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

One wedding and a funeral

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) It’s been a busy old week or two on the interwebs, with the royal wedding popping up at every turn to fill in the gaps between the fake “Osama’s dead”…

iPad 2 lacks some handy features

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Shopping for techno-goodies is always a fun pastime (nearly as fun as shopping for handbags) but I’m still undecided on whether or not an iPad will join my family of…

Illegal downloads same as shoplifting

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I’d like to take this opportunity to raise my hand and say I couldn’t care less about the ”controversial” copyright infringement bill that seems to have everyone else getting their¬†¬†knickers…

Internuts: they’re out there

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I love the internet. Yes, I know love is one of those incredibly overused words like munted (someone’s been complaining about it on the Trade Me message board so it…

Apple’s timing is off

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) It’s always heartening to hear that the big guns have misfired. Apple has had another whoopsie with its sexy wee iPhones, with daylight savings time in the United States causing…

Don’t follow the advice I won’t give

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I suppose it should come as no surprise that once again, that “triangle of life” email is doing the rounds following an earthquake. Every time there’s a sizeable quake here…

Net proves worth in quake coverage

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) The past week or so has been surreal but I can’t even begin to imagine just how bad it has been for those living through Christchurch’s devastating earthquake, dealing with…

New kid in hallowed company

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I was temporarily filled with hope for the youth of today when I saw a report saying more than 75 per cent of their entertainment searches are for music. Sadly,…

Scams, spams: it’s hardly cricket

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and it looks like the scammers see the day as a perfect opportunity to rip people off. And you thought romance was dead. Symantec…

Unending Explorer security woes

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) To further prove my point from a couple of weeks ago that yes, they really are out to get us and that my healthy level of paranoia is a good…