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Mon, Dec. 10th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Second Factor Safety Net

I'm a huge fan of multifactor authentication. If you're using it, you're probably familiar with using an app on your phone (or receiving a text or email) in addition to a username and password when logging in to a service like your email, social network, or a bank. If you're not using it then,


Fri, Dec. 7th, 2018, 03:08 pm
Poly Parents Evening

Our eldest, 4, started school this year and this week saw her first parents' evening. This provided an opportunity for we, her parents, to "come out" to her teacher about our slightly-unconventional relationship structure. And everything was fine, which is nice.

I'm sure the first few


Wed, Dec. 5th, 2018, 05:00 pm
Bodleian Advent Calendar

Hot on the tail of Pong, I wanted to share another mini-project I've developed for the Bodleian: this year's digital advent calendar:

As each door is opened, a different part of a (distinctly-Bodleian/Oxford) winter scene unfolds, complete with an array of fascinating characters connected


Tue, Dec. 4th, 2018, 12:52 pm
Edge may be becoming Chromium-powered, and that's terrible

Microsoft engineers have been spotted committing code to Chromium, the backend of Google Chrome and many other web browsers. This, among other things, has lead to speculation that Microsoft's browser, Edge, might be planned to switch from its current rendering engine (EdgeHTML) to Blink


Fri, Nov. 30th, 2018, 10:53 am

Yesterday was World Digital Preservation Day (and Pong's 46th birthday), so I reimplemented Pong for the video wall at the Bodleian Libraries.

Full story, pics, and source code: https://danq.me/2018/11/30/pong/

Tue, Nov. 13th, 2018, 03:34 pm
How My Stupid Bloody Name Finally Paid For Itself

For the last 11½ years, my (bloody stupid) surname has caused me all kinds of trouble. Never enough to justify changing it again, but at least a little. But for the first time, this month, it's actually gotten me a measurable financial benefit...

Read on: https://danq.me/2018/11/13/equifax/

Fri, Nov. 9th, 2018, 06:17 pm
Challenge Robin II (live blog)

Follow along with Dan's LIVE weblogging of Challenge Robin II, watching Ruth's brother's effort to follow a trail of clues that'll lead him far from the familiar terriority of London...


Tue, Oct. 30th, 2018, 12:50 pm
The Story of Scgary

Unless they happened to bump into each other at QParty, the first time Ruth and JTA met my school friend Gary was at my dad's funeral. Gary had seen mention of the death in the local paper and came to the wake. About 30 seconds later, Gary and I were reminiscing, exchanging anecdotes about our


Sun, Oct. 21st, 2018, 10:21 pm
How Few Votes Can Win a UK General Election?

What's the minimum number of votes a party can get and still win a UK general election? Take a guess, then see my answer: https://danq.me/2018/10/21/how-few-votes/

Thu, Oct. 18th, 2018, 10:59 am
Mystery Pipe

There's a strange pipe on this steam locomotive. Can you guess what it's for?


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