• Getting into LoRaWAN

    LoRa seems to be getting everywhere and I recently found I needed to remotely monitor some items. Nothing major, temperature, light level and possibly a few switches. There would be more to these units which will record locally and where possible relay via the internet. Some units have no or...


  • Newbury 365 launched

    A new history book, Newbury 365, was launched at West Berkshire Museum on Saturday 14th October 2015. The book, written by Dr Nick Young, details at least one historical event that took place on each day of the year. The book covers every day events, the English Civil War, murder and much more. For...


  • Making a difference

    Making a difference

    This year, 2014, has been chaos. I will post a full review in a later post but recently I have been reminded that what I do in the community makes a difference. In 2011 I had the honour of being presented with a Gold Civic Award for my community work, namely my involvement with Thatcham Historical...


  • Newbury Then and Now

    Newbury Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book “Thatcham Then and Now” that was published in 2012 by The History Press. Well there is now another one, "Newbury Then and Now" that I have written. It should be on the shelves the week commencing the 12th August 2013.  W.H.Smith and Waterstones in Newbury...


  • Heartstart Thatcham's First Beat!

    Heartstart Thatcham

    Anyone who reads my blog, knows me or reads the local press will know I have been trying to set-up a Heartstart Scheme in Thatcham. Well that has now, after a year, happened.


  • Thatcham Then and Now Launch

    Thatcham Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book, “Thatcham Then and Now.” It is set to launch later this week at an event on 26th July 2012, 7pm at Frank Hutchings Community Hall in Thatcham. I am giving a short talk at the launch, presenting a few of the books to certain people and then Thatcham Family...



1024px Screenshot

This is a port of 1024px V3.0 by Andreas Viklund. This theme was originally designed by Andreas Viklund as a free website template.  Andreas states (http://andreasviklund.com/about/copyright/) "The free website templates (and all included images and related extras) are released as open source...


Mar 9, 2009

Daleri Structure

Daleri Structure Screenshot

This is a port of Daleri Structure V1.0, Daleri Mega V1.0 and Daleri Single V1.0 by Andreas Viklund. This is the fourth theme I (Nick Young) have ported to Drupal.


Mar 9, 2009

Useful: FoxMarks

Like many people I use several computers, both for personal use and work. I often book mark a website thinking that is a good tutorial or resource. Go to load it up a day later to find I bookmarked it on a different computer. To solve this issue, I am now using FoxMarks, which synchronises...


Mar 9, 2009

Book Review: Bulletproof Web Design

Bulletproof Web Design

Website design and development can be difficult at the best of times. There are so many issues to consider including validation, browser compatibility and which method(s) to use. Many developers prefer to use designs that are as bulletproof as possible, meaning that they will work for the majority...


Mar 8, 2009

What If: Gutenberg Press

What: The Gutenberg press, created by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439 (or thereabouts) was the first movable type printing press in the world. There were other movable type systems around during this period, but as far as Europe is concerned, this was invented independently by Johannes Gutenberg. The...


Mar 3, 2009

TV/Film Review: Baraka

Baraka DVD cover

This is a film, more about the links between people and other animals and the environment. The film shows people and cultures from 24 countries and is completely dialogue free. Both the camera sequences and soundtrack are awesome showing what a diverse and truly wonderful world we live in. If you...


Mar 1, 2009