Paul Gregg

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My first bad ebay experience from happyapple-devices

Opinions in this article are just that, my opinions. Decided on October 9 to purchase an iPhone 5S from ebay business seller happyapple-devices.  Used Best Offer and paypal to complete the transaction. The phone is described as: Apple iPhone 5s ✔️Unlocked ✔️32GB Space Grey ✔️LIKE NEW CONDITION ✔️WARRARNTY 12 MONTHS WARRANTY AND 5 FREE ACCESSORIES – AMAZING […]

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Google renames as Alphabet

August 10, 2015. Today Google announced that it was renaming itself as Alphabet. The internet did a collective WTF! and nobody seems to understand why. I believe this makes sense from an Antitrust perspective. Today, google has to move cautiously to avoid getting accused of anti-competitive behaviour or using its leverage to benefit its own […]

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Amazon Prime isn’t all that fast

I’ve decided to build myself a new computer. I haven’t done this in about 10 years, so there was a fair amount of reading and research to understand all the latest components, processors, chipsets, and compatible RAM. Because this is likely going to have to last me a while, I wanted to go big. Very […]

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Comment: Upgrade cycle madness

It is getting near that time of year when the world goes mad for the next revision of the iPhone. That annual elation when the faithful can upgrade their awesome^H^H^H^H^H^H^H, sorry, now old and crappy iPhone 4S for the shiny new OMGOMGOMGOMG!!!  NEW iPhone 5. And your life is complete. On the other hand, there […]

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Blog change to WordPress

Well, I thought after calling out Menshn for security flaws, I ought to check if my Movable Type was up to date. It wasn’t and one of the changelogs suggested I should upgrade. However, the upgrade went badly leaving me unable to login at the blog level, or anyone to comment. Admin area was fine. […]

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Amusing, True Near Death Experience.

Those who know me will know that there have been two important events occurring in my life this week. 1) Tiling my kitchen, and 2) Trying to buy a HP TouchPad. As part of tiling the kitchen, significant other wanted to replace all the standard white wall sockets with Stainless Steel ones to match the […]

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Vodafone UK + HTC Desire + Android 2.2 FroYo = Fail.

Well, it looks like Vodafone UK royally messed up the timing of the HTC Desire OTA Update yesterday.  While most owners were eagerly expecting the announced Android 2.2 (FroYo) update that HTC have been pushing out, Vodafone decided to push out a 2.1-update1 which only provides Vodafone branding, apps, a few bugs, and even a […]

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Amazon 1 – 0 Waterstones, aka this morning’s rant.

SWMBO asked me to order a book for her this morning, so being the tightwad that I am, I go hunting for the ISBN and the cheapest place to buy it.Amazon has it for £17.24 and Waterstone’s for £18.49 (but if I order through quidco, then I receive another 8% cashback, making Waterstone’s cheaper). Waterstone’s […]

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Getty Images / BBC Math Fail.

From the BBC Magazine today is an article 7 questions on GCSE maths. Can you spot the fail? Yes, epic.

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Register your broadband not-spot now

thinkbroadband, formerly ADSLGuide.org.uk, have setup a community site where UK sufferers of the lack of universal broadband can register their inability to obtain broadband (a not-spot) or where you are unable to obtain up to 2Mbps service (slow-spot). The Northern Ireland map is here – if you currently suffer from a lack of, or poor […]

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