Charlie Harvey


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  • January/February 2017 Reading

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    Bruce Sterling is that other cyberpunk author. He is back to writing counterfactual alternative histories examining what may have been had things just happened to turn out slightly differently (cf. steampunk bible and Victorian romp The Differen

  • 2017 reading

    Here’s all the books that I read in 2015, by month. On the each month’s page there’s quick review or synopsis of each book that I read in that month.

  • Solving binary puzzles with Haskell

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    I first came across binary puzzles in early 2013 after finding a book of them in a Belgian supermarket. And I believe that I've now published the first solver for binary puzzles written in Haskell. The puzzles are a little like sudoku. You get a grid which contains a number of ones and zeros and y

  • December 2016 reading

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    This is a pretty comprehensive 'brief' history of the Anglo-Saxons - from the decline of the Romano-British culture in (what we now call) England up until the arrival of the Normans and indeed beyond. Hindley investigates

  • November 2016 Reading

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    This novel was one of a trove I inherited from my parents, a gift for my mother on her 20th birthday. It tells the story of a weaver, formerly a religious nonconformist and now miser, who discovers a meaning in life other than gold when an orphan c

  • Au revoir Twitterfeed. Bonjour RSSTwit.

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    A few weeks ago, I received an email from Twitterfeed’s founder, a chap called Mario. In unnecessarily jolly prose, it announced the demise of the service which turned RSS feeds into Tweets and recommended moving to or Buffer. We’re writing to let you know that Twitterfeed wi

  • October 2016 Reading

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    Blood Meridian (or The Evening Redness in the West) is a sort of literary slasher set in a mythical version of the Old West. If you can get past the grisly ultraviolence and cast of socio/psychopathic characters, there is a powerful story and

  • Using Tor for apt package management on Debian

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    Recently, the Debian project announced that they intend to make more of their services available as Tor hidden services. They have added a new package to the repositories making it easy to use Tor hidden services when using apt to upgrade packages.Tor is software that allows better anonymity when

  • September 2016 reading

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    I can’t resist a bargain. Paying 60p for a book with a 1 pound sticker on the front does, I believe, constitute a bargain. The text, dating from 1990 is actually a pretty solid PL introduction and fairly compre