Apple Watch – Should I buy one?

Apple Watch - Milanese LoopWell the Apple Watch was released in September 2014 and since then I have read about it as well as listening to many podcasts and recordings about it.  Not all have been good or even recommended it as a purchase.  To date I have resisted the urge of a serial fiddler to buy one.  That resistance in part has been price, quite expensive in Australia with prices from $429 (38mm Sport model) upward.  The model that grabbed my attention was the 42mm Stainless Steel model with the Milanese Loop.  It comes with a staggering RRP of $1029.  Way too much.

My other concerns with the watch is – what would I use it for.  Does it have a purpose for a person who is retired?  Was it designed for the working person to keep track of their life?  Does it have any relevance to a person in a country location?  Wow, is it just a yuppy toy – a status symbol of the new age?  Are the feature sets built into the watch, especially Apple Pay, just American centric options making the watch less than valuable or even useless in regional Australia.  Heck I own a number of watches that I wear and they all tell me the time.

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Essential Packing – Apple TV

imgresI know, I know you go away and the last thing that should be on your agenda is TV but, I do love my TV and the current show I was watching was at an interesting point.  So what do you do when you go away and can’t watch your shows.  What happens when you are not wanting to stay out partying all night.  In steps the Apple TV travel pack.

My Apple TV travel pack consists of 3 bits of kit.  Obviously an Apple TV, an airport express and my iPhone.  Also included are the power cables, a short Cat 5e cable (10cm), power cables, double adapter and a HDMI cable.

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Thailand 2014

IMG_0504Well another great fortnight in on Phuket, Thailand.

Arrived just in time for Songkran (Thai New Year).  It is a great time to visit and the activities can go from the very active and ridiculous to the more quiet  celebrations.  We knew very well that Songkran involves a lot of water and chalk/powder and fortunately were expecting it – beware the uninitiated.  This year we were in the Patong Beach area and it was full on water pistols, buckets or whatever people could get their hands on – to hold, transport and throw water.  I don’t think you could get any wetter.  Bangala Road was hectic with more half drowned people than I have seen in a long time.

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