Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Trains...

All too often I hear people complaining about Sydney Transport, especially the trains. We all read about it, especially in the free "train newspaper" the mX. Why? Here are my responses to a couple of common questions:

WHY DO PEOPLE TAKE UP SEATS WITH BAGS/FEET/NOTHING?


Many people say that ever since the invention of chairs the human race has become a weaker species. If this is correct why should we bother about seats. If someone wants to but their bag on the seat, don't complain, just stand and laugh at him/her. The only reason I would get annoyed at something as minor as this would be if you were on a long train trip (over 30 mins) and you couldn't sit.

PEOPLE ON TRAINS ARE LOUD, RUDE AND INCONSIDERATE!


You couldn't be wronger. Unless you've been catching the train at 2AM from Penrith to Mt Druitt then you are wrong. One rotten apple may spoil the bunch but about 90% of "Train People" are decent. 


TRAINS ARE DIRTY


I'd have to agree, Cityrail trains are very dirty. All this, however, is understandable. Why are the trains dirty? This is because of a lack of rubbish bins. Why are there a  lack of rubbish bins? Since someone could shove a bomb in one. So the trains being dirty may come back to save your life.


Despite all these cons, there are many pros with trains including

  • Quick, efficient, cheap transport
  • Funny guards who make stupid announcements
  • Ease of accessing places
etc.

So next time you catch a train consider the pros vs the cons and if the cons outweigh the pros, walk and get some exercise.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

HTC Sensation Review

When I first got the HTC Sensation, I was weary. Already 2 "sequels" had been released and I wondered whether there was an issue with the original. Despite this I chose the HTC since I knew someone with it and it was the best phone available with that plan.

Well first of all let's start with the look: I like the colour black as its main colour opposed to the Sensation XL's White. It's ergonomic and fits into the hand very well. For me, one of the key points is the large touch screen. As compared to someones HTC Legend, the Sensation is massive.

Some people have approached me and asked me why I didn't go for an iPhone. I reply: iPhones are the biggest waste of money and brick of junk. I personally find the iOS very underwhelming and unpowerful. Android is flexible, cheap and very powerful. Apple impose so many restrictions that it's not funny. (And for the record I do have an iPod)

When I got the Sensation it came with the ordinary Froyo Firmware (I think :O). What I knew, and a lot of others didn't was that the Sensation would be one of the first phones worldwide to release Google's powerful 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Firmware. With this in mind I bought it and low and behold it gets released a few nights ago. With this update comes many ultrapowerful tools such as face unlock, camera enhancements and android beaming.

The Sensation (without ICS) has one of the best cameras for a phone on the market. With ICS the full potential is enhanced.

One of the main reasons I moved to a smartphone was to have a GPS so that I could more freely participate in one of my major hobbies, Geocaching. So when it came time to find my first geocache with my phone I went to a nearby one in the City. This has got to be an amazing geocaching tool. I've heard complaints about other smartphones especially the LG range but I am very impressed with my phone.

As with the range of apps that many people praise the iPhone on. The Google Play Store is still quite small. The functionality of some apps is limited as Android is opensource and thus can be run on many devices with many different types of hardware compared to Apple's few choices of device. I can guarentee that in a few years the Android Play Store will have more apps than the App Store due the $25 once off payment compared to $99 a year and the fact that you can only develop for iOS on a Mac.

All other features work as intended such as mail, messaging, music and the keypad.

This is a quick review and will still have a far way to go but I hope this gives you some idea about the HTC Sensation.

Smashing open a computer

Today was the local electronics cleanup day and I was set with the task of dismantleling the computers and corrupting the hard drives. FUN.

So I set off dismantling one of the old PCs with a never ending BSOD. It had larger screws so I started with my IKEA electric screwdriver.

Removed a few screws and bam.. there was the ram. Couldn't let it go to waste so preserved it and will be placing it in my sluggish laptop soon. Which at the moment isn't responding hence me typing on my htc sensation.

Then it was on to the battery and hard drive. When I got to the hard drive there were little screws which I wanted to remove to access the magnets. Turns out I didn't have a screwdriver small enough. Will have to buy one for the next opportunity.

Pulled out the hammer and started bashing the hard drive. Then got the screwdriver and punctured it with it.

I would have liked to have taken a photo but my phone or camera wasn't close enough so a photo of the RAM will have to do.

No winner yet on the first contest despite a few pageviews.


Thursday, 24 May 2012

Shopifree Contest

Well this is my first post and just to be nice first comment will receive a shopifree.com invite code. These are uncommon and hard to come by. Shopifree is an online store website which is currently only in BETA
Cheers