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A married Cornishman who still doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up. I currently work for a charity and am trying to expand my horizons. [See bottom of page for Blog Archive and Links.]

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Where are all the posts gone?

I just wanted to reassure my kind readers that I am still around. It's just that I have been taking photographs and vidoes with my new Nokia N95 and that is set up to post to my blog over at Vox (clicking on that word should take you there.

I also use jaiku, which is a site that gathers together the things I post in all sorts of places - again clicking on the highlighted word should take you there.

I hope you are all well and remembering to have fun.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Free Wireless at the Daphne Du Maurier festival

Brilliant news!  I just read this on the Daphne Du Maurier Festival website:



Join in the Connected Festival ! Free wireless, Broadband Internet access across the whole Festival Village. Or you can get Free Broadband Internet access on our dedicated desktop at the Festival Village Box Office ! - Sponsored by BehindTheDot.com Web Development



Why don't more locations think of this?  I may well now look for another event to see - (we are currently booked for Eddi Reader at the festival).





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Sunday, May 13, 2007

New Nokia site

Here's a link to What's become of computers website.  It hasn't grabbed me  in the same way as Henry Needle & Sons but funny all the same and I want to recognise the effort.





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Some great shots with the N95

Creative, a member of the Vox community, has some excellent shots taken on his N95, including some using a Canon wideangle lens. Creative on Vox.





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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Monday, May 07, 2007

First UK advert I can recall seeing for a Tablet PC outside of a computer magazine


I don't recall seeing an advert out in the wild for a tablet computer until this one. It's certainly eye catching.

This was in the Sunday Mail's supplement - Live magazine of yesterday 6 May 2007.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

An oasis of calm in a busy world


An oasis of calm in a busy world
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 1:12 PM on May 06, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Place and access my own music in the cloud?

This has to be worth trying: storing my audio files so I can stream them from wherever I am without having to setup a home server





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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 3:37 PM on May 01, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 3:35 PM on May 01, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Monday, April 30, 2007

First Nokia N95 firmware upgrade

Womworld reports on the first firmware upgrade for the N95.  It seems to correct a red tint that is apparent in the phone they upgraded prior to doing so.



Thanks for the heads up Womworld.



For theinfo on updates try here





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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 6:08 PM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007098
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 12:45 PM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007097
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 12:45 PM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 12:44 PM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007092
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 12:26 PM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007090
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 12:17 PM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 12:10 PM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007086
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 12:09 PM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007081
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 12:04 PM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007075
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:56 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:53 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007071
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:48 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007070
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:34 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007069
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:34 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:32 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:31 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007066
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:15 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007065
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:14 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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30042007063
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 9:59 AM on April 30, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

The best laid plans..

Well, I have become enamoured with my current IT setup now that the N95 has joined the stable.  I now have everything I need to blog, work, organise and entertain myself.  (Yes, I know there will always be kit that comes out i will lust after, I’d not turn down a tablet for instance, but I can’t complain that I can’t do something – there so much potential with this N95, Axim Pocket PC and Lenovo x60s ThinkPad).


The one thing that all my devices have in common is a need for power.  I counted up my options and realised a few days ago that I needed a way to recharge my phone while wandering London, running GPS, taking photos, uploading, blogging even.  I have rechargeable battery powerpack options for the Axim and my previous, P910i, phone.  So what is a boy geek to do?


I you have read this blog in the last few days you will know, Proporta have moved from the pack I mentioned to a dense USB battery which charges from a mini USB and puts out it’s 3400Ma of goodness via a full size USB port.  Proporta veer on the side of caution and quote buy Special delivery Friday and get on Monday, I was flying on Sunday and it was already Thursday.  I searched for the Proporta battery from locations such as London, thinking I could call by while in town.  I didn’t find a London shop with it but I did find a firm I have bought kit from before - Expansys.


I ordered around 2.30pm on the Friday and it was delivered on the Saturday morning as suggested on the Expansys site – perfect.


If it was a successful solution what’s it with the title?  To be able to charge the N95 from a USB port I need a lead for it.  I’ve got one, it’s a genuine Nokia CA100 USB charger lead that I got on eBay for £4 including postage (£9 in the shops).  I have it in a safe place as it is the only one I have, the one teensy, weensy problem is that the safe location is at home in Cornwall, while i am writing this at my accommodation in Islington! (aaaaggggghrr).


