Welcome to our site. Pauline is an author, consultant, lectured in the Open University and is researching into innovation policy and Total Quality. Pauline's has recently completed a dissertation for an LL.M (Master of Laws) to keep busy and was awarded the degree in 2016. 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.
Draft - A Mediterranean Cruise on the Queen Victoria 2018 - Starting with an overnight in Venice after arriving on the Orient Express. The three week cruise covered many favourite ports and a few new ones namely: Korcula - Croatia, Valletta - Malta, Messina -Sicily, Naples, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Barcelona, Ajaccio - Corsica, Villefranche - France, Livorno (for Florence and Pisa), Corfu, Split - Croatia, Piran - Slovenia and an overnight in Venice on our anniversary before flying back to the UK.
New - The Orient Express 2018 - A Journey from London to Dover on the British Pullman and Calais to Venice on the Venice Simplon Orient Express - the Blue Train . An Experience of a lifetime starting on Pauline's Birthday.
New - An Exotic Voyage on the Queen Victoria 2018 This was almost a World Cruise taking us from Southampton through the Caribbean, all round South America, including passing Cape Horn and back via the Panama Canal taking a total of 75 days and giving significant extra benefits to those going the whole way round. 14 ports were new to us and many were maiden visits for the ship. An unbelievable chance to experience places and cultures we new little or nothing about. Even the 15 parts with a 1000 new pictures can hardly do justice to such a journey.
Recent - Christmas on the Queen Victoria 2017 - A cruise to the Canary Islands in the Britannia Club taking us to Madeira, La Palma, Tenerife, Lazarote and back via La Coruna in Spain.
Recent - Autumn in Tenerife 2017 A fortnight break in Puerto de la Cruz at the Tenerife Playa, a hotel we used to stay in nearly 35 years ago and returned to again last year.
Touring in New Zealand 2017 - 6 weeks in New Zealand round North Island following the Cruise out on the Queen Victoria. A lot of new material and pictures despite enduring some dreadful weather including Cyclone Debbie. In 5 parts with 150 new pictures.
A Grand Voyage on the Queen Victoria 2017 7 weeks from Fort Lauderdale to Auckland through an area of the world we had hardly touched in the past. Highlights include the Amazon, the Chillean Glaciers and Fiords, Easter Island and Pitcairn Island. In 11 parts with 450 new pictures.
Christmas and New Year on the Queen Victoria 2016 This was actually two cruises booked separately but the Christmas cruise alone was rather short and there was a bargain in the Princess grill for the previous cruise. The itinery was Lisbon, Cadiz, Malaga, Tangiers, La Coruna, back through Southampton, Vigo, Casablanca, La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Madeira to watch the New Year Fireworks and finally a second visit to Lisbon before returning to Southampton.
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.
Technical “How to” Articles - of interest to those setting up and supporting systems. Some of our most popular or recent articles include:
Recent - 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 laptops. 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 in place of Unity in Ubuntu. 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.
The Chillblast Helios Ultrabook - a guide to getting a Core i5 machine with Skylake Architecture and Solid State Drives (SSDs) working under Linux Mint 17.3 and higher . The Helios has a 13.3 inch full HD screen but is very light for travel and with up to 7.5 hours battery life.
Updated - The Chillblast Defiant Optimus Mini Laptop - a guide to getting the latest Core i7 machines with Optimus NVidia dual Graphics laptops working under Linux (Mint 17 and higher) - light enough for travel - powerful enough for editing Full HD video. Now with an additional SSD
and Mint 19
New - The Lafite Ultrabook - a lightweight and long battery life Ultrabook with Core i5 8250U Kaby Lake architecture processor with 4 cores 8 threads, a Samsung 970 EVO 250 Gbyte SSD and 2 Tbyte hard drive working under Linux Mint 19
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 28.
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