scottjpalmer:https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmerenMega minimalising - 1 year onhttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8463GeneralWed, 11 Jun 2014 19:20:00 PDTI just found this unpublished blog from coincidentally one year ago . . . Wow time flies and wow I ditched a lot of stuff!<br> <br> .<br> .<br> .<br> <br> Between the 15th of March 2013 and the 31st of May 2013 I minimalised my possessions by exactly 100 auctions via Trade Me. There were a few other bits and pieces sold privately also and the below stats do not include my Samsung Galaxy Note II and a few other items which would have been upgraded regardless.<br> <br> Total sales: $2240<br> Total success fees: $177.60<br> Total Top Seller success fee credits $14.83<br> Net profit: $2077.23<br> <br> 320GB external portable USB hard drive with case<br> 250GB external USB portable hard drive with case<br> 80GB external portable USB hard drive<br> NSD Signature Series Power Ball with counter<br> 4 limited edition Air New Zealand t-shirts<br> XL Ridgeline bush shirts (2) and pants bundle<br> Micro HDMI to HDMI cable<br> HP SimpleSave external 500GB HDD with cable<br> Sennheiser CX400 earphones with accessories<br> SAS - The Illustrated History book AS NEW<br> Extra hanging rail for wardrobe<br> Tall skinny black 3 drawer unit<br> Nokia X1-00 grey NEAR NEW<br> Streamlight NF-2 LED torch with traffic wands<br> Barry Crump - Wild Pork and Watercress book AS NEW<br> Motorbike CrampBuster<br> Microsoft wireless optical keyboard and mouse<br> 1 very short and 2 normal iPod iPhone USB cables<br> Kensington USB battery with USB charger<br> The Bank Job Blu-ray BRAND NEW<br> In Extreme Danger - Geoff Mackley book AS NEW<br> 5m HDMI cable<br> Introduction To Electronics book AS NEW<br> Arlec 6 way switched surge protected power board<br> SportsCafe What Were They Thinking DVD AS NEW<br> Kiwi Air Power - The History of the RNZAF book<br> Mark Skaife - The Diary Of A Champion<br> Holden - Everybody's Car book AS NEW<br> Belkin 5V 1A USB car charger<br> Huawei Pocket Wifi 2 *UNLOCKED* *ALL 3G BANDS*<br> 64GB Sandisk Ultra micro SDXC card w/ SD & USB<br> 2x 2m right angle micro USB to full size USB cable<br> Footrot Flats 20 comic book AS NEW<br> Footrot Flats 19 comic book AS NEW<br> Footrot Flats 16 comic book AS NEW<br> Sandisk microSD to SD adaptor<br> 4 stacked A4 sized plastic drawers<br> Hole punch, stapler, tape dispenser, office set<br> 2x RCA to 2 x RCA cable<br> 10 Wartime Documentaries. 4 DVDs. BRAND NEW<br> The Amazing SAS book AS NEW<br> Sandisk Cruzer Contour 16GB USB with case *FAST*<br> Fila carry bag AS NEW<br> 3 padlocks, small to medium<br> Large and small hard shell matching suitcases<br> Decorated candle holder in gift box NEW<br> Ride On motorbike skills DVD BRAND NEW<br> Ali The Fighter DVD BRAND NEW<br> Billy T Live DVD AS NEW<br> Liquorice book AS NEW<br> Eken polarised sunglasses with case WORN ONCE<br> Ducati Performance flag<br> AS NEW Uniden EZI30XLT Radio Scanner<br> Thermos brand large insulated chilly bag<br> BARGAIN BULK LOT of various electronic items<br> NEAR NEW size 13 Skechers Shape-ups walking shoes<br> Mens size 12/13 beach shoes<br> Holden Racing Team chilly bag lunch box<br> Holden badge<br> Leatherman Super Tool<br> 2 x near new 16GB Emtec USB memory sticks<br> SATA & 2.5/3.5 IDE to USB adaptor w/ power supply<br> 2 x All Blacks flags<br> Buck pocket knife with pouch<br> Very bright green laser pointer in case 2 x AAA<br> Large Kathmandu merino hoodie w/ pockets<br> Large Kathmandu merino jersey<br> NZ Fire Service thermal mug<br> Mens XL snow board jacket and pants<br> Fire truck chilly bag lunch box<br> Mens neoprene and nylon warm rash shirt<br> Vuvuzela horn<br> Ducati Hypermotard 1100S model<br> Super Mario costume<br> Sleeping bag compressor<br> Very warm lined woollen beanie<br> Size 12 13 woollen slippers<br> Ducati Parking Only sign<br> Sony 40"" LCD TV, blu-ray, HDD recorder, cabinet<br> Mens Caterpillar rugged fleece jacket hoodie<br> 3x micro SIM card to full SIM card adaptors<br> Very small Viewsonic VOT132 desktop computer<br> Sunglass cleaning kit NEW<br> 2x SMA male to BNC female adaptors<br> DVI male to VGA female and 6.5mm to 3.5mm adaptor<br> HPM 4 way, switched, surge protected power board<br> Digital tyre pressure gauge<br> Leatherman Charge TTi plus extra bits<br> Ducati Parking Only sign<br> WD 500GB USB 3.0 external HDD with case<br> Assorted TV aerial adaptors<br> Mini heart frying pan<br> Black nylon belt holster for 2AA Maglite<br> Card wallet or cigarette case<br> 2 x Energizer CR2032 batteries<br> Led Lenser P3 1x AAA torch with pouch<br> 5 x large plastic storage bins stackable<br> Universal phone pouch with drawstring<br> 320GB 2.5" portable hard drive in BRAND NEW case<br> 4x small plastic stackable storage boxes<br>The bem wireless Mobile Speaker is AWESOME!https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8572GeneralSun, 27 Oct 2013 17:30:00 PDT<center>I have been on a roller coaster ride of speaker options over the past few years but this appears to have come to an end. Last week I discovered in JB Hi-Fi the <a href="http://www.bemwireless.com/mobile-speaker">bem wireless Mobile Speaker</a> for only $97! <br> <br> <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/7e90e2927e046e59e329f73f9e4f3032.jpg"> <br> <br> This little beast offers a fantastic combination of sound and size for price. The branding and packaging is simple but striking with a few quirky additions adding a touch of personality. There are 6 colour options and a decent looking AC adaptor, mini USB cable for charging, 3.5mm audio lead and user guide included. There is even a bem sticker, how very Apple but don't hold this against them! <br> <br> <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/a879af6bc50e3f6550d40b4a176dc5eb.jpg"> <br> <br> The size really has to be seen to be believed, how something so small can produce the sound it does amazes me. It has a solid feel indicating good build quality but a rubbery outer which makes it comfortable to touch and hold. The size and the inbuilt rechargeable battery makes it so very portable for music anywhere you want it. Dance party volume and bass is obviously an unrealistic expectation but I was genuinely surprised by the output volume and lack of distortion even at max volume. For 1 person or whole room listening through to background music for a picnic or BBQ, this is the way to go! <br> <br> <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/649fc75b45844eb2673d91e39f27fd78.jpg"> <br> <br> I have found the bluetooth audio to be rock solid with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3, from the initial pairing through re-pairing and continued streaming use. The play/pause button works as expected with the native music app and the LED indicators are informative and useful but not on the front panel where they would be distracting like on most devices. <br> <br> <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/490f2a0e8e5ed3289ff4c83370a60bfd.jpg"> <br> <br> I hadn't heard of bem before last week but a quick "Google" revealed glowing user reviews of this speaker and with my other requirements met I was quickly convinced. bem also offer <a href="http://www.bemwireless.com/products">a couple of other speaker products plus a small projector</a>. <br> <br> All told I can't fault this little miracle, keep up the good work bem!