Firstly, I do apologise about the hideous colour scheme on the last theme, the green made me see yellow.
As one who browses the internet for hours upon hours a day, it didn’t take long to realise how much buzz there was a couple of years ago about ‘cloud computing’, and after kicking my feet up for those past years saying to myself ‘That’ll never happen’ – and before I knew it the world overtook me and I was bombarded with adverts for cloud hosting and it was all quite frustrating.
But since then, a new threat has cropped up. The tablet. A lightweight, easy to use and very portable system, which got me scratching my head. It didn’t have a keyboard.
Now I know I’m meant to be a ‘computer boffin’ or what have you, but I really couldn’t get my head around the idea that a computer is now this touch screen with a battery, a pretty solid mobile processor, a long -ish life battery and a hard casing on the back. It was like someone had decided that the laptop was too easy to break, and so they broke off the lid, and went ‘Hey, I could make money out of this idea!’.
If I’m honest. I should have seen this coming. Tablets have sort of been around since before I was born. Take Windows for Pen Computing. It was an application that could be bought for Windows 3.1 (I know, right? 3.1 was like April ’92). It allowed 3.1 to be used on these primitive plastic tablets, which at the time, could run an Intel processor, but not for a day’s work.
Since WfPC Microsoft made a whole load more mistakes, right up to the point of a ‘touch screen table‘ in 2008. With no hardware or software developers, virtually no buyer market and the fact that they were only available after filing a request with Microsoft, and going through a screening process and having a swarm of checks made on you/your company, it was clear this product was not to make money, it was simply to prove that Microsoft knew what they were doing when it came to tablets. and they do, with the exception of hardware.
Microsoft have always done an amazing job when it comes to writing software, but they’ve always been a bit, well, crap when it comes to their hardware. Remember the snapped off lid I mentioned earlier? They took that a step further by allowing you to attach the keyboard back on. And take it off again.
I really shouldn’t be giving Microsoft Surface all this hate. It follows on an idea which Apple have dropped altogether. I said I don’t understand tablets, and it’s true. But what I do understand is the idea of Tablet PC’s.
I used to have a tablet PC, if I remember rightly it was a Toshiba Portégé M200-16M. Lightweight and rugged, with a screen which twisted round and locked down, it was a brilliant first laptop and tablet PC.
SIDE NOTE: I spent so many hours on that thing, I could swear the screen got a few millimetres thinner!
It is thanks to Microsoft that the Tablet PC is being dug out of its grave, with the release of Windows 8, everyone has been scrambling to get their lines of portable computers stocked up with tablet PC’s once more. The Microsoft Surface is to be disliked in my opinion, however it it designed to keep Microsoft revenues rolling in, because Microsoft and Bill Gates made their fortune on the Software, and with Entry Level Windows 7 Home Premium rolling off the shelves at £80, and the OS line going up to their top end Windows 7 Ultimate at £150, it’s no suprise that Windows needed a financial solution now that their Windows 8 lineup is cheap as dirt, and so came up with the idea of a tablet / tablet PC hybrid. Yes that’s right, tablet AND tablet PC, that’s the removable keyboard that stirs that one up.
Quite frankly the iPad is a disaster, and Apple have messed up their pricing, so they get a minimal mention in this post. Does this mean I’m a Microsoft kinda guy? I’m writing this from Windows 7, installed on a Mac. Hmm.
It’s now just a wait until the guys in Cupertino (Yes, that means Apple) come up with a comeback for the tablet PC hybrid.
So, to sum this up, Microsoft have been toying with this tablet idea for far longer than Apple have been even thinking about it, I used to have a laptop with a French name, Mobile devices are going to take over the world, and Windows 8 is pretty rubbish. Thank you for reading!
Firstly, Happy New Year! Hope you guys all had good Christmases!
So I went shopping the other day, because my Dad decided that my clothes were getting too small for me. Well, he told me that they were too small, for about the fifteenth time, and my Mum had been fed up of buying clothes that then didn’t fit me when she got home, so we went into town together.
Now, I know what you’re all thinking: “Oh whatever, it’s not hard buying clothes, it’s too easy nowadays!” and I can see why you think that, but in actual fact you’re all wrong.
I’ve been having people constantly telling me that I’m skinny, and it’s true. I am skinny, but I’m also quite tall. This makes buying clothes (trousers, especially) quite hard. You can’t get trousers that are long enough but slim enough for me.
