The Internet Of Letterboxes

It’s currently fashionable here in England to castigate large companies for not voluntarily paying more tax that they are legally obliged to do. Amongst the so-called offenders is Amazon, who have grown a huge order management, warehousing, and distribution network throughout the UK. Probably because we seem to be one of the countries that has…

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Bluetooth Made Me Un-picture My Contacts

Can software become more complicated and yet still be easy to use? It seems that, unfortunately in some cases, it can – and does so whether you like it or not. I just spent two hours trying to fix the Bluetooth connection between my wife’s phone and her car, and discovered just how unfortunate it…

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My Email's Gone Cloudy

For the past several months I’ve been fighting to resolve network connectivity problems, especially with the Office 2013 version of Outlook. And then, suddenly, this week all the problems went away. Without me doing anything! Those brave souls who subject their Monday morning coffee break to my rambling diatribes will no doubt recall some of…

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Electronic Misroutability

For most of the morning Outlook has been glowering at me and reminding me that it can’t connect to the server. Despite me patiently explaining that everything else that connects to the ‘Net is working fine, it continued to sulk. Until suddenly an email arrived explaining that there was a major outage of the mail…

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Touch, But Don't Look

So my Windows 8 adventure has been terminated after only a brief foray into the delights of the new O/S. It’s annual review time here an Microsoft, which means I need to connect to the corporate network. But my Windows 8 machine can’t do that because the TPM module is faulty, and I need to…

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Taming Microsoft Media Center

So I’m still fighting to keep Media Center as the main TV system here at chez Derbyshire, despite the veritable aggro it seems to spew out at regular intervals. On top of the increasing vagueness of the program categorization in the guide (it seems to think that “The Only Way Is Essex” is a documentary),…

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You've Got To Pick A Tablet Or Two

So we’ve gone from a tabletless state to a twin fondleslab-equipped household in a little under two weeks. My wife no longer has to squint at Facebook pages containing 4 point text on a tiny smartphone screen, and I don’t have to wait for Windows to get started on my “downstairs laptop” when I want…

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I Nearly Found Nirvana In The Cloud

So it’s been a week of semi-fruitful searching for lots of people. In China there’s a team setting out on a million-pound expedition in the mountains and forests of Hubei province to find the Yeren or Yeti that’s supposedly been sighted hundreds of times. In Geneva, scientists have revealed that they’ve probably found the Higgs…

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I Don't Want To Be Remembered...

I’m probably not the only person who suddenly wondered if my computer had gone funny a few weeks ago when the Windows Live sign-in page looked very different from the one I’m used to. It was only after tracking down the Windows Live team blog and reading the article about it that I realized what…

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The New Charlatans

It’s customary to imagine that the most unpopular establishments in modern society are solicitors and estate agents (in the US, I guess the equivalent is lawyers and realtors; though I can’t testify to their level of popularity from here). However, I reckon that the growing use and capabilities of mobile phones has paved the way…

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