Computer program for keeping records up to date

February 2, 2014

I wonder if there is demand for a simple and easy to use program that helps you keep records up to date. At its most basic it would keep a list of records that must be kept up to date and remind you when it is time to review a record. This fundamental functionality can […]


Television with BBC iPlayer and YouTube

January 2, 2014

My mum wanted a new TV to replace her CRT television from 2000. I picked this 32 inch LG. I liked it because it is 1080p HD, has HD Freeview and is a good price. It also has wifi, which sounded interesting. On setting it up I found the wifi function to be very useful. […]


Damp walls and ceilings in winter

January 2, 2014

In winter my windows are often wet, especially when I wake in the morning. The ceiling has brown and yellow patches from condensation. Sometimes the walls drip and occasionally water drips from beams. Or at least, all this used to happen. To solve this problem, I bought a dehumidifier. This removes the moisture from the […]


.hgignore file for Android Studio

December 3, 2013

There are several Stack Overflow questions about this but none seems definitive. Github suggests https://github.com/github/gitignore/blob/master/Android.gitignore for general Android development, but that doesn’t take account of IDE files. The developers of Android Studio give advice on IDE files to ignore at https://intellij-support.jetbrains.com/entries/23393067 I have ended up with: #Android files – see https://github.com/github/gitignore/blob/master/Android.gitignore # built application files glob:*.apk glob:*.ap_ # […]


USB driver for debugging on Motorola Android device

December 2, 2013

I am using Android Studio for development, but I am sure this would apply to Eclipse and other IDEs. The Android development guide (http://developer.android.com/tools/device.html) says that USB drivers are required for debugging on a device connected by USB. I installed the USB drivers by going to https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/88481/action/auth and clicking Download for Windows. I ran the downloaded installer […]


Resharper for free

July 26, 2013

I installed Resharper 7 (at that time the newest) 3 months ago in my new job. I haven’t actually done any programming since then but I noticed Resharper had expired on the rare occasion I opened Visual Studio. Today I actually do want to use VS and Resharper seems to work, unlicensed. The licencing screen […]


Software I have used: Simego Data Synchronisation Studio

May 1, 2013

  For exchanging data between diverse systems. I used DSS for copying data from a Progress database to an on-premise Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 organisation. Simego provide enthusiastic technical support but this was essential in my case because DSS is very bad at error reporting. http://www.simego.com/


Software I have used: Advanced Query Tool

May 1, 2013

    For database-agnostic management and querying on several platforms. I used this to analyse a Progress database using an OpenLink ODBC driver. http://advancedquerytool.com/


Software I have used: RazorSQL

May 1, 2013

For database-agnostic management and querying on several platforms. I used this to analyse a Progress database using an OpenLink ODBC driver. http://www.razorsql.com/