So I’m made to try on ‘skinny’ fit trousers – which is the wrong idea altogether; I really don’t like skinny fit trousers.
This means we have a real struggle with trousers. There’s only so much that a belt can do, and it usually ends up with great huge folds of fabric at the back of my trousers. Clearly this isn’t ideal, and causes problems.
So I’m having a moan on two things here: Trousers – which I have talked about, and Tops – which I haven’t.
Now, tops aren’t too hard to get in my size, although tend to be a little baggy because they aren’t designed for someone as skinny as me. Most of the time I’m alright with it, as long as it isn’t something like a shirt. Baggy shirts are worthy of either a charity shop, or a bin. Whichever is within closest reach – usually a bin in my case, although it hasn’t come to that yet.
So I really have just logged in to have a moan at the clothing companies. I know other people who have the same problem. They just see that the majority of people are short and fat, basically. It’s not true. To get clothes that fit properly, we need to get them tailored, which costs a small fortune, or hunt really hard – best done in summer, when it is warm.
So in the unlikely event that anyone from a major clothing company is reading this, please give us something to wear! Thanks
See you later, and don’t forget to have a look at the poll below!
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas!
I received a new game, which just happened to not work with Windows 8. So I used Windows XP instead – which means installing all of the updates – bundled into service packs.
I soon realised that Microsoft has dropped support for much of Windows XP, meaning that I can’t grab the service packs and update the machine.
It was this that made me – like other people – furious, and I was about to actually write a letter of complaint to Microsoft (LIE), when it dawned on me…
Many of us have used Windows XP at some point. My old school had computers running Windows XP, and much of my new school’s library computers still run it. Everything else in the school is up-to-date-ish with the teachers using Windows Vista – the world’s worst OS in the history of mankind, and some machines run Windows 7. We don’t have any machines running Win8 yet.
So, we’ve pretty much all used Windows XP, and guess what? That shouldn’t surprise anyone, for the same reason that Windows XP support has been dropped: It’s now ten years old! (Happy Late Tenth Birthday XP!)
In my eyes, it is one of the best operating systems ever. In fact, I think it is the best. But there were always problems with XP, that aren’t now haunting us in Win7 and Win8. Most single user computers used the Administrator account as their standard account, which gave system-wide access to anything being run on the computer. Including any viruses, malware, spyware, worms, trojans, etc. installed on the computer. That is why – whilst still using XP as the standard OS for any Windows work I do – I only ever log into the Admin account to install software and update the machine, etc. Everything else is done on a ‘Limited’ Account.
Of course, you all know about the pesky Windows Updates that would give us a quarter of an hour to save up and let it shut down, and unless logged in as an Admin, you would be unable to postpone it. This gave me many problems, as I have the fancy logon screen, you know? The one where you have to enter a username and password, instead of just a click-me and enter password screen. Securer.
So, now that Microsoft is giving the techies like me a gentle nudge to move on from XP, by hiding the Service Packs from us when we want to install Windows, I am being politely held at gunpoint to move on. I do say politely.
Therefore, that means that the time has come to say goodbye to the OS that set itself in stone, because the stone is weathering away, and we need to go with the flow.
But since Windows 7 is rubbish, and Windows 8 is a pile of you-know-what, it’s time to switch to where I should be, after all, I am a mac user.
But Macs suck, most of the time.
It’s time… Hello Linux.
May I start by wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Many things have happened this year, we’ve had the Olympic games, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and some other bits and bobs.
I also had a great year; I started the WilkyPod, got a new headset, and some other bits and bobs.
The WilkyPod was probably the most notable thing that happened to me this year. The WilkyBoy Show was awful, and the reputation was so tainted, I had to ditch it completely. I removed the WilkyBoy show from the iTunes Store a couple of weeks ago, so as to prevent people looking at the wrong podcast. The WilkyPod was my clean slate, so it makes it a shame to know that I won’t be able to release an episode until some point next year. Nathan is an excellent co-host and makes the podcast something special. You know? I tried to make an episode all on my own the other day, so as to keep content flowing, but I realised that I couldn’t do it without Nathan or Josh. Josh was also excellent, and really put a lot into the show. He lives in Australia, where it is usually one or two in the morning when we record. He’s got even more commitment than me, which makes me feel ashamed of myself.
