Jun 05 2014


Category: musingpimento @ 10:52 pm

I’ve been overseas a rather a few times lately. One thing that I rather like about hotels is the bathrobes. There’s a reason here.

I tend to hang about in just the towel after I shower. I’m generally an evening showerist, being that I tend to sleep in too much to shower in the mornings. Weather dependant, I can spend the entire period between shower and bed in nowt but the towel. Perks of living alone. It’s very freeing being such, just me and that towel. In winter though it can get a bit nippy. Well, given I’ve no heating or insulation here, rather a lot nippy.

So herein comes the bathrobe. It’s basically a long coat made of towel. Someone was sitting about in late autumn, thinking ‘you know I rather like sitting about in my towel, but I could be cutting glass with these nipples here. What if I had a nice big fluffy warm coat that was all towel, allowing me to just laze about and have the moistness of the shower be absorbed?’ And thus the bathrobe was invented.

Until recently I thought this might be the height of single man decadence.

I’ve since realised though that there is a product available now that takes it one further. This product, this love letter to bachelorhood, this alter to single person consumerism, is the curved screen LCD television. A solution to the no doubt horrifying situation in which a person may have a screen so large that they may not be capable of taking it in all at once. That the might be a movie so rich in detail, that has at all times 1080 indivudual unique Ps, that requires so much attention to detail that some measly flat panel will cast its presense in too wide a beam for one person to fully appreciate. Clearly the ultimate solution is to curve the panel such that there might be a single ultimate viewing node in the living room, preferably with 7.1 speakers surrounding it for optimal aural pleasure, so that one might take in a movie with all the important senses fully and optimally utilised. A singular node of media consumption so optimal, so perfect, so.. REAL.. that the latest superhero flicks might as well be taking place in your kitchen. Plug in your games console and be in the game. Experience personal movies so real that she might as well actually be….

Well, you clearly weren’t going to have friends around, they would spoil the optimisation of the setup.

May 28 2014

culture shock

Category: musing,ranting,wordspimento @ 12:38 am

So, I read this article recently. Have a read, the rest of this post is tangentially related at best.

So anyway this is maybe the first post on here that’s related to what I do for work. I’m a consultant for possibly the leading IT security company out there, in terms of network security. We do endpoint stuff as well that honestly seems pretty good, but I’ve no idea how we stack up to the competition in that regard. Anyway, this isn’t really about our products per se, I just wanted to give some context to it.

So, security as a culture thing. Most of you probably don’t immediately know what I’m talking about here, but it’s something that’s been talked about in the IT security field for years. Hands up who gets frustrated at the seemingly arbitrary rules that are in place around your IT stuff. Mandatory password changes, must have a number, something symbolic and a capital city somewhere in there. We’ll let you browse the ‘net at work, but we’re logging everything you do and you’re not allowed to access your webmail service. I guess you can look at facebook, but none of the games on there will work. Don’t even thing about something like Dropbox. Its frustrating, right? I mean, what’s the harm?

So it turns out there are actual reasons behind all this draconianism. A lot of it comes down to the preventing of data leakage. Sure, it seems that there’s no harm in emailing that spreadsheet home so you can keep working on it, right? I mean, it’s a good thing! You’re being productive! Unfortunately email is about as secure as a post card. Email is a system that lets your stuff pass through about as many places as places as a letter through the post office would be, except that in this case your mail routes to your home via the US, or Iceland. Maybe both. The point is that there’s many people who can read that post card that you just sent with this year’s financial figures on it. Sure, chances are they won’t, but some things aren’t worth the risk. Especially now with things like data breach disclosure regulations coming in – companies will have to disclose to the public when they find out that the personal data they store has been exposed to the outside world (presuming they find out about it.. but that’s another thing.)

