Friday, January 29, 2010

Apple lifts VoIP over cellular restrictions in new iPhone SDK

Woohoo!!! Well not so good for the carriers but this is great for end users. If this is true then I think the potential is there. I mean if you're waiting for an underground tube where there is no cellular access but have access to WI-FI you should be able to get or make calls via VOIP.

This is going to be awesome! Now where is iPhone 4G?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Apple iPad

Almost 20 hours ago Apple unveiled their latest creation, the Apple iPad. Already the iPad’s name is already being linked to feminine hygiene products by keen-eyed humourists.

Oh dear. Here’s further evidence that there were many, many other, better names that Steve Jobs and the Apple crew could have chosen for their new state-of-the-art entertainment contraption.

It’s a skit from the USA’s Mad TV show from a couple of years ago, and probably the only time today that you’ll get to hear the phrase ‘vaginal firewall protection’ – phew, eh readers?

Note: Original story from Bitterwallet.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Free fonts anyone?

Designers love to have a lot of quality fonts available to them, and fortunately there are some very good free fonts out there. Head over to 50 High-Quality Free Fonts for Professional Design @ DesignMag where you'll be able to get some of the best free fonts that can be used in your commercial designs.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Bank Fraudsters & Scammers

If you're one of many like myself who receives endless emails regarding bank accounts being suspented for whatever reasons and all you have to do to reactivate the account is to simply login with your details, you are in for a scam of your lifetime.

Whenever I get one of these emails almost one every other day now, I always forward them to the fraud department at whichever bank this email claimed to have originated from and let the experts take care of it.

Just recently I've received another one from HSBC UK claiming that the account is suspended again. WOW!!! Someone has been busy or try to be anyway. Face value of the email everything looks legit. The email from and reply to email address looks to be legit HSBC UK addresses. Everything looks real until you have a closer look at where the email came from and you will find that the email didn't actually originate from HSBC UK but from Hanoi, Vietnam. Well for this instance anyway.

Anyway the web address is registered to a provider in Hanoi, Vietnam. But then if you have another closer look at the link that you're suppose to click on to activate your account it is actually registered to a provider in Seoul, Korea. Hmm... How can that be? It is because you've been scammed or will be if you're silly enough to have clicked on that link and actually entered your bank credentials.

If you do this, make sure you contact your bank ASAP to get your credentials changed before the fraudsters steal your hard earned savings away.

Remember this! Banks of anywhere will not email you ever for your personal details. If there is a problem they will usually call you or send you a physical letter to confirm a problem. Like wise these can be scammed as well so be extra double... tripple sure that you're not being scammed. If you even receive a letter or a phone call, make sure you get their name, department and or branch so you can call the bank's official contact number and get redirected to them to speak about any matter.

Do this and you will ensure that you won't get scammed!

UPDATE: Here is another one and this time it's asking to confirm my details. Silly bugger... The email originated from Nice

London public transport RIP off

Have you ever been ripped off by public transportation? I mean, if you have paid for a monthly travel card and at the time of purchase you did set it for pickup by tomorrow, would you expect it to be at your nominated station by then?

Well, let's just say when I got out of my nominated station I was a little suprised that my purchased travel card didn't get transferred on to my Oyster card (that's what they call it here for a one card for all public transportation around London). Hence I was paying extra for my everyday journey to and from home.

When I asked the teller behind the Transport for London counter to check into it he said that the travel card is not on it hence I was being charged. Well no doh! So where is it? I had sent a complaint to them the next day and by the end of the day noticed that when I walked past the ticket machine, it had registered the travel card by then. But where is my refund for TFL's blunder?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Transformers - War for Cybertron "Reveal" Trailer

Transformers - War for Cybertron "Reveal" trailer is now online. For those that haven't heard of this, Activision the game company that's been developing the last two Transformers game for the movie, is now developing a new game. And this one looks awesome!!!

Check out the new trailer below.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Breakthrough cure for migraine sufferers?

"In a potentially breakthrough discovery, scientists have worked out why light makes migraines worse, which could pave the way for new treatments for common crippling headaches - migraines affect one in eight men and women and lead to more sick days than any other illness - at a cost of a massive £2billion a year to the economy."

Erm well, I could have told you that! Mum had always told me that if you have a headache/migraine then it is best to have a rest i.e. rest your eyes/go for a nap then when you wake up your headache/migraine should ease up. Did no one of this little piece of knowledge? Thought it was common sense...

