Episode 26 - Dan Pope's trntxt.uk

by @edent | # #
A white train on a blue background.

Do you want an ultra-minimalist, open source, train times website? If so, Dan Pope, has created trntxt.uk just for you! https://shkspr.mobi/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Dan-Pope-TrainTxt.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:25 — 1.1MB)Subscribe: Android Google Podcasts RSS

Introducing the new HTML element - welcome <clippy>!

by @edent | # # # # | 13 comments | Read ~46,203 times.

Hello! It looks like you're writing a blog post - would you like help with that? chuckles Me and my colleagues at Microsoft have decided that the world needs more Clippy - the adorable animated paperclip. To help with that, we're bringing a new feature to Edge 6.0. Web Developers can now use <clippy> to… Continue reading →

Review: The Jennifer Morgue

by @edent | #
A demonic apocalypse of a book cover.

Bob Howard is an IT expert and occasional field agent for the Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty's Secret Service that deals with occult threats. Dressed (grudgingly) in a tux and sent to the Caribbean, he must infiltrate a millionaire's yacht in order to prevent him from violating a treaty that will bring down the wrath of an ancient underwater race upon humanity's head.

Queer Computers In Science Fiction

by @edent | # # | Read ~175 times.
Two robots embracing.

An interesting question appeared on Twitter - where are the queer robots in Sci-Fi? Other than that SNL skit, had there been a queer sci-fi AI in television or movies? — Scifiinterfaces.com (@scifiinterfaces) June 5, 2019 Let's first define what we mean by Queer. This usually means outside of binary gender and/or someone who is… Continue reading →

Falsehoods programmers believe about flags

by @edent | # # # # | 2 comments | Read ~2,035 times.
A dropdown box showing the flag of Canada next to a plus 1.

(For more about the "Falsehoods" meme - read the big list of falsehoods programmers believe.) Do You Want To Phone A Friend? A popular website asked me to confirm my phone number. It "helpfully" pre-filled the country-code with +1. And proudly displayed the Stars and Stripes. Except, of course, the USA isn't the only country… Continue reading →

HOWTO: Add sponsorship to a GitHub project

by @edent | # # # | 1 comment | Read ~251 times.
Sponsorship options for OpenBenches.

I've just seen that I can now add sponsorship to my GitHub projects. Here's a quick guide to how it works: Repo settings There's now a new option in your repository settings. Tick the box and click the button. Easy! WTF is YAML? This is a bit of a weird one. To set up sponsorship,… Continue reading →

102KB ought to be enough for any email

by @edent | # # # # | 9 comments | Read ~4,062 times.
Raw HTML in the middle of an email.

Another day, another Gmail bug which won't get fixed. The original Android phone - HTC Dream - had 192MB of RAM. The latest Android phones tend to have 6GB. A 32 times increase in a decade. Laptops have also leapt forwards in speed and memory. Sadly, no one on the Gmail team has noticed. It's… Continue reading →

How to run a tech swap shop at a conference

by @edent | # # # # | Read ~152 times.
A bearded geek holding a mysterious cube. A sign in the background says "Swap Shop".

At the recent BarCampLondon Ⅺ I decided to run a little experiment. Anyone coming to @barcamplondon fancy doing a Tech Swap Table with me?Bring bits of (working) kit and old gadgets that you don't want in the hope they find a loving home.Let me know if you want to take part 😁#bclxi — Terence Eden… Continue reading →

Invisible Pink Unicorns - a Firefox emoji rendering bug

by @edent | # # # # # | 7 comments | Read ~138 times.
The upper image is partially transparent. The lower image is completely opaque.

Here's a curious bug I just discovered in Firefox 67 for Linux. Can you see this unicorn: →🦄 ← What happens if you use CSS to change the opacity of an emoji? Here's a unicorn, with a pink font colour: 🦄 Unicorn Let's wrap that in this scrap of CSS to make it 50% opaque.… Continue reading →

Warning - do not click on Twitter ads

by @edent | # # # | Read ~2,817 times.
Picture of Richard Branson, encouraging people to deposit £250.

It seems that Twitter has lost control of its advertising system. This blog post will show you why it is dangerous to click on any Twitter advertising. Twitter ads have always been a bit crap, but I've seen a recent influx in outright scams. Let me step you through a couple of examples. A typical… Continue reading →