Category Archives: PCs/Laptops

PCs, laptops and hardware

Form vs Function – a Tail :) of Three Mice

Just in case you think some of my recent posts have been a bit anti-Microsoft, here’s one in which (spoiler alert!) they win! Call me old-fashioned, but I very much prefer using a mouse to a trackpad or its relatives, … Continue reading

Friday, September 30, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, PCs/Laptops

The Colour Nazis

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a movement obsessed with removing colour, especially those whose skin colour or religious preference was different to their own. This went to great extremes, caused the greatest of all wars, … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

Microsoft : Busy Fixing What Ain’t Broke

There’s an interesting, but intensely annoying, behaviour by the big software companies, which as far as I’m aware has no parallel in other areas of production for consumer consumption. We’ve all been used, since the mid-20th century, to the concept … Continue reading

Monday, August 29, 2016 in Agile & Architecture, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

Backing Up

Coming up with a reliable backup policy is a challenge as data volumes grow. My approach is as follows. On a weekly basis I do a full backup of the system disk of the more "volatile" PCs in our collection, … Continue reading

Thursday, February 4, 2016 in PCs/Laptops, Photography, Santorini, Thoughts on the World

Weinberg’s New Law, and the Upgrade Cascade

When I started the experiment of running Windows on a MacBook (continued here and here), I really expected it to just be a "travel" laptop, continuing with something like my Alienware R17X as primary machine. That changed rapidly when I … Continue reading

Friday, January 22, 2016 in PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

Standardising the Mac Keyboard

My MacBook Pro is, ironically, the best portable PC I’ve owned. The Big Old Alien is slightly faster and more powerful, but you’d never use the word "portable" about it without gritted teeth, and since the PC world went to … Continue reading

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

The Experiment Continues

The MacBook Pro has arrived, and for a nearly four year old PC it’s in very good nick. There’s one unfortunate scratch on the top lid, but otherwise it’s very clean and works well. The 8GB RAM I switched out … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in PCs/Laptops

An Experiment

Readers of longer standing may remember the agonising when I had to replace my 2009 Toshiba laptop, as there had been yet another shift in screen aspect ratio standards, and in order to preserve a decent vertical screen size, I … Continue reading

Sunday, November 23, 2014 in PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

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, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

Mac OSX–A Third-Class OS?

Does Apple’s opposition to virtualisation create a technical ghetto? Continue reading

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Code & Development, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World, VMWare

I Thought They Were Supposed To Be Getting Smaller?

Musings on why my laptops are getting bigger and heavier, instead of smaller and lighter Continue reading

Monday, November 14, 2011 in Humour, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World, VMWare

Not from My Cold, Dead Hand…

My regular correspondent Malachy Martin recently posed another of his “research” questions: What would work look like if you only had an iPad as your computing device? My first reactions focused on whether my iPad could replace my laptop. Then … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 in iPad, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World, VMWare

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Musings on the lack of standardisation in gadget power supplies Continue reading

Friday, February 25, 2011 in iPad, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

Keep Taking the Tablets

I’ve recently purchased an iPad, partly to satisfy some unrequited gadget lust, partly to satisfy some real needs for which I hoped it might be a good match, and partly to try and understand what all the fuss is about. … Continue reading

Friday, January 7, 2011 in iPad, PCs/Laptops, Reviews, Thoughts on the World

A Confident Prediction

Musings on the history and future of Microsoft Windows Continue reading

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in Humour, PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

The Alien Has Landed, and It’s &*&^(* Huge

For any of you labouring under the myth that new computer hardware is smaller than old, please meet my new “mini” desktop! If you’re struggling with scale, the monitor is 24″. And what’s really scary is that this is the … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 in PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World