Off Topic

Bits and pieces that aren’t necessarily tech or computer related.

  • Lockdown Lunacy?

    The Inconsistency Of The Lockdown Call it what you will — lockdown, shelter in place, stay-at-home, quarantine — it is enforced to varying degrees around the world and I don’t think anyone needs a history lesson on why the lockdowns were implemented in the first place. However, the time has come to start asking questions […]

  • The Sinister Side Of Lock-Down

      It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children. And with good reason, for hardly a week passed in which The Times did not carry a paragraph describing how some eavesdropping little sneak —  ‘child hero’ was the phrase generally used — had overheard some compromising remark and denounced its parents to the Thought […]

  • My Calculator Experiences

    Many years ago I worked for a bank and the calculators were mechanical and huge. There was no such thing as electronic ones. They had many buttons and a roll of tape that recorded every calculation. We would use them to balance the ledgers for each account. Wang came out with ones that sat on […]

  • COVID-19 The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

    Thanks to the onslaught of the obviously highly contagious coronavirus, people are now living their lives in an entirely changed and unusual environment, where isolation is the new norm. COVID-19 – The Good All major grocery stores here in Australia have suspended normal deliveries but one major grocery store, namely Woolworths, has introduced a system […]

  • How To Survive Staying At Home

    Home Is Where The Heart Is Or so they say, but with millions of people now confined to their homes, that expression may seem a little hollow to many. However, there are advantages to spending more time at home, especially if your normal life involves time away at the office or indeed travelling away from […]

  • Picture-Taking Tips

    When I first started taking pictures it was with a film camera and my dad explained that the person I was focusing on should be in the middle of the picture. From that point on that is what I did. My pictures always had the person centered, and lots of open skies or whatever was […]

  • Change In Flight Plans – Part 2

    Welcome back. If you’ve read my previous article on the possible tech solutions to some of the bigger problems of air travel, well let’s pick right back up where we left off. Sure, it’s a big, bold and possibly unachievable task to try to curb the biggest issues in aviation, but I’m not one to […]

  • Change In Flight Plans – Part 1

    Flying. Once upon a time, this way of travel was as luxurious as it was quick. Full-service meals, recliners, lounges, even the airports were a simple affair. The so-called golden age of air travel of the 1950s and ’60s brings with it the nostalgia of Pan-Am, gourmet meals and most of all the legroom. At […]