Localisation is too hard for Gmail

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Google email interface.

/ləʊk(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/ The ability to adjust a user-interface to the user’s local language or dialect Because I live in the UK, I speak en_GB (English, Great Britain) rather than en_US (English, Simplified United States). Mostly, all dialects of English are mutually intelligible. Sure, the Brits love the letter U and the Americans stick a Z in…

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Game Review: WitchWay (and getting it running on Linux)

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A witch pushing some blocks.

I’m playing through the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. You can follow along with all my game reviews. This starts as a fun little logic puzzle, but quickly descends into frustration. Like Portal, you have limited array of actions and have to manipulate your environment in order to get move on to the…

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Movie Review: Identity Thief

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Movie poster with the subtitle "She's having the time of *his* life!"

Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) gets a nice call confirming his name and other identifying information. The next thing he knows, a spa in Florida is reminding him of his appointment and his credit cards are maxed out. With his identity stolen, Sandy leaves his wife, kids and job to literally bring the thief to justice…

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Game Review: One Night Stand

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Hand drawn artwork.

I’m (slowly) playing through the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. You can follow along with all my game reviews. Remember all those one-night-stands you had when you were younger? No – me neither. I was a paragon of virtue… But, if you did engage in such shameless behaviour, did you ever wonder how…

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Replacing the MotionEngine on a Panasonic TV

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Two identical circuit boards.

Working from home without a monitor SUCKS. My wife decided that she didn’t want to peer at her tiny laptop screen any more, so we decided to repurpose an old 37 inch TV. MEGAMONITOR! I bought the Pansonic TV back in 2012 and it served us pretty well over the last 8 years. But when…

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Unofficial MoneyDashboard Neon API

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

Yesterday, I wrote up how to use the MoneyDashboard Classic API. Read that blog post first before reading this one. MoneyDashboard have launched a new “Neon” service. The API is a bit more simple, but authentication is harder. Here’s a quick guide to the bits of the API that I found useful. I’ve lightly redacted…

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Unofficial MoneyDashboard API

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

The OpenBanking specification is brilliant. It allows you to aggregate all of your financial accounts in one place. You can give read or write access to apps and services. Magic! API access is restricted to registered financial institutions. That’s good, because it puts up a barrier to entry preventing dodgy companies slurping up your data…

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Man Goes And Perishes – inside some cheap motion sensitive LEDs

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Circuit board with PIR sensor.

I was recently asked to review some motion sensitive LEDs. Not usually my thing, but they charge via USB – so why not! It has the most bizarre product description I’ve seen: Always nice to review a gadget which comes with a reminder of your own mortality… pic.twitter.com/wGJYcWCVyJ — Terence Eden (@edent) October 7, 2020…

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Movie Review: That Gal… Who was in that thing…

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Movie Poster.

Actresses talk about their personal lives and dealing with a balance between family responsibilities and being a professional actor. This is a sequel to the critically acclaimed “That Guy… Who Was In That Thing“. A movie which looks at the varying careers of working actors who never quite hit the big time. Despite the weirdly…

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Movie Review: That Guy… Who Was in That Thing

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A montage of actors.

Documentary about sixteen actors who detail their ups and downs as they struggle to forge careers in Hollywood. They’ve played cops, lawyers, bosses, best friends, psychopaths, politicians and everything in between. Now you’ll know who they are. The best thing about me being a failed actor, is that I never have to wonder if I…

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