16 Sep 2016

Kindle 3 in Sketch

Kindle 3 in Sketch

I have an old Kindle 3. It’s almost exactly six years old, in fact: I reviewed it here in October 2010, a month after I bought it. It’s old and tatty and I don’t use it any more, but I don’t want to throw it away. As well as my usual clinging to hardware that’s not actually dead, […]

26 Jan 2016

Review Corner: Omaker Reversible Micro USB Cable

Review Corner: Omaker Reversible Micro USB Cable

There’s an old joke: When the inventor of the USB stick dies they’ll gently lower the coffin, then pull it back up, turn it the other way, then lower it again. There are a couple of billion smartphone users on the planet. Let’s say that, like me, they manage to waste at least a second […]

21 Jul 2015

Japanese Maple Retina iMac Desktop Background

Japanese Maple Retina iMac Desktop Background

Here’s a snap from my back garden; a young Japanese Maple. It’s working well as a backdrop for a 27″ Retina 5K iMac, so I thought I’d share: Full resolution (5120x2880) download.

25 Feb 2015

Double or Nothing

Double or Nothing

I often run out of space on my MacBook. It’s one of the second generation Airs, from 2010, the entry-level model. It came with a 120GB drive, which seemed a bit small at the time, and has looked increasingly tiny as I’ve added Eclipse and Xcode and other development stuff over the years. I’ve recently moved […]

8 Feb 2015

Musings on the Functional High Ground

Musings on the Functional High Ground

Both my Macs are quite elderly right now. While they’re still powerful enough for most tasks I put them to, I’m starting to bump into issues just because of their age. For example, Intel don’t seem to be too bothered about supporting Core 2 Duo chips in HAXM any more, which is stopping my Android […]