Author Archives: Nigel

Full Name: Nigel Powell Website:
Info: Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don't we all?
Cool Web Apps & Sites September 30, 2014 posted by Nigel

Duty Calculator – find out instantly how much you’ll pay when importing an item from another country

Thanks to the power of couriers and online stores, we’re now increasingly buying our stuff directly from factories and Far Eastern wholesalers, rather than relying on local stores. This is very bad news for national retailers, but very good news for buyers and shippers. Or is it? Because the hidden sting in the tail of most of these transactions is the duty and tax you have to pay when the item lands in your country. Now there’s a way to…

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Duty Calculator – find out instantly how much you’ll pay when importing an item from another country
Bookmark This! September 29, 2014 posted by Nigel

Spreadsheet123 – free premium spreadsheet templates will make your life so much easier [Freeware]

If you run a small business, or even have a large hobby, you’ll know how useful data can be to ensure you make all the right decisions. Even personal tasks like planning a party or working out your household budget, can be a royal pain unless you know how to balance the budgets and make the financials work. But it’s generally not worth hiring a book-keeper or accountant to do the job, which is where these free downloadable spreadsheet templates…

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Spreadsheet123 – free premium spreadsheet templates will make your life so much easier [Freeware]
Bookmark This! September 26, 2014 posted by Nigel

The Plain Man’s Guide to What The Massive Shellshock Bug Means For You

[image] The big tech news of the moment, and probably of the year or decade, is the revelation about a massive security hole in something called Bash, which is an arcane bit of geek code which is installed on many of the computers which power and host the Internet (and also Apple Mac computers). Here’s our plain man’s guide to what it means for you. 1. Over 51% of all web servers (i.e. websites) are running on the Linux operating…

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The Plain Man’s Guide to What The Massive Shellshock Bug Means For You
Cool Web Apps & Sites September 26, 2014 posted by Nigel

Forekast – keep track of your favorite events and entertainment so you don’t miss anything cool

Have you ever missed a cool event in your area, or online, because you didn’t know it was on? Annoying isn’t it? We recently missed the annual Wheeltappers Club cheese tasting and plum rub event, and it really rankled. Well now there’s a way to keep up to date with all the events you may be interested, which is actually a pretty cool idea.

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Forekast – keep track of your favorite events and entertainment so you don’t miss anything cool
Awesome September 25, 2014 posted by Nigel

SeatyLock – the first really cool and workable new security device for bicycles we’ve seen

We hate promoting Kickstarter projects as you know, but this one deserves a bit of attention, because it looks like it could actually solve a big problem for bicycle riders across the world. The SeatyLock is what it says, a bike saddle which converts into a bike lock when you’re parked up. Now there have been a ton of crowdfunding attempts to improve the bike lock, and most of them have been patently rubbish. Not so this one.

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SeatyLock – the first really cool and workable new security device for bicycles we’ve seen
Awesome September 25, 2014 posted by Nigel

Polarr – awesome free photo editing app will make your boring shots look amazing all the time, seriously [Editors Choice]

Every so often we get hit in the face with a corker of a product, and we know within seconds this is something we’re going to use a lot from now on. It’s hard to explain what makes those products so compelling, but if we had to dissect it, we would put it down to a) a clearly great implementation of a core function and b) the ability to get it to do what you want instantly, without having to…

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Polarr – awesome free photo editing app will make your boring shots look amazing all the time, seriously [Editors Choice]
Awesome September 25, 2014 posted by Nigel

#X – it can wait, the pledge against texting and driving

We love it when clever people come up with clever uses of basic technology, and this is one of those cases. The #X campaign has a very simple, but powerful message – don’t text while you drive. There are more teenage road deaths caused by texting while driving than anything else, so this is a hugely valuable initiative. And it’s simple to do.

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#X – it can wait, the pledge against texting and driving
Mobile Tech September 24, 2014 posted by Nigel

Clippet News – audio news clips delivered to your phone means you’ll never have to read again…maybe [Freeware]

The news is a traditional staple of most people’s day. Whether you consume news over breakfast, read it during your morning commute or sit down to access the nightly version, we all like to keep abreast of what’s going on. Now there’s a new method hitting the digital airwaves, the customized audio news clip delivered to your phone via an app.

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Clippet News – audio news clips delivered to your phone means you’ll never have to read again…maybe [Freeware]