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Kevin Partner
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My Kindle book has sold 350 copies TODAY. Why? Because it was featured in Amazon's Daily Deals email. It's now in the top 100 paid Kindle books (of 2 million or so) and the number 7 non-fiction title. I'm taking screenshots so that I can preserve the moment before it returns to its former respectable but unspectacular sales!
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My craft business book breaks into the top 1,500 Kindle books - no2 in Small Business 
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Bloody hell, the new Facebook design makes it look more than ever like a poor man's Google+. Ads anyone?
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A little flash fiction by me.
Fat Harry the costermonger yawned, blew at the steam on his coffee and waited for the first girl to arrive. The rain tumbled down the sides of the bridge as Harry sat beneath its span, breathed in ...
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Ah, good memories. Wish I lived closer to TNMOC
 
I got up close to something from my childhood I never dreamed I would even get the chance to see in real live let alone touch. It almost brought a tear to my eye :)

For those of you that don't know what/who this is, this post is most likely meaningless. For those of you that do know, yes, it is absolutely the genuine real thing....

Thanks to +The National Museum of Computing for a great evening and Mat Irvine for a great talk and the opportunity to finally meet the legendary machine :)
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So cool. I remember it well.  Over time I think I convinced myself there was a gerbil wheel in there somewhere.
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You don't need to spend loads of cash to get a great graphics card, but what's the best if you want to get a new GPU for £100? I've put the Nvidia GTX 750 Ti up against the AMD Radeon R7 265.
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I disagree with Barry - I think the latest changes, subtle as they are, make Windows 8.1 easier to use, especially for upgraders. I don't think that adding the option to click a cross to close down an app to the existing swipe down is a surrender but a sensible compromise
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+Kevin Partner I'm not denying that chrome books are great for some people. I just think they are being vastly oversold. People seem to want to push them as a one size fits all solution, which they are not.

As for the is license on laptops, major OEM are paying in the range of $15 - $20 (maybe less) on laptops for a windows license. It's hardly going to make a difference.

Chrome is a cool idea, but it just isn't the windows, Mac, or Linux replacement that people make it out to be.
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My book has been included in Amazon's Kindle Spring Deals. I had to agree to an aggressive price cut (from £3.48 to £0.99) so the gamble is whether the (theoretical) increased sales will compensate for the lower profit per book. It'll be an interesting experiment anyway. Let's hope not an expensive one.
By the way, 99p is a bargain if you're thinking of setting up a business!
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And another religious comment hits the bin
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Make that two! And to be absolutely clear, unlike in religion, it really doesn't matter which two days you choose. I pick Monday and Thursday but I wouldn't go to hell for doing Tuesday and Friday.
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Had fun with my new Sony Alpha 58 and an ultra-cheap screw-on macro lens. Care to guess what this is?
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Ahhhhh...the magnification isn't as high as I thought :D
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Writer, Software Engineer, Entrepreneur
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  • Scribbleit Ltd
    MD, 1999 - present
  • MakingYourOwnCandles
    Dogsbody, 2009 - 2012
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Writer, smart arse, Raspberry Pi fan, programmer, father, husband, entrepreneur, PC Pro Columnist, guitarist(ish), addictively curious. Atheist, Rationalist, Humanist, scientist, realist, Arsenal fan, anti-monarchist, Happy.
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Google+: I use Google+ to follow people and topics that interest me and to post my personal thoughts, links to useful material and contributions to discussions. This means I might talk about:
  • Writing
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Online business
  • Technology: app development (primarily using Corona SDK), PHP, Python, Lua (lighweight, aren't I?), Android, iOS etc
  • UK politics
  • Science, rationality, education and humanism

If you're likely to be offended by me expressing my views then don't circle me. However, I don't intend offence, so please don't look for what isn't there.

Work: A programmer since 1983 (when I was very young!), I've loved the creative process of coding ever since. My current obsession is developing mobile apps using Corona SDK for both iOS and Android.

I am delighted to be a contributing editor of PC Pro Magazine, currently writing a monthly column on Online Business.

I run four businesses at present, all with an online element. NlightN Multimedia for app development, Scribbleit for writing, PassYourTheory which trains young people how to pass their driving theory test and MakingYourOwnCandles, an online retailer of candle making kits.

