Posted on May 12th, 2014 No comments
Last week I released a new Screen Capture API to use for free. The service allows anyone to connect to and obtain a screen shot of a web site. Feel free to use it and if you want any changes please let me know!
Posted on January 11th, 2012 No comments
Very simple export of the OS Meridian Shape data in GML format.
Posted on October 4th, 2011 No comments
I’ve created a new postcode API which will take in a partial or full postcode which will return a selection of XML.
Find out more at: http://www.webcoding.co.uk/postcode/api.html
Posted on September 21st, 2011 No comments
This is a new application I’ve created harnessing the power of both Spotify and Twitter for music!
When you share a piece of music via Spotify and post it to Twitter, TwitSpot will pick this up and add it to the current play list.
Each and every person gets a different play list based on the time they last checked Twitter for new songs. This whole idea allows you to listen to new, interesting music that may well be out of your normal style and taste.
Give it a try - I’ve listened to some great music over the last few days.
Posted on September 15th, 2011 3 comments
I’ve updated my Spotify with Top 40 UK charts application.
A few tweaks here and there with some better ways of handling Spotify’s meta data API.
Enjoy: Spotify Top 40’s
Posted on September 9th, 2011 No comments
As part of my ongoing obsession with archiving the BBC’s homepage (here) I decided to use the GB’s of images I have to create a video of the BBC News homepage over the middle part of last year, all squeezed into a couple of minutes. Take a look, it’s amazing to see how much changes.
I started recording the news site again from this August but this time keeping the images locally on my home machine - the disk space is not a problem unlike the co-lo box this site sits on. As “luck” would have it I started recording the site again right when the London riots happened and you can see a summary of the headlines here for that period:
Enjoy - and as always this is part of the BBC Backstage
P.S - Here’s the C# program i wrote to make all this possible
Posted on December 17th, 2010 1 comment
I thought the recent facebook image about “connections” was interesting and that using some other types of data I could easily generate some interesting things.
So, thus far, I’ve used the entire UK Postcode set and UK Bus Stops (available via data.gov.uk) to create (what I think) are visually stunning “maps” of the UK with nothing more than point location and some “code”.
The postcodes are pretty obvious but the bus data is really quite interesting too. Remarkably, both sets of data manage to create a pretty conclusive view of the UK. Scotland,Â unfortunatelyÂ is difficult to map given the lack of postcodes and bus routes in the upper north west side.
I also parsed some IP data from this website (it’s been collected over a long time) to create a world view of use. Â The same result was seen as above however I didn’t have enough data (or visits) to create a decent world view. Â Europe on the other hand wasn’t bad at all - the picture for Europe is below.
Posted on November 1st, 2010 29 comments
It seems like only a few weeks ago the only decent â€œtabletâ€ device on the market was Appleâ€™s now infamous iPad. Fast forward a short period and sudden surge of Android capable tablets is frightening.
We can immediately bypass the mass of cheap android tablets such as the RockChip 2808 or the quite horrible delivery from Next (fashion retailers!). They are â€œtabletsâ€ but when you see them in action they suffer from all manner of bugs, poor implementations of â€œtouchâ€ and the rest.
There are however a few decent contenders milling around and of those Iâ€™d mention the Samsung Galaxy Tablet, ViewSonic Viewpad 7 and the forthcoming ASUS tablets. Reputable companies with solid hardware and a degree of credibility in a market saturated with poor Chinese iPad rip-offs.
So why are they going to fail? Well, first you need to look at the iPad. Itâ€™s a luxury product with a price point to match. It was essentially the first really decent tablet to market and Apple have the luxury of a custom operating system (iOS) and customised hardware. It is brilliant and would obviously be the product to which all other tablets would be compared.
So, a great tablet with well regarded software starts at Â£429 for a Wifi only 16GB system. Itâ€™s the benchmark â€“ Apple charge significantly more for all itâ€™s hardware than the average counterpart would cost (laptops, screens, desktops etc etc).
Before we look at the pricing of the Android tablets itâ€™s important to note that Android is a mobile phone operating system and not designed for tablets. To take advantage of the â€œmarket placeâ€ (Androidâ€™s version of the AppStore) you must have a cellular (3G) connection and thus it requires a contract. This is a huge deal and means that Appleâ€™s wifi devices are still a niche product available to people who DONâ€™T want or need ANOTHER mobile contract. Itâ€™s nuts that this practise of data contracts per device is still happening.
If we switch to Apples 16GB Wifi + 3G device, youâ€™re looking at Â£529.99 (plus contract prices) which in comparison to Samsungâ€™s Galaxy Tab is STILL A CHEAPER price to pay?? Amazon has Samsungâ€™s device (as sold by Samsung themselves) is retailing for Â£668.19 new plus contracts
It might be a valid option if the device was significantly better than Apples but that isnâ€™t even the case â€“ software aside the devices are similar with the exception of Appleâ€™s screen which wins over the galaxy.
Iâ€™m of the opinion that sadly the Galaxy will fail. It looks like an awesome unit and Iâ€™d love to own it but Iâ€™d rather spend less money on another iPad. Price is always important and Samsung seems to think it worth more than Apple â€“ sorry â€“ no, youâ€™re not. They are an established luxurious brand and you are not. I can buy a Samsung LE46C650 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 100Hz television for Â£10 more than the Galaxy tablet costs â€“ are you kidding me?
Posted on October 30th, 2010 45 comments
This version supports any RSS feed and whilst defaulting to BBC feeds can be extended to support other sites by editing the feeds in the “preferences” option.
The system is built in C# using .NET 3.5 and is available to download from here:
Posted on October 29th, 2010 43 comments
Someone asked me to update my Top 40 page so the XML version worked again. I took the opportunity to slightly extend the feed to include a bit more information and add direct links to track via Spotifyâ€™s Metadata API.
Feeds are here:
Example application written in C#: