A good friend of mine, Stalthis (@GKickStalthis on Twitter), has started to cast Starcraft 2 VoD‘s. Now I know what you are thinking that these casts are a dime a dozen nowadays, but Stal does things slightly different. He doesn’t go after the big fish. He doesn’t cast the Platinum and Grand Master players. What he does is cast those from the Bronze and Silver leagues, those who are very jagged around the edges. In the commentary you get the normal commentary, his own opinions and tips and advice.

The first video of his is up now on his Shalcast channel on YouTube.

Also if you’re a Bronze or Silver league player in Starcraft 2 and want a match or two of yours commented on then feel free to buzz him on Twitter and I’m sure he’ll give you contact information on where to send your footage.

Below is his first cast. Please excuse the poor gameplay from the red Terran. 😉

 Yes you are not seeing things, no you have not stumbled into an alternate reality that only Sheldon Cooper could explain. Yes I am typing this and no I’m not drunk.

Long thought to be vapourware, Carbon for Twitter has finally be released. Initial reviews have this as saying that

Its so aesthetically pleasing that no other app could beat this. Its functional, switching between accounts is a breeze and the best I’ve seen.

Click on the link below to give the app a go, just remember to give the devil a wave as he skates to work.

Carbon for Android

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My posts are just like buses. Nothing comes then all of a sudden you get three at once (well within 24 hours but you catch my drift).

Checking my account on App.Net yesterday I noticed that I’ve been granted three more one-month trials. My other half has already stolen one so that means I have two left to give away. Just DM on Twitter (@Guillin) with your email address and i will fire you one your way as soon as I can.

Last time I did this, I gave the three trials away with half an hour, so get in quick to try it.

Netbot now free!

Posted: 02/02/2013 in Apps, Mobile, Social Media
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App.Net (or ADN) is a social media platform that launched in 2012. You do have to pay for it (currently $5 a month or $36 a year) however with this comes guarantees. ADN will stay developer friendly, won’t use apps and your details won’t be sold on. This sounds the opposite of another social media platform doesn’t it?
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When the iPad mini was announced I mocked it, and mocked it heavily. “Oh it’s just a shrunk down iPad 2” and “listen to the PPI on that thing, that’s rubbish compared to the Nexus 7.” On paper that last comment is true, but hardware doesn’t always mean the best experience. Don’t me wrong, as a device the Nexus 7 is a beautiful piece of kit, but there are some underlying features that irritate me.
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Video  —  Posted: 02/02/2013 in Technology
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British railways

 Well I’ve been struggling to think of things to write on my blog recently, but thankfully the railway system has presented me with a topic on a platter, and for the first time in a while, this post is going to be true to the “lashings” label. This is going to be ranty, so I apologize for that.

Every Saturday at 5pm, I get out of work, get changed and head to Telford Railway Station. I go to the self-service ticket machine and I receive the tickets that I have pre booked from my favourite train app, the cost is £27.80 but I don’t mind that. Why do I do this every week I hear you say. Well, it’s when I go to spend a day with my other half. You see, we only normally both get Sunday’s off so it’s the only time we get to see each other in the week due to her living in Derby. (That’s due to be rectified very soon, but that’s another story).

The way the journey normally goes is that I catch the train from Telford Central, it stops at Birmingham New Street where I then change to get on a train that heads for Derby (and vice versa when I head the other way). So Thursday evening, I went onto the National Rail website and what I found shocked me.

Instead of the train journey costing me £27.80. It would cost me a whopping £53. Why so much? It was because of engineering works, which meant I’d have to catch an East Midlands train from Derby to Stoke, followed by a Cross Country train from Stoke to Wolverhampton and finally an Arriva train from Wolverhampton to Telford.

An extra £26 because of engineering work? I’m sorry but no! Why should I have to pay extra because Network Rail have that part of the line shut down? Also apparently it wont be back to normal on a Sunday until the middle of February. It’s a farcical situation. I have no issue with them doing engineering work, it’s necessary, but I should not have to fork out almost double what I normally have to do because of it. There should be some sort of mechanism in place that allows customers to pay what they normally pay at times when there are works on the line.

It’s a ludicrous situation and at a time when the British railway network is seemingly hell-bent on milking their customers for as much as they can, it’s a situation that should not be allowed!

I’m afraid all free trials have now been claimed.

AppNet

 App.Net (or ADN) is a social media platform that was launched in August 2012, and despite the small user base (around 25,000 users at the time of writing this), I find it to be a very good platform. It’s similar to Twitter in a way of how you view the timeline and reply to users, but that is pretty much where the similarities end.

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