Roundup

Busy weekend that was mainly indoors due to the quite lovely weather outside. Give me cold and dry any day over this wet and windy nonsense. It did get off to a great start when four parcels arrived Friday/Saturday. While not quite as good as the instant gratification of buying form a shop the fact I’d saved some cash with these purchases made it all seem a little sweeter.

First parcels were the rest of my hill walking gear. That’s me pretty well set now for the first walk 2 weeks today, a 6 mile jaunt to break everything in. The following weekend is a 12 mile walk which will be slightly more challenging. I can’t wait! Really looking forward to getting out and about. To help I’ve also picked up a couple of books including a cracking little pocket book of 40 walks close to Glasgow.

A new piece of tech was also in one of the parcels – a Bamboo Fun graphics tablet. One of my work colleagues has used one for years and I’d always been tempted. Seeing Shakeel use one over Christmas convinced me of their value. I’ve been using it today to process my London Eye photo’s in Lightroom and it is so much easier, offering far more precision than the mouse. While not essential I’m really pleased with the purchase.

Windows 7

More tech geekery – I’ve switched back to Windows 7. Can’t believe how much improvement over Vista and XP this is. So much so I…..nah – I won’t be switching back 😉 But I was impressed with it once I had it installed using Parallels 4. Quick to boot and shutdown compared to XP never mind Vista. It also looks pretty sweet. Not done to much more with it but will probably remove my XP virtual machine and use this instead.

Apart from that I started a nice new project for work that hopefully won’t take too long to finish off and I’ve caught up with the Screenwipe review of the year which was class. 24’s back tomorrow, Battlestar next week, Lost at the end of the month and FX is showing The Wire from Feb 23rd which if you haven’t caught yet should be added to your diary. Unmissable.

Oh, almost forgot. Tried Spotify today. Very impressive. Reminds me of Pandora before it stopped working in the UK.

And finally, I think. Macworld. Kind of quiet but iPhoto and iMovie 09 look to be very good upgrades so I’ll probably be upgrading at the end of the month. DRM free iTunes is good but it’s been a long time coming so doesn’t seem such a big deal. Even the Macbook Pro was fairly tame except for the non replacable battery. If that option plus the matte screen was available for the 15inch Macbook Pro I’d really consider upgrading. Thankfully it’s not!

2 Comments

  1. Yep, fish is from Windows 7. As for Scottish Blogs…I'll stop there – better in an e-mail with a wallpaper 😉

  2. Was gonna grab Windows 7 but didn't. I don't see me lasting changing from XP as I only, really, need it for work purposes (and even then I know there is a Remote Desktop client for OSX now so.. might not even need it for that!).

    Interested to see it though. Maybe when I get some free time (ahahahaha).

    Mac wise I'm doing my next web project entirely on the MacBook (although I'll be hooking it up to the big screen for the design parts) so if that goes well I'll start to prepare to switch completely (NAS drive in the first instance as I can't quite afford an iMac just yet).

    Walking wise it's that kind of thing that makes me wish I had more oomph to get Scottish Blogs going again. Would be easy enough to organise the occasional walk… would also probably help me get out more and get my camera into action… ohh for the time and inclination!

    Also, nice wallpaper (with the fish), is that a Win7 thing? (yeah, I know it's sad, I can't help it!)

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