Thursday, 19 March 2009


Today was a day of great wonders for me.

My first wonder was (an only unpleasant one) that my iPhone suddenly stopped finding the O2 cellular network - specifically at my working place; should I come down to the ground floor level - it works, should go to the meeting room - it works, should I come back - it doesn’t. Tried all the usual tricks - like “did you try to turn it off and on again” © — as well as re-installing the firmware and resetting it to factory settings - nothing worked. So that was the time for my second wonder —

…I called O2 and they - after quick over-the-phone diagnostics told me, that problem is apparently in the handset, and advised me to go to Apple Store, to Carphone Warehouse or to the nearest O2 store — precisely in this order of preference, as it likely to have direct impact on how long it may take to sort the problem out.

I went to Apple’s website — and found empty Genius Bar timeslot at Westfield’s Apple Store — may be not the closest one (as Apple Store @ Regent st is within the walking distance), but it took me only 25 minutes to get there

Westfield. Huge, huuuuuuuuuuuge mall - well they say it’s a biggest one in Europe — so I’ve got every damn reason to believe them. Although when it came to locating the Apple Store, I quickly made my way to one of their touchscreen terminals, and in 3 or 4 taps I got a route on the screen which I should follow - as simple as that, really difficult to lost your way.

In Apple Store - well, I was asked to wait 10 minutes which turned out to be only 6 minutes waiting — but after that the gentleman at the Genius Bar (namely Mr Gary Mercury) quickly asked me couple of questions (not unlike the ones gentlemen from O2 has asked), and after that made a blunt proposal to replace my iPhone - right here, right now. Minimum paperwork - two signatures that I’ve got a backup and I’m aware that my data will be destroyed - and a new black, shiny polished iPhone is in my hand. It was quite empty - no music, no books, so I downloaded a MacBreak podcast via the Apple Store’s wireless - and departed

My last wonder was - when me and another chap discussed iPhone’s problem in my twitter tonight, we’ve mentioned word ‘carphone warehouse’. Two minutes after that a guy appeared in my twitter, asking do I have any problems with CW and whether I need any help. Look, it’s so really simple - to have a search on certain keywords, and simply ask if people are unhappy with their telephone, service or whatsoever, connected to Carphone Warehouse (assuming they can advise something afterwards) - but it makes clients see that they’re really taken care of.

So, today was a day of many wonders - quite a good day I would say. So good night everyone — and see you tomorrow!

Monday, 16 March 2009


Very seriously considering switching to Sony’s dSLR - even though I am not that obsessed with the photo-gear,  prices on Canon’s image stabilizing lens make me suffer - and I totally understand they will never ever release an IS body (like Sony does), as in this case all extremely expensive Canon IS lens will become just very expensive rubbish, nobody will buy it.

In my days of P&S cameras, I’ve been using not-thad-bad Minolta superzoom - which did have sensor-based optical IS - and it did work quite well as far as I can see. Having this on dSLR would be absolutely great thing (even assuming, that it won’t work as good as lens-based IS - which is alone a very questinable assumption - it would be better than no IS at all anyway).

Sunday, 15 March 2009


Flickr says that it’s Chalc Farm - not true, it the Camden Market again.

Friday, 13 March 2009


Received HUGE box from Argos - 50kg. Long sad story how I got it to the 3rd floor (I haven’t seen “2 man handling only” on the box, and I didn’t have anyone to help me anyway). It sounds like I’ll have a lot of fun tonight - an assembly instruction is 20-something pages.

Thursday, 5 March 2009


  • Primary skill of the line manager is to make some numbers up, and gravely declare them a current project’s estimates.

  • Whoever divines estimates correctly more than two times, is considered an expert. An expert’s liberty is to explain in an equally grave manner, why the estimate didn’t match the real figures.

  • Whoever guesses right estimates for three or more times is considered to be a professional manager and is automatically queued for promotion; at his new position he’ll be making up bigger numbers, as well as imposing these numbers upon others.

(C) “Management Skillz” by

Wednesday, 4 March 2009


Feel very very stupid indeed - the amp I’ve been looking too went for £52 — which is ridicilously low price — but I didn’t get it.

I use AuctionSniper, which puts bids 3 seconds before auction is completed, it’s very convenient and I won lots of items for quite a low price (competitors simply don’t have enough of time to overbid you). I used it this time as well, but … 3 days ago I changed my eBay password. Well, it was just a routine change, I do it every couple of months, so nothing was wrong … until I received an email from AuctionSniper, saying that eBay rejected my bid due to “Incorrect login/password”.

Damn!!! Why this bloody looser sniper didn’t tell me about it when I only placed a limit? Grrrrrr feeling extremely angry with myself, and now closest possible price is well above 100 for the same unit.


To be is to do” - Socrates.
“To do is to be” - Jean-Paul Sartre.
“Do be do be do” - Frank Sinatra.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Tuesday, 3 March 2009


So, we need:

  1. New amplifier/receiver - in progress on eBay

  2. Toslink adapter for iMac + 6m optical cable

  3. Central speaker

  4. Subwoofer

  5. Floor-standers

  6. Satellites.

That’s the plan, but let’s do it step-by-step.

Monday, 2 March 2009


Same old story: my sister bought an iPhone and now struggling to understand, how to make ICQ work in the background - and where’re bloody picture messages?

Question is: why did she buy it? Because it looks cool and everybody says it’s cool. What’ll happen next? I bet she’ll bring it back to the store in a week or two. What was the point buying it if you don’t know what it can and what it can’t? Dunno, but everybody’s doing that.

Ah, probably she hasn’t discovered yet, that she can’t do copy/paste and send contacts via sms.


Patterns of Camden Market - 9 photos.