What’s In My Kitbag (Early 2015)

Documentally's Kit Feb2014

The kit I carry around for my work varies over time. But on the whole, I like to carry everything that enables me to talk, train and document. Tools not toys. This next month sees me speaking at the BBC in London and MojoCon in Dublin. I'll be training  and consulting in Chicago and LA and soon after documenting in the wilds of Canada. For public speaking I need projector adapters and a Continue Reading

People are not willing to trade privacy for security

Professor Kirstie Ball at the Open University

I imagine the security agencies see PR challenges as the least of their worries. Especially after the courts ruled that GCHQ’s surveillance breached human rights laws. Recently Privacy International and Liberty made use of Edward Snowden's disclosures in a successful legal challenge. This showed that GCHQ was unlawfully obtaining data through the NSA's program PRISM. Some think the general Continue Reading

Hands on with the FujiFilm X-A2

FujiFilmX-A2

I got my hands on a pre-production model of the FujiFilm X-A2 and as far as I understand the camera is exactly as the one that will be released at the end of February. If anything does change with the final model it will be in the firmware. Rumours are it will be priced sub £500. I have embedded a Storify in this blog as my review is still ongoing. Updating the content in the Storify will Continue Reading

The Mu Folding Charger

Mu Duo Charger

I can’t remember the last time I went out without my phone. I think it was in that brief period when I thought running would be fun. As many in the same like of work, I am not only attached to the device and what it can do, I've also become aware of it’s limitations. Especially when it comes to power. If like me you use your phone to view, create and share multimedia you’ll be lucky if your Continue Reading

Keeping a Diary in a Networked World

Journals

It’s the last day of the year and I’m approaching 400,000 words for my 'personal' diary. I write every day but am conscious of a pile of notebooks, tapes and letters dating back to the 80’s.  I’d be keen to digitise them.  Or to at least make the words searchable and safe.  No idea if anyone would ever want to read them.  Or even if I’d want them to.  Some words are written for the self. Today Continue Reading

One Thousand Words on Audio

iPhone running Audioboom

Sat in my shed, headphones on. My attention flitting between writing and podcasts. I can't do both. I find it hard enough to write as it is. Listening to podcasts or even songs with lyrics while writing triggers a tipping point where I can't do either. I considered starting a mailing list this week. Just text. This blog post may have been the first one. Not for any other reason other than to Continue Reading

Zoom H5 Handy Recorder Review

Zoom H5 Mic Module

Founded in Japan in 1983, Zoom have been around for a little over 30 years now. They initially worked with manufacturers developing sound generators for musical hardware. I'm glad that in 1989 they shifted into making their own hardware as for the last 7 years I've been a fan of their audio recorders. In 2007 I shelved a naff digital dictaphone for the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder. It was my first Continue Reading