My Nexus 7 – Absolutely Loving It.

So after several years of toying with the idea, an opportunity struck and I took the plunge and acquired a Nexus 7 for myself. Let us say it was a Christmas gift to myself. After all, one never gets what they wish for at Christmas, so I decided not to disappointment myself and get something I really wanted.

As mentioned earlier, I said I had been toying with an idea. the original plan was to save up for an iPad. The more I looked into the possibilities of getting an iPad, the more I said to myself that if I do get one, several reasons would make that iPad experience for me a negative one. For starters, the price. My Apple Macbook Pro cost me an arm and a leg. I have no regrets at all, and I am loving every minute I work on it. However, how many Apple products can one keep on buying at their current prices in one year…or even two years? Also, there is this ever rapid “turn around” regarding the frequency Apple releases new products. At such high prices, my logic [key word here is ‘my’] says that the products should take a good trip ’round the circuit’ over several years before an update is released. Fancy spending all that money on an iPad, only to realise that it is going to be upgraded the next year; and the difference? …well something that they could have probably incorporated in the original product anyway. Of course, it is all a ploy to rope the consumer into buying.

So, I finally settled for the Nexus 7. To be honest, I wasn’t too sure on what I was going to expect. I had done the normal research on the internet via Youtube Videos, but you were obviously not getting that ‘hands on’ experience. I went into several Mobile phone shops asking if they had any Nexus 7 tablets in stock, and if they did whether I could have a demonstration. Unfortunately, non of the shops that I visited could satisfy my curiosity. Mind you, there was an abundant display of Apple iPads.

My Nexus 7 arrived in the morning via courier. I immediately settled myself in my study and started exploring my new device. First impressions…..I was completely blown away. By the way, the device I got was a 32GB one.

I have no Youtube video offering you my unboxing and usage experience. If you need one, there are several good ones you can easily get access to on Youtube. The official Google Nexus 7 Fact page can be found here.

I am going to review my Nexus 7 under the following headings
1. Form Factor
2. Applications/Games
3. Usability

Form factor: This device is a joy to work with. As you will probably know, it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. And if you decide to use both hands, i.e watching a film, it works beautifully in both hands. It is light, manageable and fits into and decent size bag you might be using. You can also get an assortment of cases/cover cases for it. I believe there is no need to go extravagant on these accessories as it does not add experience to ones usage of the device.

Applications/Games: If you have an iPhone and are worried that the apps that you have on the phone are not available in the Google Apps Store, the you are wrong. Even if you cannot find the exact App, you will certainly find one that does a similar function. This applies to those of you who have wisely moved from the iPad to the Nexus 7 [I say this with a smile]. I have read on several websites that this tablet is a true gaming tablet because of the Tegra 3 chip. I do not play videos games that much however I have purchased some good ones off the Google Pay store and can confirm that the experience is very good.
To assist you get your bearings on the Nexus 7 and advice on which apps you should install, have a look at Google+’s Nexus 7 Community – you will not be disappointed. Whatever questions you have regarding the Nexus 7, ask it and someone will certainly attempt to provide you with the right answer.

Usability: I cannot fault this tablet. So far I have been able to perform and interact with this tablet without any issues.

So, for the time being, this is my review of my Nexus 7. More reviews will follow in the coming weeks. I have recently purchased an adapter which will enable me to access a USB drive. I think the technical reference to them is USB On-The-Go

And finally, yes, you do need a case for your Nexus 7. It would be suicide not to get one. Start off with a reasonable cheap one, and then after carefully researching, select one which fits your ‘pocket’. The problem I have found is that all the good manufacturers of the Nexus 7 cases are based in the USA. Hence ordering from theses sites into the UK attracts an extra fee when the item arrives in the UK. I quite fancy a case from this site – Treegloo

Thrive Africa

This is something I find myself passionate about.

I quite remember after my O Levels, I volunteered to assist in a project in a small village near Winneba, Ghana. I also remember making friends with a German girl called Claudia. I must have spent a month there helping out with various things related to the Project.


Volunteering with Thrive Africa you’ll have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of development projects in Ghana. Working with stakeholders 5 days a week you’ll gain an understanding of what the project is, why it exists and the outcomes it hopes to deliver.

