Cassettes are back  I walked into HMV the other day. HMV is a British entertainment and record retailers. I haven't been to a physical record store in many years and was suddenly surrounded by aisle upon aisle of DVDs and CDs. There were loads that I like the look of and I had some cash burning a hole in my pocket. It was then that I realised that I no longer own a single device that can play a CD or a DVD.  I felt like a historical reenactor of the Tony Blair years.  The only CD/DVD player…

Cassettes are back I walked into HMV the other day. HMV is a British entertainment and record retailers. I haven't been to a physical record store in many years and was suddenly surrounded by aisle upon aisle of DVDs and CDs. There were loads that I like the look of and I had some cash burning a hole in my pocket. It was then that I realised that I no longer own a single device that can play a CD or a DVD. I felt like a historical reenactor of the Tony Blair years. The only CD/DVD player…

Cortana is now on IFTTT  In a move that has frankly been a long time overdue Cortana is now available on IFTTT.  If you did not already know IFTTT(IF This Then That) is a service for connecting various other services together. Literally if thishappens on one then thathappens on the other. Cortanaas I am sure you will know is the personal digital assistant available for your Windows 10 PC phone or Android. As a follower of both Microsoft and IFTTT I have been waiting for this development…

Cortana is now on IFTTT In a move that has frankly been a long time overdue Cortana is now available on IFTTT. If you did not already know IFTTT(IF This Then That) is a service for connecting various other services together. Literally if thishappens on one then thathappens on the other. Cortanaas I am sure you will know is the personal digital assistant available for your Windows 10 PC phone or Android. As a follower of both Microsoft and IFTTT I have been waiting for this development…

Compact cassettes comeback  Yesterday I enthusiasticallywrote about all the fun you can have with the seemingly obsolete media format compact cassette. Today a bunch of compact cassette videos.  Cassettes - better than you don't remember by Techmoan. Techmoan is a great channel if you are interested in all things retro tech or audio. I often enjoy watching his videos for his enthusiastic approach and exemplarysubject knowledge. In this video you can hear the difference between the different…

Compact cassettes comeback Yesterday I enthusiasticallywrote about all the fun you can have with the seemingly obsolete media format compact cassette. Today a bunch of compact cassette videos. Cassettes - better than you don't remember by Techmoan. Techmoan is a great channel if you are interested in all things retro tech or audio. I often enjoy watching his videos for his enthusiastic approach and exemplarysubject knowledge. In this video you can hear the difference between the different…

Prick!  Today was cactus repotting day. I have three succulent plants that needed some attention before the start of spring.  Prick by Gynelle Leon link and description below  Here I am repotting a cactus called Tephrocactus Articulatus - a hardy little plant which seems quite resistant to the cold. It has an interesting way of propagatingwhich is to let several of its stemsegments break away to begin a new life as an independent plant.  First I got a roomy ceramic pot and filled it with a…

Prick! Today was cactus repotting day. I have three succulent plants that needed some attention before the start of spring. Prick by Gynelle Leon link and description below Here I am repotting a cactus called Tephrocactus Articulatus - a hardy little plant which seems quite resistant to the cold. It has an interesting way of propagatingwhich is to let several of its stemsegments break away to begin a new life as an independent plant. First I got a roomy ceramic pot and filled it with a…

Bug fixing with Mac the chatbot  I've just fixed a bug in the data files for my chatbot Mac. The bug was preventing Mac from replying to your input. It turns out there was a misplaced comma. All fixed now and Mac is chatting away like a four-year-old child again.  The usual standard of conversation you can expect from a computer program written in JavaScript.  chatbots

Bug fixing with Mac the chatbot I've just fixed a bug in the data files for my chatbot Mac. The bug was preventing Mac from replying to your input. It turns out there was a misplaced comma. All fixed now and Mac is chatting away like a four-year-old child again. The usual standard of conversation you can expect from a computer program written in JavaScript. chatbots

