I’m just back from a 10-day vacation (my first in 18 months) in Tenerife. And, since I completely divorce myself from the internet when I go on holidays (no laptop, no surfing the ‘net on my smartphone and no skulking off to the nearest internet cafe for an online fix), one of the things I have to contend with when I get back is the sheer amount of email that drops into my Inbox while I’m away.

When I finally steeled myself to open my Inbox this time, there were over 1,200 emails to trawl through. The vast majority of these are about the newest, latest, greatest thing to hit the Internet …

It’s quite a while since I bought myself a gadget. My trusty old Dell Axim PDA finally gave up the ghost and I also needed a new MP3 player. PDA’s seem to have been subsumed into cellphones over the last few years, so it seemed that the best upgrade/replacement path was to opt for a smartphone.

Apple’s iPhone gets rave reviews, but there have been a lot of complaints recently about their draconian control over what apps are allowed onto the iPhone platform. I’ve been hearing that apps that currently available are actually being removed from the marketplace because Apple deems them unsuitable for whatever reason they deem appropriate. It’s that old …