jamie balfour



about me



This section is all about me.


My name is Jamie Bonnar Balfour. I am known to many as Binary Balfour. I'm an 18 year old who is interested in computing.




My mother's side of the family...


Starting with my grandparents, I am the grandson Jean Paterson, who was a member (the granddaughter of the founder) of the family that is responsible for creating Paterson's (who manufacture oatcakes and other food) and her husband Alexander McKenzie who went to Cambridge University in England to read Law, before being called into fight for the country during the Second World War. Later on, my grandad became the editor of the Scottish Financial Times some time ago.


When they married, they had two children, one of them being my mother. My mother went to a Park School in Glasgow and then lived in Edinburgh for sometime. She met my father sometime before who was a Chemical Engineer over in Dubai.


My father's side of the family...


I don't know as much about my father's side of the family, but I do know my grandad died rather early on in my father's life (17). My grandma worked here and there, until settling down in Glasgow and had 5 children, one of whom (the last born) was my father.


My father was a Chemical Engineer for sometime, before going into Insurance and finally into Computing. Whilst we don't normally get on, when he's in his good moods, we can really have some fun, but most of the time we seem to argue.


What I believe in...


I am quite an open-minded person and have many beliefs and things that I support. In the computing industry I have been known for being a bit of a fan-boy for the following developments:


  • HTML5
  • Open-source programming
  • DisplayPort over HDMI
  • Solid state drives


Whilst I would normally say that I am not fond of other standards and products such as:


  • USB
  • Hard disk drives
  • Adobe Flash
  • Slate style only tablets


The companies that I do support currently are:



These companies are the companies whom I believe in well, as all of my dealings with them in the past have been excellent - whether it was a complaint or a purchase or whatever, they have always been excellent and so I back these companies. I also back them due to the fact that they are the manufacturers of some of the best components and products that I have.


For the games companies, that's a no brainer:



The first game I ever played in my life, when I was 4 years of age, was Warcraft Orcs and Humans. Since then I've owned the majority of the Blizzard games, in particular Warcraft ones, but I enjoy Starcraft just as much. Diablo has been a personal favourite game of mine for a long time also. Ensemble Studios are part of Microsoft Game Studios but I wanted them to have a bit of glory for the second game series I ever played - Age of Empires. My dad got me into this also, with the Rise of Rome (AOE1) and later the trial version of Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. I later went and got my own copy of Age of Empires II game. Westwood are responsible for creating Command and Conquer. C&C95 would have been the third game I played, when one of my best mates; Nick, introduced it to me. Since then I have countinued to play the majority of the series.


Also, if you are interested in my Pokemon you can see them on my website as well by going to http://pokemon.jamiebalfour.com/.




Music is nice and easy. The order goes Oasis, Beady Eye, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Kasabian, Muse, Travis, Coldplay, Pendulum, Gorrilaz and then The Beatles. Pretty simple, but I'm a well known fan of most of these bands, so you'll probably know this already.


The gadgets


As a collector of different types of awesome technological gadgets; I thought I should make a bit about them as it is a hobby for me to talk or write about gadgets; starting with:


The desktop computer (aka "The Zebra" 2011 on)

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 motherboard

Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz @ 3.7GHz

8GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 10066 RAM

1x 120GB OCZ Vertex 2, 3x 1TB, 2x 2TB

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

XFX AMD Radeon 7950 DD Black Edition

Blu-Ray ROM and Blu Ray RW drive

Card reader

Corsair Graphite 600T Limited Edition White

Corsair HX850W PSU

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 6000 v3

Logitech G500 gaming mouse (only for gaming)

Corsair SP2100 2.1 speakers

Asus PA238Q 23" 1920x1080 LCD LED IPS monitor DVI

Wacom Bamboo Graphics tablet

Logitech Quickcam Sphere AF

Hauppauge HVR-1100 TV card

40" Samsung LE40C750 LCD TV in duplicate setup

Wired Marley headphones


MacBook (2011 on)

MacBook Pro 13" 2011 (Thunderbolt version)

Intel Core i5 2.3GHz

8GB DDR3 10600 RAM

240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD

Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows XP Professional x32

1x Thunderbolt, 1x FireWire 800, 2x USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, SD Reader

DVD-RW Super-combo drive


The convertible tablet (2010 on)

Fujitsu Lifebook T4410 (3G version)

Intel Core 2 Duo T6570 2.1GHz

8GB DDR3 10600 RAM

120GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD

Windows 7 Professional and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 x32

HDMI, VGA, 3x USB 2.0, FireWire 400, ExpressCard, Gigabit Ethernet, 3-in-1 card reader

DVD-RW Super-combo drive

Digitizer pen and touch compatiable

3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Convertible design

Docking station


The TV

Samsung LE40C750

40" LCD TV


4x HDMI, 2x SCART, 1x Composite video, 1x Component video, 1x VGA, 1x RJ-45

Samsung HT D5000 home theatre system with 2 HDMI inputs


The camcorder

Panasonic SD900

3D Lens


Sony Vegas 11 editing software



Seagate GoFlex Home 2TB


The iPod

32GB iPod Touch 4G


The phone

iPhone 5 16GB 4G on Orange (with EE)

HTC HD7 16GB Windows Phone 7



The older gadgets and technology still get a place on this page:

The desktop computer (2009 - 2011)

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz @ 4GHz

8GB DDR2 8500 RAM

1x 120GB SSD, 3x 1TB hard drives, 1x 2TB hard drive

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

XFX ATI Radeon HD5670

Blu-Ray ROM, Blu-Ray RW and DVD-RW drives

Card reader and Floppy disk drive

Lian-Li PC-60B Plus

Corsair HX850W PSU

Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 v2

Labtec Arena 5.1 Surround sound

Dell P2310h 23" 1920x1080 LCD monitor DVI

Wacom Bamboo Graphics tablet

Logitech Quickcam Sphere AF

Hauppauge HVR-1100 TV card

40" Samsung LE40C750 LCD TV in duplicate setup

Wireless Philips Headphones


The TV (2007 - 2011)

Samsung LE40M87

40" LCD TV


3x HDMI, 2x SCART, 1x Composite video, 1x Component video, 1x VGA

Hyundai AV-48 and Logitech X530 speaker system


The netbook (2009 - 2012)

Acer Aspire One A150X

Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz

1GB DDR2 6400 RAM

120GB hard drive

Windows XP Professional x32

1x VGA, 1x 10/100 Ethernet, 3x USB, 1x SD Reader, 1x 5-in-1 Card reader

8 hours+ battery



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