Saturday, 15 October 2011

Friday, 7 October 2011

Rails + MongoDB + jQuery-UI = ridiculously easy autocomplete fields

Who Google thinks you are (surprisingly accurate in my case) /HT @jeresig

I actually think Google should allow me to make this list public: (@jobsworth)

While I'm on my soapbox... Londoners: it's not "can I get", it's "may I have". This isn't an episode of Friends.

Would have been a bad day to arrive in heaven. Everyone would have a hangover from the Steve Jobs welcome party.

A fresh reminder to me this morning that even if the cyclist is 100% right and the driver 100% wrong, it's the cyclist who ends up dead.

Anger is nearly always a self-indulgent waste of time, but sometimes a man needs to be told he is a cock-juggling thundercunt. Loudly.

Yes, it's morning moan time.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Another email asking about *my* CrunchBase API. Read the document, people #wrongsideofbed

...and while I'm having a moan:

Tories: we don't want "leadership" from our government. We want basic services, competently delivered, at a reasonably price. #cpc11

Thursday, 22 September 2011

My computer just died violently with a noise like a gunshot. Frightened the life out of me.

I'm assuming a catastrophic failure of the power supply. It's always the power supply.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Google+ has an API at last. Still no way to post though, so I can't tie it in to PixelPipe or Also...

Google+ API is JSON-based of course. I think we might soon be needing JSON equivalents of RSS, CSS, SVG and (whisper it) HTML

Monday, 21 March 2011

How can I find out whether the foreign intervention in Libya is in line with UN Resolution 1973?
What's a cool word for an irregular flow of events? 'Lumpy' isn't hacking it for me.
is older but no wiser
Turns out 'stochastic' doesn't mean what I thought it meant

Friday, 18 March 2011

It's 2011 and different browsers still render the same content in radically different ways. It wasn't supposed to be like this.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Edgar (3) told me about this big wave that came over the land. It's called a Salami, he said.
Playing with an Apple Magic Trackpad on my PC. Very nice but I can't rest my fingers anywhere.
Love the new ruse of pretending to lose your run-up then going through with the delivery. cricket worldcup
Who will get the domain? The Sun in the UK or Melbourne's Herald Sun? Could be a bidding war between Rupert Murdoch and...oh, wait.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Actually not always: "without internal checks by Nominet, police requests could have resulted in wrongful suspensions"
I've added JSONP support to - that was easy!
Just spotted the Russell Square plane
The "Create a new resource" link in Google Apps is b0rked too. googlefail
Google Calendar seems to have turned off CalDAV access. Gah!
Decided not to try the Hiya beta now I know it's owned by

Monday, 14 March 2011

Email address validation API is here

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

I have just paid for an online service! What am I thinking? It's good though. Remember The Milk.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Poorer decision making caused by too much information

Thursday, 3 March 2011

I've used a semicolon in three sentences today; this is one of them.

Monday, 28 February 2011

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has knocked on my door
I'll never be able to look at iTunes again without thinking of the phrase "tight, leathery anus"

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Idea: CloudRaid - stripe your files across multiple free cloud backup services in RAID10 array: more free space & more resilience

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

And if I were to write about strategy, would I be practising strategography?
If I were to study strategy, what would my discipline be? strategology?
Skype Plugin Manager. You don't need it so why is on your machine? And what data is it gathering?

Monday, 21 February 2011 now has an MX record. Thanks for messing up my testing, IETF.
Very good post on Brunel's Thames Tunnel - the opposite of TL;DR: not long enough; want more nlewm
One of my boots smells of tom cat. Sorry, office-sharers.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

@techdirt is missing the point ( UK police can already shut down your domain

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Bye-bye Bye-bye Bye-bye

Monday, 14 February 2011

So if we all occupy Trafalgar Square, how long do you think the Queen will take to pack her bags?
HMRC just reminded me about a notification they sent me last April for something that's not due until this May. broken
Each time I speak to HMRC about a mistake they have made, they apologize. Then another threatening letter arrives shortly after. broken

Sunday, 13 February 2011

On the B&Q registration page, if you get anything wrong it unchecks the Please Don't Spam Me control darkpattern

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Time for Zulqarnain Haider to shut up about what he's going to do and start doing it. cricket

Friday, 11 February 2011

I have it on good authority that @stephenfry has been offered the throne of Egypt
UK Police have already seized 1200 domains, and can take yours whenever they want

Thursday, 10 February 2011

I'm seeding the deleted BBC web content and hosting the torrent file here:

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

When you read in a book that before 9/11 "No-one could have foreseen global terrorism" you know the author is American
I've seen the PS3 master key so often I can remember most of it. Does that mean Sony can issue a DMCA take-down on my brain?

