Tag: technology

  • Online schooling

    The kids have been attending a 100% online school now for about 18 months and overall it has been great. They go to My Online Schooling which is based in Edinburgh and teaches the English school curriculum. I feel they’ve had a more consistent education than many other pupils in the UK who’ve had a […]

  • Samsung S10+ phone

    Samsung S10+ phone

    Last month the home button on my iPhone SE stopped working. It’s just over 4 years old now. If you have an iPhone you’ll know it’s impossible to use without a functioning home button. Fortunately I discovered you can install an assisstive touch app which will let you access the home screen without using the […]

  • Crowdless


    There’s a terrific app which will tell you how busy the supermarkets in your vicinity are so you can choose whether to go or not. It’s called Crowdless and is free to download. You don’t have to register to use it and it collects no personal data. All it does is show you a map […]

  • Local Hero

    Local Hero

    Lots of heroes emerge in times of disaster. From neighbours delivering groceries to the vulnerable, to police topping up the electricity meter of an elderly man who was without power, to people donating meals to frontline workers. One of the heroes in my local community in Aberdeen is Artur Banach who has been printing face […]

  • Those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are doing it

    I saw this great Tweet from Pedal Me a few days ago: Those who say it cannotbe done should not interrupt those who are doing it. 300kg of whisky being delivered 4.5 miles for @DistillinginE3 The future is coming. Get on board.https://t.co/ulp84Qi8mR pic.twitter.com/aQxnQuYJXi — Pedal Me (@pedalmeapp) October 26, 2019 I’m not sure where this […]

  • Scotland’s renewable energy industry employs more than 17,000 people

    Scotland’s renewable energy industry employs more than 17,000 people

    Scotland’s renewable energy industry employs more than 17,000 people and had a turnover of £5.5 billion in 2017. Among the exporters are renewable energy consultancyfirm Green Cat Renewables, based in Biggar, South Lanarkshire, which opened an office in Alberta, Canada, in 2017. Technology developed by Glasgow software company Smarter Grid Solutions is being used in Germany, the […]

  • Australia needs a new gig

    Australia needs a new gig

    January 2019 was Australia’s hottest January on record. March was its hottest March on record. February was its 5th hottest February. 2018 was its third hottest year on record. The temperature records are tumbling with no signs of abating and yet Australians yesterday voted for a party who want to build one of the largest […]

  • When no one comes to your talk

    When no one comes to your talk

    Yesterday I gave a talk at the Aberdeen Science Centre to, er, 6 people. That’s embarrassing enough as it is but 3 of the 6 people were Daniel, Elizabeth, and Ben. The other 3 were staff at the centre. I won’t give up my day job for paid speaking gigs just yet. My talk was […]

  • Look where I am

    Look where I am

    I’m in Paris for WordCamp EU 2017. In case you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about it’s a two-day tech conference about everything WordPress. Last year it was in Vienna and attracted over 2,000 people. This year is even bigger. It’s a community-led event organised by a team of volunteers. There are WordCamps all […]

  • Apps for kids

    Every now and again I’ll let the kids get a paid app each for the iPad. That day is today and it hasn’t turned out so well. Elizabeth ended up in tears because the game she wants does not exist. She wants a Sim city type game where you have to solve maths problems before you […]

  • The temptation of bacon, homelessness, and spelling

    Elizabeth’s vegetarianism on the weekend involved having just a little bit of bacon to go with her sausage and egg at the buffet breakfast. I think she’s finding bacon too tempting to resist. I didn’t say anything because I want it to be her decision. I personally find bacon and sausage a bit repulsive now that I haven’t eaten […]

  • How do you start an electric car?

    My father arrived late last night and so I booked the Co-wheels car club car to collect him from the airport. This is only the second time I’ve used it and I thought it would be straight forward since we had done it before so I booked the car for 9:30pm; Dad’s flight arrived at […]

  • Modern technology connecting people in uplifting ways

    This is really wonderful: young Brazilians who want to learn English chat online to elderly Americans in retirement homes.   There’s more about this here: Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans