Voice Blogging

Recently on one of my Facebook groups the topic came up about blogging.

One of the ladies asked if there was any way to speak your blog posts as opposed to typing them out.

To be perfectly honest I didn’t have a clue, despite having blogged for nearly 6 or seven years now. The fact that I have had an iPhone for six or seven years now, you’d have thought I’d known! Who knew that you could open notepad on the iPhone and speak into it and it would record everything you’ve said, as text?!

Not me apparently!

So I thought I’d give it a try.

This post has been composed by speaking into notepad instead of sitting here and typing it into the tiny little keyboard with my fat fingers.
Granted I’ve had to edit it as I’ve gone along, and I’ve had to delete lots of sections because it’s wrong due to being misinterpreted, with some extremely funny results along the way. But mostly? It’s been pretty cool and pretty quick!
And kind of fun.

It took me three attempts to write that last sentence by the way, my iPhone kept interpreting it as “I’m kind of fun”, which is true but not what I was trying to say!

Is this the way forward? Will I continue to blog in this manner? Who knows? I’ll probably forget by next week. Or maybe I won’t.

It doesn’t surprise me that I’ve come late to the party. I bet loads of bloggers post in this manner. Better late than never I suppose!!

First Morning Phone

Most people, a soon as they wake, check their phones, they check Twitter/Facebook/Email/Texts etc, and well, I do this, and so does The Husband.

We all know children do as children see, and Emma, will always go for our phones the moment she’s awake and in our bed. It’s probably not for the same reason as grown ups/teenagers, but maybe it is, shiny noisy item that you can play with. Ok. So it probably is the same reason.

So I had to share this video.

Data, Data, Data

I recently upgraded my phone contract. It was due for renewal, and as much as I loathed changing contract, I really did need a new phone.

I had an iPhone 3G for 2 years, with O2. 600 inclusive minutes, unlimited text messaging and unlimited data. I upgraded that phone to a 3GS, same contract. It was a good contract.

It may come as no surprise to many people that I use my phone a LOT.

I use it for emails, for phone calls, for text messaging, for taking photos, for Facebook, for twitter, for games and well, this list can be endless.

So when my phone was up for renewal, I looked around. I wanted the latest iPhone, but the deal wasn’t that great. I got more minutes and still unlimited text messaging, but they stopped doing “unlimited data”. Instead you get 500MB of data per billing month, with free unlimited wifi. No way in hells bells is that enough for me.

Looking around nothing else was any cheaper or any better elsewhere, so I decided to bit the bullet and stay where I was (less hassle) and just upgrade. Now I get 900 inclusive minutes, unlimited text messaging and 1GB of data as well as unlimited wifi. I pay a few pounds more than I did, but it was the better deal. It was even better that I sweet talked the sales guy into waiving the charge of the handset. Go Me!

This data malarkey confuses me. Being a girl who never had to worry about data, I just did my thing and, well, didn’t worry.
Now I have to worry AND limit my usage (which my husband will only say is a “GOOD THING”). So with this in mind my brother-in-law (well not really, but kinda) introduced me to an app called Onavo. Apparently Onavo is an excellent app for reducing data usage on your iPhone. So I got it. I now constantly check my data usage to make sure I’m not using too much.

I checked it today and this is what I got;

~ iPhone – 221.80 Mb

~ Onavo – 263.69 Mb

~ O2 – 323.07 Mb

How can I have 3 different sets of data usage for the EXACT same period?

Either the iPhone software that Apple have put on my phone is really buggy and doesn’t work OR the Onavo app isn’t reading my usage correctly OR O2 is scamming its customers.

I’m confused interwebs.


Desert Island

You know that saying “If you were about to be stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you take?”

It’s actually a quite hard question to answer. Would you take practical things like an axe, so you could chop down trees to make a log cabin? Would you take a few clean clothes and some soap? A friend? Books to keep you occupied? Medicine in case you get sick? Toilet paper? Cause let’s face it, wiping your bits with leaves probably isn’t the cleverest thing to do. What if some bug has laid eggs on that leaf?!? Ugh.

I would take a solar/wind turbine powered generator. My iPhone. Toilet paper.

The generator would power my phone in the day because it’s powered by solar power and during windy days/nights by the wind turbine.

My phone would give me access to news websites, social media, music, books, porn etc. I’d never be bored.

Toilet paper so I could wipe my bits without having to worry that some creatures eggs won’t hatch in my “gardens”.

But it’s not as easy as that.
What if my phone broke?
Or the generator broke?
Would I get 3G signal?
How much would my phone provider charge me? Because technically you’d be abroad….
Or I ran out of toilet paper?

Mind you, if I was stuck on a desert island with those three things, then I could use my phone to tweet/call for help. I’d be rescued within days.

It seems my idea of being stuck on a desert island is like several episodes of Gilligans Island.