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Archive for April, 2009

Photo: Big Ben at Night

by on Apr.14, 2009, under Photos

Following along the trend of photos of London landmarks at night, this week’s photo is of Big Ben.

Big Ben at Night

Big Ben at Night

This photo was taken at the same time as last week’s featured photo: The London Eye at Night

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Random: How Nokia Test Mobile Phones

by on Apr.12, 2009, under Random

A mobile phone has to go through a lot of wear and tear in its lifetime. I’m sure many of us have broken a screen or two in our time though.

The BBC wrote an article earlier this week about the testing process Nokia goes through which included this video.

It surprised me that they used some manual labour to carry out some of these tests

Another repetitive test is manually plugging in and removing the charger for each handset at least 6,000 times.

A group of people are employed do this because, unlike machines, humans do it differently every time.

With all the other tests, it’s obvious these phones go through quite a rigoruous process before being launched. I wonder if Apple puts its iPhone through a similar standard of testing?

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Photo: London Eye at Night

by on Apr.11, 2009, under Photos

This post is for Tuesday, 7th April, 2009

This weeks photo is almost three years old. It was taken on my trip to London in July 2006, where I was invited down for the awards ceremony for Oracle’s Thinkquest Awards. It was the first time a team from the UK had completed an entry into the international competition so we’d been invited down to Oracle’s offices.

This photo of the London Eye was taken the night before.

London Eye at Night

London Eye at Night

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TV: Red Dwarf Returns

by on Apr.10, 2009, under TV & Film

It has been talked about for a long time now and tonight, Red Dwarf returned to our screens with a brand new episode being aired on Dave.

Three new episodes of Red Dwarf are airing this weekend

Three new episodes of Red Dwarf are airing this weekend

Personally, I’ve only really ‘got into’ Red Dwarf in the last couple of years – generally watching the repeats on Dave when not a lot else was on TV.

Perhaps it is a result of following bobbyllew on twitter, but I was looking forward to a brand new episode, but as many others seemed to be, I was left disappointed.

One of the first things that stood out was the use of some CGI, some of it just didn’t fit in at all, the skutters looked especially strange. The CGI is something people have been quite nervous about in the run up to this episode. A reasonable job of trying to keep it in the old style,  seems to have been attempted but doesn’t quite achieve in my opinion

The missing laugh track also seemed to stand out and possibly made the episode less funny. It’s one of those things that I would normally expect not to miss, but maybe it’s because they used an audience track of people laughing rather than canned laughter on their earlier episodes. After watch an old episode straight afterwards, it has made it even more noticeable and reinforced my opinion that the lack of laugh track has detracted from the show.

Linked to this, I’m not sure if some style of humour were missing. The ‘bit crap’ made me laugh as did a few other bits, but I’m hoping this will improve in later episodes.

From a character point of view, perhaps I haven’t watched enough Red Dwarf, but I didn’t notice a huge amount of difference apart from a slight aging (with the exception of Kryten – but I think the make up helps this). The characters became immediately believable again though and didn’t seem liked they’d really been gone. I did miss the lack of Holly though and the humour brought from this character.

As an episode itself it seemed incredibly short and didn’t seem to get anywhere story wise – hence I’m struggling to make many more comments. As for the new woman involved – not convinced yet. I’m holding out hope that it will continue to improve in the next couple of episodes.

As I write, I’m watching an older episode on Dave – Gunmen of the Apocalypse and so far I’ve laughed more at that episode than I did throughout the entireity of the new one.

I’ll wait and see if things improve at 9pm tomorrow when the next episode airs.

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How to Make 40m Easter Eggs

by on Apr.09, 2009, under Random

An extra post for today. I saw this video on the BBC news website and it interested me, so I thought I’d share it with you.

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iTunes Starts Variable Pricing

by on Apr.07, 2009, under Technology

itunes-logoJust a heads up to everyone that Apple started introducing variable pricing in the iTunes store today.

I’ve just had a brief look and whilst most things still seem to be at 79p, there are some tracks thathave now gone up to 99p (especially within the top 10 lists it seems). I haven’t found any tracks at 59p yet though.

On the plus side, everything is now iTunes Plus.

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Technology: It’s All Turning 3D

by on Apr.06, 2009, under Technology

This post is for Monday, 6th April, 2009

I was listening to Inside The Magic on my walk to University this morning and listened to a huge list of films that Disney are thinking about bringing out in 3D. Most of these are altered version of older films, that they want to re-release in cinemas (for example, they’re talking about releasing Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D in sinema to help promote Toy Story 3, which is also in 3D).

3dglassesI don’t really know where this interest in 3D technology has come from. If you’d have asked me about 3D films a year or so ago, I’d have said it was something that used the ‘classic’ blue and red glassess which had gone out of fashion. But it seems to have come back. Fortunately, most of the films seem to have moved away for using the technology for ‘Cheap 3D Tricks’ (think, things flying at you, floating in the air etc.)

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University: Hello? Anyone There?

by on Apr.02, 2009, under University

Empty Bath University ParadeThe University of Bath broke up for its Easter holidays last week. Since then, I’ve still be on campus every day doing work of some sort – but it is so desserted up here! It’s almost as bad as it was in the Summer Holidays.

The SU bars are closed, with Pitstop (Sandwich Shop), on reduced hours and extremely reduced options (almost to the point of why bother opening). The University bar is on reduced opening hours too.

Now I know most Freshers’ go home for the holidays, but I feel sorry for those who are still here. Their options are dramatically reduced and they’re even limited with travelling into / out of town itself due to the buses running a reduced frequency service and finishing earlier.

I’ve even been surprised with how empty the Library is. Even with the holidays, I was expecting it to still be reasonably busy with people working on Coursework and final year projects, but it doesn’t seem to be that full when I look through the windows.

The reduced number of people also seems to make a difference on Internet speeds (especially wireless) – everything seems to be running a lot quicker and smoother.

I do quite like looking out of the office window onto an emptier parade, but it does seem to be lacking the atmosphere somewhat.

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Formula 1 Returns

by on Apr.01, 2009, under TV & Film

Formula 1 returned to our screens the past weekend, with a return to the BBC. Which is fantastic news – no advert breaks and we get these titles:

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