Band Hero Babe – Taylor Swift.

We are currently playing Band Hero and what an awesome game this is for the XBOX 360?  Band Hero falls into the Guitar Hero World Tour/Rock Band mold and if you enjoy these games, you’ll absolutely enjoy this one as well. We discovered it is possible to play all our other Guitar Hero songs in this game which is brilliant considering one doesn’t need to replace the CD with another game. Game play is really slick and the game supports up to 7 instruments at the same time.

One song in particular is great fun and that is “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. It’s definitely a favorite of Mrs Bowen and most definitely growing on me. To be honest I’ve never heard of her before until this game so I did a search for her online and wow, this young honey is clearly doing well for herself.  She most certainly has the looks and appears to be doing very well for herself.  I am not a big fan of country music, but after listening to some of her songs on Youtube she most certainly has talent. I just hope she doesn’t end up like Miss Spears.

Here the Lyrics to “Love Story”. It’s a good song and even better on Band Hero.

We were both young when I first saw you.
I close my eyes and the flashback starts:
I’m standing there
On a balcony in summer air.

See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns,
I see you make your way through the crowd
And say hello.
Little did I know:

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said: “Stay away from Juliet.”
And I was crying on a staircase
Begging you: “Please don´t go.”
And I said:

“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I’ll be waiting, all there’s left to do is run.
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess,
It’s a love story,
Baby, just say yes.”

So I sneak out to the garden to see you.
We keep quiet cause we’re dead if they knew,
So close your eyes,
Escape this town for a little while.

Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter,
And my daddy said: “Stay away from Juliet.”
But you were everything to me,
I was begging you: “Please don’t go.”
And I said:

“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I’ll be waiting, all there’s left to do is run.
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess,
It’s a love story,
Baby, just say yes.

Romeo, save me,
They try to tell me how to feel.
This love is difficult, but it’s real.
Don’t be afraid, we’ll make it out of this mess.
It’s a love story
Baby, just say yes.”

Oh oh oh…

I got tired of waiting,
Wondering if you were ever comin’ around.
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town.
And I said:

“Romeo, save me,
I’ve been feeling so alone.
I keep waiting for you, but you never come.
Is this in my head?
I don’t know what to think.”
He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring
And said:

“Marry me, Juliet, you’ll never have to be alone.
I love you and that’s all I really know.
I talked to your dad,
Go pick out a white dress.
It’s a love story,
Baby, just say yes.”

Oh oh oh…
Oh oh oh….

Cause we were both young when I first saw you.

Look alive sunshine – ‘NANANA’ is going to be massive!

Have you heard the new song “NANANA” from My Chemical Romance? – if not, here is the video which is equallly AWESOME.

I can’t wait for their new album “Danger days:  The true lives of the fabulous killjoys“. It out on the 22nd November 2010. If it’s anything like their last album “The Black Parade” then it’s going to massive.

Here are the lyrics for NANANA…

Drugs! Gimme me drugs Gimme me drugs,
I don’t need it but still what you got,
still take the cash and I’ll keep it.
Eight legs to the wall, hit the gas at the mall
Every crawl, every crawl, every crawl, now hit that detonator.

Love, gimme me love, gimme me love,
I don’t need it but I’ll take what I want from your heart
and keep it in a bag in a box on the floor with an X,
gimme me more, gimme me more

Now sing it with me:
For my security, to every enemy,
we’re on your property standing in a V-formation
let’s do it properly, plastic surgery, we’re not an apology
get us more, give us your detonation.

Let me tell you about the Snagman,
shut up and let me see your jazz hands,
or remember when you were a madman, thought you were Batman,
and hit the party with a gas can.
Let me see you run it more.

We’re on your property,
We’re a public enemy,
I think we better find more, burden your information.
Let’s pull the lottery,
it’s like plastic surgery
we won’t giva an apology,
Give us more detonation!

Spoken:
And right here, right now,
All the way in Battery City,
the little children, raise your open filthy palms like tiny daggers up to heaven
And all the you guys, and the river rats,
as angels made from neon eating garbage are screaming out
“why don’t you save us?”
and the sky opened up
Everybody wants to change the world, everybody wants to change the world.
But no one wants to die, wanna die?

Make no apology
this is way to fun to me
I’m not your authority
Crash and burn,
We’re young and loaded,
Drop like a bulletshell,
just like a sleeper cell,
I’d rather go to hell than be in a purgatory,
cut my hair
gag and bore me.
pull this pin,
and let this world explode

NSU showing new Nokia N900 firmware 20.2010.36.2 (PR1.3).

There is a new Nokia N900 (RX-51) firmware upgrade and it is Version 20.2010.36.2 or commonly known as PR1.3.

