Author: Andrew Smallwood

I am a web designer by heart and am well versed in all things digital. Having run my own freelance digital agency since 2006 and worked at the University of Westminster, I'm currently immersed in the heart of the music industry at PRS for Music

Death to Vodafone, long live iPhone

Today was the day, the day that I’ve been waiting for. I finally got my hands on an iPhone. I had been desperate to get one as soon as they came out but could never commit to an 18 or 24 month contract. Now, after returning from travelling, the need for information on the move has got too much. I need my email, I need 24/7 internet access albeit via 3G, I need Google Maps at the tip of my finger!To be honest, the iPhone would have made travelling the world that little bit easier but they don’t travel well and it would have cost a bomb to keep it running whilst on a budget. Now, after perusing the market, I nearly purchased a Google phone, but the Google support for iPhone is still outstanding thanks to Eric Schmidt.Having bugged the staff of Carphone Warehouse and O2 for the past week, being rejected over and over again, I finally managed to beat the rush. Even in sleepy old Ipswich, I was third in the queue and when I left some twenty minutes later, there were 9 people waiting to be seen. The shop only had 2 members of staff who were already kissing goodbye to their lunch breaks! Damn that Jonathan Ives!En route home, I nearly crashed into a taxi whilst dreaming about the afternoon’s festivities. When I used to get phones ‘back in the day’, I looked forward to setting it up and really getting to know the interface. Not so with the new iPhone, especially for Mac users. I plugged it in, it uploaded my contacts, calendars, emails, songs, videos and photos with a few clicks and I was up and running.Right, now what’s this app store all about.

Glasto – Friday

Ticketless for Glastonbury. It never used to be a problem, for the ticketless fan, a £20 note in the pocket used to be as good as a ticket in the eyes of an underpaid security guard, that was until 2002 when the superfence was installed. It seems, that since then, festivals have gone from strength to strength; Or has the music scene just improved ten-fold.Watching Glastonbury on Friday using the BBC‘s coverage on Freeview and online has reminded me how much music I have missed since being away.

The View From The Coast!

Brand New starts here. Fresh beginnings and a new life where the streets are paved in gold. Everything is planned down to a T, I am just missing the last piece of the jigsaw to put the new plan into action.Having heard the Bow Bells of London, it is time to return, without a cat, to London in a quest of fortune but not fame.The View From The Coast aims to document my exploits from 2009 onwards. If you’re interested in the past 6 months, view my travelling website: whereintheworldareandiandlynsey.co.uk.Yes, I returned from our backpacking adventure refreshed, looking for a new adventure in our nations capital and plan to move in September. The economic downturn has hindered my search for employment but it has also breathed new life into an old freelance web design service. ASterion Design will be reborn as Coast Studios. Coast will learn from ASterion’s naivety and mistakes but will continue the high level of customer service that made her famous.Hosting has been upgraded and creative skills will be honed in order to earn Coast Studios a reputation of excellence.