Nathaniel Read


Undergraduate Computer Scientist at the University of Hull

Blog posts

What have I been up to this Semester?

This semester I’ve studied three modules: Programming 2, Sustainable Computing and Software Engineering and Human Computer Interaction. In Programming 2, I’ve worked on creating a local management application for a hair salon in C# which allows customers and stylists to register (and are validated before) joining the company, book chairs on available days and book appointments in available slots t… Read more →

Working in the SIS Office

Over the last few weeks I’ve been invited to work in the SIS office on the Fees, Funds and Finance integration for the SITS suite at the University of Hull. Before starting at the office, we met up for a Quiz Night with the team which was great, allowing me to put names to faces and meet different people before I came in. After previously working remotely with the team, this week it’s been great w… Read more →

Joining SIS at Hull

In December I interviewed and was a successful applicant to become a member of the SIS (Student Information System) Transition Software Tester Team at the University. I joined the SIS team at Hull to gain industry experience working with delivering a large project which is evolving. I also wanted experience working in both testing and live environments and prepare me for working in the future, as… Read more →

Banking on future technologies

Time for one last post of 2017! Happy New Year I joined Monzo, a challenger bank in September as a better way to manage my money when moving to University and to allow me to be able to track my spending to see where and when my money was going. My initial money management plan for the first week was keeping a pile of receipts and just paying for everything using my Santander Student Account; this… Read more →

Hello, again

It’s been a while, 88 days to be exact (that’s scary). A lot has changed; namely the fact I’m now living across the country, after a stressful few August weeks I’m now studying Computer Science at the University of Hull, in the UK’s City of Culture 2017. It’s been a big move, and pretty weird to be honest, but exciting to discover somewhere new. The course is pretty interesting, in semester one we… Read more →

How does online location work?

What is geolocation Locating devices online can be done in a variety of ways, one of the most popular ways for this is by using IP address. You can check your own IP here and get quite sinisterly close in some instances to your home address. IP geolocation works by somebody looking up what your IP address is and comparing it to an official database of who holds which IPs, service providers who hol… Read more →

What happens to old phone numbers?

An interesting question of logistics, is that of phone numbers and how they’re handled in the UK, how’re they managed and what problems does increased connectivity bring? Context In the UK SIM cards are not per region, all mobile numbers are in the form 07XXX XXXXXX, whereas in North America they are per-area, in the UK whether you’re in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Island your phone numbe… Read more →

Telematics - good or bad?

Telemetry car insurance is on the rise in the UK, it’s the only way for a teen to get policyholder insurance without paying an insane amount of money. These policies can really work in your favour by rewarding non-extreme driving habits with reductions in future premiums or money back quarterly. These policies can really work in your favour by rewarding non-extreme driving habits with reductions i… Read more →

How 'smart' are smart meters?

Smart Meters are proposed to be offered or installed in every UK home and business by 2020. This post is based towards the technical challenges and consequences of smart meters as opposed to the generic advantages the providers give, looking at how they network and what happens to their data. Generally with Smart Meters Advantages Disadvantages No manual readings needed Have security vulnerabiliti… Read more →