De-Googling My Life 06 – What I Can’t Replace

The process of de-Googling my life has now come to end, and I’m pretty happy with the results. However, we all know that Google pretty much runs the Internet, and although I have managed to escape the clutches of Google in many ways, there are some Google services that are simply not feasible for me […]

De-Googling My Life 05 – Gmail

Ok guys, it’s time. Let’s be honest, this is the article in the series you have all been waiting for. Gmail is a goner! This was by far the most difficult part of the whole process, as I am heavily reliant on Gmail. Not just for email, but also for my calendar and contacts. I […]

De-Googling My Life 04 – Google Drive

Ok then, I’ve do-Googled myself from the simple stuff – search, browser, analytics and social media are all done. So that only leaves the tough stuff – Google Drive and Gmail (inc. contacts and calendar). I’m pleased to say that I have found, and I’m using, replacements for both. However we’re going to focus on […]

Why You Should Own Your Own Domain

Unless you have been living in a bubble for the last 20 years, the Internet is probably a very large part of your life. From establishing an online identity, to having a personally branded email address that’s easy to share. Owning your own domain name has a lot of advantages. What is a domain? Chances […]

De-Googling My Life 03 – Google+

Ok then, now we’re on to the serious stuff. I have managed to sucessfully get rid of the easier stuff, like Google Search & Chrome and Google Analytics, but now I’m starting to look at the Google services that have a larger impact on my daily workflow. Google+ Google+, if you don’t know it, is […]

De-Googling My Life 02 – Analytics

Didn’t you know? I’m De-Googling my life! I’ve already spoken about replacing my search engine & browser, so now we’re on to the next step – replacing Google Analytics. Google Analytics If you don’t own a website, you have probably never heard of Google Analytics, let alone used it. Basically, it is a powerful tool […]

De-Googling My Life 01 – Browser & Search

So my de-Googling adventure begins, and I thought I would start with some of the more simple stuff to replace – yes, I know, it’s a cop-out, but I’m trying to change habits of the last decade here, so I’m easing myself in. In this article I’m going to be focussing on changing my browser […]

De-Googling My Life Series

I love Google products. They’re easy to use, they look good, and for the most part, they work really well. I was having a conversation with a friend the other day, and we were talking about what would happen if Google closed their doors tomorrow. I quickly realised that I would be in a world […]

How To Tour On A Small Motorbike

GS1200, Multistrada, Tiger Explorer, FJR1300 – these bikes are all synonymous with touring and doing long miles, but they’re all well in excess of 1000cc and are physically very large. Comparatively, I have the very small Versys 650, and at 6’3″ tall, it’s possible for even me to tour on it. Here’s how to tour […]

How The RAC Treated An Elderly, Vulnerable Biker

The picture below shows me and some friends, whilst on a pretty wet trip around the north coast of Scotland. The gentleman in the middle of the image is my friend Nick. Nick is a 79 year old pensioner with cancer; and this is the story about how the RAC left Nick to sleep rough […]