</center>R.I.P. Nokiahttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8534GeneralMon, 02 Sep 2013 14:45:00 PDTToday saw the final nail in the coffin for Nokia as we knew and loved it as it was purchased by Microsoft. This got me thinking of all the great Nokia phones I have had and how loyal I was to the clear leader in mobile phone technology for so many years. Oh how the mighty have fallen. --- Where it all began, the 918 on Gold Mobile from The Warehouse. <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blogb4f1ac163d320052a72bceef02af7a4b.jpg"> --- The changeable covers of the 3310. <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/bloge6e4a125e369e62e07d00756c4df3088.jpg"> --- The sleek beauty and colour screen of the 6610 <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blogcad3da6f628abbb7ca1a933e6d9d2301.jpg"> --- The 6680, purchased the week Vodafone launched 3G in New Zealand. Why the integrated lens cover idea didn't take off I still have no idea! <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blogca1d4dcff60aee1a7e2a6abe45db3e8b.jpg"> --- The E71, magnificent hardware and software. <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blogaf723872047640131cf261f19d9d5b16.jpg"> --- The N900, a great machine that started me on the path of no longer needing a computer as my phone could do it all. <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog8b3e7630ddd5abb19c5dcfc98c5997bf.jpg"> --- There were a few others of a less notable nature scattered in between making for many years of loyal Nokia fanboyism. R.I.P. Nokia.The Phablet Is Where My Heart Ishttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8456GeneralFri, 31 May 2013 14:39:00 PDTWay back moons ago <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/7945">I lusted after the original Asus Padfone</a>, then <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/8051">the Samsung Galaxy Note stole the show</a> and was followed by the Samsung Galaxy Note II. More recently the third generation of the Asus Padfone, the <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/8393">Asus Padfone Infinity, emerged</a> as the top spec device I expect. I've had the Padfone for a month or so now and I really like it. The build quality of the handset is phenomenal, the convenience of having a top spec (same specs as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One) handset for portability but also the 10.1" full HD tablet is magnificent. BUT. <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/8404">I'm on a mega minimalism bender at the moment</a> and having 2 bits to cart around is doing my head in. I'm quite happy using the handset only for my day to day use but find myself feeling guilty about leaving the Asus Padfone Infinity Station at home. So I take the Station with me and then find myself using it only because I feel guilty about not. Or just not using it at all and therefore carting it around unnecessarily. First world problems huh. So the Padfone is on limited time in my possession and I eagerly await the arrival of the years phablets. The phablet form factor is the one that suits me by far the most. One device, big hands, I wear jeans that can pocket such a beast rather than skin tight ones that couldn't, the list goes on. But what is it going to be . . . So far, the <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/30/htc-t6-rumor">HTC T6</a> sounds very appealing. Assumed to be a big version of the HTC One, here's hoping it will come with vanilla Android :-) Chances are the Samsung Galaxy Note III will find itself in my possession at some stage, but I'm not sold on the plasticness of the Galaxy series. The rumoured <a href="http://www.knowyourmobile.com/sony/sony-xperia-l4/20308/sony-xperia-l4-644-inch-togari-phablet-and-it-wants-kill-galaxy-note-3">Sony Xperia L4</a> at 6.44" is another potential candidate. I like the design and build quality of the Xperia Z and Sony holds the brand loyalty I have the earliest memories of. Lastly the Nexus 7 II is what I have high hopes for. The vanilla Android experience is what I am after and if the Nexus 7 II has a slimmer bezel, full HD screen, iPad mini style design & materials and the ability to use it as a phone then it could well take the cake.Deleting Internet Explorer passwords without administrator rightshttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8413GeneralSun, 05 May 2013 14:43:00 PDTA while ago I tweeted and made general enquiries about how to delete passwords from Internet Explorer in a corporate environment which has had the usual methods disabled. <br /> <br />There were a few suggestions made but ultimately the only option that worked for my situation was a brilliant little application called IE PassView. It is available from Nirsoft here <a href='http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/internet_explorer_password.html' target='_blank'>http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/internet_explorer_password.html</a>. I see they have similar applications for router passwords, email passwords and Internet Explorer history but I haven't tried them. <br /> <br />I ran it from a USB stick and it showed me all the stored usernames and passwords and allowed me to delete them. Quite scary really! It also allows you to export them for backup etc <br /> <br />I post this here in the hope that it will save someone else the hassle of searching. It does access and edit the registry so it comes with risks and anti virus/spyware programs alert on it but it seems to have a good reputation around the internet.A whole new level of minimalismhttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8404GeneralMon, 29 Apr 2013 18:20:00 PDTJust over a year a ago I had reached what I considered a <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7966">reasonable state of minimalism</a>. I thought I was pretty much at the stage I wanted to be and was quite happy there. Fast forward 14 months and HOLY MOLY, I have gone CRAZY! Since the 15th of March I have sold 68 items on Trade Me (plus a few via Geekzone and word of mouth) and I currently have another 24 items listed, an effort which has seen me become a <a href=http://www.trademe.co.nz/help/663/top-seller-programme">Trade Me Top Seller</a>. This phase of my quest for minimalism has seen extreme ruthlessness, with sacred possessions such as gadgetry, Ducati paraphernalia and even <a href="http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/motorbikes/motorbikes/sports/auction-587557878.htm">my beloved Ducati Hypermotard motorbike</a> put on the chopping block (oh ok, maybe that last one is related to a desirable new model being released ;-) ). <a href="http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/tvs/lcd/40+/auction-588236467.htm">My TV and associated appliances</a> is on the list, it gets used rarely and when it does, only as a glorified radio to play C4 music videos and <a href="http://www.trademe.co.nz/building-renovation/tools/hand-tools/other/auction-588238875.htm">my tool box full of tools</a> that seldom see the light of day can be easily replaced by a multi tool in most situations. This wasn't and isn't about making money but so far my Trade Me sales total $1,053.50 (with $90.52 of Trade Me fees which I don't begrudge at all). That is a whole pile of cash that is far more usable than a bunch of items I haven't used for years sitting around gathering dust! To date I have not thrown anything out . . . a few bits and pieces have been given to charitable causes or bartered, a few have been sold for $1 on a $1 reserve auction but even that is satisfying, to allow someone else to put