Welcome to our site. Pauline is an author, consultant, lectures in the Open University and is researching into innovation policy and Total Quality. Pauline's is also completing the dissertation for an LL.M (Master of Laws) to keep busy. Peter was in the Space game - Earth Observation and Satellite Meteorology and now writes some Open-source software. Our background includes research, government service and small firms.
We enjoy problem solving, proposal writing and working as consultants or in partnership to offer practical advice on policy, strategy and tactical approaches, especially in support of Small Firms.
Travel Highlights - some of our more recent trips of interest to those who want to travel the world.
New - A Voyage to the Greek Islands on the Queen Elizabeth in Autumn 2016 This 17 day cruise was chosen to coincide with our anniversary. The itinerary was unfortunately changed because of the troubles in Turkey so we did not go to Kusadasi or Mykonos. Instead we went to Saranda in Albania, a disappointing alternative and Heraklion in Crete which enable us to visit Knossos, an impressive site dating back to 1700 BC. The final itinery was Southampton, Palma de Mallorca, Piraeus, the port of Athens, Heraklion in Crete, Katakolon in Greece for Olympia, Saranda in Alamania, Messina in Italy and Cadiz in Spain - a total of three new ports to us.
New - Autumn in Tenerife 2016 An eleven day break in Puerto de la Cruz at the Tenerife Playa, a hotel we used to stay in nearly 35 years ago.
Recent - The final sector of the 2016 World Cruise on the Queen Elizabeth We picked this 23 day sector because we wanted to vist Petra and it also went to other favourite destinations such as Istanbul, Athens and Malta, . We flew to Dubai the to Muscat and Salalah in Oman, Petra, the Suez Canal, Istanbul, Athens, Malta and Valencia in Spain before disembarking in Southampton.
Recent - Christmas and the New Year 2015 - 2016 on the Queen Elizabeth The cruise started just before Christmas and took us to the Canaries visiting La Palma, Gran Canaria and Tenerife (Lanzarote was cancelled due to bad weather). Our return was via Madeira for the big New Years Eve Fireworks Show then back via Seville and Lisbon.
Queen Elizabeth 5th Birthday Cruises 2015 This was actually two cruises booked separately, both with celebrations of the five years for the Queen Elizabeth. The first was very short and took us to Amsterdam and Zeebrugge, the second was a Mediterranean cruise taking us to Gibraltar, Cagliari in Sardinia, Naples where we visited Herculaneum Civitavecchia where we visited Rome, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Cadiz.
Christmas 2014 on the Queen Victory This was actually two cruises booked separately but as we realised the Christmas cruise alone was rather short. The first cruise took us into the Mediterranean and the second down to the Canaries where we had our best Christmas ever. Between the two cruises we visited La Coruna, Gibraltar, Malaga, Cadiz, Lisbon, Madeira, Tenerife, La Palma and La Coruna for a second time.
Updated - Technical “How to” Articles - of interest to those setting up and supporting systems. Some of our most popular or recent articles include:
New - Fun with Android - My first look at Android Phones, Tablets and Media boxes and their integration with Linux machines and Global Computing and Communications in general
Updated - Fun with Ubuntu Linux - Actually my first serious look at migrating from Windows to Linux to give security and economy in data use whilst traveling. I am convinced and rarely use anything else on my dual-booted desktop or laptop. Now the entry point to a series covering specialised aspects of Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
Updated - Adding Spice to Ubuntu - Cinnamon and Mint - Cinnamon is the new Desktop Manager developed for Mint which can also be used with Ubuntu in place of Unity and with Lubuntu and Xubuntu. It provides a very sophisticated conventional desktop which has been very well received and once more makes Ubuntu a sensible proposition. We have shifted all our more powerful machines to Mint and the older machines to Lubuntu.
Updated - The Chillblast Defiant Optimus Mini Laptop and Linux - a guide to getting the latest Core i7 machines with Optimus NVidia dual Graphics laptops working under Linux (Mint 17 Qiana) - light enough for travel - powerful enough for editing Full HD video.
Updated - The MSI Wind U100 Netbook and Linux - the story of getting Ubuntu and Linux Mint to work on our Wind U100 netbooks to give the ultimate in mobile communications.
Diary of the creation of a home page - a technical Diary of how it all started in 1996 when the Internet was young - of historic interest to those creating a web site. The series of pages also documents the work leading to our technical 'Howto' Articles. Now on Part 25.
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