Archive

Here's everything I've written throughout July 2018.

 

1.1.1.1 → PP

There’s a good chance you’re using your ISP’s DNS at home, which is usually far worse than other offerings like Google’s DNS and OpenDNS. There is however, a new player in town; 1.1.1.1

We’ve built 1.1.1.1 to be the Internet’s fastest DNS directory. […] Since nearly everything you do on the Internet starts with a DNS request, choosing the fastest DNS directory across all your devices will accelerate almost everything you do online

I’ve been using 1.1.1.1 on my devices for a few days and it’s certainly improved things around here. If you can update the DNS servers on your router then that saves you having to update every device one by one. Virgin Media, sadly, do not let me make this central alteration but hey-ho.

DNSPerf gives some statistics on response time, if you’re interested. Give it a go.

17 July, 2018

The Survival Game PP

Book cover for The Survival Game by Nicky Singer.

Whilst The Survival Game is pitched as a Young Adult book, the story is certainly enjoyable for adults too, as I found out after spending a few days with Nicky Singer’s latest work. The main character Mhairi is on a multi-thousand kilometre trek back to Scotland, but this isn’t 2018. Mhairi is in our future, a dystopian future, where over population has driven cities to erect borders and strict checks for everyone.

Right from the beginning Mhairi stumbles across a young boy, who we later know as ‘Mo’. He doesn’t utter a single word but through Singer’s expert hand we still get to know him well. This is a tale of two young people, utterly determined to reach their endgame, but with all the dangers that both Mother Nature and mankind have in store.

Whilst I won’t spoil the ending here, the final chapters were somewhat of a surprise but I do wish Singer had taken it further before drawing the book to a close. Also, the references to a place called CASTLE comes earl on but it’s not clear as to what this actually is. (My guess is it’s part of Mhairi’s mind where she tries to block out bad memories).

All in all, The Survival Game is a great read and certainly worth a look when it comes out on July 26th later this year.

Thank you to NetGalley and Hachette for the free early access copy.

14 July, 2018

Augment for iOS → PP

Augment is an amazing way to listen to the world. It harmonizes your listening experience which helps you to be less distracted and stressed. The Augment app filters your acoustic environment, takes out harsh sounds and turns stressful noise into harmonic sound environments

This might sound like a gimmick, but it’s pretty impressive. Lying in bed with my headphones on, every sound is amplified but not by a simple volume boost, oh no. The Super Hearing mode for example made every breath I took thunder through my ears with such clarity and brevity. The Relax mode on the other hand, distorted the sound into alternating tones. It’s quite tricky to explain so I urge you to try it for yourself. It’s free on the app store with a few optional in app purchases.

12 July, 2018

Doctor Who back catalogue is available on BBC iPlayer → PP

The BBC have put every episode of Doctor Who, since it’s revival with Christopher Eccleston, onto iPlayer. Whether you’re new to the franchise and want to binge every season or fancy watching some of your favourite episodes, now is the time to do it. The catalogue won’t be available for ever.

11 July, 2018

Software Update moves back to System Preferences in macOS Mojave PP

macOS Mojave Software Update in System Preferences

To take a quote from Back to the Future, “It’s about time”. I always thought moving the updates of the operating system into the app store was a misstep. I’m glad to see it’s back in its rightful place within System Preferences on macOS Mojave, coming later this year.

11 July, 2018

HP iPaq 2210 → PP

I bought this PDA back in the day when it was one of HP’s flagship devices and I freaking love it. (I say love in the present tense as I still have this device at home). This video by The Science Elf is a fantastic trip down memory lane and has me thinking about writing up my own piece on it in the future.

10 July, 2018

Microsoft Surface Go → PP

[…] We had to ask ourselves what people want and need from a 10” Surface. The answers seem obvious – lightweight, productive, and accessible to more people. I’m pumped to introduce you to Surface Go, because it’s all those things, and so much more.

If you’re in the Microsoft Windows ecosystem and would like an affordable entry to the tablet space then the Surface Go looks like a compelling choice.

I hope the Go works out for Microsoft and brings more people to their side of the fence, but I reckon this won’t make much of a dent in the consumer tablet market. Not with an iPad starting around £300 and which has with it the humungous iOS application ecosystem. Having said that, there’s pretty much a Surface for everyone now and that can only be a good thing.

10 July, 2018