Monthly Archives: October 2010

Going Ginger

The Gingerbread man arrives at Google HQ, signifying the upcoming android update – probably designated Android 2.3 rather than 3.0 – as some had speculated.

Going Ginger! – The Android 2.3 Gingerbread man arrives to grace the lawns at Google HQ.

                                                                                                                                                                  So much for being an Early Adopter eh? – 2.3 is imminent and I’ve only just got 2.1!!  Oh well, playing catch up can be fun – lots more to look forward to and enjoy!  You have to begin to wonder though  if maybe there are just too many updates??  Apple and Google trying to outdo eachother in the speed of innovation stakes me thinks?

I suppose you can understand Google wanting to overtake Apple and demonstrate that they can offer improved features and functionality – much easier and faster than their rival – but do we really need SOO many updates to a perfectly decent OS, that really only offer relatively minor tweaks and a couple of tempting goodies?  Still, I can certainly see where Google are coming from and kind of like the hutzpah.  Let’s hope though, that maybe when they’ve proved their point, they slow things down a little and give us poor users a chance to catch our breath and appreciate current versions, before they get our tastebuds buzzing with the next tempting piece of digital confectionary.

Moving On

I’m really liking PlayStation Move (click here for review).  I’m surprised how much I like it.  Actually I’m sort of loving it, even though there are no decent new games out for it yet.

So, so far my play with it has been limited to the demo disk and the patched Move edition of Heavy Rain. I’ve not tried out all of the demo disk yet but the table tennis game in Sports Champions alone is worth buying Move for.  I never really got with the Wii – maybe it was all the cutesy characters and stuff – so I couldn’t really see myself standing in front of the telly like a nutter, pretending to play sports/games etc.  But I couldn’t stop playing table tennis!  I played so much, my arm actually ached the next day!

The Move controller replicates the movements and orientation of the bat on the screen perfectly – and in no time you find yourself performing spins, swerves, chips, backhands and all manner of smashes – yes it even measures accurately how hard you swing the controller and translates that to the bat on the screen – so that you can catch your opponent off guard by smashing their ball back across their boughs at 90km an hour!

As for playing Heavy Rain with move – it’s great!  I know this sounds ridiculous – but somehow it seems to get you more immersed and involved with the game.  It takes a little bit of getting used to – but only a little bit and it’s worth the small effort.

I bought Heavy Rain on the day it came out because it seemed like such a different gaming concept that I liked the sound of, and was intrigued by – and although I liked it (and loved what they were trying to do), It wasn’t a game that I played straight through to the end.  It wasn’t that I got bored of it – it’s just that somehow the whole movement based control system (Heavy Rain was originally designed with the Move in mind, but ended up being released earlier than the Move controller was available) – didn’t seem to fit properly, retro-fitted to the conventional Six-Axis or DualShock 3 controllers.  Playing the game that way just somehow didn’t feel quite right.  I now realise that Move was the missing element.

Trust me, if you liked Heavy Rain at all in it’s original incarnation, then give it a whirl with Move and see if it doesn’t breathe new life into this innovative game.

So in conclusion, I’m massively impressed!  Roll on SOCOM 4!  (see below).

Gis’ A Tab

The Tablet wars are hotting up…

Not sure what this is – a viral advert for Expansys I S’pose– or just Gadge Guru Jason Bradbury and Dragon Peter Jones discussing the relative pros and cons of the Ipad and it’s rivals?

Still Gonna Root

Ok, I am still gonna root my phone cos i want all the goodies that rooted phones allow.  However I haven’t taken the plunge as yet because strangely out of the blue, the other night when I picked up my phone there was a message saying that an FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) update was available.  So I went into it and low and behold HTC were sending me an update to Android 2.1 (Eclair).  I couldn’t believe it – I thought HTC had given up on providing a “sense” enabled Eclair update for unbranded SIM free Hero’s – but there it was.

So I gave it a whirl and it all installed nice and easily without losing any of my contacts or other essential data – so I was quite pleased with that.  Of course it doesn’t allow me to get any of the essentials that I really want like Wi-Fi tethering etc, so I’m sorry HTC, but it’s a bit of a case of too little, too late!  Most phones are moving to 2.2 Froyo  by now anyway so I might as well root and then load a Froyo based custom ROM (if any exist out there that is – in fact can the Hero handle Froyo – maybe I should just get a new phone?)

So, I have to ask – can anybody out there suggest a good, tried and trusted method to root my phone and load a custom ROM?  I’m thinking of using this rooting method from and then loading a custom ROM from here.  I’ve been looking at a lot of stuff on and they seem to be pretty good, so I reckon I’ll be alright trying these methods – but of course I’m open to suggestions from anyone else out there, that has already had a good rooting experience from anywhere.

As a foot note, thought I’d just mention that I’m making this post using Windows Live Writer 2011.  The first time I’ve used it and it seems pretty good so far, (certainly a lot better than the blogging interface in Word 2007 anyway) – so I’ll keep using it and let you know how I get on and if it’s any good.

Move To This

Well, yesterday I ordered Playstation Move. I know there aren’t any decent games out for it atm but I’m intrigued so I had to get it. Plus, at least there’s the Heavy Rain patch – and when SOCOM 4 comes out it’ll really be worth joining the Move revolution.

No games YET, but I’m still looking forward to it.

To Root or not to Root?

After a long time of deliberation I’ve decided I’m going to root my phone.

Apparently rooting gives you full access to your phones capabilities, over-riding the manufacturer’s restrictions and allowing you to do all kinds of things that you couldn’t do before – as well as being able to run all manner of cool and useful apps that will only run on rooted phones.

I’ll expand on this topic in a full post soon. This is just an on the fly update posted from my phone as I’m all over the place atm.

Full details later.

Gadget Show Follow-up

Much more like it!

Last night’s Gadget Show was a vast improvement – a return to TGS of old. It had all the elements that I pointed out have been sorely missing from the show of late (even if Jason and Suzy couldn’t resist boasting at the beginning about how all their challenges are adrenaline fuelled head-to-heads) – Don’t they understand that’s not what we want?

The show featured an item assessing 3DTV, a budget feature on pay-as-u-go mobile phones for under 50 quid, and a future-tech feature on the developing capabilities of domestic robots. It ticked all the requisite boxes – even the challenge segment was spot-on relevant (a “cloud” vs hard drive based computing, toe-to-toe) – all current issues or trends in technology.

It seems from your responses that I’m not the only fan of the show that has been less than enthusiastic about the direction it seems to be taking lately (although I wish some of you would share your comments in public as replies to posts). Either way thanks, it’s good to know that I’m not just being a total twat!

Anyway, I was pleased with last night’s show. Gadget Show – Please! More shows like this last one and less of the outward bounds stuff.