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Passengers (2016) Review

Passengers it the space travel Sci-Fi thriller. The trailer of the film is exciting without giving too much away. It is well presented and the cast is strong with the very recognizable stars Jennifer Lawrence who starred in The Hunger Games and Laurence Fishburne who starred in The Matrix.

For the love of... Javascript!!? (or nostalgic musings of a polyglot)

Javascript. I wouldn't have thought that a language that pretty much threw out all of the rules of good language design would come to occupy a place in my heart, standing with the likes of romances with C++. But then we do live in strange times. I started my career like many other computer programmers of my time in the C/C++ era. I mastered my pointers. I mastered pointers to pointers. I mastered pointers to arrays. I mastered pointers to arrays of pointers. How many stars is that, f***? But then the world changed.

Best Apps for Note Taking and Sketching for Galaxy Note S-Pen Users

I recently acquired a Galaxy Note 5. This is a brilliant phone if you can manage with its size and once you get to know all its features. The Note series of phones and tablets come with a pressure sensitive stylus, S-Pen. I gave the Google App Store a thorough search for some of the best apps that work with the S-Pen and utilise its features. I take a look at some of the keepers.

Nook HD - The Gold Diggers Tablet

If you haven't received or picked up a tablet computer this year during christmas I'd be very very surprised. There are so many of them around and many can be had for under £100, which is a seriously good deal. The Nook HD has a very compelling spec, great fan base and can be had for under £80, or even less if you are willing to look for deals.

Understanding Auto ISO on the Fuji X100

The Auto ISO setting on the Fuji X100 had me confused the first time I used it. Initially my reaction was, this can't be right. Since, I have read many forum posts asking for a better explanation on how it works and why it does what it does, but I failed to locate a clear explanation. After much thought, I finally figured out the logic behind Auto ISO used by the X100. I assume the X100S works similarly.

The Supercomputer Era

Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, these are some individuals who have suddenly splashed across the pages of newspapers and TV screens. These seemingly ordinary people have upset powerful governments and are now being branded as traitors. But I believe they foretell the dawn of a new era, an era of supercomputing. These individuals are the some of the first to reach the crossroads and point out to us how dangerous this era could be.

Getting to Grips with Installing, Updating and Programming LEGO Mindstorms NXT Kits

There is so much noise around LEGO Mindstorms on the web with enthusiasts and universities all attempting to do the NeXT big thing that it is hard for kids wanting to do more with their Mindstorms kit to figure out what is happening.There are three different Mindstorms kits and on top of this there is a plethora of tools for programming, different versions of NXT firmware and NXT software. This article aims to provide concise information and resources to budding Mindstormers.

Designing complex webapps in the real world

A "webapp" short for web application is a computer application that works over the internet in the Internet browser. It does not require installation of any software except for the Internet browser itself. Web applications are a relatively new concept. There are some popular webapps around, the most well known are perhaps Facebook and Flickr and lesser known Trello. The success of these webapps has prompted some companies to attempt to convert their traditional client only or client-server applications into webapps. But writing webapps can be far more challenging than writing traditional client only or client-server applications. So before you start take a look at these gotchas and ensure you are well prepared for them.