Well she was just 17, you know what I mean…

No, I’m not sure that I do, Paul. I’m pretty sure that kind of thing can get you locked up these days. I never really trusted Ringo…

Anyway, moving right along, the feature that inspired me to try to take at least one good or interesting photo every day for the next thirty days has gone live at PC Authority:

Amazing Apps for your Phone: Photography Apps: “The iPhone’s inbuilt camera really isn’t anything special at all. Throw a brick at any mobile phone store, and you’re bound to hit a dozen competing phones with better inbuilt cameras…”

Words & Pictures: Day One

Something a little different. Inspired by something I was writing (which should be published pretty shortly) on iPhone photography, and based off a couple of discussions I’ve had with more photography-savvy compatriots I’ve decided to try and improve my photography.

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Let the slaughter commence

A couple of Apple-centric articles to keep you informed and amused today. Firstly, PC Authority has my roundup of Australian public transport Apps:

Amazing Apps for your Phone: Get from A to B on public transport: “Your iPhone can help you navigate the maze of public transport in major cities. We hop aboard the best apps.”

Then over at MacTheBlog, I’m busy counting to 1, finding WiFi signals and culling orphans with extreme prejudice. (dons Evil Black Cap and Goatee) Hey! They’re orphans! Who’s going to miss them? (removes evil black cap and goatee)

MacTheBlog: Li’l orphan Apps: “Note to self: All this talk of culling orphans would make a great movie, the out-of-copyright works of Charles Dickens be damned!”

Do you know what would be the best way to wipe out all of human kind?

“Make all women telepathic. Because if they suddenly found out about the kind of stuff that goes on in our heads they’d kill us all on the spot.”

Mind you, there are some days when I’m not entirely convinced that isn’t already true. Also worth noting, of course, that the bloke who wrote that line will be in charge of Dr Who next year. Interesting times…

Meanwhile, in my continuing quest to be published as frequently as possible (which is, naturally enough, part of a possibly futile quest to be paid as frequently as possible), CNET.com.au has a couple more reviews of mine live today:

Asus RT-N13U Wireless N Router with All-In-One Printer Server: “Asus’ inexpensive 802.11n router is a bit of a bargain, although it does also bring with it some bargain basement sensibilities.”

Asus RT-N16 Wireless Router: “Asus’ high-end wireless router has plenty of throughput grunt, but we do wish the company would offer better support documentation.”

I grew up in a household with a smoker in it…

But never quite this bad.

One quick and dirty bit of not-quite accurate panorama stitching gives the view out the front of my house at the moment. Normally I’d be able to see the valley below in crisp detail. Instead, all I get is dust. Lots and lots of orange dust.

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Now, I just have to work out how to breathe this weird orange stuff. Anyone got some spare lungs?

Well you’ve come to the right place, Bob.

“A war’s not been fought this badly since Olaf the Hairy, High Chief of all the Vikings, accidentally ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside…”

Nothing like a good Blackadder quote to round out the day. And it’s in context of me promoting my latest batch of reviews, too! No, really. CNET.com.au has this:

iiNet BoB: “iiNet customers who yearn for a simple networking life will do well out of BoB, although like most routers it’s not without its quirks.”

and if you can’t make a Blackadder Bob joke, what can you do?

CNET’s also got this:

DualSIM Mini: “The DualSIM Mini is tiny in form factor, price and attractive features.”

OK, the DualSIM/Blackadder connection is a bit tenuous. Some might even say non-existent.

And you know what? They’d be right.

Buddy you’re a boy, make a big noise…

I don’t have a child called Buddy, but my kids are certainly making a racket today. While I go and gently educate them round the head with a lump of wood*, amuse yourself with these two reviews live today at GadgetGuy.com.au:

Apple iPod Shuffle: “Do new colours denote these as a new generation of iPod Shuffles?”

Apple iPod Touch (3rd Generation): Apple has only tweaked around the edges of the iPod Touch design with more storage and a faster processor. The end result is still a highly tempting iPod model, especially if the iPhone doesn’t appeal.”

*This is not, in fact, happening. For a start, I’ve got too much work to do!

Peoples of the Universe, please attend carefully…

“The message that follows is vital to the future of you all. The choice for you all is simple; a continued existence under my guidance — or total annihilation.”

Now that’s my kind of ultimatum. Straight, to the point, and with a clear-cut choice as its basis.

I somewhat felt like giving my own ultimatums (ultimata?) to a certain well-known (and oft self-scribed) fruit themed computer company this week. I’ve chronicled my adventures in product returns over at MacTheBlog:

MacTheBlog:When new iPhones go bad: “My new iPhone had a rattle, and while I do have kids, they’re beyond the age where rattles might amuse them. It certainly didn’t amuse me…”

There’s even an addendum to the story; my replacement model had a stuck pixel fault out of the box, which initially had me seeing a particularly bright shade of red. Thankfully, a little twiddling around with this stuck pixel fixing page saw it all good. For now, at least.

Sticking with all things Apple, I’ve also reviewed the fifth generation of the iPod Nano in a couple of locales. Firstly, there’s a simple appraisal of its camcorder feature at Australasian Camcorder, and then a full review at GadgetGuy.com.au:

Apple iPod Nano (5th Generation): “Apple’s thrown everything short of the kitchen sink at the fifth generation iPod Nano, with a raft of new features designed to get the iPod crazed public excited. While it’s still a great music player, the new features certainly aren’t enough to warrant an upgrade, and there are better value iPod models in our estimation.”