Back ups

The objective is to have at least two copies of everything on different machines. Everything except Photos I write stuff on my MacBook air. It is stored in a folder called Documents. This is the Apple standard folder that is linked to Icloud Drive. So anything in this folder is backed up in Icloud. I … Read more


Gas prices are rocketing. A lot of our electricity is supplied by gas turbines so we will see electricity prices surging soon. At the same time we have lost some capability to import electricity from Europe due to a fire. Fuel has been short at the pumps, for which the government are blaming a lack … Read more


Quite a few years ago I put a wordpress site together.  It took a lot of effort and I could not get it to look the way I wanted it.  Then updates to WordPress and the plugins I used kept breaking the site and I finally went back to an html site.  I have been … Read more

Managing photos on a Macbook

I am very used to managing my photos on a Windows computer using my old Photoshop CS2. I’ve been using it for over 15 years.  I used to use actions in Photoshop to batch edit hundred of photos at a time from a wedding or a nursery shoot. But CS2 doesn’t work on my MacBook … Read more

Changing to a Macbook

After years of Windows (from Windows 3.1 through to 10) I have finally bought a Macbook.  Why?  My Lenovo was starting to have battery problems – only lasting a 2-3 hours. My Samsung never lasted long on battery and it’s really too big for a laptop.  I use a lap top on my lap! Both … Read more

Videos – Videopad

Video Pad While browsing the web I found Video Pad. It seemed like a good alternative to Movie Maker and works in a similar way. There is a free version which I have, a home version and a masters version. The latter are paid for, but they come with a free trial. It is unclear … Read more

Videos – Youtube

YouTube This is the almost universal way of showing videos on line so I decided to go with it. Uploading The videos will need to be loaded up to Youtube. I measured the broadband speeds. Broadband speeds with O2 hotspot. Broadband speeds with home internet To my surprise, using my phone gave an upload speed … Read more

Videos – Hard and Software

Hardware According to many websites I need a PC with a 8 core processor.  Which means a PC made in the last 3 years.  It makes one wonder how they edited videos 10 or 20 years ago.  Of course it is bullshit.  My 10 year old Samsung RV511 with an i3 processor running windows 7 … Read more

Action Video

The Camera So I bought an action camera – a Dragon Touch Vista 5. This was with the idea of taking videos of our dog Meg, and also on my scooter. It was a lot smaller than I imagined. It came with two batteries, but no memory card. So I had to buy a 64Gb … Read more


I was an electronic engineer for most of my working life.  During all of that time I used the word “data” lots of times, every day. It was never a plural word as it seems to be used now. Neither was it a singular word.  It was used in a similar way to “water” or … Read more