Technophilia and its Discontents

Invasion of the cyber hustlers.

The website that saved the BBC.

Book-riffling robot reads 250 pages in a minute.

Phase-change memory could soon dethrone flash memory. Will Field-induced polymer electroluminescent lighting dethrone other bulbs?

The Pacific’s digital future.

Internet regulation: A digital cold war?

Why digital freedom matters.

Open access to research can save lives.

17 December 2012


In amongst not posting daily to the blog, I’ve been not getting through all the photos I’ve been wanting to select for posting here and elsewhere. At least I sorted out a five-month backlog of family photos—just before we went away last week for half-term and generated a new one.

As a small nod to all that behind-the-scenes activity, here’s a photo from Charleton Fruit Farm near Montrose at the end of July, a pick-your-own place where we enjoyed a brief burst of sun.


Read More · 26 October 2012

The Incredible Shrinking Drive

Three hard-drives, 2002 to 2012

Even after three decades of using computers, this kind of thing continues to amaze me.

Read More · 27 July 2012

Paper Playin’

I’ve been playing with Paper on the iPad, which is a fun toy and has potential (if they add a few features, like a colour picker, and being able to duplicate pages to use as a basic history function), but really needs a stylus. Unfortunately these aren’t available yet (and I don’t have an iPad 3), but I’ve ordered another kind and will see how it goes.

14 April 2012

Computer Support 101

I’ve been hanging on to my six-year-old iMac, a PowerPC G5, for as long as possible, but it’s so slow that it’s like an old terminal, with visible lags between each letter as I type. Partly that’s because there are only six gigs free on the hard-disk at the moment, but I clear out a chunk every now and then and it doesn’t make much difference. I could put up with it until upgrading my work machine a year ago, but dissatisfaction with relative levels of performance gets me every time. Maybe I need to downgrade the work Mac to a Performa.

Read More · 5 April 2012

Infotech in 2003