The Railway Pub in Cottingham is Awesome

Do me a favour. And yourself. Go for Sunday lunch at the Railway in Cottingham. The food is great, the staff friendly and helpful. And should you fall down the steps on the way out they are completely and utterly awesome. We found this out today when one of our lunch party was unlucky enough to miss-position his walking stick and take a tumble on the way out. The landlord took control of the situa… Read more →


Whitby Steam

Today finds us on the road to Whitby. A wonderful place, if a bit colder than we anticipated first thing in the morning. We'd come for the steam rally and a fish pie. We got all that, plus fantastic weather and a ride in the clifftop lift (well worth 60 pence of anyone's money). If you've not been to Whitby you are so missing out. And if you've been to Whitby and not had the fish pie at the Magpie… Read more →


One From The Vaults: Testing

Whilst I was looking for something else I found an explanation I wrote years ago to try to explain to senior management how testing had changed and become critical in the Agile environment. It’s not the easiest thing to try to get across: the business wants features that it can sell. I don’t think I Read more →


Revolutionising CSS with Grids

(Source: The header of Mozilla's Firefox grid inspector landing page. Mozilla neither endorse this blog post nor probably know that it exists :P) You may or may not have heard about it by now, but browsers now have support for a new feature of CSS - the Grid. I'd argue that it's the single greatest addition to CSS since it was created, and to that end I wanted to post about it here. First though,… Read more →


Mission Impossible: Fallout

Mission Impossible: Fallout is a fun film about atomic bombs. It has just the right amount of jeopardy, wisecracks and jaw dropping sequences to make it work splendidly.One of the things that I loved was the special effects. It turns out that there are two ways to shoot a "helicopter out of control" scene. One way involves a green screen and a lot of computing power. And it looks a bit fake. The o… Read more →


Humber Care Tech Challenge Visioning Day

Getting started Today I went along to the Humber Care Tech Challenge Visioning Day. This is where we get healthcare professionals to tell us about their problems and explore how to solve them. It's how we are setting the agenda for the Humber Health Care Challenge event itself, which is running in September. During the event we want teams to come up with working prototypes of solutions. But to do… Read more →


Cloud Connected Camping Lights

I was in the Pound Shop over the weekend looking for camping lights. What we me going camping in a month or so. I'm going to the Electromagnetic Field event at the end of August, and I've been buying sleeping bags and contemplating life under canvas for a few days. I found a likely looking light in a camping shop for a fiver but being from Yorkshire I thought I'd take a look at cheaper solutions.… Read more →


Placeholder Image Generator

(Above: An example output with debugging turned on from my placeholder generation service) For a quite a considerable amount of time now, I've been running my own placeholder image generation service here at starbeamrainbowlabs.com - complete with etag generation and custom colour selection. Although it's somewhat of an Easter Egg, it's not actually that hard to find if you know what you're lookin… Read more →


Code like an idiot

Hmm. No matter how good you are at programming, developers will still put bugs in their programs. Including me. Lost a couple of hours today because of this little beauty.if ((tickCount % lights[i].colourSpeed)!=0 || lights[i].colourSpeed==0) return;This code has been working inside HullOS for a couple of years. No problems. However, when I tried to port the code onto a Wemos device it kept crashi… Read more →


Code like a rock star

This is awesome. Read more →