Walk

This year, I need to walk more, I need to cycle more, I need to move more and leave the car at home, especially for short journeys.

At lunchtime today, I took a walk to the high street to buy some stamps at the mobile post office; it only comes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a couple of hours.

It was good to get out of the house, breathe in some fresh air and admire how muddy my usual walking loop had become after so much rain. The local fields are drenched and flooded in places.

Here is to more walking in 2024.

Happy New Year 2024

Sitting at my table enjoying the peace and quiet

Over the last few weeks, I have been pondering what I need to focus on in 2024. It came to me the other day: I need to both slow down and move more.

I love working from home, but I now live a mostly sedentary life which has been terrible for my health. I need to move more.

Despite my sedentary lifestyle, I try to pack as much into each day as I can—I am always busy… too busy. I need more space in my life, more rest, more peace and quiet.

I enjoyed a moment this morning just sitting in silence at my table, looking out my window to the blue sky and sunshine. It was nice to just ‘be’.

In the early afternoon, I went for my first bike ride of the year. Just 25 minutes, but enough to get me moving and feel the sun on my face and the biting cold wind tear through my clothing, chilling me to the bone.

A good start to the year.

Desktop clock

I like to have a large desktop clock on my PC.

I use the Desktop Clock gadget for 8GadgetPack (which enables the use of Windows 8 gadgets to Windows 7, 8.1, 10 and 11).

But I can’t have one on my work laptop as they the company IT policy is to lock down installations to only their pre-approved list of applications.

But I can open a website…

And modern browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge allow the installation of webpages as apps.

So, I have written my own clock script that I can install as a Chrome or Edge app on my work laptop and resize the window to the bottom right of my screen. You can find the code on my GitHub.

It’s so pretty…

https://www.garethjmsaunders.co.uk/clock/

Where are you going?

Logo for Where are you going? podcast

One of my recent favourite podcasts is Where are you going? by the chatty and endearing Catherine Carr.

The premise is simple: Carr approaches strangers in the street or park and introduces herself, “Hello, I make a podcast where I ask people, ‘Where are you going?'” and then she listens and gently probes and during the next 5 to 15 minutes unearths the most extraordinary of stories from ordinary people.

But, let’s face it, nobody is truly ordinary—everyone has a remarkable story to tell, everyone’s experience and perspective is unique. And Catherine Carr, who has worked her whole career in radio, has a beautiful way of drawing these stories out through genuine intrigue and interest.

The episodes, which are released each Tuesday and Friday, are short but packed with detail and charm. It’s like everything that is great about BBC Radio 4 squeezed into a pocket-sized podcast.

Subscribe to Where are you going? where you usually find your podcasts, or listen to episodes online; also check out her Instagram account.

Right now, I’m going to stay seated at my desk to update someone’s website. After that, I have dinner to make for my children.

CSS hack to view more devices on BT Home Hub Manager

For my broadband, I use a BT Home Hub. On the whole, it’s been great, but one thing that has bugged me a little is on the My Devices admin screen.

Take a look at the small window they give you to view the device details, at most you can see only four devices listed.

Before: A small window allowing you to see the details of only four devices

I reckoned that I could something about that, so dug into the HTML and CSS code on the Hub Manager page.

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