Archive for May, 2010

Monday Morning

May 30, 2010

Hi and I hope you all have or you are still enjoying your weekend, had to be careful with this as some of you aren’t into Monday as we are.

Not a lot happening but I thought I’d take some time to reflect on my ADSL Internet which went down for a week and a half, went down on early 16 May and came back to life early on 27 may.

I found my ISP particularly helpful though I was dreading the down time due to others who had told me about their unfortunate experiences of waiting 2 weeks or even longer before their ADSL problems were attended to so I thank my lucky stars I didn’t have to wait that long.

Various investigations were supposedly carried out by Telstra – they’re the people who own our telephone lines – and they duly reported to Internode as to what was happening.

A Telstra Tech came out here to test the line with his modem, he connected no trouble but my modems would drop out after 30 seconds or so. Internode decided to send me one of their modems to try and when I initially connected it up I got the same predictable results.

Internode asked Telstra to do some further investigation, apparently there was a fault with the line at the exchange, anyway all fixed now.

Internode have offered to sell me the modem for half price and I’ll go with that, they wanted to send me another one but it was far more convenient to hang on to the loan model they sent me, one less trip down to the Post Office and I had something which worked.

So what did I do for Internet in the meantime? Thankfully I had my Node Mobile service which I specifically bought as a backup, worked well though I was particularly careful about what I uploaded and downloaded, used just under 900MB in 10 days which I didn’t think at all bad.


The Story Of ADSL Down

May 28, 2010


Testing BlogJet

May 11, 2010

I have installed an interesting application – BlogJet. It’s a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here:

“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.” — Albert Einstein

discovering Vijournal

May 8, 2010


I wrote about this excellent piece of software 2 days ago. Since then I’ve been using the application and I purchased it but let me assure you that Vijournal is far more than the old fassioned diary one buys at a news agent where you make your journal out page-by-page day-by-day. You can for example insert audio or video clips for each daily journal entry, I can see excellent uses for this facility in my daily life, suppose I manage to catch up with family members – in some cases that’s no mean feat these days – I can not only write about the happy event that took place on a particular day but I can also capture the event in words and pictures.

Are you a musician? Need to keep track of your composition on a day-by-day basis as it takes shape? No problem! import it into Itunes and insert an “Itunes Marker” into your daily Vojournal as the song changes.

Is your life more complex than one journal? Suppose for example you not only wish to take notes on your personal life for your organisation but you’re also running a research project or you wish to take notes on that special software you’re writing as it evolves? No problem! keep all your Vijournals separate or integrate them all at a later stage.

Want to show your friend over the other side of the world how much progress you’ve made with your project? Then email your friend all or part of any journal your keeping, blog it, print it an so on.

So where does this all stop? I’ll keep you posted but in the meantime – if you’re interested in trying or buying Vijournal then go to and check out their entire software product range.

Vijournal For Mac

May 7, 2010

So, has anyone thought of keeping a diary or a journal of their life or events that happen from day-to-day? Here’s the perfect tool with which to do just htat, go to and download the trial of Vijournal.

Firstly and most pleasantly, this software seems to be fully accessible which is nice but that’s the touch of the Mac isn’t it, most software titles one downloads these days are pretty usable without any tweaking .

Interface is well laid out in a table, the current month your looking at or writing an entry in expands and the entries in that month are sorted by date, Voiceover reads out each date when browsing through the table.

So that’s as far as I’ve gone thus far and I’ve created my first entry for 6 May, not that my diary will be a part of history but you get the idea, a valuable reference tool if you want to look back on events or even to organise your own life a little, Vijournal comes with other tools to help, suppose you’ve had your car serviced on such and such a date and such and such a time, have Vijournal keep track of it so you can see how many days have elapsed since the last service, take notes relating to this and so on.

Vijournal can be purchased for around $30.00 Australian and the trial version – whilst fully functional – restricts the user to 30 entries before it stops working.

Vijournal is also available for Iphone from the Itunes App Store for $5.00, haven’t tested this app for accessibility with Voiceover on the Iphone yet, will do that next week.