Tech for the Timid

Mind the gender

Terence Kennedy April 19, 2018
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…

Assault and battery

Terence Kennedy April 12, 2018
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…

Give us a break

Terence Kennedy March 29, 2018
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…

All you need is pods

Terence Kennedy March 22, 2018
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…
TAKE pity on poor James Howells from Newport in Wales. His local council still won’t let him sift through the landfill site to find the hard-drive he dumped in 2013.…
LAST year a friend sent my email address a joke. Now I’m deluged with offers to augment the male anatomy, retrieve my winnings from a lottery I didn’t enter, or…
IF you’re still listening to music on your own CDs, MP3s or even (gasp) cassettes, the bad news is that you’re officially a dinosaur. Guilty as charged m’lud. The reality…
FORGET bringing back a sparkly plastic gondola or a carnival mask from Venice. On a recent holiday I discovered that today’s most popular Venetian souvenirs are handmade wooden selfie sticks.…
Machine translation is still not good to go, Terence Kennedy regrets LAST week I emailed a helpful Spanish colleague and called him a horse. Well, not intentionally. He had been…
BEYONCÉ is said to have dozens and to change them every week. I have four and haven’t changed them for years. We’re talking e-mail addresses, which some people change the…
APPARENTLY it’s only those of us with a diminished shelf-life who still make actual telephone calls. Millennials in particular think calls are too intrusive, when a text will do nicely…
WOULD you buy a car programmed to kill someone? No, me neither. Except that soon, we will. Consider the self-driving car which is steadily motoring its way towards acceptance. Behind…
NOVELIST Lee Child recently confessed his difficulty when writing a new book: he can’t figure out Word’s automatic page numbering. Can you? Decades after the nostalgic clacking of typewriters gave…
Page 1 of 2

Poll of the Week

Was UK Prime Minister Theresa May right to order air strikes in Syria without consulting Parliament?

New online edition graphic