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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I made an iPlayer radio thing

The BBC iPlayer radio app is going to stop working in January on iOS7. I understand the overhead in supporting multiple platforms, so I'm not going to complain about that. The iPlayer will still be available on the web though.

I general listen to iPlayer radio while I'm washing up, which is around 6:30-7:30. I generally miss the start of the Radio 4 6:30 comedy slot, so I often listen to the previous working day's programme instead. In order to speed navigation to the previous day (or the one before that) I've made this page which will take you to the evening schedule for 1, 2, 3, or 7 days in the past. Enjoy.

iPlayer Radio 4 on previous days

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My decade on Twitter

Inspired by Jeremy Keith's post A decade on Twitter, I'm doing my own. My first tweet was in July 2006, with a 4 digit id, but so much less interesting than Keith's:

Since then I've gained a large proportion of spam followers, many of them seemingly from Turkey, for no reason I can discern. I've seen what felt like a clubhouse turn into a commercial establishment, with adverts all over the place. I understand that it takes money to run, but after it ran with for many years at the start without adverts, they seem to have taken over relatively quickly. Part of it is the fact that I no longer regularly monitor my two lists ("work" and "play") which have all those I follow on them. As lists don't seem to have adverts the switch to the Twitter app brought a lot more to my attention.

See also, written 7 years ago, Twitter is big, which has subtle boasting about my early adopter status, and also when I heard it mentioned on radio. Another thing I remember from the early days, is when people were saying "there's a real celebrity on here - Wil Wheaton". It was such a geeky thing that we were surprised that someone famous would want to use it. Hard to imagine now, eh?