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    The beginning of the end for the web…

     Posted in Anger Level 4 & Breaking News & Censorship & Public Information & Technology & Tragedies at 16:43 on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 by Mr. Rant

    This week saw widespread blackouts on some prominent websites, including this one.

    The blackouts were in protest to the now, possibly defunct Sopa and Pipa movements chaired in the US law system. The bill had now been dropped or at least put on the backburner for now, but the Internet is changing.

    On Wednesday, the file sharing website MegaUpload was shut down by the FBI and it’s creators arrested and it’s content destroyed, the people behind the action was once again the MPA and the copyright Nazi’s.

    Now I hate people stealing my work as much as the next person but the US administration is going after the wrong people. They’re fighting the site owners, data centre’s and hosting companies and accusing them of breaking the law, when they didn’t put the content there it was the users who did.

    Yes, you can argue that they should be more proactive and stop users uploading copyrighted material but it’s not as easy as that.

    Take this website, the servers are US based so therefore we fall under their jurisdiction and have to adhere to their laws, however its developed and ran in the UK so has to adhere to the UK’s laws too, so where does it stop?

    Do we need to adhere to everything to keep everyone happy? In short, yes but that’s practically impossible.

    Just expect more sites to disappear over the next few months as the governments fight a loosing battle, and a backlash is likely to rise.


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    Short URL Service Launched

     Posted in Technology & The Blog at 14:21 on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    We’ve just launched a short URL Service, at the moment we’re still testing it out but we hope to have it running fully soon!


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    iPhone 4? You’ll need these…

     Posted in iPhone & Technology at 21:07 on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    So you’ve got your iPhone 4 and you’re extremely impressed with it’s retina display, and you love it’s glass back and swish stainless steel corners and Apple’s fantastic new antenna system, what?

    Wait?

    Haven’t you heard that you’re gonna have some reception issues?

    You see Apple have implemented this fantastic new antenna, they’re wrapped it around the outer edge of the phone.  It’s supposed to make the reception better, but alas in true Apple style it’s lacking a basic vital feature; the ability to stay connected to the Mobile Network.  The problem stems unbelievably from a design oversight by Apple which means as you can see in the picture below, you make a circuit with your hand with bridging that little gap, therefore rendering the signal to the network dead.

    iPhone 4... Good? Maybe...

    iPhone 4... Good? Maybe...

    You’re bassically absorbing the cell signal with your hand.  This issue has been recognised by several leading antenna scientists but strangely Apple are not willing to recognise the fault.  They’ve been saying that there is no reception issue, that so brings me on to the two things you’ll need.

    Firstly One of these:

    Elastic Bands

    Elastic Bands

    Temporary fix, stops you from bridging the antenna.

    Alternatively…

    A bible...

    A bible...

    You can get one of these and pray that Apple recognise the problem and attempt to fix it by whatever means they deem reasonable.


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    Parallels Desktop…

     Posted in Technology at 14:57 on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    Basically if you have a mac and want to use specific programs which aren’t supported by you need a work around, and the simplest way I’ve found to this is to run Parallels Desktop.  It costs a bit of money to buy but it’s worth it.  The current cost direct from Parallels themselves is £59.99 which is very reasonable considering it’s power.

    What I do is use the bootcamped partition of XP I have already installed and I can run all the programs in Coherence Mode – This bassically allows you to launch the windows as if they were running under well… Windows.  I’m still in my 14 day trial and I love it so much I will be buying it as soon as the trial comes to an end.

    Get parallels, run windows, enjoy… that’s how easy it is to use.


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    I’ve joined the Mac-World…

     Posted in Technology at 23:06 on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    I’ve made the leap into Mac’s and got myself a MacBook and she’s a beast.  Super fast, long battery life, excellent graphics and seemingly well built.

    I have become an Apple fanboy.

    I’m not entirely sure if that is a good thing as yet, but I do love it already.  It took me a day or so to get fully used to OSX Snow Leopard, but once you start using it you realise how much more intuitive than Windows it really is.

    The system just works.  I’m very impressed with the thought that has gone into making everything right, from the dock to file structure to ease with which you can connect to a wifi network.

    I shall keep you posted over the next few months, but for now I’m in love.


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    The iPad, Apples new toy…

     Posted in Technology at 1:53 on Saturday, January 30th, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    This week we saw the release of Apple’s New toy, the iPad.  While most industry pundits are telling us it’s the newest thing to have, I have to question the purpose of it.  Apple has a long history since Jobs’ return to the company of producing new and exciting tech which has revolutionised a particular sector.

    The iPod is a case in point on that one; it helped develop a revolution of digital downloads and in conjunction with iTunes it’s become the program of choice for millions of users.  Same goes for the iPhone, but do we really need a whole new market, based around Apple’s device.

    I would argue that we don’t.

    I like Apple products; they are swish in design and inherently easy to use, but and there is always a but with Apple they always lack a vital function – most evident with the iPhone and glaringly evident with the iPad.  The lack of Multiple, background processing is a huge oversight on Apple’s part.

    Personally, I know that the iPad will be huge, despite it’s shortcomings – people just love Apple stuff, and they will love it no matter what it does, even if it is just an oversized iPod touch.


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