Welcome to Us in Orbit.

This site is a personal blog and article site for Bob and Angeliki, it doesn’t attempt to document our lives but aims to be a vent for thoughts and information.

I (Bob) was formerly a lecturer before being tempted back to industry, but I like to offer my assistance to anyone who has an interesting question. So if you have some challenges, if you want my opinion then please contact me and I will consider publishing a response. I would also like to offer consultancy on a commercial basis if you are venturing into areas where I might be useful. Students are welcome to pose me questions related to their studies, although I don’t expect to be doing your work for you and I will be unlikely to provide references sufficient to make my words truly authoritative.

Many thanks,


I was just replying to a potential supplier, one who's products I think are so amazing that I won't say their name because it will give away my plans (they only have one product at the moment). I really want to use their product, desperately, it seems that their current product doesn't quite meet all my needs, but roll on 2008/9 and they might be ready. But their product is so useful that I've found many other uses for it in my product range, damn. I lamented to my liason:

 "Oh, how I wish I had a free hand with my work sometimes, what havoc and beauty I would inflict on the world of technology."

I was going to continue my lamenting, but I thought that was enough for a suppliers sensibilities. But I wondered, if I prove myself with a killer product/feature, perhaps I could get some indulgance with future crazy ideas, they'ed have to work out for the first couple of times, but I think they would.

 Does the tempering provided by my commercial colleagues make a better product or does it restrict my creativity? For surely pretty much all that I, as a technologist do is think creatively? Now I rationalise and I think perhaps the tempering is good for business, but perhaps not so good for the world in general? Shouldn't I be let off my leash from time to time?