Jamie Balfour BSc

Welcome to my personal website!

Technology enthusiast

I am very interested in technology, particularly relating to computer science. I am most interested in web design and development.

My main hobby is programming. One of my most well known products from this is ZPE. I also am the sole creator of BalfBlog, BalfBar and BalfSlider.

A little bit about me

In 1997, when I was six years of age, I got my very first computer. I was always very interested in the ins and outs of it and dismantled it to see how it worked.

Years later, in 2016 I received my BSc (with honours) in Computer Science, obtaining a First class degree.

I'd like to welcome you to my website and hope you enjoy using it as much as I have enjoyed building it!

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Computing

This section is more about my technology than it is about me.

About my interest in computing

Since about the age of 7, I have always had an interest in computers and technology. We got our first family Windows 95 system in 1997 when I was six - a Tiny Pentium II with a 1GB hard drive.

At the age of 7, I got my first computer, a 600MHz Pentium III and boy was it fast. It started up in about 30 seconds running Windows 98. It also had a dedicated 1MB graphics card (unbranded).

From age 7, I have always wanted to go into teaching. At first this was primary school teaching.

In secondary school I changed this slightly when I decided I wanted to become a secondary school History teacher. This did not last long and I suddenly wanted to become a secondary school teacher in IT/Computing as I discovered my talent.

People were coming to me with problems they had with computers and my nickname Binary Balfour came about.

By third year of school, not only my friends knew me as Binary Balfour, teachers were asking me to help them with IT problems and so on.

Specifications

The technology

The Zebra X2

2013...

  • Gigabyte GA-Z87-UD3H motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 4770K 3.5GHz CPU @ 3.5GHz
  • 8GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz
  • Corsair 600T Special Edition white case with USB 3.0
  • Corsair HX850 PSU
  • Samsung EVO 840 250GB SSD using SATA 6Gbps
  • XFX AMD Radeon 7950 DD Ghost
  • Windows 8.1 Professional with Media Center x64
  • Marley headphones
  • Dell S2340T touch screen LED backlit IPS monitor with DisplayLink, DisplayPort and HDMI
  • Dell S2340T built-in speakers
  • Hauppauge PVR-1700 DVB-T tuner
  • FireWire 800 card
  • Logitech G500 gaming mouse
  • Logitech G510 gaming keyboard and Logitech Illuminated Keyboard (general use)
  • 1TB Western Digital Green, 1TB Hitachi DeskStar, 2TB Western Digital Green hard drives

The Zebra

2011 - 2013

  • Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3 motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 2600K 3.5GHz CPU @ 3.4GHz
  • 8GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 RAM @ 1333MHz
  • Corsair 600T Special Edition white case with USB 3.0
  • Corsair HX850 PSU
  • OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD using SATA 3Gbps
  • XFX AMD Radeon 7950 DD Ghost
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Marley headphones
  • Asus PA238Q LED backlit IPS display with HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA inputs.
  • Corsair SP2100 speakers
  • Hauppauge PVR-1700 DVB-T tuner
  • FireWire 800 card
  • Logitech G500 gaming mouse
  • Logitech G510 gaming keyboard and Logitech Illuminated Keyboard (general use)
  • 1TB Western Digital Green, 1TB Hitachi DeskStar, 2TB Western Digital Green hard drives

The Platypus

2009 - 2011

  • Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3 motherboard
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz @ 3.2GHz
  • 4GB OCZ Platinum DDR2 RAM
  • Lian-Li PC60-Plus B case
  • Corsair HX850 PSU
  • OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD using SATA 3Gbps
  • XFX AMD Radeon 5670
  • Windows XP and Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Philips Wireless headphones
  • Dell P2310h professional LCD monitor
  • Labtec Arena 685 speakers
  • Hauppauge PVR-1700 DVB-T tuner
  • eSATA card
  • Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 v3 Mouse
  • Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 v3 Keyboard
  • 1TB Western Digital Green, 1TB Hitachi DeskStar, 2TB Western Digital Green hard drives

Everything Apple

When I got my first iPhone in 2009 I experienced my second Apple product, after the iPod Shuffle I won at school. Later in 2009, I tried to convince my mother not to get an iMac. She totally went against my advice and got one. That iMac was the Mac that introduced me to Apple properly.

After a few months of playing about with it I admitted to really enjoying it, but was not turned to Apple at that point. I traded my iPhone in a got a Windows Phone 7 based phone because I had previously being using Windows Mobile 6. In December 2010, I decided to use some of my savings along side my mother to purchase an iPad, mainly as I was in hospital at the time and therefore wanted my mother having something to do whilst she was visiting me and staying there over night. We pretty much went halfers on a 16GB 3G iPad 1st generation. My lovely aunty had one before and she brought it to me in October 2010 when I went into hospital. In about March 2010, I sold my half of the iPad back to my mother because she wanted to own the whole iPad.

In September 2011, I finally decided to make the change from my PC to Mac. I ordered the first Thunderbolt MacBook Pro 13" and I have never looked back since. I'm very much in love with OS X and there's nothing anyone can say to sway me away. I don't mind paying a premium for something that works. As a temporary solution to my jealousy of my brother's iPhone and being stuck with a rubbish Windows Phone, I got an iPod Touch 4th Generation. After 16 of 24 months with the Windows Phone I got rid of it, thank goodness. I then got an iPhone 5 16GB and a 4G contract in October 2012. In February 2014 I bought my own iPad Air 32GB 4G. This time I am happy to say, I will be keeping it.

I then got a new MacBook and this time went for the top model available in 2014, a 2013 Retina display model and then a new iPhone 6 64GB as well as a Mac mini to top off 2014.

My devices

My Apple devices Current
  • Apple TV Third Generation
  • Mac mini 2012 2.3GHz i7 quad core 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD 16GB RAM
  • iPhone 6 64GB 4G Vodafone
  • MacBook Pro with Retina display October 2013 15" (highest end)
  • iPad Air 32GB 4G
  • iPod Touch 32GB
Family shared
  • iMac 2009 1TB ATI 4670
Previous
  • iPhone 5 16GB
  • MacBook Pro 2011 13" with Thunderbolt (lowest end)
  • iPad 16GB 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPod Shuffle 2nd Generation 2GB

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