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My computer Setup

Professionally I’m normally referred to as the “IT guy” and people often think i have every new gadget. Yet the truth is that I own relatively few toys, preferring tools that I will use loads and are value for money. I REALLY fear buying a device or tool that proves to be useless and effectively a waste of cash.  I started to list my items and figured I may as well share them here. Interestingly in recent months i’ve been spying on friends and family gadget collection and i’m really average and far behind true nerds!


  • 2.4 GHz macbook with 8GB RAM (secondhand but from 2011? used to replace the below)
  • 2.4 GHz macbook with 4GB RAM (2009) that I now keep at work to get things done when I hit the IT services wall on occasion!
  • Raspberry Pi – affordable computer that I tinker with
  • Kindle Paperwhite – for reading ebooks and looong reports
  • Kobo touch
  • HTC One X mobile phone
  • Nike running watch and heart rate monitor
  • Nexus 7 tablet
  • Apple iPad 1 (secondhand) for testing

Software and tools

  • VLC Media Player – used to watch all videos
  • Mozilla Firefox Browser (my browser of choice for the addons – screengrab, Web developer toolbar, firebug, )
  • Google Chrome Browser – used for testing
  • Filezilla FTP – transfer web content
  • Coda 2 – code editor
  • 1password – for managing all my passwords and serial numbers and ESSENTIAL
  • Spotify – useful for streaming music
  • DoubleTwist – music sync for Android
  • evernote – for writing and storing personal and work notes
  • Trello – used for all my to-do lists
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Reading list 2014

Last year was my first attempt at keeping track of the books I read during the entire year. Twelve! I thought it was going to be much longer than that. In November/December I picked up and failed to complete three books. Yet I read tons online which I think has a role to play in this low number.

We’ll see how I fair this year.

  1. Semple, Euan. Organizations don’t Tweet, People Do – A Manager’s Guide to the Social Web. Wiley, 2012. Print and finished Friday 10th January 2014.
  2. Halvorson, Kristina. Content Strategy for the Web 2nd edition. New Riders, 2012. Kindle and finished 18th January 2014.
  3. Krotoski, Aleks. Untangling the web – what the internet is doing to you. Faber and Faber, 2013. Kindle and finished 3rd March 2014.
  4. Hsieh, Tony. Delivering Happiness – A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose. Business Plus. 2013. Kindle and finished 3rd April 2014.
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Today I was being schooled by Stephen Gray about current practices for digitising 8mm and Super 8 film. I was enthralled by the media format and its history. Now, nearly 50 years since its release,  we use modern techniques of film capture to “see” what is on all those shiny reels from the past.

There is so much to discover in this huge field of “digital” and I hope I never lose this sense of curiosity.