The e-home of Adam Saunders These are the declassified opinions of Adam Saunders. I take no responsibility for the effect these opinions may have on you. Do not read with care... en-gb Neetrix SiteFront ( IIS Permission Fixer version 2 <p> A new version of the IIS Permission Fixer tool has been released today that adds some more options and features.</p><p> <a href="/Fixing-IIS-folder-permissions-Tool?UUordp">Click here</a> for more information and to download the tool.</p> Adam Saunders 2016-05-21T17:39:26.9310826Z 9839bb7d-ecf2-4278-95fd-087f36334424 Razer Kraken 7.1 vs Hyper-X Cloud 2 Headphones <p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/content/blogpost/688a0273-8a51-40b5-a3d0-19e24ef77707/_1261482.jpg" style="font-size: 14px; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; width: 267px;">&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 30px;">vs&nbsp;</span><img src="/content/blogpost/688a0273-8a51-40b5-a3d0-19e24ef77707/_5208006.jpg" style="width: 208px;"></p><p> I found it difficult to find an unbiased comparison between these two mid/high end 7.1 headphones so thought I'd contribute to anyone wanting to know the difference. I now have the chance to do a side by side comparison.</p><p> First I just want to point out that I own both of these headphones for some time so can say that I am completely unbias.</p><p> They are both headphones that won't disappoint. You'll find the Kraken's have a deeper bass where the Cloud 2's have a far better fidelity. Moving from a Kraken to the Cloud 2 you feel you miss the bass. Moving back you realise the bass is perhaps a little over exaggerated, and the clarity in typical voice and hi-end frequencies are just not as clear. As a sound range goes, it's clear the Cloud 2's are better, but that isn't to say that the Kraken's are bad at all. In fact they are excellent, just not as excellent.</p><p> The build quality of the Cloud 2's are better too. The materials are more solid and leaks less noise. The braided cord is softer which on the Kraken causes a lot of noise in the phones whenever anything touches or rubs the cord, which is all the time. You can wear either for extended periods, but I'd actually say that Kraken's are better in a warmer environment over extended period of wear.</p><p> One thing I like about the Kraken is that microphone can be pushed into the headset whereas the Cloud 2's is detachable. Detaching isn't as convenient so I tend to just leave it there where I can just push the Kraken one out of the way when not in use. The microphone on and off button in the stem itself as well as having a light to show if it is on and off is also a very practical feature. The Cloud 2 has the on/off switch on the USB control so is hard to tell if its been disabled or not without inspection.</p><p> I do like the controls on the Cloud 2 USB&nbsp;control "fob" and it gives a nice long cable to work with. You can plug the headphones directly into a standard 3.5mm phono socket including the mixed audio/mic ones you have on phones and laptops though I haven't fully tried this yet to see if the quality is still&nbsp;as good as the USB soundcard.</p><p> If I could only choose one, I would personally recommend the Cloud 2's.</p> Adam Saunders 2016-02-03T14:22:51.4504907Z 688a0273-8a51-40b5-a3d0-19e24ef77707 The end is nigh for Google Password Manager <p>Well that's the end of Google Chrome password manager feature for me. It's just too damn easy to hack and get passwords for every website that someone uses. What's worse is that they ignore the autocomplete attribute so websites can't turn it off either meaning that every website you log into will very likely store your username and password in your browser.</p><p><img src="/content/blogpost/9e61a458-6674-4ba5-b839-092b738753cc/siUa9BhnPe.png" alt="Google password" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;">As you can see, I've turned the feature off under the Chrome Settings, Advanced Settings area.</p><p>I don't want anyone getting the wrong idea that&nbsp;that anyone can just get your passwords from anywhere, they will need access to your computer, either physically or via a small trogen, or access to&nbsp;your gmail account that you use to log into Chrome. With these they can either sync all your log&nbsp;in information and then extract the passwords or simply extract them from your chrome browser without you ever knowing.</p><p>With so many more web services, online stores, social networks/tools and online software solutions around these days, the biggest security flaw to access of your entire life is you. We humans are crap and lazy when it comes to remembering passwords, so we all tend to do the same thing; we&nbsp;use similar passwords for some or most, or all&nbsp;websites along with the same email address or usernames. Meaning if one weak web site is hacked in the chain,&nbsp;there is a strong chance for someone to access other similar sites.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><strong><span style="font-size: 20px;">No more!