Wednesday, 12 March 2008


First of all, thank you for finding this blog!

I thought I'd use this post to explain what "Keeping IT Going" (of KIG for short) is about. It's not about cutting-edge technology, it's not about antique restorations, it's not about Modding. I have nothing against any of those things, but this blog is not about them.
No, it's about what most of us on a budget have to do - keep our existing and expensive technology equipment going for as long as possible.

If I had the money, I'd love to go for the latest equipment - I'd love to be an 'early adopter', to have the latest version of the iPhone, the Macbook Air, the Vista Pro (well, actually, I'm not that sure about the last named). I'd be as pleased as Punch o be able to go to one of the leading tech retailers, see something I like and buy it without flinching when running it through the till.

The big problem being, of course, that I don't have the money, and for what money I do have, I have other uses. Eating, mostly, also mortgage, heating and lighting, that sort of thing. (Clothes are less of an issue - I'm an aging geek so I have loads of similarly aging rock and SciFi tees to cover the midriff armrest; as long as I have a regular supply of clean socks, underwear and jeans, I'm more-or-less happy)

So, I make the most of what I have. And what I have is a collection of long past their best computers and other tech equipment, a good enough knowledge of how they are put together, a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife and an eBay account.

I'll be listing my past and present tech equipment in a separate post, in case anyone wants to know on what basis I decided to start this blog (and, if I get around to it, related podcast!)

I hope it will be a two way thing, this blog; I don't claim to know everything (as my searches on Google and Wikipedia will show) and sometimes get stumped by a particular problem - which I will be posting here, just in case someone is actually reading!

Mostly, I'll be posting about my efforts to keep the (as mentioned above) separately listed equipment running and doing the things I want it to do; surf the net, record podcasts, edit websites and blogs, play the occasional game, that sort of thing. If I find something that might be of use to someone else, I'll post it here. Ditto if I have a problem I cannot solve. Ditto if I ever succumb to buying something new!
Au Res.,

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