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Monthly Archives: January 2011

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My first Android 2.2 Tablet PC – IMX515

By | January 30th, 2011|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ever since the Apple iPad came out I have wanted to get my hands on a touchscreen tablet PC. The iPad just wasn't an option, the most basic one costing £439!   I kept telling myself that I didn't even need a tablet pc, what with already owning an iPhone and iTouch and a desktop PC but I kept looking at pictures of them and thinking well, I haven't got a laptop. I was keeping an eye on the budget tablets but they all seemed to have worse specs than the basic cheapo netbook so I played the waiting game. Christmas was now upon us and I'd decided I'd really like a Tablet from Santa (my BF)  so I started looking again. I saw a few that I quite liked and a friend that was also looking suggested one or two to look at as well but as usual they were out of stock - or discontinued! it was Christmas after all.  Shops kept offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab while that would have been wonderful the price tag of around [...]

Facebook increase security after hacking?

By | January 28th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Maybe its no coincidence that Facebook recently announced some new security just after Mark Zuckerberg's personal fan page was evidently hacked. However, for whatever reason, better security on Facebook is always a good thing. Hypertext transfer protocol secureFirstly from today they say on the Facebook blog posted on 26.1.11. you'll be able to experience Facebook entirely over HTTPS  -  It might be a good idea to turn this on (as always we have to turn it on rather than off)  this especially if you are accessing Facebook on free WiFi - like at coffee shops, airports and other public places. HTTPS is used by banks or online shops - a lock shows in the address bar to show that the browser is using a secure connection, ("HTTPS") to communicate with the website and protect your information. Pages do take longer to load, and some applications may not be supported but privacy is the key so that shouldn't worry us. Facebook say that they will work hard to resolve these issues. To set this up..... Click Account - Top RightAccount SettingsTick - Browse [...]

Nokia N8 – Can’t Connect To Gateway – My solution.

By | January 26th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

This wasn't the first blog about the Nokia N8 that I expected to write after WomWorld/Nokia sent me a mobile phone to trial, so I can review. However even though I'm slightly embarrassed that I took a while to work this out, I thought this little post might help others. When I first got the Nokia N8 2 days ago I didn't have much time to have a look at it, I did have a little look around put in my passwords and logged in to some accounts, and it all seemed fine including Twitter. Yesterday when I returned home from work to have another look at it, it would not connect to Twitter via Ovi's social network. I put in my name and password, and it would seem to try to connect, then I would get the message Cannot Connect to Gateway.  It seemed really odd as I could use the web browser and download apps from the Ovi Store, (but not social networking apps). So this suggested that the Wifi (WLAN) was set up ok but there was problem somewhere. I had a look [...]

Helping kids learn about Virtual Lives – Gaming and Networking.

By | January 24th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Tuesday the 8th of February 2011 is Safer Internet Day.  Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe to promote safer and more responsible use of mobile and online technology for children and young people around the world. Insafe are Co-funded by The European Union. This is the 8th year that Safer Internet Day will be celebrated, last year saw 500 events in 65 countries worldwide.Each year Insafe chooses a different theme for people to base the activities on. This year is its Virtual lives, and the slogan is - Its more than a game, its your life.  Virtual lives: Online gaming and social networking, the two most popular online activities for our youth.  The aim is to get the message across to children and young people that although they are hidden behind an avatar or a gamertag, actions in virtual lives can and will affect real lives.  We all need to be aware of the consequences of our online actions, whether good or bad. Children especially need to know how to be safe and responsible online and they can learn [...]

Problems with Google Chrome?

By | January 21st, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

You are surfing away, googling some interesting sites when all of a sudden, Chrome starts to say This web page not available and you check the error message and it says.........Error 10 (net::ERR_ACCESS_DENIED): Unknown error.HUH! Well ......this doesn't appear to be a problem with Chrome but it seems as if it is either a firewall or anti virus blocking access,  lots of people with Mcafee have this problem. So make sure its approved or allowed in the settings. Or like me - I'd left Peer Guardian running and it really hates that and blocks Chrome opening some pages randomly. So close Peer Guardian and viola Chrome opens the page.This might happen in other browsers as well like Internet explorer, Firefox, Mozilla but I've only noticed it in Chrome. Chrome by the way is a brilliant browser its quick and simple and I love it. Why use Google Chrome.I just wanted to share that little bit of a fix with you, as there is nothing worse than having an annoying little problem and not knowing what it is.Hope this helps.

