Tag: gadgets

April 12, 2015

FON

For a few years, now, I have used a cheap FON wifi access point to provide limited (internet only) access for any visitors, separate from my own wifi access. By default, a FON device offers two networks – one private and one public. In my…

November 23, 2014

When I first got my original (shop-bought) YouView box, I thought it was pretty brilliant, but the there was the inevitable complaints how it didn’t have stuff like YouTube, NetFlix and LoveFilm. YouView’s answer to this was that they were open to new content partners,…

November 3, 2014

The weekend before last, I noticed something strange about my Nexus 10 tablet. The centre of the screen looked grubby. I’d actually noticed this a little a few weeks before, but had assumed it was the light, or some fingermarks on the surface. But no,…

August 10, 2014

I’ve had a Tenori-On for a couple of years, now: the cheap “Orange” one, made of plastic; not the metal framed “White” version. After an initial period when I couldn’t put it down, I soon found myself disappointed that the volume of the device was…

November 23, 2013

I wrote in September about getting Multicast working, this being required for TV over IP channels. Having proved it worked, I then forgot about it, as the only such channel I can currently get is Sky, which I am not interested in. I just wanted…

September 6, 2013

Here and here I spoke about Multicast, and needing a new router to make it work. The new router arrived in July, but initial attempt to get VPN working to my office with a suitable encryption failed. All I had to do was tinker with…

September 1, 2013

Last weekend, my old Hotpoint washing machine broke down. As I have had it for a good few years, and as it seemed to be eating more money, I decided to spring for a new machine. After a bit of research I settled on an…

September 1, 2013

It is amazing how sometimes you have technology in your possession and don’t realise it. I recently spotted this youtube video, which is quite amusing. Of course, the totally impractical cube is a joke, and part of a viral ad for Samsung’s new Galaxy NX…

July 27, 2013

I mentioned that I had bid on a new Vigor router, to let me use all the facilities of my new TalkTalk YouView box. It arrived today, and I immediately spotted something wrong. Checking the listing, I could see it was my mistake, and not…

July 23, 2013

I have been with TalkTalk for some time, but on their business service, rather than their domestic one. This meant I missed the boat a year ago, when they handed out free YouView boxes – I bought mine instead. But this year, they announced that…

April 29, 2013
March 16, 2013

Just had a fairly fraught trip from Peterborough to Glasgow and back, where – in addition to bad weather – my TomTom (Go Live 1005 World Edition) refused to see any satellites whatsoever. I tried various things, numerous times, including a reboot and a complete…