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

  • 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

  • July 2014 Reading

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    The beginning of the American Fall, by Stephanie McMillan Certainly an antidote to the Entertainment Economy, this is a story of McMillan’s experience of the run up to and events of the occupy period of politics a few years back

  • Online morse code translator. With sound. Using the web audio API.

    Online morse code translator. With sound. Using the web audio API. cover image

    Today’s project is this tool, which translates to and from morse code. In my version of morse code I introduce the _ to stand for a space between words. Characters are separated by a space. Try typing something in alphanumerics first.Web Audio API is not supported in this browser

  • Trickle down totalitarianism: why everyone will be listening in soon

    Trickle down totalitarianism: why everyone will be listening in soon cover image

    It has been just over a year since the Snowden revelations first confirmed what many of us had suspected for some time — the NSA and GCHQ were in the personal data collection market in a big way. And it wasn’t just targetted data (like of criminals or terrorists, for example)

  • Pulley Logic Gates

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    What, you might wonder, is a logic gate and why, you might further wonder, should I care? Logic gates in their various forms make up a fair amount of the circuitry that enables modern computers to work. Like your phone or your computer. Logic gates work a bit like one of those truth table

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