Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

London Calling

15Mar17

In Episode 24 of my radio show for America, special guest Victoria Jones. She’s the chief White House correspondent with Washington DC-based Talk Media News talks about growing up in the UK, her love of Liverpool Football Club and making the move to America. Also on the show; Will Britain’s most secretive organisation be forced […]


Crystal Balls

04Jan17

It’s that time of year again when people in the media make predictions. The only problem is, no one can predict the future. The proof is that nobody predicted what a mess 2016 would turn out to be. This hasn’t stopped “experts” in the media telling us what will happen in 2017. The masters of […]


Humans can learn a lot from computers. Computers, since they operate by logical processes and don’t question things, will process nonsensical, input data and produce nonsensical, output. In computer science they have an acronym for this, GIGO. It stands for “Garbage In, Garbage Out”. When you think about it, lots of things work this way. […]


When my laptop died a couple of years ago, I lost loads of important stuff. It was a wake-up call, now I don’t store ANYTHING on any of my computers. I only ever save stuff to Google Drive, the cloud storage system. Next time any of my computers crash or is destroyed, at home or […]


Space travel has become boring! It didn’t used to be, as a child, I watched live TV pictures of people walking, talking, singing, bouncing, hitting golf balls and driving a car, 238 thousand miles away ON THE MOON! From the moment my mother woke me up before 4am on July 20 1969 by whispering, “They’re […]


Mack Nuggets

01Feb16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: Outside your comfort zone. Public transport stories. Has the Home Counties got talent? The weather takes a walk on the mild side. Bus lanes are causing congestion. The coldest place you’ve ever been. The Queen ripping off charities. The reason we don’t get enough […]


What have the health watchdog, NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) got against doctors? NICE claim that GPs are over-prescribing antibiotics and as a result we’re facing an “antibiotic apocalypse“, where long-forgotten infections could kill again, due to rising numbers of bugs that are now resistant. That sounds scary but it’s not […]


Tight schedules and small windows of opportunity can create a lot of stress. Every time I get a new radio job, Julie and I have to move house, quickly, usually hundreds of miles. The first thing we have to do each time is find somewhere to live. In June 2006 I got offered the Breakfast […]


Webshite

22Jun15

Websites should not load anything until they load EVERYTHING. I’ve lost count of the times when I’ve clicked on a link on a site that hasn’t fully loaded and have ended up clicking the wrong thing. It’s because, in the microsecond between deciding to click and actually clicking, the website loads up a bit more […]


Lies, damn lies and radio ratings. Apart from revenue figures, the most important numbers in radio are the ratings. In the past I’ve been bonused on good ratings and I know people who’ve been fired because of poor ratings. Only the radio stations take ratings seriously. Everyone else, including the company that collects the numbers, […]


Waste of Time.

02Feb15

Apple would get laughed at if they announced that their next device is going to be a camera. Digital camera sales keep falling. We don’t need any more cameras, we’ve already got them on all of our other Apple devices. Which brings me to the Apple Watch. I don’t know how to break this to […]


Here’s what commercial radio can learn from Monty Python. In “The Argument Sketch”, Michael Palin walks into an office and says to John Cleese, “Is this the right room for an argument?”. Cleese replies, “Look, I’ve told you once!” and an argument begins. The “argument” soon breaks down into an exchange of, “Oh yes I […]


I found myself on the payroll of a murderer once. For me to be as honest as I can about what happened, I’m not going to tell you which radio station I was working for or even what part of the UK it was in because it still scares me to this day. I like […]


What you see, depends on what you’re looking for. Today I watched an interview with Steve Jobs recorded in 1995. What he had to say included some great lessons for radio. Central to the development of the personal computer was the pioneering work being done at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, which Steve first visited […]


Sometimes present self is too optimistic about future self’s abilities. Last night I made the mistake of downloading the new OS onto my iPhone, it took AGES! I was already in bed, excitement had got the better of me when I saw the message that said new software was available. I go to bed really […]


Mouse Trap

16Aug14

As the victim told her harrowing story of abuse, it sounded like the interviewer had got bored and had started checking his email. I was listening to an interview on a national radio station today. While the guest was talking, I could clearly hear the familiar sound of a computer mouse clicking. I don’t know […]


This week one of my childhood memories helped me to earn a bit of extra money. When I was a kid, we often went shopping on a Saturday afternoon in Warrington. My Mum or sometimes my Nana would take us on the bus. What I remember most is the markets. In the fish market there […]


I’ve never got on with Windows computers. If it isn’t the “blue screen of death”, it’s the frozen screen and the “control/alt/delete” (which only fixes it half the time anyway). If I’m not turning it off and back on again, I’m being threatened that “your computer may be a risk”. I don’t even have to […]


These new e-passports are a con. I found out first hand this week. There’s a lot of fuss right now about e-passports which have a chip in them so they’re supposed to be more secure. I read on http://www.zdnet.com that they’re easy to clone and fake. They even published this picture of Elvis Presley’s e-passport […]


Flight Risk

20Jun14

“You had ONE JOB!” Is what Julie said to me when she came home from work and I told her what I’d done. Twenty-four hours before our flight to New York, I was the one who had to check us in online. Julie was working at the time the online check-in opened, so it meant […]