When I was young I was always wanting to tinker with stuff. I remember excitedly downloading a Ubuntu ISO, burning it to a CD, and installing it on an old Pentium PC that I had got from somewhere.
This blog once again has a new home with the same old content
This time I have hosted it on my own environment, so it should be here for as long as my server lasts. Unless I have some sort of terrible hardware failure
I’ve probably jinxed it now.
A lot has happened in the 7 years since I last posted on a tech front and a personal level. Maybe there will be some posts about it, maybe not.
I should try to get back into writing again, writing is a massage for the soul.
This sunday, was the date that a peaceful protest had been organised in Guernsey, against the introduction of some of the taxes that have recently been passed through our states government. It was titled ‘Enough Is Enough’ and was supposed to be middle earners expressing displeasure at the majority of newly formed taxes affecting them, when they are already operating on stretched budgets.
It was reasonably well attended, below are some photos:
I have previously written some fairly scathing reviews on Guernsey Broadband and the providers based here, examples here, and here. However when I moved house 8 months ago, I ended up pretty darn close to an MSAN box, and therefore decided to try their VDSL service.
This promises speeds of up to 40mb download, and 5mb upload. I must say im pretty happy with it.
After re-activating this blog for the 3rd or 4th time; I now remember why it goes neglected quite a lot.
Something new has come out, something advanced. Normally a mobile phone of some description. There is one feature you can guarantee, which is a complete absence from any shelves in Guernsey.
I was reading my friend Shane’s blog post on Forza Horizon, and how for him it has ruined gaming for him and it got me thinking about in general how we choose technology.
Technology is a fickle thing, let alone new technology. It is one of those fields that whatever you choose; television, mobile phone, games console, anything with a plug for that matter, it will be out-dated within several months, maybe even weeks of purchase. Well before the physical life span of the device expires and for that reason I have come up with the perfect solution to choosing something that will give you the maximum length of time to enjoy it.
Probably for a fleeting visit, like a terrible father.
So I’ve now been predicting the weather for a week, and well all I can say is. I’m pretty damn good at it.
I wrote a script to go back in the database, and using the same logic as my current predicting script. It looks at data that would have been available to the system then, and puts a prediction in the database. This was marked as retrospective (although in theory it doesn’t matter).
Here is some output of my results at the time of writing
Predicting the weather is a difficult task, often taking years of training. Then hours of studying charts, tides to predict weather we are going to be wearing shorts or trousers tomorrow.
I decided to take a more basic approach to attempt to guesstimate what the weather is going to do.
Taking baby steps, I am only predicting 12 hours in the future. But below I will outline the method in my madness.