Tuesday, March 27, 2012

WP7 phone update

So my new HTC Titan pops up a message saying "An update is available.
 Updates can make your phone work better and add new features. They can also make your phone more secure. To learn more and install this update, connect your phone to your computer. Your phone will continue to check regularly for updates."

Wait, what?! Connect my phone to my computer. Why can't it just go ahead and install the update now? This WP7 is really backwards, hope Microsoft can get it updated (:P) to handle things without connecting a computer all the time.

New phone!

I just bought a new phone. A HTC Titan, with Windows Phone 7.5. I'm excited to try WP7. Previously I've had an Android phone (Nexus One), but I think WP7 might have potential.

After playing with it yesterday I think the look and feel is really nice. One big drawback though. I opened up the Zune player and was happy to find a "podcasts" option, since this is a big part of what I use my phone for.

Big was my disappointment when I saw the message "Connect to your computer to synchronise podcasts."(!) when selecting the option. I haven't connected my phone to my computer to get podcasts since I owned a Ipod Touch 3 or 4 years ago. On my N1 I could subscribe to and automatically download podcasts onto my phone.
Huge potential for improvement here Microsoft.

Until they get it fixed I'm trying out Podcasts! app from Meltingpot software.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Washing IKEA 365+ Fast pillow - Don't

Our pillow (IKEA 365+ Fast) was getting a bit brown so we decided to wash it. With the following result:

It grew a bit, about 5 cm in all directions, and broke apart. We were using 60° C water and 1400 rpm spin speed, I think the latter might have caused it. Maybe we should have tried it at a bit lower speed.

In hindsight I discovered that the IKEA page actually say "Do not wash." :D, the part we read before washing was for the pillow cover. Oh well. Next time I think we'll try it either by hand or at least slower speeds. "Wipe clean with a damp cloth.", which the IKEA page suggests, certainly won't do it.

What's your experience?