Published articles, citations

June 24, 2012

Cause I keep forgetting what I’ve done ;), here’s some stuff that I’ve done that’s been recognised by the media :-

Became an ambassador for the WEA

Presentation to European Social Fund’s Innovation, Transnationality and Mainstreaming Programme about the work to help community members cross the digital divide.

Award received on behalf of the DAIN project at WEA East Midlands regional 2012 AGM

A short video (2 mins) showcasing some of the incredible activities I was involved in whilst working in the United States

(If you have problems playing, consider using the brilliant VLC player)

Article in local newspaper about our Digital Championship work :-

Recipient of DAIN 2012 award

Presentation for application for DAIN 2012 awards

Concern about the commercialisation and loss of heritage in Chesterfield

Article in local paper whilst working for Segway UK

TV – Pulling Power – Video Segment whilst working for Segway UK

Concern over the loss of heritage in our local town – Chesterfield

Concern over the closure of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station

Part of the team promoting the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station

Honour received in respect of activities carried at Clinton Nuclear Power Station

Together Everyone Achieves More

Boy from no where does good



June 23, 2012

Update 27/1/2014

Converted ENGLISH to LATIN via


Update 11th January 2014

“I am because we are”

Ubuntu! “Ego cum simus

I love quotes, for me they are learnings passed forward from those that glimpsed brilliance, maybe I’ll collect some of my favorites here, maybe I won’t, here’s a quote for 23rd June 2012 and the future’s so bright I godda wear shades

To be wheely good at something, YOU need to know YOUR weaknesses, maximise YOUR strengths and defend YOUR weaknesses.

“Wheely esse bonum aliquid, necesse est, ut cognoscat quæ circa vos infirmitatibus maximize vestra uires atque infirmitatibus defendere.”

There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later the company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were having with one of their multimillion-dollar machines. They had tried everything and everyone else to get the machine to work but to no avail. In desperation, they called on the retired engineer who had solved so many of their problems in the past. The engineer reluctantly took the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge machine. At the end of the day, he marked a small “x” in chalk on a particular component of the machine and stated, “This is where your problem is”. The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly again.

The company received a bill for $50,000 from the engineer for his service. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges. The engineer responded briefly:

     One chalk mark...................................$1.00
     Knowing where to put it.....................$49,999.00

It was paid in full and the engineer retired again in peace.

“Ingeniarius, qui erat determinatus eximium dono omnibus elit . Post stipendia sua veritate, nam et super XXX annis , laetus abscessit . Aliquot post annos ad eum in societate amet, impossibile videtur quod in re non sunt , et cum uno ex illis , multimillion pupa machinas . Ut omnibus omnia egerant sed frustra operari tincidunt . In desperationem, qui invocabant Lamiam concessit tot problemata resolvi in praeteritum. Et aegre tulit reducere eros . Et ingenti studio, mansimus die apparatus . Finito die, insignis parva “x” aliqua pars apparatus dein in creta , ” Hic est, negotium utile .” Opus perficio machina partem substitutum est.Aliquam a $ 50.000 accepit reducere merito mauris . Et de sua interrogat an recensentur sumptus . Ingenarius breviter:

Unum creta marcam …………………………….. $ 1.00
Scire autem ubi posuerunt ………………… $ 49,999.00

Fugit iterum in ingeniarius persolutis et erat pax .”

24th June 2012

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while DARING GREATLY so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

Is est qui non comites, non offendit, qui aut fortem indicat actorem rerum melius geri potuerit. Cuius laus est in ipso homine, arena pulvis cuius facies foeda atque sudore ac sanguine, qui nititur fortitudinem errat desit qui semel et iterum, qui studiis multum scit magno ueniebat; ipse insumit digna causa, qui ad optimum maximum triumphi scit in finem factum, et ad extremum, si defecerit, non audacia certe cum mAXIME timidos locus eius qui nee unquam vinci an vicisse.

Theodore Roosevelt”

One of my Favorites – This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind… let it be something good.

Novum initium diei. Quia vobis datum est hodie uti velis. Uti potest aut bonum perderet. Quia tu hodie, quam facitis: alternis dies vitae magna enim. Cras cum venit hodie in perpetuum; quod in loco sit reliquissent tibi bonum.”

