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Entries Tagged as 'Gadgets'

Near Field Communication: an idiot’s guide

February 10th, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

By which I mean a guide written by an idiot of course.

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A real first world problem

January 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Music, Technology

So. About that car that I said I wouldn’t go on about any more? I got a 64GB USB stick and filled it up with music. The car (or rather the car’s computer) had no problem reading such a large capacity and playing anything from it but because of the number of tracks you can […]

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All caught up?

August 12th, 2013 · Comments Off · Technology

Despite working in technology companies for most of my career I am hardly ever an early adopter of any new technologies. I was very late in getting a CD player , still buying vinyl years after CDs came along. I was also late getting a DVD, and have still never had a DVD recorder. Originally […]

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Remote overload

November 13th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

Last week Jayne treated me to some new toys as a 50th birthday present. She said she wanted to get me something special, but I really couldn’t think of anything I wanted. It isn’t that I have everything, just that I have everything I want. She suggested a new PC that I wouldn’t complain about […]

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Headphone smackdown

August 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

The other day I took possession of a pair of Philips Fidelio M1 headphones. They were a free sample for me to test out, which is nice. Coincidentally, Frankie had left his headphones behind (Beats by Dr Dre Solo) so it was an ideal opportunity to compare them head-to-head. The Beats headphones are ubiquitous. You […]

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Terminology

August 18th, 2012 · Comments Off · Technology

Quick question: what to you call one of these? I have captioned it as a USB stick, but they are also called flash drives, pen drives, thumb drives, memory sticks, USB memory cards, and various combinations of those names. How is it that a device can become so ubiquitous so quickly and we can’t even […]

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Kindle vs Sony Reader

December 30th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Life, Technology

A lot of people got a Kindle this christmas, according to Amazon’s PR and verified by my Twitter feed where half the people I follow seem to have one now. Jayne and I bought each other a Kindle. I thought it might be fun to do a little review and compare the Kindle to the […]

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Nifty Fifty

October 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Life

For my birthday Jayne treated me to a new lens for my camera: the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, which is often referred to as the ‘nifty fifty’. What with one thing and another, I didn’t get round to really trying it out over the weekend, except for a really quick snap of the […]

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Holiday fever

September 7th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Life

I think I should take more holidays. If I did then I would not get so absurdly excited about it when I do go anywhere. As it is Jayne and I are practically stopping strangers in the street to tell them we are going away.

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Stephen Fry’s gadgets

August 30th, 2011 · Comments Off · Life

We watched that Stephen Fry programme on the TV last night – his 100 best gadgets. Entertaining but inconsistent sums it up I think. Some of the gadgets were extremely generic while others were very specific.  for example, the iPod counts, even though it is just one amongst many mp3 players – and not even […]

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