I’ve been using Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview for the last week or so now, running it in Virtualbox on my XP machine. In fact, I’m working with it right now as I type this.

I’ve been using Synapse’s wonderful Orion for a few years now, and it’s my main staple for my secondary hobby of making electronic music. Simply put, it’s the most easy to use and versatile thing out there. Recently (Christmas day, actually) I found out how to connect my old Yamaha RGX110 guitar to my PC, …

One reason why I like the BBCThis may well sound like an advert for something that does not need advertising, but since upgrading my phone to the HTC Desire S a couple of weeks ago I’ve discovered a number of wonderful things. Quite apart from Shredder Chess, O2’s free Cloud wifi service, the ability to …

Skyrim, the latest role-playing adventure game from Bethesda, just arrived on my doorstep today. For those who neither know nor care about computer games, this is an event sort of on a par with the release of a new Star Wars movie, and has been greeted by the gaming community in a similarly mixed way. …

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 …

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 …

Finally, after waiting for three days, the skies were clear enough this evening to make use of my new telescope. The frustrating grey-brown blanket of cloud finally dispersed, and so I set about getting the thing out of my living room, out of the door and under the stars where it belonged. I thought getting …

There’s a game coming out on 11/11/11 called Skyrim. It’s the fifth game in a series of role-playing games (RPGs) called the Elder Scrolls series. I always used to hate role playing games with an unsually passionate loathing, until Ms rhapsody9 showed me how they worked. It was at that point I started to enjoy …