Let's Encrypt all the things

Free SSL (well TLS) certificates for all! The Let's Encrypt project has now gone into public beta, so anyone can go get a certificate and move to HTTPS. Very nice indeed. Here was my experience setting it up on a novelty website, just to test things out. My server runs…

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Udacity SQL Tournament Project

As a part of the Udacity Full Stack Web Developer Nanodegree programme, this project was all about designing an SQL database scheme to hold the results of games in an Swiss-system style tournament. SQL queries had to be designed to support the rules of the Swiss-system (basically, players with a…

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The killer feature of smartphones

BSP - Before Smartphones The year is 1999 and I'm a physics student living in Germany. My German was very basic, as everyone at the lab spoke English and I could generally get by. I didn't have a mobile phone - far too expensive for me back then. It now…

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What if Sky owned a stake in F1?

Rumours are circulating that Sky are considering being part of a consortium, along with Liberty Global, to bid for the controlling stake that CVC holds in the F1 business. If they were to win the bidding process, what might this mean for F1 TV coverage in the UK? Sky are…

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OnePlus One Reset

The week I got my OnePlue One phone I was too busy to do the full transfer of apps and data from my old phone, so I just played with it from time to time, but largely just left it alone. The battery life was amazing on stand-by, connected to…

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