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Yup - forty one megapixels :)

Of course, things aren't exactly what they seem.

The real maximum is something like 38 - but that is not how Nokia expect this to be used.

The massive sensor is not just high in megapixels, but physically many times larger than the previous 'best camera phone' (the Nokia N8), and even larger than many compact cameras).

It is designed to use the extra pixels to make improvements to the more normal 5 and 8 MP images that most people will take.

Embracing the idea that it is 'not all about megapixels', they use the extra pixels to improve the image quality in other ways.
Supposedly, this will let you use digital zoom with less degradation, shoot in lower light, experience less pixelation etc etc.

The demo images on the Nokia site do look pretty impressive, and I want one... or rather I nearly do....

The Downside?
It uses Nokia Belle OS (read as 'Symbian with bells on') - its better than older versions of Symbian, but is dead as an OS - will not be supported for much longer.
Seems they have been working on this for 4 years or so, and couldn't easily switch it to their Windows phones.

Apparently, the technology will be transferred over to the Windows phones eventually, and if done quickly enough, I think they will sell a shed load - but until then, not that many I suspect.

Hardware & Technology / Prezi
« on: February 06, 2012, 06:28:07 PM »

I know it has been mentioned in passing previously, and some of you are no doubt already using it... but for those unfamiliar with it.....

Prezi is REALLY good - I love it - just knocked out a client presentation which I can 'present' remotely, and it looks great.

Nice short learning curve as well.

I can't believe that I can't find this - but I can't... so... Does Anyone Know of  a Wordpress plugin or software that will........

* let me manage widget content on many sites from a central location
* let me manage blogroll content on many sites from a central location

It needs to be free or at least reasonably priced and NOT a monthly subscription model.

WP ManagerDX
Doesn't seem to do widget content or blogrolls

might do - but monthly charge and WAY too dear for volume

I know I can probably manage something simlar by using RSS feeds and exec.php - but I need something that isn't too 'kludgy' and confusing so I can hand it over to elves to manage.

Water Cooler / changes...
« on: January 03, 2012, 05:32:56 PM »
.. .as I understand it, they are now only showing archives for sites that have a current robots.txt.

Not checked it, just what I have been told.

Water Cooler / Google Orangic Serps Erosion - an easy reminder
« on: December 13, 2011, 08:38:21 PM »
As we are all aware, the G's organic results are now pretty much overwhelmed by G's own spam.

Since they changed the background colour of the adwords, exactly 'how much' is not quite as noticeable as it used to be.

If you want a reminder of the full scope of the problem, install the 'stylish' plugin for Chrome and use this style for Google:
#lclbox,#tads,#rhs_block,#productbox,#lu_pinned_rhs,#tadsb {background: #cc0};
... it gives all their crappy adds and local results a nasty background colour so they stand out a bit more.

Even though I knew this was happening - its a bit of an eye-opener.

FWIW, I found a couple of 'local' searches where everything lower than the #1 ranked site was pushed below the fold on a 1680x1050 resolution screen.

correction - easy to find local searches where none of the organic serps are above the fold

Water Cooler /
« on: November 18, 2011, 05:30:44 PM »
Is anyone having problems using at the moment - seems to be failing every one for me at the moment - trying to diagnose whether is it me or them.

Traffic / How Best to Use an Outsource Worker ?
« on: October 22, 2011, 02:22:56 PM »
I have some spare capacity in my outworker team - largely due to being able to automate some of the tasks they were previously doing.

Question is, how best to use them for manual link building?

Their English isn't perfect - but they can act on instructions pretty well.

Any ideas for how I can best utilise them?

* manual blog commenting?
* building sites for our link network using 'unique-ified' content?
* manual forum postings?
* other ideas?

Water Cooler / My Beer and Cider Thread
« on: October 05, 2011, 09:56:43 PM »
'bout time we started this one :)

As some of you may know, I am a 'real ale' and 'real cider' fan - I don't actually drink that much these days, so all the more important that when I do it is the 'good stuff'

Two things prompted me to start the thread.... firstly, I just enjoyed a cider that was so much better than anything I tried before that really needed commenting on.... Gwynt y Ddraig Farmhouse Vintage Scrumpy (yes.. as the names suggests, it's Welsh) .... if you are in Wales, and you see it on draft, try it - you won't be disappointed.

More importantly, given the transatlantic mix we have here... I am soon be to trying 5 'real ales' from across the pond.

There is a pub chain in the UK called 'Weatherspoons' - they have an interesting business model, they buy up large city centre buildings like old banks and cinemas, and convert them into pubs that 'do the important things right' - a good selection of real ales that are 'well looked after' and cheap too - reasonable quality cheap food, no pool tables, etc and an ambiance that does not offend anyone. They are not the 'cute little pubs' that many people love, but if you are stuck in a city or town centre and you want a 'safe bet' for a good pint, they are the place to go.

... anyway...they are staging a nationwide 'beer festival' that will include 5 craft beers from the US on draught.

This would normally be impossible given the fact that real ale simply cannot be shipped from the US to the UK in sufficient quantity, quickly and cheaply enough to make it worthwhile... so they came up a different plan.. they paid for the head brewers of the chosen 5 to fly over here and persuaded 5 of our established real ale brewers to let them have use of their facilities to brew the beer here.

The 5 chosen ones are:

Bells Brewery, Michigan
Stone Brewery, California
Bend Brewery, Oregon
Fat Heads Brewery, Ohio
Odells Brewery, Colorado

Each has brewed a custom beer which will be sold through all of the Weatherpoons pubs during the next couple of weeks.

Any US folk tried any of these?

Any UK folk feel like doing a tasting comparison?

Traffic / Value of PrWeb
« on: September 28, 2011, 01:52:15 PM »
The guys at PRWeb are pitching us to go for one of their premium packages.

Anyone had any positive or negative experiences with them?
Press releases still working?


Water Cooler / Another Meeting?
« on: June 24, 2011, 03:38:00 PM »
September is a good time to have a meeting - so why not.

Normally, if we don't serve up the venue as a fait accompli, these threads end up with one proposed venue per poster - the herding cats principle again.

I guess the venue is not that important in itself as long as it is likely to attract enough people and is accessible.

Personally, I am unlikely to be able to get outside the UK this year - but don't let that stop anyone from suggesting venues that exclude me, wherever we decide will end up excluding some of us, fairs fair etc.

So, my initial suggestion is 'Windsor' (

Not been myself, but it is 'nice', easy to get to (near enough to Heathrow and London), and has some 'tourist pull'.

Anyone interested?

Other suggestions?

Hardware & Technology / gmail... slow for me, anyone else?
« on: June 23, 2011, 01:54:53 PM »
I have been using gmail to collect most of my email for ages now - but lately it seems to have gone really slow, especially switching to a new label.

I am using around half my allocated space, and I wasn't seeing the same problem previously.

Is it doing the same for anyone else?

Hardware & Technology / ASUS Transformer
« on: May 28, 2011, 01:40:18 PM »
I bought one - its good, very good :)

The keyboard dock is particularly impressive - far better than the keyboard on my netbook.


"I was blowing up like a football... it felt like I had the bends, like in diving. I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon," he told the local newspaper, the Whakatane Beacon.

Mr McCormack confided that the air was gradually escaping his body in the way that air usually does.

... it sounds like an April 1 story - mind boggling.

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