to good use an item that I just don't need. Looking towards the future, I am working on a list of the possessions I NEED and this is what I am striving for. Essentially clothes and a <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/8393">one device does all piece of technology</a> is all I want and need. Living in a fully furnished apartment assists greatly here but I see my future own residence being quite minimal in whichever form it takes (a tent maybe haha). I am the first to admit that I have reached a crazy level of extreme minimalism but it is making me feel so happy, so liberated. I am just a little scared to consider what I can sell next ;-) If you want a bargain, check out <a href="http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=8673">my Trade Me listings</a> and feel free to judge me based on some of the quirky dregs that are currently listed :-) Everything must go!INCOMING: Asus Padfone Infinity 64GBhttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8393GeneralTue, 16 Apr 2013 21:30:00 PDTWay back forever ago <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7945">I fell in love</a> with the original Asus Padfone when it was announced. I <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7980">had my heart set on it</a> for the following months but just before it was released, the Samsung Galaxy Note <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8051">stole the show</a>. The Samsung Galaxy Note II followed and it is a great machine but in February the Padfone flame was reignited with the announcement of the <a href="https://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/PadFone_Infinity">Asus Padfone Infinity</a>. Featuring full HD screens on both pieces, a beautifully crafted handset, amazing specifications, a reasonably vanilla Android experience, large internal memory, decent camera. SOLD! Yesterday I ordered (from <a href="http://stores.ebay.com/BuyshopTW">BuyshopTW</a>) what appears to be one of the first publically available units (as did <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/user_public.asp?user_id=27791">NZtechfreak</a>). I hadn't felt this level of new toy excitement for years. We have a discussion thread <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=97&topicid=115809">here</a>, feel free to ask questions/discuss/share my excitement :-) Come on Fedex!! <img src="https://www.asus.com/media/global/products/86Xopn8p76rO9oNf/P_500.jpg">Generic Samsung Galaxy Note finally allowed Android 4.0 ICS updatehttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8199GeneralSat, 25 Aug 2012 21:30:00 PDTWell well well, 2 days before the announcement of its successor (<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/20/samsung-galaxy-note-2-teaser/">Samsung Galaxy Note 2</a>), my generic Australian Samsung Galaxy Note has finally been allowed to update to Android 4.0 ICS. I will run the update later today.<br /><br />I have no regrets about ditching iOS&nbsp;for Android and I love the form factor of the Note but I wish Google/Android took Apple's approach to software updates (I realise that OEM customisation is a factor).Is this the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8137GeneralFri, 15 Jun 2012 05:44:00 PDTThere are a few spy shots kicking around the internet of the supposed 2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848.<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog2d02cee06477deefd97b165572133565.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blogbd8bb38745b4460593eaeb3487a02e2b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />I love my current steed, a 2011 Ducati Hypermotard 796, but I am always on the lookout for something to replace it when the time comes and until now that was the new Ducati Streetfighter 848. I do like the Streetfighter style a lot but the Hypermotard really is something and the rumoured Hypermotard 848 has a strong appeal.<br /><br />Bring on the confirmed specs and pics!All accessorised up and no Galaxy Note in sight (yet)https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8069GeneralFri, 27 Apr 2012 05:45:00 PDT<span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;">I have gone a little crazy in preparing myself for the purchase of my first Android device . . .<br /></span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000;"><br />Procured to date:</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; font-size: small;">Full size 2degrees SIM card to SIM swap from my microSIM.</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.mobymemory.co.uk/micro-sd-micro-sdhc-transflash/3697-sandisk-64gb-micro-sdxc.html">Sandisk 64GB microSDXC card from Moby Memory</a> in the UK</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; font-size: small;"><br />From Expansys (ex Singapore):</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.expansys.co.nz/d.aspx?i=230943">Design Craft Hard Case (Sky Blue)</a><br /><a href="http://www.expansys.co.nz/d.aspx?i=226040">Martin Fields Screen Protector</a><br /><a href="http://www.expansys.co.nz/d.aspx?i=217883">Samsung MHL MicroUSB to HDMI Adapter</a> to allow display on a TV<br /><a href="http://www.expansys.co.nz/d.aspx?i=217884">Samsung USB Gender Adapter</a> to allow connection of a USB flash drive<br /><br />I am about to order my <a href="http://www.mobileciti.com.au/samsung-galaxy-note-n7000-blue-black">black Samsung Galaxy Note from Mobileciti</a> which will be delivered to my parents in Sydney to await my arrival on Wednesday. Along with it I'll grab a couple of <a href="http://www.mobileciti.com.au/samsung-micro-usb-ac-charger">extra chargers</a> for my various places of work plus a <a href="http://www.mobileciti.com.au/samsung-micro-usb-car-charger">12V (cigarette lighter) charger</a>, both are genuine Samsung parts for a great price.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; font-size: small;">I will be on the look out for a nice (smallish) Bluetooth keyboard and mouse while in Australia as the Note is going to be my only computer (for now at least, will see how I cope).</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; font-size: small;">Is there anything else I must have?</span>Padfone off the menu, hello Galaxy Note!https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8051GeneralSun, 15 Apr 2012 07:00:00 PDTAfter years of wanting a device just like the Asus Padfone, now that it is so very close I have changed my mind <img title="Cool" src="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-cool.gif" alt="Cool" border="0" /><br /><br />The Samsung Galaxy Note is going to be my first Android device. With screen size and resolution my main priority (I no longer own a computer, my phone does it all) I have decided that the 5.3" 1280 x 800 screen&nbsp;is going to suit my needs the best. Provided I don't take a liking to skin tight jeans (not going to happen!) it is still pocketable and therefore the best device for me.<br /><br />I am off to Australia in 2.5 weeks, I will grab one from <a href="http://www.mobileciti.com.au/samsung-galaxy-note-n7000-blue-black">Mobileciti</a> over there as a 2 year manufacturer warranty in Oz plus the GST refund on departure makes it my favoured deal.<br /><br />I have gone a little crazy in anticipation . . .&nbsp;ordered so far ex Hong Kong and the UK are a 64GB Sandisk microSDXC card, a screen protector, a hard skin case, USB OTG adaptor and MHL to HDMI adaptor.