Python JSON Tutorial

The JSON module is part of the Python standard library and provides an easy to use way of dealing with JSON data types. This tutorial servers as a basic introduction to this very useful module. Python to JSON table The first place to start is the Python to JSON table (defined in the documentation) which […]

2016 Year in Review

Another year has gone by and what a year! I don’t think 2016 will be missed by many people, a lot of well known celebrities have sadly passed on and a number of events have left people feeling concerned about what the future holds. I won’t even pretend to be able to comment accurately on […]

The Sound of Alexa

A fortnight ago I was lucky enough to attend the amazing HackSheffield and I can honestly say it was fantastic! Everyone had brilliant ideas and watching the presentations at the end was great fun, so much creativity! Some of the apps that were developed made use of Alexa and the Echo which Amazon brought for […]

AWS Lambda and DynamoDB

Introduction AWS Lambda allows you to write code without having to worry about provisioning and maintaining servers. You simply create an Lambda function, upload your code and it’s run whenever the relevant event is triggered. DynamoDB is a NoSql Database Amazon provide for easy integration with your Cloud solution. DynamoDB spreads data and traffic over […]

Pathfinder: The beginning

Recently I purchased the Pathfinder Beginner Box to run a campaign with some friends, I won’t spoil the contents of the Beginner Box but I would recommend giving it a try if you fancy stepping in to ‘pen and paper’ roleplaying. The simplified rules and clear instructions make it very accessible! Instead I’m going to […]

Backing Up

Recently I needed to back up one of my Linux machines as I was planning to upgrade the version of Fedora I had installed. In the past I had used the inbuilt backup tool, but with mixed results. Annoyingly one backup was unreadable after I had reinstalled so I was unable to restore my files. […]

Cyborg Justice!

Recently I found myself thinking about an older game, one that I’d not played quite some time, it was called Cyborg Justice and while it wasn’t the prettiest game it was possibly one of the most fun games I ever played on the Mega Drive. It’s not the best of starts for your unlucky character […]

Fallout 4: A wicked combination

As I’ve been playing a fair bit of Fallout 4 recently, I thought I’d share a nasty combination that I’ve been using. Warning! This contains some spoilers! So the first thing you need is, the Righteous Authority, I play a sneaky sniper in Fallout games, so I’ve modded it with all the mods that increase […]

Lambda Expressions in Java 1.8

Java 1.8 brings many new features, among them is the ability to use Lambda Expressions or just lambdas but unless you’ve used them beforeĀ  it’s not clear what benefit they may offer. This post goes through a simple use case to highlight when a lambda bit be useful. Let’s start with a simple user object, […]