Category Archives: Self Improvement

The most powerful resource we have, most of us don’t use!

I have been a computer programmer for a number of years and as a result I have sat down in front of an array of machines. As time has progressed the computers I have used have steadily become more and more powerful, with the effectiveness of their processing and memory increasing on a seemingly exponential level.

As you may or may not be aware, a computer is only generally capable of responding to exactly what it is told via the medium of a pre-defined script or program. If the program has been designed badly, then the machine interpreting the code can only respond in a way aligned to this input. If on the other hand a program is presented to the computer, which is well designed and has a purposeful meaning to it, then this can result in a very useful outcome. There is a well-known saying in the world of programming, garbage in, garbage out. GIGO primarily relates to the data fed into the computer and that if the quality of data is poor then the results of processing and therefore output data will also be of low value.

Given what we know about the way a computer works and the pitfalls to watch for in this discipline, it is a shame  Continue reading

Shedding light on authenticity

Tungsten Lightbulb

I understand why power saving light bulbs are important and that the benefits can be two fold. The consumer doesn’t have as high an electricity bill compared to using old fashioned tungsten lighting, and the additional environment benefits due to the reduced energy consumption.

Ordinarily I am totally in favour of using energy efficient lighting. The only exception I think that should be made is Continue reading

Perceived value and the price that’s right

I have recently released my first online course “Javascript the beginners guide” on Udemy and the initial flurry of students taking my course was encouraging. However, to be strictly honest a reasonable proportion of the pupils are as a result of issuing a discount coupon and in the very early stages this was a completely free offer.

It is part of the common sales practice to offer something for free or heavily discounted to get the initial momentum and raise the profile of a new entry in the marketplace. This also acts as a reward for the early adopters of any product and this phase of the sales process is most definitely the easier phase, after all, 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


Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono /

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

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