Unofficial MoneyDashboard Neon API

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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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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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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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Please stop using CDNs for external Javascript libraries

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The HTML5 Logo.

I want to discuss a (minor) antipattern that I think is (slightly) harmful. Lots of websites use large Javascript libraries. They often include them by using a 3rd party Content Delivery Network like so: <script src=”https://cdn.example.com/js/library-v1.2.3.js”></script> There are, supposedly, a couple of advantages to doing things this way. Users may already have the JS library…

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Reflections on four years in the Civil Service

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Terence Eden standing outside Number 10 Downing Street.

Four years ago today, I turned up in Holborn for my first day at GDS – Government Digital Service. I’ve now experienced two Prime Ministers (Primes Minister?), two departments, and one pandemic. So I thought I’d take a look back at some highlights and lowlights. I’ve worked for half-a-dozen brilliant managers, helped create a new…

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The usability of HTML elements

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The HTML5 Logo.

Last week, I gave a talk at the Maps for the Web workshop. As part of the discussion, I talked about how some HTML elements are really easy for developers to use and understand, and others are hard. I’m not aware of any formal research on this – all I have is my experience as…

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Movie Review: Bombshell

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When Gretchen Carlson slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, not a soul could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, inciting a movement that reverberates around the world. This is…

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Adding Web Monetization to your site using Coil

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

Recently, my blog was featured on Coil’s list of monetised content. I’d like to take a little time to explain what Web Monetisation is, how to get set up with it, and what my thoughts are. Quickstart Stick this line in the <head> of your HTML page. <meta name=”monetization” content=”$ilp.uphold.com/ieELEKD7epqw”> That’s it. You should replace…

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