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RSS Feed Links

If you’re subscribed to my RSS feeds you may well have noticed already, but I have started, as an experiment, adding interesting links to my account and syndicating them from here. Is that a good idea? What do you think?

If, on the other hand, that first paragraph made no sense, read on.

First, let me explain terms. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and is a way to get your web browser1 to tell you when a website changes. If you have Internet Explorer 7 you should see the feeds icon (an orange square with white lines) next to the home icon on the top right, just below the search text box. In Safari the bar with the URL will have a blue RSS icon to the right. And Firefox has “Live Bookmarks” which do the same thing. Simply click the appropriate button and see what happens.

And if your browser does not support RSS — time you upgraded! — there are a couple of other ways of catching up. Look to the right of your screen and you’ll see buttons to add to your “My Yahoo!” or to your Google Reader or Personalised Google Home Page. And, if that wasn’t enough, you can also subscribe by email2.

If you do that you’ll see brief articles there that you won’t see here, where “here” is directly on the website.

And That’s basically just a website where you can share interesting links with your friends. I’ve just made it easy by merging my bookmarks with the RSS feed.

  1. Yes, there are programs that do this specifically. And programs like Outlook can read RSS feeds too. However I think most people still use a browser. []
  2. Really, there’s no escape. You may as well give in now. []


As I mentioned previously, I am in the process of reducing the number of websites that I need to support. To that end, some time ago I moved the content from to here with the intention of decommisioning the old site. That day is coming shortly. The actual domain isn’t going away for a while yet, but soon it will redirect to

Similarly, is going to go away too, to be replaced by In the next few weeks I will be transitioning the content, and shorly after that the site itself will vanish too.

Why am I doing this? Well, the short story is that it’s a pain having to maintain three distinct systems. It makes the most sense to stick to ZX81 as is already gets the most page impressions and has a bizarre mix of technology, opinion and travel photography. What difference is a few more pictures of people going to make?

We apologise for the inconvenience

If you can read this, you are accessing my new web server. As with all of these things, there is no such thing as a completely clean transition, so if you notice anything amiss please do let me know.

On a similar note, moving my domain from my ISP to another provider has also affected my email. So if you have sent me email in the last day or two and it bounced back (or I’ve not replied) that is why. Please try again!

Major Site Update

If you’ve been to ZX81 before you can’t fail to notice that we’ve had the second major redesign in our history. This time we’ve moved over to using WordPress, the unfortunate consequence of which is that some of the old links might have stopped working. I’ve tried hard to maintain things, but there may be some problems. Let me know if you find them!

[ Edit: Some people are using my pictures on their web pages, in most cases this is both uncredited and without permission. This is an infringement of my copyright. As you might imagine, I have made no attempt to maintain links for these people. For a short time this may also inconvenience people coming from Google Images. ]

The other thing you’ll notice is a lot of new posts. That’s because I’ve decided to consolidate my two most active websites, that is the largely technical zx81 and the more personal The reason for this is twofold. Firstly maintaining two sites is just significantly more work than one. I guess I should have seen this coming but keeping them separate seemed like a good idea at the time. The second reason is that the division between the two is somewhat arbitrary and not entirely useful.

People with registered accounts at should find their accounts present here but it may be necessary to reset the password.

Let me know what you think of this new site and whether you think merging the two together is a good idea.