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Monthly Archives: September 2011


I just found out about the closure of Rock Radio Scotland!!

I have listened to Rock Radio over the past year or so and have grown to look forward to tuning into a station that is more in line with my musical tastes than other stations.

Since the Rock Radio down south was rebranded as Real Radio XS ( which according to some friends is not much of a change from the format it was putting out) the Scottish station appeared to be getting stronger, looking for new acts, playing a wider range of music & overall appeared to be growing up to be more than it had ever been before.

Unfortunately, as the station appeared to be breaking free from it’s GMG straightjacket, it appears that the short sightedness of the management and advertisers ( who clearly do not understanding the massive market out there that would be willing to associate their favourite music with good quality brands.. ) caused the rock from Glasgow to get the axe..

Despite Rock Radio Scotland website showing that Rock Radio is being rebranded as Real Radio XS (as it was in England), we all know that the heart of this great station has been ripped out & stamped on. What will be left will be nothing more than the equivalent of leaving an iPod on shuffle with only classic rock on it..

More Music My Arse!!

Whilst I like Classic Rock (Yes my iTunes is full of it ), the reason it’s classic is because the bands got a start in the first place, without an outlet for new artists/bands the genre will go underground & loads of bands won’t get the recognition they deserve ( which might be where it needs to go, but I’d personally like to showcase the new & great and build the genre & give it room to grow again).

What the world needs is someone or a group of likeminded individuals, to create a replacement for Rock Radio. I’ve listened to some on-line stations that have held possibilities, but nothing has come close, so far..

I think that where GMG have been short sighted someone will take the opportunity & create what the listeners to Rock Radio were looking for..

Long live Rock !!


HP OfficeJet Pro 8000

From time to time I’m asked to recommend a printer for the different departments within the organisation I work for and recently I have been recommending the HP OfficeJet Pro 8000.

The 8000 is a great printer for general printing, for £50-100 you can get a colour network inkjet printer that’s suitable for a small group of occasional users (up to 10 users) that prints A4.

The printer has separate ink tanks (4) which are accessible from the front of the printer and replaceable print heads (2) which allows for easy replacement of inks as they run out and print heads as they become blocked or near their End of Life.

The print quality and speed are acceptable at 15 pages 1200x1200dpi per minute black and 11 pages 4800x1200dpi per minute for colour (speed calculated using OSI standard).

The printers green credentials are good as it is Energy Star compliant and uses a max of 48w, usually consuming only 25.2w and reducing down to 3w on power saving.

The printer also supports common OSs including Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2000 – 2008 & Mac OS X 10.4 and up.

For home users or offices that use Wi-Fi, you can purchase the a version of this printer with a Wi-Fi for not a lot more than the normal version.

For larger offices, an Enterprise version of this printer is available. The enterprise version has a memory upgraded from the original 32MB to 256MB and the print speed is improved, presumably because of the memory.

All 3 models come with a 250 sheet input tray and the output tray can hold 50 pages, however users that need an additional input tray then an additional 250 sheet tray is available for all models.

All in all the printers appear to be great for small groups of users or homes that want to share their printer over their home Wi-Fi. I also believe that the price of the ink isn’t to bad either 🙂

UPDATE: The basic 8000 model no longer appears to be available. There also appears to be some issues with these printers.

The enterprise version supports HP Universal Print Driver driver, however the basic model still uses the specific printer driver for that model (note the model number is different for the enterprise and basic model), which adds an additional level of support if you have both installed on your Windows server.

I’ve also had reports that the printer has trouble printing multiple copies of the same document, this could just be an issue with the application that is sending the prints (Office 2000 pro) but the issue appears to affect both basic and enterprise versions [further information to follow].

Thoughts on Apple Store Braehead Grand Opening

On Saturday at 9 am the Apple Store Braehead opened it’s shiny glass doors to the public for the Grand Opening.

The crowed was small but they were clearly Apple fans and some of the younger members of the queue were heard to mention that they would have liked to have worked in the store.

As with All Apple Store Grand openings you could hear the Apple Staff throughout the shopping centre and on numerous occasions I spotted shoppers wondering what the commotion was about as they peered down from the first floor balcony to the shiny new store below, looking bemused and confused by the event.

The Apple staff were in great spirits and some appeared to be leading their colleagues from the front of the corridor of blue t-shirts just inside the front of the store, creating a ripple of excitement (or in my wife’s case fear, as she hates Apple Store openings.. loves the products, likes the stores, loves the design of the non mall stores, but hates the hype) as each customer made their way from the queue into the new Store to claim their Opening Day t-shirt & Visitors Guide, a chance to gaze at the new store & the shiny new Apple products on offer within.

Something that summed up the opening for me was the kid that was getting photographed at the front of the store, I assume that he was first in the queue and won something. The kid was surrounded by the hyper Apple staff and was being photographed, but like a true Scottish kid, did he smile? No chance.. He looked like he was going to school when he had a test that day.. If I’d won something I’d have been bouncing off the ‘king walls..

Over the weekend it has struck me that there was a lack of press coverage.. no tweets from Braehead Shopping Centre (just double checked – only a few replies to others tweets about the store and a link to their store directory listing for the Apple store). The press that mentioned back in February / March that the store was coming didn’t appear to have a presence at the launch. Even the Internet appears to have passed on this store opening for the other Grand Openings in the US and Germany.

I know Braehead is not the most exciting place to have an Apple Store, but it’s our store, Renfrewshire’s Apple Store (despite the address showing Glasgow).. Well until the next Scottish store open anyways.. [looking at the rumours on]

I’ll post some photos when I’m back at my desktop Mac.. ( or check my Color feed) for those of you that are interested..

If your interested in finding out other people’s views on the Grand Opening see Colin Kell’s blog of the Grand Opening

Apple Store Braehead opening confirmed

Last night had a posting that they had noticed an update about the Apple Store Braehead was opening on Saturday the 17th September, unfortunately it appears that the change disappeared from Apple’s site as soon as it appeared.

This morning I noticed that again had updated to advise that the listing was now live on Apple’s site.

I can confirm that the listing is showing at and I have recently received an e-mail from Apple confirming the Grand opening on Saturday 17th at 9:00.

The new page for the Apple Store Braehead is now live on Apple’s UK retail store pages at

See you there 😉