Paying off hackers

How is it that it's legal to pay off hackers and thereby fund their continuing exploits? I've read of a number of instances of this in recent months and I'm sure there are others we don't hear about.

Agenda app review — the golden goose?

I'm hoping to be able to replace a number of my organisational apps with Agenda, which I review here. I should be able to roll notes, to-do lists, journals and project management all into one.

Birds of Prey (2020) movie review — I could live without it

I watched Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) during the week and wasn't particularly enamoured with it, although it's not a complete loss.

HP OfficeJet 6950 printer review

Printers are hardly thrilling items but I decided to review my HP OfficeJet 6950 colour inkjet printer. The bottom line is it's okay as far as these things go.

Wescot Credit Services — spammers (01482 590502)

Wescot Credit Services — spammers (01482 590502)

I was motivated to write this review because I’m fed up of being spammed by Wescot Credit Services Ltd. I don’t owe them or anyone they represent a penny. In fact I’ve never heard of the person they claim to be after, yet they continue to spam call me.

iA Writer review and changing my workflow

iA Writer review and changing my workflow

I’ve tried quite a few Markdown editors but, until now, hadn’t properly investigated iA Writer. However, it now fits nicely into my workflow and in this article I explain how it does so and I present my review of iA Writer.

Make quantum decisions with the Universe Splitter app

The Universe Splitter app allows you to make quantum decisions, spawning new universes in the process. Some quantum background to this and a brief review of the app can be found herein.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood review — hard to rate

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood review — hard to rate

I watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood last night and this is my review of it. I enjoyed it but still have some reservations I can't quite put my finger on. That's probably me just being overly fussy though.

Hearing Direct HD500 hearing aid review

My hearing has been shot for many a decade now. For the most part I get by without a hearing aid but I recently purchased a Hearing Direct HD500 hearing aid. This is my review of that product.

Schrödinger's cat and also kettles

It's a tricky one to explain is Schrödinger's cat. Just consider this a very rough idea about what's going on with said cat in a box. As much as anything it's an example of how the underlying quantum reality that everything is made of differs from the world as we see it.

Wordpress 5.3 critical error

After upgrading one of the sites I manage to Wordpress 5.3, I encountered our old friend the Critical Error. It has been a while since I've seen that one and I thought I'd jot down some notes about how to debug that error and get your site working again.

Stranger Things — you either love it or hate it, it seems

I have just finished binge-watching seasons 1-3 of Stranger Things on Netflix and here I present my review. I've avoided spoilers, so there's no worry that I'm revealing anything here.

Chepstow Real Ale and Cider Festival, October 2019

I went back to my old stomping ground in the weekend and attended the Chepstow Real Ale and Cider Festival. This is my brief review of the occasion.

Apple Reminders on iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and macOS Catalina — much improved

Apple's Reminders app is much improved under macOS Catalina, iPadOS 13 and iOS 13. It’s now a ‘proper’ GTD app with much added functionality as compared to previous versions. It’s still not perfect, though.

In The Tall Grass (2019) movie review — it fails to deliver

In The Tall Grass (2019) movie review — it fails to deliver

I watched In The Tall Grass on the weekend and this is my review of that film. I thought I’d better write one quickly because it’s the sort of movie I could easily forget, and therein lies a big clue about what I thought of the film.

iPhone 11 review by someone who hates phones

My completely subjective review of Apple's iPhone 11. I hate phones so it takes a lot to win me over to them. I explain how the iPhone 11 did so and then I tell you what I think about it.

Avengers: Endgame review — a bit disappointing

Avengers: Endgame review — a bit disappointing

By and large, I've enjoyed the Avengers and most of Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Endgame left me a little disappointed. I'll tell you why in this review, in which I've largely avoided any spoilers.

Google's private web proposals

Google is proposing a way to build a more private web which suggests a reclassification of cookies amongst other things. From a user's perspective I think Google are coming at this from the wrong angle.

Zen Internet review after 9 years

Zen Internet review after 9 years

I've been using Zen Internet as my ISP for 9 years now and I always recommend them to people, so I thought it was about time I did a proper review of the broadband package I use.

Measuring cosmic distances

I was recently reading an article about the expansion of the universe and how recent data suggests the figures we've been using might not be quite correct. This led me to look at how we measure this expansion - and, more generically, how we measure any cosmic distance - and I thought I'd write an article about it.

I am not a robot

I'm a bit fed up with 'robot tests' that websites ask me to pass before permitting me access. Half the time I simply don't bother and visit another website instead. Is there no better way to do this?