Hello From Egypt….

Well, after two years of waiting for a vacation abroad, the time has finally come for my trip to Egypt.  It is only for a week, but I have been looking forward to it for quite some time.

It is my first day in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.  This post had been scheduled to post automatically on February 20, 2012, for the simple fact that I wasn’t sure if I was going to have access to the Internet whilst I am away.  If I do have access to the Internet, expect regular updates (hopefully) with pictures.  If I do find that I do NOT have access to the Internet whilst I am away, you can expect a several-part series of posts to tell you guys all about it.

What I can tell though, is that I posted some time ago, that I was going to Egypt and that I intend on completing two excursions while I am here:

  • 2-Hour Quad-Bike Tour into the Desert to see the Sun-Set across the mountains.
  • 1-Day Trip into Cairo to see the Pyramids.

Until I have scoped the area, found I have Internet access and lots to tell, here is an update on the weather currently in Egypt.

Find more about Weather in Sharm El Sheikh, EG

By the time you read this…

…I will be in the air, heading off on my vacation to Egypt.

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Today’s Quick Post: Departure

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Its that time – the one thing I have been waiting on for nearly three months I am now waiting on my departure to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – fun times!.

Hope to be able update the blog when I get there. I hope so because trying to update on the iPhone is not easy.

OS X – Mountain Lion Update…

OS X Mountain Lion Drops Support for Many 2006-2008 Macs with Integrated Graphics

Cult of Mac pointsto the system requirements for OS X Mountain Lion. Among those Macs currently compatible with OS X Lion, those with lower-end Intel GMA X3100 or GMA 950 integrated graphics will not be able to upgrade to Mountain Lion:- Any Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook from late 2007 – late 2008 (Model Numbers: MB061*/B, MB062*/B, MB063*/B, MB402*/A MB403*/A MB404*/A, MB402*/B)- The Mid-2007 Mac mini (Model Numbers: MB138*/A, MB139*/A)- Late 2006 polycarbonate iMac (Model Number: MA710xx/A)

– The original early 2008 MacBook Air (Model Number: MB003LL/A)

Users of those older systems may still receive a few of Mountain Lion’s enhancements such as with Apple’s Safari 5.2 for Lion, but the vast majority of improvements will require a new machine with higher specs.However, at least one developer has been able to install Mountain Lion on a Late 2006 iMac and MacBook Pro without problems.  So, the developer builds do not seem to enforce these restrictions.It is also possible that systems using ATI’s Radeon X1600 graphics will also be incompatible with OS X Mountain Lion.

So it looks like that my aging MacBook Pro from 2006 is not going to be compatible to upgrade to the new Operating System, but with a bit of luck, all my hard work on building my Mac Pro at Quarter of the Price (Tutorial) is going to be alright with its specifications:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz  Quad-Core
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2 with Intel HD 2000 Graphics
RAM: Corsair XMS3 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 1333MHz DDR3
Graphics Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1Gb GDDR5

OS X Mountain Lion to be an App-Store Exclusive

As reported by Pocket-lint, Apple has decided to end that experiment with OS X Mountain Lion, making the forthcoming release a true Mac App Store exclusive.Apple has confirmed customers were not interested in the USB Drive offering of the Operating System and will make OS X Mountain Lion a paid App-Store Exclusive.OS X Mountain Lion is scheduled for a public launch in “late summer”, with pricing yet to be announced.

Today’s Quick Post: New ‘OS X’ Coming from Apple: ‘Mountain Lion’

Apple has announced they are working on releasing the next version of Mac OS X – Version 10.8, codenamed Mountain Lion, is set to be released in the Summer of 2012.  The announcement has surprised developers and consumers alike, Lion was believed to be last release of OS X and that Apple would move on to version 11 (or XI or whatever wonderful creature they pick this time round).

The newest version is said have over 100 new features, with one of the most intriguing being the migration of iChat to Messages.  Other features we expect to see are: Twitter integration running across the entire operating system, the addition of Notes, Reminders, Notification Center and Game Center.  One of the biggest new features will be the addition of AirPlay Mirroring allowing you to view your entire Mac Desktop on your television via an Apple TV device.

One of the things that has always surprised or amazed me is how Apple are able to produce a completely new Operating System and sell it to us at a considerably lower price than Microsoft ever can or do with Microsoft Windows.  So the biggest question is going to be around price.  We saw an upgrade to OS X Leopard to Snow Leopard for a crazy price of just $29 and then we also saw the release of OS X Lion with just as many new features as we expect to see from this new release for the same price.  Will we see Mountain Lion being offered at this low price again or will it go back up… I think I originally paid around £70-£80 for OS X Leopard when it was originally released.

I will look forward to getting my hands on a Developer Preview of Mountain Lion in the near future and try out these new features.  Will you be upgrading?  What are your thoughts? and What do you think of the new features?

Engadget have done a great in-depth preview of the new features that we are expected to see.  Rather than me re-inventing the wheel, go and check out their review over at Engadget.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Canon Rumors and My Current Kit…

Rumors of the Canon 5d X

On February 8th, I wrote in my ‘New Camera from Nikon with 36.3 Megapixels!‘ article:

thinking… “I wonder if Canon will reciprocate and bring out something similar?

It just so happens that I came across an article on the Canon Rumors website that Canon is rumored to release an iteration of their Canon 5d line called the 5d X and just look at the possible features:

  • A 45 Megapixel Sensor
  • 61 Points Automatic Focusing
  • 3.4 Frame Per Second Continuous Shooting
  • 100-6,400 ISO Range
  • Estimated Retail Value – Over $3,000

Yes you read that right 45 Megapixels…! if you thought 36.3 was high quality, can you imagine what this 5d X will produce, if the rumors are correct.

I must point out they are just rumors and there is no definite proof that I can see, on the Internet yet that this is definitely going to be released by Canon.

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Sunset Flight

I was out Green-Laning over the weekend around the Historical Town of Alnwick, Northumberland, England, which I will be posting some pictures of that very soon.  As I was responsible within the group for closing the gates, I wasn’t able to take quite so many photographs as previous outings.

I wanted to share this one photograph with you all that I found really interesting, and makes me want to try out flying all the more.  I can only imagine what this guy was feeling as he flew into the sunset.

Today’s Quick Post: Packed to the Rafters – Season 05 Starts Today

Australia’s favourite family drama Packed to the Rafters is back – the new season is premiering on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012 at 20:30 on Channel 7.

Read about the up and coming premier at the article over at Yahoo! Channel 7.

Update… As it turns out, I was given false information about the new season, it is simply Season 04 continuing where it left off at the end of 2011.

I’ve hit that 1,000 mark!!!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my visitors.  I know 1,000 visits to my site is not much compared to many of the blogs I follow on a daily basis, but it means a lot to me, that people are willing to visit and read my ramblings.

Thank you all, and I only hope this site continues to grow.