Category: Technology

  • iTunes 12.6.1.25 and Windows 10 Creators Update – A Possible Fix

    This is really here as both to potentially help others, and for me to moan about the incompatibility of the current products of two of the biggest companies in computing. I don’t really use iTunes any longer. I don’t have a personal iPhone, and my iPod Classic is now resting in retirement. These days my…

  • A Few Thoughts on the Ransomware Attacks

    I’ve found a certain amount of the coverage surrounding the WannaCrypt ransomware attack really quite annoying, and the responses in many cases quite pathetic. So here are a few thoughts of my own: The NSA, and other governmental bodies, have an awful lot to answer for. Governments love to collect operating system ‘exploits’ to use…

  • Believe in Worse: Sky’s Streaming Options

    You often hear that we live in a digital non-linear TV world. That’s not actually true. We very much live in a linear television world with lots of people watching television live. But why let the truth get in the way of a good story. But I digress. It’s certainly true that digital streaming is…

  • The Perils of Alexa!

    This story started earlier today when I got a notification from Amazon’s mobile app that my order of a Lost in Translation DVD had been sent out for delivery. What? It’s a wonderful film, but I hadn’t ordered a copy. Indeed, I already own it on DVD. I was confused, and a little worried. Was…

  • Amazon Echo – A Longer Term Test

    I bought my Amazon Echo on its official UK release back in September last year. I wrote about it at the time, but I thought it might be worth checking back in here to see exactly how I’m using it. Right off the top, I’ll note here that I use Alexa multiple times a day,…

  • Anker SoundBuds Sport IE20

    As a rule of thumb, the headphones you got with your latest audio device are probably rubbish. I.e the headphones that came with your phone. Every phone I’ve bought has come with some kind of included headphones (or more accurately “headset” since there’s a microphone on them), and in nearly every case, they have been…

  • TechCon 2016 – The Return

    One of the casualties of the changes surrounding the Radio Academy was that TechCon, the one day conference about radio and audio technology, fell by the wayside. Fortunately, it was gamely picked up by Ann Charles, Aradhna Tayal and Andy Buckingham, who took the conference independent. Running a conference is not for the faint-hearted, with…

  • Getting Rid of Preinstalled Apps on an HTC 10

    This is really just a short blog to explain one of the most annoying things on my otherwise excellent HTC 10. The phone comes with a number of preinstalled apps, whether you want them or not. That’s not unusual for Android phones. Aside from Google’s own devices, it’s as common as the crapware you get…

  • HTC 10 – Initial Thoughts

    This is my fifth HTC device, although it has been a while since my last. That was an HTC One X, which was pretty decent in its day, although the camera was fairly average. Sometime before that, I also owned an HTC Desire, Orange SPV 500 (aka the HTC Typhoon) and an Orange SPV M500…

  • Euro 2016 – Staying on TV

    As Euro 2016 kicks off in France tonight, my inbox has become flooded with nonsense PR stories. My email address has recently been sold to a number of PR agencies and I get a wide variety of emails asking me if I’m interested in writing about things I’m not interested in writing about. I silently…

  • Unconvinced by Virtual Reality

    Last week Oculus Rift finally started shipping consumer units, two and a half years after it first appeared on Kickstarter. This week the HTC Vive has been launched, part of a system that includes motion tracking. Sony is readying a VR PlayStation add-on for imminent release. And then we’ve had both Google Cardboard and iterations…

  • Capturing MiniDV Tapes

    Time flies in technology, and “old” formats get left behind frighteningly quickly. Here’s my problem. I have a box of perhaps 100 Mini DV video tapes. They were shot with a camera that still works, and I want to capture the files into a digital format for preservation (I will hang onto the tapes as…