<br /><br />Wheeeeeeeeee new toy!The soundmatters foxL v2 Platinum Bluetooth Edition Personal Audiophile Loudspeakerhttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8016GeneralSat, 14 Apr 2012 17:00:00 PDTI have had numerous speaker systems over the years. Initially the boom-box style mini systems but more recently I have had no need for a radio tuner, CD, cassette tape *cough* etc so the last few have been varying styles of speaker and amp only systems. I have been on a bit of a <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/7966"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span lang="EN-NZ">minimalisation trip</span></span></span></span></span></span></a><span lang="EN-NZ"><span lang="EN-NZ"><span lang="EN-NZ">&nbsp;over the past year and this resulted in me disposing of my Logitech 2.1 speaker system recently. I set about finding a more portable solution, with the aim being to find something small enough to fit in my pocket on my motorcycling adventures (tunes at the beach while eating fish &amp; chips are essential) but loud enough to be heard over a bunch of roudy beer-drinkers at a BBQ at home. I did some googling and started <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=48&amp;topicid=97653">a thread here on Geekzone</a> with the soundmatters foxL series emerging as my preferred contender.<br /><br />Recently&nbsp;I received from Sound &amp; Image Pty Limited in Australia the <a href="http://www.foxl.com.au/buy-now?page=shop.product_details&amp;flypage=flypage.tpl&amp;product_id=22&amp;category_id=6">soundmatters foxL v2 Platinum Bluetooth Edition P</a></span></span></span><a href="http://www.foxl.com.au/buy-now?page=shop.product_details&amp;flypage=flypage.tpl&amp;product_id=22&amp;category_id=6">ersonal Audiophile Loudspeaker</a><span lang="EN-NZ"><span lang="EN-NZ">. Sound &amp; Image are the Australasian distributors for soundmatters products and were excellent to deal with providing prompt, helpful communication and my new toy to my door (across the Tasman) in just on one week, for a very reasonable freight cost.</span></span><br /><br />I had done plenty of research prior to ordering, looked at lots of photos, etc, but unlike with previous gadget purchases hadn't actually drawn out the size of the unit on paper. WOW! When I opened the box and lifted the unit out the size and build quality feel was quite a surprise. It feels like a really well made device and the size has to be felt to be believed. I charged the battery using the supplied AC adaptor as advised on the "for best performance" card and then paired it to my iPhone. The pairing was a simple process, no annoying passcode required, and now for the moment of truth . . .<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog0ccec514c0c1ad8fb9798e6433428e18.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />This thing is worth every cent and is well deserving of every rave review (most of them are) that it receives. I'm no audiophile but I did want "good" volume and clarity from the smallest speaker possible and I sure have got that. It is simply amazing. <a href="http://www.foxl.com.au/foxl-story">Dr. Godehard Guenther</a> really has hit the nail on the head very well with the design and build of this product. <a href="http://www.soundmatters.com/foxl/technology.html">Innovative features</a> such as employing the battery as a&nbsp;bass generating panel (it vibrates)&nbsp;have allowed this extremely compact unit to produce the sound that it does.<br /><br />While plugged in to a&nbsp;5V supply (via AC adaptor or USB cable) the amp runs at full power 4W and while running off the internal 3.6V battery the amp runs at half power 2W. The difference is obviously noticeable but the performance on battery is still quite remarkable.<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blogff240dc0b4ad52c5b947aa1a034b7b3f.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />The packaging is smart and efficient and contains a decent selection of accessories.&nbsp;Included is the 5 volt @ 2 Amp AC adator,&nbsp;plug heads for most AC sockets around the world, a USB cable (for charging), a soft carry bag, an anti-slip mat (when cranked up the unit bounces around a bit),&nbsp;a wrist lanyard and a concise instruction manual and extra info card. Because I got the platinum edition I also got an evergreen&nbsp;3.5mm to 3.5mm audio lead. The Platinum Edition provides greater battery life, aptX support and the evergreen cable.<br /><br />I also purchased the <a href="http://www.foxl.com.au/buy-now?page=shop.product_details&amp;flypage=flypage.tpl&amp;product_id=21&amp;category_id=6">soundmatters foxL Case UKPro TT10</a>&nbsp;which is a water proof hard case for transporting the speaker system and the AC adaptor. This provides good protection from the elements for the precious cargo inside and won't take up too much room in your carry on luggage or day bag. It also comes with a larger lanyard type strap.<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog7b632913f4561cc4585c895b682f2dea.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />The bluetooth pairing has been kept quite simple and this produces&nbsp;the only real (very minor) issue I have. When first powered on the unit attempts to connect one of the five previously paired devices for 30s&nbsp;before switching to new discovery mode. This is a slightly annoying delay when the bluetooth button on the front panel could have been used like most other devices do to enter pairing mode. <br /><br />All in all I am very impressed. This is obviously a premium product in terms of price but you certainly get what you pay for. It won't be for everyone but if you want the best sound from the smallest package this is the device for you!<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/bloge80d9768efda3b900685023a05697ad8.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />Disclaimer: When I approached Sound &amp; Image about the possibility of buying a unit for personal use and to review they kindly offered me a discount.Bye bye Applehttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8031GeneralThu, 29 Mar 2012 15:18:00 PDTI am currently right back to where I started with my little 18 month Apple obsession . . . my iPhone 4 is my last piece of Appledom. It was great while it lasted but the temptation of the <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7980">Asus Padfone</a> is too great so the AirPort Express is gone and more recently&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8023">11" MacBook Air</a> is gone, along with it's numerous accessories.<br /><br />I do of course have continued access to an Apple "account" which contains a few hundred songs purchased through iTunes, a&nbsp;<span>shi.</span>largeload of iTunes&nbsp;Matched songs and&nbsp;a couple of hundred iOS apps purchased from the app store. They can go into hibernation for a rainy day ;-)<br /><br />The whole Apple ecosystem is cool and I got right into it, I do still think the hardware is brilliant and the "it just works" aspect of the software is great . . .&nbsp;but I'm bored of it, it is time for something new. Also, my needs/use don't justify having an iPhone, an&nbsp;iPad and a MacBook Air. I tweet, I Facebook, I web browse, I take photos but they don't have to be awesome quality - as much as I&nbsp;could embrace my inner (and outer) geek and have a separate device for each task, <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/7966">my minimalist self</a> wins hands down with wanting one device that does all.