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Nov 172017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 November, 2017

Good morning It has been an interesting week, with a major development in terms of the future of the A380, but not the development generally anticipated last week. I’ve been quietly busy this week, and have three feature articles to offer, in addition to the roundup.  One of these arose out of last week’s article […]

Nov 152017
 
The False Promise of Fuel-Cell Vehicles

These days, Toyota is the best known auto maker promoting fuel cell vehicles.  Yes, they are a very sensible and very successful company.  But even the most successful companies in the world are not always right on every product they develop/support; indeed, it could be said that the more successful the company, the more willing […]

Nov 032017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 November, 2017

Good morning As our 2017 Annual Fundraising event winds to its close, we had a good week last week with another 49 readers choosing to join in with their support, including six new Platinum members who each contributed a three figure sum – Joanne S, Michael L, Jim S, Gary B, Joe B and Claire […]

Oct 202017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 October, 2017

Good morning A nostalgic farewell wave to AOL’s Instant Messenger – another technology and company that started off on the leading edge of something that had yet to be given the name of ‘social media’, but which failed to keep moving forward, and instead fell further and further back into the oblivion of irrelevance.  December […]

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 […]

Oct 062017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 6 October, 2017

Good morning Happy birthday to the lovely and now undeniably old 747.  It was 49 years ago on 30 Sept 1968 that saw the ceremonial roll-out of the first 747.  It is interesting to see the list of 26 launch customers for the 747 – ten of them have disappeared. Our 2017 annual fund-raising drive […]

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 222017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 September, 2017

Good morning It is a great pleasure to start off another week with another round of heartfelt thanks to the people who generously added their names to our 2017 Supporters list.  We are now at 126 Supporters after two weeks of this year’s annual fundraising drive, compared to 122 after two weeks last year and […]

Aug 182017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 August, 2017

Good morning The searing heat of midsummer seems to be softening, and the traditional end of summer – Labor Day – is just around the corner.  How quickly the summer passed, although for sure, my garden is gasping for water. We had another two people join next year’s Grand Expedition of Great Britain this week.  […]

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