Archive for the ‘Misc Tech’ Category

Why Apple Needs to Build the 6" iPhone

Melbourne Australia
Loren W

One of the nice things about being an insignificant blogger with 100,000 followers,  is when you see the main stream media discuss important issues but miss an obvious yet crucial parts of the story.

Watching a BBC news interview recently based in China, they were speaking to locals about the new iPhone 5s and 5c mobile launch. When asked what they thought, the common answer surprised me a little. The common thread was the Chinese in the Apple iPhone & Microsoft/Nokia  new demographic interviewed preferred larger phones like the Samsung Note 1/2/3 / LG  meaning a 5.3 inch and larger screen. The interviewer elaborated that many do not have computers, so having a smart mobile with tablet PC-like features/ size means a bigger phone is VERY popular and a growing demand.

Samsung, LG and more recently Sony have all introduced phablet mobile phones to warm  receptions.
it is not rocket science that a New iPhone 6, if larger might be very successful in China

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My Intolerance at Incompetence Continues  On A Terrible Trip to Paradise

5 October 2013
Melbourne Australia
Loren W –


One of the worst things that happens sometimes to a company is their streamlining when they are being sold. It is not rocket science, they ‘lean-up’, reduce costs so they look that much better to their perspective buyers, regardless of the impact on their customers or staff. This is what happened to me recently on a holiday of a lifetime to the Cook Islands.

Hearing Air New Zealand is buying a larger stake in Virgin does explain the repeated appalling service we received, or just bad service. Firstly, having some sort of stupid loyalty to an airline with the name Australia in it, versus the alternative one with the name New Zealand proved my undoing and that of my better half.

On a simple flight going from Melbourne, to the Cook Islands on Holiday via, Auckland, to my paradise, we lost 10% of our holiday stuck in Auckland a beautiful city in New Zealand. Though there was a bit of weather in Auckland, it was already the 2nd challenge I had before my holiday had begun.

On the flight over, a mere 4 hours, I was not served any food and none was available on the plane to purchase. I queried the flight staff, and told I had the wrong class ticket, was not on their sheet, and would have to sort it out when I got to Auckland. I doubted myself thinking I had made a mistake, I also had to pay for in average in-flight entertainment something I again had thought I had addressed, but again it went with the same class ticket as the food.


I found to my surprise there was no virgin support desk in Auckland Airport. By bad luck my mobile phone was not working in New Zealand either after being told from my carrier Telstra, it was all set-up.

So trying to call Virgin on the phone in Auckland resulted in spending much of my initial layover on hold and subsequently being cut off. I then tweeted Virgin that said they wanted to know more, but again was not contactable in a hub airport Virgin had no presence in.

Then the fun began, after a few hours initial delay at the airport, we were all told that bad news you hate to hear, our flight was being delayed due to bad weather at Auckland airport. Now speaking to the recently appearing staff, I queried, what the impact was, staff levels in case of delays, and my food query. I was not able to be helped on the food issue, and told there were back up staff available if the delay continued. Later I was told by the same staff our flight was going to be cancelled.

A few surprises happened then, multiple air new Zealand flights left in the same window of time, we were told air New Zealand had a lower safety requirement for cross winds than virgin had, something that seemed odd, but we were then all summoned to go to the plane though I had been told minutes earlier our flight was going to be canceled due to the weather. Almost an hour later after being bordered were told indeed the flight was not going to take off, and had to get back off the plane, whilst they changed crews, due to the delays.


Again being told there were no staff issues, but the flight was being cancelled, then boarding the plane to only be told there WERE staffing issues seemed suspect. So after all being rounded up were told the bad news. Due to bad weather, our flight was being canceled for almost 24 hours, and we would try again tomorrow. We were told as it was an act of god sort of thing, there would be no accommodation except those with children if at all. When queried if it was a weather issue or a staffing issue we were assured it was a weather only issue. Later I was told it was a staffing issue only as it was after 8pm, and back-up staff were just not available. Calls to Auckland airport confirmed this, as did the weather reports that though it was gusty, flights were not delayed due to weather in our time slot.

Abandoned in Auckland

Now being in a strange (but nice) city, when I asked how best to source our own accommodation we were given letters, saying the flight was canceled, that was it, I said NO, how do we sort our own accommodation as we did not know the city. They mentioned there were help desks by the exits, and a company that would help us get rooms, great.