<br /><br />So for the next month or so I will farewell my time with Apple by employing my iPhone 4 as my only computer. I used to go days at a time without firing up the MBA and pre-iPhone I went a month or so with a Nokia N900 as my only computer,&nbsp;so it should be fine.<br /><br />Bye Apple, thanks for the memories. Thanks for taking my money in return for your priced-at-double-what-it-would-cost-without-the-Apple-logo hardware. Thanks for making that hardware so well. Thanks for that spendy hardware maintaining its resale value. Thanks for the great wind-up of my acquaintances when I went from staunch anti-Apple to very pro-Apple almost overnight. Thanks for the new wind-up of all my Apple-owning (and&nbsp;for the most part typical Apple fanboi ;-) )&nbsp;acquaintances ridiculing me for jumping ship.<br /><br />Thanks.<br />ICS on my 11&quot; MacBook Air!!!https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8023GeneralSun, 25 Mar 2012 02:14:00 PDTI am still patiently (but getting increasingly impatient) waiting for my <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/7980">Asus Padfone</a> so I have had to be a little innovative . . .<br /><br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/a998e1179dc841eb5732df7b324f2875.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />Migration from iPhone to Android - My must-have appshttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8017GeneralTue, 20 Mar 2012 17:49:00 PDTAs soon as the <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/7980">Asus Padfone</a> is available I will be ditching my iPhone 4 and joining the world of Android for the first time. I have amassed a substantial number of iOS apps over my 18 months in Apple-land but to be honest there is really only a handful that I use. They are as follows:<br /><br />FlightRadar24 Pro (I'm quite a plane geek) - <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flightradar24pro">Check!</a><br />Marine Traffic - <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marinetraffic">Check!</a><br />Soundhound infinity - <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.melodis.midomiMusicIdentifier">Check!</a><br />FlightTrack - <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobiata.flighttrack">Check!</a>&nbsp;(and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobiata.flighttrack.pro">Pro</a>)<br />Dropbox (I'm hoping it will have a few more features than on iPhone) - <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android">Check!</a><br />Air New Zealand mPass - <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nz.co.airnz.mpass">Check!</a><br />WhatsApp (no more iMessage :-\ ) - <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp">Check!</a><br />MapMyRIDE - <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapmyride.android2">Check!</a><br /><br />GREAT SUCCESS! 8 of 8 are ready and waiting for me.<br /><br />Facebook (and Facebook Messenger), Twitter and foursquare don't need to be checked, they are a given. Neither do Google Latitude and Reader for an obvious reason.<br /><br />A <a href="https://play.google.com/store/search?q=wellington&amp;c=apps">search on Google play for "Wellington"</a> reveals many familiar apps, I may revisit some of these. I also see there is a <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kontain.ducati">Ducati Community</a> app, that is sure to be an addition to my new app stable :-)Air Force 75th Anniversary Air Show @ Ohakea 31/3/2012https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/8000GeneralMon, 12 Mar 2012 05:21:00 PDTThe Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) is 75 years old this year and as part of the celebrations there is an Air Show at Ohakea (near Palmerston North) on Saturday the 31st of March 2012.<br /><br />The timetable for the day is:<br />0800 Gates open to public<br />0900 Static displays open<br />1000 Air display commences<br />1515 Air display complete<br />1530 Static displays close<br />1700 Civil spectator aircraft depart<br /><br />More information can be found here <a href="http://www.airforce.mil.nz/operations/whats-on/75th-anniversary/air-show-information.htm">http://www.airforce.mil.nz/operations/whats-on/75th-anniversary/air-show-information.htm</a> including a list of the flying and static display aircraft.<br /><br />You can buy tickets here <a href="http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2012/air-force-air-show/sanson/tickets">http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2012/air-force-air-show/sanson/tickets</a><br /><br />There is also an official Facebook event for it <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/201633049933992">https://www.facebook.com/events/201633049933992</a><br /><br />The Air Force News has a preview of the show <a href="http://www.airforce.mil.nz/downloads/pdf/airforce-news/afn134.pdf">http://www.airforce.mil.nz/downloads/pdf/airforce-news/afn134.pdf</a><br /><br />If you want to fly in, details are here on page 31 <a href="http://www.aip.net.nz/pdf/supplements/aip_supp_8mar12.pdf">http://www.aip.net.nz/pdf/supplements/aip_supp_8mar12.pdf</a><br /><br />See you there!2 Google Calendar tricks for phone sync and private Facebook Eventshttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7981GeneralSun, 26 Feb 2012 18:05:00 PSTI have just been setting up Google Calendar in preparation for my move from iOS and iCloud to Android and Google for when I get my <a href="http://www.scottjpalmer.com/7980">Asus Padfone</a> soon :-)<br /><br />I found 2 handy URLs through the process which were of great assistance.<br /><br />1) When you create new calendars in Google Calendar and want to sync them to your mobile, my iPhone in this case, you have to specify which calendars to sync in Google Sync. This isn't made very obvious by Google and takes quite some searching to find. If you don't&nbsp;select the calendars, your phone can't see them.&nbsp;Here is the URL <a href="https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect">https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect</a><br /><br />2) It is easy to add your Facebook Events webcal URL to Google Calendar so your Facebook Events show in your Google calendar but if the events are private they will only show as "busy" in your Calendar and in the case of my iPhone, not sync to the device at all. This website <a href="http://eventbusyfix.info/">http://eventbusyfix.info/</a>&nbsp;fixes the bug as Google appears to have been too lazy to fix it for years. The only catch is you are providing your event info to a 3rd party.<br /><br />I hope these help someone.Bye bye iPhone 4, hello Asus Padfone (in April)https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7980GeneralSun, 26 Feb 2012 13:50:00 PSTAsus has just (finally) launched their new concept device, the Padfone. Basically, it is a high end smartphone that you can clip inside a tablet (like an iPad) to use the bigger screen and battery that the tablet houses. You can then also clip a keyboard onto the bottom, making the whole setup like a small laptop.<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/cc4679c800e5926cc2cd057be1c1b22f.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />This device is the realisation of my dream device&nbsp;from the past few years . . .&nbsp;a phone, tablet and most likely laptop replacement, all in one. One piece of kit to cart around, all my music, photos and other stuff in one place, top spec hardware (the tablet screen could have been full HD but that is no biggie), awesome!