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  • The Post JavaScript Apocalypse

    Douglas Crockford

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  • The Visitor

    The Visitor

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  • Time for an Update

    It’s been a while, but I’ve finally got around to updating this blog. You know how it is - there is that post you really want to write, but then life gets in the way - work, kids, more work, heart attacks. And suddenly seven years have gone by, and that post hasn’t written itself.

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  • Adventures of an Amateur Cartographer

    Every lunch time I go out for a walk of four to five kilometres. Either I get the fresh air or I doze fitfully, head on keyboard, throughout the afternoon. Rather than listen to music for the hour or so of walking I’ve been in the habit of listening to technical podcasts. I keep an MP3 player dedicated to the backlog of podcasts I subscribe to including Futures in BioTech, BoagWorld, The Java Posse, MacBreak Weekly, Security Now, TWiG, TWiP and Windows Weekly (all of which I wholeheartedly recommend.)

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  • Initial impressions of the Korg DS-10 for the Nintendo DS

    The Korg MS-10 was an entry-level monophonic synthesizer from the 70’s. It had a 32-note keyboard and a control wheel driving a single VCO, VCF and VCA.

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  • Korg DS-10 Synthesizer

    Stumbling on the Korg DS-10 emulator for the Nintendo DS on Amazon sent me spiraling back to the early seventies. As a thirteen-year old brought up on late 60’s synth-pop I was fascinated by the thirteen part series in Practical Electronics magazine to build your own analogue Sound Synthesizer.

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  • How to unbrick a Navman S30

    As you may recall my Navman S30 had decided not to boot anymore. It would get to the start up screen (picture of woman hanging out of car) shows it for a few seconds, display its software version number and then reset. That cycle was then repeated for ever, never getting to the main menu.

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  • Navman S30 Reboots and Reboots and...

    The Navman S30 is a budget SatNav with a pretty good spec that currently sells for well under a £100 in the UK and appears to be very popular. I’ve been using one for a few months and have been impressed with the device. It does have a few idiosyncrasies - for example, you cannot search for junctions on the M25 - but on the whole has been extremely useful and reliable.

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  • Asus EEE Arrives and Samba Goes

    I’ve finally got hold of an Asus EEE PC 4G. Initial impressions are very good, it feels robust and of good quality. There has been some mention of poorly aligned keyboards in recent models, but this one is fine. Despite being a little cramped the keys have a decent feel and I was touch-typing on it without too many errors by the end of an evening.

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  • (D)esirable (H)ardware (L)ost

    Having had an Asus EEE PC 4G placed into the tender care of DHL for next day delivery on the 24th January I’m still without a machine to play with. The box disappeared at Gatwick and hasn’t been seen since. DHL insisted on a five day investigation before admitting they hadn’t a clue where it was. Of course they didn’t tell me that - they left it to the supplier to apologise on their behalf.

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  • Emulating the PDP-8

    Mentioning the PDP-8 yesterday set me thinking about building a PDP-8 replica using modern day TTL. The PDP-8 had a particularly simple architecture with only a few registers and eight basic op-codes. The early machines in the family, like the ancient one I used at University, were built from individual transistors and core memory. Later on DEC switched to TTL chips and RAM, so to build a replica would certainly be possible.

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  • Asus EEE and the Fabric of the Universe

    I should have spent this evening working out how to install FreeMind on the Asus EEE PC. However despite my miniature box of Linux goodness having been dispatched for overnight shipping last Thursday, five days later it has yet to arrive. According to the delivery company’s tracking system it reached Gatwick on Friday morning and promptly disappeared.

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  • Asus EEE PC 4G Black and Linuxy

    I’ve finally given into the lust and ordered an Asus EEE PC 4G. Still missing the old Psion Series 5, never being able to afford the Series 7, and having briefly being excited by the Palm Foleo it was only a matter of time before I gave into the EEE’s Linuxy charms.

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  • Psion MC400

    While searching for the Christmas decorations in the computer graveyard that is our loft I came across my old Psion MC400. This was the spiritual ancestor of the NetBook; a laptop, based on the SIBO operating system that could run for 60+ hours on a single set of batteries.

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  • GTD with Shadow Plan

    It all started going wrong when I discovered “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. That book was a turning point in my life. Up until then I had been drifting along, reacting to events, without any clear idea of where I wanted to be in the future. “The Seven Habits” made me think about where I wanted to be in a decade’s time and how I was going to get there. I also gave me the perspective to divide the unimportant, but urgent tasks from those that were really important to achieving my goals. It’s a fascinating book that’s full of insights. But there was a problem…

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  • WikiPad 1.0 Review

    WikiPad 1.0 is a free, lightweight, hyperlinked notepad application that is very usable. It is ideal for organizing groups of inter-related notes, but has one curious limitation.

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  • Belkin Wireless PDA Keyboard F8U1500ea

    The Belkin Wireless PDA Keyboard is a generic folding keyboard that uses Infra-Red to communicate with PalmOS or Windows PDAs.

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  • pScripting Basics

    A script is text document that contains a list of commands for a computer system. By recording the commands in a text document they can be replayed over and over again without having to be re-entered by hand. This is particularly useful when command entry is slow or limited, such as on a handheld.

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  • Psion MC400 Battery Check

    This is a small utility I wrote to track the up-time on a Psion MC400.

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  • Using peditPro for Web Development

    Many of these pages are written on a Palm Tungsten E using peditPro. I would use the PC, but that’s hogged by the rest of the family most of the time. At various times in the past I’ve used a Psion Series 3, a Series 5, an MC400 and a Dell laptop to bash in the text. A change of project at the end of 2003 meant that I had to give up the laptop, which was provided by my clients, and so the hunt was on for a replacement.

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  • pedit 7.00 Update

    While I was reviewing pedit 6.65 Paul Nevai delivered pedit 7.00 which includes hundreds of minor improvements along with a couple of major upgrades. The biggest change is undoubtably that pedit 7.00 now has sixteen MagiPads.

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  • pedit 6.65 Review

    When I first tried pedit I was rather unimpressed. It seemed to go out of its way to break as many of the familiar user interface rules of PalmOS applications as it could. Unfortunately at that time I didn’t try it with a keyboard and so didn’t appreciate what the application was really about.

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