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    Kinda back, maybe, we’ll see…

     Posted in Breaking News & The Blog at 20:26 on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    Evenin’ Kiddies,

    As you may be aware I’ve been taking some time off from this website for a little while, I am still alive (not that you’d be that bothered anyway :-p). Regardless I’ve been taking sometime off to try and get my life sorted pretty much, no easy task there. This website has been great for me, it’s been so good to be able to blog away about any old crap and get away with it.

    I sort of dropped off with posting at Christmas, I’d had a very busy few weeks and the site got forgotten; periodically I’ve been stopping by to check things and to make sure it’s still here. I haven’t also been podcasting at all.

    I think maybe I’ve wanted to just have normal life for a while. I still plan to keep up with The Rant, but for now it’s got to take a back seat. I haven’t been twittering either, unless it’s a special event; you might have seen my Tweets for Eurovision and some for the MHL Parties which I have a big hand in running, but other than that it’s been pretty quiet on this website.

    I’m still toying with the idea of semi-closing the site.  I haven’t a clue whether that’s a good idea or not.  This website still gets a fair few visits which is a testament to you dear reader.  When I stared this site a little over three years ago, I spent a large amount of time getting it right, it was a labour of love and I still love it, I always will.  The Rantastic is my baby, she’s a bit screwed up and very raw but she’s a big part of my internet based life.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to her just yet; but something has to break for me to carry on with a ‘normal’ life and maybe The Rant is that thing.  Maybe it won’t be? I honestly can’t say.  We’ll see what the next few months bring, if I haven’t got back into it by August I think that might be a sign that maybe I shouldn’t be running this website any more.  If I do close it and I’m not ready to, I’ll miss it a lot.  So for now you’re stuck with reading back over the 156 posts I’ve made in the past.  It’s funny looking back over the development of my writing style from post one to this very one.

    I’m still very proud of this website and my writing.

    “Keep holding out for Mr. Rant”

    That’s the motto I’m living by at the moment.

    Thanks for reading.


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    The Leaders Debates – Election 2010

     Posted in Politics at 15:53 on Thursday, April 15th, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    So the election campaign for the 2010 elections kicked off last week with all three main parties agreeing to a series of Live Debates to be held on consecutive Thursdays in the build up to Polling Day on May 6th.

    Tonight see’s the first of these debates on ITV, produced by them live from Manchester. The format may seem a bit cooky but damage limitation is what’s being aimed for with these events. They’re structured so that the Leaders don’t get carried away with what they say so they ultimately stay on topic.

    It will be interesting to see the differences between the styles of the leaders. Gordon Brown is notoriously old-school in his leading style, whereas both Nick Clegg and David Cameron are younger and somewhat hipper, or at least that’s what they’re aiming for – it remains to be seen if they’ll be found out as the typical politicians we expect them to be.

    Personally I don’t think it’s gets much better than having all the Leaders on edge as they’re grilled by an audience of ‘average, demographically diverse people’, of course it’s likely that the audience have been vetted in advance to ensure there is limited unrest.

    We’ll see what happens expect a full review here tomorrow and also a running commentary on my Twitter feed.


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    I am Mr. Rant…

     Posted in Breaking News at 7:00 on Thursday, April 1st, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    I think the time has come to reveal myself…

    So here I go….

    After over two years of anonymity the time has come for me to reveal myself so you know who the real Mr. Rant is… I’ve uploaded a picture of myself so you can see who writes these strange and often bizarre blog posts that you so lovingly read, and with this I wave farewell to you all, this site will close and The Rantastic will be no more.

    I am Mr. Rant....


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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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