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Monday, December 24th, 2012

Rocky Head Beer

Some friends of ours have just become involved in a new venture – brewing beer! Surprise follows in that it – Rocky Head Pale Ale – has been very well received and is now being promoted at Oddbins and Selfridges to name a few. I can't say what it tastes like (yet) but rumour has […]

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Friday, October 7th, 2011


I'm writing this article using Blogsy, which so far appears to be the best blogging option for the iPad by far. That's not to say that it is quite as simple as doing the same job on your laptop, but it is certainly easier than using one of the native apps, such as WordPress. It […]

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


The application of the day has to be Flipboard. Given that the premise of a social content reader is so simple, the execution is quite excellent and the results speak for themselves (see below for an example). You can choose from a selection of ready made feeds from partner publishers provided by Flipboard and add […]

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Monday, September 26th, 2011

The iPad2

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later, but I have given into the dark side and finally bought (or caused to have bought) an apple product bigger than the iPod nano that keep the two small people happy in the back of the car! As you can see below, I’ve been tempted into […]

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Monday, April 20th, 2009

Not just your average custom computer

I’m not much into bizarre case mods, but this almost perfect replica of Wall-e built by a Russian (18 days apparently) is one of the better ones out there. As you can see, this is going to be in Russian, and probably breaks the odd copyright law, but given the amount of work this fella […]

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Sunday, April 6th, 2008

reCAPTCHA and WordPress

It is a given side effect of blogs that as soon as you have one, the spammers of the world find you’re out there and start posting inane and useless stuff as comments on your site. WordPress has a very good span filter in the form of Askimet, but it helps to keep the spammers […]

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Relay AJAX Directory Manager

If you have a website, and need to upload file, you usually use FTP (secure or not) or some local web file manager. The web file managers are usually fairly lame, so I’ve been on the lookout for an AJAX based one for a while. The Relay Directory Manager is the first example of an […]

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Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Drobo Storage Robot

The buzz around this new product has been astonishing – and it’s only just been released. For $499 US you get a small black USB 2.0 unit that can hold up to 4 SATA disk drives. So it’s a big off-host data store? Well, that and much more. This isn’t just a simple off-host disk, […]

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Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Guerrilla Mail

If you need to have an email address to join a website, but want to avoid all the spam that can accompany that action, then you might be interested in this website.  Guerrilla mail allows you to create a temporary email for 15 minutes, which should be just long enough to get hold of the […]

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

ZoneAlarm Secure Wireless Router

I’ve been using a NAT router from Linksys for years, but now the team from CheckPoint (formerly ZoneLabs) have brought a similar device. Key feature though is the inbuilt set of internet security applications, including SPI firewall, gateway antivirus, remote VPN, etc. Not a bad solution – pity it’s only available in the US for […]

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