Category: Winning

An Open Letter from Apple on Encryption & Government Overreach

Apple deserve lots of cookies for this. Not only refusing an FBI order to purposefully undermine iOS encryption and actively seek to help hackers, they have revealed it to the public and given a call-to-arms even the least tech-savvy among us should understand. To read it just keep scrolling as I have decided to host a copy, which I am happy to remove if Apple want me to, or you can go read it directly on the Apple website, or check it out on the Wayback Machine.   A Message to Our Customers The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of…


Review: Koding

Standard Koding layout.

First of the two posts I mentioned last time: a review of Koding, the cloud service + Chrome app. What is it? The short answer is that it’s an IDE. But that really doesn’t do this thing justice at all. You can’t actually do anything offline, really, besides fiddle with some very basic settings. That’s because you don’t work on files locally, you spin up a VM (hosted on Amazon) and the IDE connects directly to it for file editing, terminal, etc. All VMs also come with a public URL for you to plug into any browser to run your app if it has a web interface. Who is it for?…


Books Are Good

Those of you who know me personally should know that I love reading fiction, especially crime/mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy/magic. I am a firm believer that reading, both fiction and non-fiction alike, is entirely necessary for everyone. It encourages imagination, creativity, grammar and spelling, critical thinking, and increases knowledge – all of which is essential for growing children to be the best they can be. Not to mention sitting down with a proper book for a few hours is an ideal way to relax, and in this digital age where children are having touch-screen smartphones as their first mobile before they’re even teenagers and toddlers are playing with their parents’ tablets…


Anita Sarkeesian Somehow Attends E3, Attacks The Wrong Character

E3, Anita, & Rise

So somehow the hypocritical, donation-bait, lying, backstabbing feminazi Anita Sarkeesian got herself invited to E3, possibly the biggest gaming convention in the world, despite being a poisonous, destructive, hateful bundle of double-standards and self-imposed privilege in the world of gaming. While there, she took a fence at her name badge, and that’s funny because not only is the attached promotional image entirely appropriate to the game it’s advertising, but the character’s back-story in the series is actually something that should resonate with Sarkeesian’s agenda – assuming said agenda is legitimate, and she has even the slightest ounce of integrity and credibility. And I’m not going to bother talking about how she…


The Perfect Valentine’s Day

After a tense morning of watching Roger (my DPD delivery driver) not move or progress from his first delivery on the tracking page map, this gloriousness arrived a little after half 2 yesterday afternoon. It came with a free charger, too, as a pre-order bonus seeing as the consoles don’t come with one any more. Needless to say I was excited to get playing but, alas, I was at work and so decided to settle for letting the data transfer do its thing, ready for some serious Monster Hunting after work. My old 3DS has a 16GB SD card and the 3DS Advance (“new Nintendo 3DS” is a stupid name and I…


Hack Your JavaScript Code in Chrome!

Two things to cover quickly in this one. Firstly, I made a darker theme for Dev Tools. By “made” I mean I cobbled together a bunch of stuff other people already did, and used someone else’s instructions to port it to the format Chrome requires it to be in. Hurray for me! Check the repo for a screenshot – or look at the image at the bottom of this post – and if you’re happy with that theme you can grab it from the Chrome Web Store to get updates and stuff automatically. If you want to tweak or replace the colours you’ll need to either clone the repo or grab…


pro tip: folder icons in Windows on portable storage

In Windows you can set a custom image for folder icons. This is pretty cool, as it can help you to quickly and easily identify folders without reading the list of names. However, the way Windows stores information about which image file to use as the icon is by writing a hidden file called desktop.ini in the folder in question. Inside this file is a line that identifies the path to the image file, but by default it is an absolute path which includes the drive letter. Thus, if you put an image inside a folder on your USB stick or portable hard drive, and set it as the folder’s…


Want to go straight to the latest episode of a show on iPlayer? Here’s how!

One thing that always annoyed me about iPlayer is that the shows don’t have a “home page” as such: a page dedicated to that show which lists all its available episodes under a constant URL you can bookmark. Well, since the redesign they actually have TWO alternatives you can bookmark! Direct to Latest Episode:  find the series you’re interested in on the A-Z Programme List right-click > copy the link address this should give you something like: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/brand/b006q2x0 that’s the one for Doctor Who, by the way bookmark the page you’re on, edit the bookmark to point to the address you copied! List of Available Episodes: follow the same steps as above…


PHP_DDNS – my latest project

While I generally like having no set topic for this blog due to the freedom it gives me over what and when to write, it also means there’s pretty much no chance of regularity to my posts. As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted anything on here for a while and it’s not because I’m incredibly busy – I just haven’t felt the urge to write about anything recently. Well, that changes today. The other day I came across a project called Remonit which is aiming to be the go-to tool for geek-types wanting to have real-time, web-accessible stats on pretty much anything on their devices – from netbooks to…


Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Special Demo

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire - Special Demo Version

I recently found out that you can get a guaranteed download code for the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Special Demo within 48 hours if you pre-order either game on Amazon so, obviously, I immediately pre-ordered Alpha Sapphire on Amazon.