Options for Making an Audio System With a Raspberry Pi

There are many ways to turn your Raspberry Pi into a sound system. Here are some of the options I considered before arriving at my current setup. The Raspberry Pi is a tiny, flexible, rather powerful single-board computer that can turn its hand to many applications. I’ve got one in the cellar logging the temperature… Continue reading Options for Making an Audio System With a Raspberry Pi

My New Logitech Streamcam Solved my Low-Light Problems

Until yesterday, I’d been using the internal camera on my iMac for all my online meetings. I couldn’t help feeling that something was wrong: the picture was often too dark or grainy. Or the camera would adjust to the bright light in the background, shrouding me in darkness. I bought a Logi StreamCam – you… Continue reading My New Logitech Streamcam Solved my Low-Light Problems

Is There a Word for the Fear of Submerging Consumer Electronics?

When I was about 11, I desired nothing more than a proper remote-controlled car. For my birthday I got a Tyco Scorcher 6×6, which felt like a coming of age; a graduation from AA-battery powered toys to something with a feisty 9.6v battery pack. If you watch the advert, you’ll agree it looks really hard-wearing… Continue reading Is There a Word for the Fear of Submerging Consumer Electronics?

My Hugo Workflow

One of the advantages of WordPress is that you can edit your website wherever you have an internet connection. With Hugo (or any static site generator, for that matter) you can’t do that so easily, although offline editing is much easier. Here, I’m going to tell you how I’ve got Hugo working in harmony across… Continue reading My Hugo Workflow

Why My Website Looks So Awful

Well noticed: my website looks pretty, erm, “basic” at the moment. This is because I’ve been experimenting with a static site generator over the holiday period. I went for Hugo (I think the recommendation came from Robert Douglass when I was in Cologne just before Christmas). Static site generators: simpler than a CMS The idea… Continue reading Why My Website Looks So Awful

Regulating Against Network Effects: Six Ideas

I recently wrote about network effects, which are well described in the book Blitzscalingby Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh. The ills of their controversial approach – prioritising speed over efficiency in the face of uncertainty – were recently outlined by Tim O’Reilly, who claimed it has gone from “premise to doctrine” in Silicon Valley. The… Continue reading Regulating Against Network Effects: Six Ideas