Vampire Weekend, (NOT The Wombats)

Greetings from Glastonbury!

We’ve just been to see the awesome Vampire Weekend (although for some reason I refer to them as The Wombats in the second video below), and They were actually very good!

Then onto dancing at ‘Guilty Pleasures’ – 70s tunes – and later?

Fratellis, Editors and THE KINGS OF LEON!

Yay for Vampire Weekend!


I love Glastonbury 🙂

MIR: Whatley on Wednesday: Vodafone’s MusicStation

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I woke up on Monday morning with the intention of writing this week’s Whatley on Wednesday piece about firmware and firmware upgrades.
Recently a fellow Mobile Geek of London was exclaiming to me that “Nokia Rule for doing this [latest release of their firmware – V20]”

I disagreed. The idea is great, but the application and execution leaves a lot to be desired.

We argued… and then decided it didn’t matter and discussed something else, (like whose round it was next). I left the pub with every intention to write this argument up (or at least my side of it) and post it right here for your reading (dis)pleasure. Delete where applicable.

That was until, just as I was leaving the house, I heard the latest single from UK indie group Scouting for Girls, ‘Elvis ain’t dead’. And, as with every song that you hear just before you leave the house in the morning, it became stuck in my head.

By the time I made it to the train station I had hummed the bloody thing to death and had decided that I needed this track NOW.

So I thought I’d make the most of NOW and jump onto Vodafone’s new Music Station service.

Awesome, not only will I get the track I want but I’ll also make notes throughout and then I can write it up as a review the service for SMS Text News. Score!

This – rather oddly – all happened before Monday’s Unlimited Drinks and also before yesterdays Omnifone stories that Ewan ran… Hmm… Telepathy’s working then.
But alas, Vodafone were not going to make it easy for me.

I arrived at the Vodafone Live! music page and I’m asked to download and install the Music Station Application (I had no idea it was an app?!).

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Not a problem, I thought, I’ve done this before. I wonder how good their user education/hand holding is. To their merit, it’s not too bad at all. I think any average normob could find their way through this process. Well. Right up until they hit this point:

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Rubbish. I tried again: Same problem.

This is becoming annoying. I turn the phone off, turn it back on again, try again and…. STILL the same problem!

I hit 191 on my phone and call customer service. After a little explaining I eventually get passed through to the technical dept…

‘Hello Mr Whatley, what error do you have?’

‘It says here: “Certificate error, contact the application vendor”.’

‘Is there an error code?’

‘No, it’s a certificate error… No number. I have a screenshot that I can email over if that helps?’

‘Er…(small amount of confusion at this point on my keenness to help maybe?) No sorry. We’re not actually allowed to give out our email addresses.’

‘Okaaaaaaaay…’

‘Can I call you back on a different line?’

So I say yes, and they do. And lo and behold I’m requested to repeat the process (obviously my word isn’t good enough) and guess what? Same error.

THEN I was asked to do something, and I must state that VF UK have NEVER EVER asked me to check this in the history of being a VF customer, they asked me to check my firmware!

To the layman – this is the software version that your phone is running. Same thing on every Nokia, got an N95? Try it now. *#0000# – anything below V20 means you really should think about upgrading.
(Benefits here.)

Anyway – ‘Sam’ (I think that was her name) informs me that my current firmware, (V20, obviously) is the problem as “the Music Station is only compatible with Vodafone branded firmware versions 10b and 10c”.

Let’s just pause and take that it in for a moment.

That’s right. Vodafone’s flagship ‘Hero’ service, The MUSIC STATION, the big one they’re pushing this Christmas does not work with the latest Nokia N95 firmware.

‘Sorry Mr Whatley, you’re going to have to go back to version 10.’

‘That is not going to happen.’

Thinking on this now, a few hours after the event, when I originally got the handset from Vodafone it was running V11. I didn’t even know VF had V10. On top of that – I didn’t know you could go backwards with firmware either! That’s a new one on me.

VFUK suck for not making sure their leading application is compatible with the latest Nokia firmware.

So I’m sorry folks – no MusicStation review from me today. I do have a MusicStation handset but alas the generic Nokia firmware that I’m running is not compatible with the service.

Doh.

EDIT: I met Terence Eden of Vodafone at the Unlimited Drinks on Monday. He explained to me that the Vodafone MusicStation is only compatible with Vodafone’s own firmware. He also assured me that the MusicStation does work above V10 as he has seen it working on (Voda’s own variants of) V11 and V12.

Terence’s defence was that I should not have changed my firmware from VF’s to Nokia’s Generic.

Thinking on this now – that’s not a bad argument – anyone who knows me knows how much I like to hack… ahem… augment my phones so I can the optimum functionality out of them.
Well. It’s not a bad argument when you consider someone who might not buy their handset directly from Vodafone. Whose firmware is already generic upon purchase, what about them?

Next week: That rant on firmware and firmware upgrades, (the one I wanted to write this week).

Just a quick note…

…to say that just because Glastonbury is over – does not mean this blog is coming to an end.

As I’ve mentioned previously – I’ve got plenty of stories and pics from my friends to upload yet. And then, once that’s all done.. I’m SURE I’ll still be uploading content from my mobile as often as possible.

