Time to Dream

I'm not entirely sure where today went. A conference call with Germany first thing this morning uncovered some strange behaviour within the system I have been working on for the last several months. After digging a rather impressive hole through the source code, the deployment scripts, and who knows what else, I gradually narrowed down …

Trying Scrivener

I've owned a copy of Scrivener for years - since my first proper tilt at NaNoWriMo back in about 2007 if memory serves. If you've not heard of it, Scrivener is a word processor designed for writers, where you can organise your writing projects into binders with research, chapters, and so on. It's all rather wonderful, and lovely.

Saturday

This morning I was supposed to be tagging along with my other half to visit a nearby town to buy some clothes. Somehow the trip never happened. This kind of thing happens to me a lot - where I plan around something happening, and then the thing doesn't happen. This is usually a cascading thing …

Rabbit Holes

I have spent the greater part of this evening tinkering with a pretend computer that hasn't existed for thirty years. That's right - not even the real thing. I discovered a project some time ago on the internet called "Amibian", that turns a Raspberry Pi into a Commodore Amiga - a computer that went out …

For a Friend

There is a laptop on the desk in the junk room - it's been there since yesterday evening. It belongs to a teaching assistant at the school where my other half works, and arrived at our house after spending two weeks at PC World, where all they achieved was locking him out of his own …

Retro

For no particular reason at all, I'm writing this post in a text editor within an Amiga emulator on the Raspberry Pi. Let me explain that a bit further - a very small circuit board sitting on top of the PC under the desk is running Linux, which is then running an emulator - simulating …

Tinkering

It's just gone 10pm on Sunday evening, and I'm in my usual bolt-hole - hiding out in the junk room, listening to music, and emptying my head into the keyboard while the younger children sleep, and my other half watches TV shows in the lounge. Miss 17 is chatting with friends on her phone in …

Elementary

I just finished installing "Elementary OS" on the old desktop computer at home - the one in the junk room that I tend to sit at while writing blog posts. On the off-chance that anybody else needs to use it, they can still re-start it and boot into Windows 7 - the hard-drive is partitioned, …

Friday

If I didn't know better, I would say the old desktop computer in the study has got it in for me tonight. In the last ten minutes it has crashed twice. Perhaps the computer is trying to drop hints about the wisdom of posting to the blog when I have very little to share. Obviously …