Drygate Pilsner

Monday’s view from Dumbarton Castle


Another working day spent living in PowePoint and wondering when it’s going to be out of Beta…

Re-watching The Mandalorian ahead of the release of Season. This is the way.

My valentine’s gift was a key ❤️

Chorizo, black pudding, fried potato and poached egg. Yummy. 🥞

Old Yet Reliable

After a few months on a shelf my old MacBook Pro is back with me.

Not however one of the shiny new M2 Pro’s, but instead a MacBook purchased back in 2015:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
  • Intel Core i5
  • 8Gb RAM
  • 128Gb SSD

Minus a few relatively minor issues this machine served me well as my work laptop 2015-22. Following an enforced company-wide switch to Windows laptops this contraband has been on a shelf, but is now back in operation albeit not for the company.

Instead after the asset was formally written off I “bought” the MacBook following a small charitable donation of around $60 USD. It has now seen a fresh new install of an old OS, specifically 10.14.16 or Mojave as it’s known on Sundays, and is back in service… just about.

To be fair this will only be used for checking mail and some light sofa-based-shopping so it’s not going to be pushed to the limit of that 2.6GHz i5, or much demands put on the 8Gb of non-unified memory.

The purchase of a new M1 or M2 will have to wait for a little while longer. During which I can determine if I really need a new Pro, or if an M2 Air will meet my needs.

Dam you Apple. I’m very tempted by the New MacBook’s Pro, even though I was imagining this would be something for March or April.

Despite hearing some mixed reviews I have to say that I’m really enjoying Andor. I’m about half way through and so far it’s a really thoughtful and well-made drama.

Calm waters of Loch Lomond. Photographed on 1st January 2023. Sadly the weather isn’t so kind to us today.

Woke up at 4am this morning. I subsequently decided just to get up with energy, purpose and well-rested exuberance. A mere 4hrs later this same ebullience has all but evaporated and I may be regretting that most of today.

I’ve crossed the nadir of a week-long cold and hoping the long tail to recovery ramps up so as to not wipe out this weekend’s plans.

It’s true, I am indeed not a Robot. I’m glad that was cleared up.

Nice start to a very short break from an incredibly busy few weeks

I love the colours at this time of year

They really want me to run the software update

Loch Lomond today

That’s disgusting.

Alabama pastor arrested while watering neighbour’s plants

Better weather than forecast. Yeah, this will do.

Monday’s sunset over Windermere

Where in the Apple Maps settings is the option to disable auto rerouting to the roads the app selects rather than those selected before you drive off…

It’s disheartening to still see restaurants direct you not a web page but a facebook page, without any concept by the owner/operator of the problems and concerns this presents.

On Friday evening I finally finished for a summer vacation. A chance to reset my body and my brain after a busy first “half” of the year and chaotic few weeks in July and August.

Focussed without FoMO

I’m (still) not using any Safari Tab Groups or Focus modes on iOS or macOS and with no fear of missing out. I appreciate the addition of these tools but the current and future implementation doesn’t seem to solve any challenges I have with using my devices. I’d need to lay out the content and then someone maintain a mental model, mind map or text document of the set-up until it becomes second nature. This all sounds like additional work, far beyond any potential benefit.