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Free lunch: why that free thing is not free

December 8th, 2015

Martin

How many times do you see the word ‘Free’ plastered all over the internet?

Whether it’s free phone apps, free ebooks or free training courses, we’re bombarded with this word every day. It’s a marketer’s best friend, and a consumer’s greatest temptation.

But they say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Does that apply here? Read more

Keep your PC simple, stupid!

December 1st, 2015

Martin

Minimalism is quite a fad at the moment. Whether it’s decluttering your bookshelf or chucking out the chintz, from the piles of stuff in your house to the very patterns our things are decorated with, plain and simple is “in”.

Why is this? And is it something we can apply to our computers in a useful way?

There are a million reasons why minimalism might be the fashionable thing right now. I’m not going to go through every single one, but I’d like to suggest that it’s the feeling of freedom, of knowing that everything in your house it useful or beautiful, and that you know where everything is.

There’s also something about deciding what you need, and also being more certain of what exactly it is that’s lost when something goes wrong. Read more