The Gaza Conflict: An Easy Solution To End It


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With fighting still going on in the Middle East between Israelis and Palestinians which has gone on and off since 2006 & with two failed ceasefire in the current round of the conflict, wouldn’t it be far simpler to end the conflict for good-by simply stopping all Media coverage of the conflict? Now many of you reading may say that it’s harsh, cruel and inhumane to  just sweep it under the carpet from a Media point of view, also some may even say that it’s slightly racist to o, but just hear me out before judging me.

The Militants in this conflict could be compared to spoiled children as the more they get attention from the Media the more they fight hence the two failed ceasefire. As if this wasn’t just attention seeking then they would have managed to keep the first ceasefire going.

Cutting off all Media coverage could be a bit harsh for a first attempt at ending the Gaza conflict, but at least slowly scaling back the coverage to the point that where all coverage of the conflict by the Media has been cut off. Simply ignoring a child that’s showing off for attention is usually the way to stop the child from showing off.

With how the Israeli and Palestinian Militants are acting then treating them like spoiled children that are showing off might be the simplest solution to ending the conflict, as what started out in 2006 as political fighting over election results in 2005 & 2006 has turned into a political fight for who controls and does what.

Maybe scaling back to an eventual blackout of Media coverage of the conflict might be just the ticket to get it into these Militants thick heads that there petty argument over who controls what just simply isn’t worth killing innocent people over, as in the end they’re going to end up killing everyone off in the area including themselves then no one has actually won control of the area, but thousands of innocent people will have lost their lives because members of a few opposing political groups in to areas of the middle east can’t get along like civilized human beings.

When Political fighting turns into military fighting be it Army against Army, Militants against Army, radicalized Religious groups against everyone that doesn’t believe the same as they do or as in this case Militants against Militants then no one is the winner as Political fighting should be carried out in debates that can eventually bring both parties together for the good of the people, but the trouble with Militant groups is that all they understand is that the way to get their point across is to kill innocent people, and in the case of radicalized Religious groups is that they’re right and everyone is wrong and Racist so must die (but more about this last point in a future Article as I don’t want to take this one to far off topic).

Please feel free to leave your comments below, but make sure that they’re not borderline Racist or threatening in any way as they will be removed.

Rant over

Roland

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Google Photo Sphere Camera Comes To iOS


More-goodies-found-in-the-Google-Camera-APK-including-Photo-Sphere-Live-WallpapersGoogle yesterday released Photo Sphere for iOS devices. Photo Spheres have been a staple of the Android camera since Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the release of the Photo Sphere Camera App for iOS is the first time that Google has extracted a feature of an App to specifically release it for a particular Mobile OS.

Google has previously extracted the Photos App from Google + only for Android and Hangouts on all supported Mobile Platforms, but making a feature of an App as a dedicated App only available on iOS is a first for any developer.

For those of you that don’t know, Photo Spheres are full 360 degree pictures that are very similar to the way that Google Maps Street View works, where you can look around the photo as if you were actually where the picture was taken.

The iOS Photo Sphere Camera App also allows you to tag your Photo Spheres and share them on Google Maps, Sharing your Photo Spheres with Google Maps then creates Street Views of the tagged Photo Spheres, whether Google blurred out the Licence Plates that are captured with the Photo Sphere Camera or not when shared is unknown at present (as I’ve not had the chance to take an outdoor Photo Sphere to check it out.

Most people complain about Devs separating out features of Apps into separate Apps,  but in the case of Google separating out the Photo Sphere Camera feature of Google Camera just to bring it to iOS while keeping it part of Google Camera on Android is a good idea.

Roland

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Powermat Wireless Charging Kit For iPhone 4/4S Review


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After using the Powermat Wireless charging kit for iPhone 4/4S for a week and a day, it’s changed the way that I use my iPhone 4S as I don’t have to remember to plug it in to charge it or un-plug it when I need to go out. All I have to do now is just place it in the charging dock to charge it and take it out of the charging dock when I use it or go out.

Other than the sheer convenience of not being tethered to the mains while charging and having to remember to un-plug it when I go out it seems to charge my phone a lot quicker than using a wired charger, which means I don’t have to worry about running out of power while out if I’ve put it on charge before going out and it not getting a decent charge. The audible sound when placing the phone in and removing the phone from the charger is handy when I’ve got my phone on silent as I know when it’s started charging.

The size of the charging dock means that it’s compact and doesn’t take up much space, as it’s only slightly larger than the phone, this means that it won’t take up much space on a desk, bed side table, Coffee table or any table at side of where you sit, unlike traditional iPhone docks that tend to have speakers e.t.c. built-in and tend to take up a lot of space. The built-in cable management on the plug means that you don’t have any cables to get tangled up, this is a really handy feature that comes into its own if you’ve got your charger on say a kitchen counter where the cable could easily get damaged if not wrapped up.

