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Hindhead bypass 1 : Google Maps 0

The Outsider and family dropped in on friends in Farnham to see in the New Year, and to blow the cobwebs away we all went for a New Year’s Day walk around the Devil’s Punch Bowl (DPB).  The DPB is … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to the flip phone?

Son #1 had a problem with his phone. Now for most teenagers that would mean that the battery life was rubbish, or the camera had failed, or it had lost all the music. Or maybe that it was last years’s … Continue reading

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In Germany armed only with a credit card

For our summer holidays this year the Outsider and family journeyed to Germany.  One reason for this is son #1′s pursuit to visit what seems like every natural history museum in Europe, and Stuttgart had one of the best in … Continue reading

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Waiting for the electric cars

We are told that electric cars will be commonplace in only a few years’ time.  Trouble is, I’ve heard this so many times before that I’m not really convinced. When it comes to predictions about future traffic and car use, … Continue reading

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I went to the BBC the other day

Whilst on holiday in the Canary Islands, topping up on sun with the family, my phone rang. Being the meany that I am and not wanting to pay roaming charges, I hurriedly told the caller I was on holiday and … Continue reading

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It isn’t hacking!

Yet again the newspaper headlines are being hit with accusations of mobile phones being hacked.  A prominent advisor to the government is forced to resign, although bearing in mind said person’s past life as editor of one of the country’s … Continue reading

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Contactless payment technology, nearly there (sigh)

I bank with one of the big four banks (are there still four after all those mergers?) and have done so ever since being ejected from the school and packed off to university a l-o-n-g time ago.  And hence I … Continue reading

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Content providers – avoid the carriers for billing!

This sounds like a case of stating the blindingly obvious. In a recent article, Simon Buckingham made the point that mobile operators will always have aconflict of interests when billing users for third party content services.  Operators have their own plans … Continue reading

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The end of WML?

I read the other today that the BBC has now dropped WML from its mobile website.  For such a significant content provider as the BBC to drop this format must signal the end for this original, now rather quaint, format … Continue reading

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Goodbye to NuevaSync (and others…)

When I retired from corporate life, one challenge that I had to overcome was how to organise my calendar.  In corporate life I had put all my activities, home and work, into Outlook running on the company’s Exchange servers.  But … Continue reading

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