Posts made in September, 2008

More iPhone Cisco VPN Feedback

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 in iPhone, Opinions

So now that I’m back in University, I’ve had a chance to use the iPhone’s Cisco VPN client more regularly on a daily basis.

So far it’s worked great: The VPN connection is established within a few seconds and all applications are able to access services through the VPN tunnel immediately. 

Browsing speed over wifi doesn’t seem to be impacted at all, as I’d already mentioned in my first look.

My only gripe? An on/off switch for your default VPN connection that’s accessible from the top Settings menu (similar to the current “Airplane Mode” toggle) would be useful for users who frequently need to access the VPN client.

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Back to School Shopping Guide Part II: Essential Apps

Posted on Sep 21, 2008 in Mac, Opinions, Reviews

No college student can get by nowadays without a few productivity apps to help them keep track of assignments, files, notes etc. There are a ton of different apps designed to do this sort of thing, but a lot of them are either aimed at business users (and priced accordingly) or don’t just feel to feature-laden and dense to be really practical for quick notes in classes.

So here’s a few productivity apps that students might find are worth checking out. Affordable, intuitive and ideal for quick notes, references, links and more.

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iTunes 8 – First Impressions

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 in Opinions

So the Jobsnote is over and apart from the leaked iPod nano and rumored iPod touch updates, the biggest news was iTunes 8.

The Genius feature is the only one that is really new, whilst the Grid view is mostly a new take on the old “Albums with cover thumbnail” list. To be honest, whilst it’s visually quite appealing, I don’t find it very practical for actually finding music. iTunes very rarely finds the covers for all the songs in larger libraries (CoverScout anyone?) which will leave most users with a lot of black missing covers.

The same goes for the Genres Grid-view: Whilst Apple includes attractive artwork for the most common genres, others such as Funk, Grunge and Porn Groove (don’t ask) are instead assigned the cover of one of the artists within that Genre, leaving you with an odd mix of album art and genre-designs.

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Back to College Shopping Guide – Part 1: Notebook Stands

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 in Mac, Reviews

It’s that time of year again – the start of a new college term, when new and old students alike start rummaging around their wardrobes for bags, books and other necessities.

In this series of articles, I’ll be taking a look at some Student essentials for coping with schedules, cramped dorm rooms and life on campus in general. In each article I’ll not only pick the try to pick options suitable for every budget as well as highlighting the best solutions. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

 

Notebook Stands

Hands up if you gotten neck cramp from staring down at your notebook computer for too long, whilst sweating over a term-paper with a looming deadline.  Been there, done that. But there are some affordable and simple solutions that can fix that problem and help you to avoid clutter on your desk to boot. 

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Google Chrome: First Impressions

Posted on Sep 2, 2008 in Opinions, The web, UI Design

Well, Chrome is here and so far I’m pretty impressed. Although currently only available for Windows (you can’t actually download the Windows version if your browser identifies you as a Mac user – I had to select a Windows user agent for the download page to let me download it) it’s quite snappy, even running under Parallels. 

I had no trouble loading any pages and even complex pages such as my netvibes.com customized homepage (which is slow to load on other browsers) seemed to load very quickly (and this was in a virtual machine!).

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