An omnibus of tech posts by s Futurologist on software development primarily.

Monday, 15 September 2014


Car Data Recorder

How long till we have Black Box Car Data Recorders?

Features copied from Aviation industry:

Very useful for investigating dangerous driving, collisions, insurance claims and driver training

Monday, 1 September 2014


Samsung Galaxy S3 remove the "Eye" icon

Ever see that annoying Eye icon in status bar?

You can switch it off by going to Settings - My Device -Smart Screen, then switching off Smart Stay

Saturday, 19 July 2014


Phone book and yellow pages for mobile

I've seen a gap in the market - phones don't yet have access to query companies phone numbers. So when I want to type "Martin Estate Agent Maidenhead" and get it to show me the number.. I can't.

The workaround every mobile user uses is to go on google, type "Martin Estate Agent Maidenhead", find the number, click or copy and paste that back to the phone.. and dial.

So who's going to be first to add this missing feature to mobile?

Saturday, 12 July 2014


Fix Ubuntu 14.04 LTS lost background from flashback desktop

Ubuntu gnome does not clear the background. The workaround is to run gnome-tweak-tool and under "Desktop" enable "Icons on Desktop" such as "Home"

I'm pretty astonished that deliverables are shipped with basic features like clearing the background not working. Is it the business model where customers don't pay for products that causes this? (therefore, no QA teams)

Saturday, 28 June 2014


Fix Galaxy S3 Weather update

Galaxy S3 weather stopped updating. I found 'Determine location using wireless networks' was switched off. Check this is enabled ;-)

Monday, 23 June 2014


Sustrans should support safer cycling with helmet to prevent head injuries

A good report by Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents about why helmets should be worn on cycles to prevent head injuries

Quotes which respond to common excuses for not wearing helmets:

"there is no scientific evidence that mandatory cycle helmet laws discourage cycling"

"there is no scientific evidence that cyclist who wear helmets take more risks"

I call on Sustrans to take a modern, responsible view as per guidance of BMA and other rational scientific evidence. It is inexcusable to cause more head injuries by Sustrans going against the helmet trend. It is the same as saying not to wear seat belts in cars, or a ski helmet while skiing. Ask any school if they recommend helmets, and they will also say the same.

Sunday, 15 June 2014


Forbid chewing gum in UK

Walking along Oxford Street and through Leicester Square I see so much used chewing gum on the pavement and road. It looks horrid! The crossing WAIT signs are covered in it too.

Educating people to bin it doesn't work. Like Singapore - time to forbid the sale of it.


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