So why is this a culture thing? Because most of the time you try and do something convenient, it just fails. Let’s use the Dropbox example. When I first received my work laptop, I had a go at installing dropbox on there, because I wanted to access some personal stuff on there from time to time. I installed it, it said it finished installing, the little box icon appeared in the system tray… then disappeared. Huh.. check the start menu, add/remove programs, nope.. gone. First reaction is, of course, indignation. ‘What?! I’m The Security Professional! I can be trusted not to put anything work related on there! This is madness!’ No pimento, this is Sparta, and the same rules apply to everyone in the company. Sure, I’m fully across the implications of this stuff, but what about everyone else? This is a worldwide company, there’s a bunch of employees who aren’t here because they’re at all interested in security.

So, again, why is this a culture thing? It’s a culture thing because if at first you don’t succeed, try again. You try to load a webpage, it just fails. Internet Explorer cannot load the page. Try again, nope. ‘Stupid IT mooks couldn’t run a damn network if they… oh hang on, I can just tether this laptop to my phone and email this spreadsheet home! Excellent!’ Next day you email it back to yourself, the inbound mail filter picks it up and you have a meeting with HR. A more useful appoach is when you try to go to gmail and a page pops up and states ‘Hey you can’t do this because it’s against corporate policy and you’d have an uncomfortable meeting with HR and hey, you know what, have a night off.’ It’s about changing the way people thing about IT security and privacy.

Privacy? Why privacy? What does that have to do with security, I thought we were just avoiding that HR chat? Turns out that they’re two sides of the same coin. I have a job because IT security is mostly there to help corporations maintain the privacy of their data. (Our corporate slogan is magnificintly backwards, but that’s another thing.) Basically put, anything that’s online is not private. Even more so, a lot of things that you put on line are owned by the companies that gave you that space to put things up there. Facebook? You’re not a customer of facebook, you’re their product. They sell your interests and statistics and details in the form of targetted advertising. Google tracks where you browse and what you email about and what you search for and what you watch on youtube and tried to make a facebook alternative for even more data. Why? Ever more targetted advertising. Ever noticed that if you go browsing for some new glasses, the next few months you’ll have huge amounts of advertsising anywhere you go trying to sell you glasses? Book an hotel in Hong Kong, see all sort of ads for acommodation and things to do in Hong Kong.

This is all OK because.. because.. that’s how it is I guess? I mean, what’re you going to do about it? Sure, there are ways to block the ads on your PC which will have a genuine effect on these things. The first thing that it does is ruin a major source of income for people running little website, be they webcomics, niche news outlets or free sources of recipes. Running a website properly costs time and money, and without advertising they’ll have to rely on t-shirt sales and subscriptions to survive. Many have tried, many have failed. I don’t have a better way for that.

I’m still failing to really address the point here. Part of that is because I’m not sure what my point really is. It’s one of those things that can go a bunch of ways. Capitalism! (it’s more lucrative to own people’s data than to not) (it’s cheaper to write crappy insecure software) (it’s cheaper to run an insecure network). Ignorance! (why the heck can’t I use dropbox this is shit) (why the heck do I have to change my stupid password again, I need another post-it note for my laptop to write it on) (what do you mean the NSA has access to all my emails, they’re on my computer, stupid) (the process says I do it this way, even though that vendor guy says it’s bad). Motivation! (I know this is dodgy, but who cares).

Really I guess it’s summed up by all the USB keys that the train guys in NSW auction off every year. When folk failed to be able to email things home, they chucked in on a USB key that then got left on a train, and bought in a bulk lot by.. someone. In one case it was some researchers who found an awful lot of private corporate data in the seats. It’s really not hard to encrypt a USB key to prevent that data from leaking out, but.. hey, that costs time/money! (Capitalism!) .. what? why would that matter? (Ignorance!) .. eh, fuck it, it’ll be fine. (Motivation!).

Ignorance about things leads into other things that’ve been going down lately. UKIP stuff in the UK. MRAs aligning with the NRA in the US. Political woes in Aus. All sorts of shitty things going on everywhere in the world, far more important than some corporate data on a USB stick, but pretty much all caused by ignorance, and the exploitation/celebration/reinforcement thereof.