Trust but verify

Make IT happen

Always with IT

“Crede Deo, sed ad demonstrandum


Cum semper sit amet


How to block access to USB MEMORY stick in WINDOWS

June 10, 2012


I found a great post by these guys about how to stop access to USB memory sticks in WINDOWS and tweeted about it as follows :-

Who Knew 🙂 – Locking out USB Drives To Protect Your Computers via@trigonIT

BUT then I went to look for the article to share it with someone and found that they had removed the article, appreciate there an IT support company that need to make an income from their skills and knowledge, so if this is the case, don’t post valued stuff in the public domain and then take it away.

Take’s alot for me to post here, but very frustrated by this scenario !

Anyway  the following, without the great original write up from TRIGON IT is how to disable USB access on windows .

Change HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor Start field to 4

Rename c:\windows\inf\usbstor.inf to c:\windows\inf\usbstor.inf.old

Rename c:\windows\inf\usbstor.pnf to c:\windows\inf\usbstor.inf.old

More info from MICROSOFT here, that hasn’t been removed

2011 – they think it’s all over…

December 18, 2011

2011 –  it’s been a fun old year.

Your honoured 😉 – I don’t usually write on here, normally don’t have the time, so generally just post the odd 140 characters here and there on TWITTER –

Put the motorbike back on the road this year, it had been laid up outside for the best part of two years, I didn’t lay it up well, just basically parked it up after riding it through the winter without cleaning it ! I managed to find a website, there’s the odd one or two out there, that dealt with the bike I owned – Honda Shadow Owner’s Club UK – and got lots of information from like minded owners. Went through the manual and carried out a thorough service, did as much as I could myself, which was fun never having laid a spanner on the bike before and then got the shop to check a couple of things for me, main thing was that the battery needed replacing, didn’t even drain the fuel out, just re-energised it using PRO FST, full oil change and coolant change, Failed MOT on front brake switch ! not bad for being off road for best part of two years. Then the riding began 😉 from the MOT in April until bonfire weekend rode 1,200 miles, notable rides being – Ride out to Barton on Humber Bike night – INCREDIBLE, ride out to Humber bridge, Market Rasen – Willingham Woods and Cleethorpes and finishing the riding off with a ride out to Whitby’s Goth Weekend on bonfire weekend – don’t think there will be many miles in before 2012’s  MOT in April – cold weather has pulled in and salty dirty roads – but here’s hoping 🙂

Fishing – well again, I bought my permit for Poolsbook lakes and then didn’t fish them that much 😉 Fished a little pond near Arkwright village that’s just heaving with millions of small fish and would be great for the kids – picked up 17 crucian carp in an afternoon, none of them massive, but great sport. Fished a set of ponds at Barlborough and caught the biggest mirror carp I’ve ever caught – 8lb, lovely set of ponds, but because there close to the M1, like the ponds at Hardwick Hall – very noisy – which has put me off them. Moved from reel and float, waggler pellet to pole and float, pellet – very different way of fishing, very accurate and precise.

Bagged around 90 geocaches this year, about 1/3 rd of all the finds since I started geocaching in 2008, there’s a writeup on here about what it’s all about, so I won’t witter on about it, apart from to say I’ve now moved to using the Smart Phone for geocaching ( using the free – C:GEO) – which isn’t much fun when you loose data coverage ! but it does make the whole paper free caching thing work SO WELL 😉 and it’s a nice cheap hobby that get’s you out and about 😉

Mid year had a trip to the big city to help a buddy close his flat out, such a blast and sooooo much fun in 48 hours – incredibly memorable.

Later end of the year I went back to College, 25 years since I’d been there for my OND, this time it was to undertake the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, a 10 week and intensive homework program to obtain a teaching qualification – twas interesting to see how learning and teaching has changed dramatically in the 21st century, the facilities at college being completely different to 25 years ago, in the old days you had to send requests to a computer some 10 miles away and wait for the response, these days you can read and borrow books electronically and see all your lessons electronically – it all changes 😉 So the challenge I have is to change the qualification into formal teaching, should be a fun journey 😉

Recently went to Cresswell Crags and had a tour of one of the caves, crazy to walk around and see evidence of where early man lived 50,000 years ago !

Some other notable days out :-

British Museum – Elgin Marbles, Rosetta Stone

Tower of London – Crown Jewels

Bristol Zoo – could have watched the Gorilla’s for days and days 🙂

Natural history museum

Science museum

Bolsover Castle Medieval Weekend

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – what a great day out

Watching the fishermen and chilling out in Paignton harbour

Steam train ride to a great lunch in Dartmouth

If you got this far 😉 Well done – it must definately be time for a beer now 😉

Cheer’s and here’s to an exciting and entertaining 2012 🙂

Girl with Balloon

December 7, 2011

Girl with Balloon

This was on a street corner in BRIXHAM – It’s definitely a BANKSY, but is it an original or a copy – I can’t find out easily, but if you have details please send 😉

Do ANDROID’s dream of ipad’s covered in cotton wool

October 31, 2011

So if I had a USB or BLUETOOTH keyboard I would have a crack at writing this on my shiny ARCHOS 101 ANDROID tablet, but I’ll have to use the trusty MACBOOK PRO rather than hack an article together a letter at a time on the touchscreen.


