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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Crowdfunding the Space Race

What does a spacecraft from the 70s, a group of satellite enthusiasts and an abandoned McDonalds have in common?

If you said a project to revive a decades-old satellite to hunt down comets, then you'd be correct.

This isn't the plot of a Hollywood movie, well not yet anyway. It's the story of a group of scientists and thousands of Internet funders who formed the ISEE-3 Reboot Project with a goal of capturing a disused satellite and sending it on an exciting new mission.

ISEE3 Mission Control outside McMoons
ISEE-3 Mission control team outside 'McMoons'

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Why am I always zooming into websites on my phone?

Have you ever visited a website on your mobile only to end up pinching and resizing it just to see what's going on?

Like most people I regularly have a two fingered wrestling match with websites on my touch screen, pinching to zoom in to tiny text, trying to then tap on a link which only the nimblest of fingers could actually hit.

Some people think this is a fault with their phone, but it isn't and you shouldn't have to stand for it. Technology has a solution, it's known as Responsive Design and websites which aren't implementing it are your enemy.

Pinch to Zoom Apple Patent is after Minority Report meme

Back in the Good Old Days of Web Design...

Saturday, 21 June 2014

When will Google's driverless cars be available?

When Google first announced they were developing driverless cars, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a late April fools.

Sure, everyone was surprised when they came up with Google Glass (whose wearers I found out at a recent conference are affectionately called Glassholes), but a driverless car? Are they mad?

I like to imagine the whole idea started when Google Maps engineers were sat around trying to solve the most annoying problem faced by modern humankind, traffic congestion.

Then after many an hour in the lab trying to circumnavigate rush hours, unmoving traffic jams and rubberneckers, one of them decided to just tackle the source of the problem.

Let's get rid of the Drivers!