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Understanding Nothing

Tony Bowden's ramblings

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Tourist Taxi Treatment

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:49:55 +0000

For the last few weeks I’ve been travelling in Latin America, swapping the -30ºC of Tallinn for the +30ºC here. One thing I’ve found somewhat odd is the elaborate system of taxi pricing that several places have. I encountered this first in Brazil. The taxi would arrive at my destination, with the meter reading, say, […]

Transparency Statistics

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 11:52:17 +0000

I had a fascinating discussion yesterday about Freedom of Information statistics. Apparently, in the country in question (which shall remain anonymous as the actual details here are less important than the general concept), the percentage of requests that are being rejected has gone up significantly over the last year. It seems that many people think […]

_why not to lie about FLOSS

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 08:31:10 +0000

_why the lucky stiff has vanished. He was one of Ruby’s most curious characters, always treading carefully that thin line between the eccentric and the surreal. His “Poignant Guide to Ruby” was one of the best books about programming I’ve ever read, and certainly the only to have an accompanying soundtrack album. But now he’s […]

Get Excited and Make Stuff

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 18:55:23 +0000

Last weekend I braved a visit to the UK for Social Innovation Camp Scotland. My remit had been to be a roving expert, flitting from team to team, but I was so impressed by the first team I started working with that I ended up staying with them the whole weekend — right through to […]

What is a spreadsheet-wiki?

Wed, 03 Jun 2009 08:03:10 +0000

While I’m on the subject of products I really want to see, I would be remiss of me not to mention the spreadsheet-wiki. This one should already exist by now, and I hold myself largely responsible for it not — after all, I spent almost a year working with Dan Bricklin and Socialtext trying to […]

Track Every Penny

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 10:39:02 +0000

Personal finance software universally sucks. I have two theories for why this is: Firstly, there actually is no personal finance software. It’s all just dumbed down versions of corporate accounting software. No matter how it’s dressed up to be ‘user friendly’, at the heart of it all is the core underlying assumption that you want […]

Where can I fly to this month?

Sun, 31 May 2009 21:26:23 +0000

All my playing with end-of-year travel plans has given me itchy feet. I’d like to go somewhere interesting for a few days sometime soon, but I don’t really care so much where. This is something the internets are meant to help with, but though the US is well served with any number of useful quirky […]

More bmi Hacking

Tue, 26 May 2009 12:20:12 +0000

Star Alliance claim to be ‘committed to delivering to you the latest flight schedules from the Star Alliance members on multiple platforms Anytime, Anywhere.”‘ (emphasis mine). What’s more they go on to explain that that means that it will be ‘Automatically updated on your platform of choice.’ That is unless your ‘platform of choice’ is […]

bmi Hacking

Mon, 25 May 2009 17:19:37 +0000

I’ve been a bmi Diamond Club holder for many years. Unlike most Frequent Flier programs, airmiles you earn in this scheme never expire, so I’ve built up quite a few of them. However, it’s looking increasingly likely that bmi won’t actually be around for much longer — at least not in its current form. The […]

Splitting a WordPress blog in two

Wed, 13 May 2009 13:00:47 +0000

This blog had its seventh birthday recently. I know there are many amongst you who have been blogging since before the term was even coined, and who make more posts in a month than I’ve made in seven years, but still. Anyway, back in the early days of blogging, a significant percentage of blog posts […]