Oct 23 2014

Book Review: Pragmatic Guide to Subversion

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Pragmatic Guide to Subversion by Mike Mason My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you are new to Subversion this is a decent read discussing the main ways you will use the repository and most likely the tools you’ll be using to do so. If you’ve been using Subversion for a while it can be …

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Feb 17 2013

How to enter long wireless keys on the PS3

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  I recently upped the security on my wireless network and had to enter the new key into the PS3 to get it back on the network. However entering long random keys is a severe pain at the best of times, let alone when it is using the PS3 controller to manipulate an on-screen keyboard. …

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Jul 02 2012

Android Development using the CommonsWare library

There has been talk recently about some Android work coming down the pipeline in the office, so in a bid to ensure I get on to an interesting project I’ve started to learn more about Android development. When I have the time to actually sit down and learn something (rather than “we need this working …

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Jun 28 2012

Why I think the Nexus 7 is a stroke of genius

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I watched the Google I/O 2012 keynote last night and I was very impressed with the announcements of Jellybean (Android 4.1), the Google Q, and of course Google Glasses. I might do separate posts on each of those later but right now I wanted to discuss the Nexus 7 tablet. The Nexus 7 is a …

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Dec 03 2011

The Dragonborn comes

I’ve been playing a lot of Skyrim recently and I’ve really enjoyed it. In an unusual state of affairs I find myself liking the theme tune a lot too, rather than something to be skipped through as quickly as possible I quite often leave it playing for a little while.  It conveys quite an adrenalin …

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Dec 02 2011

Clean Code – A talk

I’ve recently watched this video of Robert C Martin giving a Clean Code talk at Java Forum in Stockholm. This post will be a mix of description of the talk, and my thoughts on the content. Clean Code, Robert C Martin, Javaforum Stockholm 2011-08-24 from Björn Caroll on Vimeo. It opens with quite an entertaining …

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Dec 01 2011

25 Questions you should ask yourself.

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I came across this page today and my first thought was “Yeah, yeah, it will be the same old stuff” and whilst this is true to some extent many of the questions are truly thought provoking, and perhaps even a little scary when you think what your answers could be. Its well worth a look …

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Apr 24 2011

New Developer rig based on H67 chipset and i5 2500K

Well I’ve finally went and done it. After many months of looking around and changing my mind about everything, I’ve placed my order with Ebuyer for all the components I need to build my own system. I’ve built systems in the past that were on tight budgets and involved a certain amount of cannibalisation of …

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Apr 04 2011

Is this really Uncle Bob?

In the last few months I’ve become involved in the series of Q & A sites that come under the Stack Exchange banner, primarily the sites known as Stackoverflow and Programmers.SE. Stackoverflow is a site centred around code oriented problems, and since its launch in 2008 has proven to be a wonderful resource for amateur, student, …

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Apr 02 2011

Reading List

I’ve decided to get organised about my reading, the technical books have been piling up as I keep buying a new one before I start/finish the last one. I’m not kidding about the pile either, currently it’s 19 books high, if I’m lucky I’ll get through it this year. As part of my motivation and …

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