backing up

Thought I just would write a little (technical) note on backing up…
Something I am very diligent about, because I rely on my software ecosystem and it saves so much time having backups readily available (and synchronised).
I use github (for online versioning of source code), dropbox for stuff I’m working on outside work, I have shared drives at work and home which automatically backup most of my files.
So that’s between two and four copies of everything digital that’s important in my day-to-day life.

June progress

Work is interesting, getting some more responsibility and some very taxing, brain tingling challenges. Low-level Linux system programming, C, networking.
Contemplating the roles of charities and challenges associated with digital marketing, encouraging applications and grant allocation.
Looking forward to holidays in Switzerland and California over the summer.
Accessible technology, as always, is a constant interest. Maximising the efficiency of voice recognition computer control, interfacing with the iPhone and home media centres.

software and festivals

interesting project started, programming in traditional C and doing interesting things with database libraries.
Getting to a decent stage with a crude hack that allows me to use my iPhone through my computer (iPhone five no less) using voice commands.
whIzz2000 on github for anyone inclined
organising festivals including Paleo in Switzerland and wilderness and Cornbury and Southwest four in the UK.
all the best to you

it’s my life 2

book launch for the new book from aspire charity last night

said some words, I think I mumbled about  doing the same things now that I wanted to do before my accident, reducing the number of compromises made etc

book is absolutely fantastic: “it’s my life  2”

will try and find a link…

Girdlers Award

Transcription of the profile kindly written by  Dot Tusler (physio lead at Stoke Mandeville hospital):



For over 20 years the Girdlers’ charity has made an annual grant to the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Centre. The grant goes towards helping those with spinal injuries, participate in sport as in-patients and importantly, after their departure.

The winner of the Girdlers’ Medallion this year is Tom Nabarro. Tom was an engineering student at Brunel University in 2007 when he had a snowboarding accident. He acquired a C4 spinal injury: complete paralysis of his body and legs.

Tom underwent 15 months of rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, developing a good understanding of the medical condition. He thought a lot about the role of IT for people with spinal injuries, especially with regard to alternative computer input methods for people, unable to use a mouse and keyboard. Tom graduated with a first class honours degree in Electronics and Microelectronic Engineering, along with two awards – one for overall best student, and the other for his placement achievement, which was presented by Siemens.

Tom then started his career in software development with a specialist communications company in Romsey. He continues to create network-related software for government and private organisations.

Tom is involved in mentoring and advocacy for people with spinal cord injuries; giving feedback to assist in the development of personal health budgets; sitting on steering groups related to disability; helping with document reviews for the Department of Health.
Tom has had articles published on disabled access, travel and coping strategies.

Tom’s experience was most recently documented, from his and his mother’s perspective, in a book by a clinical psychologist. Tom’s story features in, “To Hell and Back – personal experiences of trauma and how we recover and move on”.

Tom is a mentor for the charity “Back Up” that works with individuals at Stoke Mandeville. He has assisted several newly injured people at Stoke Mandeville, in providing information and support. Tom’s manner has helped many, in having their questions answered, and anxieties relieved, in a way not possible from the rehabilitation team.

Tom has also provided training and support to professional groups. He gave the keynote presentation at the recent Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.

Tom is an inspirational person, and a positive role model in all he does. He demonstrates independence and abilities in all he undertakes. He is accompanied by his wife Ellen, and Claire Guy from Stoke Mandeville.