Apple iPad Mini

on Wednesday, 24 October 2012. Posted in Apple

Apple has introduced a new line of products with the iPad Mini. Steve Jobs famously said that this 7" form factor was never going to take off, but he got most other things wright.iPad-mini

As a former Google Android enthusiast, I can say with confidence, the experience between a Google and Apple device great. Google Android appears to be outstanding value for money, and if compared to any company other than Apple, they are! However, Apple's iOS family of products, simply does things to a higher standard, or with less effort or more flurishes. I have used nearly every Android device going, phone or tablet, tried to stick with them when buying my first tablet at home, however found nothing that could touch the Apple offering. When the iPad 3 came out, Julia and I both had one for work and have been hooked on not Apple's products, but rather the eco system. Something I could never appreciate simply setting up clients phones or helping them use them. We get so much more out of our devices, utilising this eco system, than we ever did with an Android device. In fact, Android devices might as well all be considered a stand alone experience, as from brand to brand, they are. We have all our music in Itunes Match, all our recently photos available on all our other devices, and are up to 4 iOS products at home, enjoying the eco systems to the fullest.  


Google replaces Marketplace

on Wednesday, 07 March 2012. Posted in Google Android

Google Play


Play Anywhere

All your entertainment in one place

Google Play is your one-stop shop for all your favorite entertainment. With over 450,000 apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies, Google Play has something for everyone. Before you decide what you want, sample a free music or book, view app ratings, reviews, and screenshots, or watch a movie trailer. Google Play is a more connected, powerful experience.

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LTE trials start in the UK

on Wednesday, 25 May 2011. Posted in Cloud & Internet, Phones



Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale are trialing the UK's first LTE 4G broadband connection from September through to December of this year, concentrating on a specific area in Cornwall.  LTE, stands for Long Term Evolution, and is considered the next step in mobile internet access. 


At present we have GPRS, Edge, 3G and both types of HSPA. These are displayed as no letter for GPRS, E for Edge, 3 or G for 3G, and H for HSDPA and HSUPA (one is faster download, other is faster upload, depending on location, mostly both in good signal areas)


No letter - GPRS is up to 56k modem speeds
E - Edge is usually between 56k up to 400k (typically if signal is good enough for that strong a edge signal, you get bumped up to 3G or HSPA)
G - 3G is up to 1.8mb and very signal strength dependant
H - HSPA (HSDPA and HSUPA - D for Download, U for Upload) represents up to 7.2mb on modern phones or USB dongles.   


Now that that is in perspective, LTE 4G looks to offer up to 40mb connections through a cell network, so no need for a phone line or anything. Phones in the US are already pushing this technology on a select few handsets, with even fewer areas offering coverage, but it is happening.  

Remember, this technology is only being trialed now, however phone manufactures often try to keep ahead of the curve to pre-prepare for technology. So if you are buying a new mobile phone after 2011, you need to check if it will be LTE compatible, as I imagine 2012 and 2013 we will all be using it as a matter of course, if our phones are capable.

Real Angry Birds

on Friday, 07 January 2011. Posted in Phones

Real Angry Birds

Saw this and a thought of a few addicted Angry Birds clients. You know who you are!


Windows anti-virus benchmarks

on Thursday, 02 December 2010. Posted in Windows OS, Microsoft

Windows anti-virus benchmarks

Tom's hardware have another fascinating article covering the real world performance degrade of using various domestic anti-virus solutions on a typical home computer. The real world slow down seems to be very negligible, but in a business there are often file servers, and that exposes clients to new problems.

The typical situation in which real-time scanning is a considerable problem, is when you are accessing a file server over the network, and that file server is scanning all the files you are opening with it's own anti-virus rules as well as your own client on your desktop. This usually causes significant degrade in performance, in particular with images, generating thumbnails, accounts packages or when previewing folder contents with details. I would suggest excluding the folders from being scanned by your anti-virus on the desktop computer, and keep it running on the file server. Any savvy admin should always look to keep everything protected, which sometimes that means protecting the users from themselves. Ensure permissions on the file server are as tight as required, so that if you do disable real time scanning on a folder, the inherent permissions that user has will stop any infections spreading at a file level from the users computer to the communal file server. 

F8 Helpdesk software on mobile devices for FREE!

on Wednesday, 10 November 2010. Posted in Phones

Helpdesk on mobile

Compatible with Android, iPhone and Blackberry, more mobile operating systems coming.

Clients can use own credentials, visiting guests can use details below. This is a ideal tool for office managers or general managers who are on the move, but want to keep in touch with status of IT issues logged to F8 IT Solutions. Jobs can be viewed, edited, notes added, former issues re-visited for reminders, and much more. Font size is far more appealing than using a traditional browser. Best of all, it is completely free with all our support contracts.

Username: companya
Password: password



Mobile VoiceMail in 2010

on Wednesday, 27 October 2010. Posted in Google Android, Phones

Mobile VoiceMail in 2010

Recently I found a interesting thread about T-mobile charging for voicemail, and found I had fallen in to that very same trap, getting little tiny stealth charges every month. I was outraged, even though we are talking about less than £2 a month, paying £35 a month and would expect such a service to be free on any contract now days.

This encouraged me to seek out alternatives (purely on principle) to my T-mobile voicemail. Which I have to admit, as much of a muchness with other phone networks, takes too long to leave a message, takes even longer to retrieve them, and when you do, chances are you have to reply them a few times if it contained anything like a number or address.  I stumbled across a company called Hullomail, who offer a multitude of services I didn't even think I wanted or needed, but I couldn't live without them now!

Hullomail is compatible with iPhone, Android (works best on 2.2) and Blackberry, also works on any major phone network in the UK. You install a little app, and it then asks if you want to create a account with Hullomail takes seconds, works on all our major phone networks in the UK, and is free.

So here is how it works and why I am in love with it.

  • Shows a list of voicemails without listening to them
  • 1 Second hangups no longer force you to spend 40 seconds retrieving, just delete!
  • No more listening to a synthesised voice telling you which menu you are in, and how to listen or change settings
  • No cumbersome new and saved voicemails, all just displayed in date order
  • much more customisable, either just introduce your name, or a whole message.

Try it out, by searching for Hullomail in you app marketplace.