The Hudl from Tesco

I'm becoming increasingly reliant on having some kind of tablet type computing device with me. My favourite is still the iPad mini, which works brilliantly as far as I'm concerned. It's one of those things that just works. Shame you can't actually do any programming on it though. A decent lightweight C IDE on the iPad would be nice... but I digress.

However, the iPad is not the type of thing I want to chuck in my bag and drag round Cambridge all day. If I damaged my iPad I would be very upset indeed.... they are not cheap to replace.

So I have been looking for a cheaper tablet, something where I would not be quite so upset if I dropped it or scratched it. As long as I can get online and run a couple of apps I'll be OK. But this would be slightly more expendable than an iPad.

So I've decided to try out the Hudl from Tesco. It seems to have a very decent spec for the price, and if you buy it online and use your Clubcard points you can get further discounts.

I went into a Tesco store to try one out... but the demo machine was locked down and would do little more than play some promotional videos. I wanted to fire up the browser, look around in the Google Play store and that kind of thing. Unfortunately, the demo machines don't let you. Boo...

So you need to buy one to have a proper play. I've bought one now, and will report back if there are any important developments.

Some nice autumn mornings in Cambridge

It has been a beautiful autumn - my favorite time of the year. Yes, we've had a few storms too, but we've also had some absolutely fantastic days where the sky has been clear and blue.

Recently, I've been starting early in the mornings, so when I've walked through the streets of Cambridge in the early morning sunshine I've snapped some pictures on my phone.

The picture quality isn't great (I have an iPhone 3GS which is quite old now), but hopefully you'll get an idea of the sights I have been enjoying.

Here is a view along the river Cam ... looking along the backs:

Here's Kings College, looking nice in the early morning sunshine:

And this is the Senate House, which is also near Kings:

....it's certainly no hardship to walk around these streets, even if it is before 8am. In fact, it might be the best time of day to experience it.