Aug 222015

Why use bridging.
Consider a situation where you have a bog standard modem / router provided by your Internet Service Provider.
You’ve just upgraded to the latest and greatest Fibre, EFibre or as it is technically named VDSL connection.
You are getting fantastic speeds but you have a better router there sitting in a box that isn’t VDSL compatible.
This is a perfect reason to use bridging. You use the modem functionality of the modem / router that the Internet Service Provider has given you but you get all the great features of the more expensive router that you already have.
However, let’s say you have a VDSL compatible modem sitting there. You can use this instead of the modem supplied to you by your internet service provider. There are valid arguments that this is actually a more secure solution. However, keep in mind that if you go down this route, your internet Service Provider may not support you if you encounter problems with your Internet connection if you do not have your standard modem to hand.

For more information about how to configure your third party modem to work with Fibre or EFibre look at this site.

Jun 112015

Someone made a comment a few days ago about the Apple Watch and specifically Voiceover that I found kind of interesting. She said that the Apple watch isn’t like a normal talking watch. A normal talking watch has very slow speech feedback and the volume is static. It also usually chimes before announcing the time to the world. An Apple Watch might not be as discrete but it has a coolness factor at the moment that slightly negates the annoying factor for people around me. I can only hope that lasts. Her point was that the Apple Watch speaks much faster because I have it configured at that speed and if I’m going into an environment that’s quieter I can set the volume of the speech appropriately so that while in a quiet meeting for example it doesn’t shout my notifications out to the world.

In most reviews of the Apple Watch I’ve read that people get annoyed by the number of notifications. I have to say that I’m not annoyed by them at all. I find that I actually miss most of the notifications that come in to the Apple Watch. This is because the tap is so slight that unless I’m not busy I really won’t notice. The iPhone demands attention but the Apple Watch quietly asks for it.

I’m a techy. I love all things techy therefore it’s a given that I’ll get to like the Apple Watch but I don’t love it. I don’t see myself feeling naked without the Apple Watch like I do when I forget my phone. Sorry. That’s not quite true. I don’t feel naked without my phone but I feel like I’m missing something important. The Apple Watch isn’t that important to me. Apple announced on Monday that Apple OS version 2 will be out in September or October. I’m really hoping they address the short comings I’ve outlined on this blog in the past week. I’ll be emailing to make sure they are aware of my problems, complaints and annoyances. I can only hope that every other Voiceover user of the Apple Watch does the same thing. If people don’t tell Apple what they are doing wrong they really can’t expect them to fix the problems for the next release.