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Y'know things that are all the rage? Blogs. Everyone has one; or at least had one before Facebook, Twitter et al diluted the realtime pool.

Since I'm nu-old skool — and watching endless streams of people waste their lives telling each other about their shockingly tedious days is stupefyingly pointless — I figured why not make a blog? The main difference here compared with other people's blogs is that instead of being limited to one topic, you get a little slice of everything all mashed up. 'Coz propah spelling is so last century.

  • My phone wants to kill me

    · 154 words (devours less than a minute)

    Automated calls. We’ve all had them. But what do you do when they go wrong with rather comedic results?

  • When automation goes incorrect

    · 214 words (laps up less than a minute)

    Text to speech still has a way to go before it becomes broadly useful and not inadvertently funny, it seems.

  • Passport shenanigans

    · 310 words (laps up about 2 mins)

    Help! The government can’t locate me in a photo so I won’t be able to travel anywhere until they do.

  • My settings are mine

    · 298 words (wastes about 2 mins)

    Oi, Apple! When I set some user preferences, have the decency to honour them because it’s my choice, not yours.

  • Why you should never use your fingerprint to unlock your phone

    · 827 words (devours about 4 mins)

    Unlocking your phone with a passphrase, password or pattern takes time. Using your thumbprint is virtually instantaneous, and it’s guaranteed to belong to you, right? Wrong.

  • Downfall of the ubiquitous hashtag

    · 712 words (munches about 4 mins)

    The hashtag: the cornerstone of social media. Trends. Analytics. Fun. But I sometimes wonder if certain entities understand what it’s actually for.

  • The curse of the intermittent fault

    · 1480 words (vacuums up about 7 mins)

    When your boiler’s broke. And your water’s cold. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters? A heating engineer? Or someone with a soldering iron and dogged determination?

  • Samsung / Kit-Kat battery drain weirdness

    · 742 words (wastes about 4 mins)

    Android is alright as far as operating systems go. It’s no iOS, but far more usable than Windows phone software. Unless it starts eating your battery.