SF novel Rollback by Robert Sawyer. As the response to a SETI message comes back from the stars, an astronomer and spouse undergo rejuvenation treatment to give them a chance to keep the conversation going.
Nice idea, but a pretty poor novel. It's written very like this. As is becoming obligatory for some SF, Sawyer makes a valiant attempt to do Relationships and Feelings, but the characters don't really come to life: they seem like diagrams on a blackboard.
I was hoping that there would be a big skiffy resolution to make all that worth enduring, but it doesn't really amount to much. The message content is unsurprising.
Thought I'd do an update on the various things I've bought.
Was a bit dubious about the gphone at first, but I've come to like it. The short battery life is its biggest problem, but it's never actually conked out on me yet, always seems to last me out the day. Apart from that it's a decent smartphone: UI is great, there are a few apps for it. I've actually found myself checking web stuff on it from my armchair rather than cross the room.
If it broke tomorrow, I'd probably get another one. Worth a look if you're interested in a smartphone.
Dell XPS 420 computer
Had a couple of problems with the Dell at first: sound output didn't work, had to get a fan replaced after much hassle.
Since then it's worked OK. Did get a resonance-rattle from the new fan, but wedging it with blue-tac seems to have fixed that.
Even so, wouldn't recommend it. If it was an unbranded cheapo box these problems would be forgivable, but I think a high-end model with a brand name should be more reliable than this.
Bought a Solar Casio Wave Ceptor watch a couple of weeks ago. Managed to clumsily break my old battery Wave Ceptor while trying to change the battery (which was extraordinarily fiddly, had to dismantle the whole thing).
Liked that, but not too sure about the replacement. It's bigger and chunkier than the old one, and the solar panel face seems a bit reflective.
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