Encouraging the next generation to learn mathematics


Some time ago, I wrote an app called SpeedTables to help kids (or anyone really) learn their maths times tables. Okay, so it’s not really a big deal, but when you think about it, how much of what we do each day has relied on mathematics bringing into being?
With all the talk of the need for innovation, not just in Australia but around the world, one of the fundamental keys to innovating is mathematics. Right now, reports are that Australia… Read more

My stories inside APC magazine – February 2015


I’ve had a very busy month putting stories together for this latest issue of APC magazine:
* There’s a massive PC upgrade guide that I’ve contributed to, looking at all you need to know about CPUs, memory, cases and power supplies. PCs still rock and if you’re considering building your own, this guide is a must-read. If you think you still need a massive PSU or a traditional-looking case, think again. And prices are still remarkably low!
* I’ve also… Read more

My stories inside APC magazine – January 2015 issue


The January 2015 issue of APC magazine goes on sale today! And it’s a reasonably busy month for me:
* first up, I take a quick look at maximising the lifespan of your solid-state drives. I have a half-a-dozen tips I use to ensure I get maximum value and performance from my SSDs that should help you too.
* next, I look at how you can get Android 5.0/Lollipop features now on your old KitKat/4.4 or Jelly Bean/4.3 & earlier… Read more

Learn to code Java #2 – variables, inputs and interest rates


Working with electronics and microcontrollers isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved and go deeper into your tech. There’s been much said of late about learning to code and I just want to throw my hat into that ring as well.
Learning to code will end up being one of the smartest things you’ll ever do – not just because you learn more about computing, but you learn how to think (yep, Steve Jobs… Read more

Learning Arduino Basics #2 – weather measurements


One of the great things about microcontrollers is that they allow you straddle the divide of pure electronics hardware and computing software.
Now there’s no substitute for seriously learning the two, but Arduino is a great way to strike out gently in both directions – you can learn the basics of coding and combine it with some simple electronics. The more you learn, the more you can branch out into the ‘internet of things’ and start building your own smart… Read more

How to be tech-safe this Christmas


It’s Christmas, which means there’ll be mountains of tech from all corners of the globe soon to be unwrapped. But while you’re enjoying your new swag, make sure you give a thought to safety – particularly when it comes to AC mains power adapters.
Many tech devices now get their power through a USB socket from tiny lightweight AC plug-in adapters. They’re convenient and you can buy these USB power adapters almost anywhere.
But you need to be careful –… Read more