Who will buy, our wonderful snake-oil?

February 8, 2014

“I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.” — Edith Sitwell In my previous job; which was online-moderation, I did some technical-support for a while. I didn’t last long because their naivety and lack of understanding of their basic profession simply astonished me. One of the things we had […]


Practical Lessons in Humility

July 11, 2011

Back in 1987, a colleague and I were using the large computer systems of the University of Leicester to run rather a lot of number crunching. Leicester had a large, well connected and well managed VAX Cluster which was ideal as a platform to collect password files and analyse them for erm… Statistics. It’s probably […]


Thank you Jeanette

August 22, 2010

Just as an amused aside for a Saturday afternoon – Back in 1998 I was building what was then Cellnet’s Genie System, it is now O2 but you can’t blame me for any of that, Genie was actually very good for its time. I was bored one day and since Cellnet didn’t have anyone in […]