We’ve come to expect printers to require their own ink cartridges, even to the point of having microchips to identify the cartridge. This makes ink cartridges relatively complicated when they really shouldn’t be. This is an area where at least you’re paying extra for the knowledge that it’s the right ink for the printer, so…

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For me one of the great things about modern society is that high quality education is more accessible than ever before. While the UK now has significant university fees (though still a lot cheaper than many US universities), since Stanford’s AI-Class and ML-Class offerings sites like Coursera and edX have started offering a wide range…

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The current course I’m running through (Scalable Machine Learning) and other recent online courses (including Introduction to Big Data with Apache Spark) are amongst the many high-quality courses available on edX, Coursera, Udacity and so on. Prestigious universities offering free online courses so anyone can learn about advanced topics, not just in IT but in…

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In the past I’ve worked on a lot of websites for employers and clients. For hosting my own personal projects, budget has generally been kept to a minimum, so I’ve usually opted for either a cheap virtual host or an old laptop which I can dedicate to it. Occasionally I’ve experimented with using a virtual…

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While I’ve got things to keep me in touch technically while between contracts in the form of 2 modules towards my Masters degree in Intelligent Systems, a lot of the development requirements there are pretty divorced from the area I’m most experienced – most of the code is relatively simple and written in Matlab or…

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The creators have a good recent pedigree including Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and Tangled, and it is based on a Marvel comic. Expectations were therefore reasonably high – it centres around a robot, it has superheroes and I’m expecting a style that balances sentiment and action. What could go wrong? Plenty, obviously. Recent films I’ve watched…

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At the moment my living arrangements are probably pretty unusual by most people’s standards – in Torquay with my wife and kids at the weekend, but living in London for work during the week. Some think it might be the best of both worlds – time to yourself and family time, kept separate. Some think…

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