Arsenal (not the team) part two

Inevitably, I was going to shave the plug end. If you have no idea what I'm waffling on about (join the club) then click here. So, a little judicious filing away of the black plastic and wala... whalla... oua'la... how on earth does one spell voilà!? 😉 I've kept nuclear power stations on the bars with short... Continue Reading →

Arsenal (not the team) part one

So after Kickstarting this little box of tricks what feels like a long time ago, I recently got notification of despatch. This is a first thoughts review of Arsenal: The Intelligent Camera Assistant. The main web site for this is I guess the first thing to note, and a key factor in what might be... Continue Reading →

Backing up!

I came across another thread on Facebook the other day, where someone had lost a file. It happens... you crash the computer during a save, or the hdd fails totally, or the computer is stolen. So many ways to lose that 45,000 word thesis, or the next Hippy Pootle novel. I lost a year's worth... Continue Reading →

Staying Alive

The Druids of myth and legend were part of an oral tradition. This, we are told, is why we know almost nothing about the tradition they followed; their practices are now those reported by ancient historians, for the most part members of rival and conquering societies. History is written by the winners, it is said,... Continue Reading →

Mac week one

I must stop telling people "I've gone over to the dark side..." I got a very old fashioned look from the otherwise really helpful and friendly bloke in the Bristol Apple Store yesterday, where I'd gone to pick up the Magic Trackpad I forgot to order with the rest of the kit. lol [note: the... Continue Reading →


My first proper experience of a computer was with an Apple II. It was back in 1981 and I was in full time employment for the first time, as an electrical wireman and workshop supervisor for a small Bristol based company called South West Research (now long gone). Our mission was to remove from service... Continue Reading →

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