Goji Cafe York  Today I went to York for breakfast. This post has nothing to do with technology and geeky things but it's my blog and I don't care.  York is a fantastic city in Yorkshire full of ancient ruins and endless cool places to explore. Founded by the Romans invaded by Vikings and more recently by countless tourists. There is too much to see and do in York to write about here so I will just mention what I had to eat.  One of my favourite places in York is Goji Cafe on Goodramgate. I…

Goji Cafe York Today I went to York for breakfast. This post has nothing to do with technology and geeky things but it's my blog and I don't care. York is a fantastic city in Yorkshire full of ancient ruins and endless cool places to explore. Founded by the Romans invaded by Vikings and more recently by countless tourists. There is too much to see and do in York to write about here so I will just mention what I had to eat. One of my favourite places in York is Goji Cafe on Goodramgate. I…

Setting your Chromebook desktop to the Bing image of the day  Until recently I had set my Chromebook to regularly update with an interesting daily desktop image. The option to do this is in the settings under Appearance > Wallpaper > 'surprise me'.  These kangaroos are brought to you by Bing.  It occurred to me that the Bing image of the day was often far more beautiful than what is offered under Chrome OS and there must be a way to change the desktop automatically to the Bing image of the…

Setting your Chromebook desktop to the Bing image of the day Until recently I had set my Chromebook to regularly update with an interesting daily desktop image. The option to do this is in the settings under Appearance > Wallpaper > 'surprise me'. These kangaroos are brought to you by Bing. It occurred to me that the Bing image of the day was often far more beautiful than what is offered under Chrome OS and there must be a way to change the desktop automatically to the Bing image of the…

Updated day clock  Today I have been updating my day clock to include even more historic events pagan festivals and international days of this and that.  It would be great if you went and had a look and even better if you set it as your homepage. Clock

Updated day clock Today I have been updating my day clock to include even more historic events pagan festivals and international days of this and that. It would be great if you went and had a look and even better if you set it as your homepage. Clock

A vision of 1970s Computing  I recently found a pile of books in the back of a cupboard at work. They are a series of books introducing children to the wonderful world of computers written in the early 1970s and published by Chambers. The books have inspiring names such as "The Useful Computer" (IBSN 0 550 77111 5) and "The Computer Becomes Literate" (ISBN 0 550 77109 3). Throughout the books there are delightful photographs of computer devices being used in business (very few home computers…

A vision of 1970s Computing I recently found a pile of books in the back of a cupboard at work. They are a series of books introducing children to the wonderful world of computers written in the early 1970s and published by Chambers. The books have inspiring names such as "The Useful Computer" (IBSN 0 550 77111 5) and "The Computer Becomes Literate" (ISBN 0 550 77109 3). Throughout the books there are delightful photographs of computer devices being used in business (very few home computers…

Lines  I love simple and beautiful puzzle games and this one is my favourite at the moment.  Lines by Leo de Sol Apps  In Lines for Android you must race to 'flood-fill' more of the screen than the computer. The gameplay involves selecting a point on the line for your coloured paint to start filling. The colours then race each other as they run down the lines with apparent minimal viscosity. If you have filled more of the screen than the computer then you win and you get 'medals' with which…

Lines I love simple and beautiful puzzle games and this one is my favourite at the moment. Lines by Leo de Sol Apps In Lines for Android you must race to 'flood-fill' more of the screen than the computer. The gameplay involves selecting a point on the line for your coloured paint to start filling. The colours then race each other as they run down the lines with apparent minimal viscosity. If you have filled more of the screen than the computer then you win and you get 'medals' with which…

Windows 10 shortcut keys  While not an exhaustive list here are someWindows 10 shortcut key combos that I did not know about until today so I have decided to share them here in the hope that you didn't know them either.  If you want to be a Windows 10 keyboard ninja read on...  Windows key SHIFT S This opens the screen clipping tool. This confusing one used to be Windows key S in Windows 7 (without the SHIFT) but this combo now opens Cortana (in Windows 10). Phew!  The snipping tool allows…

