Saturday, 18 October 2014

Infographic bug-bears

I'm quite a fan of using graphics to convey meaning; it's why I prefer to draw logic flow diagrams instead of writing walls of text to describe software functionality.  Inforgraphics, therefore, should be something that appeal to me... but they don't.
While flicking around my various email accounts, I found an email from the IT Job Board with their new infographic about wearable tech.
This is my reaction to it.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Cloud: A Follow-up Posting on Where We Are

In 2011, I wrote this article regarding my interpretation on where "Cloud" fits in, with regards to both software development and at the consumer level.
3 years on, I wonder if any of it still holds water; if it does then surely there is a problem?

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Progress Report #2

This post is slightly later than anticipated - for those of you who are interested, my cross-platform Java project that started at the beginning of February went very well.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Progress Report #1

From the 3rd Feruary 2014, I became  a free-lance software developer, by means of redundancy (you can read more about that here).  I set myself a task and since then have been nose to the grind-stone towards it's completion.
So I'm a week and a half in.. what have I achieved so far?

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

A New Chapter

By the time this post bounces it's merry way into the lives of the bots that regularly ping this blog (that try to entice me away to sites-a-foreign to purchase anything from Viagra to Ugg boots from a guy named Vlad), I will have become (officially) a Free Agent in the world or professional software development.  This was not of my choosing; 4 years on one project taking it from conceptualisation to full-blown application suite, with all the pain in between, means I am sad to part company with what I can only refer to as "my" product.
Still with the warm memories of working with possibly the best Dev Team I have had the fortune to Lead and be a part of, I now need to look forward as our paths diverge; I hope to work with you again some day, should the stars align in our favour.

Until then, while I search for something new I have set my self a challenge; a pet project if you will, to supersede any others I may have mentioned before now (not that I actually managed to start them)...

Monday, 27 January 2014

64-bit Installer Issues

Recently, I encountered a problem where my 64-bit Windows Service installers were failing to correctly install (failing to install at all, to be fair..).  After a little digging around I found a post that detailed that, despite correct configuration Visual Studio builds the MSI incorrectly, causing execution to fail.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Email from "Barclays" Bank

I feel so much safer...

In recent years the situation out of control because of fraud on the Internet however we take care that every time our system to be improved on base.
 I added extreme safety measures, so all our users are asked not to ignore this message, will help protect your information and also risk fraudulent chances are low.

Please give us a few minutes of your time for better security.
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Executive Director,
Barclays Bank Plc.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Custom Shelves Pt2 - The Build

In part 1, I wrote of my plan to build a bespoke shelf unit to fit a specific space in my house, from sustainable material.  The whole design and source process spanned about 3 months (mostly due to lack of spare time after work) but on the 16th of December the wood arrived at my door and the project was ready to proceed.

This post also is a first - finally I manage to write a "promised" follow-up!