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In the summer of 2018, I joined a globally distributed team and started writing technical documentation as a remote worker. Before I started this job, I had always commuted to work and been part of a collocated team, so that was a huge adjustment. Through trial and error, I have figured out what works for … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Remote Working →
For years I have been gazing longingly at well-made YouTube videos about ’80s and ’90s IBM and Tandy machines, but because I live in the United Kingdom those computers are either near-impossible to find or ridiculously expensive. So when I saw this YouTube video from LGR about a modern day clone, and then discovered it … Continue reading Cloning with a NuXT →
Those of you posting on the fediverse may have noticed some grumbling recently about Gargron’s actions as the project’s “benevolent dictator for life”. The Florence project (previously known as “forktogether”) is drawing attention for trying to fork Mastodon and run it “more democratically”. But how would someone go about forking a free software project as … Continue reading How to “Fork” Mastodon →
In January 2018 (that is not a typo, it took me a year to find time to write this blog post!) I set myself the challenge of building a retrogaming desktop that would have blown my mind in the year 2000. That was around the time I started to cultivate an interest in computers and … Continue reading The Ultimate Y2K Gaming PC →
I originally published this post on 31st March 2013, and then updated it for September 2018. BM I have just read a odd article in The Independent that suggests 11 things that students should buy. It provides suggestions such as “Fairtrade produce” and a “toastie press”. I’m assuming that the writer has either never actually … Continue reading Eleven Things that Students Should Spend their Money on →
I’ve mentioned on social media and on the BTS podcast a few times that I wanted to try installing OpenBSD onto an old “snow white” iBook G4 I acquired last summer to see if I could make it a useful machine again in the year 2018. This particular eBay purchase came with a 14″ 1024×768 … Continue reading OpenBSD on an iBook G4 →
Windows Vista is approaching its “end of life” date and support is due to expire on Tuesday 11th April 2017. I think it’s fair to say this operating system divides opinion. Introduction I love Windows Vista. I think it’s great. But you do need some serious horsepower behind it, and my laptop doesn’t have it. … Continue reading Farewell to Windows Vista →
This post was inspired by another one I stumbled across by chance during my normal internet activities. You can see the original here: https://dev.to/laraneedscoffee/my-journey-in-code–24k1 1. High School and Code Coding did not really happen during the early-to-mid ’00s in British schools. When I was going through secondary school we were taught how to use Word … Continue reading My Journey in Code →
In celebration of World Vegan Month in November 2017 I’ve challenged myself to go vegan for the entire month. For background, I have no experience of being vegetarian or vegan at all. This is something that I have thought about for a number of years, as I can see the case for it on anti-cruelty, … Continue reading My Vegan Month →
I impulse bought a Dell Latitude X200 laptop from eBay, and you can see the full hardware specifications here: https://www.dell.com/downloads/ca/rpg/x200_spec.pdf. I decided to embark on this refurbishment project back in February 2017 when I spotted a great YouTube video about running modern software on Windows 98: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA58zWmQfC4. Hardware Upgrades My first step was to swap … Continue reading Dell Latitude X200 Refurbish →
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