Windows Live Writer

Ok I know that I said I was going to ditch Windows in one of my very first articles on the new look Total Reach, but the truth is no matter how hard I try I just can’t get away from the giant operating system.

Why I hear you ask well if you want the honest answer its my hardware it doesn’t seem to play ball to well with the latest crop of any operating system, Windows included however that being said Windows seems to have the most success overall. 

Now come to terms with the loss of Linux and back on the Windows Platform I started looking around for free software, that could make my life easier and maybe more interesting I stumbled across Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer is just a version of Microsoft Word from what I can see that is aimed specifically for blogging, which in truth seems pretty good to me.  While considering this application I was sat there thinking its Microsoft they are bound to make it so you can only use a specific platform of their choice and to my amazement I was wrong.  It supports WordPress and Blogger just to name the two main ones along with ways of using it with other platforms.

I really like it as it gives you a place where you can put your blogs together locally and then publish them as and when you want, which is a great feature especially when you get inspiration and don’t have an internet connect.  However I am not going to lie although it has a great range of features, and gives you the ability to add pictures with effects little things like that it doesn’t do anything that your blogging platform could achieve.

I will say that I will be using it from now on because I like to be able to work on my articles and re read them before I publish them to try an reduce the risk of spelling mistakes.  Unlike this one because it is one just to test out the program.  However the only other advantages of using it other something like WordPress on its on is the way it handles media.

Education is it really worth it?

When your growing up you are always told that education is the most important thing you need to do.  For the most part they are right you can’t go any where these days with out an education.  However where is the best place to stop?

The reason I ask this is because I went all the way through to University and got a Bachelors degree in Business Information Technology and although I do not regret doing it as I met some amazing people and learnt a lot from the experience both academically and in the way of life.

That being said I have found that finding a job now is really quite difficult and yes it is because of the economic climate we are in there is no escaping that.  However with that in mind I applied to jobs that have nothing to do with my degree and don’t really need high qualifications just find no success and for the only reason I could think of for that is because I am over qualified.

Looking back in the decisions I have made when it came to my education over the years.  As I look back I see that maybe University seemed right to do but looking where friends are now and after the ones that left school after A Level or GCSE’s they seem to be in a better position then what the majority of people that went to University are.  As I am slowly finding out is that you are considered over qualified for a job (at least that is what I hope it is).

Limitless Review

I really enjoyed this film,  I felt that it had the right amount of action and plot.  It explores the fact that humans only use 20% of their brain and the idea of taking a drug in order to reach the extra 80% of it.

The story starts with a guy that has just split with his girlfriend because he isn’t going any where and she’s had enough.  He then bumps into his ex brother in law and he offers him a drug that is suppose to be FDA approved.  The brother in law leaves him with one pill to try.  After taking it he manages to clean up his act and start writing a book that he hasn’t been able to start in years.

Realising the drug works he wants more and goes back to his brother in law to find things get a whole load more complicated.

The film for me was good and I have even seen it twice, the second time I realised that other then the obvious it just illistrated what comes with being good at something, how nothing is ever as good as it is seems, along with the fact that there is always a downside.  The pill aside with getting better at things the guy was going from living a difficult but simple life to making more and more enemies.  Overall I would give this film a 8/10.

 

Adjustment Bureau Review

How can I best describe this movie?  The best way to explain this movie would be that it will be the right movie to go and see on a date.  Bit of strange statement to be made about a movie however I thought that it held enough action in it to keep the guy entertained while at the same time had enough romance to keep the girl happy.

After such a weird statement I really enjoyed this film if I’m honest, it challenged the belief of whether we are on a path and whether everything happens for a reason.

The movie shows a guy that is running for senator and he meets a girl who he bumps into again years later, only to find out about a group of people that make little adjustments to everyone’s lives in order to make sure that they follow their own paths or destiny.  Of which he was never meant to see her again. But he does along with getting her number and they have to kidnap him and get the number off him, from there on in he is trying to find ways of which he can beat them in order to be with her.

