Apr 192019
 
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 […]

Apr 182019
 
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 […]

Apr 122019
 
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 […]

Mar 292019
 
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 […]

Mar 252019
 
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 […]

Mar 212019
 
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 […]

Mar 142019
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Good morning Wow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but I trust not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency. The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it […]

Mar 072019
 
Are the Sony WH-1000X M3 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Better than the Bose QC35 II?

Although other makes/models of noise canceling headphones have at times drawn almost even with market-leader Bose, and some have surpassed their sound quality, none have ever exceeded the noise canceling capabilities of the Bose products.  To date, Bose’s position has been secure as the absolutely very best for noise cancelling. Noise cancelling is tremendously beneficial […]