The Powermat Wireless charging system is really a good idea and it’s really a shame that the QI Wireless charging standard is more widely used as the QI charging mats need you to place your phone in exactly the right place to get it to charge, where as with the Powermat standard you just drop it into the dock and it works. There are QI style charging mats for the Powermat standard, but with the Powermat case you get stickers that you place on the mat to help you correctly place your phone.

Roland

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What’s In My Bag When I’m On The Road


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When I’m on the road I usually take with me everything that’s in my Laptop/Home Office bag, but with a few extras that I don’t keep in my bag all the time.

Tech storage

Tech storage

The front pocket mainly holds Headphones and Memory cards along with my 32GB Samsung SD Card, Pens, my Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini, a keyboard dusting brush and the charger for my Acer C720 Chromebook.

The main compartment holds my Acer C720 Chromebook in an iPearl hard shell full body cover, my Asus Google Nexus 7 (2012), External USB 3.0 HDD and the power cord for my Acer C720 Chromebook.

The great thing about this setup is that I’m always ready for going on the road, as all I’ve got to do is attach the shoulder strap for my Targus Slimline Netbook Case and I can leave the house with my bag.

I also keep with me at all times an old possibly 2nd gen iPod Touch, a Fitbit Flex charging dock, a spare iPhone USB Charging brick, a Huawei E5330 Mobile Hotspot along with its USB charging cable, Huawei E5330 Mobile Hotspot Charging Brick, a pair of Apple Earpods & a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre  urbeats.

Huawei E5330 Mobile Hotspot

Huawei E5330 Mobile Hotspot

2nd Gen iPod touch

2nd Gen iPod touch

Fitbit Flex Charging Dock

Fitbit Flex Charging Dock

iPhone Charging Brick

iPhone Charging Brick

Beats by Dr. Dre urbeats

Beats by Dr. Dre urbeats

Apple Earpods

Apple Earpods

The extras that I keep with me on the Road are an iPhone 4/4S Battery Case and my iPhone 4S Dock cable and USB Charging Brick, and since I’ve just recently got a Powermat iPhone 4/4S Wireless Charging kit I’ll probably take that with me on longer trips as well.

iPhone 4/4S Battery Case

iPhone 4/4S Battery Case

iPhone 4S Charger

iPhone 4S Charger

Powermat Wireless Charging Dock

Powermat Wireless Charging Dock

 

Roland

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My Home Office Set-up 2014 (Update 2)


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My Home Office setup isn’t like the video tours that you see on YouTube, it used to similar at one time. It’s now a lot more modest and minimalistic, but it works well for me.   So here’s my text and picture tour of my Home Office as it didn’t seem worth while doing a YouTube video. The storage part of my Home Office is an old Computer desk that houses a Box of Printer Paper, a Shredder, a Box of Envelopes and a brown box that has some Computer stuff on the bottom shelf, the Keyboard drawer has an old Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard while the top shelf has a Printer Organizer with mostly odd bits of scrap paper and the charger for my Asus Google Nexus 7, Bluetooth headphones and my Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 USB Headset & on top of it I’ve got my Kodak esp 1.2 AIO Printer.

Printing station

Printing station

On the floor in front of the desk I’ve got a locking filing case that I keep all of my important paperwork and weekly bus pass in.

Filing area

Filing area

Now onto the main part of my Office. My work area is a two-seater sofa where my Targus Slimline Netbook Case lives.

Tech storage

Tech storage

The front pocket mainly holds Headphones and Memory cards along with my 32GB Samsung SD Card, Pens, my Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini, a keyboard dusting brush and the charger for my Acer C720 Chromebook.

Accessory storage

Accessory storage

The main compartment holds my Acer C720 Chromebook in an iPearl hard shell full body cover, my Asus Google Nexus 7 (2012), External USB 3.0 HDD and the power cord for my Acer C720 Chromebook.

Main storage 2

Main storage 2

The great thing about this setup is that I’m always ready for going on the road, as all I’ve got to do is attach the shoulder strap for my Targus Slimline Netbook Case and I can leave the house with my bag.

Static to mobile office with the case shoulder strap

Static to mobile office with the case shoulder strap

This probably isn’t one of the best Home Office setups around but a Home Office isn’t always about large desks and dedicated room, but something that can go from static to mobile office and as long as your setup works for you, and ever since I started my blog in 2010.

Here is a couple of pictures showing how versatile my Home Office setup is.

Home Office

Home Office

Mobile Office

Mobile Office

Since I originally did my Home Office tour post I’ve now added a Desk to my setup in the form of a Laptop tray, This is a handy little Desk as it has a powerful LED Desk Lamp built-in along with a Pen/ Pencil Holder and a Cup Holder.

