You find yourself stranded on a beautiful desert island. Fortunately, the island is equipped with all the basics needed to sustain life: food, water, solar power, a computer and a reasonable network connection. Consummate professional that you are, you have brought the software packages you need to continue your life and research. What software would you choose and - go on - what luxury item would you take to make life easier?
When Simon first suggested this to me, it raised lots of questions, most of which I didn't ask him but agonised over. And then I realised that the only way to approach this was for me to state my assumptions, and I'll do so in a way that seems favourable since to do otherwise would be punishing myself unduly. To begin, this machine I have must be more than just bare metal since otherwise the challenge of making use of it and its network connection would be an order of magnitude higher than it would otherwise be. Since Desert Island Discs long ago decided that every island (or at least the ones for British castaways) would be provided with a copy of the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare, I'm assuming we're in an analogous position. My computer will have an operating system and the suite of utilities that I would expect to see…Continue Reading