</span></strong></blockquote><p>Although password managers have been around for years, Google's is probably the most convenient, though not necessarily the most reliant across every website type.</p><p>I've been fortunate to understand enough about technology to save myself from being a victim, <em>as far as it would be in my control</em>, and this is the problem. I have no idea if I was hacked unless something malicious&nbsp;occurred or the service provider told me. This is&nbsp;because I don't have the means to monitor access to every website I&nbsp;visit. If I did I might be able to&nbsp;see&nbsp;if any access would be suspicious, but even then, that's all I could do.</p><blockquote><strong></strong><strong><span style="font-size: 20px;">But is it?</span></strong><strong></strong></blockquote><p>So what am I doing about it? From no on, I've decided to take my personal&nbsp;online security far&nbsp;more seriously.&nbsp;I'm going to move to insanely random strong passwords across all websites I log into and every website is going to have a different password,&nbsp;which is key here (excuse the pun). They are so strong and random that I would never be able to remember them which means it is taking more of the human, the weak link, out of the equation.</p><p>But if I can't remember them, how do I have access? Well the fact that seeing just how fast and&nbsp;easy it was to get all my passwords from chrome was doesn't mean it was a bad idea. What I loved was the convenience that when I went to a website that it would remember my details.</p><p>So I've opted for another password manager, but this time one that is highly secure, requires master keys and passwords meaning that anyone with full access to my machines still can't get access to the passwords.</p><p>There are a lot of password managers out there but the two I have been choosing between was LastPass and KeePass. Both very different solutions to deliver the same service. Weighing up the two, for me personally, I decided on KeePass. It's open source, widely used, can be used on all major platforms,&nbsp;and has an extensive plug-in library for pretty much anything I'd like to do with it.</p><p>Now, I don't want to get into details about how I've set it up and use it across all the different systems I use, but at the end of the day, it does everything I want it too. It will pre-fill username and passwords on websites and other applications in a far more secure way. I can even get it to remember login details for sites that wouldn't be compatible&nbsp;with Chrome such as true SPA (single page applications)&nbsp;based websites.</p><p>It can even remember other information within its vastly secure database, and I can retrieve and use that information as I like, in the way I like.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/content/blogpost/9e61a458-6674-4ba5-b839-092b738753cc/7bVuJdM7wv.png" alt="KeePass Screenshot" style="display: block; margin: auto;"><em>Screenshot of KeePass (taken from Google images)</em></p><p>You can find information about&nbsp;KeePass all over the website. Their main website is at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a> and you can easily install it plus other necessary&nbsp;plug-ins to make a better web&nbsp;browser experience via Chocolatey. (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) using:</p><pre>choco install keepass&lt;br&gt;</pre><p>and</p><pre>choco install keepass-keepasshttp</pre><p>along with the ChromeIPass Extension at the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Chrome Store</a>.</p><p>So this is now my password manager in Google Chrome, and yet I have more functionality, far&nbsp;better security, though it is/has taken me sometime to go through all my old websites to reset the passwords...</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/content/blogpost/9e61a458-6674-4ba5-b839-092b738753cc/yVCQZCGWKx.png" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto;">Simple, secure and altogether, better.</p><p>I even have access to all my passwords on my Android phone using&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Keepass2Android</a> and connecting to my password file through file sharing like Dropbox or OneDrive.</p><p>Use the comments section before if you have any questions or suggestions about making your passwords safer on the web. Just make sure you make these changes sooner than later. Having the same password everywhere is definitely something you must change.</p> Adam Saunders 2015-02-21T11:30:53.8926021Z 9e61a458-6674-4ba5-b839-092b738753cc Fixing IIS folder permissions (Tool) <p><img src="/content/blogpost/75819498-97c3-495d-b66e-20e34e151e8b/CLKmTK1TDG.png" alt="" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;">One task many webhosts face is that that sometimes Microsoft IIS websites on a shared hosting platform lose their folder permissions for the anonymous user.