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 […]

I ditched Facebook

The biggest responsibility for geeks in an age of ubiquitous internet is to inform, educate and share with friends the importance of understanding online identity and privacy. The freedoms and foundation of the web we enjoy today are based on transparency and open standards. The most basic action of typing in a URL and visiting a web address through to […]

Welcome back Microsoft

Now I’ve always been a critic of Microsoft. But not critical of the nature of their business and market domination (that doesn’t bother me), but critical of their lack of innovation and, until Windows 7, their sub-par operating systems. With all the innovation, elegance and success of Apple it’s easy to dismiss the folks at […]

Running a podcast 20 shows on.., the weekly podcast I set up with my friend and local journalist, Kevin Black is 20 shows old today. Hard to believe that the show has been running now since January this year. I can honestly say I find it some of the most satisfying and creative work I have ever done. Firstly, I […]

My podcast experiment – 5 shows on part 1

A significant part of my private time lately has been on managing and producing a new weekly podcast. I wanted share my experience, the first part is below : 1. Shifting the good idea to reality I actually found the transition of the idea to reality quite simple. I suspect, due to the strength […]

A new year a new podcast

For at least three years now I’ve had an itch to scratch. Being an avid listener and supporter of podcasts I’ve wanted to produce my own. A few years ago I had an idea for a show based on micro finance. I think the idea was sound enough but my heart wasn’t in it and […]

Rediscoving my love for Open source software

I first discovered the concept of ‘open source’ software through the operating system Linux back in 1998. I had played with ‘free software’ before on various windows boxes but never really considered ‘open source’ as a development methodology. I spent a lot of time installing various Linux distros, from Redhat (as it was then) to […]