Category Archives: leisure

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.

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What Has Happened to the Gadget Show?

Ok, so what has happened to The Gadget Show?

Let me start off by saying that I’ve always been a big fan of the show – but I just don’t like the way it’s been going lately. It seems every week to feature more and more of the “challenges,” and focus less and less on the actual gadgets. In fact I’d even go so far as to say that the gadgets have become nothing more than bit-players in ridiculously overblown, insultingly contrived and ultimately un-entertaining, over-produced challenge extravaganza’s! As well as failing in the entertainment stakes, these challenges also offer absolutely NOTHING in the way of consumer information – unless (as on last Monday’s show), you have a real need to know which portable device is best for texting and tweeting while paragliding!!!

The nature of the challenges – usually something in the order of adrenaline fuelled cross country races – mean that most of the gadgets featured are of the “extreme sports” variety. The type of gadge I’d wager that are not exactly at the top of the interests or wishlists of the vast majority of gadget and tech enthusiasts. This results in a situation where the Producer’s have to try and shoe horn mainstream gadgets into the challenges in the most pointless and pathetic of ways (as in the above example).

Classic Gadget Show challenges used to be interesting sidelines – an adjunct to the meat of the programme, but now they seem to have become the main event. Because they used to be less frequent and take up a smaller proportion of the total running time, they were welcome diversions. They did, also used to be more interesting and somewhat more relevant. There have been some great challenges and ventures in the past – such as the water bottle jet buggies, the hoverboard and the Worthing birdman project’s to name but three. But now all we get are frenetic, shouty and pretty fake seeming farcical races, contests or collaborations.

Perhaps the producers mistakenly believe that kinetic energy always translates into exciting TV? If that’s the case then they certainly prove that wrong! Or maybe they’ve been influenced by the success of Top Gear? In fact many of the challenge segments do seem to resemble half-arsed copies of previous TG features – right down to the use of tanks and helicopters and all manner of other blatant attempts at emulating Top Gear-like bombastic-ness. Somehow though, these attempts at upping the ante just don’t seem to work. Top Gear is a completely different type of programme – it manages to get away with it, as it hasn’t been a consumer show in a long time. If TGS want to be Top Gear but with gadgets instead of cars, then they should just go the whole hog and get rid of any allusions to consumer info (by doing things like telling us the price of the ridiculous tandem BMX’s or other rubbish featured in the challenges) – and just become a knock-about entertainment show like Top Gear or Scrapheap Challenge
instead.

A real Gadget show should be keeping us up to date on the latest mobile phones, TV’s, MP3 players and other such gadge – and the latest developments in the associated technologies – as well as giving us a tantalising glimpse of what’s just around the corner. On the increasingly rare occasions that TGS do this, it’s always a woefully inadequate effort. They start enthusing about some phone that’s been around ages and is yesterday’s news – totally ignoring what is currently cutting edge. Or they feature old news that most of us are already well aware of – such as the recent LittleDog & BigDog feature, and the feature on the latest ep about thought controlled computing. When this feature came on I thought it was going to show some latest breakthrough in what is an exciting and interesting field – but one which we’ve all seen many time before on many other features in other shows (often not even technology shows). But alas no – it was just a brief re-hash of what we’ve seen all over the place many times in the past. The show is currently recruiting a new researcher – although the current researcher featured in the associated video seems more like a runner – perhaps this explains the obvious lack of research that exists on the programme. If recent features such as the “BigDog” one are anything to go by, it seems that the level of research for the show consists of looking on YouTube and doing a feature on some old vid from there!

If the challenges weren’t annoying enough, it’s in this last aspect of paucity of research, and lack of quality gadget news that the producers really show a total lack of respect for their previously loyal viewer base. They’ve committed the worse sin and act of laziness that any technology programme can commit – they’re guilty of being less well informed and offering poorer insight, than is already possessed by the audience. And that, for a technology show, is unforgivable.

