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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 copying and pasting the same thing to each other reduces my vocabulary to four letter words — 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. I'm too good to be tweeting.

  • Save the shelves: how to stream a movie collection

    [4 comments] · 1938 words (kills about 9 mins)

    I have hundreds and hundreds of DVDs taking up space on shelves in my living room. A huge investment that I don’t want to lose, and I love movies. Time to get my geek on and find a better way. Step into my parlour to see how I did it…

  • Digital bottlenecks

    · 1077 words (kills about 5 mins)

    Throwing technology at the service industry to improve customer service is the trend du jour. But it seems that ill-conceived rollouts have negative effects on customer experience.

  • Erecting digital walls

    · 1053 words (munches about 5 mins)

    The internet operates without national boundaries. Countries and governmments operate within them. They see this as a problem. Here’s why.

  • My phone wants to kill me

    · 154 words (munches 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 (eats 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 (kills 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 (munches 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 (wastes 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.