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More than 20 years in the IT industry. Blogging with a passion and thirst for new technology since 2005.

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

MoDaCo Summer Event

This weekend saw MoDaCo’s 2006 summer event. The event, held at Orange’s offices in Paddington, was the sixth such event organised by the Smartphone community forum.

This year’s event was certainly one to remember with the hosts Orange and contributors Microsoft pulling out all the stops. Throughout the day there were breakout sessions covering subjects such as programming for mobile devices, mobile gaming and mobile music.

Orange also gave their guests the unique opportunity to get hands on with new and unreleased mobile devices such as the Orange M3100 (HTC Hermes) and the Orange C100. It’s very rare to be allowed to play with unreleased devices!

Im sure that the highlight of the event for many was right at the end when Orange announced that they had a gift for everyone that attended. The gift was a special edition white Orange C600 with the MoDaCo logo printed on the back! Every attendee received a phone.

MoDaCo is a community forum with over 140,000 dedicated members and is the world’s largest Smartphone and Pocket PC mobile device website.

Matt

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By July 14, 2006 Read More →

Vista Install Marathon

I registered for and downloaded Windows Vista Beta 2 a while ago and last weekend I finally got round to installing it.

I had a spare laptop that had Windows XP pre-installed so I thought I would use that for trying out Vista. The first thing that bothered me about Vista was that it comes on a DVD. Just how big does an operating system need to be?

I put in the DVD and it spins up and I get a Window popping up asking me if I would like to install Vista. I say yes and choose an upgrade install, put in the serial key and sit back and wait.

It was a long wait. A very long wait. Copying files from the DVD, expanding files, locating files(?), multiple reboots.

Total install time: 4 HOURS. 4 hours to install an OS?! You have to be kidding me. I know it’s a Beta and my laptop isn’t ultra spec. but really?

So was it worth the effort? Not really, my laptop doesn’t have the 128mb graphics card that seems to be required for all the nice stuff and my 2.4ghz coupled with 1gb Ram still mean that Vista runs like a wounded dog. To cap it all off Media Centre cant play any of my videos although strangely Media Player can?

Good job I took a backup before I installed Vista!

Matt

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By July 13, 2006 Read More →

Astronauts get day off

Following the 3 marathon spacewalks by Mission Specialists Mike Fossum and Piers Sellers and the rest of the crew of Discovery and ISS working hard transferring the cargo and supplies to and from Leonardo multi-purpose logistics, STS-121 and Expedition 13 astronauts have been given the day off.

What do astronauts do in space on their day off? Drink beer and eat pizza while playing Playstation??

Matt

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By July 11, 2006 Read More →

Preparing for 3rd Space Walk

The STS-121 and Expedition 13 crew members are pressing ahead with today’s scheduled activities aboard Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station.

One of the main tasks on the schedule is the transfer of items to and from the shuttle, the International Space Station and the Leonardo multi-purpose logistics module. Leonardo arrived inside Discovery’s payload bay with more than 7,400 pounds of equipment and supplies for the station. Leonardo will be returned Friday to the payload bay packed with more than 4,300 pounds of science experiment results, unneeded items and trash.

The crews are also preparing for the third and final spacewalk to be conducted during STS-121’s visit to the station. Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum are slated to begin the excursion at 7:13 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The spacewalkers will demonstrate on-orbit shuttle heat shield repair techniques.

Matt

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By July 11, 2006 Read More →

Chimp plays PacMan

This is one of the funniest things, a chimp playing PacMan. As a big fan of PacMan I think it’s time to challenge him to a competition. I think we should ban the coaching though!

Matt

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By July 10, 2006 Read More →

Discovery’s heat shield ‘OK’

The Discovery space shuttle has been cleared for re-entry to Earth next week after Nasa officials gave its heat shield a clean bill of health.
Analysts at mission control in Houston had spent days looking at images for possible damage caused by Tuesday’s lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

They later said that there were a few areas that they had to examine in more detail including a 5cm piece of ‘fabric’ sticking out between two tiles but have later concluded that this is no problem.

The shuttle is scheduled to return to the Kennedy Space Center on 17 July after one last check that it has not been hit by small meteorites.

Matt

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By July 9, 2006 Read More →

New Discovery launch videos

Nasa have just released a series of videos showing the launch of the Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121. The videos show the launch from a number of never before seen angles.

There is some excellent footage take from the SRB camera and from the External Tank camera.

Nasa have been inspecting these videos virtually frame by frame to establish whether or not there is any heat shield damage.

Matt

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By July 9, 2006 Read More →

First space walk complete

Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum successfully completed STS-121’s first spacewalk.

Their space walk involved testing the new shuttle robotic arm boom extension to be used as a platform for astronauts should it be necessary to conduct heat shield repairs. Sellers worked on the end of the 50-foot extension before being joined by Fossum to simulate various working conditions.

I watched them working on Nasa TV for a while earlier today. I have to say it looked quite scary. Every time either astronaut moved, no matter how little, the whole arm swayed and rocked, all the while the earth spun by below.

There will be another two space walks during STS-121.

Matt

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By July 8, 2006 Read More →

Space walk

Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum conduct the first spacewalk of the STS-121 mission.

Sellers and Fossum installed a device to block the cutter blade on the International Space Station’s mobile transporter. The device will prevent the blade from cutting a power and data cable that links the mobile transporter to the rest of the station. After the installation was complete, they reattached the cable. Their work will allow the mobile transporter to move the robotic arm along the station’s integrated truss structure, once a reel assembly that plays out the cable is replaced during a second spacewalk Monday.

Matt

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By July 8, 2006 Read More →

Another day in space

The Mission Management Team announced that Space Shuttle Discovery and the STS-121 crew will get another day in orbit.

From the outset the Mission Management Team had been hoping to add the extra space day but it depended on how much fuel, air and power they used up.

Matt

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