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I am a scientist by education, now working as a developer/consultant. My technical interests include flexible information systems for Visual Analytics and Situational Awareness, secure distributed systems, and Big Data tech (Apache Cassandra, Hadoop, Spark).

I also take a wider interest in agile software development (or rather, how to build software well, and foster teams that build software well, rather than getting hung up on a particular methodology like XP, Scrum, Kanban, Lean etc), and systems thinking.

I currently work primarily in Python, Scala and Java, and am trying to learn some Haskell. In the dim and distant past I have dabbled with C, ARM assembler, BBC Basic, and Fortran 77. Oh, and PostScript:

/d{def}def/u{dup}d[0 -185 u 0 300 u]concat/q 5e-3 d/m{mul}d/z{A u m B u
m}d/r{rlineto}d/X -2 q 1{d/Y -2 q 2{d/A 0 d/B 0 d 64 -1 1{/f exch d/B
A/A z sub X add d B 2 m m Y add d z add 4 gt{exit}if/f 64 d}for f 64 div
setgray X Y moveto 0 q neg u 0 0 q u 0 r r r r fill/Y}for/X}for showpage

Oct
10
comment No pipe symbol in Ubuntu 11.04 running in Windows 7 x64 VirtualBox
@AndrewFielden Thanks, that's a shame but useful to know! Might be possible to automate it - see stackoverflow.com/questions/8671308/…
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
17
awarded  Revival
Jan
27
comment Cannot scp file to an EC2 instance that I can ssh to
I am having a similar problem - I can ssh into my instance just fine; scp authenticates and connects (I see the MOTD) but doesn't transfer the file.
Sep
4
answered How can I embed programming source code in Powerpoint slide and keep code highlighting?
Sep
4
comment How can I embed programming source code in Powerpoint slide and keep code highlighting?
Works from Eclipse Juno to Word 2010, but not to Powerpoint 2010 - it loses the colours and converts some of them to bold text
Apr
11
awarded  Teacher
Nov
6
comment Browse Internal PDF Structure
PDF Vole link seems to be broken now...
Sep
3
comment How do I rename files with spaces using the Linux shell?
This answer does not seem to work (on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, at least). The answer from unutbu works fine though.
Jul
8
answered No pipe symbol in Ubuntu 11.04 running in Windows 7 x64 VirtualBox
Jul
8
comment How do I access the host's hard drive in VMware?
This initially didn't work for me with Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS 64-bit and VMWare 4.04. VMWare tools was installed during VM creation, but the shared folders module didn't seem to be present (howtogeek.com/howto/ubuntu/…). When I manually re-installed VMWare tools then it all worked fine.
Jul
8
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