Profile

Cover photo
Duncan Sample
Worked at Comparethemarket.com
Attended Anglia Polytechnic University
Lives in Cambridgeshire, UK
620 followers|207,320 views
AboutPostsCollections+1'sReviews

Stream

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
"In fleeing the cloud, Dropbox is showing why the cloud is so powerful."

"... It can lead to what those in the Valley call Not Invented Here Syndrome, where companies start building all sorts of new stuff just because they’re intent on building all sorts of new stuff."

Interesting to see how things develop for Dropbox.
Half-a-billion people stored files on Dropbox. Well, sort of. Really, the files were in Amazon’s cloud. Until Dropbox built its own. And threw the switch.
View original post
1
Add a comment...

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
 
Another few pints [in Finnish] about the poor reasoning behind the lack of Qi charging on the #nexus5x and #nexus6p. +Android+Nexus​ could we get a real answer?
 
"Lockheimerin perustelu kuitenkin ontuu hieman, sillä pikalataus ei vaadi toimiakseen Type-C-liitäntää, Nexus-mallien pikalaturi ei ole lajissaan erityisen nopea (15 W) ja markkinoilta löytyy ohuempiakin puhelimia, jotka tukevat silti langatonta latausta. Lisäksi langaton lataus ei aiemmissakaan Nexus-malleissa lyhentänyt latausaikaa johdolla lataukseen nähden, vaan toimi vain käyttöä helpottavana ominaisuutena, jota se olisi voinut tehdä uusissakin malleissa."
 ·  Translate
View original post
1
Oliver Hamilton's profile photo
 
I bought a hobby grade qi wireless receiver that's about 0.5mm thick... Less than the fuggly camera hump. It's a serious fail that has cost them many sales, mine included.

I'm just waiting waiting for ifixit to pull it apart to see the prospects of retrofitting.
Add a comment...

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
 
Vista at a national forest near Santa Barbara
1
Add a comment...

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
 
On the train to London for a touristy day with the in-laws. Harrods, and a 🚌 tour is all we have planned so far.

I may also buy my first proper fountain pen... I've bookmarked all of The Pen Shops. Thanks to +Myke Hurley​ and The Pen Addict podcast.
2
Add a comment...

Duncan Sample

commented on a video on YouTube.
Shared publicly  - 
 
So many that other commenters have already mentioned, but not many saying The Two Ronnies. Anyone who enjoys play on word comedy should look up the Four Candles sketch!

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
 
My experiences with +Ubuntu on the +Dell XPS 15 with 4K display

My laptop recently died, so I had to look for a new one. I decided I couldn't go for a lower resolution screen (15" with 1920x1200), and it needed a decent graphics card so I could play some games (not just the on-board Intel GPU). My wife has a Dell XPS 13 and I liked the look of it (it looks surprisingly similar to a MacBook Pro though), so when I saw that it had a 4K display and an nVidia 750M, that was the one to beat. Even the MacBook couldn't beat it, but it was a very close call when I chose the XPS 15, the £700 price difference was just one of the factors.

Of course, the laptop had to come preinstalled with Windows 8.1, and along with it a bunch of crapware, including a whole host of Dell rebranded drivers and McAfee, so it was clear that even if I wanted Windows on it (which I didn't) it would need a reinstallation. I accepted the included 20GB Dropbox upgrade then promptly reached for the Ubuntu 14.10 installation USB stick.

I've had a pretty poor experience with Ubuntu so far though. Before my list of complaints let me say, I like Ubuntu and have used it and other distros for several years.

Here's my laundry list of issues so far:

Installation

- The WiFi adapter wasn't supported out-of-the-box, so we had to get a lot of packages using another machine and copy them onto a USB stick.
- I would have expected the accessibility mode to have a 'increased size' option to help people with vision issues, but since the installation dialog was TINY I was hunting for it too, to no avail.

Usage

- Display: 4K (3840x2160) resolution is unusably high for Ubuntu in it's current state. You can tweak it a bit to make system dialogs larger, but that doesn't affect most applications (like Steam, Chrome, Firefox)
- Graphics: nVidia 750M GPU is a complete PITA to configure, and even moreso to use.
- Touchpad: It occasionally has a life of it's own. It decides to click while I'm typing, which has screwed up this post several times.
- Touchscreen: Works for basic use, but as documented, multitouch doesn't work, which is a shame.
- Keyboard: Seems to have some lag/miscommunication issues. I'm not entirely sure whether it's my touch-typing on the new laptop's keyboard or that the keyboard/OS is having issues. I can usually 'feel' when I'm typing incorrectly, but I'm occasionally seeing characters typed with switched positions or even missing characters completely when I'm sure I've typed correctly. Not having dedicated Page Up/Down and Home/End keys is also incredibly annoying. The function key is also in the wrong place for my liking. To me (admitedly a long-time ThinkPad user) it should be on the left so it's easier to find.
- Randomly Ubuntu will decide it doesn't like me anymore and it will freeze. I have to swap to a text TTY outside of X and back to regain control.
- Video in browsers is unwatchable. It has horizontal glitches, and if I maximise the browser window (not full screen video) I get other flashing graphical glitches all over my screen.
- The graphical glitches also happen on for fullscreen video. This gets even worse, with the framerate going down to around 3fps updating a third of the screen at a time (Both HTML5 video and Flash).

The graphics issues are possibly due to my nVidia drivers, but I've tried many different options, and my current configuration at least allows me to play a few modern games (Cities: Skylines, Besiege, Race The Sun) with the resolution turned down to 1920x1080, and even then the framerate and responsiveness leaves a lot to be desired (Race The Sun is unplayable).

On a side-note. The rubbery surface surrounding the keyboard and trackpad... I don't like it. The XPS 13 has a much nicer feeling surface (although she likes mine more).

For gaming, I'm seriously considering installing Windows 8.1, which is my absolute last resort.

#Ubuntu
9
2
Spaceguy 36's profile photoTimo Jyrinki's profile photoDuncan Sample's profile photoPhilipp Kern's profile photo
21 comments
 
+Duncan Sample​ We have Quattro everywhere. It's non-toggleable Optimus, though. I didn't spend enough time with it yet to make up my mind. (Plus I was using nouveau.)
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
620 people
Gyegiri Joseph's profile photo
myriam nsoga's profile photo
John Grisham's profile photo
Jaiku's profile photo
Akhif Ahmed's profile photo
Diana Berdugo's profile photo
dons davis's profile photo
Maos Cambodia's profile photo
vijith vj's profile photo

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
 
Rant of the moment: why is domain prospecting/squatting still a thing? 
1
Tafka Wac's profile photoDuncan Sample's profile photoSteve Sutton's profile photo
3 comments
 
I've been chased for 10years by someone trying to sell me the .com of my .Co.uk name all they do is squat on it... at one point they stole the html of my site and put it on their own!
Add a comment...

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
 
I'm a bit disappointed about the +Nexus​​ team's answer about Qi charging on their Reddit AMA: https://m.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/3mzru4/reddit_ama_w_the_nexus_team/

Why no wireless (Qi) charging: “We added Qi wireless charging starting with N4 because plugging in USB micro B was such a hassle! (Which way is up!?) With this year’s Nexii, we support USB Type-C which has a reversible connector so there’s no more guessing. AND it charges incredibly swiftly: 1% to 100% in 97 mins on the 6P for example (the first ~45 mins of charging is especially fast). Meanwhile, wireless charging adds z (thickness). So, ease of plugging in + fast charging + optimizing for thinness made us double down on Type-C instead of wireless!”

I'm a bit disappointed that the convenience must not have been seen:

1. I don't care how long it takes, I'd be asleep as long as the phone makes it through the day on its battery.

2. Cafes, bars, etc wouldn't have to provide wires or sockets and everyone carry around cables.

3. Plugging in with USB in public locations can be a security risk.

4. Plugging/unplugging every few minutes I'd annoying... Home, car, office desk, etc.

5. The USB socket had always been the first/only thing to go wrong with any of my phones. Wireless charging reduces that wear.

#Android #Nexus
4
1
Ricky Cadden's profile photo
 
This. This was exactly my reaction. 

I've had other conversations where people said "Why do you need wireless charging when you have quickcharge?". 

Quick Charge does not address the reasons that wireless charging is so dang useful. The simple act of having to physically connect something to my phone, regardless of whether there's a specific way to do so or not, is inconvenient. 

Also, wireless charging was starting to herald a return of the smartphone dock - especially fantastic solutions like the Nexus Orb. With a physical plug, docks once again become a precarious situation. 
Add a comment...

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Have you heard about Google Developer Experts?  We're a top notch group of Developers who know our way around the Google API's, UI/UX, Marketing, and monetisation.   If you have a problem them come check us out. 

GDE Website: https://developers.google.com/experts/about
GDE's: https://developers.google.com/experts/
1 comment on original post
1
Add a comment...

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
2
David Morley's profile photo
 
Hang your head in shame😉
Add a comment...

Duncan Sample

Shared publicly  - 
 
Looking forward to the #io15 keynote in a few minutes https://events.google.com/io2015/ I've got my browser on standby for any new stuff to buy
Google I/O 2015 brings together developers for an immersive, two-day experience focused on exploring the next generation of technology, mobile and beyond. Join us online or in person May 28-29, 2015. #io15
1
Add a comment...
Duncan's Collections
People
Have him in circles
620 people
Gyegiri Joseph's profile photo
myriam nsoga's profile photo
John Grisham's profile photo
Jaiku's profile photo
Akhif Ahmed's profile photo
Diana Berdugo's profile photo
dons davis's profile photo
Maos Cambodia's profile photo
vijith vj's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Product Manager / Solution Architect / Solution Engineer / Web Developer / UX Designer
Employment
  • Comparethemarket.com
    Senior Software Engineer, 2013 - 2015
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
    Product Manager & Head of Engineering, 2010 - 2012
  • Nokia Siemens Networks
    Solution Architect, 2007 - 2010
  • Nokia
    Solution Engineer, 2004 - 2007
  • Comparethemarket.com
    Technical Lead, 2015 - present
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Cambridgeshire, UK
Previously
Littlehampton, UK
Story
Tagline
General Geek, UX enthusiast, web developer and product manager in my day job
Bragging rights
My Mobile Barcoder Firefox extension has over 20,000 daily users, and over 250,000 total downloads
Education
  • Anglia Polytechnic University
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
Married
Other names
dsample
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
  • Finance Test
  • Scotland Yard
  • San Juan
  • The Tower
  • Please, Don't Touch Anything
  • Spaceteam
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Prune
  • This War of Mine
  • Fallout Shelter
  • TwoDots
Duncan Sample's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Meerkat Movies - Android Apps on Google Play
market.android.com

