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More general life-related stuff, that doesn’t fit elsewhere. A bit random, maybe.

Apple Public Betas

I’d never used one of Apple’s betas before, always waiting until release date to start using the new versions. I’d heard that the early beta releases can be quite buggy, and I rely on my devices working. Now the beta…

True Story: SPARCstation Warning

When I was at university (Aston, in Birmingham) we had a lab of Sun SPARCstations. Not great by modern standards, but powerful machines at the time. I’m guessing their OS, Solaris, didn’t take well to losing power without being properly…

Dropping Ulysses

I’ve been using Ulysses for writing for years now, and it’s great software. I didn’t generally use its export features, but it was a nice flexible writing environment. It’s folder structure made it simple, but powerful, and meant it could…

True Story: Business Card

This story is about a boss in a previous job, who I won’t name. We’ll call him Dave. Because that’s not his name. Dave wasn’t my direct boss, but was a couple of levels above me – sometimes directly, and…

Not Shooting Wide Open

I tend to shoot any lens wide open – at its widest available aperture – whenever I can. When I can’t because it’s too sunny, I’ll sometimes use a neutral density filter to cut the light down so I can.…

Why I Vape

I vape. That would probably surprise most people, because I’ve never been a smoker. Sam (my wife) used to smoke, many years ago, and had been getting tempted to do it again. She wanted to try vaping as an alternative.…

Legacy Lenses and Battery Life

One of the complaints people often have about Sony’s E-mount cameras is their battery life. They don’t get the life most SLRs get. Sony could fit bigger batteries, but then the cameras would be bigger and heavier, and one of…

Exeter Trump Protest – 2017-01-30

A week ago today, Sam and I went to Exeter to protest at the Anti-Muslim-ban demonstration. I’m a fat man in my 40s, and I’ve never been to a protest before, but there comes a point where you just have…

Thoughts on Apple Watch

(I’ve had the watch for longer now, but my thoughts on it haven’t changed much – I wrote this then didn’t get around to posting it. I’ve had it over a month now, and still find it a really good…