Apple Gazette.

The Macbook Pro now features the same multi-touch trackpad featured on the Macbook Air, but neither the Macbooks nor the Macbook Pros feature any real significant cosmetic changes. The new MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo technology with up to a 2.6 GHz processor with 6MB of shared L2 cache; up to 4GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory and up to a 300GB hard drive, plus NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with up to 512MB of video memory.

The MacBook lineup comes in three models and includes faster processors and larger hard drives across the line; white 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz models with 120GB or 160GB 5400 rpm hard drives and a black 2.4 GHz model with a 250GB 5400 rpm hard drive, previously only available as an option. The 2.4 GHz MacBook models ship with 2GB of memory standard, expandable up to 4GB across the line.

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iPhone replacement activation

11 January 2008 22:27

Had my iPhone about 2 weeks when through no dropping, hitting or otherwise obvious force the screen cracked. Not the top screen but the underlying layer rendering it useless.

I took it back into the O2 store where I’d got it and showed the manager who said they’d send it off for repair. OK, that’s fine 7-10 working days turn around, not great but at least I’ll get a phone back. 2 working days (plus a weekend) later my replacement iPhone arrives in store.

Once I’d got it home I plugged it in to sync it up and iTunes asked me if I wanted to restore my settings, so, yeah I do. All seems fine, go through an activation process of my mobile number, mac account and email and all is well and I carry on.

Next time I plugged the phone in to sync it I was asked to put my mobile number and mac account etc. After the third or forth time this gets quite annoying. Apple support were 100% useless. I was told the only fix was to reinstall iTunes and that they’d email me details. Twice I rang and twice nothing.

After some googling and trying every option until the last one of choosing the restore option I went for it and I’m pleased to say it worked. It backed up my settings, downloaded the firmware, did it’s thing and restored and activated all fine.

O2 store great, Google great, Apple’s phone support definitely needs some work though.

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14 February 2007 16:12

So after months of slagging Mac’s off and talking myself out of buying one I’ve cracked. My new shiny white Intel Core 2 Duo 2Ghz 2GB RAM Macbook is on it’s way but NOT from Apple… grrr…

I’m very tempted to go on a serious rant about why but suffice to say after 8 approved transactions on my credit card the less said about Apple’s online store and their seaming in ability to do anything about it the better. The lovely people at John Lewis however have my Macbook with the courier and it’ll be on my desk in the morning, and, with a discount voucher was cheaper and quicker and with more warrenty than from Apple in the first place! Considering Apple’s reputation I expected a painless process, it was not to be. Interestingly the credit card company said that Dell and Apple are 2 of the worst online retailers for failed transactions or with transactions that cause problems.

Still use a PC at work and PC at home, but, with Solaris box and a Linux box and now Macbook I’ve got all O/S’s covered 🙂

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10 February 2007 19:12

A new version of Slimserver (6.5.1) has been released along with some new firmware as well.

My weekend mission, amongst others, is to get some more of my mp3 collection into iTunes so I can listen to it all on the Squeezebox.

I started at Z on the albums and am working down. Then have soundtracks, compilations, live, comedy and radio shows to tag up. So far got 14,038 songs (40.6 days, 80.92GB) and reckon I’m coming up to 1/4 of the total size and suspect 1/3 of the tracks. =D

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