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(Half) marathon man
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Fitbit Charge
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TomTom Runner GPS watch
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(Half) marathon man
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Fitbit Charge
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(Half) marathon man
Tue, Aug 25th 2015 7:51a   Darren Adams
If you’re fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to be one of my Facebook friends, you’ll probably be aware that a few times a week I post a map with a route marked out on it. And even the least technical of people will know that this indicates that someone has either run along that route, or cheated by traversing it sitting down on a bicycle (only joking cyclists). You may also be aware that I’ve shrunk over the past two years – not in height (still 5 foot 11 inches, or 1.8 m
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Ten great Windows 10 features
Wed, Jul 15th 2015 7:37a   Darren Adams
A few weeks ago, us Microsoft employees in the UK were invited to submit ‘ten great Windows 10 features’ in order to be in with a chance to win a Windows 10 goody bag. I was a lucky winner. I’ve updated my main work laptop (Dell XPS 12) to Windows 10, and also my Dell 8-inch tablet. I’m doing the Surface Pro 3 this weekend, but I’ll probably leave my home PC (Dell XPS 27) until the actual release date of Windows 10 on 29th July – I’ll take the free upgra
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Fitbit Charge
Thu, Apr 30th 2015 5:59p   Darren Adams
Last September I wrote about the Fitbit Flex and how it had worked for me in terms of losing weight and becoming more fit. Since I bought the Flex the Charge and the Surge models were released, but I considered that the Flex was more than good enough for my needs. However, a couple of weeks ago I traveled to New York, and said to myself that if the Fitbit Charge was available at a good price tax-free at the airport, I may possibly consider buying one. That ‘good price’ was £80 as th
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TomTom Runner GPS watch
Mon, Apr 27th 2015 7:43p   Darren Adams
Those of you who are my Facebook friends will know that I’ve lost a lot of weight over the past year, and converted myself from a couch potato to someone who runs 10 km a few times a week. I recently entered my first 10 km race and was placed 37th out of 76. I say “race” but I had no expectation of winning. And only 73 finished (according to the competitor tracking web site, two of the runners are still out there somewhere). I finished the run around Dorney Lake (two laps) in 5
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Why Katie Hopkins should shut her mouth
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 8:15p   Darren Adams
During the many years of dadams.co.uk I don’t think I have never used this site to launch an attack on someone… but now I’m suitably annoyed enough. I should also mention that I wrote most of this two months ago and have only just got around to finishing it, so the furor over the issue has now somewhat dwindled. First of all, you need to be aware of who Katie Hopkins is. Her Wikipedia page should do it, but it doesn’t really capture her attention-seeking nature or her req
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Microsoft Sway (preview)
Fri, Jan 2nd 2015 7:14p   Darren Adams
Sway was announced back in October and made available as a limited invitation-only preview. Since then it’s been opened up for general access, and (important for this blog post) I’ve found some time to have a look at it. But first, what is Sway? Let’s start with not Sway is not… it’s not a replacement for PowerPoint. Having used it to create two ‘sways’ of my own I can’t think why anyone would think it was a PowerPoint replacement. PowerPoint is v
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Plantronics BackBeat FIT
Thu, Nov 20th 2014 6:10p   Darren Adams
Usually if I’m discussing a product from Plantronics it’ll be associated with unified communications (these days more likely to be Lync or Skype than Sametime). I’m the proud owner of a Calisto 620 speakerphone and, probably one of the best tech products I’ve ever owned, a Voyager Legend headset. Today, however, I shall be writing about a rather different Plantronics product… In a recent blog post I talked about losing weight and going to the gym, but therein was a small problem. Pound
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Dell XPS 2720
Sun, Oct 19th 2014 7:14a   Darren Adams
Some people may find this a tale of horror. Why? After five happy years together I have passed my iMac onto a new owner (the current Mrs Adams), and I have replaced it with a Windows 8.1 all-in-one PC. I know that many of my readers are Mac fans and may think this does not compute. My home office doubles as a room with an overflow wardrobe, a cupboard for things that don’t belong anywhere else, occasionally a clothes horse covered in laundry (enjoyed by Lync conference attendees when I swi
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Adiós Lotus 1-2-3
Fri, Oct 3rd 2014 4:11p   Darren Adams
These days it’s commonplace to learn about celebrity deaths from Twitter before hearing it on the actual ‘news’, but yesterday I read about another type of death on Facebook (from Phil Beresford-Davis). The death in question was not the demise of a person, but of a once much-loved product – Lotus 1-2-3 – as the support for Lotus SmartSuite was finally withdrawn. 1-2-3 was an important part of my working life. I was a user and then, in 1991, I joined Lotus Development to support
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Calendar and scheduling irritations
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 4:13p   Darren Adams
Back in 2008, I posted a selection of calendar and scheduling bad habits. I recently updated the list for another publication, and I now declare that these irritations are worthy of an entry in the Hall of Shame. My Outlook-based calendar is a temple. It’s pristine. I refuse to let it be riddled with other peoples’ bad spelling, bad grammar, bad punctuation, bad capitalisation and bad habits. I freely admit that I will edit entries created by other peoples’ invitations if they don’t meet




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