</p><p>In order to fix this, I have created a tool that will work with IIS7 and IIS8 that will go through all of your websites and reset the folder permissions on the root directory to ensure that the user account that IIS needs to access the web files has permissions to access the folder.</p><p>This is just an early release, but works with most set ups. Post any comments if you are looking for a few more features.</p><p><em>Current Version : 2.0.0<br>Works On: Windows 2008, Windows 2008 r2, Windows 2012, Windows 2012 r2 with IIS7+ or IIS8+</em></p><p><strong><a href="/content/blogpost/75819498-97c3-495d-b66e-20e34e151e8b/IISPermissionFixer.7z">Click to Download</a></strong><a href="/content/blogpost/75819498-97c3-495d-b66e-20e34e151e8b/IISPermissionFixer.7z"></a><em><br></em></p><h4>Change log</h4><h5>v2.0.0 (May 2016)</h5><p>Added User check. It will check that NT user exists and will recreate if it does not.<br>Added User property corrections. It will ensure that the anonymous web user has the correct password, is enabled and password won't expire.<br>Added -g "GroupName" parameter. Using this parameter will allow you to ensure all anonymous web user accounts are added to the given group.</p><h5>v1.0.0 (August 2014)</h5><p>Public Released</p><h4>Usage</h4><p>Just download the 7z archive and extract the contents on the server which has IIS installed. You can run from any folder if your choice. There are no installers necessary for this tool.</p><p>Start a command line prompt and run the IISPermissionFixer.exe file with the parameter -? to give you the options that are available. e.g.</p><pre>IISPermissionFixer.exe -?</pre><p><span style="color: rgb(192, 80, 77);">Note:</span>&nbsp;Running the tool with no options will automatically fix all sites in IIS on the machine.</p><p>Please note that this tool is unsupported. Although written with extreme care and attention, any misuse or damage caused by this tool is at your own risk. Any bugs can be reported to me and I'll fix them for you.</p><p>I may&nbsp;open&nbsp;source the tool at a later date for people to tweak and change as necessary.</p> Adam Saunders 2014-08-01T16:26:33.8361892Z 75819498-97c3-495d-b66e-20e34e151e8b Working with SignalR v2 <p> Over the next few weeks I've been working with SignalR allowing for a paradigm shift in application development where the concept of sending a request for data and receiving a response from a web server is changed with asynchronous, instant&nbsp;communications going both ways without any "polling" (constant pings for actions) when used with Windows 2012 server (Websockets).</p> Adam Saunders 2014-06-13T09:30:41.3431605Z 2e26dcf4-4bb0-4301-8c2e-1674627cc8b9 Android 4.4 KitKat.. What I would love to see <p> <img src="/content/blogpost/bf12a968-1087-4039-9e06-f58decfcfb96/Android44KitKat.png" style="border: 1px solid black; float: right; width: 197px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;" alt="Android 4.4 Kitkat">Android KitKat 4.4 is imminent and I'm part of the crowd that is looking forward to finding out what is all going to be about. Not just because its Android, but because, like many others, I'm a Nexus 4 owner which means that we will be fortunate to automatically get this update quicker than any other device... Yes, even then Nexus 5 (updates in the past have been released before the first orders are fulfilled and I doubt that will be different this time)</p><p> So what am I expecting and what am I hoping for? Let's start with the latter.</p><ul> <li> <strong>Trusted Bluetooth devices</strong>. I would <strong>love</strong> to see these! What this allows you to do is to set paired bluetooth devices as a way to unlock your device. This means that whilst it is connected to your car, or your wrist watch (such as the pebble), your phone will not require patterns or unlock codes to access it. This means a much quicker and more friendly access to your device. I'm particularly looking forward to this in the car where its difficult to enter a access pattern whilst the phone is in a floating windscreen holder.<br> &nbsp; </li> <li> <strong>Desktop mode</strong>. Now I'm not expecting this in 4.4, but if it did come about it would rock the world. Imagine being able to plug your android phone into a monitor or TV and for something like a Chromebook/ChromeOS interface to appear. How amazing would that be!! My life and work runs from the web, and all I need is a web browser. Having the ability to have a speedy browser on any monitor or hotel TV means that I wouldn't need to carry a laptop or even and tablet. It's what I would consider a massive game changer in the mobile market. Ubuntu is trying to do it, but I think Google have all the parts to make it happen.<br> &nbsp; </li> <li> <strong>Improved&nbsp;dialler&nbsp;</strong> I know that 4.3 added the really important dial-by-name, and largely the dialler now is pretty good, but there are a lot of annoyances, and for what essentially is a major part of a mobile <em>phone</em>&nbsp;it still has it's quirks and annoyances making it far less friendly than it should be. I know I could download a third party from from the Play Store, but I really would like the stock one to be great, not just ok.