Why you shouldn’t drive slowly in the outside lane

If you drive on the correct side of the road like people in Ireland and a few other enlightened countries do, the outside lane is the right hand lane. The rest of the world bizarrely drives on the other side so they should avoid the left lane. 😉

As the AA says, there’s no such thing as the “fast lane”.

There’s no such thing as a ‘fast lane’ on a motorway. Traffic should always cruise in the left hand lane. The right hand lane is for overtaking other vehicles; it’s also used when approaching a slip road in order to let traffic join the motorway from the left. On a three-lane or multi-lane motorway the same rules apply. Keep to the left as much as possible. Traffic should never be in the right-hand lane on motorways if the left hand lane is clear.

For the love of Vim

A contributor to the Hackaday blog has a good old rant about how Vim is superior to Emacs. 

Of course it is (a silly argument), but he manages to give a quick overview of Vim and describes a few neat tricks beginners will find useful!

And after writing the text above I realised that there are going to be people reading this who have absolutely no idea what either Vim or Emacs are! They’re text editors, and they have passionate users. Yeah, that includes me too. 🙂

Split screen on your phone

thread on Reddit asked what you use the new split screen functionality in Android Nougat for. Apparently people use it to browse Reddit and watch YouTube at the same time. 

Samsung Android phones have had this functionality for a while but I rarely use it however I decided to try this, and it works fairly well!

‘course I don’t know how you can concentrate on something else and watch a video at the same time..

Hey! It even works with the WordPress app! 

I guess it would be useful for picking out quotes from articles, and it would save lots of tapping on the multitasking button to change apps when copying text.

Have you used the split screen feature of your phone if it has it?

Behind the scenes of a C64 demo

I’ve only watched twenty minutes of this presentation but I’m blown away already. Up to about 15 minutes and a bit I was familiar with what he was talking about but then he got to the part about abusing the stack (neat way of saving cycles), and the jitter counter. That counter is insanely clever. I used to add small loops to wait for the right cycle or raster point in my demos.

I’m looking forward to watching the rest!

Photography all at sea

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So, either the GPS was completely wrong, I’m a stronger swimmer than I let on to be, or I was travelling on the car ferry between Rosslare and Fishguard.

Yes, we’re just back from Wales after a marvellous holiday. The weather wasn’t always that great (it’s exactly the same as Irish weather), but the people were friendly, the food was (mostly) great and the scenery was stunning. You might see a photo or two appear on my photoblog in the near future!