Saturday, May 08, 2010

Monday, February 02, 2009

Snow Snow Snow


While the UK crumbles (*cough*) under the weight of that fluffy white stuff, it’s been an interesting morning following everyone’s experiences of this mildly unusual weather on Twitter. Twitter let’s people contribute to a particular conversion by adding a keyword to their tweets. In this case, #uksnow shows you what’s happening.

One enterprising twitter user (Ben Marsh) created a mashup (link) which allowed twitter users to rate the snow in their area. Although cool (sorry!), this is also rather subjective (rate your snow out of 10) where average snow depths might have captured more interesting data for budding meteorologists to play with.

I took part by contributing my evening and morning shots of the local weather. Twitter was also helpful in finding out what was happening with South West Trains (whose website couldn’t handle this morning’s load).

Although twitter is obviously useful, I’m not sure how much we should trust a single company to manage the site if it became more essentially (XMPP FTW). Then again, most of us are already dependent on Google to make the web useful.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mess around with Wifi and SkyHook

I recently had some spare time (and inspiration) to mess around with the SkyHook API (which you would already know if you follow me on twitter!). SkyHook invested the time and money to drive around the USA and Europe to map the location of wireless access points by MAC address. Note the vast majority of wireless access points can be easily identified by anyone within range using software such as NetStumbler or inSSIDer. SkyHook have got both my access point at home and at Shelley’s parents in their database so it looks like they’ve done a pretty good job at coverage!

Making use of both the DotNet Managed Wifi library and the SkyHook API, I wrote a quick C# console application that identifiers the MAC address of local access points and queries the SkyHook API for a location. If a location is found then a KML file is saved and opened with the default handler (such as Google Earth).

If you want to have a play, the Visual Studio 2008 solution can be downloaded here. Be sure to let me know if you come up with any other interesting applications.

This little project also helped to prove how useful Stack Overflow is for getting answers to programming problems. I asked 1, 2, 3 questions that were all answered pretty quickly. Sometimes even if you know the answer it’s useful to ask the question incase someone has a better answer!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Photosynths from Scotland

Dani and I created some more photosynths on a recent trip to the west coast of Scotland.

First up is St Columba's Chapel on the Mull of Kintrye:

Followed by a tour around Campbeltown Loch:

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Prompted by Steveeeee's comment that this place is like a desert, I thought I better post something...

Microsoft released Photosynth to the public recently. Photosynth is photo stitching (see every post of mine tagged pan) but in 3D. Very Cool!

They haven't come out very well but be sure that next time I go somewhere photo-worthy there will be Photosynth mania.

Here you go... Click the "three dots" to switch between clusters.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Overclocking Core 2 Duo

Did some experimenting with overclocking my computer today. It's running an Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 which runs at 2.1GHz by default (bus speed of 266MHz with x8 multiplier). Upped the bus speed to 299MHz and now it's running at 2.4GHz. My Windows Experience Index for my processor went from 5.1 to 5.3. Idle temperature is now ~50 degrees Celsius using the stock cooler. Hopefully it'll be stable when playing COD4 and COH!

These processors are very easy to overclock and squeeze a little extra performance out of them. Now if only we weren't saving to move house (not to mention some wedding I've got to go to) I could justify an upgrade to one of those nice Core 2 Quad Q6600s!