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The problem with price comparison sites

A piece in the weekend Guardian by its excellent personal finance correspondent Patrick Collinson includes, almost as an aside, an explanation of why price comparison sites are bad news for some customers. Collinson’s report concerns a man who discovered that his elderly parents-in-law were being asked for £579.08 for home insurance from the Halifax. He … Continue reading The problem with price comparison sites

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Microsoft posts another strong set of results, does not know how to invest its profits

Microsoft has announced its quarterly financial statements, reporting revenue of $33.1 billion, up 14% on the same period last year (though fractionally down on the previous quarter). It does not know how to invest the money it is making. It returned $7.9 billion to shareholders via dividends and buybacks. What’s notable? The fastest-growing business is … Continue reading Microsoft posts another strong set of results, does not know how to invest its profits


Xcode on Catalina update hassles

I have a Mac running Catalina. It is almost new and I did not migrate anything from the old Mac, so should be a very clean install. I installed Xcode 11 from the App Store. All fine. Yesterday it wanted to update to Xcode 11.1. But the update took a long time and then failed. … Continue reading Xcode on Catalina update hassles


Marley Stir it up Wireless Turntable: a good introduction to the vinyl revival?

I have been trying a Marley Stir it Up Wireless turntable over the last couple of weeks.   This is the wireless version of an older model, also called Stir it up. The name references a Bob Marley song, and yes there is a family connection. Marley manufactures a range of relatively inexpensive audio products … Continue reading Marley Stir it up Wireless Turntable: a good introduction to the vinyl revival?


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