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Looking back at 2012 (kind of)

Grumpy Cat <3 joo!

Well here I am again. Sat in front of the PC, nursing a somewhat epic hangover from the night before yet I see so clearly what I wish to look back on for the past year and slightly beyond.

I could start off by looking towards the end of 2011 and pondering as to why I didn’t mention this in my 2011 end of year summary last year. Looking at my 2011 post, it would seem that it was geared towards anything BUT my own life. This on the other hand won’t be. I lost a dear Twitter friend towards the end of 2011, she didn’t pass away or anything no! The aftermath of an argument/quarrel etc is never good and I ended up being blocked for simply airing my thoughts on what was a heated conversation. You meant so much to me, and I am sorry the way it all turned out.

Work absolutely dominated my life in 2012 and this was one year that absolutely that really dragged on. Mass renovation work at our work complex meant that the small engineering team I am part of were stretched in their work duties. Imagine having to carry out your daily tasks, manage machine repairs whilst at the same time assisting with the renovation work and moving whole departments. Yeah…fuck me I was mentally drained at the end of every single working day of the year.

This of course wasn’t helped by a godamn 80KG cast iron vacuum pump landing on my index finger and crushing it horribly during a repair job in November 2012. Hobbling into A&E was hilarious as the staff couldn’t understand why I was so calm despite having blood all over the place. Looking back on that day I recall being in shock with a cheesy grin on my face as I walked in :S All of this turned out to be a blessing in disguise – I met and made friends with some awesome staff/nurses at my local A&E and we still keep in touch today. After a mere two months the bones have mended up faster than expected and I can actually use my right hand to an extent – all thanks to the folks at Northwick Park A&E. You are all awesome, thank you and see you soon (not in A&E!) for drinks.

Olympic Rings at the White Cliffs of Dover

The Olympics hit London like nothing I had ever witnessed before. The 27th of July marked the date in which London and indeed the watching world were blown away by an opening ceremony that still resides in the thoughts of many Londoners. The epic musical build up as the Olympic rings came together was awe inspiring. The events themselves and the fact that Team GB was actually winning Gold medals brought the nation together like never before. Everywhere I looked, people were watching sports on the box or talking about going to see them live. People around the UK were happy, talkative and mostly so focused on the games even if they didn’t like sports. The dire Olympic logo, which resembled Lisa Simpson giving Bart a blowjob was completely overshadowed by this sporting event. Excellents!

Gaming was poor for 2012. I didn’t play much, was it because I am getting older or did I want to spend my free time differently I thought? Pretty much both of these I would say. I found myself reading about technology, gadgets and manufacturing more than I actually gamed. I did manage to play a few though! Continue reading ‘Looking back at 2012 (kind of)’

Looking back at 2011

Big Ben on FIRE

So 2011 then…as the saying goes ‘time flies’ and all that and it couldn’t have been more appropriate for this year. This year consisted of nothing but work dominating my life. Being at the same defence company I have been situated at for the past 6yrs+ now has seen me lose that ‘killer determination’ I once had. I have settled down there now to the point where my confidence is slowly waning on a daily basis and an ‘I can’t be arsed’ attitude is beginning to emerge.

August 2011 marked an important event in which I was chosen to work on a special project, which would be very good for my future. At the time of writing, the project is in full flow. Sadly it leaves me horribly tired by the week’s end. Enough about that anyway.

On the technology front it has been an incredible year:

  • After dominating the Mobile market for many years, Apple are now feeling the heat of competition from the likes of HTC, and mainly electronics giant Samsung. So what better way to stall your competitors than suing their rear ends off. 2011 was the year in which every mobile company just sued everyone else – what a time to be a lawyer!
  • Social Networking became gained even more popularity in 2011 and what better way to show off the brilliance of Twitter than by starting a RIOT. After the shooting of a seemingly innocent man in London, various folk took it as an excuse to set buildings on fire and raid shops….and then post photos on twitter of them with their ‘loot’ – clever that. It is also clever that Twitter was the main communications tool being used by the rioters to organise themselves. Twitter came in for the heaviest criticism as generations clashed as to its role, perpetuation and culpability.

