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Christmas 2011 Phones Show pub meet details

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I'm hosting a Phones Show pub meet-up for smartphone enthusiasts on Saturday 10th December 2011, from 6.30pm until whenever we call it a night. The venue is The Lands End Pub, Park Lane, Charvil , Twyford, RG10 0UE. See below for a map.
Use your sat nav to get to the general area. You can approach The Lands End from the East, but you have to go through the ford - not recommended if there's been a lot of rain. Usually about a foot or so deep, so 4x4's only! Approach via the arrowed directions if possible.
The idea is to swap phone tech stories, try out other people's favourite devices, down some decent beer and (maybe) do a few short pieces to camera for the show. If it turns out well, you might be a star(!)
If you want to come along, just confirm by emailing me at slitchfield@gmail.com with the subject line "Christmas Phones Show Meet". Thanks!
As long as even four or five people make it, the event's a goer. Hopefully we'll have quite a few more than that…

An old but broken classic!

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For the Fring folks!

Adsense fell off a cliff

My move from the 3lib.ukonline.co.uk server to my own stevelitchfield.com one (forced by UKOnline's closure) has confused a lot of people - including Google, it seems.

If you've got any of my sub-sites bookmarked, make sure you re-bookmark them at the new addresses:

For example

Renault Scenic problems, troubleshooting, models - the most popular sub-site, dedicated to storing resource info on this terrific car, especially the Mark I and Mark II shapes.
All about Heelys skates - the craze has died down now, but they're still a great design and piece of mobility footwear!
Furreal bears and toys - our family still owns most of them!!
Legoland Tips and Travel - haven't been there for a year or two, but still recommended, with caveats....

Many thanks.

Google's link adjustments seem not to have caught up with my server move either, my ad income has fallen off a cliff 8-( Let's hope all the links and rankings gradually get adjusted etc.

Tech Mystery no. 2: Gmail

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OK, same friend, different problem. Same head-scratching (though it's possible I'm just being stupid)...

My friend, Brian, receives regular (joke) emails with inline images, posted as far as I can tell by the original sender by inserting a direct image URL into their email app.

In Brian's Gmail, i.e. viewed using the Gmail interface, these emails look fine, i.e. Google is displaying these images. But when Brian forwards these emails to his friends, the images all get lost and replaced by white boxes.

Here's what they see:



Is it because Gmail is blocking the re-transmission of images which are inserted by URL? I did try looking at the HTML element code for the received image (i.e. after forwarding) and see:

<img width="320" height="240" src="http:/?ui=2&ik=c4edab4db2&view=att&th=12da1cbef02d5ea6&attid=0.1.1&disp=emb&zw" />
But again, inline, they come out like:

Is this me being stupid? Is this supposed to work? Is th…

Tech mystery no. 1: iTunes

Hi all,

I've got a friend (no, really) with an iTunes problem. It's on a Windows 7 PC and he has a 256GB iPod, more than sufficient for his 150GB music collection.

The problem is that chunks of his music don't make it across at sync time from iTunes. After investigating, it seems that the missing music is all on compilation albums and that the iTunes 'Artist' and 'Album artist' fields are possibly to blame. We've filled these fields in within iTunes for the missing albums but they just don't make it across to the iPod.

I've already tried consolidating the library and restarting the PC and doing multiple syncs.

Very strange. I wondered if anyone can think of something else to try?

Phones Show Chat - February meet-up

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I'm hosting another in our series of pub meet-ups for smartphone enthusiasts near Berskshire, UK, on Wednesday 9th February 2011, from 7.00pm until whenever we call it a night. The venue is again The Lands End Pub, Park Lane, Charvil , Twyford, RG10 0UE. See above for a map.

Use your sat nav to get to the general area. You can approach The Lands End from the East, but you have to go through the ford - not really recommended. Usually about a foot or two deep, so 4x4's only! Approach via the arrowed directions if possible.

The idea, as usual, is to swap phone tech stories, try out other people's favourite devices, down some decent beer and (maybe) do a few short pieces to camera for the show. If it turns out well, you might be a star(!)

If you want to come along, just confirm by emailing me at slitchfield@gmail.com with the subject line "Feb Phones Show Meet". Thanks!

As long as even four or five people make it, the event's a goer. Hopefully we'll have a few mo…