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Archive for May, 2012

Paperwork (30/05/2012)

All of my appraisal objectives this year are about documents. Writing business cases, writing strategy documents and so on.

It’s a bit depressing, but I’m going to be spending the next couple of weeks writing business cases.

But then I do have an English degree. 

Coding (29/05/2012)

I’ve started doing the coding challenges on this site.

There’s a lot of maths in them and it’s really making me think in a way I don’t often. I get lazy with code and just push strings around. I’m enjoying this, even if it’s slow work.

ePub (28/05/2012)

I’ve been playing around with ebooks today. It turns out that the epub format is just a zip file with HTML files inside it.

I found a tutorial on how to make them. On the iPad, at least, they can be very fussy – and if you’re not careful, they will look like shit.

Luckily there is an online file validator – nothing very sophisticated (it’s a bit like the old days of web design), but it’s quite fun.

I wonder how much ebooks are the future of the internet. Annoyingly the Kindle doesn’t support epub, but mobi files. I haven’t figured out what they are yet.

Images (27/05/2012)

I’ve found this kinda cool way of converting images to text.

http://webcodertools.com/imagetobase64converter

For websites, this probably isn’t a good idea. It doesn’t really save any space, and it means that caching is trickier, but I’m sure in some situations it could be really useful. It means you don’t have to rely on any external resources which is cool.

Keeping cool (26/05/2012)

It’s so hot in my flat at the moment (partly because I’m in what’s basically an attic room).

The only thing I’ve found that can keep me cool is wetting my hair. Well, that and lots of ice. 

Documents (25/05/2012)

Always document things properly. When it’s hear say, people forget. Make a list.

Gooey Gui (24/05/2012)

Always have a GUI.

Struggling again (23/05/2012)

These have got very short as I’ve started struggling to think of things. In fact, for the last few days, they’ve been cop outs really.

I think the one thing I’ve learnt, playing with an iPad, is how much I like my Kindle. And the reason I like it so much is that it does so little. I’m not tempted to do anything else other than read on it, because that’s all you can do with it.

Staying out (22/05/2012)

I went to the theatre yesterday and I didn’t get home until late.

I always think that getting home late midweek is going to really affect me, but just now and again is fine.

New Learnings (21/05/2012)

A computer scientist friend of mine once told me that coding games is where all the most exciting computer development takes place. I think I might try downloading a coding engine and learning to code games. I’m going to start with something like lua. Flipping through the quickstart guide, I’m pleased with how much of it just makes sense.

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