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28 06 2014

For anyone who’s visited here before you might have noticed a change this last week.

I’ve gone all high-tech savvy, and I bought my own domain! With a bit of help from a couple of friends, I set it all up, and mapped it over, so that this blog now runs out of instead of – much less of a mouthful!

Don’t worry if you accidentally go to the old address though, it’ll just forward you to the new one 🙂 Happy days!

One of the perks of having a rather unusual name, I guess. I’ve never had to put random numbers on the end of an email address, and now I’ve even managed to get a 5 character web domain, and it wasn’t even expensive! Lovely.

Stats on Poverty: There are many reasons why I love this video

23 08 2013

If you haven’t checked out TED before, it’s a website full of short talks about all sorts of topics by all sorts of people, from a blind pianist, to mental health, there’s some great stuff on there – check it out!
Here’s one that I discovered today and is completely fantastic:

Reasons I love it

  • It is choc-a-block full of data and statistics with proper deep meaning
  • There are colourful graphs that move and show 4 dimensions of data in one go
  • The speaker commentates on the moving graph as if it’s a sport
  • There is a mass of information about the changes in world poverty over the last 40 years in all sorts of aspects
  • The man’s passion to make data more accessible to all by providing a link to make it more visual and less dull
  • The guy reminds me so much of one of my maths lecturers from uni with his accent and enthusiasm!

Definitely worth a watch!

Looking for phone advice!

29 09 2012

In November my current phone contract runs out, and as the signal is rubbish where I currently live I’m looking to change networks and get a shiny new phone!

For the last two years I’ve used an HTC Wildfire which runs on Andriod 2.2 (Froyo) and I’ve loved it! It’s slowed down a bit before the end, but I know for sure I want my next phone to be an Android, but other than that I’d love some input.

The three main Android phone handset manufacturers at the moment are Samsung, HTC and Sony. Obviously Samsung are doing very well at the moment, HTC seem to be fading, and the new Sony range is so new I’ve heard nothing about them (I guess that’s the main reason for this post!)

I’m not looking to spend too much more than £20 a month, so I’m not looking at big flash phones. On top of that, I don’t really want a massive phone as I like to be able to fit it in my pocket.

The three I’ve been looking at have been the HTC Desire C, the Sony Xperia U, and Samsung wise I really have no idea.

I’d like to go for as new an operating system as possible so that it can last the two years that most contracts seem to require these days. The current OS is Ice-Cream Sandwich, v4.0 (at least, I’ve not seen anything on Jelly Bean, v4.1 yet).

Has anyone tried the new Sony phones yet? If you were to recommend Samsung, which handset would you recommend? Does anyone have any advice or opinion on these various bits and pieces? 🙂
Thanks in advance! vs

2 08 2012

So on Tuesday I heard that was being replaced with and innocently went to to check it out…. it looks *very* basic, *very* simple, in a way it looks more like something from 10-20 years ago than a step forward…
Oh, and did I mention, if you click on, it then changes your to the new format when you go back to it!

As you may be able to tell, I’m not altogether overwhelmed so far…

If I open a new email, I have to adjust the size of the internet browser to get it to show anything other than a white screen
And when I sent these images to a friend to blur them, it turns out the “attach” button doesn’t even work! I had to flip back over to hotmail just to do the attaching – this doesn’t feel overly tested yet!

And then there’s the little things, like yes the fonts bigger and clearer, but now I have to scroll down to see all my folders on the left, rather than seeing everything at a glance…
Let’s be honest though, which looks like the newer version of the two?!

(click on the images to see them properly)