26 September 2013, by Rich Bradley
The traffic lights I converted to monitor our Continuous Integration builds have been poorly for a bit, but I finally made some time to fix them up.
There were three main issues which needed addressing: a blown lamp holder, an aging relay board and a lack of suitable housing.
16 September 2013, by Rich Bradley
The Softwire Morale Virtual Reality club got started recently with the arrival of our Oculus Rift VR headset. I set it up during a “Pizza and Programming” evening at the office, and then held an open demo one lunchtime for people in the office to have a go.
8 July 2012, by Rich Bradley
When your program doesn’t work as you expected, it is often tempting to blame a bug in the framework. Over the years, I have come to regard these claims with extreme suspicion. I have seen apparent “framework” bugs turn out to be programming mistakes hundreds of times. However, when the JVM crashed in some java-only string manipulation code (or gave different answers on different runs with the same input), I realised I had stumbled upon a real Java bug.
24 November 2011, by Rich Bradley
Mapumental make pretty pictures showing travel times to various places by public transport. Here’s one for the Softwire offices (click for full-sized version):