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Three little words

September 2nd, 2017 · Comments Off on Three little words · Life, Technology

I am finding the website what3words.com endlesslessly fascinating, especially the map part of it. Basically it is a concept for a geolocation system. The whole world is overlaid with a grid of 3-metre squares and each square has a unique name made up from a combination of three randomly-assigned words. The idea is to have […]

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Random nostalgia

August 30th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Technology

Today I remembered, for no particular reason, Serif PagePlus. With the benefit of hindsight I think it may be my favourite bit of software ever. At the time it was truly remarkable. It seemed to do just about all the things that high end DTP software would do, or at least all the things a […]

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Mind the gap

August 25th, 2017 · Comments Off on Mind the gap · Music, Technology

Most of the famous gaps in Spotify’s library have now been filled, with Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd, Metallica all becoming available with a lot of publicity, and the Prince back catalogue reappearing after his death. I think Jay-Z is largly unavailable because he has his own rival streaming service, and a few […]

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New ways to spend money

June 17th, 2017 · Comments Off on New ways to spend money · Life, Technology

It seems like each new advance in technology just gives you more opportunities to spend money buying stuff you already have. The advent of CD led a lot of people to buy new copies of LPs they had on vinyl – a trend that is now getting reversed to an extent. The advent of DVD […]

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Inflation madness

December 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on Inflation madness · Technology

I had an email from Virgin Media the other day. Remember how we used to just have razor blades? And then we started to have razors with two blades? They were advertised by an animation showing how the first blade left a bit of stubble and the second blade caught that? And then it turned […]

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Time lapse

December 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on Time lapse · Technology

Well this is fun! But also frustrating because we are now used to quite high resolution satellite imagery and obviously the whole time lapse thing can only be done to the resolution of the worst  in the dataset. If you zoom in to Crawley you can see the major changes, like Maidenbower springing up, but […]

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No more ‘Chinese friends’

October 5th, 2016 · Comments Off on No more ‘Chinese friends’ · Life, Technology

The news today is that Amazon are banning ‘incentivised reviews’. What that means is that you can’t accept anything in return for reviewing a product, not even a free or discounted product. It has always been the case that you can’t accept payment in return for writing a review, and especially not for writing a […]

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Trouble adapting

October 3rd, 2016 · Comments Off on Trouble adapting · Technology

Why is it so hard to find an adapter that lets you plug a 3.5mm TRRS jack into a 3.5mm TRS socket? The reason this is a problem is that it is getting harder and harder to find headphones with an old-fashioned TRS jack to plug into my old mp3 player. They are all TRRS-style […]

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Bloody Windows

August 18th, 2016 · Comments Off on Bloody Windows · Technology

I have a laptop. I know. Everybody has one these days, but I can remember when that was something to brag about. It is 6 or 7 years old but should still be OK for basic tasks. The trouble is that it doesn’t get used very often. I fired it up yesterday for probably the […]

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Linking to Twitter

August 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on Linking to Twitter · Technology

This is a bit of a test. I recently dumped Facebook and may well go back to writing more on here, so I thought I would look into a WordPress plugin to cross-publish posts to Twitter. I used to have that ages ago but when it stopped working after something somewhere changed I just dropped […]

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