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Product Review

A 4-post collection

What the iPhone 4 is all about (for mere mortals)

Yes, it’s the new iPhone 4. No, I didn’t camp outside Apple all night, there’s nothing wrong with the signal quality and yes, I hold it any damn way I like! Now that we’ve covered off all the usual questions, let me get to the heart of the matter. I picked up a couple of new iPhones (because I’m a caring husband!) a few hours after they launched in Australia. Exclusivity doesn’t last long and whilst the novelty factor is still high, a lot of friends and family are asking “why?”. Why move from a perfectly good iPhone 3G? Does this new phone – the one...

Rocking your SQL Source Control world with Red Gate

I knew it was going to be good before even seeing it. After all, SQL Source Control is from the guys who brought us SQL Compare and Data compare, two of my all-time favourite tools in the “stuff that would be a real pain to do without” category. They’re tools I tend to berate developers for not having and have regularly waxed lyrical about in the past, albeit it within 140 characters; until now.Versioning database objects very much fits into the same realm in that it’s a nightmare to do without a dedicated tool. The simplicity with which we version other applications files – HTML, images, classes, etc – hasn’t been...

The no-name infrared IP camera for DIY baby monitoring

As a new parent, I obsess about what the baby is doing. Is he awake, asleep, sucking his thumb or even still breathing? I mean I want to be quite, just not too quite. Do I try and sneak in commando style just to make sure he’s all good and risk waking a sleeping baby (this is never a good idea!), or do I sit in anticipation waking for the baby monitor to confirm signs of life? I’m sure new parent paranoia is not unique to me but I like to have a little more control over my environment than just wondering what on earth is going on behind that closed door.Recently I placed a...

Foolproof personal backups with Mozy

It starts with that sinking feeling and all sorts of questions running through your head: When did I last backup? Did I include everything? Does the backup actually work? When did I last try restoring it? How much unrecoverable data could I have lost? Losing data can be an absolute stomach churning experience. Those first moments when the penny drops and you realise you’ve got a big, big problem are absolutely nightmarish and without a robust backup strategy it’s just a matter of time until you experience this firsthand. This last happened to me a couple of years ago when a disk had a catastrophic failure and refused to boot. Slaving the disk off another machine...