How Not To Manage Email Subscriptions - Apple

by @edent | , , , | 3 comments | 500 words | Read ~285 times.

As with most tasks in life, there are two paths you can go by - the easy way, or the right way. Sadly, many of us choose the easy way which, in the long run, means more work for us all. Take, for example, the seemingly dull task of email unsubscription. A developer wants to…

Operation Weeting: Voicemail Interception Confusion

by @edent | , , , , | 2 comments | 550 words | Read ~163 times.

I don't usually get involved in legal blogging. I am not a lawyer, and I find the finicky details somewhat hard to follow. That said, I do appreciate how (most) judges in the UK write their judgements in a relatively clear and unambiguous manner. Jack of Kent today pointed out the recent judgement on Operation…

Opt Out of Klout - Now!

by @edent | , , , , | 22 comments | 300 words | Read ~22,992 times.

Sites like Klout and Kred are perfect examples of social media frippery. A vaguely plausible "score" that you can use to justify your "investment" in tweeting all day long. When they're used as a silly little badge, or an informal competition with friends, they're a (mostly) harmless way of gamification. Of continual annoyance is the…

New Python Pals - How To Help

by @edent | | 150 words | Read ~141 times.

I've spent the last few months sporadically writing stories to help young people code. I've now placed the four Python Pals stories up on GitHub. Here's how you can help. Write your own story and contribute it to the GitHub site (or send it directly to me). Read the stories and let me know how…

Google's Inconsistent Maps UI

by @edent | , , , | 4 comments | 350 words | Read ~252 times.

There gets a stage in every large company's lifecycle when there are too many people working on a single project. This usually manifests itself in strange internal struggles over the heart of a product as different teams compete for their "vision" to succeed. What often happens is that the user is forgotten and a manager,…

Introducing 莎士比亚.org - Readable Shakespeare Plays In Chinese

by @edent | , , | 1 comment | 450 words | Read ~175 times.

I'm very pleased to announce the launch of 莎士比亚.org - beautiful and readable copies of Shakespeare plays in Chinese. If you would like to help, the text is available on GitHub for people to correct. Why? I've long held a fascination with Shakespeare - hence the name of this website. At university I studied Mandarin…

Text Adventures Via Text Message

by @edent | , , , , , , , , | 2 comments | 700 words | Read ~11,640 times.

Remember text adventures, eh? They were pretty nifty! "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike" >Go East "You have been eaten by a Grue. A dwarf starts singing about gold" Smashing! Just like the pictures are better on the radio, so the graphics are immeasurably superior when they're in your head.…

A QR Specification For Mobile Payments

by @edent | , , , , | 4 comments | 350 words | Read ~413 times.

BitCoin and other crypto-currencies are gaining popularity at the moment - but I remain firmly convinced that they're too hard for the average person to use. I have, however, watched with interest as an ecosystem grows around them. In particular, I like the way The Pirate Bay (and others) have used QR codes to facilitate…

No One Must Know This Is A Sponsored Post - Part 2

by @edent | 100 words | Read ~141 times.

Earlier this year, I pointed out that Media Discovery (New Web Ltd) is encouraging blogs to run paid for advertorials, without disclosing to their readership that the content is an advert. This appeared to be in breach of the advertising industry's code of practice. I complained to the Advertising Standards Authority who have confirmed that…

One Million

by @edent | , , | 50 words

It's only a silly number - and not a very accurate one - but it makes me happy. Thank you for reading - it has truly been my pleasure to write for you.