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The Mu Folding Charger

Mu Duo Charger

I can’t remember the last time I went out without my phone. I think it was in that brief period when I thought running would be fun. As many in the same like of work, I am not only attached to the device and what it can do, I’ve also become aware of it’s limitations. […]

Keeping a Diary in a Networked World

Journals

It’s the last day of the year and I’m approaching 400,000 words for my ‘personal’ diary. I write every day but am conscious of a pile of notebooks, tapes and letters dating back to the 80’s.  I’d be keen to digitise them.  Or to at least make the words searchable and safe.  No idea if […]

One Thousand Words on Audio

iPhone running Audioboom

Sat in my shed, headphones on. My attention flitting between writing and podcasts. I can’t do both. I find it hard enough to write as it is. Listening to podcasts or even songs with lyrics while writing triggers a tipping point where I can’t do either. I considered starting a mailing list this week. Just […]

Zoom H5 Handy Recorder Review

Zoom H5 Mic Module

Founded in Japan in 1983, Zoom have been around for a little over 30 years now. They initially worked with manufacturers developing sound generators for musical hardware. I’m glad that in 1989 they shifted into making their own hardware as for the last 7 years I’ve been a fan of their audio recorders. In 2007 […]

The Garmin Zūmo 590LM Review

In Yer Face

Sometimes I like to jump on my bike and ride for the sake of riding. To tear through (I mean meander) country lanes till my tank is almost as empty as my adrenal glands. And then I like to find my way home again. Which sometimes is easier said than done. Till now. Garmin sent […]

Working in Digital Journalism (Case Studies)

Philip O’Connor (Stockholm)  Jemima Kiss (London)  Phil Sands (Beirut)

When I first started working at a daily newspaper there was a darkroom alongside a bank of neg scanners.  It was 2001 and thankfully I had arrived armed with a digital SLR. I learned that to deliver what the news desk demanded within 12 hours or less, I had to move fast, get the shot in […]

Public until proven otherwise

secure apps?

I once heard of a TV journalist who kept the names and addresses of his Syrian sources in a little black book, and all the video he shot of activists, complete with faces, on an open hard drive. He was detained by the secret police in Damascus, which was scary for him, but worse for […]

The Toshiba T1200. 19 years in a cardboard box and still working.

Toshiba T1200 Vs 11 inchMac Air

There’s 26 years of design and innovation between these two laptops. The Toshiba T1200, my first ever laptop (need I say on the bottom) and the latest 11″ Apple Macbook air on the top. Both still work, but I am finding that the Macbook air has a habit of needing a hard restart once in […]

Add custom fonts to a Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

DISCLAIMER: This is a simple procedure of dragging and dropping files to your origional Kindle Paperwhite while in USB mode. This is not a hack and does not require you to jailbreak your Kindle. That said, I take no responsibility for what may happen to your device in the unlikely event anything goes wrong. Recently […]

PirateBox – Collaborate and Share, Anywhere.

PirateBox

The PirateBox has come a long way since it’s inception in 2011 by David Darts. After reading about it’s existence I first got to interact with one at the Elevate Festival in Austria.  I remember downloading a book by Cory Doctorow and uploading an Mp3 from a band I used to be in.  It felt […]