iPad missing the iPoint?

Apple have today announced the iPad which will come as a surprise to absolutely nobody at all. It seems to me to be nothing more than an iPod Touch on Viagra. Admittedly it’s got a nice big 9.7″ screen, and the option of an external keyboard and 3G if you spend another £100 or so, but there’s no camera, no multi-tasking, and you’re limited to apps in the App Store. It doesn’t act like a phone, it’s too big for a pocket so you’ll need to put it in a bag, and it’s more expensive than a netbook. If I’m going to be carrying a computery type thing around in a bag, it’ll be a proper one like my 13″ Macbook Pro, or my 9″ eeePC. If I want something portable for web/email checking or a quick game, then I’ll use my iPhone.

I can see the iPad having one use though, a computer for use while having a shit. Not sure I’d spend £400+ for that one job though, even if they called it the iJobbie.

My own 365 project

For some unknown reason, I’ve decided to see if I can watch an average of one film per day this year. It’s proving quite easy whilst the weather is bad and there’s nothing on telly, but will no doubt get a lot more difficult once the sun comes out.

I’m not doing badly so far, 22 films in 18 days, although I might have forgotten a couple from the beginning of the year before I started to keep count.

The biggest problem is going to be finding 365 films I actually want to watch over the course of the year, although my James Bond box set is helping at the moment.

Gibberish emails

I think Quidco need someone to translate their emails into English before sending them out.

It’s time to start the year the last 10 months but not afresh, and pay the lowest bought since Nov 09 possible price…

Ice Ice Baby

Thanks to the passage of cars during the day my road is now solid ice end to end. Riding up it on the 69er was an interesting experience with the Small Block 8 clad rear wheel spinning at every opportunity.

Once home I finally managed to break into the car, and unable to find my tube of silicon grease gave the seal on the bottom of the drivers door a healthy coating of GT-85 in an attempt to stop it freezing solid again overnight. I still can’t open the passenger door though. According to the climate control gubbins in the car, it was -2.5oC at 16:30, although I suspect that the thick layer of snow over the car may be insulating it from the worst of the cold.

Car = Fail, Bike = Win

I decided to drive to work for a change this morning. The roads are fairly clear once you get out onto the main roads, and I suspected the car parks would be empty at work today, however my plan was thwarted by the doors on the car being frozen shut. The seals along the bottom of the two front doors have frozen solid, and neither door will open. I did get one rear door open, then couldn’t close it again. Judicious use of a can of de-icer means I think it’s locked properly again now.

At that point I gave up, changed coat and shoes, then dug the geared 69er out and rode in trying to avoid the worst of the ice. There was still a few inches of virgin snow at one end of the site which made the ride worth it.


At long last we got some real snow here, there was about an inch or so at home, and a bit more than that at the office. I rode in as normal, the crisp snow on the quiet roads and across the site was ace, the main roads were just wet and slushy, but fairly traffic free. About half of the people in the office didn’t make it in, so we bolstered the numbers by building a snowman in the car park.


We finished slightly early so people could get home in the daylight. Tomorrow could be a bit more interesting as they are forecasting temperatures down to -10oC tonight which will turn everything outside to sheet ice making travel even more difficult than today.

A fire has been lit, and I might even break out the wine tonight, purely for medicinal reasons of course.