* Posts by severs1966

6 posts • joined 3 Jun 2013

Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist


All that stuff about kettles switching themselves off is so 1980s. "Always-on" kettles have existed for decades, and are popular in the far east and S.E. Asia.

You can buy them in the UK too...

Here is one example http://www.superkettles.co.uk/

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Nasi goreng pattaya


Pattaya's cuisine... no thanks

Having visited Pattaya on a number of occasions (primarily to convert whoremongers to the more wholesome pursuit of Scuba Diving) I have to say that its cuisine is the least Thai in Thailand, due to what might be described as "pandering to international tourists". It has a fish'n'chip shop, for dog's sake, not to mention countless pizzerias.

Also, the Issaan food influence originating in migrant labour in the tourist industry leads to just a few too many street carts selling bags of fried insects.

On the positive side, some other street carts will sell coconut sticky rice and mango, which is delicious, or deep fried battered banana, to which I am now addicted.

The recipe dealt with here is also suited for shoving into heated & split pitta bread, which is good hold-it-in-your-hands food. Under these circumstances, added diced cucumber (at the point of shovelling it into the pittas) is suprisingly lovely.

Finally, and maybe most important... ketchup? I know the word originated in Malay, just like the phrase "Nasi Goreng", but really? For after the pub? Surely this should be chilli sauce, and furthermore it should be Rooster Sauce (Sriracha), which improves everything.


Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him


Timbuk 2

No mention of Timbuk2 ?

Shame on you. They make great messenger bags with laptop slots (mine never leaves my side), and also more dedicated laptop bags that fit the "this is my briefcase but it has a sling on it" mould.

They also make lots of other luggage, which may or may not also be excellent.

Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea


Tea on tap

Can a UK-based team of developers please invent a tap that dispenses tea on demand?

A bit like the ones that already exist for boiling (or very very nearly boiling) water.

Sorry for the sudden change of subject, but I feel that this would be a greater contribution to civilisation than increasing the ready availability of beer.

Or do both!

Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site


Battery life - no excuse this time

Current smartphone batteries are far too small and have typically a 1-day lifespan between charges. This happens mainly because of the quest for slimness having reached ludicrously anorexic levels.

In a 15mm thick phone, there should be room for a chunky battery. So a "typical" smartphone battery is rubbish in context. 2000mAh? in a phone this size? It should be at least twice that amount, if not more.

'Nothing will convince a kid that's never worn glasses to wear them'


Is it just me?

Several commentators have opined that it will be difficult to get those who don't "need glasses" to wear Google glass or similar products.

I wear glasses. Mine are really nice, it took ages to find them. They weigh almost nothing and they are very crush-resistant (handy, as I am clumsy). They cost me oodles but it was worth it. I can't imagine going back to crappy £20 easy-break heavy clunky specs ever again.

I look at google-specs and find myself thinking "I can't wear those, because I am already wearing these". Am I the only person who reacts to techno-specs this way? I feel the same way about 3D specs for both televisions and cinema... I can't wear those, I'm already wearing these.

People who design giant leaps forward in technology rarely make the compulsory specs pleasant to wear. Ask a habitual spec wearer to critique cinema or home-3D specs and you won't get many positive reviews. Are google-specs and their ilk also going to be "exciting new" tech, built onto disappointingly rubbish, uncomfortable frames that I can't wear anyway, because I'm already wearing these prescription ones?


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