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A pint? That’s very nearly an armful.

Giving blood is a good thing to do. It takes about an hour, end to end, and you’re asked to donate a few times a year. Not a big time investment, plus you get a free bag of crisps and cup of tea each time you do it. It looks like it’s going to hurt,…

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Reflections on Glass

Google’s Glass program is no more, at least in its current form. I’ve been using Glass on-and-off since May 2014 so I’ve been part of that journey. I had some very interesting (and in some respect, profound) experiences, so this is a good point to record them. Glass launched with an Apple-style event for the geeks…

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In praise of Plex

  Plex is nowhere nearly as widely-known as it should be. If any of the following applies to you, you should check it out: Your DVD library is huge and taking up too much space Your kids have a habit of wrecking their favourite DVDs You want to be able to watch your films or TV…

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Final approach

An Auto Awesome image from today. You might need to click to make it bigger. This is The Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Harlow. It’s a fascinating building, Grade II Listed, designed by Gerard Goalen, whose son is giving a lecture at the Twentieth Century Society in February. Harlow was planned by Sir Frederick Gibberd,…

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Safeguarding your photos

I have very few irreplaceable possessions. Very few of the objects I own have any sentimental value. I’d be gutted to lose our fridge magnet collection, but it wouldn’t be a dying regret if I failed to save them from a fire. But when people are asked what they would pull from an inferno, photographs are consistently…

Network Layout

My current home network design

With six people using our home network, and heavy requirements to move data and stream media, my home network has evolved over the last twenty years. I have just made some substantial changes – things now look different from my last update, so this attempts to document those changes. Why change? The last iteration used…

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Why I’m back on Facebook

Just over six months ago, I deleted my Facebook account. Since then, the following good things have happened: I haven’t been adding to Facebook’s growing pile of behavioural data, and they’re moving to new levels of douchbaggery Although I haven’t reduced my procrastination, it’s now channelled into reading RSS via Reeder But I’ve missed out…