Category Archives: Tech

January 14

The Joy of Kickstarter

Not enough people know about Kickstarter. If you’re reading this, then chances are that this seems a fairly ridiculous statement. Yet, if it merits repeating given the events of Brexit and the US election over the last year or so, those of us that do spend a great deal of time online (myself included) tend […]

May 16

18 Months of Feeding The Owl

I’ve just hit my 589 day streak on Duolingo. In other words, I’ve spent some time every day, for the last 589 consecutive days, learning one or more foreign languages using the superb Duolingo app on either my phone, tablet or laptop. Having recently broken the 18 month mark (548 days) and now bearing down […]

November 24

Instagram, Finally

I’ve held off starting my own Instagram channel for a while. Firstly, as a person, I’m far more interested in words than pictures, meaning I just don’t take that many (and I can’t bring myself to either photograph food or take selfies seriously). Secondly, I just wasn’t sure what to do with it. I use […]

March 10

New To Hitchhiking

I’m new to Douglas Adams. Well sort of – I’ve read a couple of his books previously, out of sequence. So, I have just set about reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide series from beginning to end. Consequently, it’s now hard not to see his fingerprints over many aspects of modern life, ranging from his prescience regarding […]

September 11

Changing Times & Buying Habits

So there I was, congratulating myself for not having spent any money for three or four days – until it occurred to me that although I hadn’t spent any cash money, I had downloaded a TV series to my tablet, rented an HD film to my laptop (which I then played via the TV), downloaded […]

April 28

Cleaning Up The Mailroom

Over the last decade or so – since we started Punch back in 2003 – the volume of mail coming into my inbox has steadily continued to grow in size year on year, from what now seemed to be very lightweight, to become the ever-demanding, resource-sapping monster that it is today. Like many people, I […]

A Tiny Change

I’ve been going through an interesting internal debate over the last few weeks about the extent to which my inbox governs my life, both inside and outside of work. Inside work is one thing – although it’s certainly debatable as to whether being super reactive and responsive, which is a trait that I value greatly […]

Talking Nonsense Since …

Another month, another WordPress theme. This time however I’ve spent some time going through all of this blog’s content – this is post number 94, apparently – creating a range of new categories, tagging each post according to subject matter and integrating the categories as a means of navigation, both to the right in the […]

Laptop Battery Woes

I’ve bought a new laptop this week, which frankly was a fairly expensive exercise that was primarily to address one issue – battery life. I bought a spare battery for my current machine for just over £100 a few months ago but it seems to have made minimal difference so obviously the old one wasn’t […]

Was The Times’ App Really Ready?

Whilst I’ve been playing with The Times’ ipad app since its launch, I think I’ve now reached the conclusion that it’s simply not the best way to read the paper. On the one hand there’s the lack of choice and personal flexibility. Clearly from News International’s perspective, that’s the point – indeed I’m currently subscribing […]

The Times’ iPad App

OK, so I thought it was strange at the time. The Guardian giving away ‘free content for life’ on the basis of a £2.39 download (iphone) app seemed too good to be true. The only way it could possibly make sense commercially is if it the app continually attracts new users and doesn’t take revenue […]

Moving Into The Cloud

This week, the rate of change has quickened significantly at Punch. We’ve had a couple more people join in the last two weeks, several major projects confirm go-ahead (divided relatively across the PR, Search and Social areas, which is ideal) and the recruitment process had shifted up through several gears, not least to accommodate our […]

May 10th: Save The Date

The launch of the iPad in international markets has been pushed back to late May – although apparently this means that both the wifi and the 3G+wifi versions will launch simultaneously (on Orange, Vodafone and O2 apparently). This week I briefly considered seeing if it was possible to get hold of one from the US […]

Hit Pause

The last week or so before holiday is always berserk – and this week has been no different. With three new joiners in the last few weeks, a leaver today and a couple of major new projects onboarding right now, the adage that ‘it’s never a good time’ is perhaps more applicable than normal at […]

Discoveries To Report

A couple of discoveries to report – firstly I’ve been playing with the new Guardian iPhone App this week. In short, it’s excellent. Whilst clearly it’s not going to replace the printed page, I can’t believe how much content you can get for a one off purchase of £2.39. There’s no doubt in my mind […]

The One Day Wonder Of Pocket God

I’ve just discovered Pocket God, a 99c/59p app for the iphone which is currently in it’s 28th iteration since launch a year or so back. Clearly I’m not alone in loving this app – it has a huge following online. For a 35 year old I’ve got a fairly extensive gaming history – albeit one […]

A Transatlantic Cultural Dichotomy

So, I’ve finally lasted out my Vodafone contract and have made the switch over to 02, a move which I assume many continue to make despite Vodafone’s best yet failing efforts to the contrary, simply on the basis of demand for the iPhone. Despite the fact that it clearly looks beautiful and I’m pretty keen […]

Just Discovered That You Can Now Post By Email

So, I’m testing out this new feature. Looking forward to a weekend of family life and a huge day of rugby tomorrow. I suspect that this morning’s 5am start heralds more of the same (I found myself watching NHL at 5:15am with the little one) – but there’s lots to look forward to tomorrow, with […]

New Look, New Home

So, a few weeks ago I moved this blog from it’s former home to this new location, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the software I was using, from a site called ‘edublogs’ was proving extremely painful to use despite being based on WordPress, resisting updates on a seemingly arbitrary basis. Secondly I also wanted […]

Heading To Napa Valley

After a long day yesterday at the hugely successful Reality Digital Social Building Blocks ’09 conference, we’re heading out to Napa Valley today for some wine tasting. Just working with colleagues in the UK to put some finishing touches to the frthcming  Social Networking World Forum event that is taking place in London in a […]

Playing With The Flip Camera

We’re giving away the 30 minute versions of the new Flip video cameras at a couple of PR events with Punch client Reality Digital next week. They arrived today and first impressions are great. Obviously they’re built primarily for the YouTube generation but their simplicity and lightweight feel actually are definitely part of the product’s […]

Will The Credit Crunch Sign The Death Knell For Blu-Ray’s Plans For Christmas ’08 Domination?

Every-year, we hear that it’s going to be a (insert tech product becoming mainstream here) Christmas – and this year, many have predicted it to be the turn of Blu-ray as the winner of the two HD DVD formats. Personally I can’t see it. Whilst retail economists are still predicting a significant December spending spree, […]

Silicon Valley Update – Day 1.5

Actually I’m going to give up trying to figure out what day it is. As my colleague Ben just pointed out to me, I’ve had 4.5 hours sleep in the last 45 hours, which is a little concerning to be honest. Pulled up outside Reality Digital’s office last night to find that the building is […]