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Palm Cove Family Fireworks 2012

January 1, 2013

I took Matt up to the Palm Cove Fireworks last night and he had a great time; here a video of the event.  Take note around the 6:00 minute mark where a plane flies over and appears to fly through them; if you look closely, you can see where passengers are taking photos:

 

Happy New Year everyone!!

New Project

October 25, 2012

Hmmm, every now and then you come across an item that could just revolutionise or change the way that you do things.

The GPS is a staple now in most cars with several different types available; you can have handheld, portable and in-dash versions of them.  the only problem seems to be that you have to update the maps on them every now and then and they well, don’t have much use beyond telling you where to turn.  The  latest incarnations  have support to plug in your iPod and play some video formats to keep the kids happy if you don’t need the GPS at that time.

VMS Touring 700HD

Pictured above is the GPS that I have currently, the VMS Touring 700HD.  A great unit that has Australia wide on road and off road maps in it, a big 7 inch touch screen but I can’t plug it into my Mac to back it up or anything like that  because the unit runs Windows CE 6.0 which can’t be read by OS X.  This unit basically retails for just under $700.00.

Then along comes October 2012 and Apple release the iPad Mini.  Now imagine this:

Apple iPad Mini

Running a GPS mapping program on a 7.95 inch screen 🙂

The software already exists in Mud-Maps MudMapHD app; the advent of the smaller iPad has perhaps unwittingly launched, I believe Apple into the GPS market.

Mud-Maps Fraser Island 4WD map

The only real prerequisite for it to work fully is that you have a 3G iPad (the new mini 16Gb model is fine); and remember that the VMS unit is just under $700 to buy.  So the 3G/4G 16Gb iPad Mini at $509 is quite acceptable; then on top of that you have the Mud Map HD application at $149.99 bringing the total to around $650.00.

To make it even sweeter the 3G/4G iPad Mini has a GPS receiver in it so you don’t even need a telco sim to use the functionality.

At the moment I am seriously considering selling the VMS unit and getting an iPad Mini and the Mud Maps HD app in it’s place.  Mounting brackets for the iPad Mini will come out over the next few months as people use them for this task.  Of course the unit will have more uses than as a GPS as well, sending email, music and movies etc. and it’s one less item on a trip that would need to be packed.

I’m liking this idea the more I think about it… 🙂

The Internet – So easy to use it’s difficult…

October 17, 2012

Had a discussion today with someone at work and we came to the realisation that over the last 20 or so years; the methodology of using the Internet hasn’t changed.

The software that we use has and in many cases, it has made it harder in an effort to make it simpler to use…

Case in point; look at your email software be it Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook or others such as Thunderbird.

All these programs now try and detect your type of email account and how it needs to be configured. 10 years ago all you needed to know was your incoming mail server , outgoing mail server, username and password – 4 items which 9 times out of 10, was given to you by your provider.

Now, the mail program tries to connect via SSL, on various ports that are relevant and then goes through the process again with non SSL connections. This greatly adds the time that it takes to configure a mail connection; what used to be a roughly 3 minute job at most now can take up to 10 minutes depending on your connection.

Apple’s ‘i’ devices are probably the worst offenders in this regard.  Think I’m kidding?  Try connecting an IMAP or POP account that is not a GMail or HotMail account but one from your ISP and watch it try every known connection method before it gives you the option to save and take the account on line.

Sure, there are tools that can help you, providing that you have the relevant infrastructure; Outlook AutoConfig scripts are easy to build and get working providing you have a Windows server.  Apple has a similar tool which works great (Apple Configurator), but can be a bit of a pain to get sorted for multiple users in a non corporate or non SOE environment.

Maybe I am old and know too much becoming bitter; then again, maybe I just long for the days when I could just enter my appropriate details without having to remember to tick an obscure little box labelled “Manually configure server settings” when I know what they are to start with 🙂

Getting there….

October 7, 2012

 

Well, Things are starting to take shape here; the site is starting to look a bit more like ‘home’ so to speak – everything will be back to normal soon 🙂

Hosting Moved

June 22, 2011

Welcome to my new page which is hosted with WordPress.com – the site will be updated over the next few days and will be more detailed and updated in due course.