Category Archives: Technology

The Genesis of PhaseFour

It was in 2005, as I opted to take my leave of the corporate world and set up my own consultancy business in Laboratory Informatics, I was faced with a problem familiar to anyone opting to start a business: what will my company name be?  Hours, days, weeks went past, desperate for ideas to produce the… Read More »

You can call me Al

In the day, the discovery of ‘new’ music was down to tuning into radio stations, maybe watching a TV programme, or very simply heading for your local record store and browsing through the trays.  Nowadays, it’s all down to algorithms.  Listen to something online, and before you know it ‘we have recommendations for you’; because you listened… Read More »

Schrödinger’s Mouse

Its Thursday 9th July – I’m hosting another lockdown Zoom call for about 20 people at 5:30pm.  At 5:25pm, I bring up the Zoom App on my iMac with a couple of mouse clicks.  The call is set up on the Zoom schedule, so all that is needed now is to click the start button, but there’s still… Read More »

Spying on the Scammers

Somewhere in the depths of this blog is a personal account of one way in which I dealt with a potential scammer.  We all know that these guys represent some form of low-life, devoid of any sense of honesty, and who prey on vulnerable people to make money under false pretences.  BBC Panorama recently ran a programme exposing… Read More »

It’s time for a makeover

After sitting static for a while, the Bolt Hole has been given a makeover. A few years ago I came across a quote, attributed to Woody Guthrie, the American folk singer, that says ‘Any fool can make something complicated; it takes a genius to make it simple’.  That makes a lot of sense to me,… Read More »

Windows’ support scam ringleader convicted

A Windows’ support scam ringleader has been convicted for masterminding a familiar scam in promising to fix non-existent problems on Windows PCs.  Sadly its just the tip of the iceberg; one down, but quite a few more to go.  I’ve had a number of these calls over the past year or so, the latest two… Read More »

I’m now a Pebbler….apparently!

I have a Pebble! About a year ago, like a lot of other people, I became a backer of the Pebble Smart Watch project on Kickstarter.  Well, it’s taken a while, but a few days ago my Black Pebble finally arrived, approx. 6 months later than originally forecast.  The technology hype machine is forecasting Smart… Read More »