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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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Wellington in the red


Wellington’s pohutukawa trees are finally flowering, and they are as splendid as ever.

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No novels round here, but a daily blog


My experiment in writing every day for a month has been a success. Whew, I can still write after all.

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A Melbourne mystery


It’s a bit of a relief to read an Australian mystery book for a change. The book is also enjoyable and well-written.

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