* Posts by CaptainBlue

67 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Jun 2009


Gmail and Outlook sitting in a tree, not t-a-l-k-i-n-g to me or thee


"Far be it from us to suggest that this might be a fitting reminder that it is time to consider a move to something a little more modern rather than trying to access Google email from a third party client."

Are you suggesting we should be more up to date by having different apps for different mail providers? How very modern!

Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked


One way to secure your email: stop anyone (including you) from accessing it.

Apple Watch sales in death dive after mega launch, claims study


I initially said I wouldn't buy one...

...because I wanted a watch for running that I could also wear as a normal watch. I ended up buying a Garmin fenix 3 which is fabulous and doesn't need an iPhone alongside to record my route. It also does a lot of the smartphone integration stuff and is waterproof.

And then I bought one for my partner (who does run with her iPhone) and she loves it. I like the idea of being able to do my death by Powerpoint training slides remotely using the swipe gesture. I love the way it also serves up messages in their correct formatting when send by my partner (who's now a fangirl). But most of all I now only have the incredibly heavy fenix on my wrist for the actual running. And I have a really smart, lightweight watch that I can use to see incoming messages with the flick of a wrist and can answer calls handsfree especially without my iPhone in my hand or pocket.

As for the daily charging? I do this with my phones anyway, so another plugged in next to my bed is no big deal.


Re: They have their uses

...and look like Lieutenant Uhura wannabes or Uber/Addison Lee taxi drivers the rest of the day.

Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy


Re: Sleek laptop in a bulky bag


I want lightness and enough power to do a couple of hours max without plugging it in.

Werk gave me a new MacBook Pro to play with a few months back, but I'd probably still want to buy one of these and take it with me.

All I'll need to take with me is the multiport adaptor (VGA) to plug in hotel projectors, which is what I already do as the VGA adaptor isn't on my MBP as standard.

MagSafe? Not an issue, but then I'm not clumsy and tend to avoid numpties...

LEAKED: Samsung's iPhone 6 killer... the Samsung Galaxy S6


Re: Why should Apple be worried?

Amazingly enough, my iPhone 6 doesn't when I'm using it normally, cramming it into my jeans pocket, etc. Hold the front page...

UK superfast broadband? Not in my backyard – MP


Re: Generally urban EO lines ... maybe over 20Mb/s

I was just about to say the same things: I've moved 100 yards or so and thereby managed to increase my speed from 400kbps to a heady 1Mbps

Rock and roll!

And of course we get to look out onto those bandwidth boasting bankers at Canary Wharf...

Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s


Size isn't everything, as I keep being told...

I'm a fanboi with a full complement of fruity gizmos. But I really don't need or want a bigger iPhone.

When I lent my girlfriend one of my 5s (I have three in use) after she let hers go for a swim down the pan on holiday, I put my SIM into one of the old Nokias* I have in the garage and used that for a few days. I'd forgotten how nice it is to have such an easily pocketable phone with days of battery life.

As for the latest knocking Samsung advert, well that is simply stupid but probably so apt for the 'bigger is better' eejits. My girlfriend also has an old S3 which is horribly plasticky and cheap looking and has to go in a bag, realistically. Given my suits and jeans don't have clown pockets and I'm not metrosexual enough to carry a manbag, I'll pass on the 6S (and the Samsungs) thanks.

*My spare spare fourth phone with a live SIM is a lovely small Sony W595

Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim


I still do not see the point of a larger iPhone: the 5S is plenty big enough to read comfortably and use in one hand, whilst still being compact enough to fit in the pocket of my jeans. If I must have a larger screen then there's the iPad Mini. And for anything halfway serious, there's the MacBook (and the iMac for 'proper' stuff).

I really do not want to have to have a jacket or a manbag just to carry a phone!

Oh and last month when my girlfriend flushed her 5S down the toilet on holiday so had to nick my 'spare' 5, I used an old Nokia phone which was perfect for - um, remember these? - calls and text messages. Oh and it lasted days on a single charge!


Re: I for one

"There's nothing wrong horribly with the Apple mail client. It just only allows you to use one mail account at a time (the same as Android)."

On my iPhone I can collect mail from multiple e-mail accounts and when composing a new one, choose from which account to send it.

Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut


Re: Now maybe all those Brazilians will learn the lesson I learned

"My iGoogle homepage became for me a portal to the web."

As it did for me. I never found a suitable replacement either.

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET


I hope not

A Fanboi writes:

Jeez I hope it is faked: the 5S is about as large a phone as I want: it still fits in one of the inside pockets on my suits and also fits in my jeans pockets.

If I want a larger screen, there's my iPad Mini. Anything larger and there's the iPad or the MacBook and any real work can be done on the iMac.

