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

  • 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

  • Finding Twitter follower count with YQL instead of the Twitter API

    Finding Twitter follower count with YQL instead of the Twitter API cover image

    Earlier today, a TwitRSS.me user, @pur_wie asked me if there was a way to get follower counts from Twitter.@ciderpunx Thanks for twitRSS.me. It works great in getting tweet texts.Is it possible to get the count,num of followers/followees?— Pur (@pur_wie) June 7, 2014Depending o

  • Magento tip: Set number of new products shown in CMS block

    Magento tip: Set number of new products shown in CMS block cover image

    I am currently doing a redesign of the New Internationalist ethical shop’s home page. I just spent about 20 minutes trying to work out how to set the number of products that are displayed in the new products block when it is called from within a CMS page in Magento.If you’re in t

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