Ignorance is a bastardly powerful thing. Manipulated ideas that circulate around ignorant folk lead to dangerously narrow-minded political policies, state promoted racism, and mass murder. I’m not going to get too deep into UKIP because I’m not super informed about it, nor MRAs because they disgust me, but I will urge you to seek all sides of an arguement. Take your opinions and ask yourself why someone might disagree. Argue with yourself. If the only reason you’re right is because that’s just like, your opinion man, then you might need to really consider things a bit more here.

Conversely, next time you confront someone who says something hateful, don’t fire back with hate. 9/10 times they’re utterly ignorant about the situation, and just informing them that they’re a fuckwit and asking them to consider dying under a bus isn’t real helpful. Take it off twitter, go with something long form around the situation and gently inform them. Sure, it’s a lot of effort (Motivation!) but changing the world isn’t easy. If it were, we’d’ve sorted the place out by now. It’s also generally going to lead to a lot of failures individually. We’re all individuals. Even you. But we don’t have act that way. Rocks of ignorance will resist a surge of information, but wave after wave of knowledge, gently flowing over time, will erode it away until it’s gone. Be the change you want, and don’t be cynical. Cycnicism is boring.

To bastardise, everybody would be dancing if we’re doing it right. Everybody would be dancing if we’re feeling all right. But.. we aint.

The ending note of the article I linked to at the top there is basically ‘things are fucked, and it’s up to us to unfuck it’. The writer isn’t wrong there. I think you all know that. The question is.. are you going to get involved?

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Oct 22 2013

ok, shut your face

Category: musingpimento @ 2:48 pm

So I went to Israel last week for some work training. Our head office is in Tel Aviv, see. Good hummous. It took about 36 hours to get there (SYD > BKK: 10 hours; 8 hour layover; BKK > AMM: 9 hours; 5 hour layover; 1.5 hour delay; AMM > TLV: 0.5 hour plus jerking about in airports before/after) which is a long arse time, then when I got off the plane I was randomly selected for immediate rapid fire grilling from a security guy (why are you here, where did you come from, why is your passport empty, where are you staying, how are you getting about etc). Immigration and customs were super quick and easy though, then it was out the front to confuse the cabbie (there is no street there!) before landing at the hotel. Nice hotel, walking distance to the office and close enough to the beach that once I found my co-worker we could saunter down to the beach for beers, sunset and deep fried goodness. A good way to drop into things.

The local brew is called Goldstar by the way, and it’s not bad at all. Many were consumed over the course of the week. We also on one night found a craft beer stall that had some great red ale. That was extensively sample for quality assurance purposes. This stall was in the old port of Jaffa (4000+ years old that is) that we’d had a tour about in earlier that night. Nice place, populated by artists and an orange tree that’s suspended in a clay blob. As you do.

Getting about Tel Aviv was pretty easy, we mostly walked places as we had a nice central location. There’s a lot of scooters there, we kept walking past a scooter parking strip that seemed to also be a place to strip mine scooters for parts. There were a few there that had been seriously lightened. The hotel we were at is in the Azraeli towers, which is across the road from the main IDF base. This means that the were a lot of young adults wandering about in uniform – everyone in Israel has to do national service, including the ladies. This has the upside of ensuring that the people are very fit – there were ladies there seriously rocking the baggy uniform look. Some were accessorising with an M16.

So one thing that everyone told me about Israel is that leaving is harder than entering, as the security process at the airport are rigid and extensive. It was made easier for me because I had a mokdan – basically work registered me as one of the good guys, so I had less scrutineering through the security checks. My colleague didn’t have this, so he was not so lucky. Basically once we had some light interrogation our check-in bags were scanned, then his was opened and physically searched to make sure he had all his socks with him. We then could check in and move on to the usual screening (x-ray the carry on, metal detector, like that) where he had another long chat with the security personel and showed off all the stuff he had with him. They were very curious. No-one won a free prostate exam this time around, but maybe next time we visit our luck will change.

