Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 19 April 2019

Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 19 April 2019

Good morning I hope your Good Friday is off to a good start, and your Easter Weekend will be spent most pleasantly, including, for the Christians among our readers, some extra time pondering and being thankful for our salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus. If this was New Zealand, we’d all be on holiday today […]

A Dispassionate Commentary on the Notre Dame Fire

A Dispassionate Commentary on the Notre Dame Fire

Social media erupted in a frenzy of virtue-signaling this week, with people who wouldn’t normally be seen dead in a church professing their absolute utter grief at the Notre Dame fire in Paris. People who have visited France once, and seen the cathedral only from the outside while on a lunchtime river cruise along the […]

Join Our Special September Tours

Join Our Special September Tours

We’ve two very special tours available for you this September.  Choose either, or choose both (we’ve timed them so you can do them, one after the other). They are special because they are each a new itinerary we’ve not offered before, and with some new concepts included.  Although we’ve been designing and operating tours for […]

Solving Amazon's Fake Review Problem

Solving Amazon’s Fake Review Problem

Amazon complains theatrically that it is doing all it can to stop the flood of fake reviews that infest its site, but clearly the most casual of glances shows its feeble attempts to be almost entirely ineffectual. Indeed, its problem is even more wide-ranging that it appears at first glance, because, quite apart from anything […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

Good morning An unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation. I’m so pleased to no longer […]

An Emergency Car Battery Starter That Actually Works

An Emergency Car Battery Starter That Actually Works

Last week we reported on two small rechargeable batteries that claimed they could be used to jumpstart a car with a dead battery.  One of them utterly failed to do so, and the other one had ambiguous results. We suggest you should (re)read that review, because it includes a more general discussion on the topic […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 April 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 April 2019

Good morning I hope you had a great April Fool’s Day on Monday.  This year, more than previously, I found myself struggling to tell the jokes from reality.  For example, this story about a tiny town in Denmark with only 7,000 people being the location for a new 1050 ft tower, to become the tallest […]

An Emergency Battery/Starter for your Car

An Emergency Battery/Starter for your Car

We’ve all had a dead battery surprise us in our car.  There’s nothing worse than when you’re running late, you get into your car, attempt to start it, and instead of the engine happily springing into life as commanded, there’s nothing more than a sluggish groan and – even worse – possibly the clacking of […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 March 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 March 2019

Good morning Did you wake up to notice anything different in the world this morning?  No, neither did I. It was to be today that saw Britain leave the EU, subsequent to its referendum to do so in June 2016.  Notwithstanding almost three years to plan, prepare, and actually implement their departure, they are in […]

Apple Tries to Re-Invent Itself as a Service Company

Apple Tries to Re-Invent Itself as a Service Company

After delays and failed/false starts in the past, today was the day Apple held a special launch event to announce various new subscription based streaming services.  Although in many ways, Apple was one of the first to offer streaming with its iTunes service, it has surprisingly but thoroughly dropped the ball, seeing new services come […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Good morning “I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.” That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it […]

Is Amazon Itself the Biggest Problem with Fake Reviews?

Is Amazon Itself the Biggest Problem with Fake Reviews?

The problem of fake reviews on TripAdvisor, Amazon, Yelp, and other similar websites featuring user reviews to provide an important part of helping people make decisions is well-known.  There are problems with both fake positive reviews (where establishments arrange for fake positive reviews) and fake negative reviews (presumably created by jealous competitors). A year ago […]