10 Tech Things... tests you set yourself

Life serves up a whole host of challenges. Tech it seems plays a part in most of them. Here's the ones that we never get tired of mastering    

Twenty years of gadgets means we've built up a good collection of tech based trials to test ourselves with, from breaking world speed-typing records, to finding phone signal when no-one else can.

 

 

1. Touch-typing under pressure…

Without making a single mistake. You had it down pat in your data-entry student days, of course, but every now and then you still like to pretend that you’re frantically trying to get the electric fences back up and running before the dinosaurs escape.

 

2. Calling a song after one note

You’ve held down a job for years, you’ve got your own house, a car, even kids. Yet there you still are, yelling, “BlackDog, opening track, Led Zeppelin IV, 1971!” after half a second of the sound of Jimmy Page’s amp powering up. Stick your Shazam, amateurs.

 

3. Getting phone signal when others can’t

Even if it takes a longish, mud-caked walk at dawn from the country house you’re all holed up at to find that mythical, solitary bar of GPRS signal, the hallowed prize of the rugby scores will be yours. “But… how did you get signal?” your friends cry. “Because the tech gods favour me,” you crow, as you slip on your shades and strut off, leaving your acquaintances forlornly waving their mobiles in the air like big idiots.

 

4. Beating the microwave

Four minutes until the horse lasagne is ready. In that time you can easily get all the sauces on the table, prepare a salad, go to the toilet, make the bed and put the bins out. GO! True pros even start filling the washing-up bowl with water for an extra level of danger (and to wash their hands, postbowel/ bin emptying).

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