Ongoing to collect our luggage in our stranded city, we were confronted with a sad sight of dozens of bags from our and other flights all, thrown together leaving the passengers fumbling through rows and stacks of suit cases. It seemed in our case bags were taken off very early, as we were one of the first to visit this suitcase cemetery after learning we were stranded, this added to abandonment issue.

After collecting our bags, unfortunately a recently canceled Chinese flight due to technical issues meant the hotel seeking company, could not cope with them or us, now again with no service desk, no ground staff, the help desk folk gave us an Auckland guide that had some hotels in it. While my better half started there, I called directory enquiries, who were of no use.

We found a hotel 45 minutes away, turned out to be connected to the YMCA was a dump, but staff was nice, the linen clean, no phone to call the airline but all was good.

Again staff on the leg to the Cook Islands again were not able to address the on board food, drink or entertainment issue. We were however prior to boarding given $64 in food vouchers, to use at the airport, which would have been better the day before. Silly whilst many had to spend the night at the airport now folks were not able to spend $32 per person 2 hours before flying out. I saw quite a few folks buying $5 in soft drinks with $64 in food vouchers, a good day for the airport economy at least, as there of course is no change given.

NOTE: FYI, later I found all of that was not true, and my flexi ticket was all the proof I actually needed, adding to my disappointment in all the process issues we were impacted by, but resolved for my return journey, after a few emails over a few days, something I should not have had to deal with on my holiday.

We eventually made it to the Cook Islands, had an amazing holiday, however, at Auckland, after the 24 hour delays.

ET Cannot Go Home

Just prior to leaving for the airport in the Cook Islands for our return leg to Auckland then home to Melbourne, we were told our flight had been cancelled by our hotel staff due to a technical issue. They double checked and they said no our flight should be ok but there were some issues with other virgin flights??

After a great holiday on boarding to return to Melbourne, we were asked by check in staff, if we enjoyed our stay, and would like to stay longer if we could. Thinking this was a social question said the obligatory yes, with a smile and were then asked if we wanted to stay a few days as the flight was over booked.

We were a bit disappointed in this as we thought this was just a social conversation, we politely refused and continued on our way.


As time ticked by we noted our plane had not arrived, and when it did, it was obvious there was an issue, as it did not totally disembark until 15 minutes before, we were due to leave again.

Then the announcement came that due to bad weather in Auckland, we were going to be delayed exactly 2 hours??

I note, in the mean- time an Air New Zealand, plane landed re-fueled and left again within minutes of the same time window and left for Auckland. As we only had a 2 hour layover in Auckland, (hopefully), this meant we would miss our connecting flight barring some action to address this. We were told the pilot would make up some time in the air and we would be fine. I queried the plentiful, Air New Zealand flight staff and they said there was a fog issue earlier but none impacting their flights. Huh?

We eventually made it to Auckland, and were hustled to the international transfer gates, and were the last groups to get on the plane, after being told we were not on the list for the entertainment, drink food, etc. I had them double check and we were there, what happened I am not sure but the flight went well for at least the last leg.

Final Observations

Airlines have to run lean in this tight economic climate, but they always have to. Of course an airline can have a bad day. However, having been lucky enough to travel to 23 or so different countries, either for work, pleasure or both, with many different airlines, I have never seen anything the level of incompetence poor communication and appears to be out and out lies, at what seemed to be general disregard for customers as we experienced MULTIPLE times on this otherwise trip of a lifetime.

I heard one Virgin staffer tell someone they tell’ limited truths’ to customers as many do not have high enough education to understand and appreciate the full story. Geez, great so lie to customers to appease them not something I thought I was paying for, and not what customer service should EVER be about.

There was some serious damage limitation offered for the return flight, that was appreciated, but if I learned one thing is if you are traveling to ANY city with ANY layover, you should NEVER use an airline without a service desk at that airport. Will I ever fly Virgin again, jury is out on that one

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17 September 2013
Melbourne, Oz
Loren W

I keep hearing other podcasters using Skype where the sound / video fails, becomes pitchy, dalek-like etc. Sometimes this is unfixable due to Skype, or bandwidth etc. But most of the time these 5 steps will either help rule out your own PC being at least partially to blame & I have found it quite effective many times in solving the problem all together. It also works well with other apps like AirVideo etc. to improve how the PC manages the resources when streaming. Even my 16gb of ram Quad-Core PC still gets help from this improving performance.

