Ramblings of an IT geek

Smart (Ikea) Home

Ikea Smart Home

It’s funny, as in the last few months I’ve just got rid of the last of our Ikea furniture – a large king-size bed with matching bedside tables and a chest of draws in the spare bedroom. It started life as our bed in 2005 but was relegated to spare room duty in about 2010. We’ve just decorated upstairs and replaced our bedroom furniture, so that’s now in the spare room and the Ikea set is no more. What on earth has that got to do with an Ikea Smart Home, Sonos or Philips Hue though?

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Episode IX

Tickets for a triple bill on Wednesday 18 December booked today at the Renfrew Street Cineworld, Glasgow on their Superscreen!

Not sure I’ll be going for all 3, but will be there for Episode IX 😀


I thought I’d just add a little to this blog, rather than write another, as I really don’t think it’s worth it. Ok, so I can admit it. I’m an Original Trilogy (OT) child and remember quite vividly being taken to see Star Wars at the end of 1977 by my Grandma and Grandad at the Odeon Cinema on the Headrow in Leeds.

It’s not there anymore, but the 2-3 hours spent there was genuinely life-changing. It certainly shaped my thoughts on a number of things, including religion, science, the universe and everything else! So as you can imagine, I have a pretty high bar when it comes to all things Star Wars.

I’ve blogged about some of this before here and here, but I love the OT and almost dislike the Prequel Trilogy (PT) with equal measure. I can just about rewatch Revenge of the Sith, but find them to be more like watching someone play a video game than a film.

Although The Force Awakens had been criticised by many for being too much like the story of the OT, I never felt that was a weakness and really enjoyed watching it back in 2013 and on the numerous occasions I’ve seen it since. The latest was on the 18 December before The Last Jedi and then The Rise of Skywalker.

I was never much of a fan of The Last Jedi, and just felt some of the decisions made damaged the Extended Universe, which I’ve also grown to love. Bombs in space, hyperspacing through other ships and Princess Leia flying Superman-like through space.

So what about The Rise of Skywalker? It wasn’t bad like the PT, but it also lacked a coherent story and felt more like a standalone film than the last of the Disney Trilogy (DS). Given my love for the OT, I don’t think anything was going to better it, but The Force Awakens did a reasonable job to re-spark the excitement. It’s such a shame that The Last Jedi and now The Rise of Skywalker have done nothing to build on that.

I’ll finish with my update Star Wars formula:

IV >= V > VI > VII >= 3.5 > IX = XIII = S > III >> II =< I

Edinburgh Festival 2019

Edinburgh Festival 2019

Only two planned trips into the Edinburgh Festival this year, and both with my 6-year-old daughter. I have been working in the centre of Edinburgh this year though so got to soak up some of the Fringe atmosphere a little more often.

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Remote Controlled Drone

I’ve always loved playing around with remote controlled things, and have a number of them around the house. I’ve been thinking about getting one of the cheaper GPS drones for a little while now and was finally seduced at the beginning of the month.

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New iPad

I talked about some of my older tech in this blog, but it’s been some time since I bought a new iPad.  I bought an iPad 2 back in 2011 and didn’t really use it much, and then an iPad Mini 2 in 2014, and while I used that a little more I still didn’t really get the tablet device.  My 6-year-old daughter loves using them though, so it was time to treat her as 5 years is forever when it comes to tech.

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Old iPhone

This is one of those blogs I started about 2 months ago, and only got around to finishing off today! I’ve been running my own company since 2003 and had a pretty standard approach to replacing the ICT equipment I use or at least did until recently when I was still using a relatively old (for me) iPhone 7.

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