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Thoughts on British ICT, energy & environment, cloud computing and security from Memset's MD

Who is John Galt?

We just watched the first two parts of Atlas Shrugged. I was unfamiliar with Ayn Rand and her works until today. I found the films exhilarating and eagerly await the third installment. They depict a near-future world where economic collapse and enduring recession has enabled politicians to seize increasing power over private individuals and corporations. In the name of “the…

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A real SCUBA rescue experience – mistakes made and lessons learned

On my and Izzy’s recent fieldwork expedition to Islay we had a number of challenging conditions to cope with that were new to us as experienced SCUBA divers. One of these was the cold; the loch was about 16 degrees celcius and while in our double-layered wet suits we were fine for several hours, we found there were limits. Our…

My first environmental science expedition – Najas Flexilis and Islay

I am feeling quite pleased with myself this week having taken my passion for environmentalism to the next step, by participating in a field work project! My partner, Izzy, is doing her PhD on the rare, protected freshwater plant Najas flexillis, pictured in its local native habitat to the right. You can read about her exploits at her Web site…

Cast your bread on the water and you’ll get back ham sandwiches

While awaiting our flight to San Francisco in the BA exec lounge just now I experienced a lovely example of Karma that I wanted to share. A young lady was looking a bit lost, MacBook and power cable in hand, clearly searching for a power socket. I suggested that she use the one I was sat by, and offered her…

Skiiers thumb (torn ulnar collateral ligament)

So on Sunday, the second day of our week’s skiing in Whistler Blackcomb, I had my first and last incident of the skiing season yesterday. Izzy and I were doing a double-black diamond in very low vis (low cloud). We did the hard part just fine and it was quite smooth. She had stopped and I thought I had a…

I’m not dying! (again) – factor V, DVT/PE & asthma

Sadly we (Izzy and I) have yet again failed in resolution not to end up in hospital during our holiday. :/ On the plus side, I did manage to wear a humorously (in)appropriate T-shirt for the occasion (see right)! :p I am starting to think I should stop telling doctors about my clotting factor V mutation (see inset) whenever I…

Phoneless

Islay I’ve been taking a bit of a break from comms lately, in more ways than one. It started with a holiday to Islay (a wee Scottish island) where my partner, Izzy, and I had a great time. She is a freshwater conservationist specialising in rare aquatic plants so we split our time between poking around looking for it in…

How to fix the HTC local storage/memory issue with Titanium Backup

So I have an HTC Desire. The reason I have this phone is that it was the only one in white and silver out at the time, and all my favourite things are white or silver (with occasional traces of blue)! For a more detailed description of my personal device path please see my personal device convergance (rise of the…

Getting root with Revolutionary & CyanogenMOD (HTC)

One of my personal rules of gadgets is, “If you don’t root it, you don’t own it!”. Rooting means having root control on the device, but also comes with risks of bricking your phone (ie. turning it into a useless brick!). Further, my HTC Desire kept running out of space and there were lots of apps that I just didn’t…