You Get What You Give

If there’s one thing I could probably never get enough of it is good books. Since I got my Kindle, I stopped buying paper books. I have gone full digital. There are many advantages to digital books. Being free is not one of them. Imagine my joy when I found a way to get bundlesContinue reading “You Get What You Give”

Consumer Power

Every once in a while, I am wronged by a company. It is a very frustrating feeling. Once you’ve gone through every possible support channel, escalated to managers and complained publicly about it, there’s little left to do but pursue legal action. A legal move is very time consuming, and can be quite costly. InContinue reading “Consumer Power”

Fix It

Stuff breaks. I can’t begin to count the times my phone screen broke. Laptops stopped responding. I used to just replace any broken product. Unfortunately, this was both expensive and not so great for the environment. Then, just once, I thought I’d look up ways of fixing my broken stuff rather than replace them. TheContinue reading “Fix It”

On A Positive Note

I once read somewhere that smiles (much like yawns!) are contagious. I found that observation interesting. I had to see it for myself. I started consciously smiling to people. What do you know. It works. It gets better. It seems that smiling actually makes you happier. So by spreading smiles, you’re actually making everyone aroundContinue reading “On A Positive Note”

Mix And Match

I used to spend a lot of time choosing what to wear. In all honesty, my choices were not great. They’d often clash, and weren’t always appropriate for every situation. My wife came up with a great solution. She took me shopping. Now, to make things clear, there are few things I dislike as muchContinue reading “Mix And Match”

One For The Ladies

I’m glad I wasn’t born a woman. Life seems hard enough as it is being a man. Wiser people said it before. John Lennon comes to mind. I don’t want to cover the pay gap, the differences in working conditions, or even the relative absence of women in IT despite their clear added value. TheseContinue reading “One For The Ladies”

Seek and Destroy

One of my favourite ways of keeping my computer secure is passive protection. It keeps my CPU and memory free to focus on the work at hand. I never did like the idea of paying top dollar for a top-of-the-line CPU and fast memory only to spend a large portion of them on anti-virus softwareContinue reading “Seek and Destroy”

I Guess This is Obvious

A lot of the decisions I make rely on assumptions. It’s so much easier to work with assumptions than to validate every bit of information that is factored into a decision. It can also prove to be a terrible mistake. Assumptions are risky shortcuts. What if your assumption was correct at some point in time,Continue reading “I Guess This is Obvious”

Hmm… Let’s Get Those Crisps

One of the most time consuming menial tasks I have is grocery shopping. It is also one that can easily become a money drain. This is why I spent a lot of time trying to optimise it. Here are my takes to date: 1. Don’t shop when hungry The first thing I did was notContinue reading “Hmm… Let’s Get Those Crisps”