Back in November 2010 a new iPhone app launched with a fair amount of publicity called Path, its aim I thought was to link together the various social networks making sharing easier; besides did we really need another social network platform? Path's ideas didn't feel complete and as a consequence apps such as Instagram filled the void for cross network sharing.
With Path 2.0 you can now share anything, from photos, messages, location, music or even when you're sleeping.
A really nice touch is when you scroll through you path, the way the clock spins as you go back and forward in time.
The new Facebook application has so many features, there are so many updates from people, companies, organisations, news sites that its easy to get overloaded, Path doesn't feel like it suffers from this clutter.
Path 2.0 feels a fresh start, its simple, well made and a pleasure to use - now I just need more than two friends using the service. Path is available for iPhone or Android.
The podcasters, both from Shrewsbury, began their marathon at 10pm on 27th September, recording and releasing a new podcast on the hour, every hour, right through until 10pm on Wednesday 28th, with no sleep.
Tim and Simon’s Podathon gained an army of followers across the world and found itself on iTunes, as one of the top 20 comedy podcasts in the country, by the time the marathon had finished.
“We like to keep our shows light and funny, the real challenge for The Podathon was keeping the podcast funny when we had been awake for 30 hours” said Simon, of the challenge.
The pair, who recorded The Podathon from Tim’s flat in Shrewsbury, have set a target of raising £1,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society.
“£600 is a lot of money, but we know we can raise more, if every listener donated just a pound we would smash that target to pieces, and probably raise a lot more” Said Tim, of the money raised so far.
Tim and Simon are already successful in the podcasting world with their other podcast ‘Tim and Simon’s Brain Spill’, which has now been downloaded around 100,000 times and has itself been featured on the iTunes podcast page.
For more information on how to donate and to listen to The Podathon itself, please visit www.timandsimon.co.uk/podathon.
Here are some of my top tips for additional OS X functions, most have come from my experience at home and work.
1. Plugging in a TV or Second Monitor
Most Mac models come with an external connector for attaching additional screens (normally a mini DVI connector). From this you need a mini DVI to DVI connector then another cable to plug into your screen, this can be a DVI to VGA cable, DVI to DVI cable or as I have a DVI to HDMI cable. All the cables are very cheap and can normally be picked up from Ebay.
OS X should automatically detect the second screen plugged in and you can open system preferences to adjust the resolution. You may have to play around with the settings, my 26" LG HD TV looks best on 1280 x 720 rather than its native resolution.
I've had my iMac plugged into my TV for the past 6 months and people still think its cool how I can move my mouse from one screen to another.
2. Sharing your Internet over Wireless.
While I was at University our local cable supplier didn't give out free wireless routers so to save buying one I shared the Internet out through my iMac's wireless. In Leopard the Internet can be shared from the Sharing section in System Preferences.
3. Bluetooth Internet Through Your Phone
It usually takes ISP's about two weeks to put ADSL on a phone line. Clearly I couldn't be without Internet for two weeks so I turned to my mobile phones provider (T-Mobile) to hook me up to the net. Now that 3G signal is well established (and I have a 3G phone) I got speeds of around 3mb for
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“Back in the day” is a familiar phrase for those reminiscing about times past. We reflect on how things used to be, and how times have changed. For solicitors, especially local solicitors, the phrase couldn’t be any more apt today if you wanted it to be.
In these times, a local solicitor was found under the local directory books (Yellow Pages, Thompson Local etc.), or through adverts in the local newspaper. If you could afford it, then an ad shell at a bus stop or on the side of the wall were other ways that big budget spenders could grow knowledge of their law firm, locally.
Advance to today, and the opportunities for reaching both local, regional and nationwide clients are endless. For the client themselves, it’s never been easier to find the right solicitor for you, one who may not necessarily be local, but fits the bill for what you’re looking for.
It’s not about locality, it’s about the law subject of advice you need
No longer is there a need to pick your law firm based on their locality to your home. Thanks to digital media, social media and of course, the internet, you can find the perfect solicitor nationwide. Because now it’s based on their level of expertise in a specific law area, not location.
For example, even when based in Altrincham, but might find that a Bury based solicitor focusing on an injury at work claim is a better fit for your claim, due to your need for their specific expertise in that area.
Communication is key, too. Due to Skype, mobile phones, emailing etc. a local law firm like Aston Knight has the ability to operate nationwide, all from the comfort of an office based in Bury. They can do so with a small and dynamic team who are accessible through these communication channels, and because of these communication channels, clients feel at ease regardless of where there are based.
Understanding your claim and what you need
The most important thing when seeking legal advice is understanding your claim and finding solicitors that suit your claim. It’s no good looking for a family law expert solicitor if your claim is regarding an injury at work. It sounds silly, but you’d be surprised how often people don’t research correctly to find the right solicitor for their claim.
A piece of advice; don’t search locally, think nationwide. Don’t be restricted by where you are from but be open to where the experts are from. Search based on the type of legal advice and expertise you need. Ensure that you use all the tools available to you from Google through to Find A Solicitor, and make your decision based on the gut feeling and experience of the law firm in your chosen field. Finding the right solicitor is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make, so make sure you do your due-diligence beforehand.
Shrewsbury, UK - Pete White and world famous ImAFish have today launched three new niche environmental blogs to help people keep updated with news in their respective areas.
www.reachnews.info tracks industry trends and news for REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances).
www.rohsnews.info brings up-to-date news regarding ROHS (the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment).
www.weeenews.info covers a range of stories in and around WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
ImAFish takes the issue of the environment very seriously and helps where possible to spread environmentally friendly messages.