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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Huawei E5330 Mobile Wi-Fi Modem Router Unboxing & First Impressions


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Firstly I’d like to say sorry for the somewhat poorly taken pictures but I didn’t have much time to take the unboxing pictures.

 Unbagging

In the Currier Shipping bag there was the device its self and a Contract Sim Pack.

Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Box

Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Box

Three UK Contract Sim Pack

Three UK Contract Sim Pack

 

Unboxing

I got this Mobile WiFi Modem Router from Three UK, and to say that I got it from a Carrier the box doesn’t have any Carrier branding on it what so ever apart from a Three Security Seal Sticker sealing the box closed.

The Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 sitting at the top of the box once opened

The Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 sitting at the top of the box once opened

Documentation under the cardboard tray that holds the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 unit

Documentation under the cardboard tray that holds the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 unit

 

All the documentation that came in the box

All the documentation that came in the box

Accessories in bottom of the box

Accessories in bottom of the box

 

Battery for the Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Battery for the Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Inside of the Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Inside of the Mobile WiFi Hotspot

 

Sim Card inserted

Sim Card inserted

Battery inserted

Battery inserted

 

All put together & powered on

All put together & powered on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason that there was a second Sim Pack in the Shipping bag I assume is because I’m a Three Customer already and that the second line for the mobile WiFi is on an existing subscriber discount as the Mobile number on the second Sim Pack matches up with the Mobile number for the Sim Pack on the invoice as well as for the Mobile number on a welcome letter that I received from Three this morning.

First impressions

The Mobile WiFi unit is small and can easily slip in your pocket & it even fits nicely into the front pocket of my Targus Chromebook bag.

Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Speeds

Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Speeds

3G Speeds from my iPhone 4S

3G Speeds from my iPhone 4S

 

The speed from the Huawei Mobile WiFi E5330 Modem Router is faster than the speed I get from my iPhone 4S at home, so I think the Mobile WiFi Hotspot will get used more than my iPhone WiFi Hotspot while I’m away from my fixed line Broadband connection, but since I’ve got 1GB of tethering a month on my Phone Account and the 1GB of Mobile Broadband a month on my new Account that gives me a combined 2GB a month of Mobile Broadband to get online while I’m away which is plenty for my Chromebook, Google Nexus 7, Son’s Android Tablet and the wife’s iPhone 4S when were in a 2G only area.

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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Is Apple Considering A Move From intel For Its OS X Systems


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With rumours circulating that Apple could be stopping using intel Processors in Mac’s what does this mean for the x86 Architecture and the Mac & OS X platform in the future? Is intel on its last legs for anything other than Server Hardware? Is the Arm Architecture about to hit the big time? Is Apples own Arm Architecture about to make the switch from being Mobile only to Mobile & Desktop? For my opinion on these questions then read on.

Is intel on its last legs for anything other than Server Hardware?

With Arm Processors showing that they are a capable and more power efficient Processor for Laptops through their wide use in Laptops using Google’s Thin Client Chrome OS with only a few Chromebooks running intel x86 Processors & everyone wanting a power efficient Laptop with a long battery life, then intel might be on its way out in the Laptop market especially if Apple can design and manufacture one of its own Ax (where x is the Processor model)that is powerful enough to run OS X at a speed comparable to that of the current gen intel Processors then intel might be in trouble when it comes to Laptops, but when it comes to long battery life on a Desktop then it doesn’t matter as Desktops don’t require a battery then it just comes down to would Arm Processors be power efficient enough to make a difference when it comes to a computer that’s plugged in all the time? no one actually knows which makes the second part of this answer more of a question.

Is the Arm Architecture about to hit the big time?

The Arm Architecture is currently big in the Mobile world with Samsung & Nvidia making Arm based SOC systems for Android and Apple making its own Arm based Processors for iOS. Even big players in the computing world making Arm based Chromebooks. but when it comes to traditional computing systems Arm is yet to make a significant appearance with even Microsoft’s attempt to make the Arm Architecture work failed when it Surface RT & Windows 8 RT products failed with only the original Surface RT being made and no updated Surface RT 2 making an appearance.

If the Arm Architecture it to become the next big thing then it needs a company with the money and balls to experiment with Arm processors in the Desktop & Laptop market, This is where the Cupertino giant could come out the winner after making successful Architecture transitions in the past from their original Motorola 68000 Processors to the PowerPC Architecture in March of 1994, then the move from the PowerPC Architecture to the intel x86 Architecture in January 2006.

But my guess is that if Apple does make a transition away from the intel x86 Architecture any time soon then I predict they’ll transition to the Amd x86 Architecture as it’s compatible with the intel x86 Architecture without any re-coding required, where as transitioning to the Arm Architecture will take some time to re-code OS X and create a compatibility layer for x86 Software, unless Apple has already started working on a transition to the Arm Architecture.

Is Apples own Arm Architecture about to make the switch from being Mobile only to Mobile & Desktop?

This one could be possible but probably not until the A9 or maybe even A10 as they’ll need to design Laptop & Desktop Logic-boards to work with the Arm Processors. If Apple does switch to Arm Processors they’ll probably have to keep some intel x86 computers in production for OS X Server and the Mac Pros would still need to be on intel x86.

Conclusion

In trying to decipher the rumours it’s brought up  three questions that can only be answered in speculation and one question that can not be answered at all as it would be just purely guess-work. In my opinion the continuity between iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 could be some form of ground laying for a move to Apples Arm SOC Architecture or it could be just purely to make life easier for iOS and OS X users and only time will tell what’s going to happen Processor wise.

Roland

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WordPress Post Dashboard Clutter


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If like me you’ve used WordPress for nearly four years then this Post will feel close to home for you. I’ve Blogged via WordPress since September 2010 and have amassed 360 published Articles and two drafts and my All Posts Screen in the Posts Dashboard looks like this.

A sample page from my WordPress.com Posts Dsshboard

A sample page from my WordPress.com Posts Dashboard

Trying to navigate around all the posts is a bit hard when you’re looking at more than one or two pages, and in my opinion is in need of a revamp that lets you choose how you want to view all of your posts. I’d like to see something like having the ability to organize your posts into folders by year, then organized by month in each year folder then by week and for days that have multiple posts organized into a day folder, then just lump all the draft posts into the main All Posts Screen, doing this would also remove the need to have All Published, Sticky, Drafts and when there is a deleted post the Deleted tab and just have the root All tab and the Sticky tab as all  published Articles would be in Folders while all un published Articles would be in the All folder un organized.

With WordPress being a well used Platform with the free hosted WordPress.com service, hosted WordPress services and the free to download WordPress Platform at wordpress.org for anyone who wants to manage every aspect of their site and have it on a self hosted server you’d think that some form of Post Organization other than the tabbed layout of the Posts Dashboard would already have been implemented by now even if it was a simple Organize by Categories, Tags or both.

Don’t get me wrong as I think the free hosted wordpress.com service/wordpress.org download is a very capable Blog engine and brings a lot of features that are simply not available in Blogger, with an easier to navigate UI than Blogger Post/Article organization is on of the sorely missed features on ether of the two Blogging platforms along with on the wordpress.org download unless there is a post organization plug-in available for the server software.

Roland

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