<br /><br /><img style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; cursor: default; border-width: 0px;" src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/f26696e7b0e61d36de5f5cdab788317b.jpg" alt="" /><br />They are due to ship in April, I will be purchasing ASAP!<br /><br />Padfone<br /><ul><li>Networks: WCDMA 900/2100MHz</li><li>EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz</li><li>HSPA+ with 21Mbit/s, 42Mbit/s (optional) DL, 5.76Mbit/s UL</li><li>Display: 4.3&ldquo; Super AMOLED (960 x 540) capacitive multi-touch</li><li>CPU Qualcomm 8260A Cortex A15 (dual-core 1.5 GHz)</li><li>Memory: 1GB DDR2 RAM</li><li>Storage: 16GB or 32GB SSD + microSDHC slot (up to 32GB)</li><li>Wireless connectivity: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0</li><li>Ports: 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB 2.0</li><li>Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)</li><li>Cameras: 8 megapixel rear with autofocus, LED flash and HD (1080p) video recording, VGA front</li><li>Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, gyroscope, e-compass</li><li>GPS: GPS&nbsp; and A-GPS</li><li>Battery: 1520mAh lithium-ion</li><li>Talk time: Up to 510 minutes on WCDMA, up to 650 minutes on GSM</li><li>Standby time: Up to 440 hours on WCDMA, up to 373 hours on GSM</li><li>Dimensions: 128 x 65.4 x 9.2mm</li><li>Weight: 128g</li></ul>Padfone Station<br /><ul><li>Display: 10.1&rdquo;&nbsp; (1280 x 800) capacitive multi-touch</li><li>Ports: Micro-USB / Micro-HDMI</li><li>Camera: 1.3 megapixel front camera</li><li>Ports: 3.5mm audio jack, 40-pin docking connector</li><li>External antennas: Mobile phone, GPS</li><li>Audio: High quality speaker with ASUS SonicMaster technology</li><li>Battery: 6600mAh</li><li>Dimensions: 273 x 176.9 x 13.5mm (average thickness)</li><li>Weight: 716g (undocked)</li></ul><br /><br /><a href="http://www.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone">Asus website with specs, details, etc</a><br /><br /><a href="http://techinstyle.tv/20122723801/post-types/news/the-asus-padfone-one-device-to-rule-them-all/">Tech In Style website with some good photos</a><br /><br />Exciiiiiiiiiiiiiiited!Dropbox currently offering over 7GB online storage FREE!https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7973GeneralSat, 18 Feb 2012 04:25:00 PST<a href="http://db.tt/5WJtJJA">Dropbox</a> have a new feature where you can automatically upload photos from your camera or phone. To help them out with testing the feature they have a beta release of their utility and by using this you can get up to 5GB of extra storage free for the life of your account.<br /><br />For those that don't know, <a href="http://db.tt/5WJtJJA">Dropbox</a> offers a free service which allows you to access your files anywhere you have an internet connection. The free account option gives you 2GB of storage (you can pay for more) which is accessible from your computer's web browser or their iPhone and Android apps. You install a small client on your computers which ensures the online copies of your files are always up to date.<br /><br />By signing up with <a href="http://db.tt/5WJtJJA">this link</a>&nbsp;we will both get even more free space, the process is very easy. Thanks :-)<br /><br />Once you have <a href="http://db.tt/5WJtJJA">signed up</a>, you can then try the beta if you wish to get the extra 5GB by auto uploading 5GB of photos and videos.<br /><br />The links to the current beta are below but keep an eye on the <a href="http://forums.dropbox.com/forum.php?id=1">Dropbox forums</a> as they update these regularly.<br /><br />Windows:&nbsp;<a href="http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%201.3.17.exe" rel="nofollow">http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%201.3.17.exe</a><br />Mac OS X:&nbsp;<a href="http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%201.3.17.dmg" rel="nofollow">http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%201.3.17.dmg</a><br />Linux x86_64:&nbsp;<a href="http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-1.3.17.tar.gz" rel="nofollow">http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-1.3.17.tar.gz</a><br />Linux x86:&nbsp;<a href="http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86-1.3.17.tar.gz" rel="nofollow">http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86-1.3.17.tar.gz</a>Cult of Less - Minimising the amount of stuff I ownhttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7966GeneralSat, 11 Feb 2012 12:03:00 PSTA couple of years ago I realised I owned a lot of "stuff" and I really didn't need most of it. Sure if I owned a house or had a family I would need a lot more than I do in my current situation but as I was then (and still am now) I had wayyyyyyyy more possessions than I needed.<br /><br />Successive moves from flat/house to flat/house started my shedding of worldy possessions, mainly due to having to physically move them all. Things got really serious when I moved from a house to a room though, this resulted in me ditching a lot of household stuff and my next move 2/3 of the way down the North Island saw me again ditch a whole lot of things that I just didn't need. Living in a small apartment provided me further motivation to downsize my holdings and then moving to a room in an apartment pushed me even further. My last move, to where I am now, was accomplished in a single trip using a 2 door car!<br /><br />I have been quite comfortable for nearly a year but in the last month the bug has bit again and Trade Me and other contacts have facilitated the disposal of a whole lot more smaller things that I have been carting around that I just don't need. I have no intentions of moving anywhere soon so not wanting to have to pack stuff up and move it is no longer my motivation, I just have this insatiable inbuilt desire to get rid of more things!<br /><br />At some stage in the above process I discovered the <a title="cultofless.com" href="http://www.cultofless.com">Cult of Less</a>. Kelly Sutton appears to have championed the phrase but <a href="http://lmgtfy.com/?q=cult+of+less">many others have jumped on the bandwagon</a>. This discovery was well after I embarked on this path so it was in no way my inspiration but it is interesting to know I am not alone.&nbsp;I am curious to hear who else in this circle (Geekzone) has embarked on such a path or feels this same way about possessions.<br /><br />Alrighty, what is next to get the chop . . .Google Latitude - a really nifty product/servicehttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7948GeneralSat, 21 Jan 2012 04:45:00 PSTI have had a <a title="Google Latitude" href="https://www.google.com/latitude">Google Latitude</a> app running on my phone for quite a few years now, originally as a bit of a trial then as a means of locating friends when co-ordinating a get together. You simply add your friends via the web interface or via the various iPhone, Android, etc apps and once they have approved the request you can see their location.<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/f3b3745a3e97560674b0e06651f438c5.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog1dd86b984cc8feeaa3c92d79adbe1c9d.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />More recently I have used <a title="Google Latitude" href="https://www.google.com/latitude">Google Latitude</a>&nbsp;as a safety/informative tool for when I am off motorcycling on my own in case something should happen to me or those close to me want to track my progress. I have a web page which I have only given the address of to a select few people which displays a map showing my current location (provided I have cellphone or WiFi reception).