The social network was pinned for inciting the riots though the Police used it against the rioters and convicted a great deal of them, therefore restoring some faith and the unstoppable momentum of social media services meant responsibility slowly became the key message.

  • Sony were just as heavily criticised for the hacking of their PlayStation Network, which went unnoticed for several days before they released a statement admitting that data from over 100m+ users was compromised. Restoration to the service took well over a month, however Sony’s reputation had taken a colossal hit and apologies were simply not enough. For the following months, hackers continued to cause havoc with the stability of the network.
  • Without a doubt the largest story of 2011 ws the passing of legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Plagued by health problems in the past few years, Seve had stepped down as CEO at the start of 2011 taking a long medical leave. He later resigned as CEO in August 2011 sparking rumours about his health. Tim Cook was to become the new CEO of Apple as a result.

Steve Jobs & Wife

Job’s passing had a profound impact on the tech world, and I have an unpublished article (too long!) to show exactly why. Suffice to say he had a hand in all the technology you utilise today. Music, Film, Personal Computers, Mobile Phones and of course Tablets.

I confess that prior to the release of the first iPhone in 2007 I was never an Apple fan – that one device changed the world. What really made me sit up and take notice was Steve quoting Alan Kay, a legend in the computing world and someone who I worshipped as a teenager. I recognised the quote immediately.

“People who are really serious about software, should make their own hardware”

An Entire Country Frozen (almost) Part 2

Nasa UK Snow img

End of November Snow Blankets UK. Source: NASA

The Apple iPad Lands

iPad Image
So Apple’s Conference just ended with announcement of the much fabled Apple Tablet, named the iPad. I’ll keep this short and sweet as I hadn’t set my expectations high unlike most people out there. I knew exactly what I expected of the device but have been surprised by a few things. Firstly I’m a major gadget geek, but instead of looking at the usability of devices I tend to be more interested in the hardware side of things, the internal components. That said, these was my predicted specs for the tablet prior to it’s announcement.

Two Tablet models:

Tablet 1:

  • 10″ LED Backlit IPS Panel Widescreen feat a touch display and a resolution of 1024 x 768
  • 3GS style Oleophobic coating to be present on the screen
  • Wifi N ONLY wireless connectivity
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR Tech
  • Assisted GPS (same as iPhone 3G/3Gs)
  • 16, 32GB storage ability
  • Dual Cortex A9 Tegra 2 SoC
  • 2x USB ports
  • Twin speakers and a Microphone
  • 3.5″ Headphone connector
  • Accelerometer
  • Runs Mobile OSX (the same OS that is present on the iPhone’s and iPod Touch)

Tablet 2: All of the above with the following additions.

  • 10″ OLED Widescreen display featuring the same details as Tablet 1.
  • Built in iSight web camera
  • Wifi N & 3G wireless connectivity
  • 64, and 128GB storage capacities

Continue reading ‘The Apple iPad Lands’

Bill Gates Joins Twitter…

Bill Gates Twitter

Some 8hrs after joining, Twitter is down...

About twelve hours ago, Microsoft founder Bill Gates joined Twitter. I am somewhat happy to say that I was amongst his first 1000 followers! 😀

An hour after following him I went over to check his profile and he had 23,000 followers, expanding to 55,000 just half an hour later! Word of Mr.Gates arrival spread like wildfire thanks to the twitter trends, and as I type this the following day having just woken up – Twitter has been down for a full hour! Has the worlds most popular and richest man brought Twitter to it’s knee’s just by joining?

I have a feeling Mr.Gates will amass the largest follower count we have yet to see on the service and it’s great to see him online. “Hello World” indeed.
Bring on the Faaaaaail Whaaaaaaaale!

Update from Twitter: We are experiencing an outage due to an extremely high number of whales.  Our on-call team is working on a fix.
Update:
(5:18a): We are recovering from this incident. A sudden failure coupled with problems in switching to a backup system produced a high number of errors for around 90 minutes. This made the site largely inaccessible. No data was lost or compromised during this outage.