Should I buy an iPad or wait for the iPad2?

On the day that Apple launched the iPad over 300,000 were sold and an estimated 1 million in the first week.  The allure of this Wi-Fi tablet pc, taking up the shortfall in the gap between the iPhone and laptop which promised to surpass any tablet pc currently available, was obvious for all to see: sleek, small, light weight, portable and essentially beautiful; even before its functionality was even considered.  As the big sister of the iPhone, this was inevitably the gadget to have or at least hanker after.

Now that the release of iPad2 is rumoured to be taking place anytime from April 2011 the question that perhaps needs to be asked is whether the first one, in all its glossy magnificence actually lived up to expectations.

With an interface like that of the iPhone and iPod touch, with its resolution enhancing methods, it is elegant and easy to use.  Boasting an adequate processor, a ten hour battery life and brilliantly colourful screen it is perfect for surfing the web, reading books, newspapers or viewing PDF documents.  It also has a built in speaker, microphone and access to a vast amount of useful apps.

Whilst these attributes are numerous there also seems to be a disappointing downside to this appealing piece of hardware.  Surfing the internet is a pleasurable experience, a Facebook status can be easily updated and a Twitter feed easily followed; pleasurable that is until a website demands the use of Adobe Flash Player. Many websites that stream music or video such as BBC iplayer and certain apps on Facebook cannot be used without Flash but the iPad does not support it, thus streaming media from these sources is subsequently impossible, The iPad’s vivid screen is perfect for the gaming experience but aside from the various gaming apps other gaming websites are woefully inaccessible due to the fact they need Flash player.  (This is also the case with certain shopping websites examples include Moet,or Cartier)  Being a perfect viewing platform for photographs, not only does the iPad not have a camera but it also does not have USB port or SD card reader.  Although it is possible to read books, using the iBooks app and PDF documents, there is not a great range of textbooks available nor is it possible for the user to create a PDF document themselves.  There is also no drag and drop facility, which, with the added impracticality of the virtual keyboard makes it an unwieldy virtual office companion.  This can be alleviated by buying the Apple Keyboard Dock for approximately £60, but the benefits of this are surely outweighed by the iPads original portability.

Is it consequently fair to say that although the iPad, with its convenient Wi-Fi web browsing capabilities, is an improvement on the tablet pc but has genuine scope to better itself? Perhaps the release of iPad2 will remedy such irritations producing, with the addition of other snippets of genius, a product that is beyond censure.

How to stream music from your computer to your Xbox 360

How to stream music from your computer to your Xbox 360

You can use Windows Media Player media sharing to stream music over your network to your Xbox 360 console.  For this to work you need Windows XP SP3 or higher and Windows Media Player 11.

Step 1: Enable media sharing in Windows Media Player 11

  1. In Windows Media Player 11, click the arrow below the Library tab, and then click Media Sharing.
  2. In the Media Sharing dialog box, select the Share my media check box, and then click OK.
  3. In the list below the Share my media to check box, click your Xbox 360, click Allow, and then click OK.

Step 2: Play shared music on Xbox 360

Now that you have added your console you can now stream music to it.

  1. Using your Xbox 360 controller, select media.
  2. Select music.
  3. Select Computer.
  4. On the Windows-based PC screen, select yes and then continue.
  5. After a while your computer should appear.
  6. Select your computer and the shared media name.
  7. Now you can choose what music you want and play it on your console.

Synchronizing Andriod 2.1 (or higher) with Microsoft Exchange

andriodSynchronizing Andriod 2.1 (or higher) with Microsoft Exchange

Please note that I did these notes using my HTC Desire but the setup steps are very similar with all Andriod phones. 

Also you can only add one Microsoft Exchange account on your phone and you can only sync with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later.

  • From the Home screen, press MENU, and then tap Settings > Accounts & sync.
  • Tap Add account > Exchange ActiveSync.
  • Enter the Exchange ActiveSync account details, and then tap Next. Your Exchange Server must support auto-detect for the phone to automatically set up the Exchange ActiveSync account. If your Exchange Server does not support auto-detect, you will need to enter your Exchange Server settings after you tap Next. Ask your Exchange Server administrator for details (you will need you local domain name, server name and user account details.)
  • Select the types of information you want to synchronize, and then tap Finish setup.

