Archive for IPhone

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: 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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Posted in Thoughts with tags , , , on August 10, 2009 by Bjorn Grainger


Avoid this man at all costs. Do not approach him, do not get to know him, and whatever you do, do not befriend his stupid mammalian face. I made that mistake and have paid the price, quite literally. This is Nicholas Alabaster Snead. I have known him for over twenty years and we have been good friends for most of that. Yet, the last two times I have stayed with him in London, I have been a victim of crime. In March of last year, I stayed with him in Finsbury Park, and I had my beloved iPhone stolen by two Turkish tossers. Now, in just the last month, I spent a couple of days in his company at his new place at Turnpike Lane. During that time some fucking chancer nicked my credit card details and attempted a massive spending spree!

Remember that face. That sly, repugnant face. It is the face Nicholas
Miroslav Snead. And it will cost you dearly.

In all seriousness, though, I was lucky to catch these strange transactions when I did. It’s only because I randomly checked my account online that I saw what was happening. If I waited for my statement I still wouldn’t know now and probably wouldn’t until this time next week!

Whomever it was who half-inched my card details tried to spend a small fortune in a very short time. They tried buying a laptop from a website for over a grand, tried to get a mobile phone from Carphone Warehouse, tried topping up a mobile on T-Mobile, tried spending a few hundred dollars on something from America, and tried setting up a paypal account. And to think, I bemoaned Barclaycard when their fraud detection cancelled my pre-order for the new iPhone 3GS a couple of months ago, now I have never been more thankful for it. Recognizing these purchases were out of the ordinary, they blocked my card. That said, four did get through. Two separate transactions for £10 and £20 to Lycamobile, and another two separate transaction for £45.39 and £46.02 to UPS Ltd. I was stung, but it could have been a lot worse.

I would love to know how that the hell these chancers got my card details. I can only think of the two ways. The first (and most likely) was when I staying with Nicholas. I ordered tickets to Thorpe Park over the webs using my iPhone. I checked that the “https” came up in the address and looked for the little lock symbol before entering my details. I think that’s why I used my credit card instead of my debit, for the added protection, just incase anything like this happened. It’s funny, around the time the person was running amok, I read this and similar articles detailing how my precious phone could be hacked and any details on it could be stolen, so I deliberately cleared it’s cache, cookies, and history to be safe. If only I had done it sooner. That is, of course, if it was that way they got my details.

The second way I can think of is when we went to Thorpe Park itself. In order to collect the tickets, I had to got to a kiosk, give the person my order reference number, and hand over my card to verify that it was the one I ordered the tickets with. It’s the only time I can think of when the card left my possession, and because I was laughing and joking with pal, Grant, I wasn’t paying full attention to what they were doing with it and it could of been easily swiped and cloned at that point.

All in all, compared to some things in life, it’s nothing too major. The phone call to Barclays was relatively brief and stress-free (When calling helplines, I’m always reminded of a sketch Simon Munnery did on the TV version of The League Against Tedium, “How may I appear to help you?”). They cancelled my card, blocked my account reassured me best they could. And today, I’ve spent all of three minutes filling in a form (Does anyone else know your PIN? Do you mind if the Police get involved? Etc.) and signing a disclaimer to say I’m not trying to defraud Barclaycard myself. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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.

Ramble On…

Posted in Movie Review, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2007 by Bjorn Grainger

(This blog was originally written on Myspace)

So, how was your weekend? Mine was great! I was ill. Yay! I mean, BOO! It was particularly fun on saturday night/sunday morning when i was mad with fever. I was convinced I was working on Apple’s iPhone, constantly going over batch numbers, weird internetty connections, and other such incomprehensible things all through the night. Why my sick brain chose to focus on the iPhone, I don’t know. I’m not that obsessed by it. HONEST.

The sweaty insanity reminded me of when I was very ill with the ‘flu aboot four years ago and had a spate of deliri-dreams. It was around the start of the Iraq invasion and I would leave BBC NEWS 24 on the tv through the night. When I attempted to sleep I was transported to some kind of armoured artillery vehicle involved in the attack. It was bathed in a red light with black and green screens, and I was selecting and firing at targets. The moment I’d open my eyes, though, I’d be back in my bedroom, and would realise instantly it was just my fevered mind playing horrible tricks. That said, my eyelids would soon grow heavy and back to the crazy I’d go.

A few days later, my fever had still to break, and things got a whole lot weird. Have you ever seen the film Event Horizon? It’s aboot a spaceship with an experimental new engine/drive that will allow it to travel to different dimensions. The new drive is tested and the ship disappears, only to reappear years later without its crew. Anyway, long story short, the ship prolly went to Hell and brought a bit of it back. It’s kinda shit (it’s directed by Paul Anderson, what do you expect?), but the engine/drive was slightly cool. It was a spinning metallic ball thing. What has this got to do with fever dreams, i hear you ask. Well, you impatient muddy funsters, it was that spinning metallic ball thing that was behind me in my room, talking to me, while tiny remote control racing cars zoomed aboot my floor. I remember turning over at one point and telling it to shut the hell up. It freaked me out.

On a completely different note, I got Sky Movies this week and have been able to catch up on a few films I’ve missed over the years. The first I was watched The Machinist. It’s great. It’s actually painful to watch Christian Bale, but you can’t take your eyes off him. I tried to watch Garden State afterwards, but i was distracted by my football game. Mr and Mrs Smith was fneh. It did have a weird Fight Club vibe halfway through when the two leads only realised they loved each other after blowing the shit out of their house. I’ve seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou twice now and it’s FANTASTIC. So funny, such wonderful characters, and the ending when Staralfur by Sigur Ros strikes up, it tears me up. Beautiful. Oh, and i did get around to watching Garden State. And I really wish I hadn’t.

That’ll do…

Apple’s iPhone…

Posted in Tech with tags , , , on January 9, 2007 by Bjorn Grainger

(This blog was originally written on Myspace)

Says it all, really…