<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog42f952d19e2b3ace1ca8c9a37481a7b9.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />Today I discovered the coolness of the Location History feature. To be able to flick back through and see where I was at certain times on certain days or see a trip on a map is quite handy.<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog9200218ff38616540b338e124d43ddb3.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog9db6e59869334189dfac9d4feeed00c0.jpg" alt="" /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blogc3339b64f70d56a4460452bf5dfbbfb7.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />As you can see in the following less-cropped image, you can configure the timeframe in the drop down box, choose the date(s) on the calendar and a few other options as shown. The timeline below the map is a nice feature.<br /><br /><img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/46047485099758127d633c418aa575ae.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />Being able to see your friends location on demand is a bit stalkerish but once you get over the tinfoil hat thinking it really is a pretty cool toy. Apple now has "Find My Friends" which is similar but this is of course restricted to iOS devices and doesn't have the Location History features that <a title="Google Latitude" href="https://www.google.com/latitude">Google Latitude</a>&nbsp;does.<br /><br /><br />The Asus Padfone, will it slay my Apple fanboyism?https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7945GeneralMon, 16 Jan 2012 17:31:00 PSTI have said for years that I want&nbsp;one device to&nbsp;satisfy all my mobile (and preferably all fullstop) computing needs. With this mindset the <a title="Motorola Atrix" href="http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/Motorola-ATRIX-US-EN">Motorola Atrix</a> had me interested but failed to inspire me to purchase. It sounded buggy and has failed to become a widespread success.<br /><br />Enter last year the <a title="Asus Padfone" href="http://event.asus.com/mobile/padfone/">Asus Padfone</a>. Details were initially scarce, the first glimpse was an early prototype&nbsp;displayed at a trade show with no mention of specs etc. With talk of the device having to wait for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to be available before the device would work properly (ICS being the first version to support phone and tablet in one version) it was anticipated that the Padfone would be available around December.<br /><br />Fresh news has appeared in the past week (<a title="SlashGear" href="http://www.slashgear.com/asus-padfone-2012-refresh-eyes-on-10208482/">SlashGear</a>, <a title="The Verge" href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/1/9/2694298/asus-padfone-hands-on">The Verge</a>, <a title="Recombu" href="http://recombu.com/news/asus-padfone-hands-on-pictures-and-video---connections-hint-at-keyboard-dock_M16449-1.html">Recombu</a>) with new protoypes running ICS appearing and&nbsp;<a title="Engadget receiving their invite to the launch of the Padfone" href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/09/shocker-asus-to-launch-padfone-at-mobile-world-congress-well/">Engadget receiving their invite to the launch of the Padfone</a> at the&nbsp;Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.<br /><br />The main appeal for me is having&nbsp;one device which allows portability when required but larger screen real estate when in-your-pocket portability isn't. This&nbsp;means&nbsp;my music collection, photos, apps, etc&nbsp;will all only be stored, carried and synced&nbsp;once&nbsp;with one mobile connection and therefore one data plan. The reported ability to charge the phone from the larger battery in the tablet is an added bonus.<br /><br />I am a reasonably recently converted but staunch Apple fanboy but if there is one device that will slay that, the Padfone is it (despite it being a bit of a quirky name).<br /><br /><img src="http://cdn.pocket-lint.com/images/AHAW/asus-padfone-hands-on-android-tablet-phone-0.jpg?20110712-095023" alt="Asus Padfone" width="615" height="439" />1940 to 1999 year by year top hits juke boxhttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7844GeneralTue, 25 Oct 2011 07:32:00 PDTI got this via email, thought it was worth sharing:<br /><br /><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="100%"><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="100%"><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="100%"><div><strong><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium;">From 1940 until 1999. This is cool! It's sort of a time machine of music.&nbsp;&nbsp; Each of the years below connect to the best 20 hits of that year.&nbsp;&nbsp; Pick a year, wait a few seconds, and the Juke Box will show you the 20 hits to select from.&nbsp; You can play all 20 hits, or just those that you like.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hope you like it..&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="color: black;"><br /><br /></span><span style="color: black; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span><br /></div><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1940/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1940</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1950/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1950</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1960/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1960</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1970/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1970</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1980/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1980</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1990/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1990</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1941/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1941</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1951/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1951</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1961/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1961</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1971/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1971</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1981/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1981</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1991/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1991</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1942/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1942</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1952/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1952</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1962/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1962</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1972/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1972</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1982/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1982</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1992/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1992</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1943/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1943</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