Category Archives: Technology

What to Install on a New Android Phone

A selection of useful free apps for your new Android Phone.


Manage all the content and functions of your phone from a web browser including files, SMS, apps, photos, contacts, and music via a password-protected secure connection.


App 2 SD (move app to SD)
Free up space on your phone by moving apps to the SD card. Also a good way to manage apps, cache and data.


Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner
Cyclist and walker-friendly journey planning app with GPS and links to OpenCycleMap


Dolphin Browser
A much better browser than the standard Android browser.


When you want to share your location with friends or family some of the time, but not all the time.


Textra SMS
A much better SMS than the standard Android SMS.


Hotspot Toggle
If you use your phone a lot as a MiFi, this widget turns it on and off quickly.


K-9 Mail
A much better email than the standard Android email.


Free OpenStreetMap sat nav app that uses offline maps from mapsforge. Much quicker than Google Maps if you have offline maps.


RealCalc Scientific Calculator
A powerful scientific calculator that’s also beautiful and easy to use.


Retro Clock Widget
Very clear clock and date widgets that are also links to alarm and calendar respectively.


Seesmic (Facebook, Twitter)
Everyone has their own favourite Twitter app. This is mine.


StopWatch & Timer
A simple and clear-to-read stopwatch and timer app.


TeslaLED Flashlight
Use your phone’s camera LED as a torch.


The Guardian Anywhere
Still better than the official Guardian app.


Where’s My Droid
Find your lost or stolen phone with a text message.


WiFi Analyzer
A better way of finding and selecting a WiFi network to connect to.


What to install on a new MacBook

I have lots of applications installed on my MacBook, but this is the list of software I’d install first and use most.


Chat with multi-protocol instant messaging. I really don’t need ten applications to do the job of one.


BBC iPlayer Desktop
Watch BBC TV online or offline in high quality. There’s no need to be a slave to the TV schedule.


Share or publish files. I use this for ease of sharing non-confidential files.


Convert, edit, and retouch photos and scanned documents. This version includes some useful extras.


Print to any known printer. Uses the standard Apple CUPS interface but has more and better drivers than Apple.


Read and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can use this well as, or instead of, Microsoft Office.


Mozilla Firefox
Browse the Internet. I prefer this to Apple Safari.


Mozilla Thunderbird
Manage your email. I prefer this to Apple Mail.


Make video and voice calls. Not everyone has Apple FaceTime.


Sophos Anti-Virus…
Protect yourself from malware with minimum fuss. Don’t pretend that Macs are invulnerable.


Talk on Twitter with a power-user’s Twitter client. This is my current favourite.