The Homeplay Blog

Here you'll find various random musings on all things tech, aiming to demystify the more complex issues of consumer technology for the layperson. I write for a local newspaper and thought I'd pop what I write up here for you all to read. Please note that the world of technology is somewhat faster moving than my updates, so some of what you read may be a wee bit out of date, but hopefully interesting nevertheless...

Happy reading!

James

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I remember when ‘Back to the Future’ came out. I don’t know exactly how old I was, but I must have been about 8. I was the only person at school who hadn’t seen it. I’d asked my Mum to take me to the cinema to see it in the way that only an 8 year old can (160 times a day, every day), but for reasons involving my younger brother, the potential suitability of the fi... Read more...
 

Low Energy Lighting

Energy is a big problem for us humans. We’re utterly dependent upon it, yet we haven’t quite worked out a fool-proof plan for where we will get in from once our fossil fuels run out. We’ve got wind turbines, solar energy, tidal power and a whole host of other options but we’ve a long way to go before these renewable sources start producing anything like the amount of ene... Read more...
 

Where it all began...

Sometimes I forget what got me hooked on technology – my love for music. When my parents went out and bought a new hi-fi system when I was about 14 years old, I got a hand me down that made my younger brother rather jealous. Whilst the best he could expect was an old pair of trousers or a shrunken t-shirt of mine, I was given a rather fabulous Amstrad music system, with a CD player! Thi... Read more...

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