I like APPLE technology, but find it lacking at times and your definitely paying a premium for its stealability  beautiful aesthetical design.


So about a year ago I needed a new phone contract and got a great deal via – a shiny ANDROID based WILDFIRE handset and contract for the same cash I previously just paid for telco service – the handset’s main downsides being processing power and battery life, couldn’t fix the former, but the latter could be fixed by an extended battery from e-bay – over 3x’s capacity for less than a tenner. The handsets upsides being the ANDROID operating system, far cheaper than IOS, but a lot more open, leaving it more open to security breaches, but it let me understand what all the fuss was about with these new fancy smartphones – you can take pictures, play games, listen to music, keep up with whats happening in the social Facebook / Twitter etc space, use the inbuilt GPS for driving directions or to replace the Garmin Summit I previously used for geocaching, read e-mail, know what you had coming next via your calendar, find out if it is going to rain in the next hour, pull up a map and find your way back to your car, buy stuff on e-bay while out having coffee and cakes and it can EVEN be used to speak to someone !


So crimble last year wandered round and I decided to pitch at one of the multitude of highly !!! spec’d ANDROID tablets on e-bay – iRobot / Mid  – it worked and had the advertised spec – but it was very poor at doing anything useful and I was very disappointed as it was a gift for someone else.


Anyway was wandering round Tesco’s the other day and spotted some of the new tablet’s theyve got in and had a bit of a look see – noticed the Archos 7″ unit @ £99 and the Archos 10″ unit at £150 – the 10″ unit looked quite nice – apart from it wouldn’t turn on, somebody, hopefully not the shop staff 😉 had plugged the power cord into the headphone socket, moved the power cable to the power in and read that it said hold power button for 10 secs to reboot, so thought I’d give it a go. After a VERY quick reboot had a bit of a play, seemed nice and nippy, but obviously didn’t have much loaded on it, it being a shop display model, so I pulled my memory stick out and plugged it in, one of the benefits of this unit, not seen on many tablets, is it’s standard USB port. Displayed pictures from memory stick really well and played moves really nicely. So after we finished shopping and got back home had a look round at some reviews on the internet, an updated firmware had been posted on the Archos website just a few days ago, showing to me that there still working on / developing the unit, didn’t find anything to bad about the unit, so I went back to the store and bought one. When I got it home and started setting it up the same unit was advertised on TV by HMV £20 quid cheaper, but I was so impressed with what I had bought that I wasn’t upset by the advert, I have since confirmed in the LOCAL HMV store that the unit is in fact cheaper and in stock – c’est la vie. Two current items that I’m a little concerned about are (i) the bottom of the touch screen doesn’t seem very sensitive, which can be a pain when touch typing (ii) The unit doesn’t always show 100% charged when it stops charging – but the battery when charged lasts for ages, maybe it’s just one of those things ? The unit has a high def screen and a 3d graphics processor and it really shows with many games like TANK HERO, FRUIT NINJA, PYXIDIS and the games play really well, no lag at all playing ANGRY BIRDS SEASONS the 1ghz processor really helping, unlike when playing on the WILDFIRE smartphone and its 600 mhz processors, Angry Birds running slow and laggy on this platform.

Initially the amount of APP’s available for download is limited by the bespoke marketplace (WHY, I don’t understand) , but having a dig around I discovered ARCTOOLS which enables the download and installation of GOOGLE MARKETPLACE V3.026 enabling the downloading of LOADS of stuff from the GOOGLE MARKETPLACE.


I also, like the built in Photo Frame application, it can connect directly to your Facebook and use your photos from Facebook.


Tried to use TWEETDECK, but I’ve replaced it with the far better implemented PLUME to keep abreast of what’s happening on TWITTER.


Anyway, I know there’s loads of tablets out there, but picking one up and using it in the shop and being able to connect a memory stick into it with personal files on it was great to see how it performed in the real world. Somethings are great bought online, but others like shoes 😉 are better bought from bricks and mortar shop.