<br> &nbsp; </li> <li> <strong>True Handsfree Voice Commands</strong>. I have Bluetooth on my motorcycle which works fantastically with my Android except.. it doesn't. So I have a button to answer a call, and whilst not in a call I could press it to dial by name, but it is terrible when you don't have the phone in front of you. There is a MASSIVE lack of feedback, confirmations and accuracy. What is the point of being hands-free when you need the device in front of you to use it. It's ironic and wrong! What is very frustrating is that I used to have an old XDA mini and a HTC titan.. both windows mobiles with tiny memory and CPUs, yet the voice commander I ran and used over Bluetooth was absolutely perfect. It conversed correctly, was accurate and could be totally hands-free. Why with the might and power of the devices today is this still not possible... :-(</li></ul><p> So what am I expecting?</p><p> Well there is already been some "leaks" and rumours coming up about the new version of Android, one that interests me the most is that there *might* be trusted Bluetooth devices. We can only hope. Apart from this, I'm not expecting too much. A few enhancements here and there, but I can't imagine anything incredible. 4.0 to 4.3 didn't have game changers, though the additions were good. Android 4.4 KitKat is only a minor version update from 4.3 Jelly Bean. If they do manage to pull out a rabbit from the hat with this version, then god knows what they will need to do for Android 5.0!... Desktop mode may be? :)</p><p> UPDATE</p><p> It looks like Google may also be announcing a wrist watch code named "Gem". I've been holding out for a smart phone compatible watch. The Pebble is my currect favourite but it is a little pricey. There are many coming out for the Christmas period, but if Google do a "nexus" version, that could end up being really exciting.&nbsp;</p> Adam Saunders 2013-10-04T21:04:02.9974867Z bf12a968-1087-4039-9e06-f58decfcfb96 Javascript Snippet: Find the next day and time <p> This will allow you to find the next weekday and time from another time (by default the current date). For example, this can be used to find the Date of the next Monday at 6:30am.</p> <pre class="brush: js"> var d = new Date(); var nextD = 1; // Monday var nextT = 390; // 6 hours 30 minutes if (d.getDay() == nextD) { if ((d.getHours() * 60 + d.getMinutes()) &gt;= nextT) { d.setDate(d.getDate() + 7); } } else if (d.getDay() &lt; nextD) { d.setDate(d.getDate() + (d.getDay() - nextD)); } else { d.setDate(d.getDate() + nextD + (7 - d.getDay())); } d.setHours(0,nextT,0,0); alert(d); </pre> <p> Optimisations are always welcome in the comments section.</p> Adam Saunders 2013-08-22T16:22:48.6923695Z 8b2cca3b-0857-4968-b95f-e3f74f389ee1 It's been a year... new phone? <p> So this is a difficult one. It&#39;s been a year since I bought my current &quot;daily driver&quot;, the Samsung Galaxy Note, which I have loved. Though I still can&#39;t settle on a ROM, and I&#39;m not too happy about Samsung and their Jelly Bean update, or lack thereof. (Another story perhaps).</p> <p> Now I&#39;ve had a chance to have a play with the successor for the Note.. the aptly names Note 2, and the changes are very apparent. I have to say that there is one really good thing that Samsung does and one really bad. They are great at bringing out successors, the S2 to S3 for example was a massive leap forward, and this Note to Note 2 is the same. They are still bad at software though. I STILL don&#39;t like the look and feel of their TouchWiz software, although it is far faster and smoother, the usability is still lacking.</p> <p> The Note 2 is by far a greate leap forward. The faster processor and more memory along with Jelly Bean and its butter programme makes for a compelling device. I still think the fundemental applications of Samsungs devices are terrible. The dialer doesn&#39;t solve real world needs and the overall TouchWiz look is just... ugly. It&#39;s no MIUI. It frustrates me that these people have a lot of potential and just blow it at what I would say is the most important aspect of a smartphone. But I suppose I would say that being a software designer.</p> <p> With the Note 2, the basics are still not at the level I think they could be, but they have added plenty of bells and whistles. Split screen applications, more integrated pen capabilities and much more, are all really good and perhaps in some cases a little bit of a gimick, but I still wish they brought in someone with a greater idea of UI like Apple and HTC etc have done. It&#39;s like they are playing wth half the formula.</p> <p> So, the smoother, faster use of the Note 2 is a good reason to upgrade, but I&#39;m not actually very interested in that as the Note isn&#39;t exactly slow. It is also bigger than the original too which I was very surprised about. I was hoping that they would reduce the size of the phone whilst keeping the size of the screen the same or perhaps a little bigger. But the resolution has changed to 720px wide from 800px, which means it is 16:9 and not 16:10. It is thinner and longer which I&#39;m not sure felt better.. perhaps a little worse to be perfectly honest. What I really want to find out is whether the battery life is as good as the reviews and rumours are saying, Heavy use will still give you 2 days use... For any smartphone, that is MASSIVE.