periodic posts and projects

Hey Siri, Have I Been Pwned?

Oct 22, 2018

I’m full of admiration for the work Troy Hunt does in the security space and especially his incredibly popular and useful service Have I Been Pwned?

We use it frequently at work as part of our pro-active approach to Information Security and encourage all of our employees to use it in their personal lives too.

But I’m someone who likes just a little less friction in my life, so with the introduction of Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12 it seemed an ideal opportunity to create a shortcut that asks Siri “Have I Been Pwned?".

Incredibly grateful to Troy for giving it a shout out, it can be downloaded from here.

Words on the Street - A Medium Publication

Jul 25, 2016

Inspired by the colours that the great Saul Leiter1 captured on the streets of New York, Street Photography is a personal passion of mine and my release from the day to day.

Social media has helped me uncover a wealth of new and talented fellow street photographers who’s work I really enjoy and as a consequence of that, I wanted to find out more about them.

That led me to create a Medium Publication called Words on the Street, it’s aim being to understanding how they too got in to the genre, how they work and what inspires them.

It’s a personal project at heart but one that I hope others will find interesting too as they go on their own street photography journey.

  1. I recommend looking in to Saul Leiter’s amazing catalogue of work here. ↩︎

ISSWatch for Pebble

Feb 22, 2014

The Pebble Watch is an amazing device with so much potential.

Being able to access useful information on your wrist without having to pull your phone out of your pocket fills me with excitement for the future of wearables.

Since purchasing my own Pebble on Kickstarter I’ve been playing around in it’s development environment and sprung upon an idea that I thought would be incredibly useful, hence ISSWatch was born.

ISSWatch is a Pebble App that informs you of the upcoming passover times of the International Space Station (ISS).

The App uses the JavaScript API and although v1.0 is fairly basic in functionality right now, it’s still functional and useful. It uses GPS to determine your current location and then presents you with the next 5 overhead passes of the Space Station.

I’m planning to add some additional functionality going forward, such as only showing visible passes, the length of time of the pass and integrating with weather services so you know if there’ll be clear skies overhead.

You can download ISSWatch from the Pebble App Store.