Gray Weddings Review

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Update 7/11/2018:

About a week after this review went live, I was contacted by someone who had some interesting information that may add some credence to Edward’s claim that Gray Weddings is no longer trading. It turns out that Edward Gray is also in partnership with someone called Cal Jackson and together they have established Jackson & Gray.

Perhaps Edward decided to abando...

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Why Nintendo sucks at hardware

In general, I’m a fan of Nintendo: their hardware possesses a playfulness that is absent in their competitors and their games are almost always polished to within an inch of their life.

But Nintendo does seem to make a lot of really stupid mistakes with their hardware: mistakes that often make me wonder what their product designers – not to mention QA teams – are smoking sometimes.

I’m not talking about cosmetic preferences here – purple consoles aren’t to everyone’s taste but that doesn’t constitute a design flaw...

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Nando’s in job applicant data error

On Wednesday the 20th of December at 5.04pm, I received an email from LinkedIn thanking me for posting a job vacancy for an Ecommerce Manager with Nando’s UK in London. The email was addressed to someone who, according to LinkedIn, was an HR Advisor at Nando’s.

My initial thought was that this was some kind of phishing email whereby I was expected to click on a link that took me to a LinkedIn lookalike where I would sign in and hand over my login credentials to some unsavoury characters.

Except that on closer inspection, the email was genuine. It really did come from LinkedIn, and the job vacancy was real. So why did I receive this email?

It seems that the individual who posted the vacancy used an email address that belonged to a domain that I own. I have no idea why...

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The ultimate Sega Dreamcast

The Upgrades

Having recently secured a dedicated games room after moving house, I’ve been slowly working my way through each retro console and making it the best that it can be before adding it to my custom-made TV cabinet. First on the list was the Sega Dreamcast.

The first thing to do was replace the optical drive (inherently one of the parts most prone to failure on retro hardware) with a USB GD-ROM. This board physically replaces the drive with a USB port allowing the user to run their games from USB stick. Games load faster, the console is more reliable (and a lot quieter!), and depending on the size of the USB stick, the owner need never get up from the sofa again when switching games!

When researching this component I come across a fair amount of negative feedback on “Mnemo”, the gu...

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The seasoned C expert and the XML file

I was recently working on a project that was being developed by 3 different teams that were each located in different countries: one in the UK, one in Germany and one in India. Each team was working on distinct parts of the project so for the most part we were fairly self-contained, but there was a degree of overlap so every now and again there was a need to talk to someone from one of those teams.

Of significant relevance to this story was a particular member of the German team. Let’s call him Mr German. To date, I hadn’t conversed much with Mr German: only really to exchange pleasantries over video conference when we were the only ones who had turned up on time for a meeting.

Of course, I can’t go into any specific detail here so bear with me.

So one day I’m working on something and I ge...

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Is the use of antibiotics leading to increased resistance in bacteria?

There has been a lot of coverage in the media in recent times about the rise of “superbugs”: bacteria that has become immune to even our strongest antibiotics.

Sensationalist headlines predict the end of the world as killer bacteria wipe out the human race, unstoppable in their march thanks to resistance acquired from exposure to antibiotics that are flippantly over-used by hypercondriacs.

The theory that is used to justify these headlines is that more we use antibiotics, the more quickly bacteria evolve to resist them, and the faster the drugs stop working. Basically, an arms race where biology is pitted against technology, and where biology will be the inevitable winner as technology eventually runs out of ideas.


But is this really the case?

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The fundamentals of writing a framework

In software engineering, a framework is an abstraction in which software that provides generic functionality can be modified by implementation-specific code in order to result in application-specific software.


A good framework adheres to the SOLID principles of object-oriented design. These principles are:

  1. Single responsibility principle. A class should do just one thing (and do it well).
  2. Open/close principle. A class should be open for extension but be closed for modification.
  3. Liskov substitution principle. Objects in a program should be replaceable with instances of their subtypes without breaking the application. See: polymorphism.
  4. Interface segregation principle. Many client-specific interfaces are better than fewer general-purpose interfaces.
  5. Dependency inversion princip...
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Switching from Windows to Mac OS

A Little Background

I’ve been using Windows since 1998 when my father purchased a laptop for me for my college studies which ran Windows 95. I learned a lot on that little machine and as the years went by I progressed through Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 7. I skipped Vista because – as we all know – it was terrible.

Fast forward to 2011 when I first started working at the BBC. The first thing I noticed in the office was that most people were using Macs – and not just designers, but management, support staff and developers as well...

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Drives not showing under “This PC” on Windows 10

Due to Windows 8 being possibly the worst operating system that has ever existed, when Windows 10 was released I decided that I would play with it for a while before taking the plunge and migrating from Windows 7. I purchased a brand new drive for the occasion which would allow me to keep my existing Windows 7 installation safe, just in case.

A few days into using Windows 10 (with all the privacy-shattering junk disabled), I decided that I liked it enough (or in some cases, didn’t dislike it too much) to stick with it, given that Windows 7’s support will cease in the not-too-distant future. So I re-connected my Windows 7 drive in order to migrate some application data...

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Visit Dolgellau sold

This is just a quick post to state that I am no longer the owner of Visit Dolgellau as the website has been sold.

I was finding it difficult to balance my time between work, this website, a number of other projects and having a life. With neither project receiving the attention that it deserved, it was clear that something had to change. So I decided to sell some projects in order to free up time for the others and I’m afraid that Visit Dolgellau was among the former.

The new owner, Kyle, is keen to run the website in the same manner so users shouldn’t notice much of a difference. He’s also keen to continue to grow it with more content and a larger directory, making the website even more of a useful resource for visitors.

I’d like to wish Kyle all the best with his endeavour.

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