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  • Earlier this year I simplified my online life: I unsubscribed from almost every mailing list I was on, unfollowed a swag of … [Read more…]

    It’s simple really
  • Who isn't forever on a quest to save some iPhone battery power? One strategy is to keep a Magicstick on hand so you can … [Read more…]

    Make your iPhone battery last longer
  • Ada Lovelace's mum guided Ada from an early age into mathematics and science, partly as a way to keep her away from … [Read more…]

    The Enchantress of Numbers, Ada Lovelace
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    So many clicks have become just one with Keyboard Maestro
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    Is that email phishing? How to check in Gmail
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    Backing Up Your Mac — book review
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    My Mac speaks Spanish perfectly, hooray!
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    A fur seal surprise
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    A slight brush with the law

Real Life

It’s simple really

Simplicity is my most driving value, though it took a while before that came clear to me.

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Reviews

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

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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It’s simple really

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Simplicity is my most driving value, though it took a while before that came clear to me.

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Make your iPhone battery last longer

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Who isn’t forever on a quest to save some iPhone battery power? One strategy is to keep a Magicstick on hand, but The App Factor give us 10 handy ways to keep it from discharging so quickly.

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The Enchantress of Numbers, Ada Lovelace

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Countess Ada Lovelace was a computing pioneer back in the Victorian era of the 1800s. A brilliant mathematician, she came up with arguably the first computer algorithm before computers were even physical objects, and recognised the potential of what computers would be able to do.

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So many clicks have become just one with Keyboard Maestro

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Keyboard Maestro transforms a routine task I do many times each week, tweaking the clipboard and pasting the clipboard into 3 different apps. Here’s how it works, taking advantage of some of the fabulous new features of version 7.0.

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Is that email phishing? How to check in Gmail

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

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Backing Up Your Mac — book review

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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.

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