Autumn 2018 round-up


A round-up of tweets, links and other gubbins from the past few months (click here to read the previous instalment).

What I've been working on

After the last period was dominated by a single large phase of work, it was nice to enjoy a pic n' mix of smaller updates to existing projects these past few months. Highlights include a raft of performance improvements for the School for Good and Evil website - an interesting challenge to dig into some PHP and MySQL after having my head buried in the .NET stack for so long; security hardening for a site we build and maintain for Nokia, a new Sitesuma release, and work on our perennial in-house projects Another Read and Webtility.

What I've been reading

Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley
The Looking Glass War, by John le Carré
Artemis, by Andy Weir

What I've been tweeting

It's almost Christmas! Panic buying a book for an urchin in your life, and struggling for ideas? Maybe our Another Read website will help you find something:

Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?
If you enjoy these statistical essays as much as I do, check out loads more here:

I'm a bit obsessed with long-term data archiving, but this guy is next level:

Sticking with the topic of data backups and long-term archiving - here are MIT's recommendations on managing data for long term access:

Non-paying users of Flickr will soon have all of their photos exceeding the new 1,000 limit deleted. I have no problem with this, Flickr is a business, you get what you pay for. But it should serve as a reminder not to rely on a free cloud service to backup any precious data...

"Routine maintenance" takes on a totally different meaning when you work on the International Space Station:

Leaving this here as a reminder to myself next time I'm bashing my head against a brick wall trying to fix one of our ancient command line build tools - "Everyone quotes command line arguments the wrong way":

Encouraging news for Cardiff-based software developers, less encouraging for Cardiff-based software recruiters (certainly chimes with issues we've had with recruitment lately). But a thriving local industry will surely benefit both sides in the long run.

One for all you UI nerds - a delightful visual feast of vintage control panels:

As someone who picks up new hobbies as often as I change my shirt, I relate to Tim Wu's assertion that the pursuit of excellence can really hinder the enjoyment of hobbyist activities:

Recent Google+ data-leak news should serve as yet another reminder that no matter how big or capable an organisation appears to be, they can, and likely eventually will, expose your data. If you absolutely can't let this happen, then don't put it (unencrypted) on the internet.

With CloudFlare throwing their (not inconsiderable) weight behind QUIC, could this be the beginning of the end for TCP?

It's been over a year, so must be time to tweet a link to some more glorious library porn: