Author Archives: David Claxton

Not signalling at a roundabout

Imagine this scenario.  You are approaching a roundabout, at a sensible speed, and you see another vehicle approach to your right. This vehicle isn’t indicating, so you come to a halt to give way to them, per the Highway Code. Then, as they reach the roundabout, they turn left. You’ve stopped, for no reason — well, no reason other than that the other driver couldn’t be bothered to move their left hand ever so slightly to knock their indicator stalk. Now, I know this isn’t Continue reading →

Save Snapchats to Camera Roll After ‘Memories’ Update

If, like me, you regularly saved your Snapchat photos to your Camera Roll for Instagram or Facebook, for example, you may find since enabling their new ‘Memories’ feature, you’re struggling to extract your perfected Snap. But fear not, you can have your cake and eat it, if you delve into Snapchat’s settings. Swipe down from the home screen to reveal the menu. Tap the cog icon in the top-right corner to access the settings menu Tap ‘Memories’ to reveal the Memories settings Select ‘Memories & Continue reading →

Happy Birthday Facebook

Two weeks ago, Facebook celebrated its birthday by declaring it Friends Day. The idea behind it was to celebrate the connections we have with our friends, by making videos for each user. I have to say, I was moved by mine. My friends are an awesome bunch who are always there for me, and a great laugh. Trust me ‐ the last six or so, very rocky months, would have been impossible without those friends. So thanks guys!

Vegetarian Parmesan? That’s impossible.

This is something I get asked about more than you would think. People are baffled confused as to whether cheese is vegetarian, and the simple answer is, well, sometimes. Very simply, cheese is made by the separation of milk into curds and whey. The curds (the lumpy bits) are separated from the whey (the watery bit) and squashed together to form cheese. Traditionally, animal rennet is used for this process. Animal rennet is the name given to a collection of enzymes which exist in the Continue reading →

Sometimes when things are falling apart…

It’s not often you read a meme online which actually makes you stop and think. “Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.” Six months ago, my world fell apart when my relationship of almost four years came to an end. It was, at the time, one of the most difficult and destructive periods of my life. For many months, I struggled to cope with day-to-day life, and my mood was zig-zagging all over the place. Skip forward to November, Continue reading →

Linux: Sort files and directories by created date

I have a directory on my server where I’ve been throwing in files for years. It’s a complete mess and painfully slow to look though given the number of files in there. So my rough-and-ready solution to the problem was to move each of the files and folders into a directory based on when they were added. I’ve deliberately kept it simple and not recursed into each sub-directory, since most of the files are downloads, and I’m only really interested in roughly when they were Continue reading →

Is Argos deceiving customers into receiving spam?

Last weekend I reserved a Christmas tree to collect from our local Argos. A process I’ve used before and, to be fair to them, it’s a fantastic service — being able to reserve an item for immediate collection. However, with the number of unwanted emails, texts and calls from companies ever-increasing, I’m always careful to opt out of receiving these. But where had the option gone? [email protected]_Online have a "display: none;" on their marketing opt-out options! Bit cheeky! — David James Claxton (@DavidJClaxton) November Continue reading →

Expanding Arch Linux ARM image to fill SD Card for Raspberry Pi

Standard images for use with the Raspberry Pi come in a 2GB size.  That’s big enough to get a basic system up and running, without being too big so that (a) users can’t use smaller cards and (b) it doesn’t take an age waiting for the image to be written to the SD card. I’ve been having quite a few problems getting the latest Arch Linux ARM image (currently ArchLinuxARM-2014.06-rpi.img) to expand to fill the entire SD card.  In my case, a 32GB class 10 Continue reading →

Is eBay’s Password Reset Message a Smokescreen Covering the Bigger Issue?

What is the biggest concern about the recent eBay data hack?  The fact that hackers have obtained hashes of users’ passwords? Or that they have obtained more than enough information about you to commit identity fraud? eBay is currently forcing all users to change their password before continuing to use the site. Whilst I’m not pretending that it’s not a good idea for most users to change their password, in my opinion, it’s acting as a smoke screen for bigger deal here. So exactly is a hashed or encrypted Continue reading →

Simple (Lentil) Dahl

Preface This is a very simple recipe for Dhal. Dhal is the Indian word for ‘lentil’ so the dish dhal varies massively all over India. While some will blow your head off, this one is not spicy at all (in the heat sense) but extremely flavoursome. Ingredients Serves 4 200g red lentils 1 large onion 2 cloves of garlic 150g runner beans (optional) 1 tin chopped tomatoes (optional) 5 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander ¼ teaspoon turmeric Continue reading →