LOGIK 7" Google Nexus 2 Starter KitWith my recent acquisition of a Google Nexus 7 (which you can read my review of here) the obvious next purchase was of course a protective case for the tablet. Now, although tablet design and construction has come on leaps and bounds since the very early market contenders. I am still a fan of looking after my tech, and keeping its resale value as high as possible.

Cases like these seem to divide the masses, some completely disagreeing with them and not seeing the need, others seeing them as an essential purchase.

Unlike my iPad I didn’t really want a bulky keyboard case, just something to help prevent knocks and scrapes. Scouring the market there’s a whole host of designs and builds, some starting for as little as £2.. (Which I’d personally avoid..) After a little shopping trip in my local city, I settled on the LOGIK 7″ Google Nexus Starter Kit.

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Google Nexus 7

Those of who you know me, or are regular readers of my blog will know that I have been a devout Apple fan for many years. The premium price point has never put me off, as I’ve experienced the build quality first hand. So when I had the opportunity to review the Nexus 7, I was immediately sceptical of the build and the OS.

I know the OS war of Android vs. iOS will rage on for an eternity – and will essential split the crowds.. However, I am not about to start OS bashing in this post. I will be open and honest, my initial thoughts about the OS have actually been nulled….. That’s right.. I am actually seeing the benefits behind the open OS!

Now down to the business of the Google Nexus 7..

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It’s fair to say Googles analytic service truly is the market leader for website visitor analysis.

The analytics service has been on the go for many years now, and features lots of advanced features for tracking an reducing bounce rates.

There’s always been one downside of the Google analytic service, and that’s been the mobile website, which can be temperamental to say the least!

Well that’s all about to change! Google have just released there own analytics iOS app. Which features all the facilities found on the website. Tied up nearly into a native app.



20140614-140102-50462831.jpgAfter Apple announced their up and coming “Health” platform for iOS it was only a matter of time before Google came through with an android equivalent.

Forbes have now released information suggesting Google are in fact working on their own aggregation platform. Rumours suggest it will be titled ‘Google Fit’. Believed to aimed at Jawbone and Fitbit owners. As well as aggregating from fitness related apps.

Google have their yearly I/O scheduled for June the 25th and 26th where it’s expected they will unveil the new platform, along side other wearable tech.

As of yet, it’s not known whether the fitness facility will be built into the next generation of the Android O/S or if it will be a standalone app. There’s also been no news of an M5 type processing chip in any of their up and coming devices.

More information on the new platform can be found here



Over the last few weeks the company that I work for have been migrating from Google Apps over to Microsoft 365 for mail/calendar/contacts and unified messaging etc. This has not been without it’s challenges. Some have which have been fairly bizarre. This week I was approached by a member of our department who had somehow managed to end up with 10,000+ appointments of the same title in his calendar. We set about trying to remove them on mass using the Outlook GUI, but soon realised this would take a very long time. Which is when I put together the following snippet of VBA:

NB: This code ‘takes no prisoners, and straight deletes the appointments matching the criteria you pass it. This wouldn’t be easy to undue if you ran with incorrect parameters. I’d advise adding a break point and testing a few before letting it hit your entire calendar folder.

Dim myNameSpace As NameSpace
Dim myCalendar As Folder
Dim myAppts As Items
Dim myAppt As AppointmentItem
Dim i As Integer

Sub purge_cal()
    Set myNameSpace = Outlook.Application.GetNamespace("MAPI")
    Set myCalendar = myNameSpace.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderCalendar)

    Set myAppts = myCalendar.Items
    i = 0
    For Each myAppt In myAppts
        If myAppt.Subject = "" Then
            i = i + 1
            Debug.Print "Deleting " & myAppt.Subject
            myAppt.Delete

        End If
    Next
        Debug.Print i & " calendar items deleted"
End Sub



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