Newcastle to London in 24 hours? Madness.

At last New Year’s Party I was chatting with a friend, Simon (the mud-covered chap below), and he told me that he intended to cycle from Newcastle to London in 24 hours to celebrate his birthday. If anyone could do it he could, but no – I wasn’t interested in his kind invitation to join him. I mean, I’d be delighted to do something like a 10K run with him or, perhaps, cycle the Devon coast to coast – but Newcastle to London? Seriously? Do I look like a bloody idiot? I know my limitations!

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Gone Phishin’ (Be Warned)

As you may know, I don’t usually send out anti-virus / scam warnings – my feeling is that a few common sense precautions and a healthy dose of suspicion should be sufficient to keep you safe. However, an attempt was made to scam me today which was convincing enough that I feel that I should warn you all – just in case you’re tempted to believe it. Continue reading

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Steam What?

In order to test a game that I’m developing at the moment I built myself a budget Steam Box (because what’s the point of building a high-end box when I want my game to be accessible for everyone?) The all-in cost came to less than £200, using a 1.6GHz quad core Athlon processor, and I’m far more impressed with it than I thought I would be.
Having built my box, I took it for a test-drive. Some things work amazingly well (power frugal games like Braid, for example, but big hitters like Brütal Legend are very playable too), but let’s back up a moment… Continue reading

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But what about the cake?

I code. I love coding (mostly). Honestly, sometimes coding annoys the living daylights out of me. I want to tear my hair out. I need a break. And what could be a better break than a cup of tea? Of course, you need something to eat with a cup of tea – and what could be a better tea snack than cake?

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MailRaider iOS Withdrawn from Sale

Effective immediately, MailRaider for iOS has temporarily been withdrawn from sale.  This is in order to fix problems with it that are causing widespread crashes in the wild.  Oddly, these problems have not been experienced at all in testing.  I will get to the bottom of this…

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Ill Communication

“Be more dog”, O2 say.  What they mean, I suspect, is roll over and let us kick you for a while. As you might have guessed, I’m not entirely happy with O2 customer service – and so I’m moving back to a supplier that I’ve learned to trust.

It’s not one problem, it’s many – and I’m fed up. I’m kicking back. So, in no particular order… Continue reading

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Not the end of the Swiss economy

Here we go again.  It’s time for another woefully inaccurate assessment of a new Apple product.  Bear in mind that I’m not very good at this – some of my past gems included:

  • PowerPC (Not as good as 68000)
  • iPod (Not as good as my MiniDisc player)
  • Mac Mini (Just a poor clone of the Cappuccino PC)
  • Mac Intel (It’ll be a disaster – the end of the Mac is nigh)
  • iPad (Just a scaled up iPod Touch)

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Thursday 3rd July is Charity Day

If you purchase any 45RPMSoftware application on 3rd July 2014 100% of the profits for that day will go to charity. Continue reading

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The Managers Guide to Employee Feedback

The Managers Guide to Employee Feedback by Glenn Devey is essential reading for all managers, no matter how experienced you believe you are. Even as a manager of seven years I found the tips in this book to be useful, backed up as they are by real-life examples. In fact, I’ve been on management training courses that weren’t as well considered or developed as this little book. Continue reading

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Attracting IT Graduates to Your Business

I wish An Coppens all the best, of course, but I’m at a loss as to the purpose of her book ‘Attracting IT Graduates to Your Business‘. Much of the focus, at least in terms of examples given, is on mega-business. Microsoft. Google. Facebook. That’s all very well but, if you’re hiring for a mega-business then these tips are already likely to be ingrained into your company culture – and, if you’re not, then you probably can’t afford to hire in quite the same way that they do. That’s not to say that a small business can’t attract excellent graduates, of course, just that they techniques that they’ll need to use are rather different. Continue reading

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