I’m still here……

Dear All

No excuses – its just that I don’t have the time these days for a podcast.

I’m really sorry about that, as I really enjoy doing them, but I seem to be working twice as many hours as I used to (no extra money!), and there’s nothing left in the tank at the end of the week for a chat to my friends in podcast land.

I was just doing some housekeeping this morning on my mac and I spotted this abandoned favourite in my Safari bar, I had a look, and couldn’t leave without saying something.

I’m still paying for the hosting etc, in the hope that I can get this going again. The mic is still on my desk, looking at me, like a sad puppy.

I really appreciate all the messages I have had over the last month asking about my well being. I really do.

In the meantime the tech world has moved on in its unstoppable progress.


The Apple Watch came out – I’m wearing mine now and love it.

Bigger iPads announced, another iPhone – not for me this time.

Windows 10 is here (yawn)

A new Apple Tv – now that does pique my interest!

In the meantime, I have been playing with kodi (XBMC) on the Amazon Fire Tv and Stick – which I recommend as a bit of a hobby project. My iPad mini has been replaced by the iPad Air 2 (by work – its the least they could do!), and I’ve been given a new company car – a big BMW – the Mini alas has gone back to the lease Company (I always keep a look out for Mikey the Mini!)

Please continue to email etc – I felt better after writing just those few words! Maybe thats the solution, at least to write a few bits until I have the time to Podcast again.

Speak to you all soon!

Scouts honour.



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Episode 188 – Another day, another mac

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Welcome to another show – I talk about the Logitech K811 Bluetooth Keyboard, and the SJCAM Sj4000 wifi camera.

Check this page out – scans of OLD Argos Catalogues – a veritable time machine.


Fire TV Stick vs Roku Streaming Stick vs Chromecast

Episode 152 – Games you don’t go to bed for

After watching Wreck It Ralph at the Cinema I reminisce about games I used to play 20+ years ago. PLUS I talk about my new Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Case for the iPad Mini.


Sky to buy Telefonica UK’s fixed phone line and broadband business for up to £200 million

O2’s TU Go: One Little App That Makes Me Want to Change Networks | Gizmodo UK

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover mini review – gdgt

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Case for iPad Mini from Amazon

iCarbons – Welcome – use SHIP2WW for FREE worldwide delivery

We Built This SimCity On A Shaky Foundation Of DRM | TechCrunch

Roku Announces Roku 3 Set-Top Box – Mac Rumors

BBC News – Frozen Android phones give up data secrets

Wi-Fi for Every Room in the Home – NYTimes.com

Amazon.com: Securifi Almond – World’s 1st Touch Screen Wireless N Router + Range Extender (Booster): Computers & Accessories


Episode 151 – A New Broom Sweeps Clean

I chat as I drink my Latte Machiato, talking about advice on setting up a new iMac, a listener review (part 1) on SecuritySpy and Remote Patrol, and a round up of recent tech news and articles.

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Bensoftware Blog


Mac Backup Software – Carbon Copy Cloner

Seven Uses for Your Outdated iPad | Gizmodo UK

Five Best System Rescue Discs

How to Create an Awesome Diagnostic Drive for Your Mac | Mactuts+

4G Fails to Boost EE Subscriber Numbers | Gizmodo UK

evasi0n iOS 6.x Jailbreak – official website of the evad3rs

BBC News – HTC unveils revamped HTC One flagship Android smartphone

Sick Beard – Internet PVR for your TV Shows

BBC – Podcasts and Downloads – Outriders

Episode 141 – Tale of TWO iMacs

A busy weekend running back and forth to the Apple Store!

What’s New in Evernote 5 for Mac | Evernote

Microsoft Just Scored 12 Million Wi-Fi Hotspots for Windows Phone | Gizmodo UK

A week with the iPhone 5 on EE, the UK’s first 4G network — Engadget

iClouDrive Brings iDisk Back to OS X – Softpedia

Apple paying Swiss Rail $21 million to use their clock design on the iPad | iMore.com

BBC News – Dad builds video baby monitor

Brother QL-700

Mac2Sell – Guide to used Mac, iPad, iPhone & iPod – Evaluation – Argus Mac, iPod, iPad, iPhone

SYMA 3 Channel Micro Chinook Radio Control Helicopter: Amazon.co.uk: Toys & Games

Jawbone Releases Updated UP Wristband – Mac Rumors

Nokia bringing maps to iOS with Nokia Here | iMore.com

20% off all iTunes Gift Cards at W H Smiths. – Hot UK Deals

Episode 138 – iPad mini at a BIG price!

Who bought a New iPad 6 months ago? It’s not NEW anymore! This, and other stories!


How to Install Windows 7 Without the Disc | PCWorld

News – GOG.com goes Mac – GOG.com

UK carriers form alliance to speed up 800MHz LTE rollout, let us enjoy our Freeview TV – Engadget

EE’s 4G Pricing: It’s Not Coming Cheap, That’s For Sure | Gizmodo UK

ibVPN – Unlimited VPN. Unblock restricted websites. for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

SlimDrivers Free – CNET Download.com

XCSOURCE Bluetooth A2DP Music Audio Receiver Adapter: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

7dayshop Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Audio Receiver: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

Bluetooth A2DP Music Audio Receiver Adapter for iPod iPhone 30 Pin Dock Speaker | eBay

J.K. Rowling says the MacBook Air ‘changed my life’ | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

National Novel Writing Month

Hey Siri: Where’s My Car? SmartStart Remote Adds Voice Control

myHome remote central heating control app review – Telegraph

Outlawed by Amazon DRM « Martin Bekkelund

Send To Dropbox – Email files to your Dropbox!

ARM-powered Chromebook lands at Play store for $249 — Engadget

Put Google Maps back on your iPhone with Maps+ | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Episode 132 – The Breakfast Show

I lost a show last night, so decided to record another early this morning! I also recount the tale of the non booting iMac, plus other gadget tales…

Change (Spoof) a MAC Address in OS X Lion & OS X Mountain Lion

Jailbreaking Your iPhone Or iPad? Here Are 10 Of The Best Cydia Apps To Try First [Jailbreak] | Cult of Mac

100 Best Cydia Apps of 2012

OnLive lost: how the paradise of streaming games was undone by one man’s ego | The Verge

MacMost Now 134: Creating iMovie Titles With Keynote

iConvert Icons: Mac OS X native app

BBC iPlayer shows to be available to download to mobile devices | BitterWallet

TV Catchup for Android arrives on Google Play — Engadget

Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker: Amazon.co.uk: Sports & Outdoors

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scales: Amazon.co.uk: Sports & Outdoors


PSA: XBox 360 Dashboard Beta re-opens, offers 500,000 more slots — Engadget

Episode 127 – That was the Geek Week that was!

I’m exhausted from all the tech this week! Pogoplug, Mountain Lion, Mifi, Raspberry Pi PLUS an Aupeo! giveaway!

Online radio | Listen to free music at AUPEO!

R-Pi Hub – eLinux.org

Raspberry Pi • View topic – Raspberry Rock

Subscribe to Pogoplug Family, Get a Free Device

Pogoplug Mobile: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

Get your Mac ready for Mountain Lion | Macworld

The Dambusters

App Store – Air Video – Watch your videos anywhere!

British interest in iPhone crashes – It is so 2011 | TechEye

Three MiFi HSPA+ (Huawei E586) review – Peripheral – Trusted Reviews