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Mon 18th February 2008

o2 Cocoon

Filed under: Personal

Finally I have managed to get myself an o2 Cocoon!  My lovely wife bought one for me as a (very) early birthday present (It's 3rd April by the way, make a note in your diaries - cash, cheques and family heirlooms greatly accepted)

Anyhoo, I thought I would give a brief review of the phone as I have found it so far.

The o2 Cocoon, for those of you that don't know is an exclusive o2 handset commisioned by o2 themselves.  It's design is striking, its a bit like a Stormtrooper's head and an iPod all in one.  It's real party piece however is the front screen, which is a series of blue LED's, lighting up for numerous reasons, including receiving a call, receiving a text, or playing a music track.

That brings me on to it's next area of expertise, the o2 Cocoon is also an extremely capable music player, with a massive 2GB of on-board memory upgradable via SD Card.  If you run out of music, theres always the RDS FM radio too!

I also like the way it is so customisable, you can choose different MP3 tracks for phone calls, video calls and SMS.  You can also tell it your name, and when it wakes you up in morning with the alarm clock it says "Good Morning NAME".  Obviously replace NAME with your actual name, unless you are infact called NAME, which would be odd.  Additionally, you can set something called "Daily Wallpapers" - with this option the phone chooses a different picture from your pictures folder every day and sets it as your wallpaper.

The camera is pretty cool too and at 2 megapixels takes quite good photos.  Also, the phone has a flash which many phones don't have at present.  The flash function also allows you to use the "Lantern" feature.  This enables you to use the phone as a torch.  Handy!

I read a load of reviews on the web about this phone and the majority of complaints were:

1.  Battery Life
Not too sure on this yet so can't report accurately.  I fully charged mine up yesterday morning and as of now it's still showing a full charge.  This is after me messing about with it for most of yesterday.

2.  Ringtone Volume
Can't see the problem with mine.  It's really loud.  I'm using an MP3 track as a ringtone but it is just as loud as my old phone.

I think that maybe o2 have upgraded the firmware but I don't know anyone else who has an o2 Cocoon so I cannot confirm or deny this.  The software version my phone is running 7.1.2.  If you're reading this and have an '07 02 Cocoon, maybe you could post your firmware version in this articles comments section?  To get your software version, type *#300# into your phone and press the round navigation button.

Only downside so far is the alarm.  You have to create a new alarm every time.  So for me who gets up at the same time every day, it would be easy for me to have a daily alarm which automatically rolls over to the next day but it's only a minor niggle.

If I have anymore to report on my phone, I'll update this post ;)

Sun 17th February 2008

Lee Mack Live

Filed under: Humour

Last night we saw the legend that is Lee Mack, not quite live, but nearly, we watched him on DVD.

Definitely worth a watch, it's only 4.99 at so you have no excuse. 

Brilliantly funny - not quite Peter Kay, but getting there.  Anyway, heres a clip for you to be getting on with ;)

Sun 17th February 2008


Filed under: Gaming

Thats right fans - just got to level 53.

Still questing in the Un'Goro Crater, hope to be out of there pretty soon.

Again, other than that, nothing much to report.  Toodlepip!
Sat 16th February 2008


Filed under: Gaming

Level 52 at last!  Not sure why its taken me so long, must be losing my touch ;)

Now questing over in the Un'Goro Crater and will head back over to the Eastern Kingdoms when I get to level 55/56.

Nothing else amazing to report.
Wed 13th February 2008

Firefox 3 (Beta 3)

Filed under: Internet and Technology

The Mozilla Corporation have released a Beta version of their popular web browser, Firefox.

This new version is entitled Firefox 3 (Beta 3).

Mozilla have warned however that this release is not intended for casual users, and being a Beta version should be considered for testing purposes only.

I'm a Microsoft man myself but if you are interested in trying the new Firefox, click here for the download page.  If you would like more information on this release, click here for the official blog post.
Wed 13th February 2008

New Sky+ Box (again)

Filed under: Personal

OK so today was the day of our 5th Sky+ box installation in less than a year.  Alas, the engineer did not have a Pace box on his van (he said he hadn't seen one for 3 months!) so instead we got a brand new Thomson box.

Fingers crossed for some trouble free viewing, which would make a change.

I'm going to email Sky and ask for some compo though.
Wed 13th February 2008


Filed under: Gaming

Level 51 this time fans.  Just pretty much completed every quest in the Searing Gorge.  I can also report, after going from level 50 to 51 with my sparkly new Felguard, that my earlier comments were accurate.  He does indeed rock.

Up to level 50, I was using the Succubus, which was pretty good, but it lost aggro way too easily.  The Felguard, on the other hand constantly keeps aggro, even if there are more than one mob attacking. 

If you're a Warlock, and thinking which path to take, I would definitely recommend a full Demonology Warlock with the Felguard - they rock.
Mon 11th February 2008


Filed under: Gaming

That's right friends, level 50 is finally here!

As you all know, along with level 50 comes my Felguard.  Didn't have much time using the Felguard but so far I can report he rocks harder than a rock band at a rock concert in Rockington Town.

I'll write more when I've had more time to put him through his paces!
Mon 11th February 2008

Comments Code Updated

Filed under: Website News

I have updated the Comments code for my blog to include the ability to add a website address.

So, if you wish to leave a comment, and have a website of your own, enter it's address in the relevant box and when the comment is submitted, a link-back to your site will be added also.

This is only optional however.  If you don't have a website of your own, or if you do have a website but do not wish to publish the address, then just leave the field blank when submitting a comment.

That's all for now ;)
Sun 10th February 2008

First grass cut of the year

Filed under: Personal

Celebrate good times, come on!

Yes, the sun is out and I donned my knackered old trainers, rolled up my denims and dragged the Mower out of the shed today.

Short back and sides for the front and back lawns, and the first cuts of 2008.