Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Plenty of stuff has been written about the interweb and mobile technology and why it’s awesome or why it is the predominant force for evil. Personally I think it’s pretty interesting to watch how we’re all changing as a result of it. Interestingly, I have found myself having to remind myself that there is life outside the internet. Oh, chortle all you want, but it’s all too easy to fall into the online vortex. Last week, I came across this video (while wasting time online, obvs. Damnit!) of comedian Louis CK talking about why he won’t get mobile phones for his kids and I practically gave him a standing ovation in my house.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Hey there amigos. So, if you follow me on Twitter (or unfollow me due to me tweeting about doing anything exciting, as the case may be) you’ll know that I’m currently in New York for a couple of days. Adidas have launched a new running shoe called Boost and they invited me along to the global launch today in Manhattan to see what all the hype is about. And let me tell ya, it’s like being slapped in the face with technology. There’s a whole lot going on in that shoe. Yohan Blake and Hailie Gebrselassie were there, as were Rosario Dawson and that chick who plays the wife in Homeland (which, hello, total girl crush. Also, I rate anyone who rocks up to an Adidas launch wearing thigh-high high-heel boots).
Right, I’m off to Madison Square Garden to watch the Knicks. Byyyyyeeeee!
Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Excuse the poor quality, super quick iPhone pic, but yesterday, I was getting the train home, pulled out my iPad in my fancy new iPad case, saw all the women in my carriage look at it with lust in their eyes and I was all, ‘hang about! I’ve got to blog about this!’
My love for Knomo is hardly a secret – I’m on record as saying I would like every gadget I own to be encased in Knomo at all times. They are just insanely nice, very practical, ridiculously stylish pieces, which are hard to come across in the tech world. (To top it off, everyone I’ve encountered who works at the company is properly lovely). Anyhoo, they sent me this iPad case a few weeks back and I’ll tell ya, it’s given my iPad a new lease of life. I’d been struggling to find a good case for it so consequently, wasn’t taking it out with me nearly as much as I had anticipated I would when I bought it. They were all either a bit too clunky, didn’t provide enough protection or were just plain naff. Enter the Knomo one, especially in this colour way and frankly, what’s not to love?
It’s very slim line with one section to slot the device in, another section for a notepad or other essentials and a zip pocket on the front. I’m now genuinely using my iPad much more as a result of having the case.
Anyhoo, just wanted to post about it in case any of you are still looking for last minute Christmas present ideas – you can’t go wrong with a bit of Knomo. HASHTAG FACT!
Thursday, August 25th, 2011
Earlier this year the nice folks at Asus computers gave me one of their spanking new, whiz-bang EEE Pad Transformers to test drive. Papa Bangs was very envious, so I let him borrow it for his holiday this summer. Here is his report:
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
It’s no secret that tablets is the way the computer market is headed. With all the brouhaha over the iPad 2 you, like me, may have missed the hype about the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of ASUS until they contacted me and offered to send me one to try out – and it’s a good thing they did because apparently these things have been selling like hot cakes. The first shipment sold out crazy fast and the next load won’t be available til June 1st. Amazon recently said that the Transformer is its best selling tablet to date.
Thursday, October 16th, 2008
I think, somewhere on earth, there are some pigs flying around and hell just froze over. Yesterday, I received an email from my brother. You may not understand how huge this is, but trust me, it is a landmark event in my life.
My big brother, whom I affectionately call ‘Our Kid’, is possibly the last person in the western hemisphere to join the final frontier of technology. For years, he shunned getting a cell phone. He preferred the ‘if people need me, they’ll find me’ approach. I personally feel that he should’ve been cutting me a cheque for my receptionist skills and taking his phone messages at home all those years.
He only got a computer last year when my parents pawned their crappy old one off on him. I’m not sure he’s even plugged it in yet. Now that he’s working in the family business, he has access to a computer daily at the office. He’s come a long way. He knows how to switch it on. And not only did he send me an email yesterday – it contained a link! When did he learn to do that?! It kind of blew my mind.
But my bruv’s refusal to keep up with modern technology is one of the many things I love about him. My life is almost ruled by my computer. I spend every spare second checking my Facebook, Myspace, blog, Stat Counter, other people’s blogs, emailing and doing it all over again. There reaches a point where you have to force yourself to go outside and take in the wonders of nature (or you know, just smog if you live in the city), or you’ll be held completely captive by your Mac. Meanwhile, Our Kid takes on the world with nothing but his iPod, a good book and a cup of coffee. If I could only tear myself away from my computer for a moment, I would try to be more like him.
Before he decided to get all in touch with the technology movement, Our Kid would write me letters and I would write back. You see, when you’re related to someone who doesn’t use email and you live in different countries, you kind of have no choice but to engage in penpallery. After my grandmother passed away, Our Kid was the only one I got letters from and he has a real knack with the written word (and spoken ones. Well, just words in general really – he’s got them on lock). Especially when I was living in Japan, Our Kid’s letters would brighten my days no end. So, I’m really hoping that just because he’s now down with the interweb, the penpallery doesn’t cease.
I’m not sure what’s next for him. He’s got an iPod, a cell phone and now he’s sending emails. Christ, the world as we know it has forever changed. All I know is if he ever gets a blue tooth headset, we’ve got a serious problem.
Monday, September 15th, 2008
My phone broke. I have a phone that has a slide out QWERTY keyboard. The QWERTY key pad worked, but the one on the front decided it’d had enough. None of the keys worked. Well, that’s not strictly true – the 5 button worked, but since I don’t know anyone with a phone number consisting solely of 5s, that’s a bit redundant.
So, yesterday I took it back to the phone shop where they replaced my dud phone with a ‘refurbished’ model.
‘I don’t get a new one?’ I asked.
‘It’s refurbished,’ said the devoid-of-all-personality sales rep.
‘So, it’s busted is what you’re saying.’
‘Was busted,’ he corrected.
‘Or maybe just someone didn’t want it and brought it back.’ This phone just went from being busted to being an orphan within a few seconds.
The rep faffed around with the new phone for a minute.
‘Did you back up?’ he asked.
‘Did you back up the data from your phone onto your computer?’
‘You can do that?’
With the transaction complete, he handed me my new, ‘refurbished’, formerly busted phone and sent me on my way. I turned it on and it looked completely different. I shot a worried glance at the sales rep. ‘You have to re-set it,’ he said. Cool, how hard can that be?
Answer: frikkin’ hard!
I don’t know how I ever got my head around this phone to begin with, but Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I’ll be damned if I can figure out what the hell is going on with this little piece of machinery. What was my ring tone before and how do I get it back? What was the theme of my home screen? Was it aqua blue or guava bubbles coloured? And which menu even has those options? My phone book isn’t even in this bitch anymore. The sales rep gave me a print out of it, but I’ll end up with carpel tunnel syndrome if I type all those bad boys in now, so I’m tempted to just wait till people call me and play a fun guessing game.
So, for the foreseeable (or at least until I can find the manual), I shall be communicating solely through carrier pigeon and morse code.
Over and out.