Currently Using

On this page there’s just a bit on what equipment I’m running right now:


I ride a 2006 Honda CB400 SF motorbike – a nice simple bike which is great for getting out into the core of Japan, and meeting the people. I do have a license for a larger bike, but have not got around to sorting a bigger bike out! In 2011 I picked up a Trek Kaitai ‘hybrid’ 700c bicycle which I also like to get out on. I recently [Dec. 2014] picked up some Ortleib waterproof rear panniers for this.

To enjoy the mountains, I have a decade old Nitro Atlas 64 snowboard, some Flow bindings for the days on the mountain. I also ski a bit, on some discounted Head Cube 10 ski boots I picked up, and an old pair of carving skis I got from a friend.

Computing Hardware

2011 Apple MacMini - Dual Core i5 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM, AMD HD 6630M,  1TB  Seagate Hybrid SSHD (May 2013), OS X 10.10.* (Base unit bought Sept. 2011)

Desktop PC:  CPU:  Intel Core i5 3470 (Jan. 2013) with a Scythe Shuriken B cooler (Dec. 2013), RAM: 16GB Corsair DDR3 (Dec. 2011), Mobo: Asus B75M-PLUS (Dec. 2013), Graphics: Gigabyte HD7770 OC 1GB (Jan. 2013), Sound: Asus Xonar U7(May 2014), Misc.: Antec EarthWatts 650 Green PSU (Jan. 2013).  Drives: OS/apps on a Crucial 256GB m4 SSD (Sept. 2012), and data on a 2TB Western Digital Green drive. (April 2014). Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (July 2013) OS: Windows 8.1 Update 1 64-bit.

Laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad E440 – Core i3-4100M (Haswell), 8GB RAM, SSD running Linux Mint 17.1 (Cinnamon). [August 2014]

Home Server  [May 2013]  CPU: AMD A6-5400KRAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3, Mobo: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4M , Graphics: On CPU (headless), Sound: None – onboard, PSU: Antec Earthwatts 450 Platinum PSU, Case;  Fractal Design Define R4 case. Discs: Samsung 840 120GB SSD for OS, 4 * 2TB WD Green HDD (in 2 disc pools for 4TB * 2)  OS: GNU/Linux Xubuntu 14.04.2 LTS


Most of the things I do are  text based, so I try to keep it agnostic so I can edit from anywhere,  such as text editors like BBEdit or Notepad++,  Scrivener for longer works,  FocusWriter and even journalling. As I move machines, I tend to keep work in progress on SpiderOak and I use Evernote quite a bit.  Video editing I do in iMovie, and I tend to use Vimeo for web availability.


This blog is housed on some space at pair Networks where I keep some personal projects and experiments.  All of my e-mail is run via my own domain names, but uses Rackspace Mail as a backend.

Random Gadgets:

  • 6th generation iPod Classic 80GB (~2006)
  • 3rd generation wi-fi Kindle (Sept. 2010)
  • Nexus 5 32GB phone  on Y! Mobile (August 2014)
  • Asus Nexus 7 tablet (October 2013 & November 2012)
  • Samsung N145Plus Netbook (March 2011 – running Mint 17.1 XFCE)
  • Raspberry Pi on Raspbian & Arduino Uno Board (Feb. 2013)

The Audio and the Visual

I have a Nikon D3200 dSLR which I bought in October 2012, having sold my trusty old D40 (from 2006!), I have 2 lenses (a 35mm and a 55-200mm zoom), a GoPro HERO2 which I like to play with. I also have a Zoom H1 audio recorder, as sometimes I just want to capture the sounds, and not the sights.


I do a lot less gaming nowadays  though we have a Wii U and a PS3, and a couple of 3DSs in the house, and a few games being played through Steam on my desktop PC.

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