PyCon UK 2008

Sun 10 August 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

PyCon UK is a convention for the Python programming language in sunny old Birmingham. This year it is from the 12th to 14th of September and it only costs £75 for all three days.

Now I am using Python every day I think maybe I should attend this year. Looking ...

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Links Innn Spaaace

Fri 08 August 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Space effects, non-competes blown to smithereens, more mini-computers, a world where films are more entertaining, and something you should read about the history of the personal computer.

50 Photoshop Tutorials For Sky and Space Effects
Because you never know when you’ll need a picture of the sky that looks ...

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BarCamb 2

Fri 08 August 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

A week ago I attended the second BarCamb (which is the Cambridge name for BarCamp) which is an interactive conference where the attendees create the schedule.

It was hosted at the Sanger Institute which is part of the very impressive Wellcome Trust Genome Campus.

The Chip With Potential
To be ...

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Roaming Programmer Invades Barcelona

Thu 07 August 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

I spent an extended weekend in Barcelona and thought I’d share some photos…

Barcelona View
You get quite a nice view from the Montjuic Park, and this is part of the panorama.

PC City
You only get PC City on the continent, whereas in the UK we get a whole PC World…

Dunkin Coffee
Apparently ...

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Creaking Under The Weight Of Links

Thu 07 August 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Lots of links today…

Going Rogue
Why do people leave the safety of a regular wage to go into independent game development? Well, creativity and satisfaction are two good reasons.

TextMate Plug-in: ProjectPlus
Interesting plug-in for TextMate which provides extra functionality including some Git support.

Mozilla Labs >> Concept Series
Mozilla ...

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E-Ink Or Link?

Thu 31 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Esquire to geeks: hack our e-paper magazine cover
Two pages of e-ink paper in one magazine for the normal price. The sponsorship will help pay for it, and I suppose if it works it could set a precedent. Now Esquire are challenging people to hack it into something else.

I ...

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Merging On The Mac

Wed 30 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Because I’m a cheapskate even when someone else is paying I was trying to find some three-way merge tools for the Mac, unfortunately my Googling didn’t turn up anything that doesn’t appear on other platforms. Obviously you have things like ediff3 in emacs and erm….

One that ...

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Links 2 – Hyperlink

Wed 30 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

First look: Ars reviews Firefox 3.1 alpha 1
An early look at Firefox 3.1, particularly of note is the built-in tab switcher preview which previously was only possible using some add-ons which weren’t particularly snappy.

John Carmack planning a “graphical tour-de-force” for the iPhone
What can he ...

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Unit Testing In Python – No Dilemma

Tue 29 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Unit-testing in Python today…

Having unit testing built into the language (or at least the standard library) is a good move. With an interpreted language like Python it is invaluable to test the various code paths.

It also helped me find some obvious bugs in my code, which I probably ...

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The House Of Flying Links

Tue 29 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

KDE 4.1 Released
The new version of KDE has been released with lots of new features making use of the core KDE4 libraries and technologies. Lots of shiny screenshots too.

Objectified – The Documentary
Gary Hustwit (the film-maker behind Helvetica about typography and graphic design) is making a new documentary ...

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Something To Realise About Takeovers/Mergers

Tue 29 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

I heard on the news today that BA and Iberia are planning a merger. That isn’t anything special in the grand scheme of things (especially to a programmer), but they emphasized something interesting, that they would be kept separate brands like they are separate entities.

This never ever happens ...

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Debugging In Python – Dilemma #2

Mon 28 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

The next stage in Python development is “how do I debug”.

I’m at the stage where I keep adding print statements into the code to spot code flows and inspect values (which is nice because you can print more or less anything). But this is an extremely archaic way ...

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Par 3 On The Links

Mon 28 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Bar-Camb 2 is this Friday
An open social wiki-like conference. It should be really interesting to see what subjects appear on the day. Also, I haven’t got the faintest clue what I could present…
Barcamb logo

ACCU 2009 Conference – Call For Participants
A great technical conference run by ACCU. They (maybe ...

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Working In Python – Dilemma #1

Sun 27 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

I am still cleansing my body after escaping the confines of Visual Studio, hence the post about “regressing” (although in hindsight it is the wrong word, perhaps progressing is better).

I am now having to do development in Python on a Mac (personal choice), and this leaves me with a ...

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Let Them Eat Links

Sun 27 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Bletchley Park
World famous for Turing and the Enigma, and in need of more funds.

Microsoft trueSpace: Free Alternative to 3ds Max, Google Sketchup
A good free application for 3D graphics or another example of “embrace and extend”? 3D graphics software tends to be high margin, low volume so I ...

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Accessibility – Mobile Phones

Sun 27 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Try to buy a mobile phone for anyone with visual impairment. It’s not easy.

What you want is a mobile phone that is simple and clear to use. Unfortunately those beasts do not exist. On the RNIB website you can go to their shop and see the few available ...

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Link Dump 23/7

Wed 23 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Some more interesting links from the net of the inter.

Django 1.0 Alpha Released!
The release gets closer.

Optimus Pultius OLED Keypad
The cut-down Optimus Maximus keypad thingy. At least it should be much cheaper.

AVR demo platform rocks the color VGA +audio
Home-made with 4-channel audio and 3D ...

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I’m Regressing – The Command-Line

Wed 23 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

On my home Mac I have been using Porticus to manage packages from MacPorts. What I discovered today installing packages for work (a fair few) was that about halfway through the day I had reverted entirely to the commandline and I don’t particularly know how or why but I ...

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Cory Doctorow Talk In Cambridge

Tue 22 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

This evening I attended a Cory Doctorow talk in Cambridge hosted by Cambridge Business Lectures. The lecture being about:

Cory Doctorow on Life in the Information Economy

We made a bet, some decades ago, that the information economy would be based on buying and selling (and hence restricting copying of ...

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New Workspace

Mon 21 July 2008 by Garry Bodsworth

Workspace

It was my first day at Camvine today. I thought I’d show my new set-up since I am very happy with it (although I will work out the best configuration for me as time goes on).

I’ve got myself a Macbook (with keyboard and Mighty Mouse), but the ...

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