Kevin Duffield

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Jun 05 2016

Book Review: Practices of an Agile Developer

I’ve just finished reading “Practices of an Agile Developer” by┬áVenkat Subramaniam and Andy Hunt. My overall impression of the book is good. I don’t believe I was the target audience the authors had in mind but it would certainly serve well as part of an “Introduction to Agile” reading list. The layout of the book …

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Jan 25 2015

Photo 52 – Week 4 – Wildlife

Blue Tit in local woodland

Theme for this week was “Wildlife”. I headed down to the local woodlands to try and capture some of our winged friends. Very difficult to get them in focus, and not blurred due to movement when you’re on maximum zoom.

Jan 18 2015

Photo 52 – Week 3 – Liquids

Theme for this week was “liquids”. I’m really happy with how these turned out. Set up was simply a tripod in the bathroom, a sink of water, and a dripping tap. The room was completely dark for taking the picture and I used the inbuilt flash. I’ve included my two favourites; Mercury Falling and Terminator …

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Jan 17 2015

Photo 52 – Week 2 – Vision

Close up of an eye with coloured iris

This weeks topic was “Vision”. I suggested this to the group because I wanted to try and get a good close up of my wife’s eye. I keep telling her she has beautiful eyes and I wanted to try and capture that in a picture. To do this I purchased a set of extension tubes …

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Jan 16 2015

Photo 52 – Week 1 – Fresh

Close up of moss and fungi on fallen log

So week 1 of Photo52 2015 saw the theme set to “Fresh” to coincide with the idea of the New Year. I decided to take this in the spirit of “fresh morning light” and set out into my local woodlands to see what would be revealed. Now there is a huge dead tree near the …

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Jan 16 2015

Photo 52 – For 2015

Canon 500D

A friend of mine has invited me to take part in a Photo 52 this year. It’s like a Photo 365 but only submitting one picture a week. The aim is the same as a 365 but for those who just don’t feel they can commit to a picture a day. Which suits me down …

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Oct 23 2014

Book Review: Pragmatic Guide to Subversion

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

  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

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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