Category Archives: General

Another unbelievable truck advert

Following from the entirely unbelievable but true Epic Split truck advert with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scania has offered a new ad, building a working clock using trucks. I love all of these ads, I really do. But I’m not in … Continue reading

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Birkhill Fireclay Museum Closed

Sadly it seems that the Birkhill fireclay mine has been permanently closed as a visitor attraction. I was lucky enough to go round the mine tour a few years ago when it was still open and it was a fascinating visit. The mine … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Zero

The new Raspberry Pi Zero looks amazing! Base price is just £4! Sure you have to add stuff like an SD card, a screen and a keyboard. But these can be shared, or borrowed or obtained second hand from somewhere … Continue reading

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Apple Developer Program improvements

Apple has made some big changes to their developer programs, which I think are a big improvement: 1) You can now apparently develop and deploy to your own iOS device without a program membership. (Possibly only with Xcode 7, I’m not … Continue reading

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Updating wordpress plugins via svn:externals

WordPress usually needs plugins for things, but it’s a pain keeping them updated, unless you want to use the built in auto-updating (which I don’t use for various reasons) That was until I discovered this method of using svn:externals to update … Continue reading

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MOD releasing open source stuff

MoD releases code to GitHub Well done to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at the UK ministry of Defence. They’ve started to release code on github. I can’t imagine that getting approval for this was easy, and it probably required a … Continue reading

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Prison Architect

I’ve been playing Prison Architect recently, having picked it up in a Humble Bundle deal. Interesting idea and great fun. Plus not so lifelike that I would be uncomfortable playing.  

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Google XSS game

http://xss-game.appspot.com/ It teaches a bit about Cross-site scripting (XSS) bugs that, as the page helpfully describes, are one of the most common and dangerous types of vulnerabilities in web apps. Worth checking, even if you think you know the material.

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Teddy the Guardian – a smart toy and medical sensor device

I just saw details of this new stuffed/plush toy bear that contains medical sensors, which seems absolutely wonderful as an idea. The idea is that instead of having to persuade a child patient to put up with various medical devices … Continue reading

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The Journal of Cartoon Overanalyzations

For all of your cartoon analysis needs: http://cartoonoveranalyzations.com/

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SQLEditor 2.5 – now with native database drivers and process separation

I’m really happy to say that SQLEditor 2.5 [60MB zip] has just been released. This has some interesting new features that have been in development for some time. Native database drivers have been something I’ve been hoping to support for ages, while … Continue reading

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Corporation must maximise profits (?)

I’ve had this post sitting in my drafts collection for ages, but after reading yet another person make this claim about corporations, I’ve decided to post it. I believe that my sources are correct and accurate, note that the main … Continue reading

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Exporting SVG from Cocoa

Following from my previous post about SVG exporting in cocoa, here are some details on how this is done in SQLEditor. The example code is extracted from the live SQLEditor code base, but it’s been altered to simplify in a … Continue reading

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A memorial to lab mice

Statue of a mouse knitting dna (imgur)- apparently a memorial to laboratory mice. Regardless of opinions about lab use of animals, I think a statue remembering them is correct and proper.

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New SQLEditor database connection panel

The database connection setup panel in SQLEditor has been something I’ve been hoping to improve for a while. This is the first attempt at a redesign:   The connections are now listed in a collapsable sidebar and can be both added and … Continue reading

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Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 were released before first iPhone

Xbox 360 released November 16, 2005 in USA Playstation 3 released November 11, 2006, in Japan Original iPhone released June 29, 2007, in USA – superseded 5 times The consoles are still competitive platforms. Nothing in the phone world lasts that well. This … Continue reading

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Is “Maximising Shareholder value” required – no it’s not

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/maximising-shareholder-value-irony The idea only dates from about 1976, it doesn’t seem to be in any law and it probably doesn’t lead to the best outcomes anyway.

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Multi-touch – finger tips wearing out?

I seem to be using more multi-touch stuff, but I do have this irrational fear that my finger tips will slowly start to wear away from constantly dragging them over metal or glass surfaces …  

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Russian Documentary about Bread Day

Years ago I saw a documentary about Russians living in the country side where the local people had to push, by hand, a railway wagon filled with bread. I could never find any trace of it later, but today I … Continue reading

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More modifier keys

I was working on the new labels panel in SQLEditor when I realised that I’d run out of modifier keys for clicking shortcuts. Tables already use several of the standard keys for selection control, leaving pretty much only option/alt remaining, and I’d … Continue reading

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