Why do we want these ‘things’? We want to gain control, make everything more convenient and structure our technology around our busy lives. We want to be able to live in the Star Trek home with little objects that comfort us with their gently blinking lights and chirrrp into life ready to serve us when we enter the room. We’re promised the last word in control – either at home or remotely – to make our lives rich with a feeling of contentment knowing everything in our home is being looked after by an interconnected network of things that are totally aware of their surroundings, keeping vigil while we are out enjoying our newly found peace and freedom. Except we aren't. We're tied to the support sites. We're constantly rebooting. We're wondering why, midway through the evening just when it gets to the good bit in the film, everything goes [...]
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I recently had an issue with my patio doors where I wanted to keep them open and avoid them swinging in the wind. I mulled it over for many weeks and considered attaching hooks to the back of the doors, but this would require drilling in to them. I thought of attaching clamps to the wall that would slide over each door when fully opened and lock them in place. I looked at mounting a latch at the top similar to the pneumatic door closers you find in offices. What I did in the end was to use a leftover piece of softwood, cut it to size and rest it across the top between the two doors. They were gently held at their limit so they didn’t move and weren’t under any strain. A perfect one-handed solution that took five minutes and cost me nothing. It reminded me of a [...]