On the History of Food

My new slightly longer commute means I’ve started listening to random stuff, especially Podcasts. Over the past few days I’ve enjoyed this from the rather Radio 4-ish EconTalk. Really quite fascinating. Rachel Laudan, visiting scholar at the University of Texas and author of Cuisine and Empire, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the history of food. Topics covered include … Read More

Makerbot and Printing From Minecraft Part 1

We’ve just got a MakerBot Replicator and the boys naturally wanted to print their Minecraft creations. To start, we installed minecraft.print. I actually installed this on their Ubuntu-based Minecraft server (Josh doesn’t have root access). Cloning it from GitHub was pretty simple and I installed the dependencies using apt-get and pip. Josh did put marker blocks in the main Minecraft … Read More

No Sound with iPlayer and a Humax YouView box

I’m exploring “Cutting the cord” at home (cancelling Cable). So I got a Human YouTube box. See link below. The idea is I want something which can give us Live TV but without a subscription. I’ll need a DTT ariel in time. But for the moment, I’m just using it as a streaming box… the Samsung “Smart TV” apps are … Read More

Google Nexus 7 Brief Review

I’ve killed my iPad Mini (dropped it in a car park) so I’m back to using my Nexus 7 around the house. This is an interesting exercise because I’d stopped using it once I got the iPad Mini and mostly forgotten about it. Here’s some brief thoughts…   What I like about it It is cheap – £159. As a … Read More

Series: Tablet computer reviews

For various work reasons, I tend to buy one of each of the viable tablets. I don’t have time to post full reviews of each of them, but people keep asking me. So over the next few weeks I’ll briefly jot some thoughts down on: Apple iPad Apple iPad Mini Google Nexus 7 BlackBerry PlayBook Samsung Galaxy Note Kindle Fire … Read More