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AWS Architecture Diagrams

AWS release amazing architecture diagrams. The best of these must surely be the diagram of the architecture used to host the Obama for America campaign. The diagrams look great, but aren’t accessible to others as there’s no publicly downloadable set of icons… until now. Someone has created their own for download: http://blog.domenech.org/2013/04/aws-diagrams-adobe-illustrator-object-collection-first-release.html.

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What’s in your phone number?

Recently I’ve been entering a lot of phone numbers in a database. This is dull. Phone numbers do, however, open up a load of (slightly) interesting geekery. One of the problems I had was with the London dialling code. Numbers in London tend to start with 0207 or 0208. I decided that this seemed like […]

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Link of the day

MSDN: All print providers must export the initialization function, InitializePrintProvidor. Pointers to all the other functions must be supplied in a PRINTPROVIDOR structure. (Note that these two names are misspelled, but are consistent with the names that appear in the header file, winsplp.h.) Of course, one can’t correct the spelling of one’s functions, else one […]

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Misinformation on the Internet

Recently I’ve been writing code to produce a database of Alumni in the University’s Architecture Department where I work. Somewhat irritatingly the servers all run on IIS which required me to learn how to talk to SQL Server with ASP. The irritating part being that I’ve only just learnt how to talk to MySQL with […]

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WordPress

I was amused to have finished migrating this blog over to WordPress to read this article on Coding Horror: I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the community around WordPress, and the software itself is remarkably polished. That’s not to say that I haven’t run into a few egregious bugs in the 2.5 release, but on the […]

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Further reading – Godwin’s Law

Having recently discussed the strategy of comparing one’s antagonist’s actions to those of the Nazis, I was amused to notice Dr Crippen referring to a similar technique: Over the years, I have seen far too many women who have been raped. There will be others, patients of mine, who have not sought help from me […]

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Nazi Germany: an argument technique?

Comparisons to the holocaust seem rife today. Any attack on civil liberties is compared to the way the Nazis treated the Jews. Another example crops up today via the UK’s leading anti-vaccine site, JABS (no link love, search for it yourself). The government is considering making vaccination compulsory for children as a way of improving […]

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Success

Despite a long round trip, and waiting a million years for some DNS settings to propagate themselves correctly, I’ve managed to migrate the blog to here, which is nice. Over the next few weeks there’ll be some formatting changes, as I start to build a website at http://www.simpleigh.com/. Aye!

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Blook

They tell me that the latest phenomenon to hit the internet today is a blook. An online book. Not sure why the word book gains an ‘l’ - to me that implies that the word “blog” should be an online bog, which can’t be true… Nowadays you can go straight to Lulu and upload your blook. Anyone […]

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Blog Updates

The cheeky people at Blogger have been updating their engine, temporarily breaking the beast which is Windows Live Writer. No matter, a quick journey to the writer home page, a seamless install and we’re going again. They do tell me that it’s possible to blog from MS Word these days, though I’m quite happy with […]

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Smelly

The Question of the Week on B3ta at the moment is all about personal hygiene. It’s full of exciting stories about people who smell really bad. Unfortunately this seems to have coincided with an eczema flare up, and the great sage that is Wikipedia is advising: The first and primary recommendation is that people suffering […]

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Student Journalism

I enjoy reading student newspapers. Not only is there no real news in Cambridge worth writing about, but most of the writing is hilariously bad and over the top. I’ve seen plenty of apologies for erroneous and unbalanced reporting – most notably for an entire front-page spread in Varsity more recently. Most of the writing […]

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My Software Needs

Now I’ve finally installed a release copy of an operating system, I have to go through the process of installing applications all over again. Here’s a few thoughts on how my software needs have changed. In the olden days one of the first things on a new computer would have been Winzip. This application allows […]

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More tripe in the name of science

According to the Beeb: Scientists believe they have worked out a formula to calculate how “beer goggles” affect a drinker’s vision. The drink-fuelled phenomenon is said to transform supposedly “ugly” people into beauties – until the morning after. There’s even an equation given on the site to calculate your “beer goggles effect.” A formula rating […]

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Valentine’s Day – Paper Rose Links

Some links again, I’m afraid. Instructions to fold the standard sort of paper rose are available here and here. It’s fairly pretty and doesn’t look impossible to make (admittedly I’ve not tried it yet due to lack of paper). Scroll right to the bottom of this page and you’ll see that there are several different […]

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The downside to being a beta tester…

Somewhat infuriatingly my Beta version of MS Office 2007 has died today. It expires on 1st February and refuses to do anything anymore. I’m allowed to look at my documents but not edit them. Oh well, £100 spent at Amazon then…

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Link clear out (79)

From Matt Cutts: John Walker’s Strike Out idea: I usually stop reading a document after the first misspelling. Read the whole Strike Out article.

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Link clear out (78)

Here’s some posts on NHS Blog Doctor about the decline of the BBC. There’s a really good summary here, with some background information here and here.

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Sony fails to appreciate pornography

Robert Scoble makes an intriguing point here, linking to this page. Has Sony gone mad? Prominent adult movie producer Digital Playground says it is forced to use HD DVD instead of Blu-ray, because Sony does not allow XXX-rated movies to be released on Blu-ray. It does not matter how you stand to porn. It is here […]

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Gratuitous Wasting of Space

…to say “Merry Christmas” “Happy New Year” “You’re all muppets, get out of my face”

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