Estate Agents - a follow up...

One of the professions many love to hate, estate agents. I recently posted my rant/review of a few estate agents when selling in Glasgow for a move north to the Highlands. The right choice? After inviting four agencies to quote (three of which bothered turning up); McEwan Fraser Legal (who I don't trust), Nicol (whose attention to detail was sadly lacking) and Rettie (who actually seemed pretty good!) we eventually settled on Rettie in Newton Mearns. And ultimately, yes, they were. Whilst the market in Newton Mearns is a bit more buoyant than it is up here, selling in four days was unexpected!…

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How not to do APIs

The company involved here will remain anonymous, as they offer a good (and relatively unique) service and I don't want to damage any relationship with them, nor discourage others from using them just for this reason! Additionally, their support has been excellent. I hope others find this though, and take it into account when considering their own API design and strategy decisions. As you may know I have some experience developing complex APIs for large service providers. The approach to this has changed over the years, but some of the basic principles remain the same. The Company The company…

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Eurobeat: Moldova!

I have provided voting for numerous (almost 20 now!) productions of Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision and am pleased to announce that one again I am providing the voting for the new professional production of Eurobeat (and the visuals are looking better than ever!) And the only thing better than a new Eurobeat with all new countries and professional production values is giving back a little elsewhere. Eurobeat: Moldova is using premium SMS messaging for the first time, and donating 100% of the funds raised to two charities - Waverley Care and Dickens Legacy For more information see eurobeatvote.net…

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Husqvarna Automower Challenge - Communication

For a bit of background on this see my first post on this. But, in summary, I am a participant in the automower challenge. Automower Connect The larger Automowers (430X, 450X) support a smartphone app called "Automower Connect" which allow you to configure and control the mower from your iPhone. Unlike some competing products, this doesn’t use WiFi. This is a good thing as the range of a typical home WiFi router would mean that in some parts of larger garden it would be unable to communicate. Instead the mower itself has a built-in SIM card and functions like a mobile phone. The SIM is provid…

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The Wrong Lizard

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So, in a tumultuous week in UK politics our Prime Minister resigned after losing a referendum he didn't want to hold in the first place which was basically the result of trying to appease some internal party squabbling. Now, when an MP resigns, we hold a by-election allowing for their replacement to be voted in. Based on this approach - When the PM resigns, you'd expect an election, but instead we have more internal party squabbling and it seems they've boiled down to two; Angela Leadsom Lies on her CV Doesn't support equal marriage Worried about 'offending Christians' Claims god has spoken t…

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