Category Archives: Random thoughts

WSL is a Game Changer

Why did we (developers) flock to Macbooks? Even if using platform-agnostic languages and/or writing applications that would run on servers, we wanted portable Unix workstations with a high build quality and none of the hardware compatibility issues that come with … Continue reading

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Microsoft Professional Program Data Science

I’ve finally gotten around to completing the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science, which I started nearly a year ago. It’s a pretty comprehensive sequence of courses that gives a solid grounding in (and/or revision of!): Probability and Statistics (the … Continue reading

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Less Facebook, More Faces and Books

I made the decision back in mid-November to radically cut down on my use of Facebook. Thus far it has been a great success, I have recovered at least ½-hr per day, maybe more. Even if I spent it sleeping, … Continue reading

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My First MOOC

Just completed the Data Analysis for Life Sciences XSeries on EdX, my first MOOC. I had been meaning to learn R for a while as I’ve seen some cool stuff being done with it (I am mainly a Python guy), … Continue reading

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Clouds

I have been having a play with some cloud stuff recently, as hinted at in my last post, and have put together some nice Python objects wrapping APIs/command-line tools so I can do things like: VBox is just my local … Continue reading

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Turbo Boost

We have a couple of machines at home†: Core i7 – 2 cores, hyperthreading, 3Ghz turbo boosting to 3.5Ghz, 16G RAM Core i5 – 4 cores, no HT, 3.2Ghz, 32G RAM I compared them using the POV-Ray 3.7 benchmark with … Continue reading

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HP Calculators I Have Owned

Over the years I have owned several HP calculators: HP 28s, my first RPN programmable that I used when an engineering student in the mid-90s, and made the jump from GCSE/A-level Casio to a grown-up calculator. HP 48GX, a very … Continue reading

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