</p> <p> Will I upgrade? It&#39;s a really difficult question. Have you?</p> Adam Saunders 2012-10-20T19:57:17.3856Z fda219bf-9a31-4538-a6e1-80e21677c26b Patent Trolls <p> I was reading an article today about a very serious patent claim currently being made in Texas. You can read the whole things <a href="">here</a>, but to summarise a patent troll called Eolas is trying to sue all the major internet players in claim over a patent that essentially covers the internet and how it works.</p> <p> I had to post about it because one part of my work is to come up with new ideas and better ways for people to run their businesses. These types of patent trolls are a massive threat to the way everyone has come to rely on technology in their lives.</p> <p> The problem is that software patents are vague, open to&nbsp;interpretation&nbsp;and can be completely misused. In theory, every innovator has to check through all patent offices around to world to see if their idea has already been though it. This simply isn&#39;t realistic and patent trolls know this.</p> <p> Surely it would be better if the patent holder has to prove that their idea was actually stolen rather than someone else just thinking of the same idea.&nbsp;This is the weakness. Just because you patent an idea, doesn&#39;t mean someone hasn&#39;t already thought of it, used it, or may think of it on their own later. Even the biggest companies can&#39;t check everything they do.. it would overbear the patent office, stifle new ideas, plus some of these companies buy in from smaller firms that simply couldn&#39;t afford this process.&nbsp;This idea would be something like the well known legal term of &quot;innocent until proven guilty&quot;.&nbsp;</p> <p> I don&#39;t want you to get me wrong about patents themselves. I think patents do have their place. Western worlds can&#39;t manufacture any more, not like the East can, so innovate and license has become a massive contribution to the overall GDP. But if these people were really serious about just protecting their ideas, they wouldn&#39;t have waited years for the fish to fatten on it before coming in to destroy it for everyone, which is precisely what patent trolls are doing, and the Eolas case is no exception. There is absolutely no way that they wouldn&#39;t have known these companies had innovations covered in their patents.</p> <p> Perhaps then this alternative idea would be fair. If someone has been publicly producing products or services that have innovations that could be argued are covered by a patent, then if no infringements have been claimed within X years, then they can&#39;t sue. That should stop the trolls and get patent holders to actually check what they own, not everyone else trying to see what everyone else might have, and it would therefore still allow people to protect their ideas. That is the purpose after all, not to allow people to mince millions for their own means and &quot;sod the rest of the world&quot;.</p> Adam Saunders 2012-02-09T09:53:29.2578Z 8a84d5af-01d5-4168-aa56-f90ed3f4003f Looking at the Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S2 or wait? <p> <img alt="" src="/Content/Galaxy-Nexus.jpg" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: right; width: 233px; height: 200px; " />Once again, I&#39;ve not posted in a while, and that&#39;s mainly because it&#39;s been so busy. I&#39;ve decided to make a post mainly to try and convince myself either way whether getting the new Google/Samsung Galaxy Nexus would be a good idea, or whether I would just go for the cheaper option of the Samsung Galaxy S2.</p> <p> One thing for sure is that I want to upgrade. I still LOVE my Nexus One but some of the more recently hardware changes, such as the screen technologies really appeal to me considering the type of usage I have.</p> <p> <strong>The Pros</strong></p> <p> I think the Nexus series is a great idea, and I&#39;d love to follow on from my current Nexus with a new one. The Galaxy Nexus is a very attractive device. The large screen, but not considerably larger phone (than the S2) makes a hit with the increasing amount of web browsing I do on my phone. The Nexus One is a pretty quick phone, but its not the fastest for browsing and the screen is reasonable for periodic use. The extra horse-power of either the S2 or Galaxy Nexus will improve the experience, but that larger and much higher resolution screen on the Galaxy Nexus would change the amount of browsing I&#39;d like to do.