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Why I disabled comments

During the recent site cleanup I decided to disable comments and remove (most) previous comments from the site. This post explains my reasoning.

Website spring clean

I’ve given this site a long overdue tidy, finally moving away from Wordpress to a static site.

The EU Referendum

This post is entirely based on my opinions. If you don’t want to read a post about my opinions there are plenty of excellent videos on YouTube. You have been warned.

Amex: How to fail at running a survey

Banks and financial institutions are constantly giving out advice about email safety, helping customers to avoid phishing scams. Make sure the email is genuine, don’t click on links, never give your personal information away online. Sensible advice, unless the financial institution doesn’t make it easy to actually verify their emails.

SiteWizard are annoying spammers

In short: SiteWizard are dirty annoying spammers who try random email addresses to send their silly SEO spam. They need to stop doing this.

libnids on 64-bit architecture machines

A quick note for anybody using libnids on a 64-bit machine (AMD64), you will need to compile with -fno-strict-aliasing if you use optimisation at -O2 or above. Without it libnids will silently fail to provide you any data.

Exporting from Proteus ARES to OSH Park

I have recently started to use Proteus ARES for PCB layout. I regularly order boards from OSH Park but there is a fixed file naming convention for uploaded ZIP files.

Logic Friday

Today I wanted to quickly calculate a truth table for a simple boolean equation. Whilst this can be done very simply on paper it becomes tedious with lots of inputs.

A quick Google search found “Logic Friday”, available at sontrak.com. Boolean operations can be described using logic gates, truth tables or an equation.

Goodbye, clamav

Today I removed clamav from my VPS, which was built into the mail service I run. There are a small number of users and a few thousand messages a week - I liked that I was probably offering some small protection to those people. However all have endpoint anti-virus and most are wise enough to know about malicious email attachments.

New PCBs

Today two sets of PCBs arrived from OSH Park. Firstly a breakout board for Kingbright 14 segment LEDs. These are great for very high brightness text display. Secondly a small breakout board for the Maestro A2035-H GPS receiver. This is a capable GPS powered by the SiRFStar IV chipset. It supports NMEA or SPI and can update at 5Hz, which makes it an interesting GPS for sport tracking. I plan on using it for tracking go-karts around an outdoor track.