Monthly Archives: January 2014

Do we need another ZX81?

Sinclair_ZX81

I must confess as a child I was obsessed by how a computer worked or more accurately I had a habit of taking things to bits to find out how they worked. The trouble was I didn’t pay adequate attention as to how I had taken the chosen victim of destruction apart. The end result was a catalogue of defective items concealed around my bedroom, which I hoped no one would uncover and subsequently reveal the fruits of my labour.

In my early teens Sinclair Research released a new affordable home computer, it was the ZX81. This wasn’t the first offering from the Sinclair technology stables, however it was my first computer. With limited Continue reading

Sherlock couldn’t work in a call centre

The Sherlock Holmes series on the BBC has been a prime example of the good quality programmes the British Broadcasting Corporation is capable of. The writing, production and acting in this first class drama is almost second to none.

As part of the shows format, we are given an insight into some of the inner workings of Sherlock’s mind. The activity of the detective’s grey matter manifests in the form of rapid snapshots of his attention. These minute pieces of information quickly come together to formalise a dossier of information. This enables Sherlock to make necessary judgements about a person or situation and to then aggregate these episodes of insight into a case solving solution.

Sherlock is so good at what he does because Continue reading

Reconnaissance trip to Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Derbyshire Countryside

My Father and Mother in-law are turning seventy this year, and so in connection with this the extended family are planning a meet up in late spring to celebrate the occasion. The intention is for everyone to congregate at a campsite just north of Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

Family members currently live in both the north and south of the UK and therefore Derbyshire seemed like a sensible, central location for us all to meet. Apart from the mutual proximity benefit for family members, it is also a very beautiful, interesting place to host a party.

The in-laws decided it would be a good idea to Continue reading

Flexi-time rich

hourglass

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It has been just over ten months since I embarked on my journey of uncharted life and as I have progressed through my various projects so far, I have come to realise that I am to a large extent time rich, or at least that’s how it might appear.

Where I was previously working in the normal nine to five regime most of us adhere to, I tended to neglect certain life demands that just Continue reading

It’s all relative

windowphoto

I was visiting a close friend yesterday and something became acutely apparent to me.

I have known this friend for around 25 years now and have respect for him which is hard to quantify in words. He is a very intelligent, wise gentlemen and from time to time I have had the good fortune to receive some of his wisdom and perspective he brings to life.

Whilst visiting this friend yesterday, he became obsessed by the opaque nature of his windows in his kitchen. The focus of his attention appeared to be a slight layer of dirt or grease obscuring the view to what is a splendid garden.

This annoyance was made worse Continue reading

The smartphone gravy train

Has the smartphone gravy train finally reached its destination?

I don’t know about you, but I sense a fatigue among us smartphone users as the next incremental upgrade isn’t quite doing it.

Looking back to when the Apple IPhone was first demonstrated by Steve Jobs the audience was blown away, and rightly so as this was a major leap in mobile device innovation.

The problem is Continue reading

Where have I got to?

So this time last year I stepped away from my full time job developing primarily web and desktop applications. I wanted to taste the red pill or at least suck the pill and see. I had reached a point where I needed to take this step. People on the outside, might view this move as somewhat irresponsible and in a way yes it could be, but I had to make the leap, the direction I was heading was not a good one on so many levels.

So along with a co-founder we Continue reading

Photographs speak volumes

I must confess when I see a good photograph I seem to experience a mild form of Synesthesia.

A good photograph to me is one which you can hear the scene it portrays. The picture draws you in to such an extent that you start to enjoy the sounds likely present when it was taken. This volume of sound can vary from photo to photo and can be effected by the colour or lack of.

Sometimes a colour picture for me provides an overload of information, in a similar fashion how a movie can spoil a Continue reading

Are we really living in the Matrix?

Red Pill

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We are effectively indoctrinated from birth into a reality which we take for granted and never really step back and question.

Without doubt some aspects of our living are great and the alternative is not a good option. For example hospitals and health care are a basic necessity without which we would not enjoy the longevity of life we now do. Some sort of law and enforcement is also a basic need as without it we would live more aligned to animals than anything remotely civilised.

All things considered, our basic infrastructure for health provision and law enforcement/government always has room for improvement and from time to time is Continue reading