Neil Hopcroft

A digital misfit

Count on me

Another piece of art at the Pompidou Centre was a Fibonacci Series. This was the second outing for my camera and I hadn’t worked out how to use it. This picture got me chased around the museum by an angry custodian who didn’t like the flash. Indeed, it would probably have been a better picture […]

“I’d love to stay but I got no time”

Keith, you plonker, what were you thinking? It’s so easy to question. It’s so easy to say that you should have stuck around. Let me say this: Thank you for hanging in there for as long as you did. I was never a part of your jilted generation but your energy leaked out into my […]

Flatpack heaven

Friday midday my Ikea delivery arrived, with 15 boxes of flat pack furniture. Some 30 hours later all boxes have their contents built and ready for use, my thumbs and knees are sore, and we have destinations for the contents of more boxes. The unpacking is progressing, all the easy wins have been done, its […]

She said “Don’t go dark on me again”

Some years ago I shared a house with a number of people – it was a large terraced house opposite the Roman Catholic cathedral in Northampton. One of our housemates there returned to her native France where three of us would visit her. Mostly we’d pile into Daves company car and he’d drive us there. […]

All these moments will be lost in time

On my thirtieth birthday, I met with a number of friends in London. I was, then, as now, not very organised and didn’t have a plan. We dithered and tried to find a restaurant in Leicester Square that could seat us all. So we ended up in Wong Kei in China Town. It wasn’t what […]

Resurrecting the octave build

My AWS heavy utilisation instance expired some time ago so I brought down the build server. Now I have a replacement, albeit local network only, running on a Synology NAS. By default these boxes don’t come with a compiler installed (!?) , so I have had to install Entware, which puts everything in /opt/, nice […]

Pattern reconstruction

After something of a hiatus here, I’m going to make a bit of a transition. My time has now become significantly limited, so I can no longer maintain the Octave build system I was working on – it has been archived and I may resurrect it at some point in the future, but for now […]

Adding project of-civil

The civil package does not contain a src/ directory and can be directly installed. This package appears to install correctly but is not found when described – looking in the DESCRIPTION file, the package name is civil-engineering, not civil. Fixed in build #4.

Adding project of-zeromq

The zeromq package has no dependencies. It has a src/ directory containing a bootstrap script. It requires the zeromq library. Fixed in build #4.

Adding project of-netcdf

The netcdf package has no dependencies. The package has a src/ directory containing to create a configure script.