Category: General Blog

These are my normal blog posts.

May 29, 2020
May 28, 2020

When I set up this blog, I wanted to put in a simple check on people commenting, to prevent spam. It worked for a while, but different plugins have broken over the years.

March 29, 2020

I’ve kept a personal blog for a long time, although I haven’t been posting to it much recently. That’s my bad. The problem is Social Media sites like Facebook, and how they seem to have become the universal way to connect with friends. I’ve been…

March 21, 2020

So the little bottle labelled Alnwick Gin turns out, on closer inspection, to be a gin, lime and ginger liqueur. I knew that when I purchased it, but as that was September 2018, I had forgotten. An excellent choice for the “I’m out of whisky,…

February 4, 2020

So, I was moving some bits of tech around on Sunday, tidying up leads and replugging network cables in preparation for – some time soon – the passing of control for DNS and everything from my old router to my new Mesh Network controllers. Only…

October 26, 2019

This has been a disastrous year for me in the garden; the worst I have had since I took up gardening. A mixture of illness and bad weather meant that I essentially abandoned the garden for most of the year, and by the time I…

August 14, 2019

To my surprise, in Windows 10, there is no control for the scroll bar width (at least not that I can find). In Windows 7, it was directly controlled by one of the Advanced screens in the control panel. I would have thought it would be a prime contender for an entry in Windows 10’s Ease of Access controls, but no.

May 7, 2019

I have an old Parrot piano accordion, which was given to me by an aunt many years ago. It was the larger (37 keys, 80 buttons) of two accordions she had and played, and was then too heavy for her to manage. Knowing I was…

April 15, 2019

Some time ago, I posted how Storyline, the free online tool I had used to write my first Alexa skills, had changed to Invocable, a paid platform charging developer level charges for hosting (i.e. hundreds of dollars a month). At the time, however, they said…

January 18, 2019

This morning, when I woke up, I had Alexa sing me “Happy Birthday”. But once I got up, and checked my email, I found she had wished me Happy Birthday in an unexpected – quite coincidental – way. Back in November, I made an application…

December 6, 2018

They say it’s often been observed That folk get the government they deserve The current case is not exempt A government guilty of contempt But surely this is not our fault? A general public never caught In hyperbole and outright lies. “It’s not our doing”…

October 18, 2018

Back in April this year, I wrote to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) for “official guidance on GDPR for purely personal, non-commercial, use of data”. I made the point that much had been published about how GDPR applied to organisations and companies, but I had…