Smart home stupidity

Smart home stupidity

OK, time for a quick rant in today's "big companies being assholes" news: Our new house came with Hive smart heating preinstalled - it was even listed as one of the features in the sales brochure. It turns out that…

Open-source donation options

Open-source donation options

At Tidepool we develop open-source software, but we also use a lot of open-source software to make everything work. It makes sense to give back, and we have done so in the past. For example, we gave a donation to…

3D printing more things

3D printing more things

My parents are visiting at the moment, and I wanted to print them some useful things that they could use. My dad needed a shoe horn, so I found this one that fits the bill, and it printed very nicely.…

Weird flight pricing

Weird flight pricing

Why is it that airlines always have these weird pricing scheme that make no sense? For example, the last time I checked a single ticket (instead of a return) costs the same price as a business ticket, while you can…

Restoring my iPhone

Restoring my iPhone

I previously wrote about how I'm always running out of space on my 16GB iPhone 6S. I decided to reset my phone to factory settings and then install everything manually, instead of restoring from a backup. Surprisingly, iTunes and iCloud…

Freecycling

Freecycling

It has a user interface dating from two decades ago, but Freecycle remains one of the best ways to get to the reuse part of reduce-reuse-recycle. We had an extra bookcase that we wanted to get rid of, and it…

Fruit trees

Fruit trees

We would like to plant some fruit trees along one of the walls in our garden, that over time will create a natural screen from the neighbour's backyard. We had a look at some fruit trees at the garden centre…

Back from vacation

Back from vacation

I'm back from the Lake District and starting up my daily posts again. Even though it was pretty rainy this past week, with Storm Ali sweeping across the UK, we had a good time and even managed to fit in…

Lake District

Lake District

I'm spending some time with my family in the Lake District this week, so for the first time in more than a hundred days there may be some days without any posts. See you on the flipside!…

Running on the beach

Running on the beach

Now that we're living a bit closer to the beach again, it was great to go for a quick run today. The weather almost looked like it wasn't going to play along, pouring down earlier in the morning. I had…