So today marked the day I completed my move out of Huddersfield; I am now a resident of Manchester.

Susanna, the cats and I are all now across in Manchester though I expect to be commuting to Huddersfield University as I continue lecturing there. (More about my work this year later this month.)

A quick reminisce about the past and the cool things that have happened in Huddersfield, the establishment of the Inclusive Improv, Week(end) of Speakers, Creative Pact, The Huddersfield Experimental Laptop Orchestra, HELOpg, the starting of The Audio Podcast, HWOP, the formation of the On Time Production House, the 2011 ICMC UnConf, hosting Sonic Arts Meeting Groups and the Laptop Christmas Party – many of these will continue.

The Manchester move is really exciting prompted by various work opportunities and a desire for a change of pace and scene. I will however miss the various friends and the church I have attended in Huddersfield.

I have been talking about the move on my daily podcast as part of creativepact.

The move has also trigger a reconsideration of priorities as I feel a return to commercial work with a strong ethical focus, consequently I all ready have a number of secret projects I can not share fully. But internet and housing are in the mix.

And https://hackmanchester.com/ looks really cool.

So this morning at OggCamp 2012 I decided to propose a talk, which after a brief time in limbo was excepted. Was nice to present in an informal setting so talked through my WIFI Broken thought exercise my notes as always will be online at http://show.scotthewitt.co.uk.

Later on enjoyed a presentation about the Raspberry Pi project, which persuade me to buy one, which I intend to deploy as either a VPN server or a media thin client.

Also got to see a ColourHug which I heard about a long time ago but never got to see, was interesting to hear the story of the ColourHugs development and some of the practicalities of open hardware development.

Finally enjoy the OggCamp raffle which ended in a very entertaining impromptu auction when the grand prize was declined be the winner.

Then a quick dash to the train to get home early for tea with Susanna – Bye OggCamp2012 !!

After enjoying robotic boats first thing, Saturdays second session was vector maths by John Sharp followed by a look at the German Enigma machine (presented by Nahuel Marisi) and the human user introduced vulnerabilities. Made me realise how little I know about the competitive, equivalent Allies encryption technologies.

Finally enjoyed the live show contest between the Linux Outlaws and UK Ubuntu Podcast.

Now for tea and then the party.

Have arrived in Liverpool fine, baulked at the cost of sandwich at Manchester Station so instead enjoyed KFC after checking into the hotel. Am staying in the Adelphi hotel in the middle of Liverpool which is a bit grim – full of stag dos, grannies and for two nights only geeks. It reminds me of the Pennsylvania hotel I stayed in, while visiting New York for ICMC 2010.

Enjoyed an evening drinking far to much Pepsi in the bar while discussing suitably geek topics such as Arch, expectations of online privacy and a possible explanation for the slowness of the bar based on incorrect compiler flags.

All in all a good start to OggCamp 2012.

While I was in London last week I bought some new, old old glass. A Nikkor 24mm 2.8 AFD lens. It is actually the second time I have owned this glass having previously traded it for a Nikkor 17-55 2.8 AFS so why the step back.

Ben Weeks

Firstly I still have the 17-55 glass, its a daily work horse and the flexibility is really useful but its big and heavy. This is where the 24mm excels.

The Nikkor 24mm 2.8 AFD is small, light weight and very flexible, it does have a tendency to flare and produce UFOs if you shoot straight into a light source, but with care its not a major problem. It focus close enough and has a wide enough view that it works great as a walk around every day lens and the fast (enough) 2.8 aperture means it can be used at night as well. Ideal for holidays. In fact when combined with a camera with Dynamic Area AF it actually works well as a high quality compact.

Well I am happy to get the class back and expect it to be my default lens for non work stuff. If you want to see some of my photos why not check out my photography portfolio at http://photo.scotthewitt.co.uk.