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A python takes me slithering down many a rabbit’s hole

A long time ago, in a company far, far away, I wrote some gawk. That”s geek talk for some code written in a UNIX shell that uses an extension of the ‘awk’ tool. There was great rejoicing amongst the software team as tasks that once had to be done manually were now automated. I eventually moved out of that area and into the world of object-oriented C++ coding and had a good run of a career on that (taking me around Canada and the US and then to the UK).

Then, I met a wonderful woman who knew Matlab and soon we were married (there were other reasons). Matlab as some will know is a wonderful tool for processing, calculating, and plotting mathematical formula applied to data. The tool is script driven – no need to writing complicated C++ code for every little step along the way.

Slithering Snake!

Now, I’ve begun my transition from C++ into Python, a powerful, object-oriented scripting language not unlike Matlab in the way it works (so I’m told).  I’m catching the wave of version 3.4 whilst many programs are transitioning from the older, popular, but incompatible, version 2.7. That’s geek talk for you got to start somewhere and it might as well be with the latest. » Continue reading A python takes me slithering down many a rabbit’s hole »

Let down by BT again

Why did a CEO send me some crisps? Find out...

Why did a CEO send me some crisps? Find out…

The popular UK telephone and broadband company towed me along for months during my contract renewal, but then when I looked at my bill this week I saw that they broke their promises. Along the way, they broke their promises to the people in the town in which I live, too.

Separately, a CEO sent me two three boxes of crisps this week. More on that later.

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It works again! Installing HP PhotoSmart 1218 on Windows 7

My 2 HP printers: the Color LaserJet 2605 on the bottom; and the 1218 inkjet on top.

I came across my old ‘HP photosmart 1218’ inkjet printer this afternoon.

Well, I knew it was in the garage; and I knew it was time to clean the mirrors on my HP LaserJet 2605 […]

Brian’s vintage radios, clocks and other things

Videos of Brian Reeves-Hall giving the background to his vintage radios, clocks and other things! Click to view the playlist on YouTube. Check back for new additions in the weeks ahead.

Technology runs in my family – in my dad’s case it was a passion for vintage radios, clocks and cameras. But […]

The slow ‘faster’ Internet

BT sells Infinity, even to today, as having between 38 and 76Mbps speeds. Click for bigger picture.

I was one of the lead campaigners to bring BT Infinity to my lovely town of Whitchurch, Hampshire during the ‘Race to Infinity’ competition way back in the autumn of 2010. There were to be […]