A word of caution before you read this.. it’s written with the aid of rose tinted glasses and a generous dollop of nostalgia.

We all have childhood heroes as we grow up. People who inspire us, people who motivate us. I, like you, have several, but one of mine is this guy:


Those of you in your 30s with a history of gaming will recognise the name, Andrew Braybrook, if not the unflattering picture. Andrew wrote Uridium for the C64 (along with several other great games). It wasn’t just the games themselves though; it was more about the developers diary as serialised in the magazine Zzap64. I can’t explain how fantastic this was to me back in *cough* 1987 when it was published and how I ached every month for the next instalment. Reading it was like finding someone who was doing exactly what you would be doing if you could choose anything in the world, and having them describe it in the smallest detail as they did it.

Reading those articles was a pivotal in my becoming a software developer. The likelihood is that I would have ended up there anyway, but reading these sneak previews of what it was like, made it a certainty.

If you have any interest in gaming, development, or how things were when ingenuity was the best way to get performance out of a computer rather than waiting three weeks for CPU clock speeds to double, then I heartily recommend them.

The series was titled Mental Procreation, and is available here:

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Several moons ago (not quite ‘many’) I worked for one of the ‘Big Four’ consultancies. I kind of ended up there by accident and we tolerated each other for several years. Whilst browsing my old photos, I came across this gem, which nicely illustrates why I left. It shows the notice attached to every phone…



Shiny heresy

The other day I installed Vista on my MacBook. There, I’ve said it.

Why? Well, three reasons. Firstly because it was a techy itch that I had to scratch. Secondly, someone is bound to ask me a Vista question and I’d like to know the answer. And third, so I can install Visual Studio and mess about with C# should the urge take me.

As you can read about on a zillion other more detailed sites, the process was pretty straight forward with Apple being nice and putting all the required drivers on the Fat32 section of the Leopard install DVD.


I have to say, I find Vista inoffensive, if a little bit,.. ‘childrens TV’. Everything is trying just that little bit too hard to look interesting. I’m sure I’ll get used to it but I don’t see what it offers over XP.

Bottom line; Windows 2003 is for IT people, Vista is for your grand parents, XP has a foot in each camp and OSX is above getting into such vulgar arguments. 🙂

Oh, and Linux is lovely too but it’s more of a teenage OS in that it doesn’t mix well with ‘normal’ OS’s, ‘nobody understands’ it and it’s just not fair.

Motivation ++

Right, now that June is out of the way I am allowed to blog again.

Nah.. not really, just looking for a 'hook' to this text. It seems to have been a month or so of not doing things that I usually do but for no apparent reason. Blogging, playing guitar, messing about with Drupal and so on. Like I say, no real reason that I can think of other than more lack of motivation than usual. (Or maybe that should be normalised to say 'less motivation').

Whilst I'm here then, best wishes to my sister who apparently had her appendix out the other day in a rather panicy fashion but seems to be on the mend now.

Speaking of sibblings, a couple of weeks ago, Matt joined me in working for PDMS where we both now press buttons all day with the aim of developing web sites/applications. (I'm pretty sure there is a difference, but that's for a different blog.)

Which leads me nicely onto saying a big congrats to Matt and Mary on the birth of ickle James! (I'm sure the three of you who read this will not be surprised at that news 🙂 )