Get stuffed Stuff Magazine

stuff off stuff magazine

I am in the market for a new mobile phone. I love my current LG running android but it is a bit battered and after a little family member chewed the buttons it doesn’t work as well, and the camera is very slow. So, I was given a copy of Stuff Magazine The Android Issue and having looked at it for the first time today I am enraged. I am furious.

What has the girl on the cover got to do with anything in this magazine? Turning the pages there is more of her and another girl in progressively silly poses. They are not even interacting with the technology, they are just looking about with a vacant expression only ever seen in porn magazines for men. Android doesn’t need porn style poses to promote its wares. I think my alternative version of this cover is better. Same plastic dollie bird except Barbie has more clothes on and looks pleased with her ipad.

The Stuff magazine cover and its Android article appalls me. The message I guess this cover is aiming for is: Android is ‘sexy’. The message I receive is that this magazine is aimed at and edited by sad porn loving men who like to fumble furtively with their Android apps and believe any sort of technology is a man’s domain. Disturbing to say the very least in 2011. The Internet has opened up the world in so many ways and technology is moving on constantly to make things better and more exciting. But sadly, marketing ‘sexy’ is used to sell more than ever and we are bombarded by unnecessary pictures of scantily clad vacant women.

Come on, you might say, it’s only a bit of fun. It isn’t. It truly isn’t. I am a mother of young girls and a computer scientist. I want to share with them the excitment of a world improved by technology. Cool, accessible technology which makes life easier. I won’t be using Stuff magazine to do that because I don’t want to have to come up with an explanation of what the silly girls are doing in the pictures. Imagine it:

Daughter: What is that girl doing mummy?
Me: Well she certainly doesn’t need to use that stylus when checking the weather app, she hasn’t got to grips with the multi-touch functionality on that HTC phone and she really must pay more attention to what she is doing…

Give me break! Already my eldest has used the term ‘boy’s toys’ and I can tell you that it is not a term she learnt from me.

We don’t need to sex up our technology, especially not to promote Android. Come on Stuff magazine, have some respect for your demographic and stop treating them like porn mad losers.

Newsflash: women do technology. The first computer programmer was a woman.

Apple TV

apple TV image from www.cnet.de

Design aficionados will be thrilled this week as Apple announced their first product for the living room. Currently, Apple are calling it iTV and plan to have it in the shops by early next year.

iTV is a wireless box approximately the size of a mouse mat which sits on top of your television and lets you connects directly to your computer whilst you watch the graphics it provides on your television. Continue reading “Apple TV”

Humax PVR-9200T Freeview recorder

 Humax PVR-9200T

With the Humax DVD recorder gone are the days when you can’t set the video recorder because it is too complex to use. This machine is the size of a DVD player with a hard disk inside so there is no more fiddling around with videotapes or DVDs. No grinding sounds when your DVD is burning either. The Humax records so quietly to itself you won’t even notice that it is switched on let alone recording. The interface is really simple to use too.

Using the Freeview digital menu you just select whatever program you want to record using the ‘Ok’ button. The program is then highlighted and the machine knows when to record it and when to stop. If programs are running late normally the machine follows the new schedule and will record the late start and the later finish.

Using the find facility you can easily search for programs to record from your favourite series for as far into the future as the software on Humax can see. So if you are organised you will never miss another episode of anything.

If someone calls you during the middle of an interesting program you can ‘pause’ live television and then continue playing once you are ready so you won’t miss any dramatic scenes. The added bonus is that once you have paused lived TV your program starts to behave like a recorded one so you can skip over the adverts too using the five or 10-second skipping facility or you can rewind the program backwards up until the point you started recording.

Other great facilities include being able to watch one channel whilst recording another. Nothing new there you might say but what about recording two things at once? It even allows you to watch one already recorded program whilst you are recording another.

The only flaw in the facilities available to you is that the Humax does not allow you to start watching a program from the beginning that has not finished recording. It can do this when you pause live TV so why can’t it do it ordinarily?

[Update May 2007: This feature has been added during one of its automatic software updates. You can start watching a program even when it hasn’t finished recording, and you can fast forward or rewind or pause it, as you would a completed recording or live tv. Brilliant!]

The Humax PVR-9200 retails at around £220. It can store up to 160 hours and the software on the recorder updates itself is and when it is necessary. All you have to do is to find something on the box worth saving.