...does it exist?
So I have replaced my dead Thinkpad X32 with its evolutionary successor, the X200, which is a rather nice machine with a full sized keyboard that will make blogging a little bit easier. X200s can be picked up on ebay, with 4GB of ram, for just over £100, and represent very good value indeed. My machine needed some superglue around the screen, but beyond this glitch it still feels as sturdy as a rock.
After a three week absence from blogging, I logged in to my account today to discover that the number of readers today was around 330, which is no different to what it was when I was actively blogging. It's my own little Turing test from which I can deduce the main core of my readers comprise software scripts that scour my pages, looking for keywords like a drunkard scrambling around in the dark looking for his lost keys, submitting interesting but completely incoherent spam marketing comments. We will play this game for a while longer, my wild abandoned children of the ether.
This is good news because it means that I can flood my blog with content of personal relevance, without any view to playing to an audience. Be warned though, cherished humans and bots alike, for there will come a time when this blog goes off line, although by the time this is ready to take effect it was have hopefully morphed into something that is so recognisably non-blog that my meat-based readers will have long deserted. If I am successful, the go-dead date will be 13th September 2015, marking a decade of incoherent ramblings.