Author Archives: Chief Cobra

Bees: the miracle powering modern computing

Computers. How do they work? Magic? Bees? Magnets? Who knows. All those components, wires and other bits and bobs, it’s pretty much a mystery that we’ll never really understand. Well, no, actually. Almost nothing (I say almost because, well, you … Continue reading

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Duh duh duh. Duh duh duh. Duh duh duh

Duh duh duh. The sound of GSM digital phones interfering with electronics. It’s also the sound of lies, as I enjoyed witnessing on BBC breakfast a couple of months ago. They’d wheeled in a chap called Michael Roberts from ATOC … Continue reading

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Top secret big nuts

For top secret work1 reasons I am learning a touch of C# at the moment. Normally, because it’s a Microsoft technology, you’d expect any knowledge you acquire to be transient due to their merciless and comprehensive deprecation strategy. This, as … Continue reading

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Rollin’ contracts rollin’… Until the END OF TIME ITSELF

We’ve all laughed and giggled at pictures of those people on TV queueing on launch day for some device or another. Well, back in May 2010, I was those people. At 7AM (and this was pre-baby cobra, so 7AM was … Continue reading

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Aliens… from Mars

“♫ So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure, How amazingly unlikely is your birth, ♬ ♪ And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space, ‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth. ♬♩” – Eric Idle, … Continue reading

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Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

“What can be palpably more absurd and ridiculous than the prospect held out of locomotives travelling twice as fast as stagecoaches?” – member of the public, early 19th century England In 1823, Robert Stephenson and Company was formed with the … Continue reading

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Comfy sofa, STAT!

You’d better sit down for this. Ok, here it is. I’m going to tell it to you straight, I owe you that. I won’t pussy-foot around, beat around the bush, procrastinate or generally dance around the issue. I am going … Continue reading

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Which low hanging fruit are you?

Unless you’re a hermit who lives in a pineapple under the sea, you’ve almost certainly read/heard about an unfortunate incident in recent days where hackers made off with over six million user accounts from Linked In. They broke in and … Continue reading

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The most anticipated post of 2012!

Yes, that’s right, let’s have a big hand for the iPhone game progress report! So, iPhone game, what have you been up to since we last had a non-excuse progress report over a year ago? “Well, Mr Cobra, huge progress … Continue reading

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P P P Pick up a patent (portfolio)

“If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.” – Bill Gates, Challenges and Strategy Memo, 16 May 1991 … Continue reading

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