Wednesday, January 28th 2015
Friday, June 27th 2014
I love the fact that I got these two tweets in my timeline, one after the other, amazing juxtaposition:
The technologist mentality is the immigrant mentality. Mobile, entrepreneurial, restless, a bit paranoid, striver, something from nothing.
“This is our world now… the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud.” —Hacker Manifesto, 1986 http://phrack.org/issues/7/3.html
Tuesday, June 17th 2014
Sunday, June 15th 2014
Window management on the mac sucks.
I’ve released an Alfred workflow that helps me, you can try it too.
However all of these tools have a significant problem with their tiling approach — they stick too slavishly to the tiling window model. There are some windows that just hate being resized, Twitter (the official Mac client) and Messages are prime examples of this and they have just the kind of windows you want to move to the edge of the display to satisfy your OCD display organisation itch.
Today I’m releasing my solution for moving windows to the edge of your display and shifting them to the next display. My finished workflow uses Alfred‘s power pack for hotkey management and is presented with a downloadable package with usage instructions on my bitbucket account.
I’ve released the source in the hope that you can re-purpose it and integrate it into your way of working, I know that not everybody else is quite the fan of Alfred that I am.
Tuesday, June 10th 2014
I was somewhat distracted this year during WWDC as I was swamped in a code release push, so while I followed some of the live-blogging, I missed the live feed of the event from Cupertino.
Since then however I have been reading up on the opinions that have formed as a result of it. My take: Cloudy. In every sense of the word. Apple have finally acknowledged with products that we live in a world connected by network services (the ‘cloud’) and as always Apple seem to be implementing cloud like stuff in their own special way. Will it work?
Difficult to see, the future, is.
So rather than give my uninformed opinion, here are two almost completely polarised opinions:
Saturday, May 17th 2014
Monday, May 12th 2014
Saturday, January 25th 2014
I’ve been working on home automation in what little spare time I have and since various bits and pieces of it are forked from GPL code, I thought it was time to give back. Most of my publicly available code can be found on either Atlassian’s BitBucket or on GitHub.
In particular, this post is to draw attention to my fork of Mr Turner’s AVR control scripts. I’m sure there are a bunch of folks out there struggling with the crazy UTP API that Denon implemented, which can be quite flakey if you have a less-than-perfect network setup like I do (WiFi, in an old building with super thick walls and plenty of interference). HTTP is obviously much more robust, however it hasn’t been documented by Denon, at least not that I can find. If you have found some official info, I’d love to be pointed towards it.
What Mr Turner did was to reverse engineer the control calls that are used in the built-in web server in the Denon AVRs. What I have done is:
- restructure the shell script he wrote (some for my own understanding, some for good practice),
- drop the GTK GUI (so if you want that, go for his original) and
- update some of the XML parsing for the AVR-X?000 series machines.
All the details are on the project homepage.
Tuesday, December 17th 2013
Monday, October 21st 2013
On 16th October @adamhorner wrote:
Standing on the cliff edge, staring longingly out at the sunrise on the horizon, glancing warily down at surf crashing over rocks below …
… Sunrise wins. Swan Dive.
Photo by Prayitno on Flickr
After almost three and a half years of phenomenal growth in Europe I am moving on from Palantir.
It has been a pleasure and an honour to work with such awesome people, an experience that I won’t forget.
I’m off to found a new tech company in the finance sector. If you follow me on Twitter, or watch the European Tech Press you should see launch details forthcoming over the next few weeks, after which we will be racing for the chasm. More details to follow here until we get our infrastructure set up.
Exciting times ahead.
Friday, September 20th 2013
Sunday, September 8th 2013
Mr Gruber’s thoughtful follow up piece on the Nintendo hardware/software discussion got me thinking (along with thousands of others no doubt) about the long term direction of our favourite gadgets: smart phones1
I’ll pull out just the two sentences that Mr Gruber himself emphasises in his piece:
People do not want to carry extra devices. It’s that simple.
Then when discussing the trend towards phones large enough to resemble a small tablet (so-called ‘phablets’):
Why carry a phone and a tablet when you can just carry one device that falls somewhere in-between?
The answer to that second question today is because you can’t yet do everything on your phone. Sometimes you need more screen real estate or more power (either computationally or in wattage) than a phone can currently provide. Perhaps then it isn’t surprising that the Ubuntu Edge struck a chord with so many techies — although it broke crowd-sourced funding records, it didn’t get funded well enough to see the light of day per its original concept.
Well, if you take those concepts a few Moore’s law busting steps forward might you end up with something resembling a Mac Pro2 in the form factor of an iPhone that works conceptually similarly to the Ubuntu Convergence? If so, I can only imagine one company that has the deep pocket book, design ingenuity, creativity and end-user focus — not to mention existing patents and products — to be able to pull that off.
Unrealistic? Totally. On my wish list? Absolutely.