Archive for December, 2012

Useful inventions

Friday, December 14th, 2012

There are so many inventions that make our lives easier and more comfortable.

After asking me how I had cut my finger, a friend told me about a tin opener that curled over the edges so that they weren’t sharp. I went straight out and bought one, and it amazes me! I don’t know how it does it. It looks like an ordinary tin opener, but you can run your fingers over the edges without any chance of cutting yourself.

A remote control allows channel hopping on the television. I can sit comfortably on the settee, and quickly scroll through all the channels my Freeview box gives me to see if there’s anything I fancy watching. I wouldn’t want to do that if I had to use a button on the TV. I’d get backache bending down and a headache from watching it to closely.

But the gadget I’m always thankful for when it’s pouring with rain is the power lock on my car. I can jump out of the car, run under the porch and click the button when I’m standing in the dry. I haven’t got to fiddle with a key and a keyhole with cold fingers while rain is pouring down on me.

What’s your favourite gadget or invention?


Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The first text message was sent 20 years ago today. That makes it quite old doesn’t it?

Most people wouldn’t be able to imagine a time when text messages didn’t exist and certainly wouldn’t be able to manage without them.

According to Ofcom, the average number of texts that each of us sends in a week in the UK is 50, but 12-15 year olds send an average of 193 texts every week!

I don’t send anything like that many, so someone else must be using mine!

I find them useful as I can send one late at night when a phone call is out of the question or contact someone who’s out when I can’t get them on their landline.

It’s nice when I feel my bag vibrate and hear the beep-beep, beep-beep and I know I’ve got a message.

The only problem with them is that sometimes they take hours – or even days – to arrive so you can’t rely on them for urgent messages. I wonder where they go in the meantime?!