A new hobby

Seven Dwarfs

Originally uploaded by g4shallow

Recently I took a new hobby – Photography!

After hunting around for an Entry level D-SLR and asking a few people what they recommend I took the plunge and purchased a Canon 1000D with 18-55 Kit lens from Currys (also got a healthy discount too ;)).

A relative also gave me a Canon 80-200mm non IS lens which has come in handy for taking shots of my sons football training sessions as I learn to get to grips with the camera.

What I have found with this camera is that it’s A LOT harder than a simple point and shoot camera so I have been struggling with it. Getting the right settings has perplexed me no end resulting in me shooting using the Automatic modes more often than not.

However, during a recent photoshoot at my Son’s football training session I realised that I had to learn more on the features of the camera and to select the right settings. As you can see from the photo below on the left it’s quite out of focus / too soft. This was using the Automatic Focus settings. So after a week of reading/researching I realised that i had to use Aperture-Priority mode and also change the focus to AI Servo and use a single point of focus and it’s turned out much better though the light plays a big part in it I reckon lol

Click on the photo for an enlarged version.

So look out for more blog posts about my new hobby and if you have any advice / constructive criticisms please feel free to comment on each post as they come. More of my photos can be viewed on my flickr page.


Downtime, lack of posts etc…

Well, how embarrassing is this! After telling loads of my customers that they need to change the IP address of their domain names in order for their sites to remain visible  I go and forget to update this myself meaning this site has been offline for a month! DOH!!!!

For shame!

On a more serious note I intend to start posting again, even if no one reads it lol


Apple Tablet – now known as iPad

After waiting a few days to collect my thoughts on the iPad I feel as though there is a missed trick with the iPad. Maybe this is just down to the fact that deals could not be done or that I was just merely way off on what I thought the iPad would do.

I love the iPad even though it makes no real sense for me to actually get one, I have an iMac in the loft, use a MacBook Pro every day and it pretty much is my main machine an iPhone and finally and AppleTV but I still want an iPad! Do I really need an iPad though?

Some of the things that I feel the iPad should of had :

1. Flash Support
Yes, Flash. So many people claim that Flash is evil but a hell of a lot of websites are utilising Flash and what’s more if this device is supposed to be the “best way to experience the web” then it should be supported on the iPad. With so many people using Facebook and playing the games on there the iPad would of made and ideal device to play some of those games, oh wait maybe thats part of the issue – reduced revenue 😉 This is quite funny http://theflashblog.com/?p=1703

2. Lack of Camera
Again this is something I was so looking forward to the iPad having. Imagine being able to sit on the sofa and have a video chat with relatives using iChat or even Skype. I think this is an oversight by Apple. I bet it comes in a later version of the iPad which is making me wonder, should I actually wait before getting one?

3. Newspaper and Magazine Subscription or content.iPad

This I thought was coming, ok well yes there is the New York Times application for it but I was expecting more. I was expecting or maybe hoping that some other newspapers and magazine publishers would have been announcing applications too. Check out this for an example of what I was hoping for : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntyXvLnxyXk (Sports Illustrated – Tablet Demo). Macworld, Macuser, Stuff, T3, Maxim and other similar magazines. Say they do a review of a product, they could include a video of the product etc or a behind the scenes of a photoshoot! This would be fantastic.

Probably not going to happen in the forseeable future though, this is what Macworld stated when I asked about an interactive version of their magazine “That would be great but its likely not going to happen in the near future” – oh well.

So, if I actually got an iPad what would I use it for that I cannot already do on one of my existing devices. Well nothing really lol.

However this is what I love about the iPad :

Looking at the video of this feature I think this will be a fantastic way of showing your family and friends your family photos, well those that WANT to see them of course 😉

I would probably watch a lot more downloaded content than I do now.

I don’t read many books as I read a lot online. I think sitting in front of a computer is too impractical and lying in bed reading an eBook on my MacBook Pro is simply not ideal. However, I can see me reading a lot more on an iPad simply due to how easy it would be and the experience should be great.

I love the gaming experience on my iPhone and this would be even better on the iPad as the real estate on the screen is way more than the iPhone. I am really looking forward to seeing how my favourite games on the iPhone look and perform on the iPad, especially from those developers that will optimise their games for the device.

Cost of the iPad.
Although the UK price of the iPad has not been announced Macworld suspect that the prices will be

WiFi Only
16GB – £388 32GB – £510 64GB – £591

WiFi + 3G
16GB – £490 32GB – £612 64GB – £693


ally I cannot see the point of a 3G version of the iPad for my use. I have an iPhone so if I do want to do web surfing on the go then I will use that and I simply cannot justify paying for a data plan for this device. So that rules out the 3G versions. Without seeing the final pricing of the devices I will probably go for the 32Gb WiFi version and hoping it will come in under the £500 mark.

All in all I am happy with the iPad and will definitely be getting one, the question is do I wait for the version with a camera or do I buy early – anyone who knows me will know the answer to that lol.


TomTom? More like LOST TOM!

On two recent trips I decided to use TomTom for iPhone instead of my standard TomTom and very stupidly I left my my standard unit at home.

Driving around Edinburgh it was losing GPS signal, putting me on roads no where near I was and lagging so badly behind that it was really difficult to take the right turnings when they were really close together. We resorted to using Google Maps to route ourselves to our destination.

Obviously the limitation is with the iPhone rather than with TomTom hence them saying you need to have the car kit WHICH YOU CANNOT BUY YET!

Really wish I had not bought this, I feel ripped off and will be firing off an email to them as they simply should not have released this without the car kit.