Well Chuffed!

I have just been going through the statistics for visitors to this site. I am rather chuffed to see that this blog has had 3100 visitors and 9500 page views so far this year. Thank you all for visiting this site. These are the most popular pages:

I am also pleased to see that The Investment Network has had just over 20,000 visits! Again thank you.

A rant about public transport

Following on from my earlier blog about commuting and menswear I now feel compelled to rant about the state of public transport. It amazes me that the smallest thing can stuff things up so  badly and in the process screw my entire day up.

The other week it was a person under a train at Wimbledon and now this week its not only a trespasser at Clapham Junction but a security alert at Victoria. In the UK we have some of the  highest public transport costs in Europe but it does not seem to get reinvested. For comparison  the journey I took before I wrote this blog cost me £4.00 a comparable journey in Prague costs 81p. In Frankfurt its £1.10. In both of these places I have never seen public transport delays like we have here in the UK. It simply does not happen.

2 hours to get from Wimbledon to Cetral London is an absolute joke. What is even more of a p*** take is having to pay £4 for it!

South West Trains are seriously doing my head in so its no wonder I am now seriously considering buying a scooter for travelling into and around London.

Microsoft Surface Review

About a month ago it became apparent that some of my kit may need to be redeployed at short notice for a very important need. This would mean that I would need to acquire a new small laptop fairly sharpish. Taking a walk around PC World (Yes, I know with my background in the IT trade I should know of better places top go! I was however in a hurry and the original plan was to buy a Lenovo netbook) I spotted a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet for only £249.99. I played with it and thought that for the discount it was going to be a good deal. I bought the keyboard case for it as well. I did this on the basis that if I did not get on with it, it would be sold on eBay sharpish.

Three days later saw me heading off to Spain for a holiday. I brought this device along and I am glad I did. I have some fairly hefty spreadsheets I use from work and these could be a pain on my Samsung Galaxy Tab because of a lack of macro support. Any way I got a call from London regarding work that required me to get some figures checked, so I grabbed the Surface 2 and headed for a bar that had wi-fi. I logged in and retrieved the spreadsheet expecting a little aggro, but no it performed flawlessly, a quick phone call to London and 10 minutes later the issue had been resolved.  Thanks to the surface I was enjoying a beer and catching some sunshine.

As I have for the most part left the IT trade (I still do a little IT consultancy) I no longer need some of the software and tools I have on the laptops and as I now have desktops with large screens I have little need for a full blown laptop and the Surface is proving ideal. The only thing that is letting it down at the moment is a lack of Microsoft Publisher. I use Publisher a lot these days for creating prospectuses and this is a little drawback for me.

So the verdict? The Surface has proved itself after a month of ownership and shown that it is more than capable of earning its keep. It won’t be going on eBay anytime soon!

Motor Boats Monthly

I was shocked to see that one of favourite methods for relaxing and reading about my favourite hobby – boats has ceased publication. I was even more shocked when I managed to put my paws on a copy of the final edition to see how bad the content was, not a fitting way for what was such a great magazine for any boater to take their final bow. I will miss this publication and I am saddened that there is nothing around to replace it 🙁