Laptop Tray Desk

Laptop Tray Desk

The Laptop Tray has a fleece underside attached to the Tray & is filled with bean bag beans meaning that it’s comfortable on your knee, it also has a compartment in the bean bag base for the battery pack of the LED Lamp & it even has a carry handle on it.

The Desk can also be used for handwriting in a notebook e.t.c. but I also use it for addressing envelopes and folding letters as well as for a Desk for my Chromebook.

Since my last update I’ve added an old possibly 2nd gen iPod Touch, a Fitbit Flex charging dock, a spare iPhone USB Charging brick, a Huawei E5330 Mobile Hotspot along with its USB charging cable, Huawei E5330 Mobile Hotspot Charging Brick, a pair of Apple Earpods & a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre  urbeats.

Huawei E5330 Mobile Hotspot

Huawei E5330 Mobile Hotspot

2nd Gen iPod touch

2nd Gen iPod touch

Fitbit Flex Charging Dock

Fitbit Flex Charging Dock

iPhone Charging Brick

iPhone Charging Brick

Beats by Dr. Dre urbeats

Beats by Dr. Dre urbeats

Apple Earpods

Apple Earpods

 

Roland

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Powermat Wireless Charging Kit For iPhone 4/4S Unboxing/First Impressions


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Unboxing

The Powermat Wireless Charging kit for iPhone 4/4S comes with the Powermat Wireless charging dock, Universal Power Supply, UK and EU Plug adaptors (the US version comes with a US only Power Supply) along with an iPhone 4/4S Wireless charging case with USB Pass through & a Micro USB to USB Charging cable and various bits of documentation.

See pictures below for the full unboxing pictures.

Powermat iPhone 4/4S Wireless Charging Kit all boxed up

Powermat iPhone 4/4S Wireless Charging Kit all boxed up

 

 

 

Powermat documentation

Powermat documentation

Power Supply

Power Supply

 

UK Plug adaptor

UK Plug adaptor

EU Plug adaptor

EU Plug adaptor

 

Other documentation

Other documentation

iPhone 4/4S Wireless Chargeing Case

iPhone 4/4S Wireless charging Case

 

Powermat Wireless Charging Dock

Powermat Wireless charging Dock

 

iPhone 4S in Wireless Charging Case

iPhone 4S in Wireless charging Case

 

Back of Wireless Charging Case

Back of Wireless charging Case

 

Bottom of Wireless Charging Case with Micro USB Port

Bottom of Wireless charging Case with Micro USB Port

 

Back of Wireless Charging Dock with Power Supply input

Back of Wireless Charging Dock with Power Supply input

Charging Dock plugged in & iPhone 4S Charging

Charging Dock plugged in & iPhone 4S charging

 

First impressions

The Powermat Wireless charging dock is a stylish and easy to use Wireless charger that is easier to use than the more common QI Wireless chargers, and the USB sync charge pass through on the case is a novel idea that saves having to take the case off to sync to iTunes or use a car charger (as long as the charger is a Micro USB one).

I’ll do a full review in a month or two once I’ve had time to fully test the device.

Roland

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MultCloud First Use & Initial Impressions


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I just wanted to get some form of a review out for this service while my Broadband connection isn’t stopping me from being able to use this service properly, so here’s my first impressions.

sign-up process

The sign-up process is simple and  straight forward, but as I’d originally set out to do a full review last week I forgot to get a Screenshot of the sign-up screen, but all you need to do is provide an email address, username and password to create your account.

Adding Cloud Storage Accounts & a look at the UI

Adding Cloud Storage Accounts to MultCloud is a simple process as the following four pictures show.

List of Cloud Storage Services 1

List of Cloud Storage Services 1

List of Cloud Services 2

List of Cloud Services 2

 

Select Your Chosen Cloud Service

Select Your Chosen Cloud Service

Enter your Account details

Enter your Account details

 

Click on the Add Account button on the left hand side of the MultCloud UI, then scroll through the list of services until you find the required one, select the service and click next, fill in your account details then click on the add button, authorize MultCloud with your chosen service then it shows up on the left hand side under the Add Account button.

The UI is clean and simple with a list of accounts down the left hand side along with an add button & then a list of folders taking up the right hand side of the screen like Google Drive with the top of the UI having basic buttons to download & upload files along with a create folder button, on first start the right hand side also has a list of your connected accounts.

First Start of MultCloud with duplicate Accounts list

First Start of MultCloud with duplicate Accounts list

Folder view of MultCloud

Folder view of MultCloud

 

Inside a Folder showing documents

Inside a Folder showing documents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On first impressions MultCloud looks like a very capable solution for working with multiple Cloud Storage Services, and I look forward to testing it out further and I’ll do a full review after I’ve had the chance to use it for a sustained amount of time.

Roland

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