Sunday 30 December 2018
The phone signal has been good and you haven't needed to use it: 1 day 16 hours since last charge and it's still on 81%.
I've recently been getting just 3 days out of a charge, because I've been reading, taking pictures and sending videos over 4G data. It had made me wonder if the battery in this wasn't as good as the one in Chris's, but this shows it's really fine.
Thursday 27 December 2018
The week before Christmas I broke the handle on my bass cab, carrying it out of a rehearsal. The cab itself is an ancient 150W Carlsbro with a 15" speaker, and being a substantial lump to cart around is far from ideal as I'm no longer in my 20s.
So how does one get a replacement strap for what appears to be a custom (budget) design?
OK, alternatives then.
Traditionally guitar cabs have inset handles on the sides or strap handles on the top, although sprung swing-out handles can also be used. This cab is made from cheap chipboard judging by the weight, which means wood screws won't work, so the cab must be stripped & T nuts fitted behind any new handles to spread the load and prevent the wood tearing out.
Suddenly we're up to a major exercise in engineering and farting about, as well as sourcing handles, bolts, T nuts etc. It's really irritating, and I almost wonder if it's worth replacing the cab with something lighter and more modern to A) save the hassle and B) make carting the kit easier. But even if I keep it, I've still got to spend 20 quid on parts that I hope can be made to usefully fit.
Friday 21 December 2018
An oral recollection by Evelyn Berezin about both her life as a child of Russian immigrants in the US and also development of the first true word processor.
Operation Elop, which covers the appointment of Stephen Elop as chief executive of Nokia and the eventual fate of their phone business.
It makes one realise how much businesses depend on people, how fragile they are, and how mere chance can sometimes bring the whole thing down.
Thursday 20 December 2018
Monday 17 December 2018
What makes these people a) so particularly unpleasant and b) so monumentally stupid?
Just to reiterate, if anyone ever threatens to uncover your secrets unless you pay a cryptocurrency ransom, don't believe them. And certainly NEVER pay them a ransom, because it will only encourage them to continue.
Thursday 13 December 2018
Thursday 6 December 2018
So why the email, why there and why now, a couple of weeks later?
I also REALLY wish there was a viable alternative to Whatsapp.