Category Archives: General

SQLEditor Dark Mode Canvas

Recently I’ve been working on providing SQLEditor with a dark mode canvas and here is the current development version (running in dark mode): This work should hopefully appear in the next beta release. And of course, with SQLEditor you can … Continue reading

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Disney Artists on Instagram

Absolutely awesome art + useful lessons for people trying to improve: https://www.instagram.com/grizandnorm/ This is the link I was trying to find for L today but couldn’t.. Relieved that I found it 😌

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apple java-dev list deleted

The old Apple Java-dev mailing list and all its archives appear to have been deleted. The mailman system is reporting “No such list java-dev“

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Hyper-threading and cleverness

Another day, another attack on processor architectures. I remember during the computer architecture classes at university marvelling at how clever the processor architectures were. Branch prediction, the challenges of process management and context switching. How everything could be managed so … Continue reading

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End of 32 bit on Mac will kill off old games

The era of 32 bit Mac applications is probably coming to an end. Apple seems to be moving towards a 64 bit future. 64 bit conversion isn’t very difficult for most ordinary apps, although there will undoubtably be developers who … Continue reading

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Blockchain isn’t the answer?

It is important to remember that there are problems for which blockchains are not the correct answer.

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Tags and Taxonomies

When tagging documents with keywords, sometimes too many keywords is as bad as too few. If you have too few, the document might not be found. If you have too many, the document will be found every time; even if … Continue reading

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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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