Monday, April 21, 2014

Completing the Regent's Canal

It was way back on the last day of 2011 that i began my London canal odyssey and began to walk the Regent's Canal which crosses North London from near to Paddington station all the way across to the Thames in East London's docklands. I didn't actually walk much of the Regent's that first time but last year walked all of the canal eastwards from Kings Cross. There was still the western bit to complete though which i did at the weekend. You can see my photographs here.

Other Regent's Canal photos can be seen here, here, here and here where it all began, and aptly ends too!

POTD : Hereford Cathedral

In the second of our new series Photo Of The Day we feature the beautiful Hereford cathedral. Dating from the 11th century itself the cathedral also houses the Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map of the world.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Photo Of The Day

Introducing a new daily (or close enough) feature to this blog, the Photo Of The Day which will include photos i have taken around the UK. Now i have two photo blogs already dedicated to inland waterways and railways but this will be a series of photographs covering any subject. There will be still be photos of trains and canal boats sometimes but also photos like... well a cow on a London balcony.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A new loco for Eskalon

Full coverage can be seen on the Project Eskalon blog but my model railway has had a new arrival in the form of this lovely diesel locomotive.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Biplane of 2014 #1

Project 055 is the latest model project and is a Nieuport N. 28 C-1 World War 1 fighter. Its the first of a number of biplanes i have in my backlog. Years ago biplanes used to give me a lot of trouble, now i am a lot better with them. They look vaguely flyable anyway! Still twice as much wing to paint of course!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The code for MS-DOS at last!

Microsoft have donated the source code for MS-DOS 1.1 and 2.0 and Word for Windows 1.1a to the Computer History Museum. The source code can be downloaded and read. Its fairly interesting but only for historical reasons.

I had a brief look through the source code for COMMAND.COM, my 8086 assembler is a bit rusty (and was never that good to be honest) but it seemed fairly straightforward. Of course these early versions of MS-DOS were far more basic and limited than modern operating systems like Mac OSX but then again the file sizes were somewhat smaller...

I still remember buying MS-DOS 4.01 on diskette to upgrade the Amstrad PC we had at the time, which came with version 3.2. I used to be quite nifty at writing batch files though can barely remember any of the language nowadays! @echo off or something...