Pi-Top Review, Part 5 (Longevity) [Updated… Twice!]

So it has come to this. I don’t suspect anybody really thinks a pi-top will last them as long as a normal laptop, but 6 months in and I’m beginning to doubt that the machine will last me a year. I use this thing every day, and there is so much to enjoy that I…

Journal App available!

A while ago, I wrote about a journal app I was making. I finished it to the point that I don’t need to add anything for my own use, so I thought I would release it into the wild. So, here it is on the Google Play store: Journal in Google Play Give it a…

Who Here Keeps a Journal?

I do. I did. I used to. This is my third attempt at keeping a journal, and so far it is going well.  The first time was probably in 2009. The place I worked bought us all lovely hard-backed diaries for the year. We didn’t have a single meeting that year, and I was clairvoyant…

Hands up: who has ever ordered a book from Wikipedia?

If you’re anything like me, you would have seen the ‘create ebook’ option on the left of Wikipedia. What? You haven’t? Go and have a look for it! (It is on the side menu on the main website.) If you’re anything like me, you would have made a dozen books and never even read them….

Jimmy’s Laws of Software Development

THE APP MUST ALWAYS WORK. Under construction. To be completed. Launching in April. No. Never. Leave your dreams on paper. You are using paper, aren’t you? BUILD YOUR DATA FIRST. Most apps are surprisngly simple. Any data structure- even the most complex database- has common functions. An id? A header and a detail record? The…

Two years, a hundred downloads

My first game Gem Hunter just reached a hundred downloads. That’s not bad considering I have done zero to promote it. It has taken two years, so I am amazed that people are still finding it and installing it.  I really should get in the habit of fixing my store listings and providing updates. I work in…

Pi-Top Review, Part 1 (Building it)

Hooray! I got my Pi-Top, and I couldn’t find many reviews that were recent, so I thought it was a good opportunity to write my own. Now, there is one thing I hate about reviews and that is they try to be all things to all people. I’m writing this for a specific audience: writers….

Working hard… 

Ah, so what do you do when your trusty laptop goes on without you? You improvise! I’m a big fan of the Raspberry Pi, and since the model 3 has been out for a while, I have used it to run my media room. I always hoped I could use it as a PC, and…

JayCat Games

I’ve become a little addicted to making websites lately, so I’ve created: http://www.jay-cat.com The idea is that this will host all my game-related stuff and force me to be better. Will it work? Who knows!