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Thursday, August 25, 2005

You Are Here 

I spent most of yesterday evening installing Wayfinder on my SE P900. It was at times infuriating, trying to get each bit to work and talk to the other, but by this morning I think I've just about got it functioning.

I picked up the package from the depot, brought it home and pulled out lots of interesting items including the GPS, neck strap, battery, car charger, mains charger and memory stick. I had a good read of the instructions, installed the software on the PC and set to work...

The first problem I ran into was installing the software. On the website you have the option of downloading the files to the PC or using GPRS. I tried in vain to click the links to install to my PC, so with a heavy sigh I browsed to the site with my phone. Three attempts later and I have the first of two required install files. During installation of the second file a problem with the internet developed and I was forced to start from scratch as I wasn't able to install the second file again. So, second time around the install failed. I was beginning to wonder if this was a sign. Anyway, the third attempt was a success.

Then I charged and set up the GPS receiver. Two hours later the unit was ready. "Just stick it on your car dashboard or next to a window..." the cheery brochure said, but no matter what I tried I could not get unit to pick up a thing from inside, so I was forced into the garden. Several minutes later the icon lit up and I had a signal - a weak one, but a signal all the same.

The remainder of the night involved me deciphering the less than accurate instructions, but I got there eventually.

Then I tried a "dry run" First, my work address, it recognised the post code - good, but then when the post code link was pressed it said not found, and to refine the search. How can I refine it any more???

Next an address in the English Riviera town of Weston - again, not found. GAH!!!

Final go, an address in the middle of Bracknell, I thought "how much more urban can you get? It has to find this one". First and second attempt, not found. Finally on the third attempt a result!

I have learnt through trial and error that there is little point punching a company name into the "company" field along with a post code - you'll almost never find it. In my case I had to put the name of the industrial park in - it wasn't accurate, but it was close enough.

Anyway, this morning I navigated to work and I've sussed out how to use the "favourites" option and so far no unknown addresses.

The only other problem I've encountered is the way the software keeps crashing my phone. If you leave the software open and click back to the control panel it's fine, just don't try to exit, otherwise you may have to take the battery out to turn it off!!

Anyway, all in all, a very nice product. Frustrating in the beginning, but once you've got familiar with it, it's very nice.

There is an excellent review here: pdf Format

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Dare Ya? 

Next time you put a CD on, do me a favour, play "Dare" by the Gorillaz (it's track 12 on the album). Have a good listen to the lyrics and then try to tell me that it is not a song about a certain (mostly) solitary and intimate male activity!

It's a cracking track and I've got to hand it to the group for 'daring' to chart it!

Cheeky? Yes
Good? You betcha!
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Monday, August 22, 2005

Succumbed! 

I could resist no longer. I have purchased a GPS and "Sat Nav" software for my phone. Which means I will soon be able to partake in the little-known activity of Geocaching.
It should arrive in a couple of days, so I'll give you my review then.

Until then I will leave you with an entertaining little story about GPS, courtesy of "The Register"

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ring ring - are you fat, or just pregnant? 


I'm sorry, call me old-fashioned, call me prudish if ya must, but do women really want a mobile phone that tells them if they are fat or pregnant?* and pink too - could you make it stand out any more??

Imagine getting one as a gift - I'd be horrified.






*OK, the phone can't actually tell you you're pregnant, but it does predict when this will be most likely.

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

GMail finds your torrents for you! 

Here's a cheeky little tip I found for assisting in your search for torrent files, using GMail and RSS.
Then, sit back and watch those feeds come in.
GMail does all the hard work for you!

Thanks to Scott Villarosa, for a really handy hack.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

You know you're valued as a technician when.. 

A typical "support" call involves moving a small piece of the office - say, a chair from one room to another.

Umm.. "furniture mover", don't remember putting that on my CV!
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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Ah... the joys and freedom of Bluetooth! 

I'm a late arrival to this fairly new technology, I'll freely admit to that as I've had no real reason to give it a try before, but I have to say it works beautifully. I have the headset paired with my phone and the PC, by way of a USB dongle. It took a while to work out how to operate the Bluetooth Headset with Skype, but I tried it for the first time last night and I have to say, it works like a charm. Very impressed indeed!

Random Rant - STOP!!!... OK, don't then 

I've been noticing this alot recently... (Yes, it's another driving rant, sorry). People who don't know the difference between a stop line and a give way line at a "peak time" traffic light junction.

The rule, for those of you not familiar with British Highway Code is that when the lights are off you drive up to the "Give Way" line and wait your turn, but when the lights are operating you stop at the "Stop Line" which is always a few meters (I don't know the exact distance, but I'm sure there is one!) before the "Give Way".

These days I see more and more people ignoring the "Stop Line" and driving right up to the "Give Way", whilst the lights are in operation. Most of these are just regular cars, not "reps" or "boy racers", just regular, ignorant folk that need to take their driving theory test again!

*Sigh*
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