Posts tagged with ‘geeky’

  • A hanged man being quartered by his executioner.

    The Hardest Hangman

    15 December, 2013

    What's the hardest possible word to guess in Hangman? Many have wondered, but Dan felt the need to find...

  • Pattern lock configuration on an Android mobile phone.

    Phone Security == Computer Security

    20 December, 2012

    Dan gets paranoid and despairs about the ease with which mobile devices can be stolen, the wealth of personal...

  • Craziest Internet Explorer Bug Ever?

    6 November, 2012

    Dan discovers a crazy little bug in Internet Explorer 8 and below, and complains loudly about it. Bloody IE.

  • British Telecom's implementation of the new cookie laws. Curiously, if you visit their site using the Opera web browser, it assumes that you've given consent, even if you click the button to not do so.

    Visitor Tracking Without Cookies (or How To Abuse HTTP 301s)

    24 April, 2012

    A technique for abusing HTTP 301 redirects and random numbers to uniquely track users; even those who have cookies...

  • My head

    Moving Things Around With CSS Transitions

    17 April, 2012

    The "pop-up head" in the top-left hand corner of the page is powered entirely by CSS: no Javascript is...

  • HDMI Virus, or How I Became An Old Person

    19 March, 2012

    HDMI cables are over-marketed at the best of times. But Dan's just discovered one that goes one step further,...

  • On This Day In 2011

    3 February, 2012

    As part of the On This Day series, Dan looks back over the last year that he's been running...

  • New Computer #2 – Dana

    27 January, 2012

    Dana is the second of the two new computers Dan's acquired this month. She's tiny, reasonably-powerful, and uses almost...

  • New Computer #1 – Tiffany2

    9 January, 2012

    This weekend, Dan built a new computer - Tiffany2 - to replace his aging media centre box.

  • Goodbye Reader

    2 November, 2011

    After Google apply an ugly-as-sin new style and break some of his favourite features, Dan finally gives up on...

  • QR Codes of the Bodleian

    30 September, 2011

    For the Bodleian Libraries' latest exhibition, Treasures of the Bodleian, Dan's produced some unusual QR codes to sit alongside...

  • What’s Wrong With My Phone

    28 August, 2011

    Dan finally puts his finger on what it is about his new phone that he doesn't fully get on...

  • A New Sensation

    4 August, 2011

    Dan's phone breaks, and even though the damage is minor and repairable, he gets a new one, simply because...

  • On This Day In 2003

    9 July, 2011

    Dan looks back on the very first time he juggled flaming clubs, and wraps this up in the story...

  • My New Pet Hate, part II

    15 June, 2011

    Dan shares a screenshot of a screenshot within a screenshot. I N C E P T I O N.

  • Content Freeze

    25 May, 2011

    After a significant blow to the head, Dan loses the ability to write to his long-term memory for several...

  • Every Full Moon

    17 May, 2011

    How would you like to be billed? Every calendar month, every 30 days, every 4 weeks, or... every full...

  • Leading By Example

    15 May, 2011

    After getting thoroughly confused by the new European Union directives on the use of cookies, which come into force...

  • World Backup Day

    31 March, 2011

    Dan encourages you to make backups, or to check that your existing backups are working, as part of your...

  • Passwords – The Least You Should Do

    23 March, 2011

    If you're reading this, there is at least a 95% chance that your passwords aren't good enough. You should...

  • IE6 Countdown

    5 March, 2011

    Microsoft have finally started telling people NOT to use Internet Explorer 6, an awful outdated browser that's holding the...

  • Too Ruby

    27 February, 2011

    If the Ruby programming language were a chef, it would make the best tie dyed cakes in the world....

  • The Week of Balls

    16 February, 2011

    Dan says the word "balls" a lot, statistically speaking, as he deals with a broken boiler (at home) and...

  • Free Deed Poll Generator

    3 February, 2011

    Generate yourself a legally-valid UK deed poll to change your name... completely free! A new, open-source project by Dan...

  • Mobile One-Time-Passwords in Ruby

    24 January, 2011

    A Ruby-based implementation of the Mobile One-Time-Password system, providing two-factor authentication for Rails applications, among other things.

  • Copy-Pasting Passwords into Steam

    23 January, 2011

    Valve are running a security theatre by pretending that a "feature" in Steam provides protection, when in actual fact...

  • They Say that Programmers Never Die

    17 January, 2011

    Dan writes poetry using programming languages, and wonders whether or not any of the code he's written in his...

  • The Worst Server Infection I’ve Ever Seen

    11 January, 2011

    Dan discovers a mountain of malware on a client's database server, and wonders how it all got there.

  • Favourite Firefox Four Feature FAIL!

    14 November, 2010

    I’ve been playing about with the beta of Firefox 4 for a little while now, and I wanted to...

  • A Video Game Movie I’d See

    8 November, 2010

    Video game movies are notoriously bad, no matter how awesome the game that inspired them. Wing Commander took a...