10 Years of Facebook

I avoided sharing the insipid auto-created video, but Facebook decided to tell me today that I joined Facebook TEN years ago today... So instead, here's an almost equally insipid post, cross-posted from Facebook :D It's an interesting landmark I suppose, so figured I'd post something so I can be reminded of it in another ten years assuming Facebook hasn't been replaced ;) A lot has changed; three different jobs (all loosely in the same field), four addresses - finally culminating with a move to the Highlands, five cars, and a lot less hair ;) ... And a lot hasn't; all of the people closest to…

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Stopping Distances

Following the recent tragic death of Kim Briggs, killed by cyclist Charlie Alliston riding an illegal bike with no front brakes, there's been lot of debate over whether or not he could stop even if the bike was legal. These people often cite the Stopping Distances in the Highway Code which suggest at 20 mph a car should stop in around 6m from when the brakes are applied; This was last updated over thirty years ago, and vehicles have improved a bit since then, so I conducted a (fairly unscientific) experiment to satisfy my own curiosity. A modern car travelling around 20mph took around 2.8m to…

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Bizzby Privacy

Update 21st August Having spoken with Bizzby, I'm confident this is an isolated incident and that my concerns about how jobs are allocated to their service provider partners are unfounded. I expect a formal statement from Bizzby to be issued in due course. I received this eMail today (obviously, with some redaction to protect the individual's privacy) from the online "Handyman App" _Bizzby_ which exists to match service providers with jobs that need done. There is just one (well, several) issues here. I am not registered on the Bizzby platform I'm not a plumber or electrician I live about 300…

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Web forms and 'an' or 'a'

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I'm a stickler for the little things. What's wrong with this drop down box? If you don't notice, then this article probably isn't for you. However the more pedantic audience members will note that "I am a Installer" is terrible English. This should of course be "I am an Installer" A solution Given the following (greatly simplified) HTML; <label for="role">I am a...</label> <select name="role" id="input_role">...</select> Simply add a little javascript along the lines of the following; $('#input_role').change(function() {…

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International number formatting on the web with JavaScript

In the UK numbers are typically shown as follows; 07700 900 123 020 7946 0123 This is known as the "local" or "UK National" format When dialled from abroad, the leading 0 is replaced with +44 so the 07700 number in the above example would become +44 7700 900 123 Unfortunately, there isn't really an acceptable way of writing this for both audiences. Numbers for an international audience Most commonly (and the one form I generally accept) is placing the 0 within a bracket e.g. +44 (0)20 7946 0123 – however even this is met with some objections as brackets were traditionally u…

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Transavia, KLM and a couple of bags...

Some people will know I've had issues with KLM in the past specifically when their policy was to allow aircraft to depart with exit rows unoccupied; a situation EASA believe represents "an inadequate level of safety". Despite this, they're one of only three airlines that offer service from my local airport and then only one with a sensible (so I thought) connection for my upcoming trip to Portugal, so I find myself flying with them again and the issues start before I get to the airport! Baggage allowance Here is the picture used to illustrate baggage allowance on my upcoming flight;…

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When is withheld, not withheld?

I love Three's new WiFi Calling feature (well, it's an Apple feature, but Three finally decided to support it!) – ultimately it lets me use my phone (most of the time) at home for calls and SMS (think 2FA!) where there is no signal on Three. However, I recently discovered a big issue. With "Show My Caller ID" turned off calls I make are not withheld. That is the called party can see my, supposedly private, Caller ID. The Law Ofcom wrote to all UK CPs a number of years ago reminding them of their responsibilities, part of this eMail included; CPs must respect the privacy rights of con…

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Road Rants - Single Track Roads

Told you I could do a series of these... I now live in quite a rural area and we have a lot of roads that seem mildly unusual to some, and seem to strike the fear of god in others! Whilst they seem to have disappeared from most of the UK, there are still over 2,500 miles of them up here! Single Track Roads (with passing places) As the name suggests these are roads with one lane; not one lane in each direction - just one single lane, with the occasional passing place where the road is wide enough to allow to vehicles to pass. Driving these roads requires more concentration and awareness of what…

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Road Rants - Overtaking

I could probably put together an entire 'Road Rants' series, but this one is inspired by some comments I saw today on a facebook post about overtaking "Why should we have to brake in our cars with our children to let them in" Firstly, pet hate, people like to invoke the whole "think of the children" mentality, as if because your car has children in it someone is less likely to want to crash into it. I don't care whether the occupant is 7 or 70, I don't want to hit another vehicle with a person in it (or, for that matter, a pet... which I'd probably get along with more than…

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G-BNHG, thank you.

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Today was my last flight in G-BNHG, the aircraft I flew my first ever solo flight in. Unfortunately, it's likely had one too many hard landings at the hands of students like myself – the front oleo collapsed and, since it's spent almost 12,000 hours in the air, it's not economical to repair. G-BNHG won't fly again (and it was never the favourite aircrafrt of most students) but for me, and for many other students, she will always be the plane who enabled me to take to the skies alone for the first time.…

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