It’s getting later earlier.

Well as we trundle through Autumn it is as I always say getting later earlier. Or in simple terms the nights are drawing in.

There is a nip in the air in the mornings and shops will soon have their Christmas stock on display and greatly inflated prices so they can sell the tat that remains unsold in the January sales at what appears to be a low price but in reality is about what the tat is really worth.

I must admit I like the dark nights, where I live looks better in the dark, hot sunny days merely remind us that the rubbish bins that sit outside most houses are only emptied once every two weeks.

The one nice thing about autumn are the days where the sun shines, the autumn colours are really nice for photography, they lend themselves nicely to creative images.

No doubt when the clocks go back an hour at the end of October, there will be the normal comments on children in danger going to school in the dark. Actually adults are more in danger if only from the little darlings taking their bikes to school and riding on the paths without lights or reflective jackets. But it would not be Britain if we did not have something to moan about.

Plus of course we will soon have Christmas shopping to look forward to, that time of year when we buy people we don’t like stuff they don’t want and try to buy them something better than they bought us last year as if to say “Up Yours!! I can afford it. Then we have the thrill of sending Christmas cards to people who we never normally think about for the rest of the year. We wish them Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, when in reality we could not give a stuff as to what kind of Christmas and New Year they have.

Just think of the upcoming excitement over autumn and for that matter winter. No wonder any animal with sense will try and sleep through it all!

All as expected…..

Well the Apple Support Communities are full of tales of woe with the updates, this was to be expected. But reading through some posts on the community and elsewhere the prime problem seems to be lack of patience.

It was a foregone conclusion it would be slow, the world and their wife are no doubt trying to upgrade.

One poster wanted to backtrack to the previous version because they did not like the icons, strewth!! There have been enough pictures online and in magazines showing what the icons would be like, it’s not as though people upgrading are diving into the dark.

Now I will admit, despite saying I would wait, I haven’t. I have upgraded both the iPad and the iPhone 5. I must say I am pleased with both, the downloads were slow but painless as was the auto install. My one concern is if battery life will be affected, I will have a good play tomorrow and see what the battery life is like compared to running the previous IOS.

Still looking on the bright side it gives me something to play with for the next day or so as I take a stroll up the learning curve.


On your marks…… Get set…… Hang on until later…….

Today sees the release of IOS7 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod devices.

Now with all the hype thats been going on at times reaching frenzied levels, it’s almost like a second coming of somebody important.

Now call me old fashioned, or even call me a boring old fart, but I honestly can’t see why the trend these days is to have a big presentation to launch something. I mean contrary to what some of these companies would have us believe these are not life changing events.

But you watch there will be millions of people all over the globe, crouched over their device awaiting the update to become available, and as soon as it is they will want to update. Then the servers will do an electronic version of saying “Blimey!!!!” and then struggle to keep up with the demand. Twitter and Facebook will be full of tales of woe of slow downloads, problems both real and imagined. Apple will be vilified for the problems and the anti Apple geeks will be dancing for joy round their Windows and Android devices, wailing and chanting praise to the unknown God of the Internet.

In the UK it’s expected that the updates will be available from about 6pm onwards, that’s 10am Pacific time, and after the Apple bods have had their first Caffeine fix of the day and put the electronic world to rights round the water coolers and urinals.

My advice for what it’s worth is to hang on a day or so until the mad rush has died down and any problems with the process have been found and hopefully sorted.

Come tomorrow the electronic press will be full of tales of problems, possible broken machines and the possible news that because of perceived problems Apple is on it’s way down the crapper, this perceived event has been reported more times than a curry has made a trip down the said crapper in a diarrhoea clinic. This of course won’t happen and come a week or so’s time most people will have upgraded and be wondering what the fuss was all about.

So settle back and wait for the electronic scrum to start…. Get the booze and the popcorn in and visit your favourite computer news site. It could be a long morning, afternoon or night depending on where in the world you are.


It’s that time of year

First thing this morning we had lovely sunshine, also a cool breeze though just to remind us autumn is on the way.

Now at just after 1.30pm we have steady rain, it’s gone cold and I am debating wether or not to put the heating on.

It’s that time of year when your not sure if you should take a coat or not, and judging by a few people who walked past the house on their way to work first thing if the rain keeps on then they will be slightly damp on the way home.

A person I know says that here in England we don’t have weather we have samples, and judging by today she is spot on.

Now one of the advantages of working from home is that we don’t have to commute to work in the cold and the rain, I can just sit here in the office and watch the weather go by me.

When I used to commute irrespective of the distance bad weather used to put a dampener on the whole day, and when I worked in an enclosed shopping centre I could go into the centre in the morning glad to be out of the cold and the rain, then after wrapping up to come home I could walk out of the centre and into bright sunshine. It was all very confusing.

So I will continue to sit here in the office and watch it all flow past……..

It’s a hard life working from home.

Just two words…..

There are two words which in my humble opinion are amongst the most important in any language and they are “Thank You.”

However, they seem to be falling out of use more and more, even basic manners seem to be flying out of the window, I mean is it just too hard to utter those two words to somebody?

I always thank people where appropriate, to me it’s just basic good manners. But time and time again I deal with people or see people dealing with others where they just don’t say thank you.

Before anybody lays the blame at the feet of any specific generation I must point out that this inability encompasses all ages, neither the old nor the young escape inclusion in this lack of manners scenario. Oh no some older people have the ability to be rude without really trying down to a fine art.

So the next time you’re out and about you just see how many times people fail to say thank you.