Z9 II wishlist

Note: I originally wrote this in early 2022, after a few months with the Z9, but I forgot to actually publish it! I realised this in November 2023, so I corrected that oversight after a quick update (e.g. I originally had a wishlist item for a “portrait-grip-less Z9 without any other changes”, which is basically… Read more

People vs Products

I’ve experienced an interesting arc over my twenty or so years (thus far) of software development. I started out as a one-person shop, doing my own things, selling shareware. I had no manager nor technical lead. I had to make all my own decisions, in all aspects, without guidance or assistance. Subsequently, during my four… Read more


I went to see Lawrence Lessig give a talk this evening, at the Computer History Museum, on the topic of copyright. It’s an issue which concerns me, as should it to anyone of my generation, given the ridiculous state of it today. I’ve never heard Lessig speak before, nor read any of his books, but… Read more

AppleScript to calculate “most liked” band

Ordering by most plays or rating only works on a per song basis in iTunes. So, write an AppleScript to calculate some kind of per-artist (and possibly per-album) ranking. A simple implementation would be to sum the ratings of all the songs by each artist, or sum their play count. Alternatives include just an average… Read more

The Sims 3

It strikes me as odd that games like The Sims or Space Colony always have you forcing your little simulated personalities to train in different things. It’s the generic level-up scheme adopted by computer games since the year dot. And it’s really boring. And unrealistic. In reality, I don’t decide “hey, I’m going to learn… Read more

Coding for stability

You know, it always kills me, the Linux vs MINIX debate, Linus vs Tanenbaum. Everyone loves Tanenbaum’s ideals, but can’t refute Linus’ pudding – the orders of magnitude faster Linux is than MINIX. You’d think that with the focus these days more on coding for reliability, simplicity, elegance and maintainability – all at the expense… Read more


A while ago, when I first released Rotated Windows, I used sitx or somesuch as the archive format. Someone complained – of course – so as a bit of a sarcastic riposte I also put up archives in every other format I could – zip, bz2, gzip, sit, arj, rar, etc. It was a laugh,… Read more