Step Changes in Technology


What is this about?

Step ChangeTechnology continually changes and in ICT in particular there is continual change. Some of this is mere produce improvement, some of it is marketing nonsense but some of it is truly game changing or so successful it outstays all predictions. In fact the inability to predict the game changers is part of what makes this so interesting – almost all of the entries were obvious in hind-sight but not at point of release.

The rest of this blog entry is my thoughts on what some of the most important step changes have been – I leave out things like punched cards / tape / home computers as these were all pre-career. Instead I focus on the last 25 years.

I have no doubt missed out a lot – feel free to comment or contact me (see here for details). Thanks for reading!

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Diamonds are Forever


All time greatest records of all time

What’s the idea?

I suggest that in the realm of popular music there are some tracks that are as close to perfect as makes no difference. These are not necessarily one-hit wonders that you hear twenty or more years later and sing along to (e.g. Echo Beach) nor are they monster rock ballads (insert Zepellin track here) but they are the perfect little gems of popular music that you bump into on a mix tape or odd radio programme and are instantly back to the time and, you know what, they actually are as timeless and perfect as you always thought.

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Jukebox Delights


F23 Track 8…

A jukebox of delightsIf I go to a pub I don’t know, I like to have a look at the jukebox. These days of course the chances are that the sound of Sky Sports and gambling machines will drown out the humble jukebox, but there are still places where you can get a decent pint, sit at a table and put your coins in the machine to get treated to a few pieces of music that you have chosen.

The best part is that you don’t know ahead of time what will be available, so it is a real pot-luck experience. Over the years I have built up a list of tracks I will always play if I find them, and that list I present today (though I have no doubt forgotten many of my faves.)

So without further ado, and in no real order other than alphabetic, welcome to my jukebox (or at least the first dozen entries)!

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Six things I learned researching my new Windows 7 PC build


As I blogged here, I have just finished building a new Windows 7 x64 PC based on the lovely Intel I5/750 with a Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H motherboard, Arctic Freezer Pro 7 Rev 2 cooler, 4 Gb RAM, 2x 500 GB WD discs and a Sapphire ATI HD 5670 graphics card all in an Asus TM-261 case.

Despite the things I learned from building it, I did get a lot right before I started assembling, so in the interests of balance…

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Ten things I learned building my Windows 7 PC


I have just finished building a new Windows 7 x64 PC based on the lovely Intel I5/750 with a Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H motherboard, Arctic Freezer Pro 7 Rev 2 cooler, 4 Gb RAM, 2x 500 GB WD discs and a Sapphire ATI HD 5670 graphics card all in an Asus TM-261 case. Despite a lot of research I still tripped up over a few things which I deemed worth capturing for posterity…

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