Friday, 27 May 2011

The quest has begun. Cleverest Bastard in Nottingham here I come!

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The site is now set up. Let the games begin!

http://cleverestbastardinnottingham.co.uk/

Knave of Nottingham Title Achieved. Now for Cleverest Bastard In Nottingham. It's on!

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I have now been awarded the official Knave of Nottingham title by Google which pleases me greatly. If you search for Knaves in Nottingham you will find me. Life goal complete!

My next task is to become the Cleverest Bastard in Nottingham. I have some hard work in front of me but I think it's achievable.?

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Word Collecting Your Poor Grammar.

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As I was closing word down this morning I was presented with an extremely strange request from it. It had been collecting my "ignored" grammar and spelling errors and had asked if it could send them all off to Microsoft to help improve the tool for future use. I suppose I can see where they are coming from... but really? That data could contain all sorts of information both about you, others and about your business.?

Really not cool!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

'tray' by robert + matthew swinton - 'FUJITSU design award 2011' shortlisted entry

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I have been following the Fujitsu design award 2011 entries and have seen some excellent food for thought.

Favourite Podcasts at the Moment

Just taking a minute out of writing the most annoying query I have done in while.... we need to be able to search for a supermarket store name that has certain things that we are looking to find. For example Stores that have received more than 50 copies of Stuff Magazine. If the searched for Store doesn't have it, it must find the next store alphabetically that does.?

In principal this works ok but the query just runs slightly too slow. Too slow for a user that would be using it day in day out. I've tried several ways but am finding no real quicker way at the moment.?

Anyway, my?favourite?Podcasts at the moment are:
  • Engadget Podcast
  • Wired Podcast
  • Guardian Tech Weekly
  • .Net Rocks
  • Java Posse
  • Hanselminutes
I have others that I download but I rarely end up listening to them now. One up and coming fave that I have been trying out is Deep Fried Byes. An old fave that stopped last year sadly is 3 Red Lights (an very funny xbox podcast). No links. Not enough time. Google will furnish you with details.?

Anyway, small break over. Back to my cup of liquid pain.?

Feature not Requirement

Reading an article in?February's Pagpub magazine?made me think about how we can damage a project right from the start just be using the wrong terminology. Jonathan Rasmussons article called "The Way of the Agile Warrior - They're Not Requirements" warns against discussing "requirements" with customers, instead to discuss "features". It's well worth a read. I download the .mobi version to my Kindle but you can read the web version here ->?http://pragprog.com/magazines/2011-02/way-of-the-agile-warrior

Friday, 13 May 2011

Usage data being sent back

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I'm leaving my current company at the end of the month and there are many things that need tying up. One of these is how I get a load of raw data in Excel and import it into Sql Server. The task is extremely difficult to automate because of the crazy manner in which the data comes. The open nature of a spreadsheet means that it comes completely different each time we get it resulting in lots of messing about and vlookup pain to get it into a nice importable format.?

I want to record the task as a screencast so that anyone doing this task after I leave can see the sort of methods I use to format the data correctly. I've used BB Flashback Express in the past so I have just downloaded and installed this. During installation I was just really annoyed at the requests for desktop shortcuts, quick launch links and the like, topped off with a request to collect information on how you use the software. It's anonymous but who cares, we do I want a program that I will only use?occasionally?taking up desktop real estate and feeding information to the net? It's crap like this that ruins the PC for the ordinary user. Many people leave the defaults and click next for everything they do and within months their desktops are full of mad icons and their IE window is reduced to about 800 pixels high because of the 50 toolbars that have been installed. Not to mention their computers run like dogs because every program under the sun runs at start up and loves checking for updates. It makes me think the cleanness of the Apple apps must be the future. I love the easy in easy out nature of them and the sandbox they are forced to stay in.?

Anyway, morning rant complete.?

Unlocking the boot loader | unlockbootloader.sonyericsson.com

It is possible to unlock the boot loader for certain releases of Sony Ericsson Android? phone models from 2011 and onwards.

Please note that you may void the warranty of your phone if you unlock the boot loader. Sony Ericsson can then no longer guarantee the full functionality of your phone, and will not be responsible for any unsigned custom software being flashed to the phone after the boot loader is unlocked. Certain functions in your phone might cease to work, and performance might not be ideal. You might also damage your phone permanently. In the worst case, unlocking the boot loader will cause physical injuries or material damage, for example, due to the phone overheating.

Certain content on your phone may also be inaccessible due to the removal of DRM security keys and the secure user data partition while unlocking the boot loader.

Therefore, you should only unlock the boot loader of your phone if you are an advanced user with good knowledge of the technology and risks involved. We strongly recommend that standard users NOT unlock the boot loader, as it is not needed. We are proud to deliver great phone experiences through our rigorously tested and official software releases.

See the Which phones-page to see what phone models are supported by this service.

If you are fully aware of the risks involved, and have a deep knowledge about these technologies, continue to the unlock boot loader instructions page. You should be aware that unlocking the boot loader will not give you root access. The only way to get root access is to flash a custom ROM with root access.

For any questions, Sony Ericsson will monitor this thread on Google groups. However, we cannot guarantee an answer for every question asked in this forum.

Please note that there is no turning back when unlocking the boot loader. You will not be able to revert the phone to a locked or original state if you unlock it. Also, if you brick the phone, it is your own responsibility.

It is currently not possible to unlock the boot loader for CDMA phones. We are however working on this.

Start unlocking the boot loader

I really applaud this open stance from Sony Ericsson. I don't think I would risk a brand new Play on this but it's a cool idea anyway.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Google App Inventor

At the time this first came out there was a real buzz in Twitterland about Google App inventor. Now it may be because I have left this land but its probably more likely down to our 5 minute attention span but no one has spoken about this for quite some time. I am pretty sure anyone can now sign up for an App inventor account now and it really is a cool tool to use for writing Google Apps. Yes I should be spending less time fucking about with this and more time actually writing proper Google apps in Java but I just can't be bothered at the moment and this suits my purposes.

From an education standpoint I think it's excellent. I can show this to my girlfriend who is currently studying for a FdSc in Computing but is struggling with all the programming and it helps her to understand the logic behind basic programming. Once you have written something it creates a more credible finished product that she can install on her Android phone and show to people instead of some ropey looking half arsed asp.net forms website or just a console app.?

Play with it now or die!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ADwPLSFeY8?wmode=transparent]

Friday, 6 May 2011

Minecraft





God help me. I am addicted to Minecraft at the moment. I normally avoid all games like this as I have a very addictive personality. My only saving grace is my tiny attention span so hopefully the fad will have passed by next week. Either that or I will have constructed a gigantic statue of Conan The Barbarian.

City Timelapse video

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Timelapse - The City Limits from Dominic on Vimeo.

 

I saw this video on Gizmodo. I love it. 

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

NoteSlate - The most annoying non existent product ever.

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Noteslate. The most annoying non existent product ever.

Following Gizmodo and Engadget religiously has a tendency to make you feel like nothing is ever going to come out and actually be released. However no piece of technology has annoyed me more than the noteslate. I really love the idea but no real hard evidence or videos have been released. If it was ready to ship for the next month or so it would be sitting in reviewers hands by now.

Such a shame. I would buy 2!

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