Recently…

  • Phishing emails are designed to trick you into giving away information such as login details. They claim to come from Apple, … [Read more…]

    Is that email phishing? How to check in Gmail
  • On the surface it's such a simple statement: I want to keep good backups. Unfortunately, the moment you delve into what that … [Read more…]

    Backing Up Your Mac — book review
  • Later this year we're travelling to Spain so we're learning a bit of Spanish. I learned some Spanish decades ago, and while I … [Read more…]

    My Mac speaks Spanish perfectly, hooray!
  • The beach was empty today: no shells, no bits of driftwood, no bluebottles, no people. It was a vast expanse of bare sand and … [Read more…]

    A fur seal surprise
  • Since I plan to live to 100 I want to make sure I make good use of my time. I already have a motivational hashtag: TheNext40, … [Read more…]

    How many days are left?
  • Yesterday I spent about an hour sitting in a car on Aitken Street in Thorndon, Wellington, while waiting for someone who … [Read more…]

    A slight brush with the law
  • I struck a big problem yesterday while trying to ready my iPad mini for sale: it wanted my Restrictions PIN. What? I didn't … [Read more…]

    Set and forget: the iPad Restrictions PIN
  • I never knew Dad's dad: he died before I was born. Like his father, he was a printer by trade, but developed cataracts and … [Read more…]

    TheNext40 — a great motivator
  • Years ago I bought a simple second-hand bookcase I liked the shape of. At some point I decided it was a bit tatty and thought … [Read more…]

    A cheap bookcase refreshed
  • As Christmas draws near Wellington empties out as all the university students go elsewhere, parents take their school age … [Read more…]

    Wellington in the red

Real Life

Show original for full details.

Is that email phishing? How to check in Gmail

How to do some of your own detective work if you receive a suspicious email in Gmail by Shwoing the Original and looking closely.

More Real Life

Reviews

magicsticks.jpg

Recharging your iPhone is simple with Magicstick

The Magicstick iPhone and Kindle charger by Powerocks is an extremely handy gadget to keep in your bag. It weighs only a few grams, is reasonable inexpensive and can recharge your iPhone twice before it has to be recharged itself.

More Reviews

Science and Tech

barbie-and-the-command-line.jpg

A better Barbie book

A book published in 2013 reveals terrible attitudes about women in computing. Luckily, the Internet put it right.

More Science and Tech…

Is that email phishing? How to check in Gmail

Show original for full details.

How to do some of your own detective work if you receive a suspicious email in Gmail by Shwoing the Original and looking closely.

Read more…

Backing Up Your Mac — book review

backing-up-your-mac.jpg

This is another clear, usable book by one of my favourite tech authors. If you treasure the stuff on your Mac you’d do well to work though this book and get yourself well set up before the worst happens.

Read more…

My Mac speaks Spanish perfectly, hooray!

speak.jpg

A simple tweak made my Mac read me Spanish language text with perfect Spanish pronunciation.

Read more…

A fur seal surprise

Fur seal relaxing on driftwood.

The dogs and I were surprised today when we came upon a fur seal hidden in the crook of a driftwood log on an otherwise empty beach.

Read more…

How many days are left?

unix-timestamp.jpg

I wanted to keep track of how many days there are left until a date I chose. Here’s how I used Keyboard Maestro to do it.

Read more…

A slight brush with the law

police.jpg

Taking photos in a public place earned me a brief chat with a police officer.

Read more…