• 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
  • One of my clients runs an online forum to which people can subscribe. While the process of accepting payment and registering … [Read more…]

    So many clicks have become just one with Keyboard Maestro
  • 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

Real Life

The Enchantress of Numbers, Ada Lovelace

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.

More Real Life


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

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…

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?


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


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

Read more…

Set and forget: the iPad Restrictions PIN


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

Read more…

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.

Read more…

A cheap bookcase refreshed

Bookcase side detail

I stripped a cheap bookcase I bought and used tung oil to refurbish it. The results are very satisfying.

Read more…