Miscellaneous

On yer bike!

With my bicycle successfully back on the road, I decided to cycle into town today, a trip that I've just discovered to be about 5 miles in each direction. Not a huge distance, but a lot further than I've cycled in a long time. Actually I was surprised at just how much my legs complained - I can remember when 5 miles was nothing, today I felt like I had ridden forever just to get to town and back! Still, it's reasuring to know that my bike is working properly again, and is more than capable of out-performing me!(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Technology

Look mama, no wires!

My new toy arrived in the post today. A wireless adsl router. Nice.For some time now (about a year) we've had various cables strewn across our lounge and dining room in an effort to connect all our computers to the internet. Which was pretty unnecessary really, considering we don't have a huge number of computers! But due to the failure of my ADSL modem a while back I've had to have another ADSL router plugged into my PC, which was then sharing the internet connection across the network. It was all a bit of a mess, both in terms of cables and network architecture.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Technology

A bit on the side

Further to my rant about web browsers a few days ago, I have been downloading and trying out a variety of different web browsers available for the Mac, most of which I guess most people won't have heard of. The standard ones I have permanently in my dock are Firefox, Camino, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera. I also have lying around OmniWeb, Flock and Shiira. Interestingly each have their own quirks and attractions. (more…)

By Matthew, ago
Miscellaneous

If I were a rich man

The issue of not having enough money for things you want is one I guess is familiar to most people. I'm in this position at the moment, wanting to buy something but not being sure that I can really afford it right now.As many of you will know, I'm currently trying to record an album with the band I set up at church, called Rooted. It's sounding great at the moment, but tackling the problem of recording has proved a bit of a nightmare. Anna, our keyboardist, has been letting us use her multitrack recorder so far, enabling us to record several of us all at once, which has been very useful. The main problem with this is that we all have to be playing perfectly all at the same time, and a live recording isn't really what I'm after for most of the tracks. So now I'm seriously looking into turning my dining room into a home recording studio.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Technology

Time to eat my words

I've just been doing some research into the next generation of web browsers, and from reading one report I've been very much surprised at how the three leading browsers match up. I remember reading through the technical specifications of Internet Explorer 7 some time ago, and not being particularly impressed by it, and as a result continued to cling to my claim that Firefox was the best you could get. This review suggests otherwise.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Miscellaneous

Office expansion

Working from home has its ups and its downs. My daily commute to work involves walking downstairs, which is rather convenient, and the kitchen is just a few steps away so I can make a cup of tea whenever I need to. On the other hand, making sure I work Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Miscellaneous

New faces to old sites

As you’ll have noticed, my blog has been given a face-lift. Again. It’s not that I didn’t like the old site design, I just thought I could do better. It’s all part of the professional development idea, constantly improving my own web design skills in order to satisfy my customers Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Miscellaneous

All singing, all dancing

Upgrade. Upgrade. Upgrade. The whole computing industry revolves around ‘forcing’ us to keep up to date with software and hardware developments, whether the tactics are stopping you from doing what you want until you pay them money, or just offering something unbelieveably tempting that you can’t possibly resist upgrading. Last Read more…

By Matthew, ago
Miscellaneous

A few breaths of new life

Neddy went back to the garage today for a MOT retest, following a fail last week due to a worn upper ball joint on the front near-side wheel. Billy fitted a replacement ball joint for me on Saturday, and I’m pleased to announce that the Mini passed the test this Read more…

By Matthew, ago