Edimax BR-6258nL Wireless Router

Here’s another great little gadget to have in your travel kit, a wireless router the same size as a USB memory stick!

Configure it once with a unique SSID and password, then plug it into the ethernet cable in your hotel room and it creates your own WiFi network for all your devices. It […]

Great Little Torches

I’ve just ordered a bunch of these:

G3 Cree Q5

Amazon UK link G3 Cree Q5

Can run off a normal AA battery, or a high-power 14500 (need to buy the charger as well, in that case). Three settings: high, low and flashing. And less than £3! Over 200 5-star reviews on Amazon…


iPhone 5!

Waterfield Bags PS Vita Case

Just received my Waterfield Bags PS Vita case – it’s high quality and worth every penny ($50). I’ve bought quite a few bags and cases from Waterfield over the years and I’ve never been disappointed. Another great bag…

Here’s a full independent review.

The Ladykillers

2012_01_13_london_01, originally uploaded by chrispar340.

Just passing this morning – must go and see this show before it finishes.

Revive Dead SSD

Got a dead SSD? My 256GB boot drive packed up yesterday. I tried reformatting it in Apple’s Disk Utility and in the Terminal, and also tried in Windows 7. All efforts to format failed, and eventually the drive refused to mount.

I got this from Crucial Support: plug the power cable into the drive, […]

New Kindles

I love the look of the new Kindles but until they support the epub format I’ll be sticking with my Sony PRS-350 and Nook STR.

Netgear XAV5501 AV+500 Powerline Adapters

Holy moly!

I’ve been using a pair of Netgear XE104s to extend our network to the living room. They connect using mains electrical power, and have worked fine for a couple of years.

This morning I replaced them with Netgear XAV5501 AV+500 adapters, which claim to work at gigabit speeds. So I ran a […]

Barnes & Noble Nook STR

Just picked up a Nook STR at B&N Georgetown DC. I already had a B&N account so it registered straight away in the store. Later, back in the hotel, I tried to buy a book and, not surprisingly, it asked for my cc registered address, adding “it must be an address in the […]

iPad 2: Protecting the back

Everybody loves Apple’s Smart Cover for the iPad 2. But it doesn’t protect the back of the iPad at all.

Several companies have released “smart” back covers, such the SwitchEasy CoverBuddy, the Hypershield, the Smart Cover Enhancer and the Simplism Smart Back Cover. However these back covers aren’t cheap and, as far as I know, […]

Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington DC

Taken at Omni Shoreham Hotel

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood

Taken at Royal Albert Hall