When I said my wife encourages my tech addiction, I meant it!

When I said my wife encourages my tech addiction, I meant it!

May 25

It was my birthday on Monday and my lovely wife surprised me with an awesome stay at a nice five star hotel, The Langham Auckland, which was awesome. What was even more awesome was the present she got me on top of that… See, she knows I sometimes have…trouble deciding to spend money on gadgets, especially so when I can’t see a clear need for it. So my wife helps me out every now...

The (USB) case of the chirpy hard drive

The (USB) case of the chirpy hard drive

Mar 12

An epic tale of fear, angst and tension about the loss of a backup hard drive. Have an external USB drive that is making a strange beep or chirping sound? There is some advice on how you might get it to spin up again at the end of the post.

Programming problems and a method for solving them

Programming problems and a method for solving them

Jun 18

One of the things I’ve noticed about junior programmers is that they often feel overwhelmed by the programming problems thrown at them. This could very well be a situation of my own making I suppose, since I’m a big fan of throwing junior programmers into the deep end. Admittedly, it may, possibly, not always be the best way to learn for everybody but I’ve watched many beginners...

Another Apple falls from the feature tree

Another Apple falls from the feature tree

Jun 16

So, about that iPhone 4. What can I say about that… Ok, how about we start by discussing the new ‘wow’ features of the fourth generation of the worlds most amazing device. I’m not going to wax lyrical about how OK version one was and how excellent version two was and the fine tradition of quality that this new device continues to uphold. So what wonderful new features have...

The Apple and the Android

The Apple and the Android

Jun 06

There are, in my humble opinion, several correlations between what happened with the PC market in the 80’s and 90’s and what is happening today in the mobile/smart phone space… but more on that shortly. A couple of years ago I had an iPhone 3G for about a year, until it was rudely taken from me and at the time I never bothered to replace it even though I missed it like a lost...

Real programmers make their own tools

Real programmers make their own tools

Jan 30

I’m making a distinction between “real programmers” and “Real Programmers” because they are two completely different things. Really. “Real Programmers” also make their own tools, for sure, but they are in a different league and outside the scope of this discussion. I’m talking about all the other programmers, the ones that don’t calculate...