Resisting the iPhone 4

For the last 17 months I have been the relatively happy use of an iPhone 3G on O2. I have made extension use of the device and it has become an integral part of my life. In principle, I would prefer to use an Android phone as I am more inclined to the open standards nature of that platform that Apple’s closed-shop mentality BUT the Apple choice just works and is so easy. I bought on an 18-month contract, so am free to do whatever I want now. Oddly, for a phone, its primary use has not been for Read more […]

Windows 7

I have finally made the leap from Windows XP to Windows 7 for my home machine. I never bothered with Vista (although I did have to manage the development of a build including Virtual PCs running both XP and NT for a client) and did not get around to trying out the Windows 7 release candidate. Over the years I have built many PCs myself but I no longer enjoy doing this. I would rather spend time with my family, looking after my fish or doing photography. Sadly, I have had machines in bits in my study Read more […]

Yet another photography user group on the web

There are a huge number of photography/photographer user groups on the web. These vary from the highly-generic (e.g. holiday pics) to the very specialist (e.g. macro photography of a particular subject matter using a particular lens/camera combination for example). I am a member of many, a subscriber to a few, an occasional contributor to a good number but a regular poster on a very small number. Those sites requiring a subscription have to offer something very special. For example: tutorials of Read more […]

The Independent — The folding plug: a revolution for consumer electronics

Article in The Independent about a folding 3-pin plug that takes up a lot less room in your luggage than a conventional plug (and causes less damage as well) The folding plug: a revolution for consumer electronics   When Min-kyu Choi saw an advert for Apple’s swish laptop the MacBook Air, famously marketed as being so thin that it can fit inside an envelope, he realised something was amiss. © 2009 Independent News and Media   Posted via email from kyber’s posterous Read more […]

How to control the page numbering in a Word document

How to control the page numbering in a Word document Article contributed by Bill Coan Word’s page numbering scheme isn’t directly obvious but it isn’t needlessly complex, either. Indirect might be a good term for it. Once you understand how it works, all sorts of possibilities open up. Unfortunately, the built-in tools that simplify the insertion of page numbers also happen to make it more difficult to tell what’s really going on. So, for the moment, forget everything Read more […]

O2 iPhone 3GS upgrade nasty

Apple have just introduced a new iPhone. I finally got around to buying one of these fairly recently on an 18 month contract (and my wife was so taken with it, we bought an iTouch for her on MY birthday – could not justify another iPhone subscription). I knew when I signed that there was a good chance that within the 18 months of the contract, Apple would come out with an update. However, I noted that O2 had offered customers a very cost effective upgrade from the iPhone to the iPhone 3g when Read more […]

Free wifi on iTouch with BT FON for BT broadband customers

The iPhone is brilliant but subscriptions are a little steep. The iTouch is pretty much the same device without the phone network connections (or a built in mic) and is just as good to use for most internet related activities provided you can find wifi access, which is pretty common now. The cost of some wifi services can be a bit too much to swallow though on an ad hoc basis (free access being rare). Subscription options are worth exploring. However, if you are a BT Broadband customer, there is a free option available that gives you up to 8 hours Openzone access a month.

My windows PC has slowed down

Not a month goes by without a friend or relative asking for advice on what to do about speeding up their Windows PC. Got another one today and decided to blog my response when Facebook would not let me reply in full properly for reasons that still escape me. At least I can now refers others.