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UPDATE: My new book, "Data Push Apps with HTML5 SSE" is out and selling! Get it from O'Reilly here: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920030928.do Or from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1449371930 Or from any good bookseller.


I'm director at QQ Trends, a company that solves difficult data and software challenges for our clients. (We often have freelance projects, so get in touch if interested.)

UPDATE: currently looking for a part-time CSS/JS programmer. 理想は東京所在、日本語が読める方。Interesting project(s), you will definitely learn something.

(And, of course, please do get in touch if you have interesting challenges that you would like our world-class experts to work on!)

Typical work: doing fun stuff with data (fixing, mining, etc.), web sites (front and back-ends), trading strategies. Research: trading strategies, computer go, machine translation, understanding context, AI search algorithms. Languages: C++, PHP, R, javascript, and many more.

I'm British, living and working in Tokyo for almost 20 years. Human Languages: English, Japanese (fairly fluent, 1 kyu), some German, Chinese and Arabic.

(Contact me at dc at qqtrend dot com: please mention you are coming from StackOverflow, so I know it is not spam.)


Easy ways to irritate me on StackExchange sites (whether my own question or someone else's): 1. Downvote without a comment (N/A/ if someone already left a comment and you just agree with it, of course); 2. Answer in comments. Other than that I'm a really easy-going pragmatic guy :-)


Jun
7
comment How to move a Windows instance to a different EC2 data centre?
Thanks @MattHouser, it worked!! See also stackoverflow.com/a/6379272/841830 for more details on how to do that.
May
21
comment Setup ubuntu server to send mail()
@Panique I don't have the quotes on my installations. The manual just says you "can" use quotes, not that you must. However they should do no harm, and maybe it matters on some PHP versions, so I just updated the answer to include them. Thanks.
Feb
21
comment Setup ubuntu server to send mail()
@razzed Thanks, I updated the answer.
Dec
24
comment How to move a Windows instance to a different EC2 data centre?
Thanks for the idea. No, I've not tried, but I'd be delighted to hear from someone who has done it with Windows and, say, blogged about it. Fortunately the need to setup Windows machines doesn't come round that often for me, so it might be a few months before I personally get chance to try it.
Dec
22
comment How to move a Windows instance to a different EC2 data centre?
Thanks, that does look useful for copying linux images to another region. (See my answer regarding Windows: Amazon explicitly say you cannot launch a copied AMI.)
Dec
12
comment How to move a Windows instance to a different EC2 data centre?
This open source project appears to have scripts to move snapshots between regions, and even Windows AMIs. rubyforge.org/projects/cloudyscripts (I'm just posting this as a comment, as I've not personally tried it, and from my shallow look it seems a bit hacky/fragile.)
Jun
29
comment s3cmd fails too many times
I followed instructions at s3tools.org/repositories#note-deb but it didn't help. (However s3cmd --version tells me 1.0.0, not 1.0.1, so that minor version number might be important; this is on ubuntu 11.04)
Jun
29
comment s3cmd fails too many times
Thanks. I had same problem. Clock looked right, and I could upload small files, so I don't think it was the other suggestions. However aws worked perfectly.