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

  • The simplest cleaning rota that could possibly work. Haskell edition

    The simplest cleaning rota that could possibly work. Haskell edition cover image

    Living in a shared house can sometimes be troublesome; people have different living habits that can conflict with our own. In my house we recently agreed to start a cleaning rota to make sure that we were all doing our bit. The administrative overhead of a rota can be a pain, so I implemented a

  • September 2014 Reading

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    The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond Diamond’s epic look at what we might learn from how non-state traditional societies work. I am not well enough read in anthropology to be able to critique Diamond fairly, but to an amate

  • How to make an adblocker with BIND and Apache on Debian

    How to make an adblocker with BIND and Apache on Debian cover image

    There are a few approaches to blocking ads. Adblock Plus seems to have become the most popular. It uses Firefox’s content policies interface and you can read more about how Adblock plus works on the FAQ.I have been playing around this week with another approach to Ad blocking, which is

  • Font of the month: EB Garamond

    Font of the month: EB Garamond cover image

    This month I have gone for a font which revives Claude Garamont’s 16th century humanist typeface. There have been many variants of Garamond, but not many high quality versions that are free software — URW++ Garamond No. 8 is open source but doesn’t quite rate as free software b

  • Javascript: the weird parts

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    Javascript. Love it or hate it it seems to have become the defacto virtual machine of the internet that Java was supposed to be. And it is odd. Like properly odd. This is a short collection of some weird things that I have noticed about it. I keep a little list of these by my desk fo

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