Wandering OOF

How can I not Wallaby in England while the weather is so fair? Though, looking at these three, dinner is obviously more important than worrying about the chances of rain.  Yep, it’s been “week vacation” time again and we’ve been wandering off to see some more of the sights and attractions here in our corner…


Digital Trainspotting

I know that computers and digital electronics have almost completely taken over our world, but it was still an eye-opening experience to see just how much they have infiltrated one of my peripheral interests: model railways. Many years ago, when space and time permitted, I indulged physically in the world of railway modelling. It’s almost…


A Green Train Of Thought

It’s safe to assume that nobody could accuse me of being an eco-warrior. I buy cars that have more engine than I need, and computers with more power than is required to run any software I might ever use. And I quite happily squander electricity on a waterfall in the pond and lights in the…


Do Only Old People Buy Bicycles?

Some years ago I was forcefully introduced to the concept of statistical quality control, where the overall quality of a batch of items could be determined from an examination of a small sample. This came to mind as I’ve been immersed in watching demos of the new “Big Data” techniques for analyzing data. My rude…


Gone OOF the Radar

As I very rarely actually go anywhere, and even more rarely by train, I’m not an expert on the current digital device habits of rail travelers. However, the attraction of a nice comfy seat and table in some wonderful air-conditioned, piped music for free, even has a power socket railway carriage is that you can…


It’s Cornwall, So It Must Be Thursday

Is it still a holiday when you never seem to stop travelling, you can’t quite figure out what day it is, you’re not really sure where you are, and you can’t remember where you are supposed to be tomorrow? It sounds a bit like a mystery tour, which is somewhat worrying as I was actually…


More Railway Stuff

One of my previous jobs involved travelling to a variety of locations selling things. Amongst those locations was the British Rail Engineering works (BREL, more familiarly known as just “The Plant Works”) in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. It was one of those amazing old Victorian factories where you felt like you had stepped back 100 years…

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"Trainspotting" … the Photos

A holiday weekend, and it rained. What a surprise. Still, it meant I actually got round to fulfilling a promise from a few weeks ago about firing up the film scanner and digitalizing some of the better ones of my collection of old railway slides. So, if you are not a railway fanatic maybe should…

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Currently Overloaded…

You don’t normally expect zonking amounts of current to be flying around inside a computer (unless you’ve packed it solid with extra disk drives), so tagging a couple of skinny wires to one end of the circuit board is probably an eminently sensible approach. Those five DC volts will eventually find their way along the…

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Sunless In Seattle

They probably won’t invite me over to Redmond again. After telling me for weeks about the wonderful summer weather there, it rained for most of the two weeks I was on site. Not many people would suggest that I have a magnetic personality, but it sure looks like the English weather followed me across the…

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