1) CTRL-Alt-Delete


2) Click Tasks Manager

3) Got to Details


Note: If you did not know the process running skype is (i.e Skype is not Skype) then you could right click on the process name (skype) go to details, then it tells you the running file name in this case is WWAHost.exe per below


4) Change Priority from ‘Low/Normal’ to ‘Real-time’

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Do the same in reverse to lower the priority of some other apps that might be using resource in the background (browsers etc), if running in the background

In a perfect world this would have no use be of no relevance or use, but as in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 benefits from this DRAMITCALLY.


Sony Experia Z Ultra Launched

Posted: August 8, 2013 in Misc Tech

Review soon

How Google is Helping Customers Get Over Apple.


31 July 2013
Melbourne Oz,
Loren W.


 clip_image002_thumb.jpg With the release of the Nexus 7 Tablet, Google with Asus did something pretty special. They took the tablet form factor dominated by Apple since the launch of the iPad since its release in November 2012, and shrank it from a 9.5 x 7.3 x .37 inch device to a more ‘svelte’ 7.8 x 4.7x .41 inch device with only a little bit lower screen quality (~216 ppi vs ~264 ppi for the iPad). This happened  a month after Apple launched the iPad mini with a 7.87×5.3x.28 in model in October 2012., However the iPad Mini took a step back and only offered a ~162ppi screen a whopping 25% reduction in screen quality of the Nexus 7 and a 29% reduction over the larger iPad.

This is all relevant because when Google/Asus launched the Nexus 7 they did this for under $200, Apple for $329, for what many felt was a lower quality device. However, many marveled at the new Apple device whilst others were just locked into using Apple eco-system having media, such as music and video in the Apple only iTunes, so it was not a slam dunk for Google by any stretch of the imagination.

 clip_image004_thumb.jpg Well Google/Asus has done it again, this time with the launch of the new Nexus 7 (or Nexus 7 – 2013).
Now the quality gets a big bump above the golden chalice title of retina screen with ~323ppi. Retina® screen being the name Apple gives to devices with over 326ppi for small devices and 264ppi for iPads.

Apple has hinted the retina screen for their iPad is not possible till 2014 at the earliest (either a market issue or a technical one). In the case of the new Nexus 7, few will care, it will attract new users, now a slave to the Apple eco-system or make many consider the jump.

For 15% of this huge marketplace there is yet another factor. The television, that other golden chalice, which has yet to see an elegant transition of content and users otherwise watching from other mobile devices or computers. That is many watch content (movies, video, YouTube, Netflix etc.) on a device other than the TV (85% to be exact), and using 50% of the Internet in the process. But getting content to the TV has proved less than simple.

 clip_image006_thumb.jpg In my case I get content from my PC computer and ‘stream’ it my Apple device then stream it to my Apple TV connected to my TV. Far from difficult it is not elegant, but works well usually. The complication there, is the streaming device (say an iPhone or iPad) cannot totally be used to turn off during the streaming process, and there is no social element to it, just a technical one.
 clip_image008_thumb.jpg For that Google has launched the GoogleCast a small device looking a lot like a USB key, but offering a method to stream from apps, videos, PCs, Macs, music etc. simply and cleanly. It essentially makes any TV with an HDMI port (smart tv or dumb), into a viewing device via a method it would not normally get.

About Me

Loren W


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An American/ Brit, that immigrated to Australia less than a decade ago, after running an ISP or two, then as a product manager for one of the largest Telcos in the world British Telecom, I went on to introduce something called business broadband in the UK then several other mobile, and cloud services in the UK and here in Australia for some of the largest companies in the world including NEC Japan (man this dude is old). Many of these are mainstays of technology today. As a result passion for all things tech are part professional and part personal. Full of funny and not so stories, this is my brain dump page.“The Technology Market like the Internet itself, evolves differently in different continents and countries”. Like the cars shown in Mad Max and the fact the last Pontiac GTO was made here, Australia, offers a different view, cool, and sometimes out of sync with the rest of the world. A country the size of the USA but the population of New York City, some things here are just not like the others

21 July 2013
Melbourne, Oz



If you were to give away to an existing moderately heavy mobile phone user the best phone of every phone platform Apple, Android, Windows, and Blackberry, on the condition you actually had to use the phone as your only phone, many would pass on the opportunity. Not so surprising, this is due to the ecosystem we are bought into already. This might be apps, music, or some other phone feature we cannot do without. clip_image006

As many of us use our phones more as computers than ever, this matters more than ever. Here I am for instance writing this on my nexus7, then sending to my PC for spell checking adding art formatting, and then uploaded here.

I thought about this now because Nokia is about to launch what many think (myself included) is one the best if not the best mobile ever made. Having owned then ditched one of the first Windows8 phones due to the lack of ecosystem mainly apps, appreciate how gorgeous a Windows phone is. When I had it, I had a Now what feeling about it. This was during a time when Apple app store was becoming mature, and Androids own App store was developing well as also. Like the iPhone and unlike Android Windows phone is quite locked down in terms of tweaking. This means you need to be happy with what it does do. It is all about timing, marketing, perception,   and delivery in the IT game. Computers, tablets, and mobiles are no different. Microsoft showed us the way from mobiles, (now called dumb phones) & PDAs, to smart phones, phablets (big mobiles), and tablets. Yet it took Apple with the iPhone, and iPad to start it off and make it happen. It took Samsung to kick start the phablets craze (one I like). However with the launch this week of the innovative new Nokia 1020, we will likely see what I think is very sad. A great new phone from the barely third place provider in Microsoft. Since the launch of Windows Phone, updates have been slow, when they needed to be better, a problem Apple and Android had but not as late in the marketplace as Microsoft was. Then there is the ongoing naming mess and confusion between, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Windows8 RT 8 and Windows 8 Pro. All look the same with Windows 8 Pro being  the same as Windows 8 but the name was adopted for certain tablets so they could be differentiated from those running the hopefully soon to die Windows8  RT. On top of that mess, all of them look the same, but different apps must be used for tablets, PC and phone. This debacle means Windows phones have sold very badly. There are pockets of hope outside the USA with main provider Nokia always being less successful in the USA than out of it. Just to make bad matters worse, to lessen the financial risk of poor sales of the new Nokia 1020,  stock is in short supply before it is even released because a minimal amount of units are being produced by Nokia This sell out is viewed as favorably versus over production. The risk to Microsoft and Nokia is that is viewed as a stunt or just turns people off.


The bottom line is Windows Phone 8 (should be called windows 8 phone) by perception if nothing else seems to lack enough features as an operating system to draw customers over from the same customers with iPhones or Android that have phones like the S4 by Samsung or the One X by HTC and Nexus, as and Sony Also in retrospect had Microsoft like Android offered a tablet with Windows Phone 8, and not 2 different OS, it might be a different story again (still not too late.) I think this is the only thing can save windows phone and if done soon only. (Not likely) Even Apple has one OS for Macs and only one OS for mobile devices. The new Nokia 1020 phone itself is very attractive has decent battery life, an inspiring and market leading 41 mega pixel camera, but no SD card memory, a real challenge I think. Unfortunately it is doubtful the  Nokia 1020 hail Mary Jesus phone , can win the day without Microsoft throwing some smart hail Mary marketing and awareness money at it not likely.

About The Author
Loren W.

After running an ISP or two, then as a product manager for one of the largest telcos in the world,  I went on to introduce something called business broadband in the UK and then several other cloud services  in the UK and here in Australia (man this dude is old).

But Will It Make A Difference This Late in The Game for Microsoft ?

Melbourne Australia
19 July 2013

The Computer Business is Fickle. Recent Stats from Gartner and others show a steady decline in PC Sales, but tablets, laptops and hybrid tablet/PCs are not counted in the equation. So is the market on the decline or just evolving, who knows.

However, in terms of tablets, as an early Windows 8 adopter and more recently, an early Windows 8 tablet adopter as well, I was prepared for the challenges. As I have written previously, had a windows 8 or 7 tablet come out in July 2009 when Windows 7 launched, I am sure others would have hailed it amazing. It took Apple another year to launch the iPad in April 2010 for amazing to happen.

