Couple of months ago, I tired of cloud-based backup solutions (expense + NSA, actually) and discovered that the Bittorrent folk have adapted their torrent swarm technology (many nodes distribute bits of files in parallel and v. fastly) to the tricky problem of keeping off-machine backups always in sync (mirrored).
Sometimes my head explodes. There’s just a slight fizzing sound, a hint of steam around my temples, and then, without any further warning, whoosh, there goes the entire top of my head: scalp, forehead wrinkles, pieces of upper ear, all in one vertical surge, gone, skywards. Goodbye to all that head-top stuff.
I’m a (tech) lover not a fighter … but sometimes you read something you just can’t ignore. The natural sense of justice, or more specifically injustice, burns away in the heart. You just can’t let it lie. Well, I can’t anyway. So it was when I read this piece by Jenneth Orantia. It’s just wrong …
So I buy a new SIM from a vending machine in the airport arrivals hall, but when I try to take out my old micro SIM on the train into town, I am completely stumped. Unlike the excellent push/click/spring-back SD card self-extraction mechanism, the little SIM has no easy way out. Sure, it’s supposed to push/click, but mine stubbornly refuses to cooperate … Continue reading →
So. After a thousand years of listening to music, I’ve finally got serious. Or rather got serious again.
Since the digital age (yes, I was born strictly analogue), I’ve basically given up on fancy amps and speakers when listening to music. Digital is so noise-free, so static-free and so ubiquitous (in the sense that everything has music now, from the laptop and the desktop to the mobile phone and the Bluetooth-enabled car system), that I’ve long since given up worrying about its quality.
A good friend sent me a Raspberry Pi for my birthday. I’d read about these little Debian Linux beasts, and I’d thought maybe perhaps one day. One day never came. I’ve spent a long time hacking with Linux and I’ve always gone back to either Microsoft or Apple (both, really). Then I opened my birthday present. Continue reading →