I’m finally allowed to tell you what I’ve been working on! I’ve written a blog post about it here: http://www.swiftkey.net/blog/?p=338

I’ve been at Google HQ in Mountain View, California for the last few weeks developing and testing a new version of SwiftKey designed for a wave of new Honeycomb Android tablets that will be coming to market soon.

See more of Honeycomb here.

Flying back to London tomorrow!

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I’ve used MindMeister for a while now. It’s great for organising thoughts and ideas andfor planning projects. Being a nice AJAXy web app, you never have to worry about saving anything.

Now it’s on the iPad. If they’ve modified the interface to make the most of the touch screen it will be awesome. Reason enough to buy an iPad? Maybe…

Post a comment here if you get to try it out.


As a computer engineer the idea of having to send someone an Excel file makes me twitch. Especially when I’ve already sent them an (ASCII-compatible) UTF-8 .CSV file.

What do you think having to send a screenshot of said Excel file does to me…? Uncontrollable twitching, is what.


I am a domain-owner! I paid through PayPal and they suck.

It turns out if you’re abroad, it’s very difficult to use PayPal. They blocked my account due to “suspicious activity” and then asked me to change my password (I’m not sure why) and provide some kind of proof that I’m me. The options were: over the phone (I’m not at home), by credit card (I had an old one listed) or by uploading a proof of address (they’re at home!). Obviously you can’t just add new details and verify those (very sensible). So FAIL. Eventually they accepted a blurry picture of my driving license as proof of address and gave me access to my account. There’s still a “dispute” pending, though… ??

So anyhoo, what can I do with this new-found virtual abode?
At the moment I’m thinking of setting up a virtual server which can provide me with offsite backups, secure proxies, photo hosting, etc. But that stuff’s all for me. What could I provide for the masses?

The MillionDollarHomePage has been done already… Any equally lucrative suggestions would be appreciated.


They’re surprisingly good!

When I boot up this laptop I get a warning saying something “Your battery capacity is low (41%). It may be old or broken. Blah blah blah.” How nice!

But far more impressive was the hard disk warning. (It’s nice to be forewarned of impeding doom…) You get a little icon in the notification area with a hard disk and a warning symbol. Clicking it gives you something like this:

Then “More information” gives you this:

I’ve never seen a more friendly way of finding out everything’s about to go a bit wrong. Luckily my new hard drive arrived yesterday.


‘man make’

19Mar10

If you Google ‘man make’ the fifth result is How to Make a Man Fall in Love with You – wikiHow.

It makes for some interesting reading… but there are many things about the article I just don’t understand. Oh, and never forget:

Don’t look like a stalker!

Well maybe I dig stalker-chicks?

How to Get a Man to Marry You makes much more sense, but there’s definitely more work involved.


My MacBook is pining for a belt-loosening. There’s just way too much junk in its trunk. And by junk I mean stuff. And by trunk I mean hard disk.

It’s so bad that as soon as any memory gets paged the amount of free disk space goes down to zero and then everything starts crashing. =(

In looking for solution to this problem I cam across a nice little open-source application for OS X that terrifies me just a little. It’s called Monolingual.

Monolingual presents you with a list of all the languages (international, not programming) and machine architectures that may be supported on your Mac and lets you remove them. It scans through your hard disk removing what you have selected from every application. This worries me somewhat, especially because Macs are very picky about Universal-architecture binaries loading specific-architecture libraries and such…

I opted to leave the architectures alone and get rid of most of the languages. The result? Space reclaimed: 18M. Not worth it at all. I wish it could have told me that before it started ripping the innards out of my precious Snow Leopard… Lesson learned.

I think my new solution is this.

Mmm… recursion.