Saturday, January 19, 2008

The CES was amazing, as usual, I didn't have time to write.

OK, anyone who knows me, knows I can be a bit of a dick. I don't mean to be, I try hard not to be, I just am. As such, I do things that only a dick would do. Like, spend the whole of the CES promising to write all about it so the odd reader could find out what I was up to, if anyone cared.

Thing is, I was too busy walking, talking and finding gadgets that I don't want to write about. Not because they're not great, they're just not for sale on yet :o)

I mean, I'm not a Total Dick!

One thing that would have helped me keep up with the whole blogging thing would have been a team of writers and background staff. This would have been most helpful.
But one guy, trying to find stuff to put in my shop, doesnt stand a chance against the Hoards of Bloggers that fell upon the CES in their hundreds (mostly from the same company)

Note to self: Get a Press Pass next year, and never pay for anything else again.

The other thing that would have helped would have been the special Blogging rooms that had been set up for Professional Bloggers. Rooms that have WiFi, Faxes, Telephones, FOOD and Drink. Comfy chairs no doubt too.

I did see one guy from a well known publication (Hi Scott!) who was at the conference for the first time and had bright red cheeks, full of sweat and a full backback. I don't know if he was trying to get as many interviews down before he typed them up in the bloggers room, or he was just tired out from carrying round all those Freebies.

I estimated that I walked 20 miles a day there. I do five miles in 2 hours at a slow pace, so it has to be 20, easy. My feet have just stopped throbbing a week later.
Heck, I've only just recovered, though I do seem to have a mild case of Narcolepsy and even today can't seem to keep my eyes open.

The flight is 11 hours back to front, not including the 8 hour time difference, the transfers and waiting round. Jetlag is not to be sniffed at, people that joke about it really have no idea what they are on about.

Still, I'm home now, I've got some great products on the way and my product line is changing a little, for the better. You'll see...

Coming up next, the bag I took.

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Lucky, got the darn thing out... Phew (Jawbone BT Headset)

Thank goodness for that, I really couldn't be doing with using the other method of attachment again.

It was fiddly, but the piece of metal was finally coaxed out of its hole.

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Bluetooth Headsets - Can't live with em, can't make em last!

Who the hell is responsible for making bluetooth headsets?

I've gone through 4 of them in the last 12 months, all exept the one that just vanished have broken within days.

The culprit, the Ear loop.

Nothing wrong with the headset, works perfectly, only thing is I can't attach it to my head unless I use Duct tape & a six inch nail.

The first to go was the Siemens, lastest me the longest (a month) but when the ear loop went (bit of plastic clippy round thing attached to a rubber hook), there was nothing I could do but retire it to a drawer.

Then there was the Jabra, cute thing, rubber ear loop (that slipped into a hole that kind of rotated), took it out of my pocket and the loop had snapped. So much for the rubber, it was encased a very fragile metal.

Third was the Plantronics (Looked like a torpedo, about the same size too), got it from Vodafone for Free and it was the most comfortable and worked like a dream, for two days. Never seen it since.

Finally, while at the CES in Vegas and I see a Jawbone stand offering a Free Jawbone headset if you can give in your old one. Only to happy to oblige, I borrowed a claw hammer and popped the Jabra off the side of my head after peeling away the duct tape. Result, nice new, noise cancelling Headset, for Free.

Over the moon.

To be fair, even though it was given to me, and it is a very cool BT headset.
It bloody well broke today (after 11 days).

For heavens sake, the earloop has snapped and flush with the body of the headset.

So now I have to try and poke the snapped bit of metal out of the hole and use one of the other spare earloops (thanks Jawbone, at least You thought of that, spare earloops & shaped earpieces)

What am I supposed to do, walk round with the sodding thing on my ear all the time to protect it, is it not safe in my pocket, why are these things so fragile?

Where am I supposed to keep it? Hung round my neck?


Someone has got to have had similar problems, or is it just me?
Maybe I such a complete dick that I shouldn't be allowed within a hundred yards of a Blue tooth earpiece. I should get a restraining order slapped on my head "No BT Headset is safe near this idiot"

OK, I'm gonna try and fix it...

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