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Apple's World Record Attempt

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I'm the first to admit that I like, love even, Apple products.

I have to look on at the issues with the iPhone 4 with a degree of amusement. It's true that any phone's RF performance is going to be affected by being held. And it's also true that no standards exist for the display of signal bars on phones and all the phone manufacturer's have played games with the algorithms, whether for internal marketing reasons or because of customers comparing signal indications and inferring phone performance from them. So I perfectly understand the dilemma Apple have got themselves into.

But only Apple could make this blatant attempt at winning the reality distortion field world record:

Apple said yesterday it was 'stunned' to learn the signal strength graph on every iPhone made is not accurate, and is displaying much better reception than the phone is really getting. To fix it, Apple is going to recalibrate the display, essentially giving you fewer bars in more places.

Update: Taiwanese News recreates recent events:


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So the iPhone 4 is here and has video calling...

Mechanical analogue computers ... although Jessica Alba in a bikini is apparently somehow related to this video? You Tube WTF? ...

... ah, OK ... Tube-bait. I watched it so you don't have to :-)

Useful WoL Utility for Macs

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WoL, or WakeonLan is the facility to wake a computer from a suspend or sleep mode by sending a magic packet to it via the LAN. Your motherboard must support it and you usually have to configure the BIOS to enable it.

Shock as I abandon Apple for Microsoft

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Yes, serious failings have led me to abandon Apple for Microsoft products

Mighty Mouse

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The Apple Mighty Mouse is pretty good as far as I am concerned, but it has one fatal flaw, the "nipple ball" collects gunk over time and despite all cleaning attempts, eventually it becomes unusable.

Apple Fan Boy?

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I've got a Mac Pro, the famously quiet workstation

Dell Powerconnect 2716

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These are quite nice little switches for home networking purposes, gigabit capability with jumbo frames, 16 ports, no fan, 12W power consumption and a basic managed capability for the adventurous.

More Mac only stuff

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One of the frustrations I have with accessing my Cortex computer remotely using RDC sessions from a Mac is the lack of a key mapping for \ (backslash). This can be infuriating when you want to enter a file path, for example.

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