Here's everything I've written throughout February 2019.


Charles Proxy on the App Store PP

Charles Proxy for iOS lets you capture and inspect network requests and responses on your iOS device. You can view metadata, headers and bodies in the app, so you can finally debug your app’s networking issues without a computer.

I had no idea Charles was available on iOS until today. This is an indispensable tool if you’re in the ICT security sector or an application developer, for sure.

15 February, 2019

Amazon’s Echo Input PP

Ever since Amazon refreshed the Echo Dot with an integrated speaker, I wondered if they’d bring out anything else – at a lower cost – for people wishing to utilise their own sound system.

Wonder no more. Amazon’s Echo Input is now available for £19.99. This screams ‘impulse purchase’ and I bet that’s not accidental either.

06 February, 2019

Home Assistant 0.86 is here, with Lovelace PP

With this week’s release of Home Assistant, the new and vastly improved ‘Lovelace’ user interface has become the de-facto standard for new deployments. It’s a huge improvement over what came before it, though support hasn’t gone away just yet.

New users to the platform will find it easier to get onboard too, as views and cards can be managed visually rather than directly in YAML. (It’s still possible to override and script via a YAML file, which I’m doing). As always, the update comes with a smattering of bug fixes and new integrations too. Check out the official blog post for the juicy details.

You can check out the Home Assistant demo if you’d like to get a taste for the new interface, or to learn about Home Assistant. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this release what it is.

01 February, 2019

Doctor Who: Scratchman PP

In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost forty years in the making.

This is a brand new novel starring the Fourth Doctor, Sarah-Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan, written by Tom Baker himself. What’s not to love?

01 February, 2019