Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” Update – Hidden features

So Mango has finally shipped, and I’ve been able to install it on my phone. I’m loving a bunch of the new features, especially: Unified messaging interface. Lets you seamlessly switch between Facebook chat, text, etc — in a single conversation. Linked inboxes, and conversation aggregation. You can view multiple email accounts from a single tile, and emails belonging to a conversation are grouped together. Very, very useful. Enhanced voice recognition.
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Apple: A hate story

To date, I have owned two iPods: An iPod video (5th Generation), and an iPod Touch (2nd Generation). I am going to start this post with a disclaimer: I like many things about my iPod Touch. It is lightweight, has a good battery life, and does most of what I need from it. Apps are cool too. If given a choice, I would probably buy it again, and when I get another MP3 player, there is a good chance it will be another iPod. That said, I have some major gripes with iTunes, and to a lesser extent, the iPod. Here they are, in no particular order:
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Just moved into a new flat. It’s pretty great (and my new room is like 3 times the size of my old one), but it’s going to take a week for our ISP to transfer our connection to the new address. Which means I’m limited to going online at work, and I’m going a little bonkers not being able to go online at home. In other miscellaneous news, summer is wrapping up, which means that in about 3 months the ski season will be starting again — can’t wait!
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A week in the life of Tom

Have been feeling a weird urge to design something lately. This was what I came up with. Open to ideas for things to do next. Click through to see full size. Addendum to key: PHOTOSHOP — 2 HOURS.


Christoph Waltz took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Well deserved. Inglourious Basterds was the best movie of 2009, in my humble opinion.

Space travel

So it seems that Obama has finally decided (roughly) what to do with the future of NASA. The new budget scraps the Constellation program (meaning direct funding won’t be going into an Apollo-recreating moon mission), but it does give funding to development of truly new concepts and technologies, where the Constellation program was more aimed at repeating old science. Hopefully this scientific innovation not only contributes back to society in much the same way that many of the advances of the Apollo program did, but also works out as more useful in the long run for space colonisation and general space presence.
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Project “writer’s” block

So I’ve recently been trying to think of a good idea for a pet website project, and drawing a complete blank. I’m looking for a simple concept that will be effective and clever, but hasn’t already been totally overdone. Preferably with a social aspect to it. I’ve been thinking about this for a good few weeks, and still haven’t come up with anything worthwhile. Ideas welcome.

What I’m watching

Hurrah for a new TV season! Here’s what I’m watching at the moment: American Dad Curb Your Enthusiasm Dexter Dollhouse Entourage Family Guy Greek Heroes How I Met Your Mother Robot Chicken The Office As well as catching up on some movies, and attempting to get up to speed on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Where do I find the time…

Non-nerdy stuff

Well it seems that lately my blog has devolved into nerdy rants about programming and web design and other such things. I shall now attempt to write the wrong. It is now nearing the end of the ski season, and (although I’m not 100% sure on the exact number) I believe I’m up to about 20 days on the mountain this season, which is not half bad as far as predominantly weekend trips go!
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I heart beer

It’s so good, once it hits your lips! That is all.