Tech for the Timid

Beware of how you browse

Terence Kennedy June 21, 2018
FIVE years ago the EU fined Microsoft an eye-watering €561 million for doing a Harvey Weinstein with its browser: forcing itself on users whether they wanted it or not. Until…

Video didn’t kill the radio star

Terence Kennedy June 14, 2018
OKAY I’ll finally own up. Guilty as charged of broadcasting without a licence m’lud. In mitigation you’d have to be just a few metres from my home to pick up…

Smartphone stupidity

Terence Kennedy June 07, 2018
CAN it be true that the jostling passenger who stole my phone on the packed 916 bus in Rome last month really was a Catholic priest? Of course I ignored…

Swipe left or right for love

Terence Kennedy May 31, 2018
A LARGE and hairy friend recently tried his luck with an online dating site. The first time they actually met he discovered that his soulmate lady-friend was an equally large…

Smart for a phone

Terence Kennedy May 25, 2018
THESE days the only reason some of us still have a landline phone is so we can find our mobiles by calling them. Remember when the phone was a black…

The share pleasure of it

Terence Kennedy May 17, 2018
EAT your heart out Somalia: Spain has more pirates than you’ve had hot ransom demands. We learned courtesy of this fine newspaper a few weeks back that piracy (of the…

Take back (digital) control

Terence Kennedy May 10, 2018
The week after next, Terence Kennedy will insist that Facebook deletes his digital indiscretions SOON the world’s digital overlords will apparently hold 40 zettabytes of information on us. No I…

Who predicted predictive text?

Terence Kennedy May 03, 2018
AN IBM chairman uttered the IT industry’s most hopeless prediction ever in the 1940’s: ‘I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.’ Oops. Movie mogul Darryl Zanuck…
A WHILE ago my bank account was hacked. Why anyone would bother given that my balance is often lower than my IQ beats me, but that’s the way the galleta…
I MAY never understand why a hand is feminine in Spanish but a day is masculine, even though they end in ‘o’ and ‘a’ respectively. Nor in any case can…
AM I the only one to get a charge from juggling and relocating batteries religiously between devices until they really are very, very, very empty? By the time my throwaway…
REMEMBER when computers were huge chunky towers with noisy fans, colonising vast areas of our desktop or floor? Oh, how insensitive of me: yours still is. Forgive me if I’ve…
THERE’S rejoicing aplenty in our household when a device breaks. It means we can buy a new one without a guilty conscience. Filling your country mansion with gadgets by the…
Mea not quite so culpa, I have to confess, and she’s definitely the pod one out (sorry), but my own consumption does certainly max out at three or four a…
SUCH a nice man phoned from ‘Windows’ in India the other day, offering to fix a problem my computer didn’t have. Like growing numbers of scam-resisters with a nasty streak,…
SOME 22,000 people recently agreed to clean toilets for 1,000 hours after failing to read the fine-print on a phone app. Quite a few diners agreed to give up their…
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