Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

TL;DR Norwegian seems pretty decent as a leisure traveller, but I won’t be choosing them for business travel again unless things change substantially. Background Norwegian have been flying long haul from Gatwick (my nearest airport) for a little while now. At first it was to New York, and more recently they’ve added routes to the […]


TL;DR If you happen to be in Zurich, and you want to get to Munich (or vice versa), then it turns out that the Inter City Bus (ICB) is probably the least worst option. Background I was in Zurich last week speaking at the Open Cloud Forum hosted by UBS, where it was my great […]


I missed out on skiing last season as my daughter went with her school to Pila, so this was my first time back on the slopes since skiing in Andorra. Why Austria As with Andorra it was my neighbour John’s suggestion, and I went with it as it’s generally more fun to ski (and socialise) […]


I’ve spent the last two winter half term breaks in Andorra skiing with my daughter and some neighbours. It’s been great both times. Ski areas Andorra has two ski areas. On my first trip I went to Arinsal, which is part of the Vallnord area. More recently I went to Pas De La Casa, which is […]


I’ve written before about the myth of software support. Software mostly doesn’t work, vendors mostly don’t fix stuff, and the world keeps turning anyway. Everything’s broken and nobody’s upset. So why do companies stop using perfectly good stuff (hardware and software) simply because they can’t buy support from the original vendor? This position seems nonsensical […]


I get to go along to a lot of industry conferences, and goody bags are pretty standard fair. I expect that most of them quickly find their way to landfill, which is always a shame. A couple of years ago I was visiting somebody who I’d met at a conference, and I had one of […]


Our family holiday this summer was in Wales, and one of the great attractions that we visited whilst we were there was the Wales ape and monkey sanctuary. I had a bit of trouble finding it online, so I thought I’d give it a bit of link/tag love here. I also had a struggle finding […]


I fly to Zurich a few times a year, and often fly with Swiss, so I’ve been a member of their Miles & More rewards programme (which is run by Lufthansa) for some time. To help keep hold of my miles (and even top them up a little) I got the connected credit card from […]


For a little while I’ve been experiencing lousy service from my credit card providers, and judging by what I hear from others I’m far from alone on this. The level of false positives from card company fraud detection systems has reached a point where it’s creating a bad customer experience, and it often seems that ‘common sense’ […]


I’ve been on the road now for a week and a half, which has brought me into contact with some of the slowest, most expensive Internet access I’ve suffered in some time. I’m used to mobile Internet being expensive and slow, but this has been even worse. My problems started in an airport lounge in […]