Cantapps…

There are a disproportionately large number of Android apps specific to Cambridge1 – if you live, work in, study in or studied in Cambridge, you may find some of the apps below, which I hereby recommend, useful. This is by no means a finite list – from time to time I may highlight more, so follow on Twitter, use the RSS feed or visit regularly.

Before I leave you to read about the apps, I’d like to point out this enlightening Cambridge-related website, tracking house prices in the city. Currently, it demonstrates the crippling situation for people who don’t already own property and/or who lack large sums of money – the prices and trends in Cambridge make property prices in the rest of the UK (in which it is still very difficult to buy property) look almost pleasant. I wish they’d sort out the supply problem both locally and nationally.

Finally, don’t forget The Boat Race next weekend!

Live Cambridge Poster

Some apps can be found by simply keeping your eyes open


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  1. The title is cheesy, isn’t it? A fusion of Cantab/Cantabits, apps and tap (as in the verb). I also wanted to get Camdroid (Cambridge + Android) in somewhere. Now I have, I suppose. []

Interrupting programmers…

I don’t often post much directly about computer science for a number of reasons – such posts tend to be particularly involved and are scientific in nature.1 It’s also good practice to avoid anything related to confidential knowledge I possess. I have repeatedly attempted to write a post about LocaMsg (and, indeed, related subsequent projects such as Chirp) but such posts seem endless with my considerable knowledge of the area, and I suspend work on them2.

Finally I have something to share of interest to people who write software or work with those who do. Programmer Interrupted is a brief and academic meta Computer Science blog post about how programmers work, how they anticipate and recover from interruptions and types of memory that become heavily burdened during programming (as well as aids for memory recovery after an interruption). I find the post particularly interesting though, as implied by the “Future” section, there’s a good deal more research that should be done in the area. I was amused to find that I’ve developed (or, more likely, inadvertently picked up) the memory-aid techniques detailed. I can’t help but wonder if it makes economic sense for the larger programmer-heavy organisations to invest in their own private research to increase the productivity of their staff.


  1. Unlike my music posts, for example, where I stick to opinions and relating pieces of music rather than dissecting them more scientifically. []
  2. However, hopefully you’ll have noticed that I did recently seize the opportunity provided by interesting new features in the HTC One to briefly talk about LocaMsg. []

Website of the month, March 2013…

The website of the month for March 2013 is the Cambridge Past, Present and Future section of Ian Kitching’s website. While it is very basic it is full, predictably, of interesting information about Cambridge’s past and present as well as developments that were once in the future (the website doesn’t look like it’s kept up-to-date anymore). One particularly interesting part, for example, is the section on the Kite area of Cambridge which has since been virtually replaced with The Grafton Centre (increasingly often simply “The Grafton”).

Speaking of The Grafton Centre, I’ve always wondered about the naming of it. It would seem likely that it could ultimately trace its name back to Grafton Street, Dublin, in a similar way to Fitzwilliam College ultimately being named after Richard FitzWilliam (responsible, amusingly, for Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin – coincidence!?). Does anyone know for sure?