</p> <p> Along with those key updates the Galaxy Nexus also has NFC support (though its a growing technology for now, so would be an early adoption), barometer which can aid the GPS&nbsp;satellite lock-on considerably (in many cases can make lock-on almost instantaneous, which is a real plus when using the phone a fair amount for navigation like I do. These are all great arguments for getting the Galaxy Nexus and I wouldn&#39;t hesitate pre-ordering one already if it wasn&#39;t for my reservations.</p> <p> I love the form factor of the Galaxy Nexus over the S2. The more roundness and curved screen is a real plus with the Nexus S, and the weight difference could be really key. The S2 is just too light, and a number of owners have mentioned this. It&#39;s so incredibly light that its a problem with holding the phone steady or even noticing its in a pocket. Most have had to get a case just to add some weight to it, and personally the additional weight should give a feeling of sturdiness. I&#39;m not saying the Nexus is heavy, just that it should have the right weight to make the phone &quot;feel right&quot;.</p> <p> <strong>The Cons</strong></p> <p> So what are my reservations? I&#39;m certainly not alone, when I look at the Galaxy Nexus and consider the price tag compared to the rest of the market, I find some aspects that seem to have been dismissed but not for the price. The most&nbsp;prominent&nbsp;or should I say, surprising feature was that there is no removable SD card. All the other Galaxy phones have this along with considerable built in memory, and I&#39;ve always had it in Nexus One too.</p> <p> <strong>The Conclusion</strong></p> <p> So should you and I consider the Galaxy S2 or the Galaxy Nexus? The answer to this would It really depends on your key usage of the device. If its mostly comms (phone, text, email) then it doesn&#39;t really matter too much which device you will have, but if you are a web site user and use it for navigation a fair amount, those extra pixels and large display will really do the browsing justice, the improved browser and generally getting everything first the Nexus is very attractive, plus the barometer for very rapid GPS lock on should be noticeable for your navigation.</p> <p> I&#39;m in the same boat as others regarding the No SD card. I think it&#39;s a major oversight, though the Nexus S didn&#39;t have one either and I have to say, I&#39;ve not heard any complaining. I suppose the question you need to ask yourself is, how much space is enough for you? As I have said before, I have a Nexus One currently with 16GB SD, and I simply do not fill it. I could, but then I&#39;d be filling it with crap that&nbsp;certainly&nbsp;wouldn&#39;t be necessary and I do have plenty of that already on this one. The other thing that I&#39;ve come to notice is the number of times I remove the removable SD card... Hardly ever and the rare times I have, I had other options. So I suppose I should next ask, would I want a 16 GB SD card? or 16 GB built in where the built in memory is generally much faster? or would I want the 16GB built-in and an additional 16GB SD card? I&#39;d obviously want the 16GB 16GB SD.. that the S2 offers. Therefore the real questions for you and I would be.. Do you REALLY NEED it?</p> <p> <strong>Wait?</strong></p> <p> Should you wait? I can confidently tell you, or remind you that every technology will improve in time and if you wait for the next thing, you&#39;ll just be constantly waiting and will end up with nothing. If you have the Galaxy S2 already, stick with it.. it&#39;s a VERY good phone and I simply can not see any benefit of upgrading to the Galaxy Nexus. You&#39;ll get your Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at the start of 2012. Better late than never!</p> Adam Saunders 2011-11-10T09:55:20.7982Z f3e9cf55-b6c7-4652-9cb2-41476cade911 Android: MIUI vs Ice Cream Sandwich <p> I have to say that I&#39;m absolutely LOVING MIUI (<a href=""></a>) on my Nexus One. It&#39;s a really slick interface where I just haven&#39;t had to download and install replacements components such as dialers and contact managers (even browsers) because it all works together so well. It&#39;s a very productive ROM, and looks so slick too.</p> <p> Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich has now been announced and the one of the key features is the unification (finally) of the interface. I.e. the way the device works should be far more consistent than it ever was before. Though this isn&#39;t exactly hard. Android has always felt quite segregated in the past.</p> <p> I&#39;m looking forward to getting my hands on the Android 4.0 and seeing if the move away from MIUI is going to leave me home sick. Watch this space!</p> Adam Saunders 2011-11-10T11:04:03.9094Z 6052c5f4-de30-4cd5-9c0f-602d0f6544cd I've got an Asus Transformer! <p> I thought I&#39;d try and post a blog via my new transformer. Managed to get the one with the keyboard and have to say its VERY good indeed. There still needs to be some better support for Tablets with the existing applications in the market. I&#39;m sure that will change a lot over the coming year.</p> Adam Saunders 2011-05-25T14:44:47.1884Z 8a381f3b-7230-494e-9e2c-94e191cd3518