Modern cars have between 50-100 ’embedded devices’, small computers controlling just about everything. Just like bigger computers they can be hacked or infected with malware. How big a problem is it? Car Hacking.
VeryParticular deals with arguments about where particulate pollution comes from and whether or not hybrids and electric vehicles are as bad as has been suggested in some publications.
UsedEVs is a look at the rapidly developing market in secondhand Electric Vehicles.
Back to business, we’ve finished moving stuff and got the house sorted. The office is functional the server is running and online, I got my accounts sorted in time for HMRC deadline day and I’ve no excuse for not touting for more work. But first, need to post some recent samples from Diesel Car magazine.
I’ve blogged about ownCloud before, and written a couple of features about it for MM. Unlike a lot of software that I’ve installed, tested, written about then forgotten, ownCloud is in regular use.
My entire /home/phil directory is synced to an ownCloud server, which is just an old Athlon 3500+ desktop sat in my office, and I can access it from anywhere with an internet connection. It’s so convenient I’ve installed the client on my wife’s PC and use a folder we can both access for simple file transfers between our machines. Changes are afoot though some falling out between the majority of ownCloud devs and the management of the ownCloud company which markets the supported commercial version has led to the majority of devs leaving.
Being open source of course they left with a full copy of the source code which they have forked to create Nextcloud, and have just put out their first release with instructions for upgrading from ownCloud.
We’re moving house soon (-ish subject to lawyers) so the server and network is all going to be packed away. Once we’re settled I think I’ll stick a new disk in the server and install Nextcloud from scratch, and do it right this time using MySQL rather than the default SQLite.
We’re selling up and moving house so I went round and took some photos of the garden looking at it’s best. (Click to enlarge)
Snowden to the un-initiated. Went up (on foot) for the first time in many years yesterday. Legs a bit sore today but it was worth it. Photos here.
No blogging and not much paid work recently, I’ve been too busy making playhouses for grandchildren. delivering #2 tomorrow then Monday I start pitching and researching in earnest.
Nice to see ‘ghost blogs’ I wrote months ago still coming out about once a week, they’ll run out soon and commission some more…
I’m not paranoid, nor a conspiracy theorist, but I do like my privacy. I choose what goes on my website and it’s all business stuff, family life is off limits. Big business doesn’t work like that, they want to know as much as possible about everyone because they think it makes it easier to sell things to us. Google is way out in front on this, so I’ve decided to opt out of all things Google, no more Gmail, Google+, Docs, Maps or Play. Read the full story here.
March edition of Contributoria is out with a piece from me about biofuels.
Working on a piece for Contributoria about the role Biofuels might play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport, and just discovered they’ve accepted another proposal about escaping from Google’s clutches.