HIKvision Doesn't Want Your Business

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Ok, that seems like a bit of a sensational title, but it's not far from the truth and I'm not the only one to think so as the prominent HIKvision dealer Since 2013, Use-IP, have issued a similar statement. Why HIKvision? I use a number of HIKvision cameras, both at home and at work, and genuinely believe them to be pretty much the best quality at the price point. They're reliable, and these guys give the established names like Axis (whom I've used IP cameras from since 2004!) healthy competition. HiWatch by HIKvision HIKvision are introducing a 'consumer' range called "HiWatch" - these product…

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10 Years of Facebook

I avoided sharing the insipid auto-created video, but Facebook decided to tell me today that I joined Facebook TEN years ago today... So instead, here's an almost equally insipid post, cross-posted from Facebook :D It's an interesting landmark I suppose, so figured I'd post something so I can be reminded of it in another ten years assuming Facebook hasn't been replaced ;) A lot has changed; three different jobs (all loosely in the same field), four addresses - finally culminating with a move to the Highlands, five cars, and a lot less hair ;) ... And a lot hasn't; all of the people closest to…

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Stopping Distances

Following the recent tragic death of Kim Briggs, killed by cyclist Charlie Alliston riding an illegal bike with no front brakes, there's been lot of debate over whether or not he could stop even if the bike was legal. These people often cite the Stopping Distances in the Highway Code which suggest at 20 mph a car should stop in around 6m from when the brakes are applied; This was last updated over thirty years ago, and vehicles have improved a bit since then, so I conducted a (fairly unscientific) experiment to satisfy my own curiosity. A modern car travelling around 20mph took around 2.8m to…

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Bizzby Privacy

Update 21st August Having spoken with Bizzby, I'm confident this is an isolated incident and that my concerns about how jobs are allocated to their service provider partners are unfounded. I expect a formal statement from Bizzby to be issued in due course. I received this eMail today (obviously, with some redaction to protect the individual's privacy) from the online "Handyman App" Bizzby which exists to match service providers with jobs that need done. There is just one (well, several) issues here. I am not registered on the Bizzby platform I'm not a plumber or electrician I live ab…

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Web forms and 'an' or 'a'

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I'm a stickler for the little things. What's wrong with this drop down box? If you don't notice, then this article probably isn't for you. However the more pedantic audience members will note that "I am a Installer" is terrible English. This should of course be "I am an Installer" A solution Given the following (greatly simplified) HTML; <label for="role">I am a...</label> <select name="role" id="input_role">...</select> Simply add a little javascript along the lines of the following; $('#input_role').change(function() { if ("aeiou".indexOf($(this).val().char…

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