Blogs Posts by Nick McHardy

Welcome to my blog, where I cover tech, games and whatever else that’s interesting in the universe like vinyl, fusion jazz and side projects.

This website is inspired by the web of the late 90s - no, not just the style of the site - but also harking back to a time when people would set up websites (probably on Geocities or similar) and write about anything that interested them. Most of the websites looked terrible (my first few sites were no exception) but it was so liberating having your own site. So here’s my modern-day version of that late 90s vibe.

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There’s also a 🍊 Garden Diary to check out. It’s sometimes updated as the seasons change.

Latest Posts

Can you post-moderate architechure?

📅 Posted 2021-09-11 (10 minute read)

This is a bit of a thought experiment. Recently I wondered about how much rigour and big G ‘governance’ is helpful in architecture. Specifcally, the digital architecture kind I’m involved with in a daily basis. I want to see the role of governance accelerating teams to make great architectural decisions, not to hinder them. In some ways, this is similar to prescriptive procurement processes passed down from generation to generation: if they’re preventing teams from making great decisions, maybe the process isn’t so good after all?


50 shades of asphalt

📅 Posted 2021-08-28 (3 minute read)

Next time you’re on the road, look around you. Experience the sea of cars all painted with greys, silvers, charcoals, gunmetals, blacks and whites. But mostly you’ll probably just see that super common “tar” colour. Why are cars so darn boring when it comes to colours these days? We have the technology to use such a huge range of colour and yet every car on the road is somehow almost the same colour as the road itself!


So I'm a 'Creator Innovator', what does that mean when working with ideas?

📅 Posted 2021-08-25 (8 minute read)

So I haven’t posted about leadership training for a while now, so it’s probably a good time to get back into sharing my thoughts and experiences. For context, the leadership team in my job meets as a group, approximately every month or so, for half a day, to improve how we work together. Today, I’d like to drill into the topic of “ideas” as they relate to some personality profiling we also did.


My site on a text-based browser

📅 Posted 2021-08-13 (1 minute read)

Super quick post today, could probably be a tweet, but eh! Here’s what this site looks like on a text-based browser, in this case, Lynx: Not bad I reckon. I can imagine a lot of modern sites look pretty trash in CLI mode. But I guess this site is hardly trying to be “modern” from it’s design, I mean, chiselled buttons that look like buttons? That would never be allowed in a modern site!


Turning a classic CRT into a Smart TV

📅 Posted 2021-06-21 (6 minute read)

This is less of a guide, more of an ‘oh, it can work’ experiment. So it’s only partly serious and mostly fun. So buckle up! I apologise in advance for the camera work - CRTs displaying interlaced content are hard work! My original idea was to set up a connection from my PC to the TV to play old games and I did investigate going down the SDI route, however strangely my Sony PVM doesn’t play nicely with the SDI module in place.