Archive for the 'Thoughts' Category

Utility companies and passwords

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Ever since I heard it was possible I’d been meaning to set up passwords with my utility companies so that they can verify their identity to me when they turn up at my door.  This week I tried it with my gas supplier.  They said they don’t do that, but don’t worry, it’s fine, I can just check their ID card and phone up to verify that the name on the ID card is one of their employees/contractors.


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.


Epson Stylus Photo 1270 versus pencil

Monday, August 18th, 2008

from Kith-Kin (via things magazine)


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.