Tag Archives: geeky

The Hardest Hangman

A hanged man being quartered by his executioner.

What’s the hardest possible word to guess in Hangman? Many have wondered, but Dan felt the need to find out for sure. Continue reading

Phone Security == Computer Security

Pattern lock configuration on an Android mobile phone.

Dan gets paranoid and despairs about the ease with which mobile devices can be stolen, the wealth of personal information stored on them, and the under-use of readily-available encryption tools. Continue reading

Craziest Internet Explorer Bug Ever?


Dan discovers a crazy little bug in Internet Explorer 8 and below, and complains loudly about it. Bloody IE. Continue reading

Visitor Tracking Without Cookies (or How To Abuse HTTP 301s)

British Telecom's implementation of the new cookie laws. Curiously, if you visit their site using the Opera web browser, it assumes that you've given consent, even if you click the button to not do so.

A technique for abusing HTTP 301 redirects and random numbers to uniquely track users; even those who have cookies disabled in their web browsers. Continue reading

Moving Things Around With CSS Transitions

My head "pops up" in the top-left hand corner of the site, and hides when you hover your mouse cursor over it.

The “pop-up head” in the top-left hand corner of the page is powered entirely by CSS: no Javascript is used at all. Dan explains how. Continue reading

HDMI Virus, or How I Became An Old Person


HDMI cables are over-marketed at the best of times. But Dan’s just discovered one that goes one step further, claiming to do the fundamentally impossible. And then, like an old person, he writes an irate letter. Continue reading

On This Day In 2011


As part of the On This Day series, Dan looks back over the last year that he’s been running FreeDeedPoll.org.uk, a service that makes it easy and painless for British citizens to change their name (and have that name legally-recognised) Continue reading

New Computer #2 – Dana


Dana is the second of the two new computers Dan’s acquired this month. She’s tiny, reasonably-powerful, and uses almost no electricity. Continue reading

New Computer #1 – Tiffany2


This weekend, Dan built a new computer – Tiffany2 – to replace his aging media centre box. Continue reading

Goodbye Reader


After Google apply an ugly-as-sin new style and break some of his favourite features, Dan finally gives up on Google Reader and sets himself up on Tiny Tiny RSS instead. Continue reading