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  • Golang - Properly Using a Pointer

    Author: Henry Ayres

    It is no secret that my background is 20 years of web scripting using ASP, PHP, Perl, Javascript and others. So moving into software development using golang was going to be a learning curve in some areas.

    I knew about pointers from C and C++ and other compiled 3gl. But I never really understood or used them.

    Taking over the management of a code base that extensively uses pointers was a chance to learn what it was all about. However, it was not until I got to the point where I had to write my own code the penny really...
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  • Better broadband throughout your home

    Author: Henry Ayres

    A conversation sprung up via a whats app group today caused by the news that finally we may get fiber to the cabernet and thus better broad band.

    However, the crux of the conversation was not about the speed of the Broadband to the house, it was about how much juice it loses between the router and the device in the home.

    In my old home, a 3 bed 1930’s council built semi in the middle of rural Oxfordshire we had little problem with the wifi signal at the farthest point away in the house. I guess it help that...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 27 - Southern Ocean Duel.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    After this weeks amazing Southern Ocean video footage and lead swapping between Armel Le Cléac’h and Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss here is my take on what is going on deep in the south.

    The video footage from the French Navy Helicopter was exceptional. As a sailing fan we have never really seen this sort of deep Southern ocean footage. And more interestingly it told a story of this race. Le Cleac’h video appeared first in it we see the boat powering along at a steady and good pace on port tack. At this point Le Cleac’h was...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 22 - A close race.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss has slipped into second after a day of sailing on a more close hauled course along the virtual ice wall. With the boats still on port tack and quite close to the wind Boss has been struggling with its broken foil. Armel Le Cléac’h has eked out a 30 mile lead but as the Ice Wall retreats south and the wind clocks round toward the west north west Thomson is holding the deficit at just that distance as the wind starts to build and broaden the point of sail.

    These two sailors are...
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  • Vendee Globe 2016 Day 20 - Match Race.

    Author: Henry Ayres

    On the brink of week 4 and after having the same leader for the past few weeks Alex Thomson’s briefly allowed Armel Le Cléac’h into the lead before stealing it straight back.

    With his lead of 100nm being gradually eaten away by Le Cléac’h Thomson has been waiting in the lighter winds to gybe onto starboard so he can get his intact port foil working.

    The two boats are now engaged in a close match race as they enter the Indian Ocean and week 4 of the Vendee Globe. Down at 42° they have for the first...
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