Tag Archive: technology


Ah, an early week blog! Just to catch up on last week when I missed one.

I am sometimes described as a bit of a cynic. Well, to be slightly more truthful:- I describe myself as healthily sceptical about what we are told. Mrs Barljo describes me as “someone who’s crazy”, but I digress.

I don’t think that we’re fed the true and whole story about some things. Not to the point of “we haven’t built the International Space Station” or anything, but I think that some of the news is highly controlled.

I’m also very suspicious of marketing. I think it’s entirely possible for, say, tech manufacturers to either build-in or code-in expiry dates. I also think it’s entirely possible that, in the case of a connected item, they could (maybe) issue a remote kill code over the Internet.

All I’m saying is that I have one of the more popular games consoles. I’ve had it since shortly after UK launch date. It’s been faultless, and great value for money over the years, which is why I’m not saying which one. However, many of you will be aware that both Sony and Microsoft have recently released later models (the PS4 and the X-Box One). This weekend, for no reason, my console, completely out of the blue, bit the big one.

So, who’s crazy now?!

In closing, in case you dear readers care, I’m not sure what the next step will be. I’m not sure we’re in a position to justify getting a brand new piece of kit in terms of the use we’ll get out of it over the next few years. Maybe I’ll see what the prices are doing on amazon to replace that which has just corked it. Naturally, I’ll be taking it apart to try and fix it or even to see if I can put it back together after!

“I have only come here seeking knowledge, things they would not teach me of in college”. Wrapped Around Your Finger- The Police

Plug it, play it

Well, it’s been a week of delightful serendipitous coincidences!

Last week, I blogged about listening to more music, and completely unannounced and unrelated to the blog a shiny mp3 player arrived from a source-not-to-be-specified.  As an aside, musical mission accomplished!

The awesomely lovely Mrs Barljo and I went out for a meal on a whim. The first place we tried was full, the second was not.  Result was discovery of some great soup. Win!  A perfect date with the perfect wife.

But that’s a summary! This blog is to unfortunately confirm that I’ve joined the dark side. I have clicked “agree” to the terms and conditions, and placed a tick in the box.  Yes, I now have an AppleID.  I’m expecting a knock at the door any day now!

Although, it has confirmed to me that my suspicions about Apple are right.  Setting up a new piece of kit was as easy as plugging it it, and just made it seem like science fiction is here and now.  For me the fun of new kit is getting it set up just right for me, tinkering, messing and generally geeking out. A new (and my very first) iPod did leave me wanting for that experience, but just highlighted first hand that Apple have made pretty high-functioning tech (phones and mp3 players in general) available to the masses.

Not their Macs which still need something like the sale of a kidney though!

“Plug it, play it, burn it, rip it.
Drag it, drop it, zip/unzip it”
Technologic, Daft Punk