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Snow in Oxford

With the cold snap coming to England, there was warning that there would be snow fall expected on Sunday. Hence on Sunday morning, we woke up unsurprisingly to our neighbourhood completely covered in snow. And the snow just kept on falling. In the morning, I took the opportunity to take my daughter sledging in our village park, and in the afternoon after lunch to build our first snow man in many years in our back garden. Continue reading Snow in Oxford

Nokia Steel HR watch

Previously, my Withing Steel HR watch had developed a condensation problem inside it, which made it difficult to read the time. Compound that with some scratches to the watch glass sustained when I went swimming during our holiday in America, and I could not wait for Nokia to release the replacement watch. And finally I received the notice from Nokia (who bought over Withing) that they were finally shipping the replacement watch for the Steel HR. It has taken a while but it is finally here. Continue reading Nokia Steel HR watch

Sony Playstation VR Starter Pack

Recently I noted that during the early Black Friday sale on Amazon.co.uk, there was a Sony Playstation VR Starter Pack selling for £249.99. Bearing in mind the VR headset normally retails for £349 and the PS camera which is required for VR play costs a further £39, that package looked awfully tempting – particularly as it also included the VR Worlds game and Gran Turismo Sport, easily saving over £180 compared to when these are bought separately. Hence I bought one from Amazon, so my family and I could experience VR together. Continue reading Sony Playstation VR Starter Pack

Cronusmax Plus – Logitech G27 Wheel on Sony PS4

Now many years ago, I had bought the Logitech G27 steering wheel to use with the Sony Playstation 3. While it worked reasonably well, it was let down by the slow response and refresh rate of the TV which made the games not very enjoyable, and at times did induce motion-sickness. With the processing power of the Sony PS4 paired with the LG OLED TV with its short lag time and high refresh rate (which we now have), we should be able to get the most out of the driving games. But as my Logitech G27 does not work natively with the PS4, and I did not wish to spend a big sum of money buying another steering wheel, I had to look for a solution. I was exctied to find that the Cronusmax Plus which retails on Amazon.co.uk  for £49.99, would be able to do this. I also had to buy the Targus 4-port USB Hub £7.84 which will be needed to make this setup work. Continue reading Cronusmax Plus – Logitech G27 Wheel on Sony PS4

Coravin Model 1 Wine System

I have to confess that I enjoy collecting wine more than drinking it. Part of the reason for this is that once a bottle of wine is opened, it needs to be finished fairly quickly – otherwise it will oxidize and no longer be enjoyable to drink. Hence I have been on the quest for something which makes the wine last longer. But all of the ones I’ve tried have one flaw – the bottle needs to be uncorked to access the wine which will introduce air into the bottle. When I first became aware of the Coravin Wine System last Friday (it was featured in an article in the Metro newspaper), it definitely piqued my interest as it overcomes this problem, at least for the wines bottled with a cork. Continue reading Coravin Model 1 Wine System

Entertainment Hub/Games room: 1) Kesen Wireless Smart Light Switch

For the last 5-6 months, we had been planning to convert the garage into a usable room, what we would call our entertainment hub or games room. Now that the room is complete, it is time to fit it with the various technology to make it a high-tech fun room. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about the various pieces of equipment we have bought to kit up this room. Today I will focus on the wireless wall light switch to control the lights in the games room – Kesen Switch-2 Gang WiFi Smart Light switch from Amazon.co.uk (RRP £23.45). Continue reading Entertainment Hub/Games room: 1) Kesen Wireless Smart Light Switch

iPhone X

Having used the iPhone 6 Plus for three years now, it was getting a little slow and falling behind in the technology department. Hence when the iPhone X was announced, touting a lovely 5.8″ OLED screen – slightly larger screen compared to the iPhone 8 Plus, yet smaller in overall size – was ultimately what made me decide to upgrade to the iPhone X instead of the 8 Plus. Continue reading iPhone X

Seguro Bluetooth FM Transmitter Car Kit

On my journey to and from work each morning and evening, I tend to listen to Classic FM on the radio. But as the reception tends to be poor the nearer I get to my work place, I decided that enough was enough and I had to find a solution. Hence I decided to buy the Seguro Bluetooth FM transmitter car kit – cost £11.49 from Amazon.co.uk. Continue reading Seguro Bluetooth FM Transmitter Car Kit

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