Are we heading into a storm – rise of the machines or rise of man?

A question I currently ponder is that of where are we heading now; as a father and an engineer I see a lot of innovation every day and it’s a question that fills me with both excitement and fear. I’m excited because every day we see new technologies which simplify our lives or make certain tasks easier, but on the flip side I see the … Continue reading Are we heading into a storm – rise of the machines or rise of man?

Self-Service Solutions – Example of a native application vs web application

So what’s the common way to develop and deliver a self-service solution, and is there a best way? The simplest answer to this is there are many ways to skin a cat, and sometimes solutions can work in many different ways.  You can program a solution to work to be viable in different technologies. What I am about to share with you is a real life … Continue reading Self-Service Solutions – Example of a native application vs web application

Transplanting an Isuzu engine into a LandRover 90

Back in 2006 I used to love getting my hands covered in oil, here are some interesting shots of the stages of removing the old asthmatic diesel engine in my old 1984 Land Rover 90. I later installed an Isuzu Trooper 2.8 turbo diesel engine.  This required a special adapter plate to line up to the gearbox bell housing. Whilst the change of engine gave … Continue reading Transplanting an Isuzu engine into a LandRover 90

The Ultimate Mojito Recipe – Extending that holiday feeling

Away on my holidays this summer I stumbled upon an awesome bar named Pirates Bar in Cales Piques, Menorca. One of their specialities was mojitos, which had to be the best I have ever had. So in the spirit of trying to prolong my holiday feeling I set about making my own at home. The following is a standard recipe and equipment list which I … Continue reading The Ultimate Mojito Recipe – Extending that holiday feeling

Thomas Cook – Dangerous aircraft, and poor customer service

After an excellent holiday abroad with Thomas Cook, the last thing I expected was for my youngest daughter (Age 6) to be hurt by the plane on the way back home to Gatwick. The below picture shows the arm rest on the seat of the plane, missing a piece which caused a metal part to be exposed: The seat had been allocated to my youngest … Continue reading Thomas Cook – Dangerous aircraft, and poor customer service