The trailer for tomorrow’s show though, does seem to be much more gadget-news based. So maybe they’re about to go back to real technology journalism and everything I’ve said above is unwarranted. Let’s hope so.

You’re An Embarrassment!

You know when you come back to something you’ve written ages ago and look at it again and think – “What an embarrassment?!” 

Dunno what I was thinking!!!  Oh well.

I’ve just got a new laptop with the best keyboard I’ve ever used – so I’m liking technology again at the moment.  Maybe I’ll get down to writing something half way decent now.  Lol.  I’m sat here with my flash new laptop, 42″ 1080p plasma on in the background – scanning around my living room and realising I really do love Gadge.  Are we really just conned into buying stuff we don’t need in a fruitless attempt to fill the void in our lives?  Nah, I don’t think so – technology just makes our lives easier and more enjoyable (loving this keyboard!).

Love It Or Hate It!

I’ve just gone onto my Twitter page using my netbook, and into my favourites – to follow up on any tweets I had favouritised from my smartphone while out and about. I found a favourite that contained a link to the following web article: Aldiko: A Sleek & Customizable eBook Reader for Android. This is a short review of a nifty little Android E-Book Reader app, that I hadn’t heard of before.

After reading the review I thought I’d like to give the app a little try. I reached for my phone and was about to go into the Android App Market, when I noticed from my netbook screen that I didn’t even need to – the review poster (or the helpful people at Android and Me), had kindly included a 2D barcode. So of course I scanned it using my trusty HTC Hero and was taken directly to the download.

A bit of a pointless anecdote to relate I know, but I only mention it as just a simple, everyday example of how technology and gadge, have now become so seamlessly integrated into the everyday experience of our lives – that we don’t even give it a second thought any more. Our gadge have become extensions of us – they’re like an extra limb – and almost as useful. I love my little HTC Hero – so much so that I haven’t yet upgraded to it’s beefier big brother, the HTC Desire – mainly because I like the looks of the Hero compared to the generic smart-phone-alike looks, of the Desire. Smartphone’s are the future – Definitely! And losing mine would be like losing an arm or a leg (not really, limbless readers – but you know what I mean).

In just that simple act of discovering something new through one service ie; Twitter, on my phone and saving that info for later – then linking from that info to another site; Android and Me, and then using that little 2D barcode to link and download the app – I was in Gadge-heaven! (that’s what kind of sad git I am, but what can you do eh?)

So yeah, I LOVE gadge and technology! But here’s the thing: Gadge and Technology FUCKING HATE ME! I mean it, almost nothing ever seems to work properly for me (exaggeration, but only a bit)! In fact if I sat down and tried to work out exactly how much pleasure and enjoyment I get from technology, and weigh it up against how much annoyance, frustration and pure rage – I think it would be a pretty close run thing. Dare I say it – it may even be that it’s mostly frustration and bad times? No, surely not – that can’t be it? I daren’t, or at least – can’t bring myself to say it – even though it may actually be the truth.

So there is my dilemma. I have a love, hate relationship with technology – and I suspect I’m by no means alone in that? Except I don’t really hate it at all – I just wish it wasn’t so shit to me! Though I don’t have the time right now, I’m sure I’ll be using this site to give illustrations of my techno-rage in future (not healthy to bottle these things up, is it?)! Anyone out there have similarly conflicted technophile-ism? Comments, and especially examples of your techno-rage/love are more than welcome.

You can comment on this page, or send your more detailed views or stories of gadge love or hate, to me in an email: gadgemeister@gmail.com. The best ones will be published here for all to enjoy.

Cheers,

Gadgemeister.

Initial Test Post

This is an initial test post, in order to test making posts from my smartphone, using the official WordPress Android App.

This blog is brand new, and I am currently working on initial content – also I’m deciding on the general theme and look of the site.

New content will appear soon. In the meantime please see the introductory page. Comments on whether you think this is a site that yourself and others will find interesting, and would like to contribute to, are welcome.