1953/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1953</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1963/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1963</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1973/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1973</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1983/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1983</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1993/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1993</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1944/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1944</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1954/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1954</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1964/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1964</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1974/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1974</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1984/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1984</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1994/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1994</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1945/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1945</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1955/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1955</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1965/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1965</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1975/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1975</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1985/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1985</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1995/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1995</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1946/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1946</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1956/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1956</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1966/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1966</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1976/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1976</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1986/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1986</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1996/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1996</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1947/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1947</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1957/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1957</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1967/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1967</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1977/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1977</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1987/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1987</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1997/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1997</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1948/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1948</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1958/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1958</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1968/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1968</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1978/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1978</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1988/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1988</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1998/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1998</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1949/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1949</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1959/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1959</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1969/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1969</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1979/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1979</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1989/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1989</strong></a></span><br /></div></td><td valign="top" bgcolor="white" width="17%"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&gt; &gt; &gt;&nbsp;<a href="http://upchucky.org/JukeCity/1999/OldJukes/player.htm" target="_blank"><strong>1999</strong></a></span><br /></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /></div><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /></div><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /></div><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" width="115"><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /></td><td width="287"><div><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div>&nbsp;</div></td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="100%"><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /></td></tr></tbody></table>&nbsp;<br /></td></tr></tbody></table>&nbsp;<br /></td></tr></tbody></table><br />&nbsp;<br />Ducati know how to do customer service!https://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7574GeneralMon, 14 Mar 2011 12:00:00 PDTWow! I submitted a support request through <a href="http://www.ducati.com">http://www.ducati.com</a> last night as I was trying to register for a login and ran into problems.<br /><br /><br />I have just received a phone call from a very helpful Ducati employee IN ITALY calling to help me sort out the issue.<br /><br /> It is only a simple user registration problem, something that could easily be fixed via e-mail,&nbsp;and would be by most companies&nbsp;after a longer delay, but Ducati choose to call.<br /><br /><br />Sure I paid through the nose for my&nbsp;2 wheeled toy and continue to do so with servicing etc but this has&nbsp;me very impressed!&nbsp;&nbsp;2degrees allows you to access "Your 2degrees" to topup even with no credithttps://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottjpalmer/7359GeneralMon, 09 Aug 2010 14:00:00 PDTIn addition to being impressed by <a href="http://www.geekzone.co.nz/scottpalmer/7358">the ability of the 2degrees USB modem software to tell you when you are out of the Mobile Broadband Zones</a> I am equally impressed by the fact you can still access <a href="https://secure.2degreesmobile.co.nz/">Your 2degrees</a> without any credit. This allows you to easily see where your balances are at and topup your account using your web browser. This is something neither of the incumbent mobile operators in this country seem to be able to manage. This is what you are greeted with when attempting to access the internet with no credit (or if outside of the <a href="http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/broadbandzones">Mobile Broadband Zones</a> without a national data pack or the standard rate unlocked). <img src="https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/c2f6f20ac5f0bf11a7f74bc49d5a516d.jpg"> Again, nice work <a href="http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz">2degrees</a>!!!!