If all goes according to plan, at the weekend a parcel will arrive in the post with five iPhones in it. Both mine, and my other half's phone contracts have come to an end, and we have been looking around at the various deals available. At the same time, we're going to move our children… Continue reading Better Late Than Never
I've owned a copy of Scrivener for years - since my first proper tilt at NaNoWriMo back in about 2007 if memory serves. If you've not heard of it, Scrivener is a word processor designed for writers, where you can organise your writing projects into binders with research, chapters, and so on. It's all rather wonderful, and lovely.
I just watched the entire testimony between Mark Zuckerberg and a number of United States Senators in Washington live. Nearly six hours of it. I have some thoughts. I know this is a huge departure from the usual "day in the life" posts I usually write, and I don't plan on doing this on anything… Continue reading Surrounded by Idiots
I just finished installing "Elementary OS" on the old desktop computer at home - the one in the junk room that I tend to sit at while writing blog posts. On the off-chance that anybody else needs to use it, they can still re-start it and boot into Windows 7 - the hard-drive is partitioned,… Continue reading Elementary
It is now a week since the Nokia 3310 arrived, and I performed a factory reset on my previous phone (a rather lovely Honor 8 that now resides in my other half's handbag). I thought it might be interesting to record a few thoughts about my experiences so far.Perhaps the biggest surprise is that I… Continue reading One Week Into the Nokia 3310 Experiment
This week Deep Mind - the Google team behind the "Alpha Zero" artificial intelligence project - tried out the game of chess on the system.Alpha Zero spent four hours learning to play chess from scratch - essentially playing against itself - before being pitted against the result of perhaps forty years of chess software research… Continue reading The Beginning, or the End ?
David Karp is leaving Tumblr. It feels strange, finally seeing the various valley blogs breathlessly posting the news out to the internet - describing how he founded the blogging platform back in 2007, and changed the web.I remember. I was there. I wrote about it.I remember listening to an episode of a podcast while travelling… Continue reading Everything Changes
I rescued my old netbook computer from almost certain doom earlier in the week - it had been sitting on the corner of a counter in the kitchen along with a few other bits and pieces to be sent off for recycling or charitable donation. We finally made it to a charity store today with… Continue reading Quiet Insanity Rules
In early 1992 I saw Windows 3.0 for the first time. I had asked to use the laser printer of the IT department at West Oxfordshire College to print out a poem by Marilyn Monroe for an art project I was working on (yes, I studied art at college as well as computer science). The… Continue reading Memories of MS-DOS 5, Windows 3.0, and GNU-Linux
I somehow managed to wake up at 5am this morning, stared at the ceiling for a while, and then fell back asleep. I woke again with the alarm clock at 6am, and scraped myself out of bed, had a shower, got dressed, and wandered around the house organising this and that until it was time… Continue reading Tuesday in London