The month of June is upon us and on the 25th I'll be heading to Oxfordshire for a picnic beside the grave of Eric Arthur Blair. This will be the eighth year running where a number of us have made the pilgrimage to share in a conversation on George Orwell's birthday. A mini informal symposium. A chat around mass surveillance, consumer data and our civil liberties. Accompanied of course with … [Read more...] about Books on Privacy and Surveillance
The Toshiba T1200. 19 years in a cardboard box and still working.
There's 26 years of design and innovation between these two laptops. The Toshiba T1200, my first ever laptop (need I say on the bottom) and the latest 11" Apple Macbook air on the top. Both still work, but I am finding that the Macbook air has a habit of needing a hard restart once in a while. I found the T1200 while clearing out the attic late last night. It's lived in 4 different attics … [Read more...] about The Toshiba T1200. 19 years in a cardboard box and still working.
Archiving Digital Audio
I'm not much for editing audio. Those that know me and my workflow will see that for the last few years I have mainly used the classic Audioboo app. Recording straight into my phone with a standard mic windshield over one end. I subscribe to my own Audioboo podcast feed in iTunes to grab the mp3 to my hard drive and also use IFTTT to auto copy the mp3 from my feed into dropbox. This ensures my … [Read more...] about Archiving Digital Audio
Cloud storage and that syncing feeling
What do I want with yet another cloud back-up and syncing service? Well free space for a start. Storage space for sharing my media, be it books, images, music and films etc. And then there is the ability to sync data across my apps and devices. My main workhorse is Dropbox but I get a little nervous when something works this well and I become dependent. Especially when I haven't paid for the … [Read more...] about Cloud storage and that syncing feeling
Solar Powered WiFi Solution Using the Solarmonkey Adventurer
I have been using the Solarmonkey Adventurer for around six months now. It normally sits in my office window charging and is often grabbed to take out with me to top up the battery on my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini. I have also been known to hang it in the window on a long haul flight when no seat power is supplied. This is a handy and portable free power solution but I mainly use the panel to solve a … [Read more...] about Solar Powered WiFi Solution Using the Solarmonkey Adventurer