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Conversations: week 36 Information Technology. And parsley sauce

Steve: This computer isn’t working well, can we call iPing for some IT help?

Later…

Team member:  Can you work on the other computer? The guys at iPing are going to look into the slow computer.

Steve: Excellent

Later...

Team member: Stephen, did you record Masterchef on this computer?

Steve: huh?

Team member: Well, it turns out that the computer wasn’t working well because it was full of old episodes of Masterchef, and that was filling up the memory and slowing it down.

Steve: and the obvious suspect was….me? How old? When did this happen?

Team member: 2011

Not guilty (though I did have a meal at a wedding in 2007 at a restaurant run by a Masterchef finalist), but ...

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Read the instructions

Instructions...

A couple of weeks ago, I got a pair of Bluetooth earphones. This is my fourth pair in about 2 months, as I’m still trying to find a balance between what stays in my ears and functions well and doesn’t break easily. I had started using them straight away, and it was only a couple of days ago I got around to reading “the instructions”.

The Instructions are made in several different languages, which have to be printed in very small font so that they all fit into the same tiny booklet. That saves the company the hassle of printing separate booklets in each language and putting them in the right ...

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Technology and orthodontics, where does it go? And when?

I had some blogs about technology for the last couple of days, I think I'll stay on topic for this one.

It seemed like something I should be keen on, I've seen enough sci-fi movies, but I have no specific interest in techie things and gadgets. It took me a while and a Palm Pilot to realise this, but knowledge of self is always handy even when it comes late.

There's a classic description called the Rogers Curve, where people get used to new technologies or progress in general. Some are really at the start of it  - innovators. They love the new stuff as long as it's new. As soon as ...

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The march of technology - orthodontics waits for no man or woman

Yesterday, I was talking about compatibility of technology, today I thought I'd look at the change in technology in an area that is special to me....music.

I'm old enough to remember vinyl records not merely before  they made a come back for hipsters, but before they went away in the first place. In fact, I remember record players that had settings 33/45/78 - that is, they could play vinyl records (and probably acetates) that were made in the 1920s or before. Singles were at 45 rpm, and the LP was at 33. My dad was never keen on the idea of my brother or me buying singles because they were bad value. An ...

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The new conventions, corporate indifference or protectionism

Yesterday I bought some blue tooth headphones.

Sony.

I normally have a caution about mega brands, because I think the price reflects the cost of making them a mega-brand, and telling everyone about them, as well as simply building a good product, but I had a series of other brands that had let me down, and I use Sony noise cancelling headphones for plane journeys, so I took a punt. The thing for me isn't the sound quality, it's how well they fit my ears and how long the battery lasts. Sony does very well on both counts. But when I went to plug in my charger....it didn't fit. I had to ...

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