Nov 212017
 
Mini-Flashlight Stocking Stuffers

Better batteries and better lightbulbs have transformed pocket flashlights (or, as we say in English countries, ‘torches’).  What was formerly bulky and heavy, requiring multiple batteries that would be used up way too soon, large reflectors, and fragile bulbs (drop a flashlight with an incandescent bulb switched on and you invariably cause the bulb to […]

Nov 092017
 
Airline Travel Blankets

In the good old days, no-one needed to take their own travel blankets with them.  The airlines provided plenty of free ones – indeed, if one wasn’t enough, you could usually get a second one, handed to you with a smile rather than scowl.  The blankets were reasonably sized and reasonably warm, and hopefully also […]

Oct 132017
 
Amazon's New Fire HD 10 - Good After the Initial Disappointments

As promised, deliveries of Amazon’s astoundingly affordable $150 10.1″ Fire HD 10 tablet started arriving on Wednesday – in my case, in a ridiculously large-sized box 50 times larger (yes, I was so curious, I measured) than the tablet buried at the bottom and smothered in plastic filler material. As an aside, the package was […]

Sep 262017
 
Solving USB Connection Problems

For the longest time, I’ve been plagued by mysterious problems with various USB devices I have connected to my computer – particularly hard drives.  I’ve even trashed some hard drives and replaced them, thinking them to be faulty or incompatible with the latest version of Windows or something.  I’ve tried many things, but the problems […]

Sep 072017
 
Video Streaming on Your Television

Surely you know all about Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and the now literally thousands of other internet video streaming services. The internet has progressed astonishingly – do you remember, seemingly only ‘yesterday’, when the internet struggled to allow poor quality audio to be broadcast?  The first attempts at video, with appallingly low resolution and constant […]

Aug 102017
 
Can You Really "Live Abroad So Cheaply You Might Not Need to Work"

A recent article in Forbes Online had the appealing headline “Quit Your Job And Live Abroad: 8 Places So Cheap You Might Not Need To Work“.  What’s not to like about that (although the web article is one of those ultra-annoying click-bait type articles that results in endless clicks onto new pages, each with minimal […]