I have always had an interest in technology. I was the kid at school who had all the gadgets, when other people were saving their money to buy a car I was saving for a Pocket PC (remember them). Messing around with computers and software is what I do for fun.

I have a degree in Rocket Science (yes really), a Masters degree in Audio Acoustics and I spent 7 years working as an Acoustic Consultant. Although life as an Acoustic Consultant was interesting, it didn’t involve enough of what I enjoyed doing every day, which is playing with technology. So now I am working towards a Masters degree in Computer Science at Newcastle University and I am loving every minute.

I can’t wait to get a job in the IT industry once my degree is finished, but in the mean time I am using my experience in my previous career to start an open source project linked to acoustics and I still like to mess around writing fiction from time to time.

Recent Posts

EuroVision Sweepstakes Python Application
11 May 2014

Every year I use the great sonic festival that is EuroVision as an excuse to get my friends together and have a laugh. In an effort to make things more interesting I run a sweepstake, every one chips in a few pounds and the countries in the final are divided evenly between the group, with whoever was allotted the winning country taking home the pot. The allocation of countries originally took the form of the tried and tested "paper in a hat" method. However, now that I am computer science student, I thought there must be a way to do this more efficiently......and if not efficiently at the very least more "Techy".

Installing 64 bit Citrix Receiver on Ubuntu 13.10
04 Apr 2014

My university has a Remote Application Service (RAS) that uses the Citrix Receiver software to provide access to virtualised software. Citrix do provide a linux version of their receiver software so big thumbs up to them. However the 64 bit .deb package is all messed up and if you try to install it will enter you in to a never ending spiral of unmet dependencies and broken packages!

Fixing the shutdown = restart problem in Ubuntu 13.10 on Dell Inspiron 7537
03 Apr 2014

So another day and yet another adventure on my return journey to Ubuntu. For no discernible reason, my laptop decided that it was not going to listen to me any more. Like a petulant child it would not go to bed (turn off) and wanted to stay up and continue to watch late night TV (restart).......anyway enough with this convoluted metaphor, it was very annoying.