Original article from goodtoknow

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Have you seen S1m0ne?

In the movie S1m0ne, a producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.

And so what would happen if Angelina Jolie and Chalize Theron had a baby with Megan Fox, Monica Belucci, and twelve hot actresses?

Check out the pic below... Click on the Photoshop image for a larger view.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Post Office UK

Here is a morning rant... I was left a parcel collection card at my address yesterday and on the card it had said that the parcel has been taken to my local Post Office branch. So when I popped into my local posty this morning while it was snowing outside, I was told that the parcel hasn't actually arrived at their branch yet and it would probably be there late afternoon today.

So OK when they told me that I left and went to work. I was kind of hoping that maybe I would be able to catch the delivery company before they drop it off at the posty so that they can drop it off at my address today as someone would be there to sign for it.

Well to my surprise when I rang the delivery company they had told me that the parcel had in fact ARRIVED at the posty and it was signed for at 5:06pm the day previous. When I heard that I was furious. First thing was why would the person who served me at the posty lie to me? I mean, I'm taking time out of my busy day to go to the posty to collect this parcel, which I will have to make up the time for. When I rang up their Post Office branch (after listening to the long automated service call), they told me that the parcel IS THERE.

I mean WTF?! The reason Post Office gave me was that it was delivered and signed for yesterday by one of their staff but it hadn't been processed into their system yet. HUH? The person that served me did go into the back room (where all the parcels are) and check for the parcel that I came to collect and so did he not see it in the first place? They then told me that I would have to either come in to collect it or they will simply post it back to the delivery company and let them solve the situation.

I mean WOW! Talk about shifting blame here. How fracking incompetent are you POST OFFICE UK?! I would have been easier to except that it was your fault and get the item sent back out to the delivery address or include it in your delivery run later in the day. Is it not that simple? Why do you want to make it as if it's my fault for coming in on your opening time to collect a parcel?

Bunch of lazy fracking gits! Do your job right and stop complaining about not enough pay/bonuses. Then the general public might praise you instead of moaning of appalling service that you are providing!

UPDATE: Well after posting this post I had registered a complaint on the Post Office website and after a few days this is what they had to say...

Thank you for contacting Royal Mail.

Unfortunately, I am unable to respond because your enquiry or complaint
relates to our sister companies, Parcelforce Worldwide and Post Office
Counters Ltd. With this in mind, you may wish to contact Parcelforce
Worldwide directly.

Erm... Is Post Office not related to Post Office Counters Ltd? A quick search on Google it states that Post Office Counters Ltd contact details are... wait.... the same as Post Office or in fact Royal Mail. So... erm... Either way I still managed to get my parcel. The very next day that is. You see... no one at either the post office counter or Royal Mail will accept blame and resolve the situation all together. And they still want to strike because they don't apparently get paid enough? Give me a break? If you want the public's support, set things right upfront.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Windows 7 (and Vista) has a hidden 'GodMode'

Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden "GodMode" feature that lets users access all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder.

By creating a new folder in Windows 7 and renaming it with a certain text string at the end, users are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partition.

The trick is also said to work in Windows Vista, although some are warning that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash.

To enter "GodMode," one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:


Once that is done, the folder's icon will change to resemble a control panel and will contain dozens of control options. I'm not sure it's my idea of playing God, but it is a handy way to get to all kinds of controls.

I've asked Microsoft for more details on the feature and how it came to be. But so far, Redmond is silent on the topic.

Original article from Gizmodo

Sunday, January 03, 2010

BANDAI 1/60 PG 00 Raiser English Translated Manual

Did you purchase the PG 00 Raiser kit? Do you understand (read) the Japanese language? If you're like me then the later is a NO. Dang it! For years I've been building GUNPLAs and even though their construction manual is in Japanese I've never had the trouble of building the models. But now that I’ve got the PG 00 Raiser kit, I don’t want to have any chances putting the wrong part in because as a disclaimer Bandai have announced that if you are intending to build 00 Raiser with the clear parts, you have to build it fresh. i.e. You can’t dissembled it to build it with the new parts. You have one chance and one chance to get it right. Ouch!

With that I managed to find a kind hearted soul who have done the translation job for us and for simplicity you can download the translated pages here. Otherwise you can visit the poster's website who had done the original translation here. He also had a colour guide as well just incase you're considering painting the Perfect Grade unit which is also displayed below.

PG 00 Raiser Colour Guide