Where’s my Drone delivered burrito?

Here’s an autonomous Drone payload delivery concept, I’ve had in my head for a while, although the printing of the landing pad is something that just hit me even if it’s not new. When will I be able to print out an A4 paper sized QR code code landing pad for drones and have things…

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Listening to the Birds, Ants and augmented Cats.

I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks on the future of technology, mainly because I want to write a book set about 50yrs in the future. The main three which stick in my mind are Ray Kurzweil’s “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology“, the Metatropolis series and Abundance: The Future Is Better Than…

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I’m not going to make it better, we are gonna make it better

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Don’t Use Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator is used for 2 Factor authentication, but don’t use it, use Authenticator Plus (or equivalent) Now, 2 factor auth is very important, you definitely need to set it up. The problem is that the Google Authenticator app only really works well for your Google login because Google will also give you a set of backup…

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DRUPAL_GEDDON

#Drupalgeddon If you haven’t updated your drupal site, it’s infected

Do you host a Drupal website? Did you update within 7hrs of the latest Drupal update? If not your site is likely infected. Ours were. The main issue is an SQL Injection vulnerability in the core of Drupal that can even allow arbitrary PHP to be executed. The fiasco is being called #Drupalgeddon. If you run…

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Teach with Reach – I’ve started

I feel good. Today I spent my first day properly working on my education startup Teach with Reach. I’ve done bits and pieces before and pretty much this whole year I’ve spent saving up so I could bootstrap myself and be ready, but I haven’t actually started coding anything until today. The web app is…

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Mailchimp Email Obfuscator

I was working on a project that tried to re-skin the Mailchimp email preferences center. Unlike the Mailchimp signup form this page is a lot harder because you need to know the users information. Thankfully this is fairly easily done with some merge tags to make the correct links in the eDM (email) and the…

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The bankers were wrong

The tin foil hat people were right, although tin foil hats won’t stop Government snooping. Also, the government probably doesn’t care about those wearing aluminium on their head. They seem to be more scared of people with towels on their head. The hippies were right Western Civilisation is destroying the planet. The story that we…

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Wireframing, Design and Dev – The cards explanation

When it comes to web development I find that this is useful for people to have a visceral feel for when they should be making changes and what is involved. Wireframes are like working with post it notes, quick to move around and get a feel for the general idea. Photoshop designs are like working…

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Apache vhosts broken after Ubuntu 13.10 upgrade

Note to the web server sys admins. Did you upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10? It’s the latest as of Nov 2013 when writing and if you were on an older Ubuntu version then when you logged in it probably suggested you ran do-release-upgrade. Did you press Y or I and accept the package maintainers version of…

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