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Phones and Aftercare

April 21, 2013

A few tweets this morning over on twitter.com/mr_vpw this morning got me thinking about Mobile Phone reliability. It was triggered by Adam Stone (better known to some as @rokkster) commenting that he had been into the Apple Store with a faulty iPhone which had been replaced on the spot – leaving him satisfied with the […]

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Lenovo Ideapad Yoga – a week on…

December 14, 2012

Having now had an ideaPad Yoga for a week or so, I thought I’d share my views on it and how it works, alongside the Windows RT Operating System it comes with.¬†First a bit of background… My original purpose for buying one was that I wanted a device that was better than a tablet – […]

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Windows RT: Perhaps the Game Developer missed the point…

December 9, 2012

There are a few articles appearing online focusing on the fate of a games developer who has ported a game that has been popular on the iOS and Android platforms but which has “only made ¬£52 in the first week” on the Windows RT platform. The developer says he’s not going to develop for the […]

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A quick roundup…

December 5, 2012

It has been a while since I blogged, and that’s mostly because I am pretty busy with all manner of stuff. Much of it you might well consider to be not exactly ‘essential’, but that is beside the point. So here’s some thoughts in a nutshell of sorts… Loving right now… The new ‘Hot Chocolate […]

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When it isn’t possible to save money after all…

June 6, 2012

I was bemused reading the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) latest magazine. In it was a feature highlighting the impact of the postal charge rises, which are without doubt severe and make it really rather expensive to post items, especially given the insane pricing in proportion madness. However I have the distinct feeling someone at […]

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Which Gadgets?

March 21, 2012

As a self confessed gadget person, I’ve spent many years trying to find the right gadgets for me – the ones that just work, do what I want and let me enjoy the technology I have. While I’ve long since realised the ultimate goal is just too demanding, in recent months I’ve made great progress […]

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A Testing Week – of Technical Capability, Disaster Recovery and Sleep Deprevation…

December 5, 2011

The past 7-10 days have been an interesting journey to say the least. There have been many events, both personal and professional that have completely taken over my normal routine and resulted in some insanely long days, a serious lack of sleep and a backlog of things to do. But what I really wanted to […]

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A lesson in stupid Customer Service from TomTom

October 23, 2011

Recently my TomTom SatNav device decided it didn’t want to play anymore. It had been acting up for a while, so it wasn’t exactly unexpected. I had gotten used to it refusing to work on battery at all [it isn’t an old device, less than 6 months old], but then the Live Services stopped working […]

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“New” Facebook is actually much better…

September 22, 2011

For the past 24-48 hours there has been a lot of moaning about the changes Facebook have made to the layout. Now I don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, except that it seems any change annoys people. Maybe they didn’t bother to review the initial intro that told you what is happening, […]

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How long will it take? When will it be fixed?

August 24, 2011

As many of the people I interact with daily will know, I am working on a wide range of initiatives at present designed to strengthen our services to customer, a project which stretches well beyond the obvious aspects of the products themselves. One area I am tackling at the moment is improving the general interactions […]

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