In my case I purchased the Asus ME400c recently for review, it has the Intel Atom Z2760 CPU and a battery that gives an industry tested (per PC World) 8.5 hours. Better than the HP Envy at 7 hours and less than the Lenovo TP2 with over 10 hours. For the price as a test device I was pretty impressed at @$450AU RRP.


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There were GREAT challenges of course. The Windows OSK (on screen keyboard) for a tablet is lousy at best. Especially when compared to an iPad or an Android device like my Samsung Nexus 10.1, but again living in a Microsoft eco-sphere at least partially means compromises. Sometimes though it is so bad you have to hold down a screen then keep it held down press a keyboard key to stop the keyboard going away again, buggy at best.

SO an upgrade to windows 8.1 Preview in my mind could not be any worse hopefully. The first challenge is actually getting 8.1 onto my tablet. With a 6mb Wi-Fi connection and trying to get it to connect to the Microsoft Server in Australia to download meant an hour in it was only 5% in. Downloading Windows 8.1 to PC, then sharing it across a network saved heaps of time. As soon as windows 8 was detected the tablet said it needed to download some KB updates before it could install windows 8.1. About 30 minutes later all was done including install, but there were more than a few problems. Going to check updates again post 8.1 meant the installation of more KB updates. This is interesting as it is the same update it installed prior to installation.

My guess is it needs some drivers form the update and others after, but perhaps I am just being simplistic. So after the pre-install, and post install there are around 30 KB updates made to enable 8.1. However the last ones make it very worthwhile. There were some niggly issues right after install, that these updates seem to address.

All and all the update makes a huge difference. I am just not sure with all the confusion and some apathy from suppliers, around the RT, Windows 8, now Windows 8.1 and lack of support etc, I am not sure who will bother

About The Author
Loren W.

After running an ISP or two, then as a product manager for one of the largest telcos in the world,  I went on to introduce something called business broadband in the UK and then several other cloud services  in the UK and here in Australia (man this dude is old).

June 2013
Loren W
Melbourne Australia

Tired Looking Apple Hoping for some Mojo

With Apple iOS for iPhones and iPads being 6 years old soon, it will finally get a major uplift, thanks Senior VP of Design and Apple steadfast Sir Johnny Ive. The problem is Apple is at that stage in its mobile operating system that Microsoft also found itself in recently with its desktop software Windows 8 . That is evolution, Apple has refused to evolve it’s iOS for so long 2 things have happened, fans of the iOS have upgraded their hardware along the way or are new to it and love it, and may not like change, or have tired of it and jumped ship to world leader Android via usually Samsung hardware. Now with a long awaited update on the way never will there be more scrutiny than there will be when iOS 7 is announced hopefully in great detail at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on 10 June 2013.

With the passing of the late great Steve Jobs in 2011, much has stayed largely the same with very few exceptions. Steve Jobs imprinted his view of design all over iOS, and many viewed it disrespectful to tear it apart.

However growth and competition to Apple in the mobile space has never been greater in mobiles or in tablets, seeing Apple market share losing out to some and staying stagnant in other markets depending on which analysis’s you interpret this week.


In the case of Microsoft they saw a good sales in Windows 7, impacted immensely when they did a great (others may disagree) update in the evolution of Windows by changing it (aesthetically and technically) with Windows 8. Largely due the major change (evolution) they saw happening with Android, and Apple chipping away at the marketplace Microsoft (I think) took the bold move to add a layer to their OS, offering tiles as well as the normal and more familiar desktop . Also it was a move to more align their less than market leading windows 8 phone operating system. Unfortunately with change comes fear and expense in retraining, and change management from enterprise and just plain change from consumers. So much so Microsoft is now forced to launch an apology via the way of an update to Windows 8, plus more evolution in the form of Windows 8.1 (1 might stand for 1 is the loneliest number you may ever see).

However, had Microsoft done nothing they would have been forced to change anyhow all but perhaps less dramatically so fast.

Apple unfortunately, is less diversified having more of their financial eggs in the iOS basket so to speak. For them to not do something, would likely see their business model suffer further. Hard to consider when you are a company worth around $14billion and #6 in Fortune 500.

