Retro Calculators

I recently read an article about Smartphones and how they have begun making other devices redundant. Which isn’t really all that much of a surprise when you consider that the phone you are holding in your hand has at least 1000x the processing power of the computer that was used to land men on the moon. In the past you would use/own an array of devices which were engineered for a specific function e.g. compass, remote control, watch & camera etc., whereas these days a smartphone serves more as a convergence device in that it can perform the majority of these functions in the same device.

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A Trip Back In Time

While looking around the web one evening I came across several posts about working at Maplin and it got me thinking about my time there. So strap yourself in as we take a trip back in time and party like it’s 1989!

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Cornwall or bust…

The last time I had a family holiday was back in 2007 just before the recession hit. This year I decided to launch a pre-emptive strike and secure 2 weeks off just after the school term had finished. Read about our trip to Cornwall in the midst of tragic loss and an emotional episode in our lives.

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Rigs of the times

Rigs of the times is about the decline and fall of the British high street. Within the space of a few short weeks several long established household names have departed from the High Street for good. The casualty list is growing, since the demise of Woolworths & Ethel Austin last year, they have been joined by the likes of electrical retailer Comet and long time photography retailer Jessops. Game also faced collapse and has somehow managed to survive in a smaller capacity and this week long suffering music retailer HMV and Blockbuster Video are also facing potential collapse. So what went wrong?

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Farewell 2012!

Well it’s finally New Year’s Eve and once again we all stand on the cusp of the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It’s a tradition for everyone to reflect on the year that has been, the highs and the lows, and to look at what the future has in store. I will say this, social historians will thank us in the future for using social media to catalogue our lives. I mean imagine if you were a social studies student 100 years from now looking at this page through the wayback machine.

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