May 2017

So you're about ready to head off an your big adventure. Bags are packed, house is clean, and your tech is at the ready. You've got your phone which will double as a mobile hot-spot, and your trusty...
Over the last few months I've become fascinated by Crypto-currency. I wrote about Bitcoin earlier this year and more recently I've had my eye on Ripple. I'm now trading Ripple (or more precisely XRP...

April 2017

GTD - Getting Things Done, is a productivity methodology proposed by David Allen in a book by the same name first published in 2001. What is GTD anyway? I'm simplifying a lot here, but the basic idea...
Chances are high tech support isn't your 9-5 job, but nevertheless you somehow seem to have become the defacto standard for family and friends when they need help with their tech. Here are a few tips...
I posted this answer on Quora and thought it'd be worthwhile re-posting here. I've found my smartphone usage to be an ongoing cause for concern. I'm constantly tweaking notification settings, and...
Clouds. We all know what they are, but do we know what "the cloud" is? It seems everything happens in "the cloud" these days, and if you're not in the cloud, you're just not up-to-date. Well let me...

March 2017

I remember when I was very young, possibly under five, I decided to climb into the front seat of the family car while my mum was inside visiting my grandma. It was a manual, and I proceeded to put it...
Are you considering a switch to a vegan or maybe a whole-food plant-based diet and want to find out what it's like? You may have seen this post a couple of weeks ago on my switch to a vegan diet. I...
Email, it's been around a long time, and it looks like it'll around for a long time to come. I believe my first email address was through a local computer society called the PC Users Group - derek at...
I'm a big fan of the tech news, and lately I've been seeing more and more articles about artificial intelligence. I just finished testing out a couple of chatbots - Mitusku and Cleverbot and boy,...
Money in various forms has been used as a store of value and as a means to buy and sell goods and services for thousands of years. There are plenty of sources around where you can read all about the...
Around the beginning of February 2017 I adopted a purely plant-based diet. There were a series of events which led me to Veganism and I thought I'd share them here for anyone else considering this...
For many years I've tracked all my income and expense using a personal finance tool. It all started one year - it was the dreaded tax time. It turns out I hadn't kept any records, which made it a...

February 2017

I watched an excellent documentary on Netflix the other day with the amusing conjunctive title of 'Cowspiracy'. You can read all about it at http://www.cowspiracy.com. Basically it started off with...
As a kid, it was such a thrill finding mail addressed to me in the letterbox. It made me feel special. But as the mail kept arriving, and the work of organising that paper cranked up, I started...

January 2017

So the big question is, what's the goal of this website? Why is it here? What purpose does it serve? Yep, OK OK, let me explain. I'll be honest, having recently started a job with a local web...