Taking back control of my data

With a number of recent high profile hacks combined with my growing sense of caution about storing my data with third parties online, I have decided to start an ambitious project of shifting over my entire cloud data to a NAS. It’s not going to be easy but I’m increasingly not convinced that my data […]

From Evernote to OneNote 

I’ve been a loyal Evernote premium users since April 2008. I’ve always loved the company. But sadly not anymore. Their new 2 device only pricing structure makes little sense to me. Finally Microsoft have released the Evernote exporter to OneNote. So I’m moving over. Fingers crossed the transition works. I’ll keep you posted. But until […]

Thoughts ahead of the iPhone 7 launch 

So it’s the Apple iPhone launch tomorrow, presumably to be labeled as ‘iPhone 7/plus’.  Expect to be told it’s the best iPhone yet. And expect to be told that the decision to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack is because Apple are by nature one of the most forward looking visionary technology companies in the world.  […]

Why my iPhone 6plus will be my last iPhone…

For years now, I’ve judged the various iPhones I’ve owned as offering value for money. Yes, they are expensive but I’ve always felt that price guaranteed quality hardware and outstanding software that work seamlessly together. Now I’m not so sure that’s the case.  Two things have changed my thinking. Firstly the almost certain likelihood that […]

Using the web overseas: a field guide

I have spent the last few years of my life overseas. Being a geek, I’ve always been fascinated by the technology that makes life abroad that bit more bearable. So I thought I’d share some of experiences of how I use technology overseas. This post focuses on using the web. A secure connection: Obvious – […]

The Pebble 2 and Pebble Core – I’m backing them

I’ve been a fan of the smartwatch company, Pebble since buying their first gen Pebble a few years back. I love the flexibility of the OS, customisation and battery life of the watches. Most recently, I bought the excellent Pebble Time, water proof to 30 metres, an e-ink colour display and 7-day battery life. So […]

My home network explained

A number of people have asked me about my tech setup at home. So I thought I’d post about it. A lot of the hardware I use is legacy kit, acquired over the years. However, recently the kit I have bought is deliberate and in support of the design aims of my setup. Design principles: My aim, when […]