Don’t forget if you are using the Nokia Software Updater (NSU) to upgrade your firmware, you need to do a backup of all your applications on your Nokia N900, as the new firmware will wipe out everything.

Most of the websites are saying the firmware upgrade file is 80MB. Mine was 200.3MB. Not sure why, but it took quite a while to download.

Once downloaded the firmware took about 3 minutes to install.

The last page even mentions the fact that one will now need to restore any backups made. (I just hope if you are planning to upgrade that you make a backup beforehand, because I would hate you to get to this stage and realize 1.8GB’s of applications have just vanished in 3 minutes. 🙂

I took a backup prior to upgrading, which will now give me the opportunity to only restore the applications I want.

As soon as I have all my applications and games restored, I shall let you know what I notice different.

From what I am reading, there is no dual boot option in this firmware, only tweaks to the OS, more support for OVI and speed increases across the board. (It is most certainly faster).

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Using the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217.

I have had the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217 for a week now on trial from WomWorld/Nokia and I must say I am impressed with it’s call quality, ease of use, the size and weight of the device as it is hardly noticeable when on your ear. It can be worn on either ear by turning or adjusting the plastic ear hooks.

Cons:

  • I did have a small issue with the earplugs and plastic ear loop.

  • The earplug didn’t seem to fit properly and I tried all three sizes with little success.  However once in the ear it was fine, but it was mostly hit and miss.

  • The ear loop sizes (Large & Small) both seemed too small for me. Perhaps I have big ears (hehe). It took a bit of fiddling to get it around the ear. I didn’t really care for the plastic either. It felt brittle and cheap.
  • When the headset is in the carrying clip, the clip itself is too close to the ear piece and if your fingers are slightly large, you would have difficultly squeezing it open.

Pros:

  • Once in the ear, the headset was hardly noticeable because it’s so small (dimensions: 50.5 x 17 x 6.2 mm) and light (7.6 grams).
  • When a call comes in, you can answer the call by single pressing the multi-function button on the headset  or pressing your green call button on your phone. Either way the sound is heard through the headset.
  • Ending a call can be done by pressing the multi-function button on the headset or on your phone. Very simple.
  • It switches on and connects automatically when you take it out the holder and switches off when you put it back. You can also switch the headset off by holding in the multi-function button for about 5 seconds.
  • I am not sure how long it took to charge, as I did it at night, but according to the manual a fully charged battery has up to 5 hours of talk time . If the headset is kept in the clip or car cradle it will last up to 3 months on standby time. (Impressive).
  • While I was setting up the pairing I noticed a voice guidance being played back through the speaker. The device has a female voice telling you how to pair, what code to use etc.
  • I was able to connect two devices at the same time. (below is photo showing my Nokia N900 an Blackberry Bold 9700 connected at the same time). This a great feature and I was pleasantly surprised that a £26 device could achieve this  while my £260 Nokia Bluetooth BH-905 couldn’t!

  • Volume adjustment is done from the phone.
  • Connectors: Nokia 2 mm charger connector interface.
  • According to the manual it has an operating range (maximum) of 10m although I got a little more than that, but the sound quality was breaking up a lot.
  • Power supply: 45 mAh Li-ion Polymer rechargeable battery.
  • You can use the headset while it’s charging. I tested this in the car and at home at my desk.

Additional Information taken from the manual.

  • Operating keys: Remove/replace the headset in the clip or car cradle to power on/off and answer/end calls, Multifunction key for power on/off and answer/end
  • DSP noise reduction, Adaptive volume adjustment, Voice guidance to assist in pairing the headset, and for battery and connection status indication.
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 with enhanced data rate (EDR).
  • Bluetooth profiles: Handsfree profile (HFP) 1.5, Headset profile (HSP) 1.1, Advanced Multipoint, Automatically connects to phone when activated
  • Sales package contents: Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217, Carrying clip and car cradle, Nokia Charger AC-3, Two earplugs (size S and L), Two ear hooks (size M and L), User Guide.

Short Video showing simultaneous connection.

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Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217 out the box.

Gadgets are one of my small pleasures in life and if I am not buying them I am reading up on them. So when WomWorld/Nokia emailed me last Friday asking me if I would like to trial the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217, I jumped at the opportunity. Well the headset was delivered promptly today by DHL.

The headset and accessories were packaged in a tiny but well presented blue cardboard box with the words ‘Nokia’ and  ‘BH-217’ covering the box. The contents were encased in a plastic holder for added protection. Inside was the headset with three different sized rubber ear pads, two different sized plastic ear loops, a car cradle and a clip. There was also a two pronged charger with a 2mm charger connector. Both the clip and the car cradle can take in the 2mm connector from the bottom.

