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DrewI am a thirty something married gay boy living in Sydney, almost on top of the gay scene but not in it! Why Sometimes blue?, because I love blue, but also I am sometimes blue :)
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Impressions of the iPhone

Yesterday for my Birthday I succumbed and picked up an iPhone.

The wait was bearable, less than 45 minutes in the queue at the Apple store and then I turned to the dark side and picked up my very own iPhone.

It is VERY sexy but it is going to take me a while to get used to the interface etc. And especially going to have to get more proficient with the qwerty keyboard than I am already.

It took me a while to work out why I could not connect to the wireless network at home or int he office, but once I upgraded the firmware on the routers the iPhone just connected like a breeze.

I haven't yet set up the email stuff, I am not convinced yet that I want o do my email on the phone, but I will wait and see.

What I have been doing is setting up APPS like, Twitterific, Shozu etc so I can do things like blog and twitter from the phone easily.

My only one major question at the moment is when I am surfing the web on the iPhone at home or at work when I am connected to my wireless network does it automatically use the wireless network or does it use the 3G?

anyway I am totally in love with it and will have to spend hours and hours playing with my new sexy gadget!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cute Toy!

I am a bit if a gadget freak and I came across this really cool new toy coming out later in the year.

The robot is is Wall-e from the upcoming disney movie about a robot that's left on earth to clean up our mess after the Human race has left.

In Disney's words:

Designed by Disney, Pixar animators and Thinkway, the Ultimate WALL·E robot has
10 motors for lifelike movement. With voice activation and a follow-me mode,
WALL·E can follow the sound of a human voice and detect someone entering a room.
The robot has a variety of sensors that let it hear, navigate, and detect
obstacles. It will sell for $189.99.

I so want one to chase after the dog dancing and playing music, what do you think Lucy would do?


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Review of the BlueAnt X5 Bluetooth Headset

I finally received the package containing my new Bluetooth headset after the mix up with the products on Friday just before we left for our long weekend away.

To Planet Wireless's credit they did send me the correct product in an overnight bag, even if they did send it the day after I asked for the correct product.

I didn't have any time on Friday to play with it so I waited until yesterday afternoon to charge it up and try pairing it with all the devices.

Firstly I decided to try pairing it with my Sony Ericsson K800i, I love this phone and have been successful in connecting it via bluetooth to my Sony Notebook computer all the time.

The process was relatively easy to do after reading the instructions on the X5 and I could pair the device with no problems. I wanted to use my phone for music and calls instead of my iPod, which is fine for when I don't need to answer calls but useless when I am working.

The quality of the sound is a bit variable, but I think some of the quality is distorted by the quality of the recordings themselves.

I could listen to all my music easily which is stored on a Micro SD 2gb card and when my phone rang I could transfer between phone and music easily by clicking the play button on the headset.

My only complaint is that when the headset get's out of range of the phone I end having to reset the phone to reconnect to the headset.

Next I decided to play with the audio streamer.

To be honest I am a little disappointed by this feature, but I will get used to it. The Audio Streamer is the same size as one of the headphones and uses a standard audio plug to plug in to your audio out of your computer.

Also unlike I expected, to actually use the headset with your computer you need to use the special audio streamer and plug in the microphone and audio into the streamer.

I has hoped that I could just use my inbuilt Bluetooth for this to connect to my computer but the trouble I had was a nightmare!

When I tried to connect the headset to my computer via my bluetooth, it seems to pair OK but never connects. I use the Widcomm bluetooth stack and I tried updating that but the whole bluetooth stack dies and I ended up having to roll back my computer to a system restore point which I do not like doing.

As far as I can tell the Widcomm bluetooth driver I have dfoes not suport the AD2P standard the headset uses. I will call Blueant Support and see if they can't help me out.

Whilst the audio streamer is fine for my iPod and for connecting to my normal phone in my office (I need to get an adaptor for this) I would much prefer to have the headset connect via bluetooth to my computer.

