Everything, Everything - October 2012

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Wednesday 31st October, 2012 22:40
Milk doesn't appear to be in Jelly Bean's dictionary. But it does know VoIP, arty, tepid, manganese and fart. WTF?!? http://t.co/FIjr9DPz
Wednesday 31st October, 2012 18:55
Just For Chris http://t.co/xi1cIFlA
Just For Chris
Wednesday 31st October, 2012 15:33
You'd think, after all these announcements from Apple, Microsoft and Google, I'd have posted something really geeky about the iPad Mini, Surface tablet running Windows 8 or the new Nexus phone. I haven't for a very good reason: none of them have excited me.

Okay, I take that back (a little bit). I'm tempted by the new Surface tablet, but that's mostly because I don't already have a tablet and the only touchscreen device I own is my phone (i.e. there's a tiny gap amongst the silly number of different physical/virtual devices I use). But it's a relatively expensive toy that I'll probably only use at home when I want to use something bigger than my phone to browse the web or Remote Desktop into another computer (and a cat looks comfortable in my computer chair, otherwise I'd use my PC with its wonderful Dell U2410 display). I'm meant to be a Microsoft fanboi, and even I'm indifferent to Windows 8 on a Surface device and not very interested in a Windows Phone 8 device.

I generally dislike Google (even if their search engine is the best), but I am glad I finally abandoned Symbian (and Sony Ericsson) for an Android phone last year. I was really hoping to wet myself with excitement over the new 5" Nexus phone; but it didn't happen. The new LG "Nexus 4" looks okay, but it's almost identical to the Nexus phone from last year (although the SIM free price through Google's store means I'm considering it anyway), and is only 4.7" diagonally (it is quad core, I might get a better mobile signal, it won't come with a scratch like my current phone, and the screen probably looks better). But it's not a 5" 1920x1080 display (like the HTC DLX). It's also not a 64GB model (like every other Nexus, it omits an SD Card slot), which would be nice for transferring files or holding my entire music collection. I'd seriously consider paying a lot more than £239 if I could get the HTC DLX as a Nexus device (I'm sure I can stick a stock version of Android, or perhaps CyanogenMod, over the top, but it'd be nice to get a flagship device), although it'd be nice if it came with a bigger battery (like the Note 2). I think a phablet, as they seem to be called, is what I'm after. Big enough to be useful, but small enough to fit in my pocket.

Then there's Apple. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of their devices (although the MacBook Pro always looks nice), but I think many people would agree that the iPhone 5 was the worst kept secret in the history of the iPhone. Not only that, it's barely any better than the 4S, and iOS6 is currently a step backwards if you need to use a map (I know, I know, you can still use Google Maps through a browser, and it should turn up on the App Store pretty soon). The iPad Mini appears to be a stop gap (the iPhone isn't big enough and the iPad is too big). You can tell it's a stop gap as it doesn't have a good display (I'd even go as far as saying "shit" resolution).

So what has interested me? Surprisingly, I'm a little bit tempted by a Kindle. I suspect this is because I'm fed up with trying to read books off my phone (although I found it interesting that I'm happy to flick quickly through a large number of short pages with large text, as there's very little eye movement and it's easier to hold than a book), especially as the backlight (on low) is still pretty bright even when I've gone for white text on a black background. If I had a phablet, I'm not sure I'd be so interested though. Did I mention I'd quite like a 5" phablet?

And on a somewhat unrelated note, how many people have noticed that instead of using their index finger to do things (like in the good old days), you're mostly using your middle finger? I use it all the time on my phone, vending machines, lifts.
Tuesday 30th October, 2012 21:39
Yes! OMG! Yes! How did we come back to 4-4? :D
Tuesday 30th October, 2012 20:28
Really unimpressed with #Arsenal's performance tonight. Will it be this painful to watch at the weekend? :(
Sunday 28th October, 2012 11:59
I want a coffee. And a croissant. And chocolate. And warm weather. And a convincing performance by Arsenal. And millions in my bank account.
Saturday 27th October, 2012 23:55
Genuinely disappointed that the hilarious TV show #ttoi has finally come to an end. So long and thanks for all the f**ks, Malcolm.
Friday 26th October, 2012 15:46
Wednesday 24th October, 2012 08:47
LG Nexus 4 will be a disappointment. Not much better than Samsung Galaxy Nexus from last year, better phones already exist (S3, One X+).
Sunday 21st October, 2012 18:09
Am I the only person that didn't watch Dumbo this evening? Catching up on QI and HIGNFY on iPlayer instead.
Friday 19th October, 2012 21:37
Heidi Klum was Gok blocking on Stand Up 2 Cancer and Bear Grylls just lost a ball. Cancer isn't usually funny, but watch Channel 4 tonight.
Friday 19th October, 2012 10:12
Catched And Threw http://t.co/E7CcPkTi
Catched And Threw
Friday 19th October, 2012 09:20
A new version of PHP was released last night and one of the issues that was fixed was listed as:

Fixed bug #61442 (exception threw in __autoload can not be catched

At first my brain went "shouldn't that be caught"?, but then I remembered that you "catch" errors in PHP so "catched" actually makes sense. Sort of. At least PHP seem to think so:

An exception can be thrown, and caught ("catched") within PHP

But "threw" also looks wrong in that sentence. Not sure why my brain went to "catched" first. I guess it's because "threw" is a real word and "catched" isn't?
Thursday 18th October, 2012 08:08
No, I don't want to install the Ask Toolbar. I didn't before, and I still don't. Why can't Oracle update Java without pushing any add-ons?
Tuesday 16th October, 2012 21:32
Watching #FreshMeat makes me feel old :(
Sunday 14th October, 2012 20:53
Spotted my name! Graphical representation of Nmap SVN commits over time: http://t.co/3W30fHqP
Sunday 14th October, 2012 18:04
Saturday 13th October, 2012 11:40
Not sure if #NationalNoBraDay is a real thing, but at least it's an interesting trend for once!
Saturday 13th October, 2012 09:21
What a nice surprise this morning, free Arsenal stuff (book, keyring, headphones)! http://t.co/coUCfnAD
Friday 12th October, 2012 16:02
Think I need a bottle of beer when I get home. Hopefully I'll get to watch the football on TV and forget about web applications and work.
Friday 12th October, 2012 11:01
Turns out text-decoration and inheritance is a PITA. Didn't realise it'd be that hard to remove an underline from something.
Tuesday 9th October, 2012 20:03
"@PabloCutting23: Go James!!! #GBBO" Go Brendan!!!
Tuesday 9th October, 2012 19:10
'Allo 'allo! It's The Great British Bake Off! Will Brendan be amazing (as usual)? I want a coffee meringue.
Monday 8th October, 2012 22:36
I like to think I'm witty; then I realise someone has beaten me to my punchline. I'll be first once I have my infinite monkeys with PCs.
Sunday 7th October, 2012 10:17
It's National Chocolate Week! Coincidentally I'm eating chocolate for brunch. #SundayBrunch
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