Overall I’d say go and see this movie as I really enjoyed it and thought the acting in this movie was brilliant, as it was a jack of all trades master of none I wouldn’t give this movie top marks I think it would be 7/10.  That being said it is a movie for everyone just not a blockbuster.

Have you ever felt like your a bit slow?

I have come to the conclusion I am a bit slow.  But not as you think!  I have lately been playing quite a bit of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.  You might ask what is wrong with that?  Well the truth is up until this point I haven’t really enjoyed it and I had even pre-ordered it when it came out because my friends were saying it was an amazing game.

Admittedly when I first got it I gave it a good go and completed the campaign after about a week, however while playing on-line I would get frustrated and not really enjoy it.  Of which one of my mates really didn’t get how I didn’t like it as it was a game built really with on-line gaming in mind, also the fact that he really enjoys playing this type of game.  The truth is my reaction times aren’t really quick enough and I always seem to get killed but lately I have been playing it again and found myself now enjoying the game play on-line all be it a little late as black ops has now come out.

What I find quite interesting is that I was the same with Ugly Betty.  It wasn’t until it was coming to an end that I really got into that, so are you a bit slow to take up on what the trends are?  Or are you one of the people that get them instantly?

 

Internet Explorer 9 Released: Will you be using it?

Microsoft tend to take slightly longer to release browsers than others in the market. So when they release a new version of its offering for the web browsing market it is always looked upon as a huge event, not only because of its slightly longer time to release it but also because it tends to come with its flagship product Windows.

Internet Explorer has unfortunately for Microsoft has had the reputation for being one of the slowest and insecure browser in the browser wars.  Has it warranted this reputation back in Internet Explorer 6 days the answer would be yes but the latest versions have both made significant improvements in this  and could even be better then the other browsers with their newest offering.  They have added privacy protection that is disabled by default but when enabled it blocks anything on the its list that is considered to be tracking what you are doing and where you are going on the internet.

The biggest selling point for Internet Explorer 9 is the fact that it is quicker than others on the market at the moment and gives you the ability to use HTML 5 along with hardware acceleration.

What does this all mean though?

Web Developers – Will not need to worry about whether their creations will be able to work on all browsers as all of them will be supporting HTML 5 soon and means that you will not get the problem that you’ve had before where you viewed the page in one browser and it didn’t display right but it did in another.  Also hardware acceleration as part of the browser means that they can make more graphic intense content without worrying about how jolty it will be because the browser will be using the graphics card in the machine directly.

Web Users – For web users it doesn’t necessarily mean anything will change for them, to a certain degree because it all depends on the content is produced that they want to see.  That being said if the latest crop of web browsers all work to HTML 5 then they won’t have to worry about what browser they are using because the sites will all display and work correctly for them.

After playing around with Internet Explorer 9 briefly in Windows 7 I didn’t really see a speed increase on Opera or Chrome on general surfing.  The only feature I did like was the privacy blocker as no other browser does seem to offer such a feature, without manually accepting cookies.  So on reflection I won’t be moving back to Internet Explorer just because I am now more comfortable in other browsers however I do feel that it is really a step in the right direction for the browser.

There is one point I would like to stress although some browsers are missing features or have extra features, in my opinion it is all down to personal preference rather then which one is actually better as they have all got really competitive to have a piece of the pie

Hall Pass Review

What to say about this movie and where to start?  If I was to be honest it is a typical Owen Wilson movie and for that I really enjoyed it.  The film is about some guys that are obsessed with sex annoyed with this their wives give them what is called a hall pass (a week off from marriage).  So as you can tell already the guys go off to try and pull and they don’t get very far.

I felt the plot was easy to see coming however there is an interesting twist you see which can be easily seen however I didn’t think of it until it happened.  The plot being one of these things you can see coming though didn’t really hinder the film as for me the comedy well and truly made up for it.

The film is hilariously funny and I would recommend you going to see it as I really enjoyed it however I might not say it would be worth paying the full cinema prices, you might be better off going a cheap rate day like we did or just buying it on DVD 6 months after it comes out.  The reason for this is because I loved the film but I wouldn’t say its a blockbuster.

