Hi! I'm a technologist from London, UK. I do consultancy and contracting through my firm Archaeopteryx. This is my personal site, which hosts a combination of blogs, personal projects, and articles about interesting things that I've been up to at work.  

Learning Languages through Text Adventure Programming

Submitted by Ben on Fri, 09/02/2016 - 08:39

I love a good text adventure. Some of the first games I played were early 8-bit texties. Like radio vs. television, the pictures were a lot better, even when they consisted of early vector-built forests as well as whatever my imagination could conjure up. When I started programming, the first thing I wrote was a text adventure, and to this day, I think that the best way to get to grips with a new computer language is to do exactly that.

Sprucing Up my BBC Master

Submitted by Ben on Thu, 09/01/2016 - 21:50

We've been in our new house for a few months now, so it's high time that I made use of my study room and started doing some retrocomputing! My BBC Master which was packed away as a result of space concerns has been pulled out of storage, but is in need of some serious sprucing up. Thankfully, RetroClinic are on hand to help! With that in mind, I'll be doing the following to it....

Riker, As a Service

Submitted by Ben on Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:31

Just like every other sane person on the face of the Earth, I'm a big fan of Commander Riker, from Star Trek. Since the release of the utterly brilliant "Riker Ipsum", I've been using it for Ipsum text generation on a fairly regular basis. But I needed more. I needed a service which would give me a RESTful Riker on demand, to generate regular sample dialogue excerpts as required. Well, here it is.

Getting "Yellow River Kingdom" Working on RISC OS Pico

Submitted by Ben on Fri, 01/01/2016 - 15:59
I recently got my copy of RISC OS Pico, and the very first thing that I wanted to try was running some software from the BBC Welcome Disc. Now, my favourite item on there was a game called Yellow River Kingdom. You are in charge of a village, and each turn involves allocating resources to defence, farming, and so on. Your population withers or flourishes as a result.