Caught by The Law!

Don’t get too excited. Those of you hoping to see me carted off in manacles and an orange jumpsuit will be sadly disappointed… No, the law to which I refer is Moore’s Law, which states effectively, if you need reminding, … Continue reading

Friday, July 18, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

That’s Better!

After the less than excellent photo on the previous post, here’s one I’m quite pleased with. We did a trip to The British Library and St. Pancras Station on New Year’s Eve. Here’s a fascinating detail from the great statue … Continue reading

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Photography

All Change…

Since I got the Panasonic GX7 I’ve been thinking about whether I could switch entirely from the big Canons to smaller cameras. Two things were stopping me: the GX7’s poor performance with action, and the fact that occasionally I need … Continue reading

Webkit, KitKat and Deadlocks!

I don’t know what provision Dante Alighieri made, but I’m hoping there’s a special corner of Hell reserved for paedophiles, mass murderers and so-called engineers from big software companies who think there might ever be a justification for breaking backwards … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

Busy Bee…

I’m sorry things have been quiet on the blogging front recently. I got back from my very restful holiday in Barbados expecting to take some time to find new work. Within two hours, before I could do anything, I had … Continue reading

Thursday, May 29, 2014 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography, Thoughts on the World

The Achilles Heel

As regular readers will know, I’ve been very impressed with the Panasonic GX7, which is a remarkably capable little camera. It did the bulk of the work on my Morocco trip, and I have seriously been considering whether we have … Continue reading

Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Man Up

This is a comedy thriller very much affecting the style of Carl Hiaasen. Hiaasen’s latest, the hilarious Bad Monkey, uses almost exactly the same Floridan and Bahamian locations, and reading this book almost immediately afterwards did feel a bit like … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Reviews

Resistance

This is a fascinating book, although its title and blurb are rather misleading. I was expecting something along the lines of a Welsh Defiance (the story of the Belorussian Otriads which successfully battled the Nazis behind the Eastern Front), or … Continue reading

Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Reviews

My First Android App: Stash-It!

After a couple of months of busy early morning and late night programming, my first Android app has finally been released. Please meet Stash-It! Stash-It! responds to an odd side-effect of the difference between the iOS and Android security models. … Continue reading

Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Android, Apps, Code & Development, My Publications, Thoughts on the World

The Concert for Jon Lord

Last Friday we attended a wonderful concert celebrating the life and music of the late Jon Lord, “musician and gentleman”. This unique event filled the Royal Albert Hall, both in front of and the stage, which as befits the man … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Thoughts on the World

Getting Ahead of the Curve – Final Update?

When I purchased my Panasonic GX7 on the day of release, I did expect there to be a slight delay in getting software support (see here), but I got frustrated when no fewer than three versions of Capture One came … Continue reading

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Scarily Bad

Reversing the scarily effective performance of Google Now, I just had a dangerous experience with Google Voice Typing. I attempted to make a note in a busy café with a lot of background noise. After I stopped talking it sat … Continue reading

Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

RIP Google Currents

Regular readers may be aware that I became very fond of a Google app called Currents. This took RSS-enabled news feeds, and presented them as attractive “magazines”. For feeds with significant image content (like most of the photography blogs I … Continue reading

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Thoughts on the World

What Do I Mean by “Agile Architecture”?

A little while back I was approached by EITA Global, a global provider of on-line training, and we have now agreed that I should present for them a webinar entitled “Agile Architects, and Agile Architecture”. The current plan is for … Continue reading

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

That Was Quick…

OK, here’s the black and white version. A couple of interesting challenges here. To get enough contrast I had to take the yellow component in the mix right down to zero, and also go for a much “darker” look overall … Continue reading

Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Photography

Remember When There Was Something Called Dark and You Couldn’t Make Photographs?

Sadly, this isn’t my own quote, but it is very apposite. I decided to break my journey back from Kingston Lacy in Salisbury, and took a quick walk before dinner down from my hotel (apparently the longest continuously operating hostelry … Continue reading

Ansel Would Be Proud?

I had a day off today from work, chasing contracts and Android development, to focus on photography and writing. The core was a workshop with the famous and venerable landscape photographer Charlie Waite, at the even more famous and venerable … Continue reading

Developing for Android

Regular readers will realise that I’ve been rather quiet recently. The reason is that over the last couple of weeks I’ve bitten the bullet and started seriously developing an “app” for Android. As always when I have a programming project … Continue reading

Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Android, Code & Development, Galaxy Note, VMWare

Scarily Good

My new phone (I upgraded to a Galaxy Note 2 as I was running up against memory limitations on the Note 1) has a potentially useful but also quite scary feature. There’s a service running on it called “Google Now”. … Continue reading

Friday, January 31, 2014 in Thoughts on the World

Getting Ahead of the Curve – Update

When I bought the Panasonic GX7 on the day of release I realised there might be a short delay before it was fully supported by third party software. A few weeks on and there was support from Adobe and some … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Morocco – Did I Need Two Camera Systems?

Here’s the list of the main kit I took to Morocco: Canon 7D body Canon 550D body Canon lenses: 15-85mm,  17-85mm, 70-300mm, 10-22mm (The 550D and 17-85 were basically “spares”, although both got a small amount of use.) Panasonic GX7 … Continue reading

Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Camera History

While my memory works tolerably well, and as I suspect I’m about to enter one of my periodic phases of camera replacement, I thought it would be interesting to write up a list of the cameras I have owned and … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Morocco – What Worked and What Didn’t

As a tail piece to my Morocco blog, and as a service to anyone else considering a photo trip there, here are a few notes on what worked, what didn’t, and how you might increase your own chance of a … Continue reading

Sunday, December 1, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

First Attempt at a Star Trail

I’ve tried processing my star trail shots from Morocco, and the results are better than I expected. The above is from my first night in the Erg Chebbi. With a full moon the foreground is perhaps a bit overexposed, but … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Back to Marrakech

The final day of the trip was mainly a long, hot drive over the two mountain ranges between N’Kob and Marrakech. Unfortunately I was on the left side of the minibus, and the sun carefully matched the gentle rotation of … Continue reading

Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Starting Back

After a very cold start (see previous post) we had an early start and trekked the short distance across the remainder of the Erg Chebbi. At the edge we said goodbye to the camels and transferred to a couple of … Continue reading

Shooting Camels

It may be the middle (OK, edge) of the Sahara, but it’s bloody freezing. I’m currently lying in all my clothes, in my sleeping bag, under a heavy Berber blanket, with my cheche on my head, but it’s so cold … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Into the a Sahara – Sort Of…

The “entertainment” last night is best glossed over – lots of drumming but no real way to distinguish any part from any other – a 10s repeating loop would be much the same. We woke up to quite a strong … Continue reading

Getting Covered

We had a dawn start to photograph the town of Tineghir from a panoramic overlook. It’s suddenly very cold – not much above freezing first thing. The angle of the light was again a challenge, but I got some good … Continue reading

Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

W’as ‘Is At?

We started the day with a short drive to Ouarzazate (pronounced “was is at”) which turned out to have very uncooperative banks: none would cash a travellers cheque, and one even refused to change sterling and dollars into dirhams despite … Continue reading

Friday, November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized