Ramblings of an IT geek

Queensferry Crossing

You might have seen a previous blog with pictures of the iconic bridges crossing the Forth at Queensferry, but if you haven’t we live pretty close by and whilst we don’t use the bridges that often, we get to see them from time to time.  Over the past 18 months construction has been underway on a new bridge, which opened to traffic on Wednesday last week (30th August).  It was closed 2 days later to allow 50,000 people a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to walk across it, and I was one of those lucky people! read more…


Is there another city anywhere around the world which transforms so dramatically for a month each year?  I don’t think I’ve visited one, or at least not one that changes quite as much as Edinburgh does during August when the Fringe comes to town. read more…

Lego(land/ Builders)


This is one of those posts I’d saved as a draft, but not got around to writing!  I thought about it again a couple of weeks ago after a visit to Legoland in Windsor, although still didn’t get around to it.  Today was my daughters 5th Birthday party, and we’d arrange a Lego Masterbuilders party, so thought I’d try and blog about everything at once! read more…

Concrete Holes

Just before my daughters 2nd birthday, we bought a swing set for the garden from Dunster House.  It seemed like excellent value, and other than having to get it delivered to a friendly Dive Centre in Eyemouth (long story, but it was free delivery there and about 1/4 the cost of the swing set to get it delivered at home) it’s been pretty good.  It was easy enough to construct, and at the time I decided just to use the metal posts hammered into the ground, rather than concrete in, as she was kind of light and we didn’t have many visitors using it at the same time.  Earlier this week all that changed when we had four children (from about 4-10) playing on it and my partner holding it down as it was moving so much! read more…


Why Blogging Image

Since starting this blog about a particular subject, and then drifting off onto various other things, it got me thinking about how other people do their blogging?

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TrueOS again

I had a couple of hours free this afternoon, so decided to waste them having another play with TrueOS on my MacBook Air.

I’ve already blogged about the first attempt here but thought things might have moved on and wanted something to play around with FreeBSD outside of a VM on my FreeNAS server. read more…


I was chatting with my Mum a few months ago about cars, and it got me thinking about all the cars I’ve had a driving relationship with.  I say that, as it doesn’t include other people’s cars or ones I’ve hired but ones that I’ve spent at least a number of months driving since passing my test in 1991.  Quite a few have been company cars, although more recently they’ve been cars I’ve bought and pretty much driven until they died!  Most of the earlier pictures are just ones found on the internet, but the later ones are the actual cars.


If you haven’t heard of this stuff, check out their website >

I think I saw it advertised on Facebook a few years back, and at the time had a number of frayed cables that this stuff was advertised as fixing.  It’s a mouldable rubber compound and feels a little like sticky Blue Tak when you get it out of the packet.  It’s easy to mould into whatever shape you need, and after drying for around 12 hours just feels like rubber.  Pretty sure they only did black and white when I bought some, but they now make it in a variety of colours and you can pick it up in loads of places, including Amazon.  I’ve still got 2 of the 8 packs I originally bought, and whilst the expiry date is August 2016, it still works fine.


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