Ideally i’d like to keep a theme of some kind.. I’m not sure I’m a large enough festival-goer to warrant a ‘festival-theme’ per se… So what about a music theme maybe?

I dunno..

All suggestions welcome! …in the meantime, watch this space, more Glasto-blogging to follow..

And.. Just so I’m keeping in tradition.. See below for a late night ‘from a distance’ pic that I took of The Killers just before one of their speakers went down and ruined the whole set… 🙁

Catching Up

Ok – Once again I apologise for the lack of updates! as it eventually panned out, every day was spent as follows:

Get up.
Go charge phone.
Go see some bands.
Go get charged phone.
Take pics/vids.
Catch up on SMSs.
(Ttry to) Make calls and plans for latee.
Phone dies.
Repeat…

That’s just as an FYI – ok – so back to following up on my last post

The plan was set – what could go wrong?!

I saw The Guillemots – they were cool as. I love them. Enthusiastic, eccentric and eclectic are three very good words to describe this bunch – Trains to Brazil being a particular highlight…

After that a few of us ran off to the Other Stage to catch CSS. The CSS. One quick word about the lead singer… CRAZY. I mean proper absoultely off her bloody rocker… but in a really strange sweet kinda way.. but yeah. CSS rocked. Along with Arcade Fire, definitely one of my highlights… (thanks again to Bongo for introducing me to them).

CSS was followed by a small amount of Lily Allen – she was loving it. Surprised she made it at all given the state she was in up at The Stone Circle the night previously ;o)

After Lily we all chilled out a bit over at The Guardian Lounge

Something I haven’t mentioned really so far is the people I met/camped with while I was there… in all there were about 14 or so of us in our little camp. We all knew each other through varying degrees of separation but one theme that continually came out during most conversations was simply how lucky we were.

You honestly could not have asked for a better bunch of friends, old and new, to share such an amazing festival with. Numbers and emails were swapped and hopefully I should have some more photos of the festival (but from someone else’s point of view) to post up here very soon…

Moving on –

Post chillout, a few of us headed over to the Dance East tent where we managed to get to see Mark Ronson. Who was absolutely superb. Daniel Merriweather was there and they did ‘Stop Me’ …aside from that MR was mainly mixing up some old school tracks with some new..

It was brilliant: Mark Ronson doing Rage Against the Machine? YEAH! GO ON THEN!

Perfect way to get you in the swing of things for Saturday night… Danced like a complete loon!
Caught a teeny bit of Mika after that (only because he was on straight afterwards – we couldn’t get out quick enough!) and also strolled past Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly over at the John Peel too….

But the next mission was simple.. get in a good position for The Killers… Getting at the front was nigh on impossible – so we headed for the hills… about 15 of us following my mate’s mate.. about six foot tall and waving a white glowstick in the air – we couldn’t miss him!

Here’s a couple of videos for your delectation – first – just waiting – the build up dammit!

And second, not much sound again, but this time with fireworks!

I just wish I could see it all over again – it was AMAZING!

Morning World

Saturday Today!

The plan:

Guillemots at 1530 over at the Pyramid stage (cool), then after that I’m probably gonna have to desert my friends and run off to the Other Stage to see CSS..
My dear friend Bongo introduced me to this fantastic sound.. I’ve GOT to see them live!

Once that’s all done I’m gonna run back over to the Pyramid to catch Lily Allen (however that DOES mean missing The Klaxons… What to do, what to do, what to do?)!
Then at 6pm we’re discussing the merits of Babyshambles over Paolo Nutini.. To Be Decided.
After that?
Stay at the Pyramid for Paul Weller and The Kooks and then round all of that off with a few tracks from The Killers! Woo!

Ok.. First I need some breakfast.. … … … …

Oh – and before I go.. Just gotta say two words:

ARCADE FI-IRE!

ARRRRRRCAAAAADE FI-IRE!

Wow wow wow wow wow… WOW!

Ahhh dudes! They were SO good! I mean like SO good! …and Yes, being a good little Blogger, I took some video for you… ENJOY!

What can I say?

First day (officially) of the festival and Wow WOW WOW!

There’s a lack of photos currently due to cursed battery power! Again!
But today.. I have seen:

Gogol Bordello

One CRAZY Russian punk band! The most amazing way to start Glasto.
Seek them out.. “start wearing purple, wearing purple!” ..after that came:

The amazing Amy Winehouse..

Wow. What a show. ‘Valerie’ went down a treat!

…before I carry on.. I need to share something with you –
Yes. A few thousand people will applaud Amy Winehouse – but there is NOTHING quite like hearing One Hundred and Seventy Thousand People cheer like they’ve never cheered before.. Why? THE SUN CAME OUT! Wee!
Ok..back to the story – after Amy came The Magic Numbers – i love this band.
Such HAPPY music..
However – the best part of THAT set was when they rounded off with a Guns’n’Roses Cover! Fan-bloody-tastic…

Had a little sleep after all that lot.. And now… I’m waiting for The Arcade Fire to come on…

The weather’s good though!