Archos 101 Android tablet – so impressed I had to write about it





What’s TWITTER all about

July 17, 2011

I previously wrote a blog entry all about TWITTER, for some strange reason I put it on a separate page and did not link it back to the homepage, making it difficult to find, so if you’d like to have a quick read about what TWITTER’s all about you can get to the article I wrote here :-

Creating a VIRTUAL prescence

June 16, 2011

I do not confess to be an expert in this area! As I have been informed  – an X is something that was and a SPURT is a drip under pressure !

Recently attending a couple of DAIN Project meetings where experienced volunteers such as myself would PAY FORWARD to the new trainee’s and newly trained DIGITAL ACTIVISTS experience gathered whilst delivering DIGITAL INCLUSION activities to our local communities, we have been asked to share experience in a number of different ways (If this isn’t gramatically correct or doesn’t read perfectly I won’t apologise ! I’m sharing and if you want perfection please pay for it at places such as AMAZON.COM or WATERSTONES.COM !).

So the following are the key tools that I have used to create a PERSONAL VIRTUAL PRESCENCE over the last few years.

Firstly, and one of the most difficult was to come up with the BRAND, I wanted to include the family name, as I am very proud of who I am and where I’ve come from. I’ve been on the Internet for around 20 years and to prove that everything you do leaves a digital footprint here’s a link to a forum post I made in 1997 ! 

I also wanted to capture something that encompassed my insatiable thirst for knowledge, this having been triggered by the research I undertook whilst at POLYTECHNIC (University for you young un’s) into the area of ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and EXPERT SYSTEMS – I still cherish this thesis and re-read it from time to time, the text within it being as valid today as it was when I authored it some 20 plus years ago.

Thus was born the idea of the brand – INFORMATION and STOCKS, this obviously got mashed up into the main ALIAS I use when online INFOSTOCKSY

Taking this a step further I wanted this to become a VIRTUAL thing, so I went and registered the DOMAIN with WILD WEST DOMAIN’s for about £6 a year and thus was born INFOSTOCKSY.COM

The whole bailiwick comes together when knitted with the following services :-

WORDPRESS – I can write blog’s such as this and have used many different websites and tools over the years, read down to the inception of this blog and it links back to a BLOGGER account, which in turn links back to a MICROSOFT Blogging site ( which BEING Microsoft ! they have censored the WEB and taken that website down !

BUT blogging is NOT about which webstite or toolset you use, it’s about the words you type – It’s all about CONTENT

TWITTER – It take’s soooooooo long to write and edit blogs ! Twitter – 140 characters, said what I need to say and I’m done. Here’s a link to a BLOG article I wrote about Twitter that’s gives you loads of info about what the fuss is all about 

TWITVID – Sometimes I have video I want to share, twitvid allows me to upload it from my phone to there site and share a link to it via Twitter.

TWITPIC – Same as TWITVID but for pictures, feel free to search TWITPIC or TWITVID using the term infostocksy

FACEBOOK – Twitter’s a completely open network and can be seen by the world, hello mum ! Facebook on the other hand is a closed (ISH !)  network and can only be seen by people you allow, so you probably won’t get to see my Facebook account unless you can be TRUSTED ! as it’s private for friends and family.

All the above can or are connected to my FANTASTIC ANDROID MOBILE phone, so I can share stuff when I am away from my computer, for instance at the recent DIGITAL ACTIVIST get together I was tweeting some of the great points that were being discussed in order to capture the points and share with my twitter followers and the world about what was going on.

So, I am not going to edit this much, it is what it is ! and I find BLOGGING a challenge due to the effort to hack together a few hundred words such as this.

If it was fun to read (yawn) or helped you understand having a prescence on the Web and some of the tools you can use to enable this, please let me know via the million of ways you can connect with me – a follow on Twitter and a @ or D tweet would produce a smile.

Till next time – Google FUD ! Have fun and remember to PAY IT FORWARD –

Geocaching – whats that all about

January 22, 2011

As part of finding my 200th GEOCACHE I thought I would write a few notes on the fun activity that is GEOCACHING.

Basically, its treasure hunting utilising a GPS. You find the coordinates of little boxes of treasure people have hidden out in the wild and then go off and try and find them. Its a great way of getting out in the out doors and getting a bit of exercise and fresh air.