With plenty of tourist opportunities in Ghana we want to make sure you get the chance to see everything you can. We help organise excursions and join you on them; time off is given on evenings and weekends.

Your with Thrive Africa staff 24/7 for the duration of your trip so your always in safe hands and they’re there to make sure you have the best possible experience.

Check out the website from this LINK

A Tale To Tell – A Childs Story Of His Epic Trip “back” To Ghana

The news came to me all of a sudden. There was no warning, nothing in the actions of my mother in the days that had gone by that this was coming. After breakfast, she calmly said to me that we were moving back to Ghana. I stopped on my tracks. Ghana I said. Where is that? Since I didn’t want to be late for school, I took another puzzled look at my Mum and hurriedly run out of the one bedroom flat we lived in. Ghana, I kept saying to myself. Then every possible question I could think of started rushing through my mind. At school, I was eager to tell my friends of the new adventure that lay ahead me. Yet again, the questions were many, but the answers few. I tried to remember as many as I could, hoping that my mother would be in a better position than I was to provide answers to these burning question.

It was a common habit of mine to stay out late after school. Instead of going straight home from school, I would roam the streets of Balham with my friends just mucking around. I was certainly up to no good. But then, reasons for such behaviour were due to something else, which I will not get into right now. The news of our going back to Ghana certainly changed my after school habits. I quickly rushed home after school, eager to hear more from my Mother about this plan of hers – going back to Ghana. I suddenly realised that her message to me was somewhat confusing. I am sure she said we were going back to Ghana; but why “going back” I was sure that I had never been to Ghana and according to my Mother and foster parents, I was born in London. The confusion only mounted to another level as I kept trying to understand her words to me in the morning.

Just before I turned into the street on which I lived on, my best friend Raymond called to me from across the road. Joseph, he yelled, are you not coming down to the park? I turn to him, smiled and yelled back saying I was going to Ghana. His face suddenly went blank and in an attempt to get some meaning from what I had just told him, he shrugged his shoulders and run off.

I burst into our one bedroom flat. My Mum had already started laying out the table for dinner. I suddenly did not feel hungry. I wanted my Mum to tell me more about Ghana. The only thing that could satisfy my hunger at that precise moment was as much answers I could get on the numerous questions I had.

Madam Elizabeth L Lartey came to the UK on a Government Scholarship. Her aim was to study Home Economics, which she successfully did passing all her exams with flying colours. She was not the only person to receive a scholarship in those days. It was the aim of the Ghanaian Government who had not long received independence for Briton, to send their brightest students to the UK, study and return back to help build the country. After her training and exams, Madam Elizabeth Lartey met Matthew H Djamasi, who was also in the UK to study accounting. They got married and not long after Joseph Awuku Dela Victor Djamasi was born at The royal Free Hospital in Islington, London.

to be continued…………….

How to remove duplicate entries from the Finder “Open with” menu

Open Terminal and run this command (that is one line):

LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

Relaunch the Finder with a Ctrl-Option-Click on the Finder icon in the Launchbar.

Thanks VOWE  for this tip

Raspberry Pi…Sweet As Ever

Just arrived this morning via my trusted Postman

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

Steve Jobs, co-founder and two-time CEO of Apple, offered his resignation to the company’s board Wednesday.

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Jobs has been in poor health for some time. In January, he announced that he would be taking a medical leave of absence from the company. He returned to the public spotlight in March to help launch the iPad 2.

Jobs advised the board to “execute our succession plan” — by naming Tim Cook to replace him. Cook, formerly the COO of the company, has been standing in for Jobs since January and was widely tipped to be his successor. Cook also stood in for Jobs during his bout with pancreatic cancer in 2004. “The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” said board member Art Levinson, chairman of biotech firm Genentech, in a prepared statement.

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Jobs will not be leaving the company altogether, and the move was clearly well-planned in advance. He has been elected Chairman of the board, Apple said Wednesday, and Cook will be joining the board, effective immediately.

“I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it,” Jobs wrote. “I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.”

Apple stock was down 7% in after-hours trading, but rallied and was down just 5% by 7:50pm ET — suggesting Apple’s succession plan had calmed the markets.

Here’s the full text of Jobs’ statement.

Story via Mashable

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