May 312010
 
Steve Jobs Announces the iPad by Jesus Belzunce

Steve Jobs Announces the iPad by Jesus Belzunce (Click to see photo on Flickr)

The iPad has finally hit the UK, having officially gone on sale on 28th May, 2010 and, not entirely surprisingly, Apple fans queued up to get one as soon as they possibly could – some even beginning the queueing process the day before.

My first thoughts upon reading that news at the time? Get a bloody life. It’s just a computer, FFS! (A point with which Apple fans might argue, but that’s their prerogative – and I’d hold that they’d be wrong!)

There was a time when I considered Apple a possible route for my computing platform. I’m a long standing RISC OS user by choice, and a Windows user by necessity and, looking back now, I’m not entirely sure I was thinking altogether clearly. I would have continued to be a RISC OS user by choice, albeit (as now) not using the operating system as frequently as I would like, and I would have continued to be a Windows user out of necessity (some of the software I use and need is only available for Windows) – except that I would have been running Windows under virtualisation on an Apple computer. So what, exactly, would the point have been?

I suppose one answer to that would be to benefit from a nicer user interface – but, as I said, I’d still be using Windows under virtualisation, so I’d still be using the Windows user interface. I’d just have a brief use of a nicer interface to get me to that point – or, if the option was available, to save the extra clicking to get me into the operating system I need to be using, I’d probably boot straight past the Apple GUI and into Windows. At which point I’d realise that I’d wasted the extra money I would have paid for the hardware and might as well have just bought a Windows computer – so I’m glad I never made that ‘switch’ !

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May 182010
 

I like music and I have a music collection which, while probably not particularly large by many people’s standards, is certainly larger than the average person’s. As such, I’ve known about Spotify for quite a while and it’s a concept which has definite appeal to me. A streaming music source; you connect, you listen – a bit like a radio station, except that there is one very important distinction: you choose your own playlist. What’s not to like? Continue reading »

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May 112010
 

The outcome of the 2010 general election, a hung parliament, had an understandable effect on the value of Sterling. The negotiations between the Liberal Democrat party and Labour and Conservative parties is also having an effect. The latest news I read before choosing to type this is that the  talks between the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party were now closed, but that they were continuing between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives – and with that latest news it also became apparent that the Pound had gained slightly against the Dollar. Put simply, as I type this, you get more Dollars for your Pound – or, looking at it the other way, less Pounds for your Dollar.

But what does this actually mean?

It means that if you have any old Dollar records in your collection, they are now worth less than they were before.

May 072010
 

On the morning of 7th May 2010 we can see that the result of yesterday’s general election in the UK is a hung parliament, with no individual party gaining an overall majority of seats. What does this mean? Well, as a fully paid up (as in taxes) member of the British public, I’ll tell you exactly what I think it means:

It must surely mean that the voting public wants exactly what it voted for: a hung parliament – in other words, quite literally for all MPs to be hanged by the neck until dead.

Live.

On the BBC.

In high definition.