Save on your household finances and get 2 for 1 cinema tickets. Meerkat Movies is the new reward scheme exclusively for customers of compare

Trello - Organize Anything
market.android.com

Whether you're managing a team of freelancers, writing an epic screenplay, or just making a list of stuff to get done, Trello makes sure you

SeriesGuide
market.android.com

Administrar el progreso de (re-)ver tus series favoritas de TV. Ve lo que esta por venir, mantente al día de que sigue. Accede con trakt.tv

Stack Exchange
market.android.com

Stack Exchange is a network of 100+ question and answer communities on everything from software programming to cooking, photography, and gam

Espruino - JavaScript Microcontroller
sample.me.uk

The newest Kickstarter project for a micro-controller board (a la Arduino/Raspberry Pi) but with JavaScript as it's core sketching language.

Andoku Sudoku 2 Free
market.android.com

Andoku Sudoku 2 is an outstanding sudoku number puzzle game with an intuitive user interface for beginners and professionals alike.It offers

Swype Keyboard
market.android.com

Swype is the original swipe style keyboard that started it all! With Swype, you can enter text quickly and accurately, backup and synchroniz

Wunderlist - To-do & Task List
market.android.com

Wunderlist 2 is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether you’re planning an overseas adventure, sharing a shoppin

The Humble Bundle for Android (pay what you want and help charity)
www.humblebundle.com

Pay what you want for some awesome games and help support two charities. All of the games are DRM-free and support Mac, Windows, and Linux.

imjustcreative | your creative logo & brand identity designer
imjustcreative.com

Your creative logo & brand identity designer. Producing finely tuned logos, identities & rebrands. Iconic, typographic and minimali

Chipotle Mexican Grill
plus.google.com

Changing the way the world thinks about and eats fast food.

STOCKHOLM TV bench - beige - IKEA
www.ikea.com

IKEA - STOCKHOLM, TV bench, beige , You can easily hide away cables by leading them between shelves and out the cable outlets on the undersi

STOCKHOLM TV bench - beige - IKEA
www.ikea.com

IKEA - STOCKHOLM, TV bench, beige , You can easily hide away cables by leading them between shelves and out the cable outlets on the undersi

Occupy Flash
www.occupyflash.org

The movement to rid the world of the Flash Player plugin

Chrome
market.android.com

The speed and simplicity of Chrome, now on your Android phone and tablet. Search and browse fast with Chrome on your Android phone and table

Flashmob Finlandia
www.youtube.com

Tervetuloa YouTubeen! Suositeltu kieli (olemme valinneet sinulle tämän kielen): Suomi. Voit vaihtaa kieliasetustasi sivun alalaidassa olevie

First impressions of Google's Project Glass
sample.me.uk

Just a few comments about Project Glass after watching the concept video and seeing a few photos

A pleasant hotel in perfect walking distance of both the New Town shops abs restaurants and the Old Town area. The rooms (at least to the rear) are very quiet. The beds are comfortable and the breakfast is a good buffet (although just the usual Premier Inn buffet) with views of the castle. The only negatives are the slight musty smell when entering the room, and the view to the rear being of a back alley.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
They do a great schnitzel with spätzle and a cheese sauce. Very attentive and friendly staff.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Nice to see a proper board game shop, but the store seems to push the children's toys and puzzles more than the board games, putting the board games at the back. There was a reasonable selection for a small shop, but still quite a bit of empty shelving that could have more of the popular games.
Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
19 reviews
Map
Map
Map
Found a char grilled chicken sternum bone between the bacon and beef in a burger... Luckily didn't bite on it. Otherwise quite a generic-feeling place, not as nice as the other Harvesters around the town.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
We ventured here after seeing the shop on Google Streetview, but since the photo was taken there have been changes, and new it's just a bike shop, with a couple of packs of Magic the Gathering. Very disappointed to see another board game shop disappear.
Quality: Poor - FairAppeal: Poor - FairService: Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
I had the same thing I have the first time at any thai (to judge quality): Tom Kha Gai and Red Curry Chicken. The Tom Kha Gai was good, although a slightly different flavour than usual. The Red Curry was 'loose' (a thin coconut milk, or possibly slightly watered down). It didn't have too much chicken, but did have a lot of green bell pepper. I'd go back as the food was certain enjoyable, but if I wasn't in a rush I'd probably go to Dusita in Sunnyvale.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago