The Electric Wand

Thoughts of a technology enthusiast.

January, 2009

  • How to wash your car properly

    Another post from the "Random Stuff" category. Just over a year ago, I wrote on how to cook the perfect fillet steak , and amusingly, it's by far the most-read post on this blog - by a factor of more than two... So here's another one for the New Year...
  • Little pleasures in troubled times

    It’s funny how sometimes the little things can give you the most tactile pleasures. An example is one little device I picked up post-Christmas – we were in town trawling round the “sales” and the only thing I really wanted to find was a good Waiter’s...
  • Windows 7 tips & tricks, and Media Center tuner drivers

    I put Windows 7 Beta 1 on my home PC the other day (as a dual boot config with Vista x64) to see what it was like; I was very pleasantly surprised, with the exception of the fact that Media Center - much as it looks nicer - didn't work out of the box...
  • Look what I found in my loft: a 9-year old netbook

    I splashed out a week or two ago, and bought a Samsung NC10 netbook – a bargain at under £300, and it runs Windows 7 really well. Impressed with the size and utility of the thing, I recalled a forerunner of the netbook, so went rooting around in my “box...
  • Is Blu-ray really "all that"?

    I made the decision to wait until the HD-DVD/Blu-ray format war had been resolved before deciding to give the winner a try. In the interim, about 18 months ago I picked up a new DVD player for about £120, which had HDMI support, did a decent job of upscaling...
  • Top ten things for <insert company name> to do in 2009

    It seems this time of year brings out the soothsayer in lots of IT journalists and analysts, if the volume of “ten things to do” articles is anything to go by. Mary-Jo Foley posted a couple of weeks ago on what she thought Microsoft might/should do this...