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This is my last true post on The Northwind, which has been around in some form or another for (I think) about 8 years. There are a number of reasons for making this choice, not all of which I’m going to detail, but primary amongst them is the changing nature of what I want to get out of my online presence.

Backup Strategy

Apple has just discontinued it’s AirPort line of routers and this includes the Time Capsule. This has been my primary backup method for a while, and there is now an approaching point where it will no longer be a viable option.


I have used Byword for all my long form writing for years now. It’s an excellent plain text editor with a beautiful, minimal interface. Unfortunately it has relatively little development support and I’ve been noticing bugs so it's time for something new.

Digital Minimalism

Most people are familiar with the principles of minimalism; digital minimalism can be pretty easily summarised as the simplification of your digital tools to remove distraction, friction, and noise from their use.

ARM Macs

A recent report suggests that Apple is building it's own chips to reduce it's reliance on Intel by 2020. The speculation is of course that this hints at some kind of merge between iOS and macOS but I have a few thoughts on this.

Everyday Carry

I’ll be starting a new job in a few weeks time and this has lead me to think about my everyday carry again. I’m a bit of a carry nerd, and I like to have all the things I’m likely to want during the day available and conveniently transported.