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October 9th, 2011

ThreeGuardsmancamp (1)

Funny thing technology. Back in the mid-eighties I’d convinced myself I’d missed the information technology revolution. Sir Clive Sinclair had moved on to his C5 electric car, sold out to Sir Alan and Amstrad. Adept though I’d found myself with writing software, decided best to pursue a more conventional engineering path. Seemed to make sense at the time.

A very good school friend was rather less convinced, heading off to read computer science at Imperial. Forming, I thought, a small software house. Bought out by Microsoft, ending up living in the US. Seattle these days. Where I planned to catch up with him.

Despite my mistaken reading of the runes, I’d never lost my love of technology, especially the ability to communicate. Now a tool, an enabler, rather than an end in itself pursued with childhood passion. Fascinated at how I could so easily share photos, videos, the merest of thoughts from almost anywhere on the planet. Often in a matter of minutes if I so chose.

Sometimes a brief phone call to my parents. By satellite. Lat and long of my remote wild camp site. Chance for them to locate it using Google Earth. Reassuring for them. Fun for me.



Resuming normal service

February 4th, 2011

Cairns has survived Cyclone Yasi relatively unscathed. But not without some damage to infrastructure. Power to much of the city only just being restored. Mobile communications patchy. Internet access flaky. Very slow at best. Many of the roads out blocked by downed trees or flooding. The sheer scale means it will take time for things to be restored.

I’ve a few video clips to share. Some shot during the height of the storm, others recording the aftermath. Plenty of photos. And aware of a quite a lot of messages waiting on Facebook. E-mails to reply to. Be assured I’ll tackle all of these just as soon as services are restored. Until then, please be patient.

You should see a couple of posts shortly that are quite unconnected with Cyclone Yasi. That’s because they’ve already been uploaded to the website. Scheduled to appear over the new few nights.

And if you’re wondering how this post appears. Well, I’ve one or two tricks up my sleeve. Made sure, as a solo traveller, I’ve generally got a few, fairly robust, options to get messages out. Devised with remote regions of the world in mind. Hadn’t imagined I’d need them for Australia.


Silent running

May 19th, 2010

Not quite sure exactly what lies ahead. All part of the adventure. Sharing my experiences may well be more tricky, more sporadic. Judging from my experiences in Azerbaijan, a decent internet connection is likely to be restricted to the cities, so just a few opportunities this side of the Chinese border. Beyond that point? Internet access in western China remains effectively closed down since demonstrations there a year or so ago.

But, rest assured, even if all seems quiet, I’ll be busy keeping up my journal and video diary, looking for every opportunity to share my experiences whenever circumstances allow. So please be patient. And be hopeful I don’t eat to many those lovely plump breasted carrier pigeons first.

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