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Tech: Apple’s Original Genius Steve Jobs Has Died

Posted in News, Tech, Thoughts with tags , , , on October 6, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

Not a lot to be said here. I’ll leave it to Apple.

Thanks, Steve, for making our daily interactions with technology that much more enjoyable and for changing the world the tiniest bit for the better. Few of us will ever get that opportunity. You will be missed.

Sent from my MacBook.

Sources: Apple

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Tech: iPhone 4S – Brilliant Or Bogus?

Posted in News, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 4, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

It was always going to be this way, wasn’t it? Apple was never going to radically redesign the iPhone, not a year (or so) after the release of the iPhone 4. That would prove that maybe, possibly, Apple were wrong. Apple is never wrong. So, here we are with the iPhone 4S.

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Tech: It’s Official – iPhone Event Planned For October 4th

Posted in News, Tech, Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

The invites have gone out, the speculation is true – Apple want’s to talk to us about the iPhone on October 4th.

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Tech: iPhone 5 To Be Announced On October 4th?

Posted in News, Tech with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

I try not to deal in rumour usually, but when it comes any of Apple’s products it’s hard not to.

All Things Digital is reporting that the next Apple event is due on October 4th Continue reading

Tech: Wanna Make Yourself Just That Little More Muggable?

Posted in News, Tech with tags , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

Then what you need is one of these –

A UK-based company, iPatch, are offering to modify your iPhone 4 and add a little glowing Apple logo Continue reading

Tech: iPhone 5 – The thoughts of a lazy uninformed geek

Posted in Tech with tags , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2011 by Bjorn Grainger

I say uniformed, I think my opinion is just as valid as your average analyst who’s paid for this sort of thing. The truth is we all know next to nothing. How different it was a year ago…

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Fun times with consumer electronics!

Posted in Games, Tech with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2007 by Bjorn Grainger

(This blog was originally written on Myspace)

Way back in january, within minutes of Apple CEO Steve Jobs coming off stage after revealing the iPhone, I ordered myself the two other products that Mr Jobs had announced but had gotten lost in all iPhone hype – Apple’s new Wi-Fi base station and Apple TV. Both were due for release in february, but that didn’t happen and I kinda forgot aboot them until, when enjoying myself in London (which is another blog for another time), I got a dispatch mail telling me they were on the way.

Anyway, they finally arrived on Tuesday. I set up my Wi-Fi first, as you need it to work with Apple TV. It was incredibly easy,all up and running within five minutes. This is one of the reasons why i love Apple, they make things so simple. Now I’m able to thrash people all over the world at Mario Kart on my Nintendo DS and i can surf the web free of charge on my mobile phone. Out in the garden, away from my computer, obviously.

With my Wi-Fi up and running, I went to plug in my Apple TV. Back when I ordered it I didn’t look to closely to see if it was compatible with my television and surround sound system, assuming that it was. Turns out that was a mistake. I checked the back of DVD player/home theatre for the right sockets. Nothing. Never mind, I thought, my TV will have them. No. No, it didn’t. Shit. Initially, thoughts of a two hundred quid paper weight crossed my mind, but thanks to eBay, I found a scart converter to solve my problem. I would just have to wait for it to arrive before getting my Apple TV experience.

If more evidence of my impulsiveness and complete lack of self-control with money was needed, check this – Disappointed that my surround sound system didn’t have right sockets and reasoning to myself that it was a bit long in the tooth now (I have had it five years), i bought a brand new Sony one. Yes, I know. I need help.

It arrived on the thursday, and the moment I lugged that heavy box up to my room I regretted it. Those of you who have been lucky enough to enter my inner sanctum know how chaotic it is at the best of times. I have a large section of wall covered by videos, DVDs, and CDs and magazines piled everywhere. All this needed to be taken out so I could pull up the wires to my old surround sound system (which, rather cleverly I thought at the time, I’d threaded under my carpet) and lay the new ones. It took FOREVER. I took the opportunity to clear out some of the rubbish in my room. I mean, do I REALLY need copies of Time Out dating back to august of last year?

Eventually, with a shift at work sandwiched in-between, i finished the set up of my fancy new home theatre and put all the magazines, CDs, and DVDs back in their place. At last, I was ready to enjoy my new toy. Well, that was until, firstly, there was no picture (solved by the ol’ classic of turning the plug off and on again), then by a lack of surround sound (I’d put the orangey yellow lead in the yellow socket, not the orangey yellow socket). FINALLY I’d finished.

So, on saturday the lil’ scart connector I bought from eBay came and I could now set up my Apple TV. I connected it to my TV and sound system, and fixed in the electrical lead. It felt a bit loose, but I didn’t think much of it. I plugged it in, switched it on and nothing. I reached around thinking the power cord had come loose and pushed it in. BUZZ! SPARK! Okay, that’s not good, I thought. Most people when faced with sparking electrical shorts would turn off the power and leave well alone. Not I. I gave it another go, just in case. BUZZ! SPARK! Even i draw the line when end of the lead glows white with sparky electrical badness.

Yup, i got myself some of that there faulty electronic goods. I went on the Apple website who said I should call Apple Care. I did, and it wasn’t such a bad experience. Okay, it took twenty-five minutes and I was on hold listening to the fucking Corrs, but the folk I chatted to were helpful. The first person took my details and set up a case report, and when I mentioned I had to get to work, rushed me through to the next guy. The next guy had to write-up a safety report and I had to answer a few questions like were there any flames, smoke, fumes etc. coming from the Apple TV box. After i answered his questions i was put through to Debbie O’Connell (yes, she was Irish) who was the after care person. She was the best, sorted it all in a minute. She simply asked if i wanted a replacement or refund (replacement) and said she’d mail all the details to me later. Great! And off I went to work, only ten minutes late.

That was my fun times with electronical consumerist goods. Learn from my mistakes. Laugh at my misfortune. Be jealous of my awesome home theatre. Touch me gently on the knee.

PS Anyone want a Panasonic surround sound DVD player? I’m willing to listen to any reasonable offer.