Phablets? No: they're for those female types or the impoverished*...

*that's a joke, BTW

Firms fined $350,000 after yogurt sting uncovers review rigging


Not Showing in Web Searches

So how did you find me?


Still, while the Internet is full of stupid people who'll believe that they're removing the word 'gullible' from the dictionary, these spammers and scammers will make a fast buck.

Maybe that's a storyline for GTA VI? </finger on the pulse>

One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store



I love the way they already had the signs printed and waiting

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7



I'm not a fan of the new look: like the bastard lovechild of Windows 8 and Android. It's as though we are all children and need to have pretty icons with easy to understand letters.

More irritating is IOS7's inability to use your own wallpapers as they did on IOS6, so they're zoomed in which means that my lovely photographs are cropped on my personal iPhone 5 and our corporate logo has lost the left bank of shapes and the last letter of the company name.


Also there's an irritating delay from trying to do anything from a blank screen whilst the lock screen slowly comes into sight. I want the screen to come on immediately thanks.

Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images


Wordpress Hacks

I'm amazed at the number of attempts to hack my WP blogs to endeavour to either add malicious script to the PHP files or to add completely new scripts/files to spread the spam/malware/KP/whatever.

And it's not just Eastern European IP addresses either - that's cyclical.

Posh potty owners flushed by dodgy Bluetooth password


Why do they call you "donkey"?

"the toilet seat bite you in the ass"

Why would you have your donkey with you in the toilet? You can lead a horse to water, but this is ridiculous ... or is the journo a Merkin?

BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges


"I'll save you some time, it's London."

I sincerely hope so: I live in Rotherhithe, SE16 on the Thames overlooking Canary Wharf (and Telehouse).

The best I can get is 370kbps from any provider as all I have is a skinny bit of copper and an exchange miles away as the cable lies. For this reason, I've now given up on wired broadband and gone to tethering over 3G for my connectivity.

I would willingly pay for fast broadband - cable, fibre or unicorn drool - but no-one offers the service.

Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A


Charms Bar

What the hell is a charms bar? Some sort of dreary singles club?


Setanta, ESPN couldn't make UK footie TV work. How will BT Sport?


Broadband? If only...

I'm a tad peeved about the MotoGP, especially as BT can't be bothered to:

a) install fibre in SE16 where I am (overlooking Canary Wharf and Telehouse); and

b) provide decent wired alternatives.

Yes, I'm only able to get around 400kbps at best with any ISP due to BT's crappy infrastructure.

Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate



What's my IP lawyer's number?

Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet


Refreshing the parts other beers cannot reach

Like my eyes. I wasn't aware of any Heineken product placement in Skyfoal so it must have failed the memorable test. Unlike Audi in I, Robot.

Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal



Yes, I am now relying on a Personal Hotspot and 3 as I am in the wilderness that is Rotherhithe - directly opposite Canary Wharf - with a quaint 387kbps broadband offering from O2.

Given that we can't get fibre-optic or other cable service here, I'm reliant upon the BT line and the crap line speed. With O2 at least I'm not paying much for it.

Sky will no doubt offer more and deliver less whilst charging more...

‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore


It Depends On How Big You Are...

So Tumblr and Flickr apps are absolutely fine then, but 500px isn't?

I see...


Grinchy Google to shut down another batch of services



I rely on Google Calendar and ActiveSync to combine my work diary and private diary in one place. Nothing else seems to do the trick properly.

And I too like iGoogle as my default home page. I think they're shooting themselves in the foot with lost ad revenues as I will have to use a different portal from now on.

Harley allows Apple to use 'Lightning' brand on 'playthings'


Re: "is Apple thinking of making iPod docks for hogs?"

Acksherly, the acronym "HOG" was only used when H-D decided to work on their lifestyle offerings, setting up an official entity for lawyers, stockbrokers and accountants rather than actual patch wearers. The moniker dates back to the 20s: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harley-Davidson#Origin_of_.22Hog.22_nickname

Woz labels Apple 'arrogant' over iPhone size inadequacy


Size Isn't Everything

As I keep telling girlfriends.

If the iPhone 5 was as big as that Samsung Galaxy S III I wouldn't have bought one. The 5 is as big as I want my mobile phone, thanks. If I want more screen size I can go for an iPad, Netbook or laptop, thanks. The 5 fits in my jeans and suit pockets and is lightweight and thin so it wins.

Any larger and I wouldn't buy one.

Apple iOS 6 review

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Finally they've moved Bluetooth on/off to the main Settings list rather than yet another touch below.

Google acts against prostitution app after complaints from Congress


Mail-Order Brides

My wife doesn't understand me: one of the drawbacks of mail-order brides.

