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AirBnB Preprocessing

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Before I was able to start on the application of Dispersive Flies Optimisation to the AirBnB data, it occured to me that while I could use the information as it was, things would be much simpler further down the line if I was to process the data I needed (namely the amenities field) into fields of their own with boolean 0,1 values, than it would be to parse the amenities field each time a fitness check was performed. It should probably be noted early that DFO is intended for search with high dimensionality, My search is likely only going to use a few dimensions and it’s entirely possible that a more conventional search algorithm would perform better.

Automated Documentation Generator – Autodex?

Posted on September 19th, 2016

Have you ever read a book and walked away inspired? I found myself reading The Pragmatic Programmer at a friend’s reccomendation. A book full of interesting ideas and advice. In particular, a suggestion of programatically generating documentation struck me as a thing I would find useful. Because let’s admit it, sometimes we forget things about functions, objects, etc. I shall call it, Autodex! Because things need names.

Repurposed CS24-SC – Home Server

Posted on July 21st, 2016

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This is a Dell CS24-SC server, originally created for Facebook’s data centres in the US; or at least what remains one. The listing described the unit as faulty when tested, and included a pair of Xeon E5430 2.66Ghz CPU’s, but no ram or hard drvies. The  lister described it as “Will power on, but won’t start.” At £27 including postage, I figured I’d take the gamble. Suitable RAM was another £10, and everything else was at hand. What follows is an overview of my quest to repair it, and set it up as an upgrade to my underpowered home server.

Problem the First

Analysis: Yep. Definately broken. The problem: No CPU’s.

A Link Aggregator to Kill my Bookmarks Folder

Posted on September 26th, 2015

What is a Link Aggregator?

A link aggregator is an application that collects and stores links to websites. Both Reddit and the bookmarking feature of your browser are excellent examples of this.

Link aggregator screenshot

Have you ever found interesting articles online while you’re out and about? Well I have, and I’m willing to bet that reading those beefier articles on a mobile device is difficult. You feel a need to save those links for later, but what are the chanced you’ll actually remember remember to? Reading list apps tend to be a bit clunky, and bookmark syncing with a browser like Chrome simply doesn’t work in the way I – personally – want it to.

The easiest solution? Build my own solution of course!