Jamie Balfour BSc

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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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Since I am to receive an honours degree on the 21st of June, I am now at the biggest crossroads in my life. I have four different paths that I can now take, all of which I have been considering for sometime:

  1. Go out and get a job - Find a job in computing or computing-related work. I really do want to do this right now and would happily do this.
  2. Go and get my teacher training - This one is the one that I have always wanted to do, until very recently when this path hit a great big bump and I've been left wondering if it's worth it or not.
  3. Do an MSc - with a First Class degree it would not be that hard for me to go out and do a Masters degree, but I don't really feel like I want to learn any more stuff through being taught.
  4. Do a PhD - it was always my plan to go and do a PhD at some point in my life, and I originally wanted to do a couple of years of teaching before it, but after just finishing my dissertation and really enjoying the research side of things I feel that there is no better time than now. If I find a PhD I like some time soon, I will go down that route. 

I'm currently really enjoying the time off/working freelance for the last time but I really need to move to the next place. 

10.06.2016

I've given up on teaching. Obviously there are enough people doing teacher training and teaching computing in Scotland for them to need me. I do not think I will reconsider this in the future now, since if I go out and work I will not want to disrupt all of that now. If I go and do a PhD I will aim to be a lecturer instead.

As much as one of my YouTube videos states that Windows 8 is in my opinion a recommendation, I will not be purchasing it. Sure DirectX 12 will not function on Windows 7 and that means I cannot take advantage of this great new API. Unfortunately, that is not enough to make me give up features that I use and need on a regular basis.

Windows 8

For a start, I could not give up the Aero glass theme as I am and have always been a fan of the theme. I could live without it but I would rather not have to trade in something I love for something that I may prefer for features like DirectX 12. I am not too much of a gamer these days anyway.

The next reason is because I have bought loads of software for Windows 7 (much more than before) and a lot of this is now incompatible with Windows 8, for example Stardock Windows Blinds 7. Even if it is compatible, most of it looses its novelty.

I will not be upgrading my desktop, MacBook Pro or netbook to Windows 8. In fact, this business is pushes me to love Windows 7 and Mac OS X more and more by the day.

Finally, I have heard that because of the fact that it is a new design of the Windows operating system, it is glitchy from the kernel upwards. I am not going too much into this but I have discovered that a lot of drivers that I used on 7 do not work with 8. Therefore, compatibility is something that I would loose with a lot of hardware. I just could not use 8 without full compatibility.

Since I now own Stardock WindowBlinds 8 for Windows 8 after the recent release, I have since transferred over to Windows 8 and I am loving it. I have the Start8 from Stardock to bring back the Start button and I have a Dell S2340T touchscreen display.

Also, my Gigabyte board has since had drivers released for Windows 8, meaning I can use it together with Windows 8.

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