Monday, 7 February 2011

Any other To-do services with a Twitter API? Excellent
Liking, but is there anything better?
I can't find who created the original of this: (I guess they are getting a taste of their own medicine)
All of a sudden, I need Google Wave

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Stewart Lee, the voice of the radicalized middle class, 4 months ahead of Steve Coogan here:
the "radicalized middle class" - we're dangerous when we put down our pipes and take off our slippers
"truth moves faster than lies" - for the first time in history, perhaps
I suspect Paul Mason will be trending soon, he's written a cracking blog:
Banning 3 players does not address the underlying issue of corruption in international cricket

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

I has teh stupids

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The new crime maps don't seem to include any crimes committed by Tower Hamlets Planning Committee

Monday, 31 January 2011

How's Gilmore's Law looking today? I'd say censorship is doing quite well, thank you.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Still buzzing from the UOGB at Amnesty Intl. Where else can you hear Hawkwind followed by Saint-Saens Danse Macabre?
First whole-family trip to the cinema? Tick. First 3D movie for Daddy? Tick. Good film? Tick (Tangled). Good day? Tick.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Ukes did Shiver Me Timbers by Tom Waits. Awesome. Played it like they meant

Friday, 28 January 2011

At Amnesty International HQ to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
At Amnesty International HQ to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
At Amnesty International HQ to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
At Amnesty International HQ to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Amnesty have free wi-fi. Yay.
Amnesty have free wi-fi. Yay.
Having a mildly positive experience with Thunderbird. Odd feeling.
Would like to know what @twitter is doing with @dabbledb. It's completely b0rked at the moment.
Gmail search by size: everyone wants it, trivial to implement. Not a feature. Never will be. Pure evil. upsell

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Perhaps Allen Stanford can now go back to running cricket tournaments, at which he was a lot better than the WICB

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Trott & Collingwood clearly England's best bowlers on the day. cricket
Trying to like the Chrome version of Tweetdeck. Not succeeding so far.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Is there a widely-trusted Certificate Authority that doesn't have its ultimate root in the USA?
Chocolate Weetabix. Just say no.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Blog post: getting Rails installed on Windows so you can deploy to Heroku
Can't believe there's been no Auto-tune The News since September. Auto-tune Assange!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

The world is encouraging to me to move from svn to git. OK then.
After 2.6 days of raging against the machine, I have a working Rails app on Heroku *weeps tears of relief*
Everybody in this office speaks at least 3 languages. Except me. Unless you count Javascript and PHP.
Trying RailsInstaller on @dynjo's recommendation. Hopefully more Heroku-friendly.
That email I just got from LinkedIn says 18% of my connections changed jobs in 2010 - that's a lot of churn
Intel Anti-Theft and Motorola eFuse are solutions for yesterday's business model. But they are a threat to freedom today.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Like the look of Google Refine for tidying messy data /HT @hatmandu
As for Rails, check out the note in blue in a *Getting Started* guide: - how does this help me get started?
The whole point of Heroku is it's radically easier to deploy apps. They need to work harder on the first hurdle.
Heroku gem doesn't like Ruby 1.9.1 on Windows, but that's the default download version. No help on the Heroku site.
Google reveals that 1,000,000 n00bs are suffering the same as me, yet the "Getting Started" tutorials are b0rked
Trying to deploy a Hello World app to Heroku. The incantations are truly mystifying.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

I've been quietly following Dan Hill for years, but things have recently got a bit dramatic:
Contrary to what the news is saying, Parts of Regent Street/Oxford Circus are still closed. Which is why I'm back home.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Chris Woakes!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Why I won't be using the .com top-level domain (TLD) for any of my businesses
Why I'm moving my domain names away from a US-owned registrar
US Govt has been seizing domain names for overtly political reasons since at least 2007

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Reading about case mapping in Unicode (someone has to)
I'm running a Tor relay at home as a political act
Wonder if Motorola would be interested in my domain?
Somebody asked me an interesting question about international email addresses