Category Archives: Problem Solving

Notepad ++ / AstroGrep / Autohotkey – 3 Useful Tools

Three useful tools for speeding up or automating tasks Notepad ++ Text editor that has formating for programming – I often use it for editing XML documents and writing VB scripts. Notepad ++ link AstroGREP Son of GREP – useful … Continue reading

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Comparative Advantage

My opinion on fixing things is that if someone has to sit around and watch you fix something the cost of the job is not just your time in fixing it but it’s also the cost of the time of … Continue reading

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Trusting Your Gut or When Not to Use Computers.

As good as computers are at calculating numbers they are really really bad at doing somethings that humans are just great at like making decisions based on fuzzy logic or translating things between languages. In such situations always go for … Continue reading

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Complex Event Processing (How Cool)

As part of my timing software solution I had been interested in seeing if there was a better solution to the constant pulling of information from the timing boxes. It would for instance be far better to have some sort … Continue reading

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Building Timing Software for Athletic Races

A while back I got the opportunity to work with a friend who times athletic races. After a bit of questioning he showed me some of his equipment and how it worked. I realised I could probably put together some … Continue reading

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Why you and your Organisation should make Web Bespoke part of your operations.

Don’t get me wrong as a platform for communication I consider things like facebook and Linkedin as necessary evils for what is essentially cloud service market places but my preferences are always… No adverts No demands to have login prior … Continue reading

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Sometimes all it takes is a walk

The other day I had a good morning.  A colleague had asked me to help him out on something and we’d just spent an hour going through some options getting pretty much nowhere, finally I told him I was out … Continue reading

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Configuration vs Programming

I used to find configuration kind of frustrating – highly repetitive unintuitive and often changing as software versions change. I now consider it a simple exercise in rote learning for which there is no solution except perseverance, patience and determination and … Continue reading

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