Getting a TV – LG 4k 43”

We haven’t had a TV for a long time. Last TV we bought was a CRT. Big and heavy, but only, I think, a 21” screen. Seemed big at the time. Back in those days, TVs weren’t smart. They used coax and SCART sockets, and other than displaying the signal they were sent from an […]

Re-using an Old Apple Keyboard for my iPad

Back when I first got my iPad, a Mini 4, I picked up a reasonably cheap keyboard to go with it. It’s rechargeable, and coated with a kind of cloth surface. It’s not been bad, really, but it’s getting quite worn out, with the cloth bubbled up over the keys, making it a bit hard […]

Apple Public Betas

I’d never used one of Apple’s betas before, always waiting until release date to start using the new versions. I’d heard that the early beta releases can be quite buggy, and I rely on my devices working. Now the beta process is over, I’m sharing my experience in case it’s useful to anyone considering a […]

True Story: SPARCstation Warning

When I was at university (Aston, in Birmingham) we had a lab of Sun SPARCstations. Not great by modern standards, but powerful machines at the time. I’m guessing their OS, Solaris, didn’t take well to losing power without being properly shut down, because there were warning notices on the wall telling us all that switching […]

Dropping Ulysses

I’ve been using Ulysses for writing for years now, and it’s great software. I didn’t generally use its export features, but it was a nice flexible writing environment. It’s folder structure made it simple, but powerful, and meant it could be used in all sorts of ways. It was well worth the money I paid […]