A buck­et­load of TechLife feed­back

TechLife Australia - - THE WALL -

I’m a sub­scriber to the mag and would like to make some com­ments and sug­ges­tions on TechLife’s con­tent. Pho­tog­ra­phy series: I’m a real fan of this series. I bought my first dig­i­tal com­pact in 2006 and or­dered my sec­ond last week through hav­ing my eyes opened to the im­pres­sive ad­vances in the tech­nol­ogy in the last decade through read­ing these ar­ti­cles. I hope they con­tinue. Buy­ers’ guides in com­par­a­tive re­views: For a non-tech sub­scriber, I found these ex­tremely use­ful and would like to see them ex­tended for peo­ple like me who are barely across ba­sics. Re­views of se­cu­rity suites and sim­i­lar: In­clude a warn­ing in the buy­ers’ guide about the need to be aware of the pos­si­bil­ity of the sub­scrip­tion page of the web­site hav­ing a de­lib­er­ately con­cealed fine print ‘opt out’ box com­mit­ting the pur­chaser to au­to­matic re­newal of the sub­scrip­tion. I know of two providers who use this trick. With one — Bit­de­fender — where I missed the box, we had a pro­tracted dis­pute about an au­to­matic re­newal af­ter we had told them we had unin­stalled their pro­gram six months be­fore when their slow sup­port failed to give us a fix for a false pos­i­tive with our ac­count­ing soft­ware. No com­plaints about per­for­mance but their busi­ness prac­tices are close to fraud­u­lent in my view. Re­views of Android smart­phones: For me, now I know more about the vast range of spe­cial­ist ap­pli­ca­tions avail­able for An­droids, a note of the sen­sors in­cluded with the par­tic­u­lar model would be very use­ful. This is as much a sell­ing point for me as the per­for­mance of the cam­era for ex­am­ple. In this re­spect, info on sen­sors is not read­ily avail­able on some web sites.

[ BRUCE MA­JOR ]

Ed replies: Thanks for the com­pli­ments and sug­ges­tions, Bruce — we’re glad to hear you’re en­joy­ing the mag and we’ll keep your com­ments them in mind for fu­ture editions.

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