Category: Online column

A weekly tech column written for The Southland Times, a company that pays well enough to keep me in handbags and Drambuie

It’s nice to be told when systems fail

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) The wee meltdown that meant our lovely newspaper wasn’t published on Tuesday shows how damaging technology can be when it decides to have a bad day. The whole frustrating situation…

Net invaluable in winter whiteout

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) That lovely wee polar blast that blew through town early this week was certainly a shock to the system. No matter what it’s doing, we all like to talk about…

Tuned in to the weather

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I suppose I should get the obvious conversation-starter out of the way now by saying ‘how about this interesting wee spell of weather we’re having at the moment”. I was…

Battle of the social sites begins

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) A few years ago, the internet was all about email, chatrooms and pornography sites, but as the younger generation infiltrates the web, that focus has moved to social networking.  The…

Plonking: my kind of craze

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) It’s hard to keep up with all the latest fads being adopted by all those crazy kids out there but I think I’ll pass on the planking and go straight…

Are people tiring of Facebook?

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Has Facebook peaked? Has the bubble burst? Will it still be part of our lives a decade from now. I’m sure these burning questions are  on everyone’s lips after the…

iThis and iThat fatigue

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Apple guru and single-handed supporter of the black turtleneck jersey industry Steve Jobs has announced the latest iDevelopment and it’s got the geek world abuzz. It’s that mid-winter “feels like…

Time for crooks to show manners

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I know the disgruntled gloom merchants out there reckon we’re all packed into a handbasket and heading for that rather warm place where the maitre d’ has horns and a…

It’s the end of the world as we know it

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Well, I suppose it was a good thing that old preacher dude got his dates mixed up about the whole end of the world thing but now that we’re going…