Facebook Allowing Apps To Access Users Phone Numbers and Addresses (update – not cancelled)

By | January 17th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

When you are going to allow a Facebook application now you might see this ...... as Facebook has now allowed developers access to your private information. As announced on the developers blog page on Saturday here.   See updated information at the end. As you see can see its not only allowing the application access to your basic information but also your current address and mobile phone number.Of course you can just click don't allow on the permissions page (if you notice it)  or you can make sure that this personal information isn't on Facebook in first place, which would be my advice. To make sure you have not got this information to share with third party applications.Go to Profile (Top Right) Edit Profile (Top Right) Contact Information (Left menu) If you have your private information here then, delete it and click save changes at the bottom. Facebook obviously isn't interested in our privacy, we know that by now, so its up to us to be vigilant and keep an eye out for these things. Update, Facebook has now posted a blog Improvements to Permissions for Address and Mobile NumberThey say here not that they are cancelling this (as some [...]

Microsoft Arc Mouse Review

By | January 13th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I must admit  this mouse was a total impulse buy - its curves, angles and smooth design caught my eye and I had to have one. I am a bit fussy when it comes to using a mouse - its something I use a lot as I'm not really a keyboard shortcut person, I'm a scroller and a clicker. I also draw and design with my mouse so its really important that a mouse has a good feel, is comfortable and responsive. I usually take a while to choose a new mouse but this impulse buy seems to have been a good one. The arc feels luxurious in my hand , its so silky and comfortable I forget its there. I've read articles where people thought it was too small, I'm not sure what bucket sized hands they have, mine aren't exactly small and it is absolutely ideal for me. Even though essentially the Arc was designed for the purpose of being portable and wireless this wasn't even a factor for me, I didn't need it to be either of [...]

Facebook Closing?! How to back up Facebook.

By | January 9th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Due to a now viral message, everyone now believes that Facebook is closing down on 15th March? LOL Oh really? They've just got $500 million investment from Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies but that's not important right now,  apparently its all too much for Mark Zuckerberg and he's closing down. Its not a funfair at Hastings that hasn't been running well for 3 years... its not a Chip~Shop that started selling soggy chips... its not something that Yahoo got bored with... its FACEBOOK! Its all over the internet now, and of course its just..... a horrible hoax, a joke, a set of Chinese whispers, a ridiculous rumour. This "joke" was apparently started at Weekly world News, who evidently are about as regarded for their news worthiness as the Daily Star. another headline today on the same page ........ HEADLINES ALIEN SPACESHIPS TO ATTACK EARTH IN 2011 Posted on 09 January 2011 By Frank Lake Three giant alien spaceships are heading for Earth! Scientists predict they will arrive in early 2011. Tags: alien invasions, alien spaceships, ALIENS, Extraterrrestrial, haarp, Searh For Extraterrestiral Intelligence, seti, ufo, ufos Facebook users have been panicking about what happens to all of their details and their photographs on Facebook, they are [...]

My Blog 2010 – including Top 5 Posts.

By | January 9th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I'd been looking through some stats from last year and I have been very pleased with how my blog has evolved and how interest has grown.  After, at first not really knowing how it was going to turn out or what I would blog about, its turned itself around and ended up being more of help or information page, with reviews and my views on various applications, programs, and subjects. Which I've enjoyed very much, I look forward to being offered more trials or beta testing in the future, so that I can let you know my findings. Don't forget you can contact me via email on Techieminx@gmail.com if you have anything that would you like me to test or find out about. It was interesting to see which posts had received the most views, so in celebration of that, I thought I'd just post them again.This is why there are Cartoon Characters on Facebook !!You may have noticed lots of people changing their profile pictures on Facebook to cartoon characters and are wondering why.  I must ... Formspring - The Good, The Bad [...]