Archive for September, 2012


75 cryptic clues – can you solve them all?

I have just found this on the net.

In the picture below there are 75 clues about places in London. Are you able to solve them all?

Answer in the comments below.

Image from “Iknow this great little place in London” facebook page

Creator – lookforlonger.com

The following isn’t meant to be an android vs. iPhone bashing match. It is just something that is observational, reading on there will probably be parts of it where you sit back and think to yourself “yeah I agree”. But whatever your thoughts please comment below.

I have to say that I too have been pulled into all the anticipation of the new piece of kit from apple and I’m an android man. I mean who can escape it? it’s everywhere!

On the 12th September 2012 the new Iphone 5 was announced by apple and to be honest it was a little bit of an anti climax. I say this because since 2007 when the original iPhone was released, every year there has been something bigger and better which has just blown everyone, including us loyal android users away. Leaving us thinking “yep, they’ve done it again”. But this year I just feel like all the fuss was for nothing! well, maybe not quite nothing but very little indeed.

Each year apple seem to have been able to sprinkle that magic dust onto certain hardware or software improvements/additions and turned it into the star player of the show. What I’m trying to get at here is:

  1. 2007 – iPhone – Here we have a piece of equipment, that just took the entire tech industry and many others by storm. Everything about it was amazing. This device certainly set the trend for years to come, for both itself and its competitors. In the first weekend this model sold in excess of  700,000 units.
  2. 2008 – iPhone 3G – Instead of naming this device the “iPhone 2″ it was given a name better suited to improved connectivity to well, the 3G network. This device sold in excess of 1 million units in its first weekend. The main exciting bits were, multiple software features, the ability to access over 10,000 apps and some major improvements to the app store.
  3. 2009 – iPhone 3Gs – This device sold the same amount as the 3G in the first weekend. It came jam-packed with more improvements as you would expect at this rate from apple. The processor was faster with 833MHz, the camera was improved to 3.2 mega pixel a compass was added and of course voice recognition.
  4. 2010 – iPhone 4 – Wow! We got facetime, retina display, HD recording, an improved 5 mega pixel camera, and many other exciting features including a facelift, causing this model to leap to 1.2 million sales in the first weekend. At this point in time approximately 1 in 7 smartphone users had an iPhone.
  5. 2011 – iPhone 4S – Now this is where we can see apple slowly running out ideas! But only slowly. It’s main feature was Siri, also accompanied by some hardware and software improvements and of course the camera.

This brings us up to present day and of course, the iPhone 5 (although it is the sixth iPhone being released!), and I can’t help but wonder if something is missing. It took me a while to figure this out but then I realised it was that one key selling point that apple have always been able to push. But for some reason, this time it isn’t there. Well for me it isn’t.

Okay Okay, you have some vastly improved hardware, maybe a couple of software tweaks. You also have an increased screen size and a new connector. But where is that feature that blows everyone away like the last lot?

It seems that apple now have to do something which they never really have had to do before – Evolve! and evolve quickly. Android have been forced to evolve over the years and look where they are now, if it wasn’t for apple android wouldn’t be where it is. But now is the time where apple need to take a leaf from android’s book and really pull out all the stops in terms of innovation, design and general “let’s blow everyone awayness”. To be honest, things really could start getting interesting from now on.

Android are now in a position where they are playing on a level playing field. The Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean operating systems are now proving that android really has got the reliability to perform, and with features such as Google Now proving that it can function just as well or even better than anything released on the iPhone.

But boiling back to the point. Yes the software is better than before, yes it’s got a bigger screen and yes it looks crisp and clean. But, really, where is the wow factor?

The iPhone 5 will do well, it always does. It will even perform better sales than ever before and hats off to them for that! But in this case I think a lot of loyal apple fans were a little disappointed. I’m not a fan of apple’s and even I was disappointed!

The iPhone 5 – “Brilliant but Boring”.

I’d Like to leave you with this picture I found funny! Click here.

Thanks for reading. Do you have any thoughts on the new iPhone? Comments on what I have written? Do you have any suggestions on what I should write about in future?

I’d love to hear from you. :-)

Fruit flavour vodka recipe

As promised, though it’s a little late, here’s the recipe for making fruit flavoured vodkas.

You will use pre made vodka for this recipe.

This is a long process, so don’t be expecting to drink this next week!

This is what you’ll need:

  • 680g of your chosen fruit
  • 1 litre of vodka (I usually use the Tesco’s basic or similar as you don’t need expensive stuff)
  • 525g of sugar (use caster sugar as it’s finer)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Rinse and check the fruit, then place it in a jar big enough to hold the entire mixture.
  2. Add the vodka and mix.
  3. Stir the mixture daily for the first 2 weeks.
  4. Stir weekly for the second 2 weeks.
  5. After the first 4 weeks, pass the mixture through a sieve, pressing all the liquid out with a spoon, discarding the fruit pieces. (There may still be fruit pieces in the liquid, these will be removed later)
  6. Add the liquid to a bottle.
  7. Add the sugar.
  8. Shake the bottle until the sugar has been dissolved.
  9. After 3 months strain the liquid through a cloth.
  10. Add more sugar if you feel necessary.
  11. Now leave it for at least 6 months! Preferably 12 months in total from start to finish to get the best possible taste!

And there you have it, a nicely coloured and deliciously flavoured fruit vodka.

Just please remember to enjoy this drink responsibly! ;-)

Other flavour ideas you could try:

  • Kiwi
  • Melon
  • Boysenberry
  • Raspberry
  • Blackberry
  • Loganberry
  • Cloudberry

Or even try a mix!

Do you have any interesting fruit vodka ideas? maybe even mix ideas? Leave your comments below.

Blast from the past.

I’m sat here in the barbers waiting to get my hair cut when I remembered about a framed letter hanging in a room in my aunt and uncle’s house.

 

I thought I’d share it with you as I think it’s still important to have a taste of what life was like during wartime.

I’m sure there was a lot of togetherness at time of need, but when that wasn’t possible people tried their best to stay in touch the best way they could. Of course there wasn’t the technology around then so emails, texts and Facebook were all out if the question, but it’s nice to know that people like to stay in touch allow it their loved ones to know they were ok.

Let’s take a moment to remember what those ladies and gentlemen did for us back there, which has enabled us to live our lives the way we want to!

Passwordmeter.com

Last week I decided that a year and a bit was long enough to leave all of my online passwords unchanged. So I had to get to grips with the mammoth job of changing everything!

Coming up with the “perfect” password was pretty tricky, and a simpleton like me doesn’t really know what makes up a good one so I turned to good old Google and found this little website.

I’m not going to go into the science or technicalities behind this password strength checker because, and quite frankly, I wouldn’t have a clue how it works. All I know is it is simple to use and understand.

It only took me a few minutes to come up with a password which was a decent length, mix and variation of characters, numbers, symbols, upper case and lower case letters, and I soon understood which direction I should go in order to come up with a strong password which was easy to remember and secure!

So click here to go to the site – http://www.passwordmeter.com/

Now like me, you can start what seems a never ending process of changing the security your entire online presence!

(I have nothing to do with this site, no connections at all. I’m not responsible if anything happens to you or your security from using this checker – I am simply recommending it as it’s worked for me!)

:D

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