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30 Sep 2007

I'm back from my week's "holiday", and I'm using the term lightly here because really, I think I could have stayed in the office, had one of those typical hard weeks, and still had a more relaxing time.

I think the holiday would have been fine if it wasn't for the fact that right at the beginning of the week I caught a fever and then suffered throughout the entire week with illness. The place we went to was very peaceful. Just nothing around except a really picture of a valley.

30 September 2007 08:52 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Adam Saunders
11 Sep 2007

HTC-Tytn-II.jpgWith a little annoyance, I was only able to get the new Tytn II today instead of yesterday after missing the delivery and trying to change certain CityLink vans.

However, now I have it, and have been trying to get everything up and running on it over the course of the day.. between work and everything else that is going on.

Well this is just a preliminary review, as the two key failures of the original Tytn I just HAD to test out first and report on them.

Firstly the Skype compatibility. It's working!! I do still suffer the annoyance that calls are made through the speaker and not the phone ear piece. That's really, really annoying and I wish Skype would add an option for this. Strangely I, and I'm sure many others, would like calling people on Skype to be as private as normal phone calls.

Secondly, and more importantly to me, the Microsoft Voice Commander over Bluetooth. That was a miserable failure of the HTC Tytn, and I've just had a chance of trying on the Tytn II and it looks like that is all thumbs up too!!!

So all in all so far, I am a VERY VERY happy chappy. This has to be the most perfect PDA phone ever made by a long, long way.

11 September 2007 19:56 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Adam Saunders
09 Sep 2007

Today could be my last day. It's Bristol Half Marathon day, and I'm up at 6am to get a big breakfast and get myself ready for the grueling 13 mile run.

This is going to be a REALLY tough challenge. I'll post when I return to let you know how bad it really was.. If you don't see anything.. I didn't make it :-)

I made it!!

Didn't do too badly either considering I've never run so far in my life. My previous furthest was about 6 miles, so this was a shock to the system! I found it incredibly hard once I hit the 8 mile mark. At that point my calves started to seaze up, and from then on it was just incredibly uncomfortable the rest of the way. I was actually doing well time wise until that point, and then had to slow down to avoid getting a crippling cramp. No way was I not going to finish the run, so the rest of the way was mixed up between running and walking, and the only way to stay in the game.

I managed to finish in 2hours and 22 mins. It's neither fast nor slow, but pretty good considering I never really did any training, I'm really pleased with it.

I have to say though. This evening.. I ache, like I never ached before. Just my legs (probably the rest of my body distracted by the pain in my knees mainly, but.. boy are they agony if I actually move around.

09 September 2007 06:29 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Adam Saunders
08 Sep 2007

I've ordered a new phone. Simply because its not just a new phone, its something that really just shames anything that as ever existed before.

  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 400MHz Processor (different from Trion/Tytn so should work with Skype (fingers crossed)
  • 256MB or ROM Memory and 128MB RAM Memory (that's a lot for any phone)
  • Full sliding Qwerty keyboard with screen tilt (should be dreamy to use)
  • 3G (including super speed) quadband, WiFi, Bluetooth and USB 2.0
  • 3Megapixel camera which actually can give reasonable photos for once (from samples)
  • GPS!!! (Yea, on top of everything else, this thing has a GPS system built in!!)
  • It's a phone too ;-)

This phone quite simply is the swiss army knike of mobile technology. I receive it next Monday and will be selling my current Trion and Mini-S to fund it. Very much looking forward to trying it out!

It's an exceedingly popular new phone. I ordered one from one online store that had 20 in stock to only face an email in the morning to say that they had run out and I was on a back log. So I went elsewhere who told me that they were selling about 50 of the devices every 2-3 days (that's just one store!) Thats simple astonishing considering its a very high-end phone at £470 a time.

I'm hoping the new Bluetooth and CPU make will solve my bigger Trion/Tytn gripes. MS Voice Command over bluetooth, and using Skype for making calls. *fingers crossed*. I have to say though, since the Trion and because of this, I think i'm going to be hard pressed to use anything but HTC devices. Even the much talked about Apple iPhone has nothing in comparison to something like this.

More info: http://tytnseries.htc.com/htctytn2.html

08 September 2007 10:45 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Adam Saunders
01 Sep 2007

I left fixing the Nintendo Wii for ages. After speaking with Nintendo UK, they told me to send the console off to them, and basically I couldn't be bothered. Afterall, I could play games perfectly fine.

However, after a little bit of pressure seeing fellow mates using their Wii on the internet, I thought I would send it off to repair. Before I did, however, I had a quick check on the web to make sure that the address I recieved months ago was right.. I then stumbled across a post about others having the same issues, and it said to simply try and reformat the Wii, and that for almost all people that would fix the issue. So I backed up the games (that everyone else seems to play ;-) ) onto an SD memory card, and reformatted. I set up the WiFi access again, and low and behold it requested the update again. Performed the update and now its all happy!!

How annoying is that.. All this time I thought it was completely buggered, and it just wanted a fresh start in life. Well, I'm just happy I don't have to send the thing off.. I think thats a rubbish Nintendo UK policy. A fault with their system, they should send a post bag, or arrange a collection at least. Seems that Ninento US have a completely different policy of sending you a new Wii, and a bag to send the old one back. Now that doesn't sound very consistent customer service.

01 September 2007 09:24 GMT+01:00    Posted By: Adam Saunders
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