Unique Preference – Cold Nuisance & Harassment Calls
Featured | Misc | Technology

Unique Preference – Cold Nuisance & Harassment Calls

Unique Preference – Nuisance, Harassment & Phishing Calls We’ve all received unwanted nuisance, marketing or unwanted sales calls, some probably more than others. Whether you call them cold calls, nuisance calls or in Ofcom’s language “live telesales calls”, the receiving an unwanted telephone call from someone sat in a call centre somewhere to try and…

Canon vs. Olympus vs.. wait.. hold on a minute..
Photography

Canon vs. Olympus vs.. wait.. hold on a minute..

Having spent the last few months getting stuck-into shooting with ultra-compact (compared to my Canon 5d Mark III’s) Olympus OM-D cameras and tiny lenses such as the Panasonic-Leica Summilx 15mm, I’ve kind of had a bit of a rethink on the whole idea. I’ve touched on some of the enormous advantages of the Micro Four Thirds…

Micro Four Thirds – tentative first steps with a Panasonic Lumix GX7
Photography | Reviews

Micro Four Thirds – tentative first steps with a Panasonic Lumix GX7

After years of shooting with “proper” full-frame DSLR kit such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark 3, and amassing a collection of various EF lenses tailored around my needs, I think the time might have come for a change. Full frame cameras have traditionally represented the pinnacle of photographic equipment. Outstanding image quality, great performance in terms of…

Revisiting the EOS M – time to move on?
Photography | Reviews

Revisiting the EOS M – time to move on?

As may well be obvious from some of the posts on this site, I have a serious interest in photography – and run a successful professional photographic business covering wedding, lifestyle / family & commercial photography.  Going right back to my first “serious” digital camera, I’ve always been shooting with Canon equipment – diving in…

“You’re on a business park in a beautiful location AND need fast internet access?”
Technology

“You’re on a business park in a beautiful location AND need fast internet access?”

On joining Allies Computing to head up our DevOps team, it didn’t take long to realise that there’s a downside to being based in a converted barn located on an attractive rural Norfolk business park: exceptionally slow internet connectivity. As a company offering software and service solutions, having internet access is vital to the business. We obviously need all the basics such…

Just finished my first ever week of commuting by bike!!
Cycling

Just finished my first ever week of commuting by bike!!

Well, that’s a title I had never imagined I would have been in a position to write. After years of avoiding getting on a bike with only occasional exceptions being made for holidays or exercising at the gym, I think I’ve been somewhat bitten by the proverbial cycling bug. Starting with the purchase of my first new…

Smart watches & wearables – what’s all the fuss about?
Technology

Smart watches & wearables – what’s all the fuss about?

As someone who has a vested interest in technology, it may be a surprise to hear I’ve been sat firmly on the sidelines of the whole smart watch / wearable “scene” for some time now. I’ve been watching the emergence of the current crop of Android-powered smart watches with little more than conceptual interest –…

A new dimension to website CSS?
Technology

A new dimension to website CSS?

Looking around for something new to add to one of our websites, I stumbled across a new technology being promoted by the leading address specialist, Allies Computing. Following significant research & development throughout the last few years, Allies have just released an extension to the industry standard CSS style language which allows CSS to extend beyond…

Flushing your central heating system – simple & something you really should do!
Featured | House Refurb & DIY

Flushing your central heating system – simple & something you really should do!

If you have a gravity fed, open-vented heating system with a feed & expansion tank located in your loft, flushing the system is a simple but effective way to potentially increase its efficiency, maybe lower your running costs & improve the system’s lifetime. It’s also useful to flush the system if you’re looking at replacing…

Managing a modern blog – WordPress.com meet WordPress.org?
Technology

Managing a modern blog – WordPress.com meet WordPress.org?

So, during this exercise in rediscovering WordPress I’ve been determined to try and make the setup & management side as simple and robust as possible.  As part of this, I’ve been exploring tools for managing servers & streamlining WordPress installations along with the new breed of tools aimed at managing multiple WordPress sites from a…

Welcome to 2015!
Misc

Welcome to 2015!

Happy New Year! With a challenging end to 2014 behind us, I’m looking forwards to discovering what exciting times lie ahead for us in 2015. It’s going to be a year of change for a start – with Sam turning 4, Ellie’s second birthday in the Summer and of course reaching the milestone of Sam…

Canon EOS M (18Mpx Mirrorless) – Ignore the reviews… It’s great!
Photography

Canon EOS M (18Mpx Mirrorless) – Ignore the reviews… It’s great!

So, after spending the last 10 days playing around with an EOS M, I have a few conclusions to draw… Firstly, if you’re looking for a compact, mirrorless camera that offers great image quality along with interchangable lenses, good build quality, proper manual controls & good-enough performance; stop reading here and go buy one. If…