Category Archives: Development

5G and batteries

I can’t verify this, but I saw a lot of stories some time ago – back before everything was about a pandemic – about 5G, specifically about the energy required to support 5G on the phones, and wanted to write … Continue reading

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The O’Reilly conferences were good

Starting in 1998 and all the way through to 2009, just skipping 2008 for personal reasons, I had the opportunity to go to an O’Reilly conference every year. It started with the Perl Conference and then the Open Source Convention, … Continue reading

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A run on your cloud

Almost 10 years ago Simon Wardley wrote “A run on your cloud?“, describing the events that would naturally lead up to a shortage of cloud capacity. As cloud computers are other peoples computers, and you don’t actually own the instance(s) … Continue reading

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Promises, Node.js and Electron

In the last year I’ve had the opportunity to work with some new technologies. First promises, then Node.js and now Electron. I like the experience. Promises has taken me the longest to get used to, but I am getting there. … Continue reading

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A problem with Google’s Predictive Phishing Protection

At work we have experienced a problem with Google’s Predictive Phishing Protection, as described by Google on their security blog. If you type one of your protected passwords (this could be a password you stored in Chrome’s password manager, or … Continue reading

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Useful Javascript snippets

Over some time, I’ve collected and/or modified a few Javascript snippets that I find useful. Some are polyfills, some are additions: STRING.padStart and STRING.padEnd // https://github.com/uxitten/polyfill/blob/master/string.polyfill.js // https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/String/padStart if (!String.prototype.padStart) { String.prototype.padStart = function padStart(targetLength, padString) { targetLength = targetLength … Continue reading

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Thank you, Microsoft

That was sarcastic. Today I ended up doing a Windows Update on my work PC, running Windows 10. For some reason this ended with me losing all the work I had in my documents folder, until I could recover it … Continue reading

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Deep Learning is shallow

Deep Learning, as part of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, is actually shallow compared to human learning. Yes, DL uses more layers but it is still just patterns without explanation and will not be able to handle novel and unique … Continue reading

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A name that become a bit unfortunate

Today I learned that there once is an operating system, originating for the IBM System/360 that came to be called Pick, after one of its developer Richard Pick. Or, as American names go, Dick Pick. I don’t think it helps … Continue reading

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AI snake oil

These slides from “How to recognize AI snake oil” by Arvind Narayanan does a pretty good job of putting AI – really Machine Learning, ML – capabilities in perspective. There’s a great example in them of machine learning being given … Continue reading

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