When the postman arrives with your mail, some people open it all and file it away neatly in its proper place so that it can be found straight away when required? If this is you, you’re probably a sorter. Others prefer not to spend the time organising and would rather leave their mail in a … [Read more…]
I was asked recently about what I would tell myself shortly after graduating if I had the opportunity to give my younger self some advice. Based on years of commercial experience, there are a few relatively simple things that have made a big difference. Automation means that you will make fewer mistakes If you can … [Read more…]
A few weeks ago I decided to try to reduce my caffeine intake to see if would have any effect of my levels of tiredness, sleep quality or anything else. I found the results quite surprising. I’ve never really thought of myself as a caffeine fiend. Most weekdays, I’d probably have two “tall” Americano type … [Read more…]
Sometimes when testing out an pattern or algorithm that requires platform or OS specific features, hardware interfacing or raw speed, C is the only language in which to implement it. This is a quick note-to-self for future reference. I currently have these steps in a text file on my laptop as a reminder of what … [Read more…]
A version of St James Infirmary blues inspired by the recent Hugh Laurie cover on Let Them Talk.
I’ve always wanted to be the kind of pianist who can pick up a sheet of music, have a quick glance at it, then place it on the music stand and sight-read through it at a sensible tempo without too many mistakes. Despite having started learning the piano about twenty years ago, this isn’t something … [Read more…]
With all of the recent parliament and newspaper interest in ISPs filtering content – specifically with reference to blocking particular sites, it is worth spelling out why compelling them to filter certain web sites is useless. Imagine that Royal Mail was prohibited from delivering mail to domestic addresses from certain senders. A very simple analogy … [Read more…]
There isn’t a line on your balance sheet for your developers’ productivity (except perhaps the bottom line – but only if it’s really bad). Without understanding the detail of what your developers have to do during their day, it is hard to manage and optimise it.
As someone who has made the transition between small (20,000 employees), I can say with certainty that the move can be a bit of a culture shock. There are many pros and cons to working in each and it is impossible to say than one is better than the other in all cases. Working in … [Read more…]
Because of the design of the Internet, introducing this legislation would be a bit like introducing new border controls for anyone arriving into the UK by air but not bothering to check anyone who arrives by sea or train.