Bad instructions are worse than none

I work in an annexe - not, as some people suspect, a cave. This annexe has all mod cons. It has electricity, windows, a roof, even a toilet and shower. But it doesn't have a telephone point, so my wireless network signal just about makes it through the several doors, walls and windows but is … Continue reading Bad instructions are worse than none

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Back everything up, everywhere, all the time

Beware – lightning does strike twice and before you lose your data, back it up. In which Brendan obsesses about backing up I’m writing this post at my laptop. Nothing unusual there. But what is unusual is that I have two 1TB USB drives attached to it. One of them is copying the operating system … Continue reading Back everything up, everywhere, all the time

Humans do it better – but do they scale?

Today, two seemingly unrelated but actually very similar discoveries: socialmention is offering sentiment analysis among other metrics; and SpinVox uses people to transcribe messages. Humans as machines First, the second. SpinVox.They offer voice-to-text conversion which is something of a holy grail for computing, and given my past interest in AI, I found the proposition fascinating. … Continue reading Humans do it better – but do they scale?

Measurement Camp, the BBC, and The Next Big Thing

So last Wednesday I was at Measurement Camp, this time in the swanky offices of Dare Digital. The format is still evolving under the laid-back yet effective stewardship of Will McInnes (check out his survey, it's hilarious), so this time we had a couple of presentations from past projects, then some quicker breakouts in which … Continue reading Measurement Camp, the BBC, and The Next Big Thing

Yahoo Pipes: you’ve got to go there to come back

If anyone's been following my Twitter feed recently they'll know that I've been getting to grips with Yahoo Pipes. I think it's an amazing tool and offers the tantalising possibility of creating a wholly modular monitoring system, effectively through programming-like routines which, through a neat graphical interface, largely remove the need for knowing how to … Continue reading Yahoo Pipes: you’ve got to go there to come back