Rude Coffee

Bought this at Fine Grind, Tunbridge Wells:
Rude CoffeeRude Coffee

Fun at Hinges and Brackets, Maidstone

Oh the jolly japes:
Fork HandlesFork Handles

Coofer Cat Now Secure

I've finally got into this decade and bought myself an SSL certificate, so is now on HTTPS only.

I'm told that Google consider the http and https variants of a domain to be completely separate. That means that doing this possibly risks your 'SEO' because Google sort of delists the http site while creating the https site. We'll see how that goes...

PS. On my... I just realised this is my first post of 2015 - in August!!

Coofer Cat Now On Tor .onion

I just created a Tor .onion service for Coofer Cat. I was only doing it for the fun of it, but my word it's easy. There's lots of proper documentation on t'internet, but here's how to do it:

1) Install/run Tor somewhere near to your web server
2) Edit /etc/tor/torrc and enable the hidden service
3) Restart Tor
4) Look in /var/lib/tor/hidden-service/hostname for the name of your hidden service.

Coofer Cat is on http://3j2s3chksdayguny.onion/. Because that's hard to remember, I just put a redirect on too (hitting this up isn't a hidden service though).

Sucky EU Regulations Ban Powerful Vacuum Cleaners

Reported in various mainstream places, not least this one, we find that "the EU" has been busying itself with making sure we don't buy powerful vacuum cleaners. Apparently, this is the best way we can reduce Europe's carbon footprint.

I am slightly bemused by this whole thing. Which? reckon that one of their best vacuum cleaners costs £27/year to run (on average). That doesn't seem like a massive amount, so presumably there's not all that much carbon involved in vacuuming up Europe. This change in regulation isn't likely to cut the cost by anywhere near half even, so again, not likely to reduce our carbon by all that much either.

For example, I'd imagine that putting loft insulation into every house in Europe would do far more to cut carbon emissions than any of this piffle. We've had a rise in "Eurosceptic" political parties of late - whilst I disagree with most of what they stand for, on the other hand, maybe they've got a point...?

3D Print an Elephant in 1:1 Scale!?

A chap called Joris has modified a bunch of 3D printers to be able to print really big objects. He's now printing an elephant in actual size! There's a live camera feed of the printers working (camera 2 is probably best to see it working).

It's all happening at Schiphol airport - I wonder if you can go and see it "in the flesh"...?

No Parking! (Unless...)

No parking unless you happen to be the City of London parking patrol, in which case, double yellows, with little stripes on the kerb, right by a corner is perfectly fine.

Open Source Fame

Featured on YoumagineFeatured on YoumagineI just posted a pretty simple object to Youmagine and they've featured it!

If you're wondering, it's a little cover for the power button on our LG washing machine to stop the kids pressing it when we'd rather they didn't (for whatever reason it's not included in the child lock feature).

In other open source showing off news, after years of writing Perl (I could probably count the lines of Perl I've written in the millions by now), I've written my first CPAN module - it's a Gcode interpreter that aims to simulate an Ultimaker 3D printer:

Gcode::Interpreter::Ultimaker (with the code on github).

Cat by day, Internet sensation by night ;-)

A few flashes of my family throughout, but most of it starts at about 2:48. The unpaid shill at the end ruins it all though ;-)

BBC Micro Emulator - in your browser

The BBC Micro was (almost) my first home computer (when I was about 8 years old). I can remember spending many a happy afternoon typing in computer programs from magazines only to find they didn't work right. I can also remember playing Elite (which I also played on the Commodore Amiga years later).

Some enterprising chappy has managed to emulate an entire BBC Micro in Javascript, so it runs entirely in your web browser. Aside from highlighting just how far we've come in our computing journey, it's kinda fun writing programs like this again:

10 PRINT CHR$(141) "Dixons is rubbish"
20 PRINT CHR$(141) "Dixons is rubbish"
30 GOTO 10

For something more nostalgic, you can load up the original Elite and try to dock your ship back in the space station. It's a lot harder then I remember ;-)

Syndicate content