Author: Chris

USB battery packs: claimed vs. actual capacity

In the run up to RIAT week (anyone else going to be there this weekend and fancy meeting up?) I thought I’d do a quick test on some of the USB power packs I have kicking around here to see how close to their claimed capacity they really are. The...

Cannaboids and chronic pain

A friend recently mentioned this article in The Lancet about an Australian study into cannabis use in people with chronic pain prescribed opiods. Firstly a disclaimer: I find statistical analysis interesting. I’m not a medical professional, so take everything you read from me with the appropriate pinch of salt, and...

Encryption at rest

Interested in people’s thoughts about encryption at rest in a datacentre environment. There was a request for web hosting in a certain discussion group earlier today, and I noticed one of the respondents mentioned their web server encrypted content at rest. I must admit, I’m in two minds about this....

Facebook and the cookie jar – Part II

It’s worth reading the political background to this post if you’ve not already done so: Facebook and the cookie jar As bad as the recent Facebook news stories have been, it’s fairly unlikely many of us are going to stop using it – it’s just too useful as a way...

Facebook and the cookie jar

It’s been a tough week for senior management at Facebook, as the world’s press has finally caught onto what many of us in the tech industry have warned our friends about for years: all those little quizzes you’re doing aren’t just harmless fun. It’s like the world has finally noticed...

Cryptocurrency mining

A question came up recently: “If mining for crypto currency is so profitable why would anyone sell the tech to do it?” Mining is – at the basic mathematics level – searching for hash collisions. Hashing algorithms are an integral part of modern cryptography systems and allow you to create...

The Nexus 5 – or Google’s insatiable takeover of your life

I suspect like many others in the UK, my new Google Nexus 5 smartphone arrived today. I’m not going to go into a long review about it – there are plenty of news sites out there far better at covering that than I. What I will do, though, is document...

Thunderbird / Lightning with Zimbra

Every few months I get a pressing urge to try and throw Outlook off my Windows machine – it’s bloated, isn’t a particularly good IMAP client, and with each passing version gets gradually harder to disable HTML mail entirely. In the past, I’ve ended up trying another mail client, but...