Back to work. Lots of work…

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With NaNoWriMo successfully behind me, I’d better get on with some work. Actually, the writing process for NaNoWriMo didn’t stop me working much per se at all, although it did play havoc with my evening recreation time. A Country Practice is still on the air, right? While I work out what’s happened to Fatso The […]

Great Printers And Not So Great Online Bargains

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A week off (mostly) to attend to some personal matters, and as a result not too much work online that I’ve missed pointing out. CNET.com.au ran a review of a printer that I particularly liked: Canon Pixma MG6150: “Canon’s Pixma MG6150 is a slow multifunction printer, but the print quality and ease of use make […]

I often get asked “who do I work for”?

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It’s a question with an ever-evolving answer, but the broad answer is usually that as a freelancer, I’ll work for anyone who’ll pay the bills*. Which is why I’m concurrently across so many titles, both online and in print. As an example, this month’s PC User magazine has a lot of my content. I’ve tested […]

It costs how much, exactly?

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The sticker shock of the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab took a lot of people by surprise, myself included. Then I discovered that it’s actually slightly worse than it seems. I should tip my hat in the direction of fellow journalist Darren Yates, as the article spun out from a Twitter discussion I was […]

How loud is “unbelievably loud” anyway?

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That’s the question posed by my review today at CNET.com.au. Along the way, I discuss the old round mice that DEC used to ship (remember those?), tiny accordions and the infamous head explosion scene from Scanners. I’m nothing if not varied. X-mini II Capsule Speakers: “The exterior packaging for the X-mini II Capsule Speakers warns […]

Take Two Tablets And See Me In The Morning

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This week’s opinion columns are both rather Tablet-centric. First up, at Geekspeak, an overview of the iPad, Galaxy Tab and T-Touch Tab: Which Tablet Is Right For Me? “There is finally a modicum of choice in the Tablet space…” Then at Hydrapinion, I’m picking a fight with Steve Jobs. Sure, he’s a master of the […]

NaNoWriMo: One Week Later

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So far, so good. I’ve got a main character, a plot arc, the final chapter is at least sketched out, and I’ve variously researched models of Jaguar motor vehicle, UK Prime ministers of the 1950’s and exactly what makes up a mullioned window. I can also state with some certainty that the 18th of June […]

High Tech Gadgets? Check. Secret Lair? Check. The proof is irrefutable. I AM Batman.

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It all makes sense, when you think about it.* There’s the gadgets. Like this Bluetooth headset that I’ve reviewed at CNET.com.au: Jabra Go 660: “Those who need both softphone and smartphone connectivity out of their Bluetooth headsets will be well served by Jabra’s combination Go 660 set.” Now, who wants to volunteer to be Robin? […]