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Pictures from my new phone

I’ve decided to post a few pictures I’ve taken with my new phone (a Sony Ericsson K800i). Mainly to show off what I think are nice pictures. I’ve also taken the opportunity to start using Flickr to host my photos. Should free up some bandwidth on my web hosting. 🙂

The first one is a picture of the Port of Liverpool Building and the Liver Building I took on the way home one night from work. I was very impressed with the clarity of the picture despite the size of the lens on the phone.

Now this one is the same scene but taken by zooming in. Now I’ve realised that I need to get a camera with a proper optical zoom. A digital zoom just doesn’t cut it.

The scene looks stunning from a thumbnail – the water was incredibly still leading to a perfect reflection. But when you look at the full size image you realise how blurry it is.

Oh well. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a proper camera soon and take a decent picture of something like this.

Despite this I’m quite happy with it.

This picture was taken on a completely different night in the Lifeworx Cafe (or as Mark would call it the ‘Lifestyle Cafe’.) It is a picture of a candle in a glass, but taken in negative. Because of the closeness of the phone to the object being photographed it is surprisingly clear. I am really happy with this photo.

Links:

Sony Ericsson UK
Flickr
My Photos on Flickr

World Of Warcraft Movies

What’s this? Two posts in two days from me? Well yeah…. Don’t know what that means. Anyway, it’s another meaningless and pointless post with some videos in. This time they probably won’t mean anything unless you play World Of Warcraft. I’ve picked a few videos that actually have a story to them, so you may enjoy them even if you don’t play the game. Anyway onwards to the videos:

Guards

The Brothers Tauren 2

Night Of The Living Dead 3

Illegal Danish: Super Snacks

Zinwrath

Fancy Sharing Your Stuff?

Basically this post is about a few techy things that I’ve found useful recently.

In work I often find the need to access my PC. Now previously I used a combination of TightVNC and obscure port forwarding on my home router to get past the corporate firewall that I am encumbered with in work.

Now that has all changed with me finding out about a new service called Logmein. Basically you log in via a normal secure website and one of the services is a remote control facility. Obviously for this to work you need to have the server installed on your PC, but it is literally a five minute exercise in going to the website, setting up your free account and downloading and installing the server software. The server sits in your System Tray and makes an outbound connection to the Logmein servers, so there is no need to set up any port forwarding whatsoever. When accessing it remotely, the website simply installs an activex control into Internet Explorer or a plugin into Firefox.

It’s as simple as that.

The other thing I want to talk about is a thing called Orb. Now this is fantastic. Basically it turns your PC into a big streaming media station. You set up your free account, install the server software on your PC and then configure the folders with the videos/pictures/music/documents that you want to be able to access.

You then log into the orb website and you can access all these files. The beauty of it is that when viewing a video or music it will transcode on-the-fly into Windows Media format or flash, so allowing you to stream from your home PC to another PC anywhere on the Internet. The streaming quality is dictated by the upstream bandwidth you have available on your home PC, but even at a low bitrate of 250kb/s I found video perfectly watchable and certainly much better quality than the likes of Dailymotion/Youtube. Music was perfect quality and saves having to find an Internet radio station that plays the kind of music that you like, as you have access to your complete music library.

I heartily recommend both of these programs.

Links:

TightVNC – remote control software
Logmein – remote control software
Orb – media streaming software

Overtime…..

I’ve realised that I’ve not posted for a while so thought I’d better post with what’s going on in my life. Not that many people probably read it anyway….

I’ve realised that to do all the things that I need to do this year I need to supplement my income somehow. The only way open to me at the moment is overtime. Basically my ethos with it is hammer it early on this year and then I don’t have to do any (or very little) later on in the year. That should get me all the money I need in about another 3 months.

Ah well. Can’t think of anything else to write now.

So what’s going on in my life?

So I haven’t posted for a few days, so thought it was about time I made another post.

It’s not going to be another multimedia one due to me posting this from work and Youtube now being blocked on the proxy (Why? Oh why do you do these things to me?)

So life, hmm yes…. Not feeling at my best at the moment. A word of advice, if the company you work for decides to outsource your job function and TUPE you out to work for someone else, look for another job as soon as possible. The likelyhood is that even though you will have equivalent terms and conditions of employment with the new employer, you will not be treated in the same way. Not going to go into more details, but let’s just say I’m not happy with my work situation.

Outside of work? Well that’s ok. Church is good. Having good times with friends when work doesn’t interfere (late shifts are a killer.)

Can’t think of much else to write now. I’ll probably come back and do some kind of ninja edit once my head has cleared a bit.

My First Film Post!

So I’ve been wondering what my next blog post should be about and I decided that it should be about the films that I’m looking forward to this year.

First of all we have ‘300’. It’s based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller (who also wrote/drew Sin City) which is loosely based on the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC). In this battle 300 Spartans, 400 Thebans and 700 Thespians held off the entire Persian army (between 60,000 and 120,000), causing severe losses to the Persians. The stuff of legends! (well it is now anyway.)

Next we have Transformers. Robots in Disguise! Now, Transformers is one of those things that if you were a boy growing up in the 80s you loved. I remember well, watching the cartoons, loving the ideas of big robots blowing stuff up that could then change into vehicles. In fact I have a secret to admit that I own the whole first series of the cartoon on DVD along with the animated movie…. I’m not really that sad – honest! This film looks like it deviates from the original toys quite a bit in design, but I’m hoping it is something special.

Last for now is Spiderman 3. Not much to say, other than initial looks make it look as good as the first two. Should be good!

I’ve noticed that this post only shows films with lots of action. When I hear about some other ‘quieter’ films that catch my eye that are coming out this year, I’ll be sure to post about them.