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I wonder lonely as a cloud.

June 19, 2013

You may or may not be aware that I’m a developer by trade. I recently moved to a team charged with building tools enabling our many developers to deploy to the cloud. In forth coming blogs I’m going to talk about the cloud from a purely technical perspective with maybe some cost analysis. I’m not going to go into the politics of it all this include whether it makes sense to have all your data on a US owned Server and the implications of this. I’ll leave that to the experts.  I’ll talk about some of the technical difficulties we’ve faced and some of the tools we are using, including Netflix’s wonderful Simian Army.

Stay tuned……

What I Haz Been Up 2

November 4, 2012

OK it’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I’d like to apologise to all 2 of my regular readers. So here is a breakdown of what’s been happening.

1) Nexus 7 – I bought one of these babies and I love it! Its not perfect but as a result I’m reading a lot more now then ever, and I read a lot before. Its cheep yet delivers.

2) Saw loads of movies. killing them Softly was depressing but great. Looper didn’t really deliver for me. It was just too much for me to get over the bad physics of the time travel nonsense. Wreck it Ralph was fun and I don’t really have a bad thing to say about it.

3) DVD section. Hired Hand directed by Peter Fonda is beautiful. On my list of great westerns. Tucker and dale vs evil was brilliant and I’m surprised it wasn’t a bigger hit. Seen loads more, I think I might do a blog about Monte Hellman and Robert Aldrich.

4) Food. If you get a chance go to the Hawksmoor. Amazing steak place and the cocktails are pretty good too! I still have dreams about that starter. The Lobster Mac and Cheese is great but be warned it is very rich!

5) Bug – I when to see Adam Buxton’s show which was a special fat boy slim edition. Really funny and just reinforces my opinion that the Web is brilliant yet also nuts!

BBC iPlayer Partner Schedules

February 18, 2011

So I’ve been working on the BBC iPlayer Interlinking Project on and off over a 6 month period and it’s live now so check it out! I will say that its been a very tough project and I’m glad to see it released. Although I was a very small cog in the wheel I had interactions with other developers on the project and there were some major loops and hurdles to run through.

You may look at the site and think that looks easy, but it wasn’t. If you think about it, its a very complicated process. We have to gather data feeds on programming schedules and on demand programmes (these are TV shows that you can watch via the Internet for a given period of time i.e. ‘on demand’ ) from all our partners and add them to our system. OK that sounds straight forward. However these are all 3rd party companies that probably store their own data in a different way to the BBC. They have to consolidate and output their data into a standard feed that the BBC can ingest and import. Then once this data is in our system we have to index it to make it searchable and make the schedules available. Plus all of this has to be automated so that changes from our partners appear as quickly and as accurately as possible on the iPlayer website. And we need to make sure we are not wasting time and (license fee) money babysitting feed ingesting 24/7.

Not an easy project!

MySpace is Crap

May 13, 2007

Here is a list, in no particular order, of my MySpace hates:

  • Certain people’s sites take abolutely ages to load even with my super fast broadband connection and one or two have even caused my browser to crash! What the Fuck? Is it badly built? Or is it because….
  • People put too much crap on their page! They think oooh I’ll add a music player, now i’ll add some videos, maybe some pictures…oh and here is a nice flash animation as well. Then lets not forget the self-obligatory blog and comments section…All this on one page!!! As someone who works in the Web programming industry (well just about anyway) I have to say no!! You can’t do that its bad design and totally fucks up usability and does not make for a good browsing experience. Hello? Navigation Menus? Use wordpress, it can do everything MySpace can but in an organised fashion…just look around my blog!
  • Some people think MySpace will be their route to fame and fortune…no it won’t. Fame and fortune only happens in one way…Hard Fuckin’ Graft! … OK but what about Lily Allen you say? Yeah well so what? Her talent is overated and she is just a fad (OK thats my opinion and not general concensus but as with all things time will prove me right…hopefully)
  • There is too much crap content on there. People need to realise that Web 2.0 depends on content, too much of it out there is just plain crap and in dire need of some editorial control. I don’t care what you think of Kate Moss’s new Top Shop range or that you still like Britney Spears even after seeing her shaved head and shaved women’s bits (can I say pussy or is it too vulgar?) …OK bit hypocritical here considering i’m writing a blog doing exactly that but i’m under no delusion that anybody is reading this or ever going to read this or even take my opinions seriously…why should you? Get your own fuckin’ opinions …I think I just killed my last point :S …oh well
  • Its owned by Rupert Murdoch…nuff said
  • Second Post

    December 3, 2006

    So I’ve set up my blog and i think to myself what shall I write about? I have all these ideas filling my quite sophisticated mind 😉 . However when I actually sit in front of my computer ready to type my mind goes blank…Talk about writers block! Maybe I should stick to web programming, writing code to run a website is far easier then writing the content that goes onto it…ho-hum!

    Anyway here are a few things that caught my attention …

    What’s Going Through Britney’s Head?

    I especially like the fact that Paris Hilton is trying stop Britney from displaying her ‘Family Jewels’ … it’s like a hooker trying to persuade a porn star to stop making movies because it’s demeaning to women! Not that I consider either of the two to be a porn stars or hookers … well not in the dictionary definition sense at least.

    Anyway here’s something a bit more intellectually stimulating:

    Google and Web 2.0

    I find the whole web 2.0 thing very interesting I was at this user group meeting recently in London and a guy there was telling me about this conference he attended that was supposed to put techies in touch with the people who run businesses. All these business type people were trying to jump on the bandwagon, trying to latch on to something that doesn’t really exist by hiring loads of techies … the real issue was that none of them had any smart projects that these techies could work on once they hired them. Its like hiring a builder to build the most fantastic house ever, but not having any blueprints for it. The builder can do it but nine times out of ten the house will probably not be how the property owner envisioned..