The challenge Apple will have is will iOS 7 excite a new generation causing them to move from Android to Apple, a new opportunity for Apple, keep the existing consumers considering a change, with maturing contracts, or be viewed as more of the same, and do nothing to help Apples currently unexcited stock prices, which in the end is all Apple will care about (as they should being a public traded company).


Apple’s ‘mojo’ has largely been the fact they have created ‘magic’ more than any other tech company, but like all things can they offer anything new and invigorating.
Many like I are hoping but necessarily hopeful of more ‘Steve-Jobsion’ reminiscent mojo-magic on 10 June.

About Me:

Loren is an Texas-Cali-English mutt now living in Australia has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include everything from introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK for British Telecom, SaaS, and Data Centre Services in Australia for NEC Japan and others, debugging iPads for Apple etc.  He has been around so long his followers on twitter @mr_internet feel sorry for him and hang around.  He likes telling bad jokes and going to cooking schools (20 countries so far), and speaking 3rd person about himself.  He blames not getting enough oxygen as a child for some of this. Ask him about his tenor when BT decided to go after Microsoft as BT owned the patent on URLs (it wasn’t pretty).

21 April 2013
Melbourne Australia
Loren W


As Intel announced this week it had another tough quarter over last year. There was some light that ties in well with what else is going on in the marketplace.

Intel mentioned it was pinning hopes on 2 new chips, Haswell for higher end laptops and pc’s with Bay Trail taking up the low end for cheaper models.

With Android growing fast in the phone marketplace, but so much in tablets, and Windows struggling more so at this stage, a couple of interesting things happened recently that could change things or offer consumers a nice choice in the next few weeks.

Android announced last week they had released an Intel friendly update to Android (version 4.2.2 Jellybean). Also Intel announced they were releasing faster cheaper chips for the tablet market. See where this is going.

Microsoft has some, but many apps, and let’s face it who wants another 1million apps in the market. Android on the other hand is culling their million apps as we speak to offer better quality and less junk for consumers in their app store.

Microsoft lacks apps, and app developers. Android lacks some business apps, if these two do not work together they may not have to for it to still work. Samsung, Lenovo and others sit in both the Microsoft Camp and Android Google camps.

The advantage of having a windows android hybrids, if able to be switched from easily without a reboot (a feature in the new Android release) see my previous story on this release currently in alpha release.

Personally I would love Android on my Windows Tablet and Vice Versa. These are exciting times.

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About Me:

Loren is an Tex-Cali-English mutt now living in Australia has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include everything from introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK for British Telecom, SaaS, and Data Centre Services in Australia for NEC Japan and others, debugging iPads for Apple etc.  He has been around so long his 150,000 followers on twitter @mr_internet feel sorry for him and hang around.  He likes telling bad jokes and going to cooking schools (20 countries so far) , and speaking 3rd person about himself.  He blames not getting enough oxygen as a child for some of this. Ask him about his tenor when BT decided to go after Microsoft IE as BT owned the patent on URLs (it isn’t pretty).

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Android on Intel allows Dual Booting with Windows 8

14 April 2013
Melbourne Australia
Loren W


Firstly I  am a Technology fan boy. Those that have followed me over the years know this. I own and use daily, and build my own PC. But also use my Macs, and tablets, including Android Nexus 7, 10, and mini iPad. Like Windows Vista, Windows 8, has a marketing problem. I was an early fan of of Windows Vista as I am of Windows 8 but I am the the bubble on that perhaps, being in new tech for 20 years. To evolve and not die they had to go a bit radical, adding almost a separate operating system in an operating system with the new Metro interface. Radical because it was a huge leap from the now more hidden windows desktop. This makes Windows 8 more iOS like, or even more Android like, whilst keeping the more traditional values of Windows intact. Unless you look at Windows RT 8. The bad idea that won’t go away. If anything has confused the marketplace more than what Microsoft has done with RT I cannot remember it. Unless you talk Microsoft Outlook, that is 2 different products in Microsoft with the same name but the confusion is only starting there.


A cou ple of years back I was impressed by a laptop I saw that was an android dual boot windows 7 hybrid. I liked it but it was not easy to go between them. This is a due to something called UEFI Boot. Windows 8 uses this instead of something called BIOS.

