With Christmas just around the corner (at the time of writing this article), our thoughts will most likely be turning to buying gifts for family and friends (our ourselves!). If like me you’re based in Spain permanently, it isn’t always convenient or possible to deliver your gifts in person. Thank goodness for online shopping using the online shops provided by all our favourite retailers, many of whom also offer gift wrapping services...
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What are QR codes?
Take a look around you and you’ll see these funny black and white squares. Have you ever wondered what they were for? You’ll see them all over the place, particularly placed in advertisements. They are called Quick Response codes or QR codes for short and are not unlike the barcodes you find on many products you buy at your supermarket. QR codes however can contain much more information than just a number and they are ideally suited for scanning with a mobile phone or tablet camera. All you need to do is just download a free app to do so.
Not so long ago, all the rage in personal organisation was the Filofax. Inevitably as technology has advanced this gave rise to things like electronic diaries, and then PDAs (Personal Desktop Assistants) and of course more recently the smart phone. From my lecturing in Computing at The University of Northampton, I recall talking about the convergence of the three C's; Computers (including communications), Consumer electronics and Content! Instead of carrying a PDA, mobile phone, and laptop, all that functionality is now available in the smart phone, and even in smart watches! Our files, photos and communications including e-mail is always available to us regardless of which device we are using or where we are for that matter. For the main part, this works relatively seamlessly though requires some initial investment in time to set it all up just how you like it.
In today's economic climate, we are probably all concerned about what we spend on a regular basis; with the increasing costs of energy, fuel and groceries, many are looking to cut back on luxuries or at least minimise their costs.