Archive | December, 2012

17 December 2012

Braille in National Aquatic Centre lifts

I was wondering about the Braille signs in the lifts at Dublin's National Aquatic Centre, and it turns out they are in German (courtesy of the Wikipedia entries on German braille and Braille patterns in Unicode): Open doors ⠞⠳⠗⠀⠡⠋ Tür auf Close doors ⠞⠳⠗⠀⠵⠥ Tür zu Alarm ⠝⠕⠞⠗⠥⠋ Notruf Curious. See also this xkcd (thanks […]

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17 December 2012

Raspberry Pi, Squeezebox, phone line

Motivation Long ago, I built a circuit which enabled a PC to monitor the phone line, and control the music system in our old house. Whenever somebody rang, it would pause the music, and announce the caller using voice synthesis. It was cool. Details are on a pre-blog page. Alas, when we moved house, the […]

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11 December 2012

UK government consultation on Open Standards

Back in June, I submitted a response (also as pp.35--39 of a PDF on the Cabinet Office's site) to the UK's consultation on open standards in government. Today I received an email notifying me of the conclusions to this process. I have read through the UK government's 'Principles' document, and the following snippets are quite […]

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