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Neil Mitchell
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Random collection of recent photos, mostly of Henry (since that's all I ever take photos of)
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Pro tip 3: "Backup my iPhone" is not Neil code for "Backup my iPhone, but can you delete all my music, because hey, I didn't really like it anyway and wanted to repurchase it all from iTunes or rerip it".
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My next phone could well be an Android phone - but I'll want to see it's "management" software first (hopefully it mounts as a USB drive I interact with directly).
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Pro tip: Before erasing an old iPhone and restoring a different user over it, make sure the phone has the latest iOS on it. Even 0.0.1 behind means the process takes an extra hour. (Pro tip 2: I assume iTunes is designed to hurt people for masochistic pleasure. It really pushes me towards an Android.)
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I found the Windows 8 Photo application toolbar! All you  need to do is right click in empty space in the middle of the program and then the toolbar floats in at the bottom of the screen. I guess that should have been obvious, because just showing the toolbar (and it's 4 icons) when Photos is forcing itself fullscreen on my large monitor would have just been clutter.
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Fast and very robust random numbers that are also very simple. Very nice.
 
Hmm.
1. Gather approximately a hundred of the best tests for statistical randomness into a test suite.
2. Put most of the used pseudo-random number generators through the test suite. (Most fail).
3. Select a couple of the easiest pseudo-random number generators to reason about.
4. Try an easy extension of their state to see if and when (or if ever), they can pass.
5. Knowing that some state bits are more random than others, and that less random bits are usually dropped, use the most random state bits to (invertably) permute and select the bits returned.
6. Achieve PRNG nirvanna!

A long video that is time well spent. I'll get back to this!
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Praise these disciples of RNGesus for blessing us with space and time efficient sources of randomness.
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I use this software for remotely helping my Mum. It's simple, straightforward and effective - heartily recommended (and about a bazillion times better than the alternatives I've been exposed to in various work environments.)
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I've actually used a phone once or twice in Hangouts, when the audio was broken :-)
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Just tried to find an aquarium near me in Google. Tried a few searches, got mostly stupid results (a sign company that had designed a vehicle wrap for a sea life centre, a primary school etc). Results were so bad I even tried Bing. Turns out Bing sucks even worse.
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Google's new slogan: at least we're not at bad as Bing.
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Just installed printer drivers on my Windows machine. That wasn't easy. How do normal (non-CS PhD) people do it? In this case, I entirely blame the printer manufacturer (Brother) for not letting MS ship their drivers. Their download/install process was shockingly bad, see below for a screenshot of one of the steps.
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I had a similar problem last year when installing a Fuji-Xerox networked laser printer for my parents on Windows 8.1: the driver "installer" consisted of a zip file I had to unpack to a directory and then pretend that directory was a floppy disk when doing a manual driver installation (which appears to be the same thing that happened to you).
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Walk into Vodafone shop. Say "Can I please have a nanosim". Confirm basic details (name, phone number, address). Get nanosim, free of charge. Walk out. That was a lot easier than expected #vodafone #vodawin
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Trying to import my photos from my iPhone onto my computer. Given my phone is just a flash drive, that should be trivial. But no. I'm left with iTunes which violently hates humans (would you like me to sync that for you - no, I'd like to copy it from place A to place B!), or the Windows 8 picture import which is a "Windows 8" app, and thus can't exist on my desktop, and has to take the full screen (hiding even the close button) to show a single line of text. Computers suck, and they're getting worse.
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I import photos onto my Mac using the Image Capture app, included with OS X, and it’s exactly like copying files from a flash drive — which means it leaves me with GBs of unsortable data. I don’t want to use iPhoto, Google’s software is even worse, and Everpix went out of business. There’s just no good solution for this problem right now, but perhaps Apple will eventually get their shit together:
http://www.apple.com/osx/photos-preview/
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Just updated my father-in-Law's wifi card drivers. Went from slow and regular drop outs (every 10 mins) to fast and stable.

Trying to get the latest Qualcomm drivers from Qualcomm was difficult, perhaps impossible - no Google searches worked, their website wanted to sell to me, not support me. Drivers did not seem to be available through Windows directly. Found a Czech website with WHQL signed drivers which did the trick. Unimpressed with #qualcomm.
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That explains it at least. However, from the device manager in windows I had little chance of guessing the OEM, but did have the brand and part number of Qualcomm. I find OEM's are terrible for updated drivers - if they ship them at all it's only to add malware... But thanks for the info, makes sense now. 
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Set up the Chromecast +Emily Mitchell gave me for Christmas. Easy for a geek, still not smooth enough for a non-geek - at one point it went "uh-oh", because the dongle rebooted itself and the iPhone lost connection. Iplayer, YouTube and Netflix all work well. Had to install a new app to get photos on it which is adequate but not great. Can't share a web browser session or arbitrary screen, which is annoying. Overall I like it - certainly the future of TV. 
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+Lennart Augustsson yes, that worked quite nicely - it's just not that near to the TV so a bit awkward.
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  • York University
    Computer Science, PhD, 2004 - 2008
  • York University
    Computer Science, MEng, 2000 - 2004
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    Computer Programmer, 2008 - present
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    Computer Programmer, 2008 - 2008
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