Category: Aside

  • iPAQ: A leading edge mobile device in its day

    iPAQ: A leading edge mobile device in its day

    Rummaging in my magpie’s nest – aka the cupboard where old gadgets, cables and what not live – I came across this absolute gem: a Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC that was launched in April 2000. My original recollection was that I bought this in 2002. However this model, the 3630, was released in April 2000.…

  • By design or not, Liz Truss sets the scene for why time is up for the Tories

    By design or not, Liz Truss sets the scene for why time is up for the Tories

    Publishing a 4,000-word essay in The Sunday Telegraph is a logical step to take for Liz Truss in her first public outing to set out her case for why and how her term as UK Prime Minister abruptly ended last October after just 49 days when she resigned her office. She was the shortest-serving prime…

  • We’ve got things a bit backwards

    We’ve got things a bit backwards

    Yesterday I shared a post on one of my Twitter accounts linking to an Amberfi blog post that included the image you see here, Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. My tweet shared the post, but the image in the post was blocked by Twitter…

  • The Galaxy Z Fold 5 could be the foldable worth waiting for

    The Galaxy Z Fold 5 could be the foldable worth waiting for

    Rumours are flying that Samsung will have addressed the problem with the crease in it’s foldable smartphones when the Galaxy Z Fold 5 is expected to be released in August. The Verge is one of many media outlets reporting that Samsung could adopt a “droplet”-style hinge that allows the display to form a teardrop shape…

  • Kickstarting a movie treatment with ChatGPT

    Kickstarting a movie treatment with ChatGPT

    A tweet in my timeline early today from Joshua Conkel, a writer and director in Los Angeles, caught my eye. I want a Knives Out movie where Benoit and his husband are on a vacation together and Benoit is like, “I won’t solve any mysteries on this vacation, I promise” but then he has to…

  • AI that will write email replies is here

    AI that will write email replies is here

    Artificial intelligence is all the rage at the moment. The rise of AI tools and services to generate images and video from text prompts or by analysing other images, and engage in actual conversation with an AI chatbot, resets your belief in what such simulated intelligence can do producing highly sophisticated results compared to what…

  • How big a loss to society would Twitter’s demise be?

    How big a loss to society would Twitter’s demise be?

    As Elon Musk continues remaking Twitter in his own image, I wonder what tomorrow’s Twitter will look like, if it survives the current carnage. The question of Twitter’s survival as a going concern isn’t a far-fetched point given the extraordinary events that have happened since Musk acquired the social network in October. The chaos in…

  • The end of days

    The end of days

    The front page of the i newspaper succinctly portrays the political landscape in the UK this morning. It’s almost beyond reasonable belief that this country has arrived at such a state of chaos with not only a government in utter disarry and the economy in tatters but also the political party it represents being one…

  • Who is the creator?

    Who is the creator?

    The photo you see above of a spectacular post-dawn red sky is the scene that confronted me early on Monday morning when I opened my front door. It took my breath away! I captured the scene with a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 foldable smartphone and posted the photo to Instagram. But that photo is actually…