Fixing British Politics Part 1: More Referendums, not less

In July 2016 we held a major national referendum on whether to leave or remain in the European Union. This was an political gamble which attempted to settle a lengthy and bitter divide in British politics which was being exploited by niche parties like UKIP. The somewhat unexpected result was a narrow majority in favour ... Continue reading

2016 – the year where it all caught up with us

This is a post about the political situation in 2016 and it's root causes. It is written from the perspective of a UK citizen. It’s been a strange year. We have experienced two major political upsets – Brexit and Trump, and there is almost certainly more to come. In the weeks following the US election, the ... Continue reading

Why Windows will move to a Linux kernel

For the past few months I've been thinking over an idea that initially sounded crazy, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. The idea is that Windows will become a GUI layer and set of services that run over the top of a Linux core. The NT kernel will be ... Continue reading

What I would do to fix Twitter

Twitter's lack of progress in delivering new features and business models is astonishing. It's not hard to see why there's regular talk of bad financial results and a buyout. But at the same time, it's an essential service for journalists and folks in other industries like tech and entertainment. Here's a quick list of what I ... Continue reading

The Last of Us review


Naughty Dog's apocalyptic epic "The Last of Us" has received huge critical acclaim since it's release on the PS3 back in 2013. After playing the game to completion, I can see why - it elevates gaming beyond anything else I've experienced. Some games - Halo for example - have a backdrop that would make a ... Continue reading

Nokia Lumia 800 review

Since leaving the world of iOS in February 2010 I've not managed to settle in anywhere else. The HD7 I tried first was exciting to begin with but quickly became frustrating due to the lack of decent apps and the limitations of the pre-Mango Windows Phone operating system. After that it was a visit to ... Continue reading

Game Review: L.A. Noire

Thinking of picking up L.A. Noire preowned or discounted? Here's a retrospective review of L.A. Noire, played to completion on the xbox 360 last summer. I am a big fan of Rockstar and their open-world games. GTA IV has taken up huge amounts of my time - it might not be perfect but nothing else has ... Continue reading