On the bottom of the headset are the 2mm charging jack and a small hole for the voice input. On either side of them are small gold connection plates, which put the headset into standby mode when placed in the clip or car cradle. At the top end on the back is the earpiece and it is covered with a thin mesh. It’s encased in a solid blue plastic sheath, which will be invisible to the eye once the rubber ear pads are fitted over the earpiece.  Engraved in the back cover is the word Nokia and there is also a model number and where it was made (China of all places).

Just above the earpiece is a tiny LED light to show Bluetooth connectivity. When one pulls the headset out of the clip or car cradle the LED quickly flashes green then turns blue and then flashes every couple of seconds. When the headset is slid back into the clip or car cradle the LED light turns orange.

On the front of the headset there is only one multifunction key. It is raised and has a nice click. Near the bottom is the word NOKIA.

I had no hassle pairing it with my Nokia N900. As mentioned above, when you pull the headset out of the clip the first time, the LED goes green then flashes fast blue. At this point I switched on my Bluetooth on the N900 and did a search for the headset. It found it immediately and connected with no password or pin number. There after the LED flashes blue every couple of seconds. If the headset is placed back into the clip the LED goes orange and the Bluetooth connection is terminated immediately. Pull it out and the connection is immediately restored automatically. (A very nice feature).

Overall the design of the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-217 is excellent. I like it! It has clean rounded edges and is very light. So far so good!

I will be putting the headset to the test in the next couple of days by testing the audio quality, and some of the multifunction options it has to offer.  I will also be pairing it with some other phones (the Nokia N95, Nokia N97 and my Blackberry Bold 9700).

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How to have 9 sexy desktops on your Nokia N900?

Note: this post and many other like it can be found at www.MyNokiaN900.com – dedicated to this brilliant device.

It has been possible for quite some time to have up to 9 desktops on your Nokia N900, each with their own background, icons, widgets and shortcuts, but it is only recently that someone (CepiPerez) has created a desktop widget called “Homescreen Selector“, that allows one to easily access to all the other screens, without the need to scroll through or flick through multiple screens to get to the one you want. This widget is truly amazing!

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Bowen was listening to ‘Runaway Train’ by Soul Asylum.

‘Runaway Train’ is such a cool song from Soul Asylum. It’s off the ‘Grave Dancers Union’ album, which was released in 1992. Most definitely one of my favorite songs of all time.

Call you up in the middle of the night
Like a firefly without a light
You were there like a flood torch burning
I was a key that could use a little turning

So tired that I couldn’t even sleep
So many secrets I couldn’t keep
Promised myself I wouldn’t weep
One more promise I couldn’t keep

It seems no one can help me now
I’m in too deep
There’s no way out
This time I have really led myself astray

Runaway train never going back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I’m neither here nor there

Can you help me remember how to smile
Make it somehow all seem worthwhile
How on earth did I get so jaded
Life’s mystery seems so faded

I can go where no one else can go
I know what no one else knows
Here I am just drownin’ in the rain
With a ticket for a runaway train

Everything seems cut and dry
Day and night, earth and sky
Somehow I just don’t believe it

Runaway train never going back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I’m neither here nor there

Bought a ticket for a runaway train
Like a madman laughin’ at the rain
Little out of touch, little insane
Just easier than dealing with the pain

Runaway train never going back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I’m neither here nor there

Runaway train never comin’ back
Runaway train tearin’ up the track
Runaway train burnin’ in my veins
Runaway but it always seems the same

Do you know what SKY HD did?

I noticed the other night that Euro-Sport HD and Rush HD weren’t working. I thought it was a problem with SKY so left it for a day or two and then tried watching last night, only to discover a message on the screen telling me I would need to upgrade or subscribe to see the channel in future. The same message appeared for Rush HD. How annoying?

I called up SKY and told them that I had both channels in the past as part of my HD Pack. The lady on the line told me that SKY has changed the HD channels and removed them from my package and added them to another HD package, which I don’t have and if I want them back I must pay £1 extra a month. CHEEKY MONKEYS!

So SKY changed the HD packages as of the 1st of October 2010.

The only explanation she gave me was that it wasn’t fair for those new HD viewers that had chosen the Variety Pack before and they were missing out on some sport channels. FORGET about existing customers who have been paying for the extra channels or HD packs.

It is always the same where ever you go. The new customer gets the initial perks with their sign up, and once you are in and tied down to a fixed contract, then companies like SKY screw you over without the decency of even letting you know of the changes.

SKY is not cheap and in these trying times they should be looking after their existing customers, rather than taking away channels just because it’s not fair for new customers.

Very poor indeed.  It is time to think about leaving them.

Take a look at this Sky User Forum, where the news broke that sky were changing the packages. Note all the DELETED posts, I bet those were angry SKY subscribers reacting to the news.

Another topic in the same forum with more interesting points.