 

Shane Williams out for his Final Game in the 6 Nations

Could this be a blessing for Wales?  On their last game of the RBS 6 Nations one of the best wingers the world has ever seen will not be playing for Wales.  Although I am very disappointed that he won’t be able to play his final 6 Nations game with the fact that Shane has decided that it will be his last year at international level.

Part of the reason why I say it could be a blessing for Wales is the fact that he doesn’t seem to be backing himself anymore, he tends to kick over running at people and trying to take them on in order to get past them.  I am not taking away from what an amazing player he has been for Wales, because in my mind he is one of the best but I just feel that he is on the slippery slope down over the last couple of seasons as his confidence level is no where to be seen.  What is the point in being known for being able to turn on a six pence and tie defenders in knots if your not doing it?

For me his lack of confidence was shown when he had 3 defenders to beat that wasn’t in a line and consisted of forwards against Ireland and he opted to kick the ball away.

What are your reviews on the great man?

Twitter says no to most third party applications

Twitter is clamping down on third party applications and the API tokens that they have previously given out for applications to receive and send tweets from the application.  Although they haven’t completely stopped third party applications from working with their service they have however pushed the standard that the applications must meet up.

To be honest as I slowly started to use my Android Smart Phone with the release of Twitters own application to it I could see it happening.  The reason that there is such a fuss about what is happening in the world of Twitter is because Twitter didn’t start off by developing applications for its service and relied on others to produce them.  The problem with this is the success of these products Twitter wanted to develop its own to get a piece of this market.

I must admit however I do use Tweetdeck over the official application and that is mainly because it gives me the ability to use the application both on my desktop and phone, which has its advantages in the fact I see exactly the same from the application on the desktop as well as the phone.  It also gives me the ability to view my Face book updates, which means I can do both in one application.

I personally won’t be very happy with they stop all third party applications, as it means that we as the end user will be missing out on possible new ideas to be used by the service or the ease to post to both Twitter and Face book at the same time.  As it stands however they are not threatening to stop third party developments altogether just that they must meet higher standards so fingers crossed that this will only make the development better.

Source: www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/03/twitter-third-party-clients/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wiredbusinessblog+%28Blog+-+Epicenter+%28Business%29%29

Internet Traffic Management in the UK

From the early days of Broadband in the UK we have been suffering some sort of traffic management in the name of protecting the ISP’s network.  Now what does this actually mean?  In short it means that certain traffic is restricted so that it cannot transfer as quick as different types of traffic, the most common throttled type of traffic is peer to peer traffic (p2p).  This has been stated in the terms and conditions in most ISP’s however most would deny the fact it is being done on your connection when complaining about speed (in my experience).

Under the new plans drawn up by the Broadband Stakeholders Group, is to officially have a traffic management program in place where all broadband services priorities traffic depending on what it is, for example if I was downloading a Linux Distribution and someone else was watching a program on BBC IPlayer my download would take second place to the streaming of IPlayer because a download would be deemed less important for speed against something like streaming from BBC IPlayer.

Although I believe that everyone should be equal on the internet and no one should have more priority then anyone else, as it goes against the ethos of the internet and what it was made for.  I do agree with this move if it is put in place properly due to the fact that as we rely on the internet more for services we need to make sure that everyone gets the best possible service.  With my example earlier I would prefer for my download to be slightly slower if it meant that when watching a TV program on any of the on demand services it wouldn’t be disrupted by the need to buffer.

The downside of this sort of system however it can exploited, for example once put in place there would be an ability to offer a premium services which wouldn’t be fair because it then becomes whoever pays the most will get the best.  So on that basis I think that definitely goes against the idea of the internet without any of the benefits it would offer to the end user.

So in conclusion I will be all for this move as the development of the internet structure for the UK isn’t developing quick enough to cope with the higher demands that the content now has on the internet.  However it does have to put in correctly and made sure that it is not exploited.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12730440?

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