GordonKelly.com Expanding to Music, Movies, TV & Sport

May 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

Spreading my wings…

Since beginning GordonKelly.com in January the site has already had one complete revamp and received some very kind words from both readers and industry colleagues. I’ve pretty much stuck to my daily trade of talking technology, but sometimes it can be a bit much taking the day job home so I’ve decided to stretch the remit.

Music, movies, television and sport are all great passions of mine. I’m well versed in writing about them and feature regularly on Setanta Sports discussing the football season (or did, poor Setanta!). I’ll mix and match things up, it will be a gradual process and no doubt ‘Just the Bad Points’ will prove an interesting way to look at the latest releases (in the case of Newcastle United it could take forever). Yes, technology will remain the core aspect but the variation should keep me entertained, which will hopefully keep you entertained and see the blog regularly updated.

As always, you can still catch my daily technology stories at TrustedReviews, network with me via LinkedIn, contact me directly or send a tweet to my Twitter profile.

Fingers crossed – it’s evolution time.

GordonKelly.com - soon more than just technology

GordonKelly.com - soon more than just technology

April Apollo Tech Journalist UK Rankings

May 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Features & Editorials

Just as journalist league tables came out for December, January, February and March so here we have the most prolific tech journalists in April. The lovely Elliot, an unstoppable machine, keeps her place at #1, I  inch up one spot to 6th. Good to see my colleague Hugo sneaking in his first appearance. The table in full:


Detailed breakdowns for each journalist can be found at Apollo Surveys

Heaven Help Us: US Army Adopts Vista

May 26, 2009 by  
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Is the World’s most powerful army really using Vista?

That is indeed the terrifying news coming out of Washington this month after the official ‘Army News Service’ admitted it is “migrating all of its Windows-based computers to Microsoft’s Vista operating system to bolster Internet security and standardize its information systems.”

Vista isn’t the only change however as Office 2003 is being swapped out for Office 2007 after the rule was – military speak time: “mandated in a Fragmentary Order published Nov. 22, 2008. It was sent out Army-wide as FRAGO 2 to Department of the Army Executive Order 056-05.”

Typing & Grand Turismo now core army skills

Typing & Grand Turismo now core army skills

Training will begin on the 2 ½ year old operating system and productivity suite immediately.

In all fairness Vista with two service packs now under its belt is a much more compliant animal but still why the US military would want an OS which is targeted by almost every virus on the planet is beyond me. Haven’t these guys heard of Linux? Perhaps a custom build?

Ho hum.

Anyway, hackers across the globe unite: the US military has now advertised that a) it is running one of the most insecure operating systems in the world and b) most of its staff don’t know how to use it.

Just don’t re-route the nukes over London please…

Army Press Release

The Onion Nails The Web 2.0 Generation

May 25, 2009 by  
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No-one does satire better than The Onion. Many consider its wonderful Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn’t Fucking Work video the best short of the year so far. For my money however it has just been topped by this cracker which lovingly satirises the so-called Web 2.0 generation, student culture and its obsession with Facebook and Twitter.

So take two minutes out and enjoy: ‘Police Slog Through 40,000 Insipid Party Pics To Find Cause Of Dorm Fire

For those who missed the earlier Sony satire, I’ve also embedded it below:

Do you agree with my take: is this satire at it’s best or simply cheap shots at important new technology and student stereotypes?

Wolfram Alpha

May 24, 2009 by  
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Wolfram Alpha, WolframAlpha, Wolfram|Alpha – however you want to say it – has the Internet very excited. It chooses to avoid the term ‘search engine’ in favour of “computational knowledge engine” and works very differently from Google by providing actual answers to questions rather than links to potential answers. Questions can be as simple as How tall in the Eiffel Tower? to real time mathematical calculation of satellite positions across the sky. If this sounds impressive, that’s because it is and while I’ve written an extensive and enthusiastic piece about Wolfram Alpha on TrustedReviews the fact is it isn’t perfect. So what are the bad points?

The preamble: My cult and contentious reviews’ system. Designed as a time saver to highlight the potential deal breakers in a product before you commit to reading lengthy reviews on your favourites sites and/or magazines. For a more detailed description please read: the Rules


Just the Bad Points Review: Wolfram Alpha

  • It takes time and practice to learn the correct terminology to get good results from Wolfram Alpha
  • Natural language interpretation is poor, more than 25% of queries trigger the response: “Wolfram|Alpha isn’t sure what to do with your input”
  • It potentially damages traffic to traditional websites which spend time answering queries in greater detail
  • Topics such as mathematics, science, medicine and currency help academics but real world public usefulness is much lower at present
  • Many answers have little context
  • Answers take longer to load than the results from traditional search engines
  • Answers can be very dry. A search for Shakespeare, for example, could do with more than just his date/place of birth and a rather cold ‘timeline’
  • We know little of the financial security behind the project other than “Infrastructure for this computation provided by Wolfram|Alpha launch partner Dell, Inc”
  • Google is working on something similar with its Google Squared search project and its huge resources may outgun Wolfram Alpha


HTC Magic Android Smartphone

May 7, 2009 by  
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The T-Mobile G1 has been left on its own as the sole Google Android handset for seven long months, but now it finally has some company and competition in form of the ‘Magic’. Like the G1, the Magic is made by Taiwanese manufacturing giant HTC but has been sold to different networks around the globe. On the surface, the HTC Magic is a far more sophisticated handset than the G1 and is an easy sell, so most importantly what’s not to like…

The preamble: My cult and contentious reviews’ system. Designed as a time saver to highlight the potential deal breakers in a product before you commit to reading lengthy reviews on your favourites sites and/or magazines. For a more detailed description please read: the Rules

HTC Magic Android Smartphone

HTC Magic Android Smartphone

Just the Bad Points Review: HTC Magic Android Smartphone

  • 3.2in capacitive touchscreen is large, but physically smaller than the HTC Touch HD & iPhone
  • The screen’s 320 x 480 resolution matches the iPhone but is less than some VGA (480 x 640) Windows Mobile smartphones
  • No physical Qwerty keyboard or number pad
  • 3.2 megapixel camera is mediocre and lacks autofocus
  • Native storage is minimal at 512MB though there is a microSD expansion slot
  • No multi-touch support exists in Android at present
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack means an adaptor must be used for third party earphones
  • No DivX/AVI video support
  • No support for lossless music
  • Android requires users to have a Gmail account (though enforced, in itself not a bad thing)