An omnibus of tech posts by s Futurologist on software development
Saturday, 30 October 2010
I've been thinking about how I could avoid my huge unread email list in inbox. Seems like an "auto archive" feature for "general" emails older than a week would make sense. Just like my Facebook Wall. Hopefully GMail will feature this soon.
Labels: Future, Tech
Myth busting, Mars is not a red planet
. Use the NASA colour calibration primary colours included on the landers can be used for reference. Australia and Orange County in the states are more red!
Labels: MythBusting, Tech
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Great article on the BBC today, highlighting from Which? banks failing to display interest rates
on bank statements.
The British Bankers' Association should be ashamed! This is one reason why voluntary industry bodies and codes of conducts don't work. FSA should step in and sort out the mess. Will the coaliton do the ask the FSA to do the right thing?
Labels: Economy, UK
Friday, 22 October 2010
Direct debit mandates on closed accounts
I'd like to see Financial Regulators require companies like British Gas to delete Direct Debit mandates automatically when customer accounts are closed.
I just had a look at my current account and found three out of date mandates that the utility companies had not removed when I closed my accounts with them!
Labels: Future, UK
Online shopping credit card reader
I'm surprised credit card issuers are not distributing card readers for online shopping yet.
I've got one for each of my online current accounts, but for credit card purchases the issuers just make do with the likes of "Verified by VISA", which is just another password which can be logged.
For online shopping, we'd just enter our account number, purchase code and the result code from the card reader. Cutting out a lot of fraud opportunities!
Labels: Future, UK
Monday, 11 October 2010
Give us more sunshine!
I've written about this before
, but the difference is that now others are realising the benefits for the environment and the saved lives. An article in Positive News: Give Us More Sunshine!
brought this to my attention.
The Lighter Later campaign
is run by 10:10, the climate change organisation. Great tag line, "what a difference an hour makes..." !
Labels: Future, UK
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Should ISPs cut off bot-infected users?
Monday, 4 October 2010
Political Revival of Cornish
Appears to be in full swing, the council are now joining in and adding signs in Cornish as well as the language everyone speaks! Telepgraph article
. The BBC even wastes money preparing a local programme
in Cornish. I'm sure the CNP (Cornish National Party) must be pleased!
Ofcom ban 12 month land line contracts
While the likes of BT are allowed by Ofcom to only offer 12 months contracts, I recommend purchasing from Post Office HomePhone. Only one month rolling contract, perfect !
Sunday, 3 October 2010
When + why do companies go open source?
I'm thinking about the circumstances which lead an enterprise to decide to release their source code as a free software product.
Are their significant instances of companies going free when they're not losing market share or going bust ? Consider Netuscape and Open Office falling into our lap. Likewise Blender when the company went bust and the user community bought the source code from liquidator.
Most free software appears to be built from scratch. The kernel, GCC, X, Gnome, GIMP etc.
Debugging is fun!
If you''re in software development you'l have experience with debugging. It's tracking the cause of a problem down and reproducing, implementing and testing a fix.
It's a steady, deliberate process of discovery. Investigating makes it possible to vary one thing a time to reproduce, also isolating causes from casual effects!
No More Pot Holes
I've noticed around Berkshire and Buckinghamshire that many of the pot holes and bumpy areas of roads coincides with utility company man holes and trenches.
There are regulations the council should be enforcing to get repairs inspected and certifed, however pot holes will always re-appear in dug up sections of road.
Therefore, my conclusion is that for all new roads, or repairs to existing roads, trenches and man holes should not pas through a road. Leaving the tarmac (asphalt) safe and flat!
Any cabling from telephone or internet companies should pass overhead.
For any drains or water supply that really must cross a road the best solution is to allow these to pass at single specific locations in special chambers in the road. Therefore, no disruption to the surface along the whole length!
Friday, 1 October 2010
Time for Metric Time
Why is a second the length it is currently I ask my self? Because it is roughly the speed at which we would count. It's a great way to measure.
There are 86,400 seconds in a current day. I think we can adjust this to be metric and clearer for use.
Nudge that 86,400 up to 100,000. Set 10 hours per day, 100 minutes per hour, 100 seconds per minute.
So would arrive at work around 04:00:00, and take lunch at 05:50:00,
and come home from work at 07:00:00. Puuurfect ;)
A quick search online reveals this was implemented back in the French Revolution decree
1794. Metric Time
. Someone's blog
. French Calendar
looks interesting too.
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