Friday, January 31, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
secret offshore accounts in the British Virgin Islands. Although of course if you're in China, those accounts don't exist. A case of the pot calling the kettle white?
Friday, January 24, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
It was only after drinking the beer that I noticed this on the back of the box:
Monday, January 20, 2014
Now my phone is showing signs of dying on me, plus I really need to be able to access my email when I'm out for meetings or whatever; it would also be nice to use WhatsApp. I don't care so much about photographic capability, as I generally carry a neat little Canon S100 everywhere with me. Music capability is not a deal-breaker either.
So, time for a smartphone (several generations behind everyone else!), but which one? After a bit of Googling, which mostly uncovered recommendations for already-obsolete models (isn't it time everything on the Internet carried a "use by" date?), I have reached a few conclusions:
- A big screen should help, but is not always better if the resolution is not good enough. Contrast and brightness are important, not just size (and other factors, too).
- Most phones made specifically for those with poor eyesight appear to assume that the user is a senile centenarian who's deadly afraid of technology. I'm not.
- Both Apple and Android operating systems offer some features or apps which can help (e.g. by magnifying text or reading it aloud), as does Windows Phone, but none has a definitive edge over the others in this area.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy Mega 6.3
- HTC One Max
- Nokia Lumia 1520
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
- Huawei Ascend Mate
- LG G Flex
Experiences and alternatives welcome. Incidentally, I have big hands so a relatively large phone is not a problem - in fact, smaller phones tend to be too fiddly for my fingers.
By the way, am I the only one who wonders why, in a world where the proportion of elderly people is steadily increasing, with the inevitable deterioration of visual functioning that comes with age, we are nevertheless being expected to read ever smaller print? (Shrinking screens, bank terms and conditions printed in 6-point type - not to mention the teenage website designers, probably descended from Douglas Adams' telephone sanitisers, who think that pink on purple is a really cool colour combination.)
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Those who were wondering whether David Moyes was Alex Ferguson's true heir, following Man United's disappointing run recently, can be reassured by today's headline. Moyes is clearly following the Fergie Formula for Football Management to the letter - when all else fails, blame the ref.
Monday, January 06, 2014
1968 - white man kisses black woman on US television - shock horror!
2013 - white man kisses black woman on US television - yawn.
Sometimes human beings do learn better. Happy New Year!