So anyway, that was that. It was a fun trip, the training was good, and it was nice to meet people I’ve been emailing over the past year and a half. Also hummus. Not enough garlic in it, but otherwise tasty.

May 27 2013


Category: awesomeness,musingpimento @ 8:00 pm

I made sausage rolls. This is the recipe.

In a large mixing bowl: 1kg sausage mince and 1kg normal beef mince with 1 carrot, 1 onion, 7 button mushrooms and 7 cloves of garlic, all finely diced. Add a dash of soy sauce (or fish sauce or bbq sauce..) 1 egg and.. whatever else to taste. Food processor kicks bottom with this.

Mix with hands until homogenous.

Take a handful of mixture and roll in flour until an even roll – the length of a pastry sheet. Repeat ad nauseum.. should be about 12-14 of them.

Thaw 6 or 7 sheets of puff pastry. (presuming a sheet is about 25-30cm square)

Place a roll o’ filling on one end of a thawed pastry sheet. Roll over until sealed, it should be half a sheet. Slice through and do the same with the other half of the sheet.

Cut into two or three rolls, depending on whim. 4 if you want party size nibbley ones. Score the top a few times across them, about 7mm apart. Tamp the ends down gently.
Repeat until all mix is wrapped.

Place all onto a baking tray greased with butter, making sure they’re separated.. they’ll expand. Recommend you line the tray with alfoil. Brush them all with some beaten egg.

Cook in a pre-heated oven at 180 C, then reduce to 100 when pastry is golden brown. Leave in oven to cool. Recommend you put a drip tray in place…

Admire and consume tasty handywork. Freeze the ones you don’t eat to be consumed later.. will be nicely warmed in the oven when you want them.. (microwave for 2 mins on medium then oven until the middle is warm)

Click here.

Also I made a pasta bake.

So it turns out that these Vine things are kinda great if you do em right. Who’da thunk it?!

Jul 22 2012

over engineering

Category: musing,randomnesspimento @ 3:53 pm

I went shopping just now and bought this three-pack of tissues. Basically, it’s three boxes of tissues that are then help together with cling wrap.

It got me to thinking.. why three boxes and cling wrap? Why not one tall box? The first challenge with that is once the first 10cm of tissues was used, you’d have to be digging around inside the box to reach then, as they wouldn’t dispense properly at that point. Not unless they were really long tissues, which would just be silly. I figure the way to get around this would be to have a scissor-jack in the bottom of the box that one could wind up as the tissues are running down in order to always have them dispensing nicely out the top. Simple, right? I’ve even added this diagram here.

Basically, the box of tissues has an open bottom and a slot in the side so it slips over the jack. The added benefit of this is that it promotes customer loyalty, as the jack is obviously re-useable. Once the customer has bought the initial tall tissue box kit with tissue elevation jack ™, when they run out of tissues they can purchase the tall tissue box refill pack. It’s environmentally friendly! They can even buy three refills held together with cling wrap to always ensure they have a spare handy.

These are the things I think about.

Apr 17 2012

windows: the phone: 7: the redialling: 2: it’s straight up dawg time

Category: awesomeness,musingpimento @ 9:31 pm

So, I should follow up that last WinPhoPo..st. I’m still liking my phone, I believe it contains much goodness and also much potential. Last time I ended with some gripes, one of which I should retract – you can cancel an autocorrect before it happens, you just have to tap what you just typed. The trick is noticing that there’s going to be an autocorrect action about to happen. Not unpossible, but pretty simple to miss. Since that last post there’s a couple of observations made:

