Welcome to our site. Pauline is an author, consultant, lectured in the Open University and is researching into innovation policy and Total Quality. Pauline's has recently completed a dissertation for an LL.M (Master of Laws) to keep busy and was awarded the degree in 2016. Peter was in the Space game - Earth Observation and Satellite Meteorology and now writes some Open-source software. Our background includes research, government service and small firms.
We enjoy problem solving, proposal writing and working as consultants or in partnership to offer practical advice on policy, strategy and tactical approaches, especially in support of Small Firms.
Travel Highlights - some of our more recent trips of interest to those who want to travel the world.
New - A Cruise from Japan to Alaska and Canada on the Queen Elizabeth in 2019 - a memorable month cruise from Yokohama and returning from Vancouver after an extended period cruising in Alaska including the 'Inner Passage'. The full itinerary was Yokohama, Aomori and Muroran (for Sapporo) in Japan, seven sea days to Kodiak in Alaska, Anchorage, Juneau, Vancouver, Juneau for a second half day visit, Skagway, the Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria and Vancouver in Canada. In 5 parts with 320 pictures.
New - Touring in New Zealand 2019- 3 months mostly spent in South Island. A comprehensive write up, in particular of South Island, with 400 new pictures overall. Currently some pages are long and hence slower to load so they may be split with a resultant change in page numbering.
Recent - A Mediterranean Cruise on the Queen Victoria in 2018 after arriving on the Orient Express. The three week cruise covered many favourite ports and a few new ones namely: Korcula - Croatia, Valletta in Malta, Messina in Sicily, Naples, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Barcelona, Ajaccio in Corsica, Villefranche in France, Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), Corfu, Split in Croatia, Piran in Slovenia and an overnight in Venice on our anniversary before flying back to the UK. In 14 parts.
Recent - The Orient Express 2018 - A Journey from London to Dover on the British Pullman and Calais to Venice on the Venice Simplon Orient Express - the Blue Train. An Experience of a lifetime starting on Pauline's Birthday and linking with a cruise on the Queen Victoria.
An Exotic Voyage on the Queen Victoria 2018 This was almost a World Cruise taking us from Southampton through the Caribbean, all round South America, including passing Cape Horn and back via the Panama Canal taking a total of 75 days and giving significant extra benefits to those going the whole way round. 14 ports were new to us and many were maiden visits for the ship. An unbelievable chance to experience places and cultures we new little or nothing about. Even the 16 parts with a 1000 new pictures can hardly do justice to such a journey.
Technical “How to” Articles - of interest to those setting up and supporting systems. Some of our most popular or recent articles include:
Recent - Fun with Android - My first look at Android Phones, Tablets and Media boxes and their integration with Linux machines and Global Computing and Communications in general
Updated - Fun with Ubuntu Linux - Actually my first serious look at migrating from Windows to Linux to give security and economy in data use whilst traveling. I am convinced and rarely use anything else on my dual-booted desktop or laptops. Now the entry point to a series covering specialised aspects of Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
Updated - Adding Spice to Ubuntu - Cinnamon and Mint - Cinnamon is the new Desktop Manager developed for Mint in place of Unity in Ubuntu. It provides a very sophisticated conventional desktop which has been very well received and once more makes Ubuntu a sensible proposition. We have shifted all our more powerful machines to Mint and the older machines to Lubuntu.
The Chillblast Helios Ultrabook - a guide to getting a Core i5 machine with Skylake Architecture and Solid State Drives (SSDs) working under Linux Mint. The Helios has a 13.3 inch full HD screen but is very light for travel and with up to 7.5 hours battery life.
Updated - The Chillblast Defiant Optimus Mini Laptop - a guide to getting the latest Core i7 machines with Optimus NVidia dual Graphics laptops working under Linux (Mint 17 and higher) - light enough for travel - powerful enough for editing Full HD video. Now with an additional SSD
and Mint 19.
New - The Lafite Ultrabook - a lightweight and long battery life Ultrabook with Core i5 8250U Kaby Lake architecture processor with 4 cores 8 threads, a Samsung 970 EVO 250 Gbyte SSD and 2 Tbyte hard drive working under Linux Mint 19.
Diary of the creation of a home page - a technical Diary of how it all started in 1996 when the Internet was young - of historic interest to those creating a web site. Now it documents the work leading to our technical 'Howto' Articles. Now on Part 30.
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