First photos with a Lumia 920

    So, I have in my posession for a while a Nokia Lumia 920 (I’m involved in a little work for them, via Brilliant Noise). It’s the first non-iPhone phone I’ve had serious hands-on time with since 2007. I’ve only had the chance for a little play with it so far, but here’s some first shots from the camera:

    [caption id=“attachment_1135” align=“aligncenter” width=“800”]Emerald Quay shot on a Windows Phone from Nokia Emerald Quay[/caption]

    [caption id=“attachment_1137” align=“aligncenter” width=“800”]Cyclamen on the balcony Cyclamen on the balcony[/caption]

    [caption id=“attachment_1139” align=“aligncenter” width=“800”]Shoreham by Sea and the Adur seen from the beach Shoreham by Sea and the Adur[/caption]

    The images come off the phone a little soft, which I’ve ended up correcting slightly in Aperture. Otherwise, the detail and colours are really impressive. I’m looking forwards to playing more…

    Aperture hates Flip

    This window popped up when I installed the latest update to Aperture 3:


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    Destroy all 3ivx codecs

    And sure enought, the linked support document tells you to purge that 3ivx codec from your system. Where did it come from? FlipShare.

    And so the component is gone, and Aperture is noticably more responsive. And the legacy of that lovely little Flip cam fades a little more into the past…

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    A small pleasure of Lion

    Launchpad naming

    Much like Circles in Google+, I'm having slightly too much fun with creating names for folders in Lion's launchpad app

    Lion's Roar…

    When a new iteration of an operating system releases, the wise and prudent thing would be to wait and see what happens when other people install it.

    LionrawrsI appear to have misplaced my wisdom and prudence. ;-)

    Yes, I'm the one who buys them...

    Yes, I'm the one who buys them...

    Thanks, TomTom

    TomTom adapted
    So, before I went on my holiday, I was forced to replace my long-serving iPhone 3GS with a brand-spanking new iPhone 4. Hurrah. Good news, and something to be discussed more in a later post.

    But there was one small problem - I've been using my iPhone as a SatNav ever since my Mum's old TomTom gave up the ghost on the way to Jomec the year before last. And my TomTom cradle for the iPhone doesn't fit the new phone well.

    One quick e-mail to TomTom support, though, and an adaptor kit was winging its way to me - for free. OK, TomTom apps and kit aren't cheap. But not nickle-and-diming me by charging me for an adpator is a rare enough courtesy that I'm taking the time to blog about it right now.

    Nice work, TomTom.

    Attack of the White Screen of Death

    Pleasingly minimalist. And kinda restful.

    Not actually much use, though…

    Shattered Glass & Phone Photography

    I had a small accident on Wednesday evening. A small accident that left the glass on the top of my iPhone shattered, the screen non-functional but, as far as I could tell, the phone itself working. I checked a couple of local places that did repairs, and grabbed a couple of hours out today to go get the phone repaired.

    The guy who was open was a very small business, operating out of his front room, in effect:

    iFix iPhone repairs

    I turned up at exactly the same time as another guy, who had a problem with a self-installed third party replacement battery. The repairer suggested that we both return in an hour, giving me time to snag a much-needed haircut.

    And sure enough, exactly an hour later my iPhone was back to normal. And that gave me the chance to play with my beloved Instagram app in the snowly weather on the way home:

    St Mary's in the snow The Bridge to the Beach Adur, Winter

    I may, at some point, get bored of these photo effect apps. But I'm not showing any signs just yet.

    Tech, 1988 Style

    This is my computer desk from the late 80s - probably '88 or '89. Yes, that's a portable TV it's connected to. And yes, that's a tape deck for loading programs…

    RevStan might live to note the RSC production poster just visible in the top left of the picture. And yes, there's a hairdryer by the mirror. It was the 80s, I was a teenager. You blowdried.

    Just noticed - two toy Daleks by the "monitor". WIN.



    That’s just a few minutes’ walk from one of the office I work out of. Bad wallet news.

    Americans: Don't Buy Yourself An iPad

    Buy ME one and get it shipped over here ASAP.



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