Tales of the Algorithm: The Transparent Man

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Scene: An airport. A few years from now. “I’m sorry sir, we can’t let you on the flight until you visit the rest-room.” I’ll admit that it caught me off-guard. Surely the woman at the airline gate was joking? “Sir, two of the plane’s toilets are out-of-order. At this time we’re requesting all passengers void…

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Making a Twitter Collage

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This is a lazy way of making a collage of Tweets. I was originally going to use this method: No idea about getting urls, but this may or may not be useful (cmd is also in image alt-text) pic.twitter.com/Jh3YH4yKI0 — Mike (@6byNine) October 29, 2016 but, sadly, gnome-web-photo crashed repeatedly when I tried to use…

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A look back at 2016

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Rather than wait until the end of the December, I like to use my birthday to reflect on how the year has been. This has been a very weird year. I mean, even aside from all the news, it was just an absolute mess of a year. I ended 2015 by unexpectedly winning tickets to…

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Full Disclosure – This Bluetooth tag is leaking your personal data

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If you have a TingTag, your location is being broadcast without encryption! Earlier this year I purchased and reviewed the TinTag. I’ve spent the last month trying to get hold of the company to report a serious privacy problem with their Android app. I’ve not received an adequate response, so I’m publishing this post to…

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Radio 4 IoT Talk

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Off the back of my ThingMonk talk I was invited on to BBC Radio 4’s PM programme to talk about the Internet of Things in the home. Listen to me on BBC Radio 4 – about 47 minutes in Want me on your show or podcast? Give me a call! You can read more about…

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Great Western Rail's Contempt For Customers

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Moribund train company Great Western Rail currently have a two month backlog of complaints. I think that this breaches their agreement with the Office of Rail and Road. In an ideal world GWR would be forced to improve, or be stripped of their franchise. I’ve spent an utterly miserable month commuting between Oxford and London…

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My solar batteries on BBC’s You & Yours

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Always a delight to be interviewed by the BBC again. This time, talking about our Solar Batteries. You can listen again on the BBC iPlayer. The solar stuff starts at 14m 30s, with my interview at 17 minutes. You can also hear my electric car being charged 🙂 Being interviewed by a nice man from…

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How 3D is Star Wars The Force Awakens?

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This blog post looks at the 3D conversion process for The Force Awakens. Where it succeeds and where it falls short. Last year I managed to blag tickets to the premiere of The Force Awakens – in 2D. The next day, we saw it again in 3D. I’ve never been a huge fan of 3D…

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Edible Logos

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Just a quick shout out to the wonderful people at Ink Edibles. I was heading to a bunch of conferences and was looking for a fun and quirky way to promote one of my websites. At some of the bigger conventions, I’d noticed people handing out branded confectionery. All the sites I went to would…

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Death Etiquette For The Social Media Age

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My friend died last month. When I was a lad, it seemed that I was always going to funerals for some ancient relative. Everyone looks old when you’re a kid. But my friend wasn’t old. He was about my age. He had a trendy, digital job. The funeral is done, the grief lingers on. What…

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