The Future of Internet Services

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There’s a cyclic nature to technology development. What starts small and personal, becomes big until – inevitably – it becomes small again. Then the cycle repeats. All this has happened before… We started with mainframes on which we had to time-slice. Then we got powerful personal computers. Now we’re back to spooling up instances of…

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The Python Pals Divine A Date

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The Python Pals Divine A Date Penny was in a right grouch. Her voice wobbled as she unloaded her woes on to her best friend, Poppy. “It’s all so unfair!” She started to sob. “Oh sweetie,” said Poppy, “I hate to say this, but you’re sounding like a right stereotypical teenager!” Penny cracked half a…

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Why Android Is Not Safe In Google's Hands

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One of Android’s great strengths is its openness. The source code is (mostly) there for anyone to see. If you’re a hardware manufacturer, you can use Android on your devices with just a few mouse clicks. But there’s a problem in Android-land, one which has been growing for several years. Open Software has many advantages…

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What If They Gave Us Capitalism – But Nobody Cared?

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What if they gave a war and nobody came? Why, then, the war would come to you! — Bertolt Brecht The current Conservative Government (and their Labour predecessors) are obsessed with the idea of competition. Their theory is that competition lowers prices, improves services, and makes the world more efficient. The free market will arrive…

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Python Pals and the Letter Logjam

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This is the second of my “Python Pals” short stories. They’re designed to be solve-it-yourself puzzle stories to help kids learn the basics of programming. All feedback welcome! The Python Pals Write A Wrong Poppy’s mother, Ada, was not happy. “I don’t care about that,” she shouted down the phone, “Why am I always the…

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4G Thoughts

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As part of the Parliament and Internet Conference, there was a panel discussion about 4G networks. These are my notes on the session. I’ve applied the Chatham House Rule – mostly because I can’t remember who said what, rather than any backroom skulduggery. Any errors are mine and mine alone. Neither Vodafone nor EE have…

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The War of The Internet Has Begun

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No one would have believed in the first years of the twenty-first century that the online world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences lesser than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various blogs they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a…

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The Python Pals Program A Problem

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As mentioned earlier, I’ve been inspired by the Byte Brothers to create a mystery story which kids have to solve using their l33t h4x0r skillz in Python. This is loosely based on The Byte Brothers Go to a Getaway, by Lois and Floyd McCoy. My well-thumbed copy was printed in 1984. I’m not sure when…

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Time To Resurrect The Byte Brothers?

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I’m currently getting involved in the Coding For Kids scene. I’m setting up a workshop in my local library to teach kids programming – specifically, the MIT language Scratch. I’ve been left slightly dissatisfied with the unstructured nature of the Scratch teaching materials. While it’s quite fun to teach a cat to dance – it…

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NaBloPoMo – Stats

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As we enter another NaBloPoMo – where I try to write a blog post each day in Novemeber – I thought I’d take a look back at how this blog has developed. On Friday, October 30, 2009, I switched on WordPress statistics so I could get a better idea of what was popular on my…

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