Fatherhood: Review – O2 Smart Home (Pt 1)

January 3, 2017 at 1:55 pm

o2-smart-homeJust before Christmas, a lovely chap got in touch from O2, to ask if I’d like to take part in a home test/trial thingy for their snazzy new “Smart Home” technology.

Designed to connect and automate many of your regular tasks around the home, the start of Winter seemed like the ideal time to give this a spin, so I jumped at the chance.

Fatherhood: A Grown-up guide to Snapchat

April 5, 2016 at 8:14 am

Snapchat Beginners GuideWith Snapchat growing more popular by the day, many parents (and bloggers) are joining the service to “see what all the fuss is about”. And more than a few of them are left scratching their heads.

Since I myself struggled when I joined, I decided to write this guide as a helpful companion to those of us who have joined or are considering joining, but are finding the whole experience a bit confusing.

Snapchat has been designed for young people who aren’t yet used to the conventions of classic “User Experience” – some people think it might even be purposefully UN-user-friendly in an attempt to become off putting to “grown ups” and squares like me.

Fatherhood: Kids and Tech and Me

May 25, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Resized-3Any of you who have come into contact with me online will know that I’ve got a reasonably keen eye for a good gadget.

Back when I first started this blog in 2011, for instance, I wrote a piece called “Baby gadgets aren’t always baby good-gets” which outlined some of my favourite gadgets for making parenting easier – and I’ve written about issues like ‘screen time’ a few times recently.