About the CobrasI'm a C, C++, Objective C and PHP programmer. I develop various things for PCs, Macs and the iOS platforms. On and off I'm developing an iPhone game which I expect I shall never finish. I feature progress reports on how far I am from completing it in this blog along with me rattling on about learning French and any other junk I need to get off my chest. I shouldn't really need to say it in this day and age, but obviously, the opinions here are mine and not those of anyone who pays me... unless I've been bribed, in which case, all bets are off. There's more here.
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Tag Archives: germs
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
Posted in Miscellaneous rubbish, Space Tagged aliens, cobra art, ET, germs, giraffe, leedle loodle, Mars curiosity, seti Comments Off on Aliens… from Mars
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
Posted in Cool stuff Tagged 18:14 party train, 3d printer, bad predictions, cobra art, germs, the future, train 9 Comments
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
Posted in Miscellaneous rubbish Tagged bandwagon, cobra art, free awful software, germs, hash, long post is long, md5, passwords, raspberry pi, security, sha-1 2 Comments
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
Posted in Armchair general, Rants Tagged cobra art, germs, patent troll, rants 4 Comments
Germs, germs, germs. The Cobra family have had so many of them this year that we were beginning to think that we had value to medical research. Of course, we blame Baby Cobra: she is a germ magnet. A cute … Continue reading
Posted in Miscellaneous rubbish Tagged cobra art, cobra family, eels, germs, infection, Tuesdicoccus Daylori 2 Comments
Google+: It’s not Facebook!
Never before in the history of mankind has one privately owned company with such little accountability been in possession of so much personal data about so many people. It always seemed odd to me that the population of this country … Continue reading
Posted in Miscellaneous rubbish Tagged brown trousers of concern, cobra art, Facebook, germs, Google+, twitter 1 Comment
Ihad a four day week last week! So, on one hand, yeah! On the other hand, bloody hell. What happened to Wednesday? No, seriously, where did it go? Now if I wasn’t the typical yellow-bellied male who believes that even … Continue reading
Posted in Miscellaneous rubbish Tagged cobra art, germs 2 Comments
πr2: Burger maths
One of the many inexplicable things about me is my love for a certain brand of frozen beef burgers. For years, I have successfully ignored all efforts from all quarters to upgrade to something that could be reasonably classed as … Continue reading
Posted in Miscellaneous rubbish Tagged BBQ, burgers, e-coli, germs, man-cook-with-fire, sprummer 1 Comment
It has 64 bits, so it must be better!
Since, oh, 1989 or so, I have been developing on 32 bit platforms. First it was the Amiga and then the PC. Even when 64 bit capabilities arrived, most stuff was 32 bit and I didn’t really need those extra … Continue reading
Posted in Software development Tagged 32 bit, 64 bit, cobra art, debugging, germs, programming standards, stupid mistakes 2 Comments