Cache’s can contain

  • Geocoins – ornately stamped coins that travel from one cache to another and can also have associated missions.
  • Travelbugs – items that generally carry a dog tagged code number, again they move from cache to cache and can have missions that they are trying to complete.
  • Trinkets / Goodies – generally the rule of thumb here is that you can take something from the cache so long as you leave something of equal value for others to find.
  • To date I have utilised 3 different SAT NAV / GPS devices for GEOCACHING
    • Initially the CAR SAT NAV
      • Concerned about it getting dropped or wet
      • Battery didn’t last long at all while out in the wild
      • Manually entering co-ords a pain
      • Getting used to heading and where we were going was fun !
    • Secondly purchased a ruggedised GARMIN SUMMIT
      • Black and White display, so batteries lasted forever
      • Ruggedised, so no fear of dropping it. Completely sealed and guaranteed for water immersion.
      • Entering coordinates in manually a pain
      • Invested in the PC data cable, so could download coordinates from
      • Unfortunately all that is downloaded are the coordinates and nothing else.
    • Currently enjoying using an ANDROID MOBILE phone
      • The FREE c:geo application is fantastic
      • As the units colour and doing other stuff as well, battery life is just about OK.
      • Unfortunately it’s quite an expensive SMART PHONE and Geocaching can be wet and muddy at times, the two not making for a great partnership.
      • Constant data connection allows virtually instant downloading of geocaching information, hints and tips etc whilst out in the field.
  • Had a few FTF’s – FIRST TO FINDS
    • One up in the Lake District, unfortunately nothing in value to move on in the cache.
    • One 1/2 hr after it was published and met another cacher coming to claim FTF on our way back to the car after we had bagged the FTF status !
  • Found some cleverly disguised MAGIC NET (magnet) caches fastened to metal street boxes.
  • Moved a little boys travel bug CAR, that had not moved since placing in a cache some four hundred miles.
  • Attended a few Geocaching meet ups, where fellow cachers get together for a pint and a sandwich and discuss there adventures.
    • Generally meet up’s will have a string of newly deployed caches in the area to give the event a fun based activity as well.
  • The 1st ever geocache found was interesting as we didn’t have a clue what we were looking for, stopped in a visitors centre for coffee and the guy behind the counter knew what we were upto as he was a fellow geocacher and he discussed things with us and gave us some pointers without giving the game away.
  • Done a number of great puzzle cache’s where each cache is part of a clue to the final coordinates of the main cache.
  • Carried out some technically difficult caches in woods where GPS coverage is always quite sporadic.
  • Been out for dinner, more than once, and decided to pick up a few caches in the local area, whilst not dressed appropriately !
  • Undertaken a couple of SECRET SANTA missions, one international and one based just in the UK. These are a pure joy as you get a SECRET package from a fellow cacher with lots of caching goodies in it.
  • Placed a couple of GEOCOINS out in the wild.
    • Steps in Time appears to have stalled after just short of 8000 miles travelled
    • The religious one seems to have disappeared after just short of 300 miles – Shame –
  • Collected (and moved on) all the 5 GARMIN GEOCOINS that were released into the wild.
  • Have now reached 200 plus finds and therefore can have UK, Europe and World ranking tracked via

To everyone’s caches we visited – TFTC – Thanks for the cache and the fun of the game.

INFOSTOCKSY has it’s own SHINY blog

March 24, 2010

So WORDPRESS is up there with BLOGSPOT for leaders in the BLOGOSPHERE.

This initial entry could daisy chain to other blog entry at – which if you follow the story links to MSN blog sphere, which is where my first attempts at PUBLIC blogging occurred. There’s some damn cracking posts for a starter for 10 as well – the photo’s from the Abbey Dale industrial Hamlet are a real delight for anyone with an engineering slant and the photo of the cold front over the house in NEW JERSEY is a must for newbie meteorologists, not to mention the photo of the log cabin that had a heart shaped pond viewable only from the upstairs balcony window !

SO – this post is the HELLO WORLD / starter for 10 entry on WORDPRESS for INFOSTOCKSY’s BLOG.

WWW.INFOSTOCKSY.COM is still finding it’s feet and has been living on re-directs since purchase – one day Ill find enough £ to decvelop further and find a static IP address for it to host something or other, but until then glasses raised to all those, like WORDPRESS and BLOGSPOT that provide us with “virtually” free services to inter connect (if it ever goes commercial It may not be as much FUN and OPEN as the free web version) .

TTFN – twitter @infostocksy for more regular updates, micro blogging / tweets are less time invasive than full blown blogs. There’s lots of photos and video’s in the twitter history if you read through.

Enjoy, have fun and make sure F.U.D. is kicked out the door, and TRUST but VERIFY is utilised to maintain safety in CYBER SPACE…