Category Archives: Technology

.tek: I'm Now on Tumblr Too (How To Export WordPress to Tumblr)

According to this Wired article- So you Wanna Be an Internet Sensation? , the best way to get noticed (and get more work) is to have a Tumblr blog.  So I did that.  Took me 20 minutes and this is … Continue reading

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.tek: Prometheus: ET's Tin Whistle is a Wicked Input Device

I mostly savaged Prometheus in my review yesterday, but one of the nice touches in the movie was the alien humanoid’s remote control whistle for interfacing with the bridge instruments on their spaceship. I love that idea; it’s got me … Continue reading

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.tek: Congratulations to Liu Yang, The First Chinese Woman In Space

Congratulations to Liu Yang, the first Chinese woman in space.  Also, it’s great that countries like China and India are taking up the slack now that NASA seems to have largely abandoned the human exploration of space.  On this latest … Continue reading

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.tek: Clicky Keyboard: The Only Thing I Got From Alan Sugar That Didn't Explode Into Flames

I just spent twenty UK pounds on an overpriced Y-cable from Maplins to  convert a single USB port into a PS2 keyboard and mouse port.   Why?  So I could plug in a twenty-three year old keyboard into my HP 210 … Continue reading

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TechieTalk June: Writing, Wii U, NFC, MacBook Pro Retina, Microsoft Surface, Movies, Games and More!

Just updated my TechieTalk column archive for June, so now you can read a whole bunch of my nerd column newspaper articles online- Mon 04-Jun-2012 Distraction Free Writing Tools Mon 11-Jun-2012 Upcoming Geekery, Gaming, Gadgets and Superheroes Mon 18-Jun-2012 Apples … Continue reading

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Latest Nerdery: Prototype 2, Mass Effect 3, Tiger Woods, Samsung S3, Snow White and Avoiding Work

Mon 07-May-2012 Xbox 360: Star Wars Special Edition Mon 14-May-2012 Video Games News Mon 21-May-2012 Superphones, Money and Evil Queens Mon 28-May-2012 An Office Workers Guide To Avoiding Work More stories about Gadgets, Video Games, Consoles, Computers, Apple, PC, Linux, … Continue reading

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.tek: European Space Agency: Tracking Transit of Venus, Video

In case you missed it yesterday-

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.tek: Ron McNair: The First (and Only) Saxophonist in Space

Just started trying to teach myself the sax this week (see my Bucket List) and came across this article yesterday. Apparently the late Ron McNair convinced NASA that it was vitally important that he be the first person to play … Continue reading

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.tek: No Facebook, No Cry

I wanted to own a couple of shares just to be part of the event, you know- it’s a nerd thing.  But I’m glad I didn’t go through all the hassle, because it all seems so, so bleh only a … Continue reading

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.tek: Snake Oil (Dodgy Tech) Watch: Boots Anti-Snoring Ring

I love products like this- they give me the chance to vent my innate misanthropy in a constructive manner. Just a little context- Boots is probably the most reputable and popular high street pharmacists in the UK. Recently they’ve started … Continue reading

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.tek: I've Lost My Programming Chops: I Don't Know XOR from Coleslaw

I’ve never been a great programmer.  I’ve fluctuated wildly between utterly incompetent to unbearably clever. It’s been years since I’ve done any professionally, but lately, given my boring life, I’ve decided that I want to stick my oar back in.  … Continue reading

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The New iPad (Yes, that's what they are calling it)

Just a little while ago Apple released their latest and greatest tablet, they’re simply calling it “the new iPad”.  As usual the news will be greeted with the usual rabid fanaticism by Apple fans, but is it actually any good? … Continue reading

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I, The Eternal Beaver: Things I Have Made, of Wood

Saatara (Made In Mauritius): This was my attempt at a seven string interpretation of Gopichand/Ektara ancient plucked drum instrument thingy from India. Seven strings because then I’d have a full set of major notes (C-D-E-F-G-A-B) to play with.  And yes, … Continue reading

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A Cool Camera for Klutzes: The Lytro Light-Field Camera

Ok, I heard this on the radio a while back so its not hot news, but its such a cool piece of tech that I thought I’d share it with you. A while back a company called Lytro came up … Continue reading

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.tek: 60 Second Science: Africa: Ebola Vaccine

Ebola Vaccine A new vaccine to combat has been developed to combat the terrible Ebola virus which kills 90% of the infected.  Existing vaccines are weakened by storage procedures, whereas this new engineered vaccine is much more robust when stored.  … Continue reading

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.tek: 60 Seconds Science Latest: Phobos Probe Lost, Swine Flu (Again) and Jetman

Phobos Probe Lost Russian Phobos probe lost– ESA confirms that contact has been lost.  The probe named Phobos-Grunt has been stranded in an orbit around the Earth after a successful launch from Baikonur. The thrusters that were then supposed to … Continue reading

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.tek: 60 Second Science: Faster Than Light Neutrinos in Plain English

If you’re like me, you’ve heard the whole hoo-ha about those pesky-little faster-than-light neutrinos and are probably wondering what in Hades is going on.  So I dug around a bit this morning and here’s my understanding- What’s Happened? In an … Continue reading

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.tek: Infotech 2011 Attended: Nice Girls, But No Bargains and a Bit Boring

I finally got back from Infotech 2011 a few minutes ago.  Preliminary impressions were that of most small trade fairs; nice girls and a bit boring.  Well, I was expecting elephants and dancing-girls, so I suppose that my expectations may … Continue reading

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.tek: Machine Emotion? Why?

What Are Emotions? What are emotions for humans? The potted version, according to psychologists, are that emotions are either an evaluation system to help us make judgements that are of value to us (see 1, 2), or a response to a … Continue reading

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