Windows 10 shortcut keys While not an exhaustive list here are someWindows 10 shortcut key combos that I did not know about until today so I have decided to share them here in the hope that you didn't know them either. If you want to be a Windows 10 keyboard ninja read on... Windows key SHIFT S This opens the screen clipping tool. This confusing one used to be Windows key S in Windows 7 (without the SHIFT) but this combo now opens Cortana (in Windows 10). Phew! The snipping tool allows…

Public noticeboard  I'm probably going to regret this.  It is an experiment.  I have used lino it to create a public noticeboard. Anyone may post onto the noticeboard. The only rule is that the content must remain suitable for children.   experiments linoit

Public noticeboard I'm probably going to regret this. It is an experiment. I have used lino it to create a public noticeboard. Anyone may post onto the noticeboard. The only rule is that the content must remain suitable for children.

Acorn Pocket Book II  The Acorn Pocket Book II is a personal digital assistant manufactured in 1991. Actually it is a Psion 3 that has been rebranded by Acorn.  Imagine if you will a device that you could carry around with you and that had apps on it. In 1991!  The Acorn Pocket Book II was truly ahead of its time. I picked up my version on eBay for about 20 and I am interested to see how it compares to a modern device and whether it can still beused as a personal assistant today.  Acorn…

Acorn Pocket Book II The Acorn Pocket Book II is a personal digital assistant manufactured in 1991. Actually it is a Psion 3 that has been rebranded by Acorn. Imagine if you will a device that you could carry around with you and that had apps on it. In 1991! The Acorn Pocket Book II was truly ahead of its time. I picked up my version on eBay for about 20 and I am interested to see how it compares to a modern device and whether it can still beused as a personal assistant today. Acorn…

Next steps with Ubuntu  Last time I wrote about setting up Ubuntu on a virtual machine. Today I shall ramble on about stuff I have done with it so far. This will be more of a general ramble rather than a set of instructions but it may be useful to anyone thinking of trying out a new operating system just for the giggles.  Ubuntu settings  The first job was to dive into the settings to try and personalise the experience a bit. Apart from changing the desktop background I went into 'Online…

Next steps with Ubuntu Last time I wrote about setting up Ubuntu on a virtual machine. Today I shall ramble on about stuff I have done with it so far. This will be more of a general ramble rather than a set of instructions but it may be useful to anyone thinking of trying out a new operating system just for the giggles. Ubuntu settings The first job was to dive into the settings to try and personalise the experience a bit. Apart from changing the desktop background I went into 'Online…

Setting up an Ubuntu Virtual Machine  Virtual machines can be used as a sandbox to test unfamiliar software in a safe environment or they can be used as a fun way to explore a different or new operating system. It is very easy to set up a virtual machine as this post will hope to demonstrate.  In this post I am going to set up a Virtual Machine and run Ubuntu as a productivity machine on top of my Windows 10 laptop.  Virtual Box is an easy-to-use open source Virtual Machine for Windows and…

Superdecade Games: Setting up an Ubuntu Virtual Machine

StoryBoard  StoryBoard is my current favourite toy at the moment.StoryBoardhelps you create awesomecomic-book-style images in seconds whilst simultaneouslyrequiring you to have absolutely no talent whatsoever... Currently available as an experimental app by Google for Android StoryBoard allows you to load a video or gif image; the app then strips out individual frames as stills which it then applies artistic filters to make it look like a comic strip.  The processing all happens on your…

StoryBoard StoryBoard is my current favourite toy at the moment.StoryBoardhelps you create awesomecomic-book-style images in seconds whilst simultaneouslyrequiring you to have absolutely no talent whatsoever... Currently available as an experimental app by Google for Android StoryBoard allows you to load a video or gif image; the app then strips out individual frames as stills which it then applies artistic filters to make it look like a comic strip. The processing all happens on your…

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