Saturday, July 20th, 2024

Kicking myself for not responding

Several times in the past few years I’ve been in situations where people have been rude and I haven’t responded appropriately, only for it to bug me later. In this case, 4hrs have passed and I’m still irritated. British upbringing suggests that you don’t give people a hard time in public, especially to random strangers, and you especially don’t order someone to do something. The scene today... [Read more]

Watch this space

I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with technology incorporated into watches. I remember when I was about six years old Woolworths having a Zeon watch with a radio incorporated into it. It looked pretty tacky, particularly as the headphones were connected all the time, but I was fascinated at the prospect of listening to the radio on a watch. Then of course the calculator watches came along –... [Read more]


I’ve randomly come across episodes and references to MasterChef over the past months. Whilst I like some TV cooking shows, I find the personalities involved generally to be irritating. I guess what bothers me the most about MasterChef is that you have 2 hosts critiquing food, but you never actually see them produce anything. That got me thinking “could they actually do a better job under... [Read more]

The perfect iPad

Ever since the iPad mini was announced I’ve been considering buying one. The day it was released I fought throw the crowds to get my hands on one. My initial impression was the weight was much better, I liked the form factor but it felt like the screen was a downgrade from my retina display iPad. My strategy was to wait until the next generation was released. However, Last Friday night reading... [Read more]

Cambridge interaction… I really don’t miss you

Recent events made me realise how not being in Cambridge over the holiday period is such a sensible thing for my sanity. A common thread being uber-ignorant locals, the location in both cases being the John Lewis group a pure coincidence (albeit their shops seem to be a magnet for the type of irritating middle class people I’m going to cite). * Waitrose for lunch, once tried..never to be repeated.... [Read more]

I’m getting older yes, but am I getting wiser or are technology updates becoming easier to spot?

I headed into the city yesterday with a mission – to look at the new iPad Mini. My iPad first impressions so far have been: * iPad original – this feels heavier than what I expected it to feel.. but the experience is amazing.. I will buy one. * iPad 2 – now this feels much lighter and much more what I would expect.. I can easily justify it.. I will buy one. * iPad 3 – this feels... [Read more]

Comet – the latest victim of the recession

Speculation this morning in the papers about Comet being in trouble, confirmed later in the day. Comet has a place in my childhood memories and one of the reasons I think I’ve always been into technology. I remember my dad taking me to the store on Friday nights (they had a store near to a large J&B whisky warehouse). Comet used to have a newspaper price list that was printed every week... [Read more]

User interfaces : how we pickup things so quickly

It’s amazing just how quickly we pick up user interface habits. I’ve been using Mac OS Mountain Lion for about 5 weeks now and any time I use another browser (including iOS) I automatically enter search topics into the URL bar !  Read More →

Only in Cambridge

Only in Cambridge

Spotted this in the paper whilst waiting for food the other day. Made me chuckle given it was in a Cambridge Newspaper. I guess next week will be ‘Plot to turn Hitler into a Liberal Democrat’…  Read More →

Attention to detail

Attention to detail

I love attention to detail, whether that be well crafted things through to signs on stores. I glimpsed this from the Apple Keynote the other day… Any other company there would be a paper on the seat, or someone there saying “sorry this seat is taken”. In Apple’s case a slip cover with the words ‘Reserved’, simple to the point and effective !  Read More →