Sunday, June 11, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
$200 extra as you're British!
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
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
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 http://www.macshrine.com/ipodav.htm
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
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Sony Ericsson Forgot One Thing
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!