Android has not supported UEFI boot, previously, and Intel the chip manufacturer has not supported it via their architecture. What was needed was an version of Android optimized to run on Intel chips.

This has now happened with the release of Android 4.2.2 r1a0. This means you can now run Android on the same PCs, Tablets, and Laptops, you run Windows 8 on.

This has HUGE potential and something I will be installing very soon. The opportunity for Microsoft is to capitalize on the Android momentum on its own devices, or their own either adding Android to a Windows 8 device or vice versa. With Microsoft not having the largest selection of apps in their own library, this would slow the issue as they would gain almost 1m apps instantly.

To do the install you can get started here or read more about it

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Loren is an Tex-Cali-English hybrid  now living in Australia has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include everything from introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK for British Telecom, SaaS, and Data Centre Services in Australia for NEC Japan and others, debugging iPads for Apple. He has been around so long his 150,000 followers on twitter @mr_internet feel sorry for him and hang around.  He likes telling bad jokes and going to cooking schools (20 countries so far) , and speaking 3rd person about himself.  He blames not getting enough oxygen as a child for some of this. Ask him about his tenor when BT decided to go after Microsoft IE as BT owned the patent on URLs (it isn’t pretty).

It’s like Déjà Vu all Over Again

4 April 2013
Melbourne Australia

Well well, well. When I broke my 1st iPad in April 2010 before they were out in Australia (almost exactly 3 years ago),  I did something else as well. I found out how I broke it, what the bug was and how to fix it as well for many. It turned out had either Apple had not detected the bug (then a DHCP issue), or chose not to go public with it here is a view of that story However it turned out Princeton University and thousands of other had the same problem now long ago fixed. I earned a few seconds of fame for it very funny, did a couple of interviews etc.

So I was a bit surprised when my iPad Mini started doing bad things, recently, but I could not duplicate the problem. Apple was kind enough to give me a new iPad Mini, anyhow, with little issue (and without asking). Now a week later the new iPad Mini, is doing the same thing. Effectively without warning going crazy. The specfics are if I go to any apps they will shut down, others randomly open, type a letter and it will spit out random keystrokes.

However, this time I figured out the scenario. When the iPad is charged 100% (and on the charger), then I use a CPU demanding app Air Video,  (or when there are a few in the background in memory), my guess is the iPad Mini, tries to draw more power, but being it is being charged, the power it is drawing is impacted by the mains power and freaks out. I notice the mini gets warm as well during this scenario, and one I will try to avoid. Hopefully this bug will not cause any long term damage to my other iPad MinisTo prove this I immediately unplugged the power adapter (I use different ones all Apple), and after a few seconds the problem goes away. Also why I could not duplicate it at Apple.

Now I have and I await to hear from Apple

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Loren is an anglo-american hybrid  has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK for British Telecom, SaaS, and Data Centre Services in Australia for NEC Japan and others, debugging iPads for Apple. He has been around so long his 150,000 followers on twitter @mr_internet feel sorry for him and hang around.  He likes telling bad jokes and going to cooking schools (20 countries so far) , and speaking 3rd person about himself.  He blames not getting enough oxygen as a child for some of this.



And maybe over iOS all together



2 April 2013
Melbourne Australia
Loren W

I have jail broken all of iOS devices at one time or another. Living in Australia that means jail breaking iOS devices that were not even available here, a scary thign at times. I did this initially, because what many do not realize, is the next big thing, in iOS often gets a start in the ‘openess’ of the Jailbreak community. Because iOS is a locked operating environment system this means few updates, or modifications are possible any other way, and updates or applications (apps) Apple does not like or feels threatened by do not make the approval list at all, sometimes for a good reason sometimes not so much.

For example, I got a discount on a holiday one time because I used my iPhone’s web analyzer app to detect Wi-Fi networks, and their strength, allowing me to fix the Wi-Fi network of the resort I was staying at in Vietnam, (so I could get my own Wi-Fi) for a 50% reduction on my resort room. Only a streamline version of that app is available now and Apple’s removal of the app in question caused them to go bump (after going into the jailbreak community for some time), all in the name os security, that was available to others in the Jail break community already (and still are today).

