May 2010 Archives

Hi Everyone, here's a few photos for your perusal.

Foxtons Estate Agents - cool decals.



Semi comatose stinkie, feel free to send captions.



How not to park a brand new car after going around a roundabout to
fast and hitting a divider, as before captions welcome.




Thats it for now, more to come soon.
The Reverend Rat +:-)

Hello everyone I hope all is well with you.

I decided to go to Infosec the computer security show's 15th anniversary at Earls court London.

The last time I went was a couple of years ago and it was at Olympia.

I don't know how many more shows will be here as it is rumoured that Earls Court Exhibition Centre will be demolished in the next couple of years, maybe it will move to Expo.

Well things are a bit different, for a start it didn't have so much of the usual razzmatazz and a few of the big names were absent i.e. IBM, Microsoft and AVG to name but a few, but heh there is / was a recession.

The show seemed mainly orientated towards "Cloud" security.

The place was half full with exhibitors the other empty half curtained off, and quite a few people said it was a lot smaller than last year.

But...the staff were really helpful and friendly (Hello to the big Boss security guy that was keeping things in check :-) and hello to the Press room people (Hi Neal) and the helpful lady behind the desk.

And last but not least a big hello to the lovely young lady dishing out the coffee and food in the press room, thanks for the cake :-)
well it was my 50th birthday...

Everywhere I went there were people coming up to say hello and asking were I had been for the last couple of shows, it's nice to be missed :-)

Hi to all the guys and girl from London 2600 that turned up, and special thanks to Zap for the drinks on the way home on my birthday, I hope the sofa wasn't to uncomfortable :-) and Hi to Stan, long time no see, SA is rather a long way away.

I had one weird moment where a person came up and was convinced I tried to nick a Citroen badge off him last year and he was adamant it was me ??? I tried to explain first of all I wasn't there and that as I call these vehicles Shitrons for good reasons why would I want his badge? Then he just wandered of with his mates, chuntering to whoever wanted to listen.

The after party was a bit toned down compared to previous events but there was a guy doing green screen backdrop photos with a choice of backgrounds the most popular was the one below, apart from the booze he was the best thing there, there was also a band but it couldn't be heard from where I was so can't comment on their performance.


The unofficial place found for smoking was outside the emergency exits but when we went back a second time they were padlocked from outside so we decided to smoke where we were being we were surrounded by concrete when this big voice boomed out that we were breaking the law by smoking where we were, immediately followed by me shouting back "not as much as you lot locking the emergency doors with people still on site" a short silence later the voice came back with, ok follow me you can smoke out here and took us to a different fire exit :-)

Now the bit you've all been waiting for...The freebies...


Tshirts X 2
Codenomicon defensics (a very sought after "T" as they were not
giving them out unless you signed on the dotted line)

2 nice Glass beer tankards and lots of Grolsch from
5 glasses of Champagne from Cisco's garden party.

2 x 8Gb stainless key shaped storage drives from The Press Office
2Gb Encrypted Safestick from
Various small usb storage keys from different vendors.

Laptop bag from

Baseball cap and notepad from Application security,inc.

And from two packages one called Internet
security for netbooks 2010 and the other Notebook security special protection with a kensington style lock with it.

A £15.00 I tunes voucher from

A pair of water pistols in NAMCO colours.

And finally a magnetic red tin of sticky plasters which I needed after opening the tin thanks

The last day saw me in the pub with Peter Wood and crew from
Peter has known me for a fair while and introduced me to loads of people whilst telling them they could learn a lot from me :-)
Cheers Dude.

All and all a good time was had and I am looking forward to next year.

And on a last note following me blagging bits and pieces and then saying can I have one too ? after I did all the persuading worked this time, but next time ????? :-)))

Bye for now
Thanks for dropping in
The Reverend Rat +:-)

Hello to you all,

I got myself a Sony Ericsson Xperia 10i with Android on Orange, not a good move :-(

The phone looks good and at first glance even seems to work great.
But...I am having a few problems with it.

The Bluetooth usually works but does drop connection with the phone (in my jacket pocket) on the odd few occasions.

You can not make it auto connect to the headset and I've tried a few different ones, so if a call comes in you have to answer it manually.

Battery ???? if Bluetooth is on you get around ten hours usage or if using GPS, a lot less.

There are three buttons at the bottom of the screen, the middle one wakes the screen up from standby which is a pain in the ass if the phone is in your pocket, the button is very sensitive and the screen doing this gives you six and a half hours battery life this I found out the first day at

The Internet is not very fast and the gps can take ages to connect up and thats if the service is available.

The phone comes with a lot of built in apps but with no description of them in the manual and you can't get rid of them either.

The volume output is also not very good in fact it's crap.

The Android OS is version 1.6 baseband version 1.0.14.

Android 2 has been out a while and Android 2.1 is now out but when I go to updates it says I have the latest software....

If I could debrand the phone then I could update via Sony Ericsson instead of Orange but so far have not found a safe way of doing this without great risk of bricking the phone even using some of my old contacts for advice.

Orange prefers you to use their free apps (surprise there then) and the first stage you have to do on their site is to choose the phone from a list and the X10 is not listed and with no way of typing it in.

I got a voicemail from my sister and listened to it but can't seem to dump it and the orange shop guys don't know how to either.

There are other niggles that have come to light but can't remember them at the moment.

So being a little peeved with the above I decided to ring Orange Customer Care on 150 to then find another BIG PROBLEM, I went to dialler and rang the number but when the phone connects to the other end (this and any other call) the screen switches into standby mode, something that I set in the settings not to do ever except if I do it manually. In turn any key press will bring it to the unlock screen and the moment you unlock it it kills the call which is no good if your on an automated call system and you need to press the appropriate selection as your call is terminated already.

I spent an hour in the Orange shop using their phone to get nowhere apart from I will be called back later when the have spoken to Technical.....3 days on and I'm still waiting.

From what I can find out it so far it seems that Orange are the ones causing the hold up because they need to rewrite their warez to fit the new Os's as they come out and they
are not keeping up.

Orange did offer to replace the phone with the same model but it will still have the same Os 1.6 and problems as I have now, which is pointless.

I am sending a copy of this to Sony Ericsson, Orange and a few gadget review mags.
I will keep you all in touch with my progress as and when things happen.


Thanks for looking,

The Reverend Rat +:-(

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