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Monochrome and Colour Infrared images

Up until today, I’ve been shooting near-infrared images on an IR modified Fuji X100 (after a short, painful dalliance with a modified 20D) which was converted via a…

New Obsession: Nik & Clouds

Earlier this year I had been considering buying Nik just for the Silver Efex Pro 2 editor, but as usual I couldn’t decide if my rework would be…

Budget *BSD remote servers

It’s no secret I’ve never really bought into the Linux mindset: I’m a *BSD diehard inside, even if I’ve had to ‘slum it’ on remote Linux servers for…

Securing my witterings: Cloudflare Universal SSL and WordPress

Ok, a bit unfair – my mind has clearly been infected by skimming one too many clickbait headlines: I am sorry. I use CloudFlare for most of my…

SSH error “roaming not allowed by server”

There are plenty of discussions around why you might need to enable sshd options if you see this error, but before hacking your config, did you add a…

Green Flag: World’s Worst Retentions Policy ?

So I’ve used Green Flag as a breakdown service for the last 5 years, with multiple call outs for one horrid vehicle (but hey it’s my fault, it…

Another day, another Marketing rant

Ok, so this is bound to get me some name calling from colleagues but I’m talking about the amorphous and wide-ranging ‘act of Marketing’ rather than a department…

Photo by Miemo Penttinen

Lasers and MIDI and software… Oh my!

Photo of Jean-Michelle Jarre performing in Helsinki in 2009 © Miemo Penttinen What happens when a music teacher suggests instrument variety is a driving force behind a child…

I am not a fan of … but …

Ok, the secret to blogging more ? Reading Twitter, it seems… This morning’s gem (from the amazing-in-everything Mark Gatiss): “@xxgoingdown: @Markgatiss do you like doctor who? If yes,…

Everything that’s wrong with the modern web in 140 characters or less

Ok, so I’m old. Curmudgeonly. Fixed in my ways. And feeling older every time I venture out of my comfort zone and attempt to embrace new ideals –…

History of Programming Languages

Awesome ! Seriously, the most accurate insights into programming languages that any non-programmer can use and start fights with as easily as if they had been programming for…

Buffy's Windswept Ears Blow in the Wind

Bouffant Wind Scale

Meteorological scales like Beaufort are an essential part of tasks such as building, shipping or rigging work where real people regularly face conditions which truly threaten life, but…

LED cycle lights

First pass 12V lighting system for my bike: front is a 15W 3 LED DRL cluster, and the rear is four strips of silicon dipped 12V LED’s with…

Further Android Adventures (Goodbye iOS ?)

So the Nexus 7 was an experiment, and one that for the most part was a success but one that left my iPhone relegated to being used for…

How to apply for a programming job

Note that the opinions here are my own: they draw upon real world experience at my current employer, but they are not their views, I do not speak…