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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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Gotta catch ’em all

July 16th, 2016 · Comments Off on Gotta catch ’em all · Life, Technology

Tonight was not exactly how I imagined my middle ages to be. At home, babysitting the grandchildren, while the wife takes the dogs out for a walk – returning after two-and-a-half hours, dead chuffed because she now has a Pikachu.

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Losing Face, gaining Book

July 6th, 2016 · Comments Off on Losing Face, gaining Book · Life, Technology

“Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend, come inside! come inside!”, as ELP said, or as the legendary George Costanza would say “I’m back baby!” All of which is just to say that, having neglaected this website for ages, I shall probably be posting more often […]

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The Internet of Things

May 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on The Internet of Things · Technology

My Blu Ray player packed up recently. Ironically, the real annoyance about this was not that I couldn’t play discs – I also have a DVD player so it was only the few Blue Ray discs I could not play – it was that I could not watch Amazon Prime content on my TV because […]

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