iOS 4.1 = No more face hitting mute problems!

As my previous post, where I detailed some steps I took which seemed to help minimise the issue with my face hitting speaker (in my instance), is one of my most read posts, I thought it best to comment on iOS 4.1!

This recent update from Apple fixes this particular problem with the proximity sensor for good. I’ve not had a single issue at all with it since installing the update just over a week ago.

Updating is really easy too. It takes a while, but its worth it! Simply plug your iPhone into iTunes like you do, and you should be prompted for the update. If not, click your phone on the left hand side in iTunes and click “Check for Updates”. The download may take a bit of time, but you can use your phone while the download is happening.
I hope that helps!

Anonymous visitor chat with Google Talk

It’s old news, but as I’ve been playing with the WordPress blog setup and moving across things from my old static site, I thought I’d mention about Google’s chat back badges.

These chatback badges use Google Talk and allow visitors to your site to contact you by instant messenger while both sides remain anonymous (well, they won’t know your email address). They’re incredibily easy and simple to implement, and I have one just on the sidebar here thanks to a handy WordPress plugin

Very handy.

The Machine

This is a old page copied from my static site, and as such publish dates aren’t accurate.

I built it in Summer 08, with recent additions in Jan 09. I originally had it overclocked, but then decided I like quietness, so now everything’s at stock speeds minus the RAM (and a lot quieter too!).


  • Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz (maxes out at 3GHz)
    I replaced the stock fan with an Arctic Cooling Freezer (set to “silent”)
  • ASUS P5K Motherboard
    With 7.1 HD Audio Onboard (although not using it!)
    Gigabit LAN
    and 45nm ready (for when I need a Core i7 :-)
  • 2 x 2GB OCZ Reaper HTPC RAM
    featuring some crazy looking heatsinks, this is PC2-8500 at 2.1V
  • CoolerMaster 620 RP PSU (a Dec08 addition, since the first one blew up)
  • Antec P182 Gun Metal Grey case
    with 3 Tri-Cool fans (all on low) – Liking the “wind tunnel” for PSU and harddrives)
  • 1.8 Terrabytes of storage
    1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1
    2 x 320GB Seagate Barracuda’s
    and an old Samsung IDE drive with 160GB
  • LG Combodrive (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
  • Logitech X540 5.1 Surround sound speakers

I currently have an nVidia 8600GT (made by no one special) but because it has the smallest fan ever, and is easily the loudest component I have, it’s being replaced with a ATI HD4650 made by HIS which has a Zalman VNF100 passive heatsink on it instead of a fan. Could’ve bought a much better card, but couldn’t find one any better which didn’t have a fan – at least its silent! The Zalman cooler takes it to about -10 C under stock, so theres room to overclock if I can be bothered (maybe to HD 4670 speeds minus the DDR3 ram).

Future purchases will be possibly watercooling, a better graphics card and maybe having to install my own passive cooling on it, and maybe a Core i7 when the world decides four cores just can’t handle it anymore and we all need four cores with hyper-threading which was a failure in Pentium 4 – even the guy at Intel said it was more of a test run.


Windows 7

This is a old page copied from my static site, and as such publish dates aren’t accurate.

On 9th January 2009, I got Windows 7 beta as it was released to the public. I like it, it looks good and the new task bar is suprisingly intuitive to use for something so different.

My issues with it are:

  • Unable to select correct resolution for my monitor
    I can’t select 1680×1050 in the Windows control panel, nor can I set it as a custom resolution in the nVidia control panel.
  • Media Center froze when scanning for channels, I’ve not tried to repeat this yet.
    Using Hauppauge NOVA-T-USB2 and NOVA-T-Stick
  • I have an old PCI Ethernet card, made by Surecom, and drivers won’t install (they only go up to XP – company seems to have gone bust).

I shall keep trying though!

Ignore below, they’ve finally opened it up.

Download the ISO:

32bit: Official

(Hint: use a download manager)

These 10 keys all work, and would be the same 10 Microsoft would give you if you went to the website:



Note: You can use 32bit keys on a 64bit install and vice versa.