The 16 battery savings tips that manufacturers don’t want you to know about

Laptops, mobile phones and tablets never seem to last any length of time these days. I remember, not too long ago, when they lasted for weeks, with still charge to spare.

But there are a number of things you can do to dramatically increase the battery life, whilst significantly impairing the ability of your device. And, trust me, the manufacturers don’t want you to know about them.

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The books I read in 2018

I’ve had quite a year of reading. Starting for the beginning of the year…

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

The Book of the Year by No Such Thing as a Fish

Scott Pilgrim, Volumes 1-6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

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No, my next car won’t be electric

The security expert, Troy Hunt, recently Tweeted about his car purchase – a rather fabulous Mercedes…

However, he ended up having to defend his choice and justify why he didn’t, instead, buy a Tesla. His arguments are good, particularly because of where he lives, and I’m siding with him myself.

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We meat again – the experiment is over (for now)

Back in September, I gave up meat. But, in the last week, I’ve gone back. Am I just some snowflake or who can’t stand missing out on bacon? Needless to say, I’m not.

The reason I gave up meat in the first place was for health reasons – a mystery (to British doctors) illness keeps befalling me and meat eating appeared to be behind it. However, since giving it up, I’ve continued to have health problems so, well, it doesn’t appear to be that.

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App-based cards and banks – my recommendations

With your phone pretty much always with you, the idea of managing everything financially from it doesn’t seem that odd. And there are a lot of credit cards and banks out there that are a lot more integrated than anything you get from a high street bank.

Not only are the convenient and very easy to use but they’re great for travelling too.

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Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds UK Tour – Nottingham

Back in May, my eldest daughter, Laura, contacted me to see if I was interested in seeing the tour of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. I’ve been a fan of the musical since 1989, when I got to play my landladies vinyl copy of it. I later bought it on CD and, since then, I’ve managed to get Laura hooked too.

Laura wanted to go to the tour and it was due to be in Nottingham, near to me, in December. Would I buy her a ticket as a Christmas present? Of course.

Last Friday was the day (or rather night) of the concert and I went to it knowing nothing of what to expect. I really had no idea.

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Bullet points and punctuation

Just to be clear from the start, I am not a fan of most grammar “rules” (especially as they’re usually anything but). My writing may give that away.

However, I thought I’d share something I learnt recently about the use of bullet points which does make sense. But, feel free to ignore them.

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