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.

Portrait of Charlie Harvey

Recent blogs

  • June 2016 reading

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    Eco is brilliant, and I think this is one of his most enthralling novels since Foucault's Pendulum. As in that book, conspiracies abound — freemasons, jesuits, that sort of thing — though this time in nineteenth century Europe. How

  • The foundational questions that inspire computer languages

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    I came across a very amusing image the other day, dealing with the questions that various popular programming languages seek to answer. There is a nice thread on reddit with some extra suggestions to include in the list too.Here is a transcription.Python: What if everything was a dict?Java:

  • 9 lines of code, 9 billion dollars

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    Six years ago Oracle, the database company which acquired the Java programming language when Sun Microsystems went titsup in 2009 started a lawsuit claiming that Google, by using some of the Java APIs in its Android operating system.After trying to licence Java from Sun in 2005

  • Micropuzzles and generating Pythagorean triples

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    Micropuzzles is a charming book from the early 1980s by a chap called J.J. Clessa. It is a sort of forerunner of Project Euler, containing little puzzles aimed at computer hobbyists who have acquired those newfangled micros and are looking for something challenging to do with their machines.The

  • On losing my father

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    My father, Chris Harvey, died two weeks ago on Friday, 29 April. He had had cancer for some time. The end was quick. So quick that his family weren’t able to get there before he died. Just the day before he had been sitting up in his chair smiling and joking with the medical staff and his visi

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