Clarity is antithetical to authenticity

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Screenshot of the video in grainy black and white

Digital technology allows us to seamlessly share media with no degradation. Well, that's the theory - the reality is more complicated. This low quality gif is doing the rounds again. The HD version is easily available - but there appears to be something more "real" about low quality. It keeps being shared on social media… Continue reading →

Talking Solar Batteries With BBC Click

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Terence pointing at a laptop

A few weeks ago, I had a delightful chat with the BBC about our solar battery storage. You can watch it on iPlayer starting about 7m 30s in. Community battery technology is here. It is feasible. And it just works. The solar panels on our roof generate more power than we can use - so… Continue reading →

What if your Internet Connected Fridge came with free electricity?

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A bit of future-gazing which I can't be bothered spinning into a 15,000 word Gartner report. In the UK we have a competitive electricity market. Only one set of wires comes to your house, but you can buy your electricity from a number of providers. Some only offer organic, corn-fed, Wind Farm power - others… Continue reading →

The Browser Is The User's Agent. But Who Is The User?

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An alert box saying "⚠ Be careful when playing MP3s - check your country's copyright laws before proceeding ⚠"

I spent 15 years in the mobile phone industry - working variously for big mobile operators, with phone manufacturers, and consulting with industry groups. I say this not to brag, but to let you know that I have experience with these matters. Web browsers are often called a User Agent. They are a software agent… Continue reading →

Adjusting timestamps on images with Python

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A cute penguin.

As ever, mostly notes to myself. I have a bunch of old images which don't have any timestamp associated with them. This quick Python script will add a DateTime EXIF metadata tag to an image. This uses piexif which can be installed using pip install piexif This simple script reads a photo, adds a timestamp,… Continue reading →

Solar Battery and Alexa - in 30 lines of code

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A list of phrases used to activate the device

Amazon Alexa is a fun little bit of kit. But it can be tricky getting it to work with all your smart devices. Not every company has an Alexa skill - just like not every company has an app. Using Flask-Ask it is possible to bring Alexa smarts to a range of previously mute devices.… Continue reading →

Yes, but what does your startup *do*?

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A confused little cardboard robot is lost amongst the daisies

I recently signed up for a hackathon. Part of the deal these days is that sponsors get to send promotional messages to the attendees. Fair enough. The only problem is, most of these messages are rubbish! Here's the verbatim message I received - there were no links other than to Twitter. See if you can… Continue reading →

<input type="country" />

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A screenshot of a list of country flags

Recently, Lea Verou asked an important question about whether HTML should have a standardised way of letting users select a country from a list. HTML Idea: <input type="country"> which would become a searchable dropdown with all countries and their flags.Wouldn't that be awesome? — Lea Verou (@LeaVerou) October 21, 2017 You can read through the… Continue reading →

A grumpy look at using a Yubico Neo NFC on Ubuntu & Android

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YubiKey Neo - a thumb sized USB device - on cardboard backing

Twenty One. I have 21 accounts which use Two-Factor Authentication. I use the Authy app to manage them all, but it is still a pain to scroll through and find the exact 2FA token I need. Encouraged by my friend Tom Morris's blog post, I picked up a YubiKey NEO for £50. It implements the… Continue reading →