Overall I am happy with the headset, the sound is as good as I expected and the range is outstanding, I can have the phone at the other end of the apartment and still get excellent reception and sound.

The bluetooth issue with my computer need to be fixed, but it's more an issue with my computer than the headset.

Using the headset and pairing it with everything is not nearly as intuitive as I would like, and I am still learning all the quirks of using the damn thing.

But all in all it's a great move forward and I am very happy!

I will get myself a powered USB hub and use this as my 'recharger' station for all my different USB charging devices like my phone, iPod, headset etc. I hate having all the different chargers lying around and I hate having USB cords connected to my notebook computer.

So that will be my next gadget and I will use some mini USB cables to connect them all! Does anyone have a recommendation for a cheap Powered USB Hub that will only be used to charge devices?

And yes I am a geek and I love it!

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

New Business Toy - BlueAnt X5 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

I purchased a new business toy today that I have been meaning to get for a while. A bluetooth Headset for Skype and my mobile phone.

I spend a huge amount of time on the telephone and in my new office I can't use the speakerphone as it is A) not loud enough and B) would drive my poor officemates mad. I have also wanted to get a good quality Stereo Bluetooth headset for a while that I could use for multiple devices (inluding my iPod).

After doing huge amounts of research and almost buying one of the Nokia Bluetooth Headsets I read as many reviews as I could online and decided to get the BlueAnt X5.

In addition to gettingthe best reviews of any of the equivalant headsets it also comes with an adaptor for your ipod, and can be paired up with 10 devices!

At less than $100 dollars it was also cheaper than a lot of the other devices too! So now I am waiting with baited breath for my new business toy!


Monday, November 05, 2007

The power of utter geekdom!

I am a geek, I keep on saying this over and over and over again. I love gadgets and I love technology in general.

Over the last several months I have become more and more hooked on Facebook, to the point that over the weekend I spent hours and hours on it, commenting , tagging and generally having fun!

But in addition to Facebook, I also Twitter pretty reguarly (it links in to facebook), I Google Map, I Blog, I Pownce, I IM, and I Skype.

I use my mobile phone extensively for reading RSS feeds in addition to surfing the web (badly) , taking pictures with my mobile phone and uploading them to Flickr, Facebook etc.

I am a total techno geek and I want more more more more!

and talking of geeks I am loving this idea in the very funny video so much I think I might go out and get one!

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

I am obsessed

I am seriously obsessed with the Apple iPhone, I want one so badly after playing with it. We have been into every apple store in our days of shopping and i have been playing my mates here too.

I want one even though back in Australia it would be a waste as the hacks are being 'patched' each time by Apple, GRRRRRRR

Mind you as the boy says too it needs to have:

Bigger Memory;

Better Camera;


Full Flash integration

and then it would be not just the bomb but the ultimate in cool all in one devices. Fuck I have a vision for the future that these sorts of devices are revolutionising so much!

I want one!
I am obsessed now really obsessed and I am even considering just getting an apple iTouch ipod just till the phone comes out!


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Pronto Condom

Now that is cool!

The condom is by a South African company called Pronto and the condom has been called one of the most beautiful objects in the world!


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Apple unveils the iPhone

OMG - Apple has finally unveilled the iPhone. It looks amazing and I can't wait to actually see one and play with it!

Apple Bring it on!


Sunday, November 26, 2006

New phone

So this will be my first attempt to photo blog from my new phone

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Just live with the disappointment

The boy and I had a look at the mobile phone I have been hankering over for months, the Nokia N93.

I have been salivating over this phone and it's features ever since I first saw it online.

But when I actually handles one yesterday my desire waned considerably! It's is simply too big to be a useful phone for me, especially since my current phone the Motorola Razr is so small (even if it is a piece of crap).

Oh well I will just have to wait and see. I might get another inspiration soon!

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