How to fix Windows 10 update issues

Windows 10 is a continually updated service with frequent updates and even more so if you are in the Windows Insider Program receiving test builds. This is great as it keeps your system up to date but from time to time Windows Update can go wrong. Recently when trying to…

What’s new in Window 10 Creators Update for PC & Mobile

Update: The rollout starts April 11th, if you haven’t been offered it via Windows Update checkout my post on how to get the Windows 10 Creators Update now. Soon, possibly as soon as next week Microsoft are releasing the latest update to Windows 10 which is called the Creators Update. The…

Nexdock – Cutting the Cable

We’ve had a somewhat chequered relationship with the Nexdock here at TDL. Conceived in the excitement of Microsoft’s Continuum, the eventual product did exactly what it intended to and provided a screen and keyboard to give a laptop experience when attached to a Windows Phone. Unfortunately, Windows Phone was somewhat…

Ski Tracks 1.6 for Android review

If, like me, you like to spend a few days a year risking life and limb slithering down snowy hills strapped to a pair of skis or a snowboard, then there are a multitude of tracking applications available for your Android or IOS smartphone. One of the more well-known is…

Smart Home for the rest of us – Part 4: Smart Home Apps and services

In my previous smart home articles I looked at getting started, lighting and heating and in this post I am going to look at some apps and services you can use to add automation and intelligence to your smart home. These are the ones I use them most and hopefully…

Setting up a Smart Home for the rest of us: Part 2 – Lights

In my first part of my setting up a smart home articles I looked at why I chose Amazon Alexa as the main way of controlling my smart home. In this post I will look at howI have setup my lighting to work Alexa using Philips Hue and my existing…

The Fall and Rise of the iPhone 6 Battery

My first iPhone was the 3G. At first it was brilliant – after a succession of Windows CE and Symbian smartphones, the IOS interface seemed the perfect match for a smarter phone. The 3G and I were very happy for a couple of years – I forgave it for the…

Putting a Windows 10 Insider Build on a Mac?

Trying out Windows 10 Insider builds from the fast ring is always a little like leaping into a huge pile of autumnal leaves.  It seems like great fun, but you can never be sure if this will be the occasion you find a stinky landmine secreted amongst the golds, yellows…

How I setup voice control for my Christmas Tree lights using Amazon Dot

Over the last few weeks I have playing around various smart home components and what other project could there be this time of year other than control of festive lights. There are lots of ways of controlling lights with home automation but my little project is nice and cheap and…

Destroying A Mac Mini

Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love My Soldering Iron [Ian:A warning tale for all of us tinkers from Richard! ] It was supposed to be so easy. Give a late 2012 Mac Mini a bit of boost with some RAM and an inexpensive SSD. The RAM was easy….

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