Inside a Chipolo Plus


Chipolo in a box

Last week I reviewed the Chipolo Plus. It's a small Bluetooth beacon which you can use as an item tracker - attach it to your keys or wallet and know where they are at all times. As I said in the review, the only downside is that it has a non-replaceable battery. I'm not sure […] Read More

An "on this day" plug for WordPress


Screenshot of an RSS feed

Just me scratching my own itch. I want to create an RSS feed of all the blog posts which I'd published on this day in the past. For example, if today is 21st of November 2016 then this plugin will show blog posts written on 2015-11-21 2014-11-21 2013-11-21 And so on. You can view a […] Read More

Google's AMP is a gilded cage


An AMP error page

AMP is Google's attempt to re-fight the transcoding wars of the early 2000s. It is actively dangerous to the web ecosystem, helps disseminate propaganda, and is disliked by many users. If, like me, you made the mistake of trying out AMP on your website - you're in a tricky position if you try to remove […] Read More

Introducing @FiverFun - silly things on Amazon for under £5


Screenshot of the fiverfun homepage showing a wide range of presents

It's nearly Christmas! That means Secret Santa time at work, and the need for little stocking-filler gifts. But where can you find such cheap treats? Aha! I have created a service just for you! https://fiverfun.tumblr.com/ is my new(ish) project. It scours Amazon for the best and/or weirdest things for under a fiver! At the moment […] Read More

Password Hashing In The Browser


There are rarely new ideas in cryptography - and I doubt this idea is particularly innovative - but I thought it would be worth discussing. When I want to log in to a system on the web, I have to send that system my password. It is (one hopes) encrypted in transmission, but once it […] Read More

Talking SmartHome tech on Radio 2


A desk covered in wires. There is a lamp, WeMo plug, and internet camera there. They are connected via WiFi to a mobile phone

After hearing my interview on Radio 4, the Jeremy Vine show asked me to talk about my smart home tech for Radio 2. We discuss controlling all the devices in your home with your mobile phone. #r2vine pic.twitter.com/O9hx7aTFpp — BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) November 17, 2016 But! There was a twist. Could I demo some […] Read More

Review: Chipolo Plus


A Chipolo BLE tag resting in its packaging.jpg

Earlier this year, I reviewed the Chipolo Bluetooth Tracker. It's a small fob which you can attach to your keys & bag, stuff in a wallet, or slip in a pocket. Push a button on your phone and, if the Chipolo is within 60 metres, it starts beeping loudly. Six months is a long time […] Read More