Author: bill

What the heck is a googlewhack?

Type any two words into Google and press enter. The result usually brings you hundreds or even thousands of pages. The elusive Googlewhack is a magic combination of words that returns a single result. There are two rules – the…

How much does it cost to use an Espresso machine?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our espresso machine into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. Having filled the…

How much does it cost to use a small TV?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our 10″ CRT TV into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. The TV…

How much does it cost to use a deep fat fryer?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our thermostatically-controlled deep fat fryer into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. The…

How much does it cost to use a steam iron?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our iron into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. Having topped up the…

How much does it cost to use a kettle?

We plugged our energy meter into a mains socket then plugged our kettle into it. We had already entered our electricity price into the meter so it could give us a direct readout of running cost. Having half-filled the kettle…

How much does it cost to use an electrical appliance?

Here at Infomania.co.uk we’re dedicated to digging out those bits of information that you’ve always wanted to know. One of the things that is really difficult to find out is how much energy domestic appliances actually use. You can usually…

Updating the Philips DTR1500 Freeview box

The Philips DRT1500 set-top box is a great Freeview receiver but suffers one problem. It is only possible to add new channels to the channel lineup, not change those already tuned in. As channel names and numbers change the channel…

Digital cameras – why sensor size matters

A wide range of sensor sizes are used in cameras today. The size of the sensors is not related to their resolution (measured in megapixels). The smallest, 1/3.6″, has a tiny light-sensitive surface of only 4mm x 3mm. That is…

Photo fading – CDs, DVDs and prints

You might be surprised to know that you can’t even be sure the CDs you burned of this year’s digital photographs will last five years, let alone the inkjet prints you made.