Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Passing under a bridge, these silhouette of both the buildings, London Eye, and the photographers caught my eye
And then, round hte corner, the place I first heard proper surround sound in the 70's. The IEEE building where a school trip permitted us to hear Atom Heart Mother in Quadrophonic sound.
Further on, a tablet marking the location of the North Bank of the River Thames, before the Victoria Embankment was built in 1862.
Then, as night closed in, I passed Liberty's with it's Christmas decorations on show, but more interesting to me was the ship wind vane on top. Second one of the day!
And then finally, after a great meal with my old school friend Ed, we made our way to the Royal Institution, and James Burke's incredible throught provoking lecture 1+1=3, curated by Aleks Krotoski
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
We are not men, who have not faced men
We are not men, who have not been to war.
We are not men, who have not put on uniform
We are not men, who have not drilled.
We are not men, who have not been on stag
We are not men, who have not dug trenches
We are not men, who have not been there
We are not men, who have not blancoed belts
We are not men, who have not deployed
We are not men, who have not fought
We are not men, who have not volunteered
We are lucky.
We are free.
We are just boys.
Thanks to the men.
We can only wear poppies.
*Thanks to Fish, for the inspiration tonight.
Then, within a short quarter of a century (or less, I don't know when they first sailed), they too were lost in the Second World War.
Today's the second day in November for remembering. The crew and families of these ships deserve remembrance.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
Oh, and if you independently download the IPSW for #iOS update, this may enable you to do a normal update
First, close iTunes (just in case!)
Second, find your Application Data location (this will normally be under c:\users or c:\documents and settings and then your user name. If your folders are redirected then speak to your network admin (although whether they want Apple Device Updates on the network is another matter!)
If you are not sure:
start a DOS Command prompt (start, CMD)
type "set APPDATA"
this will show you the path that you seek :-)
Inside that folder you will find "Apple Computers\iTunes\iPad Software Updates". This location appears to hold the downlaoded file, so if you have already downloaded the file, then copy/move it here.
I cannot prove the theory as the update is now over, but as the file names are the same, I would hope that when iTunes starts up, it will see the file and then proceed to offer the update instead of offering up the "downlaod and update" option - which at Corylus Towers (in deepest rural Fenland) takes a bloody long time!
With #Apple it doesn't "just work", in fact it can fail and they can't help you. Don't upgrade to iOS5 without reading this.
- Backups are hidden away in your application data folders on Windows machines.
- Backups may demand 20GB, but then only consume a few MB, but even if they only need a few MB you need that 20GB free first.
- The backup before an iOS upgrade may remove all previous backups so that you have no fall back to iOS 4.x
- The backup before an iOS upgrade is necessary (and if you cannot do it – you get a warning that it is a risk), however it is not verified, may fail, and you’ll not be told that the backup is bad before the Upgrade continues anywa, overwriting your setup.
- Whilst Apple completely control the environemtn (hardware, software, app admission) their Tech Support says that in-app data or settings may corrupt a backup and make recovery impossible. And that’s not their fault, or their problem to fix. Apparantly it’s mine.
- some (like iA Writer, PhatPad etc) backup into the cloud with DropBox
- some (like Pages etc) can backup through the File Sharing in iTunes (although in my experience not all your documents are exposed and therefore available to backup under iOS 4.x)
- some will have iCloud backup after you get to iOS 5
- some have the means to email yourself settings or data (and I do this)
- some apps will store your settings in the cloud at their own services (Echofon, Feeddler using Google Reader for instance…)
- Paid for Microsoft support
- An upgrade to an OS that fails
- Microsoft support talk you through using Microsoft supplied tools to backup the system and implement the upgrade
- The upgrade fails and you cannot restore your computer
- Microsoft say that the failure is no longer their responsibility and that you are on your own, and wish you good luck with it.