Digital Dark Age – And don’t tell me, Google is here to help?

Today we have an article about a digital dark age and how all the data stored for this generation could be lost: Technology could mean that our lives are lost to history, according to experts. What experts am I left wondering and what could happen that would destroy all the data? Lack of backup’s? an…

Elementary OS – Feeling like paying them?

I’ve advocated Linux and free software for years.  I still do. Over the years I’ve also stated many times that proprietary software (and indeed software running on any other license) is fine with me, so long as the user is aware of the limitations and potential consequences of such licence.  That to me is choice,…

ET is not coming and there’s nobody listening

We humans in the main, are social animals.   Perhaps the ultimate example of this are the Alien believers who need to believe in life outside of our planet, but moreover it visiting us. Is the desire to be “not alone” so strong that some people are susceptible to idea’s which go against logic and…

End of the Google Glass? – Can I say I told you so?

I voiced my concerns at the time.  I labelled the “glasshole” as someone who struts around with a silly looking Google device on their face. It surprised me that when Prince Charles was seen with them that this didn’t act as a warning sign for the disinterest of the general public, who when faced with…

OpenBytes book of 2014

2014 has seen some great releases.  It’s impossible to read every great work and the fact that I only managed to read 25 titles in 2014 means that I’ve not even come close to scratching the surface. For those who have not seen the book of the year award on OpenBytes, I’ll make a few…

What’s wrong with ChromeOS/book & a general musing on silly people

Contractual obligations have me drawn away from OpenBytes, its a shame because my time doesn’t even seem to have the opportunity for many 140 character one liners on Twitter.  G+ seems to me like the social media that everyone knows about and didn’t want.  Its funny because I’ve noticed that it seems to get more…

Rosetta – The pointless achievement?

I sit here amidst a foray of over excited scientists talking too quickly down a mic on a live stream and this musing comes on the back of having to suffer 2 and a half hours of the awful film Interstellar the other day.  To say I’m not “pro-space” at the moment is an understatement….

REVIEW: The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss

I think any book that starts and ends with an apology (of sorts) doesn’t bode well.  I will save people time here too.  If the “disclaimer” Mr Rothfuss puts in the beginning of the novella isn’t enough, then let me say – if you have not read his previous works in the series then you…

Twitter – You’ll like it because we say you will.

I’ve written a few times about the “promoted tweets” feature of Twitter, but today I’m looking at the release of news that refers to rogue Tweets that may appear in your timeline because Twitter thinks you want to read them.  If that wasn’t unwelcome enough, you can’t opt out, so listen to Twitter, these rogue…

Can anything compete with a gaming console?

I remember gaming on a computer as a child.  It was great fun and created some wonderful memories, however at this time, the complexity of gaming on an electronic device, lacked the depth of board games and entertainment that could be found elsewhere.  For example, Space invaders, Pac Man etc could not replace the more…

Distorting the story? – Lets visit Ickesville

There’s nothing like a news story which backs up your opinion/view. It’s even better if you are selling books and tickets to shows with that opinion. And its even better still if you can find a number of “fans” to jump on the bandwagon and help promote that view too. You have to be very…

Destiny – Is the game in yours? Lets cut through the hype.

Destiny.  No, not what is going to happen in the future on some set storyline you are playing out in your life. I am talking about Destiny the game, specifically the PS3 version where the hype machine has worked overtime for all consoles and you would be hard pushed to not have at least heard…