Monthly Archive: July 2014

A case for paying our MPs more

MPs have had a hard time of it. When the media aren’t dragging up allegation of expenses fraud or sexual crimes, then they’re busy making themselves look like blithering idiots. Something the media is only too happy to report on. The question is surely then: Why does this keep happening? Yes, clever people say and do stupid things, but it’s only an occasional thing. I can only conclude that the reason politicians can’t stop transferring their foot between a steaming pile of manure and their mouth is that they really are monumental morons! As the saying goes: Those that can,…
Read more

Share

Million Dollar Traders and Hedge Funds

As always, my opinion in financial matters is my own and does not necessarily reflect the views of my employers The other day on a particularly boring flight between Bangkok and Taipei, I rewatched a TV series from a few years ago that I remembered a couple of days before in a discussion about the financial services industry and investing. The series in question is called Million Dollar Traders which originally aired in 2009 on BBC Two. Over the course of three episodes covering a period of eight weeks, plus a few that were not shown, eight ordinary people were…
Read more

Share

Why you should REALLY test your app

Until recently I used the arriva M-Ticketing app on my phone. This handy little application would let you buy tickets on your movile and then you could simply show the bus driver the phone screen when getting on the bus. In exchange you would save 10% over the cost of buying the same 4-weekly ticket on the bus in paper form. Sounds good, doesn’t it! This is what technology should be doing. Making our lives easier and driving down the cost of doing business? Perhaps it’s telling then that I have gone back to using a paper ticket, kept in…
Read more

Share

Protecting a website against spammers and robots – CallamMcMillan.com

This post was originally going to be a talk about what I did with CallamMcMillan.com to stop comments, followed by another article on how I dealt with a robots problem on the article voting system. After re-reading the article though, I decided to explain the problem a bit better and make this article somewhat informative so that you can use it on your own websites. If you’re like me then you’ll enjoy getting feedback on your work. The feedback may not always agree with my point of view, or it may suggest that my technical solutions are lacking, but at…
Read more

Share

Why the story must come first

A little while back, I had the chance to listen to Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s technology correspondent talk. My overriding memory of that talk however was not of the insightful comments he made or the question I asked him though. No, my overriding memory of the event was that he was trialing Google Glass and he had this ugly white plastic lump on his face. In a way, somebody wearing a Google Glass is like someone who willingly has an unfortunate facial tattoo. You know you shouldn’t stare, but you find yourself somehow unable to, and what the person was…
Read more

Share

CallamMcMillan.com is 7

At seven years old, CallamMcMillan.com can now be considered technologically midlle-aged. And now, like many things that have grown up, people are starting to give the site more attendtion. Admittedly some of it unwanted, thank you very much spammers. There are a couple of searches on Google for which this site comes up on page one. Searches that have nothing to do with my name or this site. One of my biggest successes is the article talking about how to connect a Cisco router to a BT Infinity fibre connection. For some searches on that, this site shows up as…
Read more

Share