Chilling with the trees

On the third day of my holiday last year, the weather took a turn for the worse and my chosen route for the day was closed until Spring, so I went for a walk around the Reelig Glen just outside Inverness. To be more accurate, the first walk around the glen was favourably interrupted by […]

eBay + PayPal: Considered Harmful

I forget exactly when I made my first purchase from eBay, but given how my PayPal account was registered in 2005, my usage of both sites certainly dates back over 10 years. Most of my transactions were simple purchases – old-fashioned (M42-fit) lenses for various cameras, although there were a few sales (again, mostly old […]

Olympus Pen-F: analysis and hands-on

There’s only one camera shop left in Perth and yesterday I was their first customer to buy the Olympus Pen-F. It’s not released on Amazon until Monday… So it’s been the talk of the web. It’s undeniably a beautiful camera, with a rangefinder design reminiscent of its film camera predecessor of the same name. I’ve […]

Now with added solar panels

The first thing I did on buying a new house in November was to have solar panels installed. Like, within 24hrs of having keys in hand I’d had two companies round to try and sell me their wares and made a decision. The installation was not the easiest, as December 4 coincided with Storm Desmond […]

What I did on my holidays

To celebrate my increasing antiquity at the end of August, I spent a happy few days in the Lake District with Mum & Dad. We stayed in a hotel around Borrowdale, with access to Derwentwater, close to Ashness Bridge. On the second morning there was wonderful mist in the valleys obscuring the view up the […]

Discovering SmartOS

It has been a long and interesting weekend of fixing computers. Adopt the pose: sit cross-legged on the floor surrounded by 9 hard-drives – wait, I need another one, make it 10 hard-drives – and the attendant spaghetti of SATA cables and plastic housings and fragments of case. Funnily enough the need for screwdrivers has […]

RIP, Sir Terry Pratchett

I loved many of his Discworld series, of course, for many years – a very favourite author of one’s – several – generations. But on hearing of his passing, the first quote that comes to mind is from A Slip of the Keyboard, collected non-fiction, showing a further glimpse of the man behind the books. […]

How I Voted…

Happily. It’s the orthogonal thoughts that caught my eye, so to speak. The trees still stand. I mean, the town still stands – apart from one tent in the very middle of the pedestrian area, I saw no more campaigning. Yes & No placards reside side by side, as do their representatives, chatting together outside […]