Monthly Archives: December 2011

My Windows Phone Apps

I mentioned yesterday that I’d taken the plunge and acquired a Windows Phone – a Nokia Lumia 800. One of the things about moving from a dumbphone (my old Nokia 6310i) to a smartphone is that a world of applications … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Seduced By A Windows Phone

OK, so a year ago, I wrote about the fact that I had not upgraded my trusty old Nokia 6310i to a Smartphone. I didn’t want to get an iPhone (I’ve never liked Apple’s walled garden infrastructure) and Google’s Android … Continue reading

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Seasons Greetings

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…

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Gay Rights Are Human Rights

I missed hearing or reading about this speech that the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, gave to an audience of diplomats at the United Nations in Geneva on the 6th December. It is quite remarkable. I’ve put some extracts … Continue reading

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RIP, Hitch

So, Christopher Hitchens is dead. He has left Tumortown and passed beyond the Land of Malady, after leaving us with some last words of advice on dealing with mortal illness. I’ll miss his voice and his writings. We now have … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Strangers

In today’s Observer, Henry Porter writes about a revelation that his friend, Gilbert Adair, had in the months before he died. It’s worth reading. And it’s a reminder that for some people, nursing remains a vocation, rather than a service … Continue reading

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Picasa versus WLPG Redux

Yesterday, I wrote up a comparison between the current versions of Picasa and Windows Live Photo Gallery. Lying awake in the small hours last night, I thought of additional things that I should have covered in the comparison. So if … Continue reading

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Picasa versus Windows Live Photo Gallery

Google’s Picasa and Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery are free tools for organising, editing and sharing (via the web) collections of photos on your PC. They have both been around for some years, and have each gone through a number … Continue reading

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Gone Missing: Bowers & Wilkins Customer Service

This is a tale of two British companies that supply Hi-Fi equipment, and my contrasting experiences of their after-sales service. The first is the Acoustical Manufacturing Company Limited (now called QUAD Electroacoustics), which was set up by Peter Walker in … Continue reading

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A few years back, I bought The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Although it’s ostensibly a children’s book, I was attracted to it because the book is a work of art in its own right. Even when the … Continue reading

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