All posts by Alan Addison

The Age of A.I. on YouTube

Slowly working my way through “The age of AI” YouTube series.
Just watched episode 2 which is quite a powerful one. The fact that Tony Stark (Sorry, Robert Downey Jr.) Narrates this show isn’t creepy at all. In fact it’s very fitting.

By far one of the best tech documentaries I’ve seen in a long time.

As a Computer Scientist I’m really interested in seeing technology being used to help us in everyday life. The idea of taking data and applying algorithms to create software systems and machine learning to help humanity is what I enjoy.

Forget the scaremongering of media and Hollywood about computers taking over the world. This series takes us the real use of technology to help us, rather than rule us.

Real technology is not about getting more likes or subscriptions on social media Or even how many cameras you can fit on a mobile phone.
This series relates to my view of technology in that it’s not for showing off, but rather it’s for helping us get through everyday lives that little bit easier.. Which is my the majority of tech in my home is hidden away yet accessible at anytime, anywhere. It’s here, not to take over our lives, but rather it’s there to help us improve research, health and well being.

We hear so much about the big tech companies stealing and storing data. Those naughty tech companies! But these big companies are the ones leading or supporting some amazing research projects happening behind the scenes that the majority of people never see or hear of. These companies are in fact using technology to help improve our way of life. This is a side we rarely hear about. All we seem to hear about is the nasty data collectors.

I trust the technology. I just wish it was maybe a little more predictable and reliable at times 🙂 But it’s still light-years ahead of where it was 50, 25 or even 5 years ago!

Testing Microsoft xCloud

Project xCloud

Initial impressions? Quite impressive considering what it’s doing, but not good enough yet to replace local gaming console/pc yet.

As somewhat expected, there is a delay between controller action and game response. Seems to be about 0.5-1.0 second delay. 🙁 Was even bigger on a older android tablet I have.

Looking around, it seems the host device is critical. I was testing mostly with a Motorola G5 Plus. Not the latest and greatest phone I admit but it was enough to show the potential if the delay can be sorted out. I would imagine if this was played on a PC this would be much better!

Now if they can eventually get it down to running through something like a google chromecast or some sort of cheap streaming xCloud dongle that plugs into HDMI on your TV.

Not bad considering what it’s doing, but not good enough yet to replace local gaming console/pc yet.

Subaru Leaving the BTCC

Sad to see Subaru leaving the BTCC. T’Was a force to be reckoned ever since the first season with Ash Sutton at the wheel! Despite trying to penalise it by restricting power and adding weight for being too quick!

But since the boxer engine in a smaller car (Impreza?) Would somehow not meet new regulations it’s bye bye 🙁

… Ok let’s face it, the car had an unfair advantage due to the low center of gravity. Not cheating just naturally better weight distribution for Motorsport, and for on the road driving!

Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 2019

XV Winter Prep

The annual underbelly power wash and under seal on the XV. Just in time before winter set in with its nasty salty roads!

It’s not just the top side that needs looking after !

Hand wire brushed to remove flaky stuff.
Degreesed/power washed.
Left to try before applying Dinitrol 4941 underseal.

Cars and Coffee Cullen – September 2019

First proper trip out in the Scooby since it was back on the road. Along the Moray coast to the local Cars and Coffee at Cullen!

Good selection of cars! Brilliant weather and scenery for photos! Refreshments supplied by Coffee at the Kings!

Spey Valley

Sometimes you spend so much time at work you forget to go outside and appreciate the world around you.

Far prefer working surrounded by this sort of scenery than in a city center.  <3


First XV road trip adventure of the year

Couple days away up into the Highlands of Scotland taking in some of the road often missed out by the NC500. #VisitScotland

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