New Podcasts Coming Soon!

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Because podcasts are now cool™ again - I've decided to resurrect this feed. If you're interested in being interviewed - please get in touch with me. We can record in person, over the phone, or via Skype. In the meantime, here's the podcast's theme-tune to get you in the mood. And to test that I've… Continue reading →

I have 800 passwords

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Bitwarden vault showing 795 login details.

I've started using BitWarden - the open source password manager. As I've been binge-watching Marie Kondo, I thought it was about time that I deleted all the accounts that I no longer user. I got rid of dozens related to previous employers. I hope the passwords wouldn't work after I left but 🤷‍♂️. I scanned… Continue reading →

Weeknotes - hello #NHSX

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NHSX Twitter Feed.

This is what I've been working on in my new job: Big welcome to @NHSX - harnessing technology to deliver for patients https://t.co/4apSRvcerh — Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) February 19, 2019 Hello, World!https://t.co/IthZjHo9Yq — NHSX (@NHSX) February 19, 2019 BOOM! With a fancy announcement in the House of Commons and everything! It has been a lot… Continue reading →

Why does my remote control need to know my location?

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Allow Pioneer Remote App to access this device's location?

Here's an interesting user-hostile pattern which could easily be avoided if programmers and business-people thought like regular humans. I have a Pioneer / Onkyo sound system. It's pretty nice and comes with a (not too crappy) Android app to let me remote control it. One day, the app updated itself. The changelog was the usual… Continue reading →

Two years of home heating data

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A complicated graph.

I have a Tado smart thermostat - part of my smarthome project. As well as letting me set the temperature from my phone, it records environmental data, and provides a handy API for me to retrieve it. This blog post will show you why I've gathered the data, let you download the full dataset, and… Continue reading →

Book Review - Hello World

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A book cover which looks like a flow chart.

You are accused of a crime. Who would you rather determined your fate – a human or an algorithm?
An algorithm is more consistent and less prone to error of judgement. Yet a human can look you in the eye before passing sentence.

Welcome to the age of the algorithm.

Is it creepy when brands pester you on social media?

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If you would like to exercise any of your rights above, please contact us at privacy@brandseye.com and provide us with your full details (including name, telephone number, address and email and the precise nature of your request and/or grievance).

You're sat in a pub, chatting with your mates. You start to moan about how the cheap lager they serve gives you a headache. All of a sudden, a stranger runs up to you and says: "Oh no! Headaches? Have you tried the refreshing taste of Pepsi® Cola? It's the Flavour That Keeps Giving™!" I… Continue reading →

Tado API Guide - updated for 2019

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Debug screen of a web browser.

Tado is a brilliant smart thermostat. But their API is very poorly documented. This is an updated guide for 2019. I am indebted to Stephen C Phillips' original documentation. Getting started You will need: A Tado (duh!) Your Username (usually your email address) Your Password A Client Secret Getting the client secret I'm using this… Continue reading →

Book Review - Galileo's Daughter

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A serene view of an Italian city.

The realization that Galileo had fathered two nuns made me question everything I’d been taught about him in school. What if he did everything he did as a believing Catholic? I wondered. Isn’t that a much more nuanced, interesting story? And how would his daughter nuns have reacted to his unorthodox notions about the heavens? To his trial for heresy by the Roman Inquisition?

Book Review - Why We Sleep

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A do not disturb sign hangs on a doorknob.

Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Why We Sleep delves into everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence.