We had some fun with the team this week and posed the question above to them.  It has sparked some really interesting discussions about what would be important in the this situation, so lets see what everyone would take with them and why.  We discussed the feasibility of electricity on the island, and decided that we had found a bunker which had hydro-electric generator!

Mark

I would take my old tech LW/MW/AM radio and a soldering iron, why? Because unlike a mobile phone the battery would last longer than a day, it can receive signal in most countries of the world, it can’t be tracked like mobile phones or laptops so nobody could find me.  I’m an RAF trained electronics engineer and its old tech so I could re-purpose it to transmit an SOS signal giving my location when I chose to do so, but not before I’d enjoyed the isolation with some enjoyable music.  I think I could do with some time on my own before calling for help. 😊

Craig

I would take an iPod/music player as you are never alone when you have music or a satellite GPS tracker…

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Ian

My piece of technology would be a fully loaded iPod (and headphones) with all types of music, so I could still hear other people’s voices, but still get to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

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Colin

If I was stuck on a desert island, I would choose to have a solar-powered virtual reality system. This means that when I get fed up of the sunshine, I can in effect go back to the wind and the rain of home etc. It would have infinite uses so would be an effective virtual escape from the ennui of being stuck on an island.

I would also have my brick phone for the first 8 days, as that’s how long the battery lasts.

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Gareth

I would take my laptop with me, because there is a 1% chance I might have signal on the 4g sim on it to binge watch Netflix while working on my tan until I get rescued. 😂

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Marko

For me it would be simple – My mobile phone.

I’d make sure it is packed with useful offline apps to start with and it also has my whole music library to keep me entertained through the days and apps to keep me from getting too bored.

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Natalie

I’d take my GPS watch and mobile.  This way I could turn the heart rate monitor off (extend battery life) and walk/run for 30 mins each day with Live Track switched on in the hopes that my family could identify what island I was on to rescue me!  Bonus, I’d still get some running logged on Strava!

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Hello Hoomans!  Flora and Skye here.

We’ve decided to take over the blog for a week, show the hoomans how it’s done!  And to let you know how us two are dealing with the work from home situation.  For us, it has been a rather fantastic change of office environment.  We have all our own beds, as well as access to our hoomans beds and sofas for power naps to refresh the creative brain waves.  No more commutes, we can just trot through to our work beds to have our morning teams chat together to decide the plans for day.

Our daily Teams calls include discussions on the cutest poses for photos for optimal treat earnings, how best to get the hoomans attention in a video call to get our air time in the meeting and what the local gossip is from our morning walkies.  Got to keep up with the goings on even though we don’t see each other in the office anymore!  We might then remember to have a think about some barketing work we might be able to help with and discuss tactical motivational snuggles with the hoomans.

Deliveries are still sniff checked to ensure no intruders are present in the boxes, can never be too sure.  And we alert the hoomans to any door bells.  Then, it’s usually time for a quick power nap before any calls with our suppliers in the afternoon…Oops, is it now lunchtime, oh well time for a chew treat!

After a leisurely lunch and wee trip outside for a sniff about our gardens and stretch the legs its time to settle in for video calls with the suppliers and discuss the current quality of our dog treats…Oh, wait I mean computer hardware! We then dictate our fantastic barketing ideas to the hoomans who type them up and make them into the social media posts and blog entries for us, typing and working a mouse with a paw is frustrating.  Why do it yourself when you can have a hooman do it for you?

It’s then time for an afternoon snooze and then it’s almost the end of the working day and time to crack the whip to make sure our hoomans get all the work finished with plenty time to go on evening walkies!  Walkies are so much fun and so much sniffing work to do, but we also need to make sure our hoomans get fresh air and exercise outside the house right now, it’s an important and tiring job but someone’s got to do it!

To finish off our entry, myself and Skye would like to announce my promotion to Chief Barketing Officer and Skye has taken the position of Barketing Co-Ordinator so I can continue to show her the ropes and lead her to pawtastic success with our hoomans here at MJD!  Time to negotiate a treat raise for today’s work on this blog post and then time for our power nap!  Catch you next time folks!

