Author Archives: Paul Hudson

We’ve just dealt with an issue with a student submission where they had been penalised for not submitting a document that met the specified layout. Only thing is, they had. Their document was a written in Office 2013, but staff are still using Office 2013. The document was 13 pages long in Word 2013. But 17 pages long in Word 2010. On further investigation it turns out that although The Office format is the same between 2013 and 2010, the rendering engine in Office 2013 has been improved. This new version is able to render text more clearly with better letter spacing and kerning. This means in some cases, Office 2013 is able to render extra words on a line. Over a document this leads to a situation where viewing in the earlier versions of Word, the documen’s length is increased and the page breaks added to start new sections…

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I like my ‘high concept’ Sci-Fi. 2001 is one of my favourite films and I love most early 70s Sci-Fi. Don’t get me wrong, I love Star Wars and the generations of hi-action films that followed. But I think Sci-Fi is at it’s strongest when the concepts of our place in the Universe are explored through dramatic loosely scientific-based fiction. Ex Machina falls into this category. A low budget film from Alex Garland, the writer of the excellent 28 Days Later and Sunshine. This is his first outing as a director. The film starts briskly. The premise deftly laid out in a dialogue-less 2 minute exposition. Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer working for a big tech giant wins a company competition to spend a week at the home of the company’s owner Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a reclusive genius. Here he’s introduced to Ava (Alicia Vikander) an artificial intelligence developed in…

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In 2014 I decided to do my second 365 day photo project. The intention was to expand my photography skills, to capture photos that reflect what was happening in my life or to force me to find interesting subjects (in other words, get out of the house and do some exercise). It turned out to be a hit and miss experience. Often becoming a drudgery rather than something I want to do. If I do attempt another 365, I think I’ll base it on themes, something I did with my first 365 project and think it was easier to complete. But I suspect I won’t do another one.

Just received an error where I was unable to log in to my Windows account on my VM. The error was “User profile service failed the logon” “User profile cannot be loaded” The solution involves booting to safe mode and switching to a backup of your profile using RegEdit. I found this helpful video takes you through the step

Part of the reason Apple are Apple is because they do not feel the need to follow the crowd. But with the iPhone 6, that’s exactly what they’ve done, followed the recent trend to increase the size of phones. Is that a good thing? Sales will no doubt show it is. But here’s my perspective. I’m a heavy user of my iPhone. I spend a lot of time standing around at gigs and sitting on trains. So I’m always using it for viewing websites and updating Facebook and Twitter. I do use my phone to take photographs. But as I usually have a camera with me, I tend to use it for quick captures and for days when I feel like ‘filter photography’. Last year I lost my iPhone on Old Street. Luckily it was found and returned to me a few days later. But in the few days without…

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For the last year I’ve been regularly walking around London. The river usually plays a part in most walks as I love the Southbank. It’s a great way of walking through London without having to worry about traffic or polution. The Southbank is actually a section of something called the Thames Path which runs from it’s source up to the Thames Barrier. Earlier in the year I walked a section of the Thames Path from Richmond to Hammersmith Bridge and found it a good way of seeing new bits of London. This weekend a Tall Ships festival was taking place in Greenwich. This is the first time the ‘Tall Ships’ have been to London for 30 years. The focus of the festival was Greenwich but there were also going to be ships moored at Woolwich. So I thought this would be a good opportunity to walk another new section of…

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Every year I go to a lot of gigs. Not only do I enjoy the music, I also enjoy photographing the performances. I’m not taking about ‘holding the camera above my head’ type photographs from the back, I’m usually down the front in small venues across London trying to take interesting photos (though not always successful). As you might be aware, due to the low lighting at many venues, gig photography stretches your camera’s abilities. Flashes only have a limited range and if you’re close enough for it to be effective, then using it may annoy the band. So I’m always on the lookout for the best low-light camera I can afford. One essential for me is a good quality compact camera that can fit in a pocket for times when I can’t use a interchangeable lens camera. My last camera review was of the excellent Olympus ZX1. A camera…

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I know what you’re thinking, not another blog article about Domino’s future. Well no. This is about Domino dealing with future dates and what happens if there’s a blip with your OS’s date Friday, we had the unfortunate situation of one of our servers briefly believing it was operating in 2020. For the fraction of a second the server blipped, seven databases were accessed, including names.nsf. From this point forward the server believed these databases were operating in 2020. Although dates were correctly being set, all new and edited documents inherited the same last modified date of July 25th 2020 corrupting their replication history. Although the cluster replicator immediately pushed the changes across, it continued to report that it was unable to deal with dates so far in the future. IBM helpfully has a tech note covering such an eventuality. Don’t bother searching for it because it rather helpfully tells…

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Great video showing how the iconic ‘Earthrise’ photo was captured. Featuring the live audio feed from the cabin as the shot was taken

Amazing video of all the Apollo Lunar landings played simultaneously on one screen.

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