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The Funny Side of Early Computing

  The early days of computing are a fascinating period in history. Beside the giant machines themselves, we are thankfully left with the photographs, scientific papers, advertising, newspaper reports and technical manuals that were all created as a natural by-product of this emerging industry. These extensive primary sources can offer a great insight into the […]

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Wren Luggable and Laptops

(as published in West Country Life- Jan 2018) One of the most important inventions of the 20th Century was the laptop computer as it both revolutionised the way we work and the way we engage with our technology. All of a sudden we could remove the historic walls between our home life and work life […]

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Anatomy of a Tech Icon (#1): 1st Sony Walkman

  Today the term ‘Iconic’ is over-used with impunity. The word has become the ultimate goal for any self-respecting product and perhaps the only true accolade society and posterity can offer an object. Though nothing begins life as an icon, once recognised, it transcends its daily struggle for recognition and instead enters a nirvana of […]

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“Good Evening…..This is the BBC…”

(as published in West Country Life Jan 2018) Ask people to sum-up what it means to be English, and before long someone will mention the BBC. Like many, I admit I have a certain soft spot for this most British of Institutions. It is not because of their celebrity-soaked competitions, Sunday evening period dramas or […]

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MPMan- The World’s First MP3 Player in your Pocket

  From the time the Saehan ‘MP Man’ first hit our shops in 1998, a new age of music listening was being born. An age that would not only trample on and supersede all other existing formats, but would ultimately prise control of our playlists away from the Record companies, and into our own hands. […]

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The 1970s Computer Tipping Point

We all love to look back at the wacky predictions made during the 1950s and early 1960s about the space age future and laugh. Sadly we are not all zooming around with our Jetsons-style space packs….YET! And when it comes to Computer History and electronic tech then there is often a tendency to do the […]

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Intros and Iphones

  (as published in West Country Life-Dec 2017) I must admit that I was not really into Tech when I was younger, at least no more than your average person. As a child of the 1980s and 90s of course I remember our first computer which was the Sinclair Spectrum in a bespoke hefty metal […]

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Why is our Tech mostly black, white or silver?

Look at any group of electronics today and with very few exceptions you can guess the colours it will be available in- white, silver or black. Just like Ford’s Model T car that infamously came in any colour so long as it was black, it seems out cherished gadgets are bound by the same monotone […]

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Growing the Couch Potato- The first Television Controllers

As I sit and write my TV is in front of me. It is not on because our controller has recently died, and the thought of actually standing up to turn the TV on seems like too much of an effort right now! For those who blame the sofa for the laziness and obesity epidemics […]

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Freeing our Music: 1947-1962

While today we are used to the idea of portable music wherever we go, back in the 1940s this was something that was still a distant dream. To hear your favourite tracks required at best a heavy portable gramophone, a stack of fragile 78s, a replacement needle or two and the willingness to keep winding […]

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