Free Network PDF Printer

Network PDF Printer

Network PDF PrinterIf you want to setup a Free Network PDF printer, that saves all the documents printed (as pdf files) to a network shared location, you can do it for free, using the following:-

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

And then making the following configuration changes so it runs all the time “as a service”

  1. Install the PDFCreator above in server mode and make sure it does as you would expect.
  2. You then need the Resource Kit for your server version. (Windows only)
  3. unpack/install the Resource Kit, and copy instsrv.exe and srvany.exe to C:WINNTSYSTEM32 (I like to use the system32 just in case the command is not in the PATH)
  4. install srvany.exe as a service by running the command from a command prompt:instsrv PDFCreator c:winntsystem32srvany.exe
  5. run regedit, and
    • go to HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetServicesPDFCreator
    • Add a key “Parameters” under PDFCreator
    • in “Parameters”, add a string (REG_SZ) value “Application”
    • assign the following to “Application”“C:Program FilesPDFCreatorPDFCreator.exe”
      (or wherever you installed the program)
    • Close regedit
  6. Open your Service manager and locate PDFCreator
  7. go to the “Log on” property, (“Startup” button in NT4 and Property->”Log on” tab in Win 2000 and 2003)
  8. do ONE of the following
    • if you need the PDFCreator interface (monitor), select System Account and check “Allow service to interact with Desktop”.This will show the main window and allow you to see the “queue/monitor”. However, the application can be closed even if the primary service appears running.
    • if you don’t need the monitor, do not check the “Allow interact…”, or select This Account and use an admin user’s login.Running the service this way will disable the primary interface, but you can still change settings and view logs by using the shortcut provided by the PDFCreator installation in the Start Menu.
  9. Make sure “Startup Type” is set to Automatic
  10. Start the service.

We have had this running for a couple of years now on a production server and it has been very stable.

Windows 7 Phone Setup Email with Exchange

So you get a new Windows 7 phone and whats the first thing you want to do, setup your email of course:-

Goto “Mail Setup” in the menu:-

windows 7 phone mail setup

The “Outlook” option will only work if you have the very latest version of Exchange server, so you need to choose “advanced setup” which allows you to enter the settings manually:-

Windows 7 Phone Add Account

Enter your email address and password:-

Windows 7 Phone Email Address

You then need to select the type of account, select, “Exchange ActiveSync”

Windows 7 ActiveSync

You then need to add an account name, anything will will do for the account name “work email” perhaps.

Windows 7 Phone Activesync Settings

Enter your server address and domain name, then finally select the options you want on the last screen:-

Windows 7 Phone Active Sync Options

Delete Files Older than Batch Command


I needed a batch command to delete some backup files older than 7 days earlier, here is a simple batch command to do it, should work on any version of windows, you will need to download the forefiles.exe file and put it in folder you are running that batch file from first…

To delete files older than 5 days:-

Forfiles.exe -p c:backup -s -m *.* -d -5 -c “cmd /c del /q @path”

This will delete all files in the c:backup directory older than 5 days. To test it first, use this:

Forfiles.exe -p c:backup -s -m *.* -d -5 -c “Cmd /C Echo 0x22@Path@File0x22”

Watch The Top 5 Videos of All Time From YouTube

Take a look at the current top 5 YouTube clips below as published by readwriteweb.com

1. Justin Bieber – Baby ft. Ludacris – 445,214,756 views

2. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance – 337,070,314 views

3. Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – 285,394,349 views

4. Charlie bit my finger – again! – 274,133,256 views

5. Eminem – Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna – 271,626,448 views

Free Internet Filtering for Children and Home

internet filter

I found this and set this up on my sons Laptop this weekend, its simple to use and free, so protect you children (and yourself) from all the possibly internet nasties…internet filter

K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids:-

  • Block web sites in more than 70 categories, including pornography, gambling, drugs, violence/hate/racism, malware/spyware, phishing
  • Force SafeSearch on all major search engines
  • Set time restrictions to block web access during designated times
  • Configure custom lists for “always allow” and “always block”
  • Override a web page block with password
  • Trust the enhanced anti-tampering, even children can’t break
  • View easy reports to monitor and control web activity
  • Real-time categorization of new adult and malicious sites
  • Best free parental controls software/internet filter available
  • Compatible with Windows or Mac machines

http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

Backup your Data Online for Free

I still see people every week loosing important data, ranging from crucial word documents to personal emails, photos and music, there is now many on-line backup services, that allow you to install a simple piece of software on your machine and backup your files to the internet, it is not really suited for large business backups, but perfect for home users to quickly setup, my favourite is SugarSync it gives you 5gb of free online storage and is simple to use.
Follow the link above, sign up now and start backing up your data!