Charlie Harvey

What’s all this then?

My name is Charlie Harvey and this is my website. I like computer geekery, drinking cider and trying to overthrow capitalism. I seem to be doing rather better with the first two.

Sometimes I make things like the Daily Mail story generator, sometimes I blog and sometimes I just stare blankly into space.

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Recent blogs

  • Vim macro: Sort aliases into alphabetical order with a macro

    Vim macro: Sort aliases into alphabetical order with a macro cover image

    When I administer mail servers, I often use the aliases functionality to set up email groups and forwards. I find it very convenient to have everything in a single file. One thing that I don't like is keeping all the names in alphabetical order. While doing so might seeem like something from the

  • August 2014 Reading

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    The Code Book, by Simon Singh There were 2 reasons for me to pick up The Code Book. It was in Oxfam and hence fairly cheap, and I was taking the Stanford Crypto Class on Coursera, so I thought it would help motivaate me to stay the cour

  • N shades of #XXXXXX: An HTML5 book-cover maker

    N shades of #XXXXXX: An HTML5 book-cover maker cover image

    E L James’s lightweight pornographic novel Fifty Shades of Grey was a publishing sensation a few years back. I am told there will even be a film soon. It has spawned many imitators. Hence this tool which allows you to make your own homage to Fifty Shades. With any colour available in t

  • Font of the month: Montserrat

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    My inaugaral font of the month is the work of Julieta Ulanovsky, who lives in Buenos Aries. She drew the inspiration for the font from the urban, hand-drawn lettering on old posters, signs and other letterforms in the neighbourhood where she lives and works, Montserrat. The typeface ev

  • Infographic: Facebook Vs the Stasi in numbers

    Infographic: Facebook Vs the Stasi in numbers cover image

    Some time ago, OpenDataCity made a map visualising the relative size of data held by the Stasi and NSA, you can view it below. Partly inspired by that, I thought it would be interesting to compare the Stasi with another vast data collection operation — Facebook. Here, then, is Facebook Vs

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