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Shimano Nexus 8 hub needs service? - SG-8R31 vs SG-8R36 redline

Books + Ideas, Technology — September 2016

I've just had my rear wheel rebuilt — with a new rim as well since that was getting worn, but largely to replace the hub. And this post is mostly about hubs, about whether getting a Shimano Nexus hub serviced is a good idea, and whether a premium "redline" Nexus hub is actually any better. more

DSLR to mirrorless CSC: Olympus E-1 to E-M5 ii

Technology — November 2015

I recently acquired my fourth digital camera, an Olympus E-M5 II. This is not a replacement for my third camera, a little Canon Ixus 220 HS point-and-shoot bought in 2012 which I will keep as a carry-everywhere camera (and with which I took the photos below), but for my second camera, an Olympus E-1 . That was released in 2003, so is now something of an antique, but is still a fine camera and I have no plans to get rid of it yet. more

a new camera?

Technology — April 2014

I'm thinking of getting another camera (what would be my 4th digital camera). I've had my Olympus E-1 for just shy of ten years now but it's still going strong; I love using it and it takes fantastic photographs more

baby moving equipment

Technology — March 2014

Some notes on equipment we've used for moving Helen around, in case our experience is useful for anyone else. more

Kettler Spirit city bike - first impressions / review

Technology, Travel — July 2013

What is it? It's a Kettler Spirit, the product of a respected German company which sells online into the UK (though they do have a showroom in Redditch as well). Basically an upright city bicycle: what one might call a "Dutch bike" or a European city bike, though it's fundamentally pretty similar to my other bike, a thirty year old English three-speed roadster. more

halogen to LED conversion

Technology — April 2013

Our new house was somewhat overlit when we moved in: if all the lights had been working and turned on at once, they would have drawn nearly 1.5kW. There were twelve lights that weren't working, because of dead transformers or blown bulbs, but such was the redundancy that replacing those didn't seem urgent. It did, however, give me an opportunity to switch a huge variety of halogen bulbs to LEDs or compact fluorescents. more

what's in my bag?

Life, Technology — December 2012

I've always carried a small backpack with me pretty much everywhere I go. This is perhaps a hold-over from school and uni, continued because I always want to have a couple of books on me. These days, however, there's a lot of other stuff in there as well. more

ultrabook or Air?

Technology — August 2012

My little Acer Aspire One netbook is increasingly feeling underpowered, so I'm contemplating getting an ultrabook. more

a new camera: Canon Ixus 220 HS

Technology — June 2012

I've just acquired my third digital camera, a Canon Ixus 220 HS (aka Elph 300 HS in the US). Comparing this with my first digital camera, a Canon Powershot S330 bought almost exactly a decade ago, provides a nice illustration of how much camera technology has improved. more

my first ebook (on a Kindle)

Books + Ideas, Technology — February 2011

I've just read my first ever ebook, Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, using a borrowed Kindle 3 (thanks Sophia!). more

Kindle considered

Technology — February 2011

Another friend has acquired a Kindle, joining early adopter Sean. I've also noticed Kindle books (and hardware) cropping up in increasing quantities in my Amazon affiliate reports.

I had a brief play with Sean's first generation model) over lunch once and was pretty impressed. And at $139 from Amazon or £111 from Amazon UK (basic wifi model, prices current as of 5th February 2011), the Kindle is really not that expensive now. more

iPod Touch + mobile computing

Technology — November 2010

I don't have a mobile phone, but I've been using an iPod Touch for the last eight months, which has made me think about smartphones and "mobile computers". more

upgrading my camera

Technology — July 2010

For five and a half years now I've been using an Olympus E-1, which as digital cameras go is now something of an antique, since it was released seven years ago. more

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