I recently started Chinese (Mandarin) lessons at work, 1 hour a week, quite informal but fun.  I took a lot of notes at the first lesson, all spelled out phonetically as this made more sense to me when reading back so please don’t comment that i have spelled them wrongly, i know i have, i did that on purpose 🙂 Wa-Chyaow Paul – My name is Paul Chun je – Spring festival To nien da ji – Lots of luck in the year of the rabbit Go nien hau – Happy new year Ne-hau – Hello Ne-hau ma – How are you? Woo hun hau – I’m very well ne noo – and you? ziatziat – thankyou ziat-je – Goodbye[…]

On Monday, like most people, I received my usual daily torrent of junk mail (Vistaprint i’m looking at you in particular) but one stood out, mainly because of the first line (shown opposite).  “Dear [FIRST NAME]” it read, but wait, this was from Rackspace a company that would not make slip ups like this, they are a professional web savvy organization.  I then remembered their rather interesting marketting styles i have witnessed at a number of trade shows over the years, in particular the protest for “cheaper and better web hosting” outside Internet World in 2010.  So I came to the conclusion this was a new, interesting marketing style they were trying out.  I then realised that it had worked[…]

I just wanted to add my two cents to this media hype, yes, that what i believe it is. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen the problem and I have replicated the problem on my phone, in fact it has become something of a party piece of late.  But in regular use, when i am not trying to make it happen, I do not notice it, it doesn’t affect me and I would wager that the same is true for the majority of users.  I have yet to drop a call, or even loose signal for any reason other than i am in a “known O2 blackspot” or in a tunnel. To be fair, I generally use the headphones[…]

Dear Hootsuite, I love your web app, it is my Twitter client of choice for the desktop. Nothing, in my humble opinion, comes close… Nothing. So why oh why have you yet to either launch a decent iPad app or even better, allow access to your website app via an iPad? I am forced to use tweetdeck on my iPad to fulfil my tweeting addiction but I am unable to view my lists previously setup within hootsuite (I am aware I can set them up in tweetdeck, but I don’t want to). So in closing can i just summarise my request… Create a better app or allow access to your site via iPad, please. Many thanks, Paul.

The question: Should i get an iPhone4? For those of you who know me quite well, you will be forgiven for double checking the URL of the site you are currently viewing. “Paul Wheatley, questioning buying an Apple product??? Has the world gone mad???”. Perhaps I should explain… Since getting my iPad I rarely use my phone for anything beyond being a phone. Everything I would previously have used my iPhone for has been replaced with my iPad with the exception of SMS and using as an actual phone. Sure, there are some new features of the iPhone4 that some may be interested in but not me. The main features are as follows… Better camera and flash: I never use[…]

Twice a day (sometimes more) I enter and exit Glasgow central station and every time, every single sodding time, the same guy offers me a paper. Being the polite sort I used to always smile and say no thank you but it’s been over 2 months now and I am sick of being polite. You would think that he would have started to recognise me by now! So incase you ever read this mr paper man at the argyle street entrance of Glasgow central station… “No, I would not like your ink pad of an advertising brochure. Please stop offering me it. All the best, Paul”