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  1. Apple Watch launch

    So they should bin sat nav, and certainly ones with a HUD? Also radios etc.
  2. Apple Watch launch

    I think it's going to be epic. Contextual stuff - there when you need it, not when you want - will be brilliant. I'm not sure it'd be a good fit for you tbh - didn't you say you even thought tech in cars was pointless?! Some of the stuff coming from MSFT labs is out of this world - and probably one of the main reasons they binned google glass
  3. Apple Watch launch

    I think it can be better tbh - it's the start of a journey for wearables Stuff like augmented reality is going to be
  4. Apple Watch launch

    Don't buy one then would be my advice As for fence-sitter, hardly. You're obviously anti - but anti based on zero experience (your statement, not mine)? For what it's worth it plays very well with Strava. It's also pretty damm accurate at working out whether you're actually walking, running, on a train etc. for the movement stuff. It's never that far off what Strava records, nor my garmin edge, and both of those pretty much *know* what you're doing and don't have to work it out. The 'tech lovers will defend' bit is a bit....Just. Well. Tech is what I do for a living, but I tell you what I get a *lot* of tech that I simply look at and then discard simply because it doesn't work or add anything to my day. This isn't one of those things. I won't use tech for tech's sake, there's no point or purpose. I think you're trying to suggest that people like me would push through the issues and just use it regardless? Couldn't be further from the truth tbh, I hate bad/pointless tech, it just ends up in landfill.
  5. Apple Watch launch

    GPS ain't that inaccurate Calorie counters and the like, yes sure they're open to different calculation methods. Calendar - yes, really? It's handy to get pop-up warnings for calls/conf calls/meetings and also reminders. I guess it depends on how you manage your calendar. Yes, you can Apple Pay on your phone. Then again you can also do your Calendar, tell the time etc on a phone too. Not sure I want to be pulling out my phone so much at the exit to tube stations given that's where something like 80% plus of phone thefts happen? Also, it's just not as convenient. The convenient is a critical point - it's what makes it useful. Is it essential? Of course not. Does it bug me during the day when I forget it? Yes - that's when I notice most what I use it for. I use Siri on it more than I do on my phone by the way - setting timers when cooking at home, checking times in other time-zones for example.
  6. Apple Watch launch

    I don't think they've turned out to be the wonder devices people expected, however? I'm not sure wearables as a thing are mature enough really, they don't have their 'killer' thing. I hand it useful for a number of key things: Apple Pay for the tube Activity tracking ....calendar notifications. I'm renowned for forgetting about meeting My excuses for this are now at an all time low.
  7. Apple Watch launch

    Yes - also, completely different down here. Everyone seems to have them. You only have to watch people heading in to tube stations to see how many people have them - touch on the barriers. Wonder if that will start to affect barrier design as it's not the simplest thing to do! Wrong side and upside down. People's arms, obviously.
  8. Definitely not for porn, definitely. Anyways, thought you may be interested.
  9. Apple Airport Extreme

  10. Apple Airport Extreme

    Possibly - these aren't cheap bits of kit. Personally I never use the WiFi from provider units as honestly I find them a bit crappy. I've always put these in front of them and then forget about them! I've a Sky ADSL backup line that this was in front of - never really used the actually Sky router to be fair. So, to answer your question, possibly
  11. Have one of these to offload. Supports the 802.11ac WiFi - I.e. The faster one. Just sitting in a cupboard now - 90 quid it's yours, delivered.
  12. South Africa

    Robben Island - well, the history is fascinating, and quite moving in some respects. How they've done the tour is a bit rubbish though. Carted around by bus pointing at things through the window, then being walked past Nelson's cell. Dunno, think they could have done it a lot better tbh.
  13. South Africa

    Sorry, completely forgot I'd posted this - got distracted Cape Town was simply stunning. I was expecting it to be a more difficult place than it was - it reminded me in many ways of Sydney tbh. Beautiful views whichever way you looked, and the people - oh my, so, so polite and friendly! I expected to be a bit more 'on my guard' than I actually needed to be - a sensible amount as per any other City, but if you read through some of the bullshit on TripAdvisor you'd think you're heading into a warzone. Bonkers. I went to a comedy night down at the V&A and that was a bit of an eye opener. Lots of jokes that would have had people being arrested here - probably Makes you realise how raw some history is I guess. The odd thing I found about some of the jokes - one guy joking about how he does everything on his bed in his hut, everything from eating, proposing to his wife...getting divorced from his wife - was that the black and white audience members were joining in laughing. In the UK such jokes would be far more uncomfortable? Dunno, I did find that a bit odd - but in a very positive way if that makes sense? Lots of jokes about Indians too - from both sides? Driving out toward Mossel Bay was a bit of an eye opener. In London you do get poverty (and of course elsewhere in the UK....), however it's intermixed with everything else. What I found odd was white middle-class township after white middle-class township with all the poverty around and on the borders. Of course history has a lot to do with that, but it made me look in to stuff (nice, happpy holiday reading!). Blacks earn on average 17% of the annual salaries of whites. Of course it's a far more complex issue, with issues around the cyclical nature of poor education etc. Makes you realise what a mountain they still have to climb on that front. Can't imagine what it must have been like before though? The Safari was properly One thing I didn't appreciate was how cold it would be when the sun went down - winter is winter after all - but nothing that wearing every hoody I owned, and stuffing a hot water bottle up them, didn't fix. Seeing the stuff out in the wild was just awe inspiring. Honestly, really, really taken aback. I've always had a thing for elephants, so to see them out there and not in a pen/cage was quite a moment. I've completely fallen for the place. The quality of the hotels was simply excellent - with it being winter of course I got to stay in some far higher places than I normally would tbh due to the costs (I'm not really 'in' to hotels), but these were simply brilliant. I'll certainly be back, certainly to Cape Town.
  14. Power Over Ethernet Qs

    I'm tired so may not be parsing your question properly. My guess is the cameras are 802.3af for PoE, so no more than 15 watts? You won't find a double PoE injector. What you need is a switch that supports PoE, and connect the cameras to that. You'll get a four port PoE switch for about 50 quid. Each port will provide up to 15 watts for 802.3af which should be plenty for most cameras if they state they're 'PoE' compatible. Something like this - 4 ports of 10/100Mbps, with PoE. Will be a bit more if you want Gbps connectivity, but why would you want that for a couple of cameras. Be careful how you wire your home network with extra switches Probably will be fine, but personally I prefer the 'proper' way to do things, otherwise you'll run in to weird and wonderful issues.
  15. My Grand Tour

    I love Prague! Been a few times. Don't be put off by the stag-do comments - it's no different to most major towns on that front in my experience. Same with the lol-OMG you'll get pick-pocketed etc. Just be sensible and you'll be fine. You know what I wouldn't do? Use a local taxi firm. They're a bunch of crooks. Use Uber!