The Astronomy Course materials for the Open University's S194 course have arrived. Flipping through the book it looks like one of those courses where you have to remember lots of facts, and also have to do practical things too. The course starts on the 12th, so I'll be spending time getting the resources lined up …

Well bugger me, it never, ever occurred to me that I may be able to do this on a phone! I’ve accidentally discovered I can make web pages on my phone and FTP them to a remote server. This basic little demo page was coded as a result of the following experimental process. I used …

Chessbase is the company behind Fritz, one of the chess programs I use. As well as making chess engines that Kasparov uses for training, they also compile whacking great databases of played games that can be analysed by pro chess players, huge great tutorial DVDs with databases of annotated games and video tuition, and they …

So. Farewell then, LG Prada. Hello to the HTC Desire S. I tried and tried and tried to fix/recharge the old Prada phone, but with great regret I ended up making the difficult decision to upgrade. That Prada phone had been my constant companion for a good few years now, and I had resisted upgrading …

OK, the rhyming’s a bit ropey, but quite funny 🙂

I was always rather ambivalent towards Apple’s products. I love their design, easy-to-use interfaces and accessibility, and I was also impressed by the way that the iPad and Macbook managed to make having a computer ‘cool’. Thanks to Jobs and co, a laptop was no longer the accessory of a besuited workaholic desperately mining every …