Staff Blog

  • 2021/04/22
    Bridged Network With Azulle Byte4

    It's water under the bride now, but I had a small disagreement with Plusnet about how I should be able to cancel my account. The long and short of it- if I sign up online, I should be able to cancel online. No excuses! Dear @plusnet customers. I’d like you to know that:1. You can’t… Read more

  • 2020/12/24
    Plusnet when you sign up, Plustel when you cancel

    I’ll reserve a full review for later, but I wanted to hijack this rambling critique of Plusnet's customer service - or lack thereof - to include some positivity and introduce the Byte 4 - a dual NIC endowed mini PC with more uses than a pocket knife - and explain how it got me out of a… Read more

  • 2020/12/23
    Gaming Chair Brands Are Lying To You But Nobody Cares

    It's been about 6 months since I pointed out - in no uncertain terms - that Secret Labs, a popular brand of gaming chair, were taking the piss a little. I took the liberty of contacting them directly and pointing out that their listed MSRP and bold claims of how much money you save by… Read more

  • 2018/11/14
    Part 1 – Lived with loss – Oticon Opn 1 Hearing Aid Trial

    I have hearing loss. Not the sort you get as a result of listening to too much loud music. Well, I have that sort too. But that's not what I mean. While my predisposition toward loud music has not helped my situation, I actually posess no hearing whatsoever in my right ear. None. Nada.… Read more

  • 2018/11/07
    The Current State Of Linux On The Gemini

    The Gemini is an interesting beast. A modern revival of the Psion Series 5 personal organiser that, once upon a time, captured so many hearts and minds for its uniquely excellent keyboard. Indeed I still remember getting my hands on the Series 5 of a family member and being in awe of the… Read more

  • 2017/04/09
    Nintendo Switch

    It's hard to play with a Switch without forming an opinion, and it's hard to form an opinion without foisting it on everyone. Opinions seem to build up, like a sneeze, before you blurt them out unannounced and un-welcomed. Let's get the elephant out of the room first; I *like* the… Read more

  • 2016/04/13
    YouTube Channels For The Electronics Hobbyist

    If you're not already familiar with my shift from testing and reviewing consumer electronics, to making and supporting hobbyist electronics projects, then allow me a moment to explain. When the Raspberry Pi dropped on my Birthday 4 years ago it rekindled an interest I'd had since childhood.… Read more

  • 2013/04/11
    Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Accessories

    The Galaxy Note 8 is possibly one of the most interesting players in the Android arena. It harks back to the days of yore and old, when tablet computers came equipped with a stylus and responded poorly, at best, to tentative finger japs. The "Note" series, however, blends the best of both… Read more

  • 2012/04/12
    Tribes Ascend

    Cast your mind back some 10 years or more and you might remember a unique FPS experience which may well have been the gaming debut of jet packs and deployable turrets. I'm talking about Starsiege: Tribes. A little multiplayer FPS spin-off of the Starsiege series which blew up in popularity… Read more

  • 2011/06/22
    Virgin Media TiVo Photo Extravaganza

    Yes, I've been exhaustively reviewing Virgin Media's new TiVo lately, and forsaking all else. All this tireless and diligent watching of TV is done for you, dear reader. Jokes aside, I've got 65 lovely photos of the Virgin Media TiVo remote, the box itself and the overwhelmingly red (… Read more