Google releases Google Calendar

April 16, 2006

Google has just released Google Calendar. Finally! Check it out in all it's web 2.0 goodness.


Windows XP on a Macbook Pro

April 12, 2006

Well it's happened. I think i felt a little sick whilst doing it but, i've installed XP on my Macbook Pro using Apple's Bootcamp

One thing which i'm reasured about is that Windows XP can't read HFS+ which means that it's not going to be doing any writing to my Mac OS X Partition. Nice. 🙂

First impressions of the Macbook Pro

March 30, 2006

I've been using this for a couple of days now and i have to say it's pretty fantastic. It was a good decision by Apple to move to Intel, i have to say. 

On first boot i noticed a bit of laggyness with the keyboard and trackpad. I'd hoped that i'd not been sent a duffer. It's working totally fine now so i recon it was probably something to do with spotlight indexing or something similar which needed to be setup by the os.  

A little feature which i'd not read about anywhere but which kept me guessing for a couple of mins was the 'sleep' led lighting when the screen is off. I know this to be a feature of the cinema display but for some reason when i saw it on the Macbook it indicated to me it was asleep. After some poking in the control panels trying to figure out why it was sleeping when i'd told it not to, i reaslised why it was doing it. When the screen goes off it will display the led constantly rather then pulsating as when asleep. Neat little feature to show your lappy is still on. Nice.

More to come as I find it… 

Macbook Pro (Part 2)

March 28, 2006

Well it's arrived. Unfortunately it's in Leeds and i'm in London. Grrr….

My Macbook Pro

March 25, 2006

Ok, it’s no secret, i love Apple. I love everything about them. All the products they make are truly amazing. It’s great watching Microsoft playing catchup all the time. This time they have excelled themselves!

I saw the specs on the new Macbook Pro and decided i wanted one. Went on the search for a buyer for my 1.33 15″ Powerbook G4 and called Apple to order one. Now i’d heard many reports of the lead time on these and the many delays people were having in getting hold of them. Fair enough, i’m not that desperate we’ll just see what happens.

The story begins with a call to the UK Apple Store. Ended up through to a really helpful sales assistant called Maxime. Reeled off the spec I wanted to check it was available, turned out it was. I was asked if i wanted to make the order which resulted in my standard response… “I’ll just order it from the website”. “But i can do it cheaper!”. What? Am i missing something? The Apple Store telephone dept can do it cheaper than the Apple store Website! Ok, how much cheaper? We suffice it to say, it was a very tempting offer, which i happily obliged. This bad boy is on order.

Now I check out the status of my order on a regular basis, hoping my some long shot it would be shipped some time sooner than the estimated 21st April. I wasn’t holding out much hope but you never know. My order was placed 4 days ago and i’ve just received an email telling me that it’s shipped!!! Come ON!

Bring on the 2.0Ghz Core Duo, 100gb, 1gb ram!

Planet Earth

March 12, 2006

I’ve just been having a snoop on the BBC website trying to find info about the new Planet Earth Series, looks excellent.

They have a cool little flash app where you can explore and pull up video content on a particular area.

Nice but i recon a tie into Google Earth with BBC content just like the National Geographic does would have been better. I’m not saying that it’s not fantastic but i’m all for open sharing, would probably have pushed all the Google Earth users at the BBC too. Anyway check it out!

Busy Week

March 11, 2006

Man how busy has it been this week! First the BBC Innovation Labs from Monday to Friday then to the wedding of Dan and V (to which i was one of the official unofficial photographers for the event) and subsequent reception (Mmm stuffed with honey roasted lamb and profiteroles from Rudding Park Hotel). I’ll be writing a much more detailed entry about the BBC Labs but for those who can’t wait check out my flickr for some pics of the event.

Firefox and Google Firefox extensions

March 10, 2006

I know i’m probably a bit late to the firefox party, i just can’t get myself over the “I’m an Apple user, therefore i must use safari”. Anyway, i’m trying it out OK? Now i’ve just discovered the most amazingly cool thing i’ve seen in a long time. From Google Labs we have the Google Firefox Extensions and most notably the Web Comments plugin. Now whenever i visit a page on the web i get a little popup letting me know about pages linking to this page. Now i know that technorati has the functionality but it’s different when it’s just there all the time. Thanks Google!

Google Pages

February 23, 2006

It seems that google have done it once again. Google Pages has just been released. “Google Page Creator is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.” google. It’s not quite Apple’s iWeb but once again google just make it happen.

Coldplay [extra]

February 16, 2006

Ok i guess i should have checked out the website rather than just jumping to conclusions. It appears that they are NOT splitting up or quitting. Their world tour finishes in july 2006 then they will continue to work on new stuff. Phew, that was a close one 😉