Monthly Archive: January 2012

Taiwan: January 2012

So, that’s it, all I have left to do now is get a few hours sleep, go to the airport and fly back to the UK via Hong Kong. My Taiwan holiday is officially over and it’s back to the real world of work, getting up at 6am every morning, broken toilets on the train, so on, so on, and so forth. But lets not be negative, so here’s the highlights… Lets start with the big one, I’m married! A few days ago I married my fiancee of nearly four-and-a-half years in a manner that reminded me more of going…
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A few thoughts on Intellectual Property

To be honest, I missed the Wikipedia blackout the other day, I am on holiday and given that I am 8 hours away from GMT, I missed a big bit of it. That’s not to say that I don’t agree with what they are protesting, and to be honest, if I had have been at home and able to make the necessary changes, I may have participated by blacking out this website for 24 hours too. I don’t plan to go too much into the technical headaches that SOPA and PIPA present, since people more knowledgeable than me have already…
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HowTo: Manage Timestamps in a custom PHP/MySQL blog system

After my rant the other day about the state of Taiwanese politics, I thought I would lighten the mood with a technical article on how this website now does timestamp management, something which may be useful should you be looking to build a blogging system of your own, or any other sort of time indexed system. What follows is an incrementally built system for timestamp management with the rationale behind each increment explained, and some coding hints for implementing it. I am aware that in the strictest sense, what follows may not be considered good database design however I have…
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So you think it’s bad in the UK… You should take a look at Taiwan!

For any Taiwanese reading this, I understand that the politics of this lovely country are somewhat complicated, but I would like to pose a question and that I am going to upset a majority by asking this but… What kind of idiot would vote for the Blue Party? Seriously, here you have a great country that is open in terms of personal and corporate freedom, that is relatively free of corruption and is regarded as a world leader in terms of technology. However 500 miles away you have the Peoples [yeah right] Republic of China (Oh wait, that’s another billion…
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Southeastern trains and the saga of the Biohazard Bog

On the 16th December, returning home from a night out, I find myself sat on a Southeastern train leaving London Victoria. Through the window of a train on the next platform I see a toilet door with Biohazard tape stuck across it. Over the next few days I see it several more time, even getting the chance to take the picture below. I then go off for a nice Christmas and New Year break. Cut forward to today, almost three weeks after I first saw it, which could have been some time after it was locked and taped up and…
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I fancy a slice of Raspberry Pi

A few months back the BBC ran an article on this new low-cost miniature computer that was designed to get kids interested in programming. The catch was that you needed a TV as a monitor since it has no screen, keyboard or mouse. It was literally a credit card sized computer called the Raspberry Pi. And then I forgot about it! Until a couple of weeks back that is when it stopped being a developmental idea and some real hardware emerged. Now the first 10 beta boards are up on eBay and are going for silly money, but it is…
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