My previous one got lost in the post and the one before that was broken when it arrived, having suffocated on the bubble wrap.

Apple 'hasn't really run out of iPhone 5s AT ALL'


Re: I feel used...

I just feel dirty at the thought of fondling mine ... which has slipped two weeks...

Apple admits iCloud 'unacceptable', vows to not go titsup again



"The release of iOS 6, which powers Apple's handheld stuff, will spark a significant increase to iCloud traffic: the fruity devices will synchronise photos, music and other files automatically with the online storage system."

Erm, that's already the case?

Apple threatens to ruin peace worldwide with voice-controlled iMacs


"I don't understand 'danger'"

That's what Siri says when I say "change it", usually after texting my girlfriend to suggest she should "Call hot Debby xxx" instead of whatever innocuous message I'd actually dictated. Sadly, I don't even know a hot Debby...

Apple's first batch of iPhone 5 preorders sold out in an hour



I pre-ordered mine this morning. Apple Store reported delivery date of 21 September. Order acknowledgement simply says "October"...

The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?



But would it actually fit on your pocket? How does it compare to a Jesusphone?

Asus CEO sounds netbook death knell



I bought a Samsung NC10 at the airport once when I realised my gf wouldn't be able to use my lappy whilst I was in meetings (durr) and it was one of the best purchases I made. Compact and lightweight with lots of battery life and fine for Facebook, e-mail and web stuff of an evening with the occasional leap into work documents. And without the drawbacks of an iPad (before anyone says "iPad").

Office 2013 to offer one-off apps on demand


Internet Streaming

...excellent if you have a decent connection. I'm in the sticks - er, Rotherhithe, SE16, actually - with a massive 400kbps connection. Downloading Office components every time I want to work on a document doesn't exactly make me moist...

Facebook shares hit all-time low

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You like this

I obviously had to click the Like button...

iPhone 4 incapable of handling Siri, says chip chap


http://www.richardhmorris.com/2011/12/22/siri-arse-lee/ for my take on the actual benefit of Siri

'Apple's iPhone 4S ate our SIM cards'



I have had this happen a few times since mine arrived last week.

"Have you tried turning it off and on again" does indeed temporarily restore connectivity.

The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out


iTunes Match

...doesn't look like it'll be available in the UK:


Half of Virgin Media broadband ads are wrong, says ASA


2Mbps? I should be so lucky!

I'm in London - Rotherhithe overlooking Canary Wharf - and can only get 400kbps. No cable option, no fibre optic option. Rubbish!

'Lion' Apple Mac OS X 10.7: Sneak Preview


"...known informally as Lion..."

Given that Apple call it "OS X Lion" on their website, I'd think that was pretty formal...

Dear Mr Beefy ex-soldier: Your BT needs you


Pay Per View?

So we'll soon be seeing lots of streaming content of beefy blokes "laying pipe"?

Oh and:

"BT Infinity is not currently due to be rolled out in your area."

My area is London, opposite Canary Wharf!

Google intros video chat on Android



No charge/bundle usage?

I just wish Apple would change FaceTime to support 3G/4G as my 3G connection at home is far faster than my crappy 400kbps "broadband" connection. This is London, by the way...

Australians can’t read or count


Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Please

Don't worry, Aussies, the till at the pub you're working in will do the maths for you.

Apple plays cloud catch-up


One Cloud on the Horizon

I live in central London but have at beast a measly 500kbps "broadband" connection. In Epsom and in Norfolk - where I spend a lot of time - my 3 and previously Vodafone connections were laughable: about enough for a conversation and not really anything else.

So as others have commented, why would I want to rely on flaky 3G and/or a piss-poor cabled connection to play content I've built up over the years from various sources? And pay for the 'privilege' too?

Spaniards bemoan 'joke' speed limit cut


Relaxing? {Snore}

That's why rumble strips were introduced in the US to coincide with the 55mph limits: motorists were falling asleep. My attention is much better exceeding the limit than it is in lower/reduced limit areas. Not stressed, just more alert and therefore safer.

Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2



I agree with my learned friend: it looks as though they're talking about tethering iPads to iPhones?


US Secret Service tabletop training toytown goes virtual


Release Date?

When is it coming out on Xbox?

iPhone alarm bug: now it's the UK's turn


You're Doing It Wrong

Apparently. Yes, I still have a recurring weekday alarm that's going off one hour later than it should. I want my iPhone to adjust automatically so the "workaround" is pants. As is setting one every day before I go to bed. As is having to set the alarm to the wrong time for recurring ones and the right time for individual alarms. I would have thought Apple could afford to pay for decent coders...