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I studied Computer Science at the University of Reading. I am a geek. Programming is my passion and I am working towards becoming a brilliant coder.

I like music, movies, photography, reading and if I can ever get around to it, writing. Also a fan of horror, sci-fi and fantasy so there's plenty of re/blogging on those areas.

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So, a while back I promised you (or whoever reads my blog anyway) and myself that in an effort to keep my blog regularly updated, I’d put up articles and things that I write for Spark*, the student newspaper at my university The University of Reading. So this is me making a start on that. We used to have a “In Other News” column but I decided to re-purpose it into an Editorial. I feel it adds a personal touch to the section.

I also happen to be the Web Editor too so I heartily encourage you to go have a look at the website at, and if you want to read the latest issue, then that’s just gone up on Issuu - check out the Issuu page on the website or go straight to Issuu.

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"Why do you insist on utilizing this primitive linguistic communication?"

- Borg Queen (Star Trek: First Contact, 1996)

Speech is so slow. :p It would be awesome to be able to have augmentations for faster communication. Maybe it would allow thinking about several things at once (a multi-threaded consciousness?) or, most appealing to me, a better memory.

…you have trouble fitting the laptop into a duffel bag. :(

I got my laptop before the whole netbook trend/fad/craze kicked off. Netbooks are really cool actually. They’re now cooler still- now that we’re finding a kind of hybridisation where these small portable mini-notebooks are starting to feature some of the power which before, could only be only be found in their larger cousins.

I went for power/performance over compact portability. These days, trying to have the best of both worlds is easier.

Right now I’m waiting for more information about the battery life of the MSI Wind12 U230 (Hexus review) or the ASUS Eee PC 1201T -the 5-6 hours promised by the latter could be what decides it. They’re not out yet and the U230 review is based on an engineering sample- hopefully the release versions will be shown to have better battery life.