My headset really was just something special to make podcasting more successful for me.
However, note this: I didn’t start my Podcast because I wanted to be successful. That’s just completely the wrong look on it. I started this podcast as a social thing. Meeting new people, making new friends. I’ve met a whole bunch of awesome people since I started doing this. I don’t actually know how many friends I’ve made.
You soon get quite attached to this sort of thing, and it shows. Like now; this is supposed to be a look back on 2012, and it’s a bit long. Probably the longest piece of work I’ve ever done on the internet, and it is.
So that’s what happened with the WilkyPod. Check out the WilkyPod website here.
I also achieved better than I was expecting at school. I came out on top figures in Good News Points (Think of it as house points – but per person) In the whole of year seven, and out at top from the first term of year eight.
I managed to achieve top set everything except Physical Education (you can’t blame me!), which was one of my great achievements.
I didn’t specifically try to win these awards and I’m not a very competitive person. I just did stuff like me and came out on top.
People do ask me how to achieve greatness here, and all I can say is
If you aren’t already achieving greatness by just being you, work hard, behave, listen and learn. It all pays off
So they heed my word and do exactly that, and I’ve watched them fly through the league tables left, right and centre. It does kind of make me feel proud of those people, but not in a weird way. In a friendly way.
I’ve also seen people look at me and go
I never wanna be like him. F*** this s***, I’m outta here
So they drop down in the league tables and get stuck at the bottom.
However, I look at them and I just think about how much wasted talent there is. It’s a bit weird, but it’s true.
On a bit of a sad note; this year a student in my year group died, whilst choking. It was a very sad thing to hear of, especially as he died at the end of the first day of term. He died the same day we’d all said hello to each other and had fun, and then he was just gone. It was a real shame, and the fact that I could have gotten to know him better made me feel terrible. We’d never gotten on well, and to think that I didn’t get the chance to make amends really just makes me feel, well, awful. I always try to make bad relations turn into good. Not just with students, but also with the occasional teacher I’ve gotten off at the wrong foot on (yes, that has happened before, and I have made amends), and it feels good to know that you can walk away from it with better relations with that particular teacher.
So, I hope you have all had a great year, and again, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Oh and now that I’m thirteen, let’s see how being a teenager goes down with my internet life!
Hello ladies and gents!
Today I have just rolled out a major change to this site (Well, not major, just a few words typed into settings), and you may have noticed that the site name has changed! Whoop!
The old name was really getting on my nerves, because people were like
Hey Ben, What’s your blog called again?
And I’m just like
Umm? You mean the Benjamin Wilkinson Blog?
Which looks alright in text, but in my head was like
Umm? You mean the Thingy whatnot doodah blabble blip blip do whassit called weblog thingy majiggy?
Which made me generally feel awkward in social situations. A disaster waiting to happen
So long, Wilkynaughts, I’ll have a post out along with a podcast episode by Christmas!
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shore line of wonder.
Ralph W. Sockman
Hello again, Internet!
I know it has been a long time since I last published a blog post, and I am very sorry about that.
What struck me lately is that as the weather gets colder, people are always rushing about all over the place to escape the cold. But what if the cold is a good thing, and we shouldn’t be trying to avoid it? I suppose there is the gap between the summer and the deep winter, called autumn, in which we don’t want to be out, but as soon as it is Christmas time, you’ll find people all over the whole damn show. Especially if it snows. Maybe we all need to stop worrying about what temperature the thermostat’s set to against the recommended 20˚C? It’s at 20 for a reason, folks. If you have your house cooking you at 30˚C, firstly you destroy the planet a little bit quicker, and second, you can’t go outside – and that’s for two reasons; first, you’ll let all the warm air out, and second, your body will be used to the 30˚C of the inside and the difference between 30˚C and -2˚C is 32˚C. The difference between 20˚C and -2˚C is 22˚C, which will be less of a shock to your body.
Phew! That was a lot.
Also, I know I haven’t done pretty much anything on the internet these past few months, and that’s thanks to my Mac having a funny moment, ie. bricking my Hard Drives.
Hopefully I’ll have another WilkyPod episode out early next month,
so on the bombshell of these floating cacti in a desert
I recently decided that I had left The WilkyBoy Show dangling in the air, so I have decided to round it up properly.
I will speak with David, and I will see if he will want to round it up as well.
I don’t like loose ends