It has been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently because work has been kinda crazy, so there has been a limit to the tinkering I’ve been able to do outside work. Of note on the tech front, for the New Year Lucy and I bought ourselves a 55” OLED TV. I’d always been… Continue reading Update — 19/02/2022
I’ve been working from home since mid-March 2020, and it’s time to start moving again. All of my travel since the pandemic began has been domestic travel for family reasons, and with vulnerable parents and in-laws, Lucy and I have erred on the side of safety. In fact, I’ve probably used public transport even less… Continue reading Restarting travel
John Curran, the CEO of ARIN (the Regional Internet Registry for North America and the Caribbean) has published a statement on AFRINIC’s situation as a result of the ongoing litigation by Cloud Innovation.
Ignore my writings and read Milton Mueller’s analysis of where we are on this.
An interesting turn of events. AF-IX has established a fundraiser to keep AFRINIC going. It’s not clear from the announcement whether this has the backing of AFRINIC, what level of transparency it will operate under, or what legal ground it will operate on. Instead it says it says TESPOK (Technology Service Providers of Kenya) will… Continue reading AFRINIC Update 2021-08-18
Since my previous blog post about AFRINIC, it has gone relatively quiet on the lists. Of note, John Curran, the CEO of ARIN, asked Owen DeLong to specifically answer whether the address resources used by Cloud Innovation are still being used for the same purpose they were originally requested and issued. This was first asked… Continue reading AFRINIC Update 2021-08-15
Disclaimer: This is an outsider’s view based on what has been read on public mailing lists, there is undoubtedly more going on behind the scenes. There has been a bit of a kerfuffle in AFRINIC recently, and as I’ve been trying to follow what has been happening, a few friends have asked what is going… Continue reading What’s happening in AFRINIC?
You will no doubt have noticed (if you weren’t using an ad-blocker or Pi-Hole), that this blog had a number of adverts on it. I set up Google Adsense well over a year ago out of curiosity. Over that time I’ve got a grand total of £7.46 of revenue owing to me — but they… Continue reading No more Adsense
As I’ve previously posted about, during the pandemic I’ve been playing some games off and on. Don’t tell my employer, but some of this has been on my work laptop, which was woefully underpowered on the graphics front and was draining the battery even when plugged into the power adapter (who knew the 85W MacBook… Continue reading New PC, who DOS?
How is your Monday going? Mine started with my first Twitter suspension. In reply to the following Tweet, asking what we did before older people were invented, I suggested we all died young. Now, it may not be the greatest joke, and I could have phrased it better because what I actually tweeted was simply… Continue reading Oops, my first Twitter suspension…
Here are a few links that I used, and costs incurred for resurrecting the old Mac mini. Latest EFI version. iFixit Guides for the A1283 Mac mini. Creating a bootable macOS installer. Using VMware Fusion Player to create an El Capitan installer on a newer version of macOS. How to get older versions of macOS.… Continue reading Resources and costs for resurrecting the old Mac mini
[Edit, I’ve now added another post linking to the web pages I used to do this, and the costs for the memory and drives.] Sitting in a cubby-hole of my desk has been an old Mac mini that was my daily driver from when I bought it in 2009 until, well, quite a bit of… Continue reading Resurrecting an old Mac mini
This is a blog post that I started writing two months ago on October 24th, I then stopped because there were so many other “new iPhone” blogs around I couldn’t see the point, but with nothing else to do over Christmas, I thought I’d polish it off. It is here. An hour before DHL were… Continue reading iPhone 12 Pro
It is time to retire my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I tried once before, in April 2019, but the iPhone XR I bought then was stolen from the table in a pub (right under my nose) just a couple of weeks later and within a week of moving to Manchester in early May, and the… Continue reading Beats Flex
A couple of days since the launch of the NHS test and trace app and it continues to be in the news. The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones has written an article that the abandoned initial app ‘worked on more phones.’ True, perhaps, but there is a balance between accuracy and privacy. Plenty of people don’t want… Continue reading The NHS Test and Trace app (part the third)
A couple of weeks ago, I described why I would probably feel safe installing the NHS Test and Trace app which went live today. Reader, I installed it. I’ve spent a bit of time today listening to people that have concerns with the app. All of these boil down to “we don’t trust the government.” Trust… Continue reading The NHS Test & Trace App (updated)
I missed this last week, but the government has published what duty free we will be allowed when travelling after the 1st January. It is being branded as ‘extending duty free to the EU’, but that’s only partially true. We will indeed be able to bring duty-free alcohol and tobacco back into the UK, subject… Continue reading Duty Free After Brexit
Today the government announced the ‘new’ test and trace (I must not call it track and trace) app will be available on the 24th September. They also announced that hospitality venues (or, I presume, anywhere where people gather) can download QR codes to ‘check in’ to locations when they arrive. This latter bit rang alarm… Continue reading The NHS Test and Trace App
I decided to try to create a video of a short trip in American Truck Simulator from Spokane WA to Colville WA. It was eventful, and I may not be cut out for this, but the scenery looks great.
Whilst socially distancing and not travelling all that much, one thing I’ve been doing after a day of staring at computer screens is … staring at more computer screens with a bit of Train Sim World, American Truck Simulator, and Euro Truck Simulator 2. I haven’t played much in the way of computer games for… Continue reading Virtual Wanderlust via Trains, Trucks, and Maybe Flying a Cessna Around Borneo