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Nokia Lumia 820

Loving my new #Nokia #Lumia #820.

WHY I LOVE NOKIA LUMIA 820 (as oppose to other win8 phones) – my top 4:
1. back cover can be removed / replaced… carphone currently selling NFC back cover (& free NFC charge pad)
2. expandable mini-SD (but see below)
3. Great screen.
4. Front facing camera, ready for Skype – if it ever stabilizes

WHY WP? Basically I love:
1. motion engineering paradigm. Microsoft guy explained they have motion engineers. This is all about what happens when you interact with the phone, for example the phone swiping, etc.
2. social integration. This is a really key thing: all my facebook, linkedin, outlook contacts and calendar events in 1 place. Very easy search telling me my interactions with people before I call them
3. nokia radio. creating my own (multiple) radio mixes of my favourite artists

Carphone warehouse does sim-free for 380 GBP. My suggestion is ring up the shops and check stock. I got mine from an out of town store near Oxford – they had only received 1 Nokia Lumia 820 and I got it. No other stores in Oxford had stock. Reading had also ran out. The guy in Reading town center said they had sold 20s of units.

1. Distribution. Common story though: Nokia sales distribution channels are very poor in UK, stock is not really reaching shops and sales support is not reaching some of those shops – luckily the phone almost sells itself!
2. SD card. Few glitches with the mini SD card – some don’t work and I bought a new one with the phone. I bought a sandisk 32Gb originally which did not work – but then carphone warehouse tested in another phone, decided the SD card was fried and replaced it. The new one works fine.
3. Spotify. Cannot find the app yet – however found all my other apps. Phone seems to be coded to UK marketplace even though I use a Finnish live id (I can download t-mobile app, but not Elisa Viihde).
4. The carphone warehouse free Win8 upgrade offer did not have the sticker on the box, so not quite sure how that works as I need a code to get that working – luckily the carphone warehouse guy is very good and following up.
5. Charger. There is a fake plastic earth on the charger plug which did not seem to work on one of my plugs (but worked on the other)
6. NFC charger. This needs to be delivered to either carphone warehouse or to a UK home address, is shipped by courier and usually arrives in 1-2 days.

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Posted by admin - November 23, 2012 at 14:06

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running in snow – icebug

These are the greatest invention ever: icebugs

They are shoes that allow you to run in the snow and ice, using retractable spikes. They are also waterproof. Only disadvantages:
1. heels are soft, so hard to get on and off without doing the shoe laces up
2. arch support (for me) was not so good.

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Posted by admin - November 17, 2012 at 21:53

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hellofax – evernote fax service

This week I came up against one of the old world problems. I wanted to reverse some BA points on my frequent flyer card. I rang up BA. They said I needed to send a fax (I gave up right away on the other option, send a letter). Unbelievable. Their back office has no external email, you cannot ring them, you need to send a fax!? Of course they are not the only service that still requires fax (my French bank for example).

I’ve looked at so many of these services, but none of them come close to what I want: something cheap to send the occasional fax when I really cannot do anything else. Well here’s the latest I am trying (as part of Evernote):

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Posted by admin - November 17, 2012 at 21:47

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Win8 Hardware

I went to an MS conference here in Finland. As well as seeing the home screen of the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 (Nokia weren’t allowed to show anything else), I saw some of the OEM offerings for Win8. My favourite form factor is definitely the laptop combination where the screen slides off to become a tablet. I also definitely want Win8 Pro and not RT, so the first version of the Surface is a no-go.

Some of the machines in that area:
1. HP Envy X2. Upsides: guerilla glass, NFC, beats audio. Downside: 1.8GHz CPU and no USB 3.0 (unbelievable). Availability December 2012
2. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro. Upside: USB3.0. Downside: very little information.
3. acer iconia w700 (W700P-6821). Upside: USB 3.0, full resolution
4. asus transformer book. Upside: i7, USB 3.0, full resolution
5. dell xps 12 or dell xps duo 12. I don’t like this form factor (I can imagine being hit quite hard on the head)

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Posted by admin - October 26, 2012 at 11:25

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writing your own kindle book or self-publishing

One of my ideas has been to create my own book. I know what it would be called, I know most of the content – I just don’t know how to do it, nor have the time right now. Well part 1 solved thanks to Lisa Sabin-Wilson. She has a really good presentation on self-publishing at slideshare.

