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  • Adam Hardy 4:23 pm on July 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    I will challenge age-old law that man cannot live on bread alone, thanks to awesomeness of bread-by-bike bread 

    We went to see the bakery and met the baker Andy Strang, while the kids scoffed all the salami and houmous canapes that were provided for the official opening day. This was three weeks ago.

    He needs to establish himself, and then start training and sending out bakers all over the country to start up bakeries everywhere.

    It has only just occurred to me after eating the bread for about 3 years that it’s probably not organic. Shame. Will have to a word in his ear – although I think if I’d bought his “bread bond” on his kickstarter campaign, I might have more influence (one of his bread bonds supplies you with bread for a year).

    Baker on the left, my child on the right, steadfastly refusing to sing “pat-a-cake pat-a-cake”.

  • Adam Hardy 11:35 am on October 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    New laptop from Very-PC Computers 

    I managed to utterly destroy my laptop in a fit of solar flares and bad luck. The battery had died, so I bought a new one and it wouldn’t charge properly – result being that the constant sudden power-downs killed the hard drive. While trying to find the corrupted Windows DLLs, I then discovered the DVD drive was dying too, and during an attempt to open and close the DVD drive, I then accidentally knocked a cup of tea over the keyboard.

    Game over.

    To replace it, I was torn between buying a waterproof laptop and a green laptop.

    Common sense prevailed. I vowed not to drink tea near computers, and ordered a new machine from Very PC who got awards in 2009 for building the most sustainable computers available in the UK and recently moved into BREEAM certified premises in Sheffield.

    I managed to keep my last laptop going for over 6 years. If I hadn’t killed it accidentally I probably would have got another year out of it. I’m aiming for the same life span for this next one.

    Slight downside: I won’t get it until Monday next week.

  • Adam Hardy 9:26 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Fairphones in the shops …. conflict-free minerals, co-operative business model 

    I think the only thing they don’t claim for this phone is that it’s carbon-neutral.

    It’s manufactured by co-operatives all the way through the supply chain from the mining of minerals in Africa to the factories in China and the European sales and marketing in Holland.

    It’s got 2 SIM slots and comes unlocked so you can use it with whatever networks you like – 2 simultaneously.

    It’s parts are designed to be replaceable and you can go to the website to order any number of spare parts from screen glass to CPUs.

    The software is open-source.

    It costs a pretty penny – 500 Euros – but you can get it on a contract for £50 from the Phone Co-op.

    I’ve got one and haven’t found any reason to complain.


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