 

During lockdown many of us have turned to technology to keep us connected with our friends and family and to entertain ourselves. Some of the team here at MJD started online gaming together and it lead to the team reflecting upon the first computer games they ever played and we thought it might be a fun topic to share with you all.

Mark
Showing my age….. in the 70’s I can clearly remember my brother coming home with the first computer game I ever saw, it was called pong, more a video console than a computer game, playing Pong was a case of a simple controller or two twist dials to control the “rackets” at either end of the screen. The simple “Pong” noise as the ball hit a racket or side of the screen was distinctive, you could also play against yourself by effectively turning one end of the screen to a wall and the ball (cursor) would rebound just like a squash court. Considering graphics and games today, it was extremely basic but at the time was amazing to play. The next computer game would have been Space Invaders that was built into a glass table in a pub near RAF Cosford. I’m sure I got better as the night went on 😊 Again revealing my age at the time! A slightly more complex game with a few more sounds but still quite pixelated graphics by modern standards. A far cry from the real life POV games of today! My first real computer was an Atari 1040 STE, which I still have in the loft.

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Colin
I’m not much of a gamer, but I do remember being given a Sinclair ZX81 in the early 80s and thought, what’s this? I believe it only had 1K of memory! I do remember playing a golf game called Leaderboard which came out in 1986. So I must have had either a Commodore 64 or a Sinclair ZX Spectrum to be able to play it. The golf was fairly easy to play at the lowest level. Just pick your club and press a button and off it went on line and the right distance. However, when going for the pro option, you had to control the flight and the spin of the ball and take the wind into account. Even back then I found real golf a lot easier than the computer game so I opted for the real thing. Plus there is no 19th hole in a computer game!

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Ian
My 1st computer game was at aged 11 on the classic Sinclair ZX Spectrum in 1982!

The game was Football Manager and it came on a cassette tape…

In order to load the game onto the computer, you had to connect a tape recorder output/input via leads to the computer and then start playing the tape, and the game was loaded onto the machine via sound. The only problem with this was that you needed to set the volume just right on the tape recorder or the game would not load correctly & would have to start again – it took many hours of trial & error to get the right balance and the game finally loaded.

It was all text based, no fancy graphics by todays modern standards, but it kept me entertained for hours on end trying to get Liverpool to win the league!
(Never did though.)

Also, there were bugs in the game that stopped you from completing it, but back then, there was no internet or patches or software updates available to fix those bugs.

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Craig
The first game I remember was Horace Goes Skiing on a ZX Spectrum.

The problem was before you could play the game you had to first load the tape and let is run. You could tell if it was a good day if it loaded first time or if you had to turn the tape and try again before you could play the game.

If you did manage to get the game to load you had the amazing sound track as shown in the clip above along with the amazing colour loading screens.

The aim of the game was to first cross the busy road using the 4 control arrows. Once across you had to rent a pair of skis and make it back over the road. If you managed this you then got to go skiing, down the hill, avoiding the trees, aiming for the ski gates trying to get to the end of the course.

Natalie
The first computer game I remember playing was a basic ABC game which sang the ABCs to me when I was very young, and the story is usually told of the amount of times I repeated the song, much to my parents enjoyment! Luckily, I have never had a draw or need to come back to this game to relearn my ABCs!

However, recently in lockdown I have been reliving my childhood of battling my brother, Gareth, on Worms and playing the newer version of the game. The biggest difference I’ve noticed is that originally the game was 2D however now the graphics are 3D and much higher definition!

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Marko
Gaming for me stated when I was very young. The first games I remember playing, or at least trying would have been Doom PC and Robocop SNES. These were owned by my uncle and cousin so would only really get to play/watch them play when we went down to visit.

After that I believe the first console I owned would have been a Playstation 1 and used to actively play games such as Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and Gran Turismo. Most of these have now been stopped so I don’t go back to play these however I did start playing the remaster of Crash Bandicoot when that came out back in 2018.

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Gareth
My first computer game that I can remember was Halo Combat Evolved.

This was bought on the original Xbox. I would spend hours infront of the TV trying to complete the game and never managed to until I went back and played the anniversary version years later.

At the time the graphics were amazing but since playing the remastered edition where you can switch the graphics between original and remastered it has confirmed just how far gaming has come! 😂

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