Some of the available tweaks just would not make it onto iOS, from game tweaks, to UI improvements. The latter is the last reason i Jail-broke my iPad Mini. iOS is many years old now and WAY overdue for a refresh of the UI, I have updated my iPad and iPhones via this method, but on getting rid of my iPhone and replacing my iPad2 with an iPad mini and again Jail-breaking it, I decided enough was enough. I hate the old look my new iPad mini it is tired but I am more tired of the problems my iPad gets using Cydia and other jail-break elements. This is part ofthe reason Apple bans the updates and I get it also.

However, Apple will know it is losing market share to others. Google via Android offers fresh looks and along with Microsoft Windows on phones and tablets, their fresh look only makes Apple look even more tired. Combine that with the newer operating systems allowing to have the UI updated as well, it results in even a more tired looking Apple iOS.

About the Author
Loren has been in the tech industry for 19 years, his accomplishments include introducing business broadband in 1994 in the UK, SaaS in Australia

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Will New iPad size Win vs. Quality

Posted: October 22, 2012 in Misc Tech

20 October 2012 |Melbourne Australia | Tech-News.TV


It is the worst kept secret since it was told milk comes from cows Apple will soon announce something the great late Steve Jobs alluded he would never do, launch a smaller 7 inch (ish) Mini iPad. All of this on a functional but to many view boring out of date 6 year old operating news iOS 6. Apple this time is entering into already occupied waters. Android has everything from the market leading Nexus 7 (soon to release an updated model or 2) and runs a only few month old Operating System on the more popular Android Operating System, and even Microsoft soon to launch new tablets on Windows 8 have quality products that will far exceed those of Apple. Ironically thought, Apple will continue to be strong, as they have the best global distribution network. Apple’s amazing launch of the just average iPhone 5 was remarkable for nothing else but launching in 30 countries at the same time. Something that Google has to rely on their partners to do less convincingly. In any case I will likely not update my iPads, Nexus 7, or Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it will be fun as always to watch.

Author: LorenW ( is a pompous shit, that thinks because he lead the introduction of Business  Internet Services, in the UK like business broadband British Telecom in the 90′s, introduced SaaS and Commodized Data Centre Co-Lo Services in Australia, has any opinion,  his 60,000 social media following hoards gives a rats ass about.  Hey ask him about his accidental agreeing to launch a patent infringement case again the Internet as BT owns the patent on hyperlinks.

Windows 8 Sink or Swim Time

Posted: October 22, 2012 in Misc Tech

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Melbourne Australia 2012

Galaxy Note 2 Hits Australia – Unwrapped
5-Oct 2012
Melbourne Australia
by LorenW

First Impressions of the new Galaxy Note are quite good with a big increase in performance due to the Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU. Interestingly it is . Many might say the upgrade is only for enthusiasts or for new buyers only. But boy what an upgrade.

11 December 2012

Melbourne Australia
Loren W / Tech-News.TV

Scary Google Does Customer Service – or is it Identity Theft ?


I just ordered my Google Nexus 7 tablet, torn between waiting the extra days for it to show up in retailers here in Australia, is always fraught with danger.

Limited stock, no stock, no availability, are common occurrences for those that have bought other devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Note, S3, or any new Apple device for that matter.  

Not one to normally be paranoid, I was surprised to get a call from Google Customer Service to ask about details around my order. The rather abrupt and not very friendly tone from ‘customer service ‘  in Singapore I later learned, pretty much demanded,  me to give a stranger some details of my recent order.

Firstly, I was surprised Google would do this as my cred it card details are the same I use and have used in the Google App Store and now Google Play since its inception. The not so friendly service also bothered me a little. So I asked the obvious question, as I was asked to confirm address, purchase amount, mobile number, (they phoned me on), etc. How do I know you are Google customer service, e.g. can I call you back ? (the number came up in my caller ID so it was not secret.) but no I was told). I was then told if I did not give my details to verify my order, my order would be cancelled. Yikes !! attitude and now a threat, had I not really wanted the unit, I would have let it go, but possible identity theft or risk not getting my Nexus 7 tablet with jelly bean before most in Australia get it;

Who would want to be me anyhow… ?  I was told the orders were running a bit ahead of schedule at least.

The Nexus 7 is of course the latest tablet from Google made by Asus and running an NVIDIA quad core CPU and of course the next generation Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.1