Most of my IT interactions so far have been with either Microsoft Windows, Apple’s macOS or some sort of Linux distribution (most recently Manjaro, but sometimes Ubuntu). But a few discussions I’ve had with people have made me cast my eye away at Google Chrome and their Chromebook range. It’s been some years since the first Chromebook came out - and with the product line at … [Read more...]
Holiday Gift Travel Technology – Budget gifts for the tech-inclined
We know there’s an electronics shortage out there. But there are some electronic bits and bobs that are out there and could be fun to put in a stocking. Or in a wrapped present. Or wherever you want to put them (but ensure you get consent first). Could one of these be under your tree? Most of these gifts are under $/£50 and at most $/£100. I’ll try and give a couple of … [Read more...]
Travel Technology – The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 – Entry-level fitness tracker… or e-Waste?
Time for some more travel Technology - this time looking at the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6. But at this price, is it going to give a reasonable experience or is it headed for the e-Waste pile? And what do you give up for such a low price point? Price I got mine via Amazon UK for £32.99 + £2.99 delivery to an Amazon locker. Check around - the pricing is all over the place for … [Read more...]
Long Term Review – Toyota Aygo (2010), Seven years on…
Time for a long-term review - my Toyota Aygo Blue (2010). With it over 11 years old and me owning for seven of those years, how had life been with it? And why did I finally get shot of it? Farwell Aygo Blue... the subject of this post. What's a Toyota Aygo? A Toyota Aygo is a 3 or 5 door city car, designed to be nippy around towns and cities, whilst … [Read more...]
Travel Technology: Desktop-As-A-Service with Shells.com
Time for some travel technology you can use on the move, as I look at Shells.com and ponder the uses of a Desktop-As-A-Service product. Desktop-As-A-What? Desktop-As-A-Service has been around for years. Some of you might know them better as virtualised desktops. The idea is that all the processing is done in the datacentre, as opposed to your host device. This has some … [Read more...]
TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY: Apple HomePod Mini
Travel Technology - Apple HomePod Mini Time for some more Travel Technology - this week, looking at Apple's minuture speaker - The HomePod Mini. Is it worth the asking price just to play music and ask it to find where your phone is, or is there a lot more to this speaker? What is it? Apple’s HomePod Mini is a miniaturized version of their HomePod. It was released in … [Read more...]
Travel Technology: Flying Tiger Wireless In-Ear Headphones – Cheap, Cheerful… and passable at £20?
This week in Travel Technology, I somehow end up looking at a Flying Tiger for something else… and ended up with a pair of their wireless earphones. At £20, this is worth investigating when you're caught short on headphones. But are they passable for day-to-day use? What do you get for £20? We’ve all seen the Wish adverts for knock-off EarPods, with no-name Bluetooth … [Read more...]
TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft Surface Pro 7
It is time for some more Travel Technology - today, looking at the Microsoft Surface Pro 7. Does the Surface Pro design and power still command the prices Microsoft wants, or is there room for improvement? Our centre of attention today- The Surface Pro 7. This review continues to be in the style of my other travel technology reviews – focusing on usability rather … [Read more...]
Travel Technology: Chromecast with Google TV
Time for some more grounded travel technology, this time with me switching up my streaming system - and playing with a Chromecast with Google TV. How does it stack up? Trying something different... So whilst the H96 MAX box I have isn't bad (not in the least - it's served me pretty well, and still has a few issues - namely the lack of signed applications. The … [Read more...]
Laptop Bench Test: Dell Latitude 5410 – An upgrade in mediocrity?
It's time for some more Travel Technology - this week looking at an upgrade to a product I've reviewed before - the Dell Latitude 5410. Is it still a mediocre laptop, or are there generational upgrades that can make a real difference? Like previous laptops reviews, this is going to be much more of a “hands-on” review rather than full of benchmarks and how it behaves … [Read more...]
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