- Accidental clicking when scrolling seems to be pretty common for me.. not sure if I’m doing it wrong, but I find that I look for empty space to scroll through my ‘what’s new’ feed. The feed itself however is rather grouse, though it’d be nice if there was a way to ‘share’ facebook junk on there. Given that that doesn’t seem possible in any mobile facebook thing though, I’m thinking that might be an API issue more than anything else. Also in my notifications feed it’d be nice to see the tweet that someone’s replied to. I keep forgetting.
- Custom notification sounds. I like that I can do custom ringtones, but I like to pair them with custom sms get tones as well. It’s a curious omission for a Nokia, given they’ve had that option forever, but obv. that one’s on Microsoft to add. Hopefully for WinPho8 anyway.
- Ringtones that loop without a gap would be a nice option to have, if only because that makes ‘tones formatted for iOS work properly. That one’s a minor one really.. it’s easy enough to just loop it yourself in Audacity for 30 seconds… probably.
- The last firmware update (12070) has basically doubled the battery life. Now I charge it every second night rather than every night. It also seems more consistant in its usage – No more sudden drops in life remaining. Very handy. It’s also apparently changed the white balance in the photos, which was a little off. I’ve not played mugh
- I have somehow managed to leave a giant scratch across my screen. Boo. :(

All in all I think it’s great. It does the core smartphone things very well: social networking, taking photos and sharing them, emails, basic internettery… it’s even a competent phone! Where it falls down is app support. There are some great ones, as highlighted last time, but there’s some pretty big gaps – large name apps like Instagram and such aren’t on there, even Skype (owned by MS now!) is missing. If you’re not a big user of specific apps then there’s probably something that’ll fit your needs, but hopefully there’ll be more support from devs in future.

Also games. There should be ways and reasons for devs to link xbox gaming to it easily.


Mar 12 2012

windows: the phone: 7: the redialling

Category: awesomeness,musingpimento @ 9:00 pm

I announced to the world several times that I would attain a Windows Phone when Nokia produced one, so when it happened I almost felt obliged to do it. Instead I decided to do it because I wanted to. Last tuesday I took delivery of a Nokia Lumia 800 (free on the Optus $49 plan (offer available until thursday), with way more than enough calling and 1.5 jiggles of downloading). I got the black one, because for some reason it was the one available on the parenthetical special offer there, else I’d probably’ve attained the cyan one. Mostly to be different. Anyhoo, this post is to wax on and off about it so I’d best get to that. First impressions upon handling the device were universally positive from all in the office who had a go. Full disclosure, I work in an office full of people who work in a telco related environment, it’s about 50/50 iPhone/Android (mostly Galaxy Nexus) users who are well into knowing about things of this nature. The two main things exclaimed were that it feels well made (it’s a little hefty) and that it has a great screen. It’s not as dense (pixel-wise) as some other phones, but everything really pops on it. We did a side-by-side with a Galaxy Nexus on the same website and the Nokia was noticably more vibrant. It was also noticibly slower to load the page though, so there’s that. Also it’s lower res, but it’s a smaller screen so heigh ho. Size-wise it’s a little more in each direction than an iPhone4S, with a 3.7″ screen that’s super responsive, though if I use the side of my finger my nail seems to cause some false clicking when I’m trying to scroll.

The Metro UI is a suberbly coherant thing, perfectly content to present an electronic device rather than being reminiscent of a notepad, casino, wild west saloon and three other things at other times. No drop shadows, no foofaraw, just a super clean no fuss look. I really like it. I’ve heard some gripes about the back button being odd here and there but I’ve no idea why as it immediately clicked for me. Back goes back, funnily enough. If you want to multitask you hit start again to start again, and to get to the other tasks you simply hold back and select the other thing. Simple. It is a little funny to have a ‘search the web using Bing’ button present at all times, especially when there’s an additional soft search button that pops up for things like your contact list. Not sure I need to have Bing available to me at all times, but that’s really a minor thing. There’s hardware buttons on the right side for volume (also functions to silence the ringer, it’s a press and a tap), lock and camera (tap the screen to take the shot (I can’t take the shot!)) so that’s all covered nicely. Battery life is edging into two days, though I’m assured by The Internet that the latest firmware will up to triple it. Even if it doubles it, that’s pretty good.