Ethos: I do my best to be a good person despite (or maybe helped by) an absence of religious belief. I think the universe is wonderful enough without a mystical explanation and everything about it fascinates me. I am absolutely devoted to my family.
Bragging rights
Writer of "How to Set Up An Online Business" Magbook and "Your Craft Business: A Step By Step Guide" book
Education
  • Open University
    BSc(Hons), 1997 - 2003
Kevin Partner's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
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Do children need to learn to code?
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Newsnight looks at government plans to make the study of coding compulsory in all state primary and secondary schools in England.

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BBC report suggests changes at Bletchley Park have caused disruption to The National Museum of Computing

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Now shipping with Android 4.4 KitKat is this the best value Google-handset available?

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Kevin Partner's favourite social media manager now works with Google+

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Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display review | PC Pro
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Apple maxes out the new iPad Mini with a Retina display, 64-bit A7 processor and a swathe of upgrades

Keep Calm and Light A Candle Tin Kit
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UK built candle making kits, container candle making kits and candle making supplies that allow EVERYONE to make candles easily and consiste

How to reformat your SD card for Raspberry Pi
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Win32DiskImager (find it at is the tool of choice for plopping a Raspbian image onto an SD card and it works perfectly. Unless the card has

RDFRS: Census points to non-religious NZ
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Our mission is to support scientific education and critical thinking to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and suf

Tea for Two Container Candle Kit
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UK built candle making kits, container candle making kits and candle making supplies that allow EVERYONE to make candles easily and consiste

Raspberry Pi gets Wolfram Mathematica for free | News | PC Pro
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Wolfram teams up with Raspberry Pi to preinstall Mathematica software on the low-cost computers

Christmas in a Tin Kit
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Professional candle making kits, container candle making kits and candle making supplies that allow EVERYONE to make candles easily and cons

gTLDs: what your business should know about new domain names | Analysis ...
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New generic top-level domains are set to shake-up the way businesses pick names for their websites. We explain how they work

Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet arrives ahead of new iPad | News | PC Pro
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Nokia launches a 10.1 Windows RT tablet, the Lumia 2520

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Is it worth paying the extra for the iPhone 5s over the iPhone 5c? Find out in our head-to-head review

How to make blackberry and strawberry jam
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IMG_20130928_170115 If you enjoy building and making electronics, chances are you'll get a buzz out of making jam and it really is very simp

Sutton Hoo: Anglo-Saxon ship burial - Google Cultural Institute
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One of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries ever made

Nice food, although perhaps a touch expensive. Excellent location with a large green area that backs onto the canal. The staff were excellent and the place didn't feel packed even though it was busy. Recommended.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
What a little gem. I've recently moved back to Alton and the last time I went to the Palace Cinema was in the early 1980s when it was the proverbial flea-pit. Frankly I was astonished that the place was still open when I returned. The cinema is pretty much a one-man operation and has two small auditoriums - we watched Despicable Me in the upper screen. I guess there are around 100 seats all arranged in one block and the screen, though small, looks the same size because you're closer. Sound was excellent and the newly added digital equipment means the quality was excellent. The cinema's prices considerable undercut the multiplexes and its relaxed atmosphere means we'll be going back soon. It has the latest films, although only a limited selection obviously. My only criticism is that the lighting, when you enter the auditorium, is so low that it's hard to see to reach your seat.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
You can get decent food a couple of doors up at the new Wetherspoons but the service at Cafe Havanna is what makes us choose to eat there. The owner is a gem, always cheerful, always welcoming and he deserves to succeed. If only more local businesses were like this.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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My favourite castle in the UK, Portchester is the largest standing Roman fort/castle in northern Europe. In gorgeous condition, it has the bonus of the Norman keep in the top corner. The site is free to visit, except for the keep. Perfect for walks or picnics in the massive internal grounds.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A little oasis on the outskirts of Leigh Park. Consists of an urban farm with play areas and cafe, containing native and exotic breeds along with a lovely walled veg garden and tropical house. Expensive for a single visit but there's an excellent season ticket deal which we've certainly got the best out of in the past months.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago