Archive for the 'Non-techie stuff' Category

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…

Predictive text predicament

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

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

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.

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Epson Stylus Photo 1270 versus pencil

Monday, August 18th, 2008

from Kith-Kin (via things magazine)

Fibrecity

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

The town where I live is going to be the first “Fibrecity” in the UK, apparently.  I’ve been asked for permission to connect fibre-optic cabling capable of speeds in excess of 100Mbps to my house, at no cost.

I’m usually quite skeptical about no-cost offers like this, but this one does seem like it might be genuinely useful.  Also, our local council has already gone ahead with the work for their offices and for the BIC and Pavilion.

I’m thinking about opting in, but there’s an exhibition about it at the local library so I might go and see that first.