The 1 URL to remember: (amazon even do a free book on how to self-publish).

Key notes are:
2 weeks for TOC
4 months for chapters
1-2 months of Author review by copy editors, tech editors, project editor (queries, phrasing, clarify, technical info)
roughly 6 months to write a book
chapters = 10-12 pp, 5-15 images
1 chapter = 5-8 hours
goal: 2-3 chapters per week
15-20 hours per week

plus think about: public speaking, interviews, book signings, webinars, guest blogging, marketing and promotion
plan for marketing, frequent reprints, future editions
communicate schedule

Some tools: = iBookstore (amazon)

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Posted by admin - October 22, 2012 at 20:25

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is hgvc good?

There’s a few time shares out there linked into hotels. I’ve got a friend who has a Marriott deal and he seems pretty happy with that. We went for hgvc. Why?

We stay at a lot of hotels anyway – usually either Hilton or Radisson (although this clearly does not help with Radisson). The membership provides us with gold membership for life, good points conversion (West 57th has a higher points conversion than most other hgvc properties), free breakfast & internet in hgvc and Hilton locations. My favourite is that Central Park is just 2 blocks up and there are some really good places in the neighbourhood. Resell value of West 57th still remains high on ebay, etc. Every time we go there, we get asked to a sales meeting to discuss our investment (and more to discuss whether we would like to upgrade or buy something else) – but those meetings also have their benefits.

Downsides: you need to pay maintenance every year (we pay approx 1000 USD). When booking there are some extra charges (approx 100 USD) that you need to pay.

Overall: I am very happy still with the deal. If you want to find out more views from other owners, then check out tugbbs, Judi’s page and wikipedia.

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Posted by admin - October 22, 2012 at 13:57

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FinnGo Help

I developed this on a day when it was -30C… and the first weekend I had my Lumia…


Hit a button, select some text, hold it down, then wait for the translation bubble to appear. Sometimes it appears very small, so you might need to enlarge the text. Right now the back button will exit the application.


Generally I find this is not as good as google translate, as I think google gets used more. I did try to use this originally. However there are a lot of blue bars that appear on the screen, so I switched back to Google translate.


This is not as good as it was on my Android device: the text is a lot smaller and background is not opaque, so it is quite hard to read.


Hopefully you’ll have fun. Otherwise use my html version.

I will be adding ads into this as soon as I get time to do that.



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Posted by admin - February 5, 2012 at 20:05

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splashtop for iPad

I just got splashtop for iPad… most essential app ever. I can now watch videos from my desktop PC beamed via the iPad to the AppleTV. I won’t go into why I do that, suffice to say you will know if you live abroad. Other essential app so far is airplayer.

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Posted by admin - January 15, 2012 at 00:56

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Buffalo and itunes server mt-daapd

I noticed that I lost my linkstation in the itunbes shared section.

Having just opened up the telnet access (see my earlier post), I decided to analyze a bit…
ps -edf|grep daapd
threw up nothing… it should have shown the itunes server running. Similar thing for twonky.

I therefore added 2 lines into /etc/init.d/rcS (be careful when you do this… this is the same level of danger as changing your registry on windows or using msconfig on windows) and I added in 2 lines to start “ start” and… I copied the telnet line just above so that it pipes the log to /dev/null.

Now I can see my linkstation in itunes again (and my twonky server).

BTW: twonky installs onto port 9001 on linkstation – not the 9000 default (that is pcast), nor the 9010 mentionned in the twonky setup file.

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Posted by admin - January 15, 2012 at 00:51

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Windows 7 on iPad

Online gaming guys are setting up a similar service to access windows 7 in the cloud on iPad

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Posted by admin - January 14, 2012 at 15:15

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