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I made this on a Mac.

That statement is pretty common these days. But there was a time I would have never imagined creating something on a computer. Sure, I had some friends type up one of my essays or a college application on their parents’ Compaq computer, the glowing…

The European Commission certainly took its time, but it’s now forcing all manufacturers to use a common standard for portable device charging. That standard is, of course, USB-C. (Image: Marcus Urbenz, Unsplash)

It’s been a long time coming — probably way too long — but it’s now official: the European Union intends to force tech product manufacturers into using a common USB-C charging port for all of their devices. This was announced today as one of the measures the European Commission is…

screenshot of the ‘start menu’ on a Chromebook
image courtesy of the author

The desktop on a Chromebook is as barren as the Sahara Desert. Save for a wallpaper you’ll rarely see, it has no function whatsoever. I still cannot understand why Google have kept things this way rather than allow shortcuts and widgets to be displayed on the Desktop, but hey ho…

Image by Author.

If you’re a long-time reader of my tech stories here on Medium, you’ll notice a common theme: I go back and forth a lot. A lot. One minute, I’m looking at iPads or MacBooks, the next it’s Surfaces and Chromebooks.

This isn’t a new thing for me; for most of…

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A month ago, I wrote about my decision to say goodbye to Chrome OS.

It has been an operating system that I’ve used for years now, but as my computing needs became more robust, I found myself requiring the power and program support of Windows or macOS instead, and my…

Photograph of the River Severn
image — courtesy of the author (The River Severn, Coalport)

I have a Fujifilm mirrorless camera. For this story, the model is irrelevant. The reason for that is simple. I rarely take it out with me unless I have planned a day of photography. That's roughly £1000 worth of kit sitting idle at the moment I may need it.

Why I don’t carry a camera kit with me as part of my EDC (Everyday Carry)


AirPods Max Ear Cushions close up.
Photo: Joshua Beck

I’ve said it over and over again: I had no plans to buy AirPods Max. I had absolutely no interest in them.

Okay, that last part was incorrect; I had no interest in paying $549 for them. Sheesh.

But I was definitely interested in them. I figured I’d be waiting…

I have always loved watches.

That’s not an exaggeration; as a kid, you could find me in the watch section of Wal-Mart as often as you could find me in the toy section. I’ve got cabinets full of cheap, dead watches that I don’t wear but I’ve stopped short of…

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Over the last year of working from home through the pandemic, there’s been one constant: The house is eternally messy, and we’re eternally cleaning it. Because we’re home with our two pets all the time, if we aren’t vacuuming and mopping daily, our hard floors get dirty quickly.

I’m a…

The Jabra Elite 85t earbuds. Photos courtesy of the author.

True wireless earbuds have come a long way in a short amount of time. As someone who loudly rejected the mobile phone trend of jettisoning the 3.5mm headphone jack, I’ve come to appreciate and in many ways prefer Bluetooth wireless earbuds like the Jabra Elite 75t when comfort and all…


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