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The blog that attempts to include a mix of evertyhing. News, current affairs, politics, entertainment, television & technolgy. All items are posted directly form London.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Vista Verdict: I want a Mac

Well, after waiting a few days to actually download Windows Vista 2 Beta, and no less than 6 hours trying to install it, I can officially say I want a Mac. Why? Well I will be posting a (somewhat) detailed review soon.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

$200 extra as you're British!

I really do detest the fact that companies try to increase their profit margins by ripping of the humble consumer of the United Kingdom. The most recent example is Sony's PS3 which will cost £425 for the 60GB "premium version". At the current market rateds, that is about $800. Meanwhile the same console in US when it is released in mid-November will cost just $600! So why the difference?

Well there are the usual things, like sales tax which is included in the UK price, and not in the US (at lease I do not think it is as it varies from state to state). Then there are claims of them being different consoles, and as less are made for the UK it has to be more expensive. I find these claims to be unfounded, as the only difference nowadays is in the plug socket, which is just replaced by a simple adapter, and therefore the acutal PS3 can be the same. But then there is that awful thing known as region locking, whereby in order to stop any British consumer to seek value out of a product they buy, they can only use British games and Blu-Ray disks! Teh of course there is the feable excuse that is costs more to ship to the UK from the factory in Japan/Clina/Taiwan which is also untrue as the maximum difference in shippig cost is about £3.

So why the extra $200? So Sony can continue the long tradition of technology companies of ripping off the British!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Another Passover Bombing

Right now, across the world Jews are celebrating Passover, which commemorates the ending of slavery and exodus from Egypt. However events of the past few hours prove that little progress has been made since 27 March 2002 when 30 were killed during the festival of passover, as today Sami (surname is reported as Hammad, Khamad & Salim) blew himself up and took the lives of eight people in a Falafel shop in Tel Aviv. 49 others were injured.

So just as there is a glimmer of hope for peace in the Middle East (Iran excluded), with new governments, this terrorist decides that peace is not what his people want. And how does government Hamas respond? By claiming it is an act of self defence!

My thoughts go out to all who were affected by today's atrocity, and I hope that this does not continue and that Hamas start acting responsibly to put an end to this terrorism! If they really believe they deserve the funding, then what are they doing? And on that note why can they not receive funding from the oil rich Arab countries, rather than the US and EU?

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Simpsons go the whole 2 hours

Who would have thought that these creations of Matt Greoning which first aired on April 19th 1987 on the Tracey Ullman show would ever make it to be alive and well in 2006. Especially since most other long running TV programmes either do not have a permenant cast, or the cast have disputed (over pay usually) and have not made it over 10 years.

The Simpsons have set the gold standard for television entertainment since its first US airing on 17th December 1989, it had now aired over 372 episodes.
Here in the UK it is on at least five times a day, be it on Channel 4, Sky One, Two or Sky Three.

So how are the yellow characters evolving? Well for a start they are now human, in the title sequence made for Sky One. Here is a video of that:

There has also been confirmation of a Simpsons movie which is in the making and is scheduled to be released in July 2007 (in the US anyway). Despite the date of the BBC's confirmation this is no April Fools!

This bit is my obligatory promise to update the blog more often, but I have been rather busy, and last time I tried to do an update on the Israeli Election, the browser crashed. I can assure you that there is lots I do want to post, and I will try to find the time to do so.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Is this the new Apple iPod?

OK, so a week after Apple launched some "fun new products" there is YAiVPP (Yet Another iPod Video Possibility Photograph) after the last one was completely discredited as being the real thing as the author showed how s/he made it. This latest version is particuarly interesting as it has three photos of the top secret product (if it does exist) in the wild, including the one to the left on the iPod HiFi.

More pictures can be found at

Mean while if you want a portable video player with a touchscreen, as well as Linux OS, WiFi, Infrared, Internet, E-mail, Games, Photos, Word Processor, USB Host Port etc... I reccoment the Archos PMA430, which has been out for over a year!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

The New Mac mini

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Sony Ericsson Forgot One Thing

Just take a look at this new Sony Ericsson W950i - which was recently announced. It is georgous! Not only does it look great but it is a smarthphone which means it has a touchscreen and runs the latest UIQ3 software with Symbian. But wait, there's more as it also has 4GB of inbuilt flash memory - just like my friend the iPod nano.
So what was forgotten? The camera, which was also forgotten with the Symbian QWERTY phone the M600. Now you could argue that a camera is not that important and it isn't essential as you are unlikely to take a super great picture with it, which is true as whenever I take a good snap it is with my digital camera - but it still is an essential feature for those moments that just need capturing, and you don't have your real camera with you.
So what is the alternative? The P990 which was announced last August, has a camera, a QWERTY keyboard and built in WiFi, but no 4GB of memory. It is also bigger and over 1cm thicker, as well as 43g (more than an enitre iPod nano) heavier.
However, none of there phones are available at the moment, so you just have to wait!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

More, more, more

OK, OK - I know that since December there has not been much blog/podcast action here. However, there are several very good reasons for this, which I promise will be explained in much detail. Anyhow, I do have a lot to say, just not the time to say it, so please keep checking back here as I will yet again try my best to post!