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How We Programmed in the Olden Days

No compiler, no assembler. My first commercial project was done with a hex editor and pencil and paper.

Updated: 2016-08-22   Views: 4882

The Graphic Adventure Creator

Back in 1985, text adventures were all the rage, and I wrote a program called the Graphic Adventure Creator to help people make them. This is a retro game archaeologist's guide to the code.

Updated: 2016-08-22   Views: 1399

Response to NHS England Mandate Consultation 2016-17

The government very quietly launched a consultation on the future of the NHS in October 2015, entitled "Setting the mandate to NHS England for 2016 to 2017". It asked five questions on the proposed objectives for the NHS for the next 5 years. Here are my answers.

Updated: 2015-11-20   Views: 2260

Questioning the Council

After the removal of signboards in Godalming and Farncombe, I decided to go along to the Waverley Council meeting and ask them to show their working.

Updated: 2015-02-18   Views: 3146

Skype 7.0 - A new entry for the User Interface Hall of Shame?

Recently, Skype beta-tested a new user interface in version 6.22, and tweaked it for the official release of 7.0. For many Skype users, it's a step too far. Is this just a knee-jerk reaction, or is there something deeper to the response?

Updated: 2015-01-08   Views: 7604

Saatchi Bill Consultation Response

The Medical Innovation Bill, otherwise known as the Saatchi Bill after its proposer, is a bill which seeks to introduce more freedom for doctors to innovate. Important advance, or Quacks' Charter?

Updated: 2014-04-26   Views: 4319

The CHNC and the ASA

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council are lobbying for a lower bar of evidence for claims made in advertising by the members. How is this consistent with their remit of protecting the public?

Updated: 2013-09-26   Views: 4987

CNHC Consultation

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) are running a consultation on their code of conduct. Here are my responses.

Updated: 2013-07-15   Views: 4662

BBC Breakfast Coverage of NHS Reforms

On the morning of 2 April 2013, the day after the new rules for NHS commissioning were introduced, the BBC gave them three and a half minutes, the longest report I have seen so far. Here is an email that I sent to Newswatch about the woeful coverage of the NHS reforms.

Updated: 2013-04-02   Views: 4456

Typing errors as a diagnostic tool

Can typing errors tell us about neurological disorders?

Updated: 2012-11-29   Views: 4557