Where to begin! You’ve probably gathered that I’m a bit of a geek. Not a high end geek admittedly, I don’t spend hundreds on technology any more, been there, done that, and by the time you’ve finished paying for it, it’s out of date anyway, so why bother. Unless you’re a gamer, you can get just the same performance from lower end kit with open source software. From your home jukebox system running on a basic Windows box, to a complete media centre running on a RaspberryPi. Most of our machines are running Linux, as is our web server so plenty of command line goodness to go around.
The geekiness extends to web hosting, and I’ve had my own server for a number of years, paying a fraction of the price I was 10 years ago. We’ve been with hostus for a while now and we’re pretty happy with their offerings. Linux of course.
Well as you might have guessed by now, my life revolves around fits and starts of energy. Some days I feel like I just have to keep busy and can’t sit still. So what do I do then?
Well, I am married to a tegestologist (that’s someone who collects beer mats and brewery related items), so recently we decided to invest in our little collection and buy some new fonts (beer pump heads if you prefer).
This may seem strange to those of you who know me in real life, but we both grew up in and around pubs, my dad was a landlord for many years and my mum was working as a barmaid the night she met my dad. So, no, it’s not that strange given the age of the heads we’re collecting, one in particular which is at least 40 years old, namely the Carling one above. It’s rather nice to think that one of these was probably on the bar when my parents met.
Enough of the history lesson though, my main part in this collection is cleaning and rewiring them from halogen and CFL bulbs to low energy LED bulbs.
Given that I’ve never done a bit more than a bit of light DIY and decorating before, this was quite an achievement for me. Now I can wire LED lights up, have refurbished items into bed side lamps and even basic acrylic cutting (albeit in a straight line!).
If you’re still convinced by LED lighting, we’ve bought everything from LEDHut and pretty happy with them so far! The only problem is I now want to light the universe with them!
OK, so I’ve said I’m going to add a photography section to the site, which I will do at some point, and whilst I’m certainly no David Bailey, I do take the occasional snap I’m particularly proud of, so I will get round to that at some point.
My mum was an avid amateur photographer and I still have a large collection of childhood photos that need scanning in and digitising.
I’ve always owned a camera and was one an early adopter of digital cameras when someone gave me one in lieu of payment. Turned out it was given away for a reason because it wouldn’t take a photo because the world was turning because it thought it was shaking too much.
Thankfully things have changed considerably since then and we now have decent kit. As with every camera I’ve ever owned, I’m sure there’s so much more I still need to explore. Maybe one day soon I’ll get round to it.
As for the rest? well, that can wait for another post. Don’t want to be sharing all my secrets at once!