As for using the thing, it’s all pretty simple. Import your contacts over bluetooth from your previous phone (super easy to get em from my old Nokia N97) and they’re uplourded to Windows Live, which is apparently what MSN is now. I found that it was a lot easier to sort them out from there on the win Live website as I had the capability to merge contacts together. Given my contacts list traces its way back to single entries per phone number stored on the (old, I had to get a micro-SIM for this) SIM card, I had a bit of merging to do. Also it was a good time to clean up my MSN contacts list. It would be nice to be able to merge similar contacts on the device rather than just link them, especially given one of the drawbacks of the live site – 25 contacts displayed per page and no way to select contacts from two pages to merge. Bleh. Once that was sorted though it was plain sailing to link my twitter and facebook accounts, then link all those contacts together. The nice thing about that is that the phone will grab pictures for each contact from either site, and if I pinned someone to my start page it would keep me abreast of their latest internet based witterings. As it is I have a news feed that can be set to any or all sources and a notifications page that doesn’t seem to be able to give me direct messages from Twitter. The official app can take care of that, but it seems to be an oversight that could be easily fixed. Speaking of the Twitter app, it’s been given a great Metro design – I think I prefer it to the iOS one.

As for other nice apps, I’ve found that AU Weather Pro is great for weather related things, Fuse is a great looking RSS feed dealie (and works with Google Reader accounts) IRC7 seems to be a nice IRC app and there’s a WordPress app for updating this thing on the fly. Fuse I will choose to gush over, as one of the themes available straight up is called Ipsum and I really like it – the names of the feeds are used to indicate unread messages and such. Check it before I wreck it:

I really like it, though I’ve not used it a whole lot yet. It just looks cool, so I’m going to next time I’m wanting to read my feed while away from a computer.

Lastly, here’s a sample picture. It’s not bad, given it was overcast and evening times. I imagine I’ll photog a bunch more things, so keep an eye on my tweets if you want to see more.

Now, to finish on a downer, here are some gripes constructive criticisms:
- The search button could be more useful
- It has Nokia Maps as well as Maps, Nokia Music as well as [Zune] Music + Videos, and a Nokia Blue as well as a just plain Blue colour scheme. If Nokia are going to integrate it should probably be one or the other – seems that Nokia wins for Maps and Blue, but not sure about music as I’ve not put any on there.
- The apps list (think ‘all programs’) could be unwieldy with a bunch more apps on there, even with the start menu to collate my selection of them. Might be nice to be able to nest similar things in sub menus.
- I’m not sure if there’s a way to cancel an autocorrect before it happens. There should be. Otherwise the keyboard and suggestive text is great.
- No wireless hotspot. This isn’t a phone limitation actually, it’s Optus that need to enable it. When I bugged them on twitter their guy said it ‘should be released with future updates’, so hopefully that comes to fruition.

In closing, I think I made a great decision to try something new, especially when (I choose to be hopeful) the wireless hotspot is opened up and I can link my ipod touch to it. I’m reckoning that the Metro UI has some great advantages over iOS and I’m looking forward to see where it goes. Hopefully the team there can stay on track with it and keep it going from strength to strength, especially given its newly found integration into Windows 8. More on that one later…


Mar 04 2012

brown gold

Category: bacon and egg,musingpimento @ 10:30 pm

So, cawfee, like, it’s cawfee, ya dig? It’s what makes the industry I’m in [IT] run. Don’t call a meeting with the technical sides before 10am else you’ll end up with yawning hypercynics who don’t want to hear anything at all ever. 10am is similar, only with things improving as the coffee cups empty. Anything in the morning goes from 20% attendance to 80% attendance with the mention of coffee in the meeting invite.. add bacon and egg rolls to entice the rest. So with the enthusiasm for other beverages on this blog, why don’t I have a coffee section? I will tell you. In good time. Now is a good time. I actually get my coffee from cafes with great staff as much as great coffee. There’s a place near work that has lovely people but kinda crappy coffee that I will go to with regularity as they have a ‘yummy roll’ that contains not only bacon and egg, but hash browns and cheese as well [8/10]. The observent [and early enough] can tell when I get to with with a hangover, as I will invariably wander in with one. If it’s a really bad one, I won’t finish the coffee.. coffee makes my hangovers worse, they’re all wongly belly and caffiene seems to exacerbate things. Having half a coffee gives me a midway point between errrgh and caffiene withdrawal headaches. Don’t judge me.

So anyway, the point is that they’re lovely up there and they know what I want as soon as I stagger in. If I want only coffee then I’ll go upstairs to the cafe in the work building and get one there.. they have bacon/egg offerings as well, but they’re not as good [7/10]. My favoured way to coffee in the mornings now is to stop in at True Religion in Balmain and pick up a coffee and savoury muffin [it's good for you!], wodge the cup into the holder upon the Bonnie or in a pocket of my bag if it’s a beastie day, and have it at lovely drinking therms when I hit work. On them, their bacon & egg rolls are actually the greatest. Lovely free range eggs, delicious herb’d roll, nice bacon.. mucheo recommendato [9/10].

So anyway, the point was missed again there. The point is that there’s no coffee section because most of the time I go to a nearby coffee place that has nice people with nice coffee, it’s not just for the coffee. Or something. Basically I’ve selected my coffee places either because they’re close to work and good enough, or close to home and serve excellent coffee. The Balmain crop are Bertoni and True Religion, the work picks are unremarkable so whatevs. If you want a pick of the cafes in Balmain for stopping in for a sit down meal, go to Bar Contessa. They pretty much round out the trifecta of food, coffee and place better than the rest. Tell em I said ‘hi’. The puzzled looks will be amusing.

Feb 24 2012


Category: musingpimento @ 7:58 am

I had some visitors this morning.

Hopefully they didn’t pop in, forget the way out and crap all over the place after I left.

Dec 12 2011

text me baby

Category: musing,randomnesspimento @ 11:23 am

Time for some good old fashioned text based updating. Don’t worry my sweet reader, I’ll use small words. Mostly.

Firstly, I’ve just been reminded that recently one of the three main gripes I had with my ipod touch when I got it last year has finally been resolved! iOS 5 added proper compilation handling support, so for the first time since iOS existed, we have the funtionality back from the old click wheel ipods! Seriously, it took Apple that long to restore a feature we already had, the lack of which was causing a lot of internet based whining. Still, it’s here now, so that’s that sorted. The other two issues are hardware related, so there’s no recourse there.. also there was no ipod touch hardware refresh with the iphone refresh, so there’s not a new model that did anything about them. The lack of a usable camera leads into my next gripe related update to that previously linked post…

… in that Facebook bought Snaptu, so now I don’t have a way to put photos easily into my twitter feed directly from my (still Nokia Symbian) phones. Not sure I mentioned it on here, but my personal phone is a Nokia N97 mini (the E72 is workphone).. which isn’t very mini at all. The hardware is a great design, but the touchscreen is poor and the OS.. is Symbian. I’ve told so many people that I’m going to get a Windows Phone 7 that I have to do it now, but I’m still waiting on the Nokia ones to be made available here… so one day I’ll have a smartphone. For anyone who had a ‘GASP WINDOWS WHY YOU IDIOT’ moment, don’t knock it until you try it. Also I’ll be able to wireless hotpot my ipod to it, so best of both worlds. Getting back to the point, I’m sure there’s a Symbian app that will to twitter and pictures in one handy package, I just have to get off my arse and find it. Any suggestions?

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