The InterPlanetary File System is a peer-to-peer distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files … [which] could be seen as a single BitTorrent swarm, exchanging objects within one Git repository.

Neural Lace

A neural lace is an ultra-thin mesh of electrodes which can be implanted in, or otherwise delivered to, living biological tissue. It can then be used for monitoring and/or electrical signalling, which the most commonly cited use being the creation of a brain-machine interface by the reading and stimulation of individual neurons via a 3D mesh embedded within the brain.


From Greek κρυπτός, (kryptos) “hidden, secret”; and γράφειν (graphein) “writing” (or cryptology, -λογία, (-logia), “the study”, cryptography is a branch of information processing which studies techniques for secure communications over an untrusted channel, and of “cracking” such communications.

RAM, Vista, Ubuntu, sleep

The replacement RAM for my new workstation “curiousity” finally arrived yesterday, stuffed through the letterbox by the friendly neighbourhood courier to fall upon worn rental-property pile like the softest rain on virgin soils.

Generation Turbines for rainy parts of the world

Here’s a thought: how much electricity could you get from a turbine generator placed inside an adapter roof run-off downpipe in a place as consistently rainy as Scotland? Would it be enough to trickle-charge a battery system for running throughout the day?

Is there such a thing as bad luck?

I’m really quite a skeptic, but this last week has me wondering whether bad luck is actually some physical phenomena that I just don’t know about. It has certainly seemed so in the last week – we seem to have caught “bad luck” like most people catch colds, and we’re only just starting to shake it off.

Bad luck old chum

After a bit of bad luck, it turns out that I didn’t actually get the Canonical job – what a pity! I’ve also had a few days off work, so not done any Python coding, but I am playing with Subversion and installing all I need to try some development for the Nokia 770 so it’s not all bad.

Something useful for work downtime – Bazaar, Python

So I’ve applied for a job with Canonical, that wonderful company that (in cooperation with the community of course) brings us Ubuntu. In an effort to brush up my development skills I’ve now installed Bazaar and Python on my (Windows) workstation.

LPIC-1 – Certification is fun!

Finally started my training for LPIC-1. This is going to be fun! Okay, more information: after a long talk with Dee last week, I decided that I needed to get into a career that was more closely aligned with my passions – namely GNU/Linux, open source software, GNOME, Ubuntu and especially hardware and embedded systems.


On Friday night I watched a presentation about PulseAudio, an open source and cross-platform sound server which could well finally bring decent desktop audio to GNU/Linux and other open systems.