I say teensy problem because there are many more pressing concerns that eclipse this – after all, I can pop along Tottenham Court Road tomorrow and get a spare.   I won’t dwell here save to say that it is things happening to others, a funeral on Wednesday of my friend Eddie in Surrey, my middle brother having an angiogram (sic?) tomorrow (crumbs! it’s 00:31 – today then) to confirm what they say [that it’s not his heart] and my best friends’ computer won’t boot normally since I removed trojans and malware last night. 


Now, I really must head to bed – once I hear amy Whinehouse’s last song.  Channel 4 have a Vodaphone TBA Show (To Be Arranged) where people are only texted a few hours before a concert in a, till then, secret venue.  Tonight it’s Amy, a girl I would have shied away from in my courting days, to my loss (though as I am old enough, just, to be her father it’s a moot point).


I’m whacked and a nice comfy bed awaits.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:39 PM on April 29, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:38 PM on April 29, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:04 PM on April 29, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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29042007058
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 11:02 PM on April 29, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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29042007055
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 12:01 PM on April 29, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Saturday, April 28, 2007

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 10:39 AM on April 28, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Proporta USB Charger


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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 10:32 AM on April 28, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu



It is thanks to Expansys that i got this device overnight for my trip to London tomorrow. All of a sudden my phone charging concerns, while wandering the capital for 8+ hours, pale as I can now recharge 3 or 4 times as I go.
Special Royal mail delivery was charged at cost, and while the device was maybe £5 more than proporta charge it is well worth it, to have a suggested delivery of today rather than a safer promise of order Friday get monday guarantee.

Thank you Expansys UK.

Friday, April 27, 2007

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 3:12 PM on April 27, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 3:11 PM on April 27, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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27042007049
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 3:10 PM on April 27, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 7:29 PM on April 26, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Unlimited data on Orange UK for £8 per month

OK what shall I do?  laugh...or cry? 

After asking Orange and asking orange and finally moving after over 10 years with them they bring out a hugely improved data plan.

Fortunately, for me, I am going to laugh.  I ot a great deal with T-Mobile on this N95 and am quite happy.

It's good to see Orange catching up with T-Mobile and 3, but feels good to be supporting an organisation that was playing fair with data for longer.

Thanks to SMSTextNews for the heads up.





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26042007047
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 7:29 PM on April 26, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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26042007046
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 1:30 PM on April 26, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 9:24 AM on April 25, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 9:23 AM on April 25, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 10:37 AM on April 24, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 10:37 AM on April 24, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

The Cloud offers unlinited wifi for £9.99

This looks like a very tempting offer from the Cloud.

Thanks to SMSTextNews for the heads-up.





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Monday, April 23, 2007

N95 New Firnmware version on the horizon?

Mark Guim gives the heads up on a possible new version of the N95 firmware on his blog .



I haven't had much in the way of crashes with this little beauty but I'm quite happy to have a few tweaks if they're available.



Thanks Mark.





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23042007040
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 7:22 AM on April 23, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 7:21 AM on April 23, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 7:21 AM on April 23, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Sunday, April 22, 2007

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 5:07 PM on April 22, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 5:06 PM on April 22, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 5:05 PM on April 22, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

Strange photo at the cemetery

I took this shot rather quickly and didn’t look at it till I got back here.


We were visiting Mylor (Cornwall, UK) cemetery and I thought I would take a shot of my wife and father-in-law standing by the grave of her mother/his wife.  It was an overcast but sunny day, plenty of light for well exposed photographs, no glaring sunshine to throw off the meter.


Having taken the photograph in suitable lighting conditions, as I have with others on the N95, I got the following:

Whizzing along - N95 3G

Falmouth tethered T-Mobile N95 speed test


Here’s the result of a speed test for the first time I have tethered via USB my x60s notebook to my N95 phone. 


I am on T-Mobile with the Walk ‘n’ Web plus account that allows tethering and is giving me a 3G signal of 7 out of 7 bars strength here in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK.  (Yes, I realise that we are for once fortunate in comparison to our American cousins, in having 3G available).


I can now fully appreciate the marvels of EVDO-like connections that James and Kevin have long enthused about; before this I was limited to GPRS at best and then at a relatively exorbitant price.

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Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 3:14 PM on April 22, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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22042007033
Originally uploaded by Phil(hellene).

- Taken at 2:24 PM on April 22, 2007 - cameraphone upload by ShoZu

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