Serenity and Symmetry
It was a bright, mild day in early spring. A gentle breeze flowed into the room through windows overlooking a quadrangle, bringing with it a freshness and sense of calm.
Bigger, better, faster, more?
In recent years I’ve become increasingly interested in what are, by mass consumer standards, ‘low‑spec’ technologies. The Arduino range of microcontrollers, available to buy new in 2020, are (compared to the laptop I wrote this post on) roughly as powerful as the first ZX Spectrum I used in the 1980s. CPU speed is measured in…
Is Labour’s ‘Freebie ISP’ a good idea? #freebroadband #BLBroadband
I don’t give too much credence to election pledges from any political party. They are, in my opinion, carefully calculated bribes incentives to buy votes persuade the more easily swayed elements of the electorate; promises to be broken, forgotten, or re-interpreted once power is secured. Promises to implement policies and implemented policies are two very…
When masks slip #deception and #honesty
Most people, I suspect, wear masks at various points in their lives. I’m not talking about physical masks in the halloween or fancy dress sense, but the pretence involved when someone masks their true feelings or, more fundamentally, their true character.
Three fail (again) @ThreeUK @ThreeUKSupport
In a perfect world, this post would have been a discussion of my new 4G home Internet connection, the features of the router, network performance and that kind of thing. Sadly, perfection and Three never seem to be words that I can use in the same sentence (except this one). I probably should have slept…
Stats, fun thyself! #students_are_human_beings
It’s easy to forget that our students are human beings.
Degree mis-selling, anyone? #UniversityLawyers4U #Argosification
“Missold your degree? Didn’t graduate with first class honours? Can’t secure your dream job? Call UniversityLawyers4U NOW!” I haven’t yet seen an advert like this on the back of a bus, but how long it will be until I do?
MegaTech and MiniTech (Part 3)
This post is, finally, the third post of a three-part blog series that I began quite some time ago <ahem>. See https://tpg.me.uk/2014/11/11/megatech-and-minitech-part-1/ and https://tpg.me.uk/2017/06/15/megatech-and-minitech-part-2/ for the first two posts. The second post looked at a relatively small and simple software system, SPONGE (the Simplest Possible ONline Grouping Environment), that I created for my research in…
Trouble at sea
I’ve been reading through my Uncle Boomer’s diaries recently. Some of the entries from his seafaring days really are evocative…
Thoughts from a #wikiplebian @jimmy_wales @wikimedia
Jimmy Wales, or at least his mass-mailing robot, emailed me the other day on a Wikipedia fund-raising mission. I’ve donated in the past but I won’t be this year. Of all the unlikely reasons it’s the Daily Mail who are the cause of my boycott. I doubt that he’ll have the time to read my…