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    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
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    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
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    Set and forget: the iPad Restrictions PIN
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    TheNext40 — a great motivator
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    A cheap bookcase refreshed
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    Wellington in the red
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    A Melbourne mystery

Real Life

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My Mac speaks Spanish perfectly, hooray!

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

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Reviews

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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.

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Science and Tech

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A better Barbie book

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

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My Mac speaks Spanish perfectly, hooray!

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

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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.

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How many days are left?

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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.

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A slight brush with the law

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

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Set and forget: the iPad Restrictions PIN

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After much hair pulling I was able to retrieve my iPad’s Restrictions PIN: a code I’d set and promptly forgotten.

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TheNext40 — a great motivator

Mum and me, 1955ish.

Rather than a major birthday marking the end of something, for me it’s marked the start. I’ve made myself a hashtag which is proving quite motivational.

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