Cuttlefish

I've always been fascinated by cuttlefish. Their calcium carbonate internal "shells" were once a common sight on Southsea beach (on England's south coast where I lived when my girls were young) and were collected and used to keep our budgies healthy. Mekon seemed to...

The Perfect Keyboard for Writers and Writing

  My attempts to find a really good, reasonably priced, keyboard for banging out the words have seen me accumulate a big pile of the things (I realised this the other day when I had a big clear-out in the office) but I think the search may finally be over - and...

The HP Chromebox – the perfect tool for writers?

I'll come clean right from the outset - I've been a user of Chrome OS (the operating system used on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes) for a couple of years now. For over a year, my main laptop has been the HP Chromebook 14 and my Windows laptop has hardly been used in that...

Why I’m giving Amazon Fire TV a chance

I'm probably not alone in being a bit of a hoarder of cheap TV service boxes. I've tried Western Digital's range with modest success, and even built a Media Centre using a Raspberry Pi running XBMC (with similarly modest success). The first device I really fell in...

Nexus 7 (2013) – a personal view

I debated long and hard (with myself) before deciding to buy the new Nexus 7. This was because I adored my old N7 and couldn't see how it could be improved enough to make the £200 investment worthwhile. I'm glad I gave into temptation. There are plenty of technical...