Autumn 2019 round-up

09-Jan-2020


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

Nothing major stands out in this period - lots of small support projects for established clients including Nokia, MDL, and Grosvenor Group. Plus a couple of core releases of Sitesuma, Another Read and Webtility.

What I've been reading

Ghostwritten, by David Mitchell
Sibley's Birding Basics, by David Allen Sibley
I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

What I've been tweeting

05-Dec-2019
So we finally ran out of IP addresses...
ripe.net/publications/news/about-ripe-ncc-and-ripe/the-ripe-ncc-has-run-out-of-ipv4-addresses

24-Nov-2019
Bruce Gilden’s Gritty Vision of a Lost New York (The New Yorker)
newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/bruce-gilden-gritty-vision-of-a-lost-new-york

17-Nov-2019
Good grief - drawing by Diana Adrianne, inspired by Flemish baroque oil portraits. Hand-coded entirely in HTML & CSS!
diana-adrianne.com/purecss-lace/

10-Nov-2019
Photogrammetric wizardry from oddviz:
https://www.oddviz.com/#home
oddviz.com/portfolio/inventory/

03-Nov-2019
Not quite a "Rat Thing" from Stephenson's Snow Crash, but a step in the right (?) direction... Something for the Christmas stocking list, anyway!
youtube.com/watch?v=wlkCQXHEgjA

27-Oct-2019
I've written one or two screen-scraping apps in my time, so found this rather interesting - Microsoft's LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles (Reuters):
reuters.com/article/us-microsoft-linkedin-profiles/microsofts-linkedin-loses-appeal-over-access-to-user-profiles-idUSKCN1VU21W

20-Oct-2019
After university, my dream job would have been in computer graphics, but I'm not sure my maths-fu was ever strong enough for that path. I still get giddy and excited by developments in the field - the "GauGAN" tech from NVIDIA Research looks amazing:
blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2019/03/18/gaugan-photorealistic-landscapes-nvidia-research/

13-Oct-2019
Reading so many articles on digital minimalism lately, much of which resonates, but much of which feels extreme and impractical. I think John Zeratsky is doing a good job of treading the same ground, but with a more balanced (and less anti-tech) approach:
maketime.blog/article/your-smartphone-can-make-you-a-better-human/

06-Oct-2019
I sort of like the lighthearted approach that Evernote have adopted for their release notes, for new features at least. But I wonder if it comes across as flippant when they relate to bug-fixes for issues that might have been really annoying for their users (see example below).
twitter.com/MrCeri/status/1180890467262709761/photo/1

29-Sep-2019
Microsoft have launched .NET Core 3.0 and C#8:
devblogs.microsoft.com/dotnet/announcing-net-core-3-0/
docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/csharp/whats-new/csharp-8
The full .NET Framework is still supported, but you have to imagine that its days are numbered...