Archive for October, 2008

Sky+: check your scheduled recordings this weekend!

Friday, October 24th, 2008

If you’ve got a Sky+ box and use it to record things on series link, check your scheduled recordings on Sunday when the clocks have gone back.  Last time the clocks changed we had to re-schedule the recordings because they were all wrong by an hour…

expendable: translations open

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Translations for expendable can now be submitted using Transifex.  Currently there is just a British translation and a partial German translation.

Predictive text predicament

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Try typing this into a predictive text phone: “Tidying treacle in Cornwall.”

Stoozing calculator

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Now expendable can make calculations for stoozing as well.  Stoozing, if you haven’t heard that word, is when you pay for things on a credit card that charges 0% on purchases so that the amount you would normally pay off the card with each month is moved into a savings account instead.  This way you can earn interest until the 0% period ends.  Here’s an example.


Whole-house electricity monitor

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

As I wrote previously, I’ve been keeping tabs on how much electricity I use.  Last week I got a whole-house electricity monitor called an OWL from natural collection and have been playing around with it.  It’s surprising how surprising the results are, if you see what I mean.  I know that switching on the kettle uses more electricity, but I was a bit taken aback at how much more.