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Samsung Galaxy Note – The Best Phone I Have Owned – Really

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Yes it fits in your pocket, yes your jeans pocket. The key here is how thin and light it is.

Yes the battery is very good, it lasts at least a day and a half maybe 2 days with out charging.

Yes I use the phone bare – no case – no screen protectors. (I have a plan :-) ).

Yes the screen is as beautiful as the reviews indicate.

Yes you do use the stylus. I use it for scribbling notes which are show on screen as post-its.

Recommended accessories (to save you having to search).


Price: £3.99

Samsung Battery Charger Stand for Galaxy Note

Price: £8.51

Samsung Battery for Galaxy Note GT-I9220

Price: £14.39

Mobilizers: 2 in 1 In Car Windscreen Suction Mount Holder Cradle With 360 Degree Rotation + Car Charger Kit For For All New Models

Sale: £7.99

The Backup Phone Plan.

As I am not prepared to compromise the user experience by using a cover/case/protector I needed to address what to do in case of breakage.

I an converting my previous HTC Desire into a backup phone, that is converting it to a pay as you go sim.

So in the event of an accident I will have the Note repaired on my insurance and swap the sim into the Desire until I get the Note back.

Of course if I am careful this should never be needed ;-)


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March 29, 2012 at 5:11 am

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Scaling to different screens – Windows 8

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Scaling to different screens

Interesting post on all of the variables involved.

Device diversity

Looking at the breadth of devices that will run Windows 8, we can classify their screens in several ways.

  • Screen size: There will be PCs with different screen sizes, from the smaller screens on tablets, to medium sized laptops, and large desktops and all-in-ones. These screens will also come in different shapes or aspect ratios.
  • Screen resolution: Screens will have an increasing number of pixels on screen, or screen resolution. In general, the larger the screen, the higher the screen resolution, but this isn’t always the case.
  • Pixel density: Screens will also have different pixel densities, which is the number of pixels within a physical area, or dots per inch (DPI.) The pixel density increases as the screen resolution increases, but the screen size remains constant.

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March 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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Bought the Samsung Galaxy Note – The deal was too good to pass up

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I have been watching the price on the Note and saw a special offer for £20.50

Too good a deal to pass up :-D

100 cross-network mins + Unlimited texts + 500MB Anytime Mobile Internet Browsing + FREE BT Openzone WiFi + One FREE Swapables • 24 months
• Magic Numbers • Orange Wednesdays

Well its all over bar the shouting ;-)

Deliver due this Saturday, and we will see if it is >Too BIG< or rather >Just Big Enough<

Also will need to pay £58 for terminating early and all that… messy messy messy.

Details: £492.00 total cost. Nearest offer is £624.00 and £684.00.
The Official Orange deal was miles out.

So I get a premium new phone for a pound or two more than my current deal YEAH!

When I first looked at pricing this phone was £46!!!

I also get to stay on the Orange network which is great, and one swappable… hmm Times Or Deezer… decisions decisions.

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An update on my smartphone research:

I dropped in at a couple of Phone shops yesterday and here are my thoughts.

Not too impressed by the Samsung Galaxy SII (but it had been “got at” by some kids so not a fair test).

Hugely impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, I had written this one off but its definitely a contender once you go hands on.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a fantastic phone and as expected actually a mini-tablet.

So it looks to be a contest between the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy Note ATM.


At present I use a HTC Desire which is the best phone I have ever owned.
The research I put into the decision to go with the HTC Desire paid off handsomely, as its still a better phone than most even after 2 years.

Factors to consider:

A bigger HD screen is a must, as I have found that carrying two devices is a pain.

e.g A Kindle Fire and my HTC Desire.

So the idea is to get the biggest practical device that will fit in my pocket.

The Note looks like a shoo in but the Nexus is a beautiful device with great build quality.

Also the Nexus has the guarantee of constant OS upgrades direct from Google, unfortunately the camera supplied looks poor compared to the latest in the Note.

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March 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Firefox 12 Add-on Compatibility – a case in point: Tab Utilities 1.1.3

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An example: Tab Utilities 1.1.3.

Some of the compatibilities reports say it is OK….

But how do I test it if its marked non-compatible?

Add-on Compatibility Reporter no longer allows the user to force compatibility.

Oh. Dear. Me.

This sound just like the bad old days :-(

Here is the fix:
extensions.checkCompatibility.12.0 = false
extensions.checkCompatibility.12.0a = false
extensions.checkCompatibility = false

I had uninstalled it and previously the site would not allow me to reinstall.

After the addition of the preferences above I was allowed to install and all looks OK so far.

Written by SilverWav

March 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

What can go wrong? Hitting the: “update-manager -d” to PrecisePangolin 12.04

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Lets do it :-D

Terminal: sudo update-manager -d&

And… back up and running :-)

Downloading the files took 30-45mins, the configuration and updating about an hour.

Reboot was quick and then straight back in to 12.04 after login.

Next up was 20 seconds of scary white screen with black dots… then Tada!

Both screens clear to show my desktop.

Both monitor screens now have a launch bar, whereas before there was only one.

Sweet :-)


Mouse cursor traversal between displays is too “sticky”

Bug Description

With an un-mirrored dual display setup, the left side of the external display is “sticky” for the mouse cursor, which presents a problem when trying to traverse to internal display which is configured to the left of the external.

Saitek USB keyboard “Light Colour Key” forces a restart of X on 12.04 precise

Bug Description

What you expected to happen:
When the built in media key is hit the keyboard lights should cycle through the available colours.

What happened instead
A restart of X.
Could be a crash or “Ctrl-Alt-Backspace” key combination forcing a restart of X.

YouTube – How to file a bug on Launchpad

Upgrade Shots:


= Welcome to the Ubuntu ‘Precise Pangolin’ development release =

”This is still a BETA release.”
”Do not install it on production machines.”

Thanks for your interest in this development release of Ubuntu.
The Ubuntu developers are moving very quickly to bring you the
absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to
offer. This development release brings you a taste of the newest features
for the next version of Ubuntu.

== Testing ==

Please help to test this development snapshot and report problems back to the
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This development release of Ubuntu contains bugs. If you want to help
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March 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

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Precise Pangolin Ubuntu 12.04 Release Notes

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Cant find the release notes?

I think they are now called “TechnicalOverview” :-)

Get Ubuntu 12.04

Upgrading from Ubuntu 11.10

To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘12.04’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d; and follow the on-screen instructions. Note that the server upgrade is now more robust and will utilize GNU screen and automatically re-attach in case of e.g. dropped connection problems.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 10.04

There are some known issues at this time, so only developers and testers should try doing this upgrade at the moment. (927993)



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March 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

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A Post Windows Era: The Portents

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Microsoft’s monopoly power over the Computer industry has never weakened since its introduction of Windows 3.11 and was cemented with Windows 95.


With buying an iPad we can certainly say “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”.

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March 2, 2012 at 6:13 am

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