Wednesday, 29 June 2016

On failure

Simon Brown
I have failed.
Failed to protect my family from Simon Brown of skignz Limited.
His one and only talent is his ability to be totally plausible when lying and I was too late in seeing it.
He has stolen my business, stolen my ideas, stolen my possessions ... but worst of all is what he gave me. He gave me the knowledge that I could not protect the most vulnerable member of my family from a man who is totally morally bankrupt. A man without honour.
I have failed.
Let this be a warning to anyone who deals with this man.
His lies will convince you, his affability charm you .. but he is hollow. No creativity, a fragile ego, a misogynist, a bully, a pretend man. A human simulacrum. Be wary.
I have failed.
My future has been ripped from me.
My widow will condemn my action as cowardly.
So be it.
I have failed.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Geolocated Augmented Reality POI Project Proposal

Does a Geolocated Augmented Reality Points Of Interest  project interest you?
If you're a coder, artist  or VSI (Very Shrewd Investor) .. read on:

Putting the world's information around you.

  • What is a geolocated augmented reality system?
    • Data points are places around the planet which can be seen via a mobile app's camera.
    • Take a look at this old blog post of mine which describes a similar system I invented some years ago which I'm no longer participating in.
  • This very early stage new system:
    • Needs investment.
    • Needs a name.
    • Will be free for anyone to use
    • The data points represent real, interesting hyper-local information
      • My favourite example is Stonehenge: Imagine standing near the monument, looking around through the screen of your mobile and seeing signs floating in the air marking where certain objects are found or located. Touch this signage on your screen get in depth information.
        • Or, look through the screen and see a reconstructed 3D object of the henge you could walk around and through.
      • The system would be excellent for teaching shool children about points of interest in their local areas.
      • Tourists would be enthralled by it.
      • Geocachers would flock to it.
      • Local businesses could profit by it.
      • I have lots of ideas, probably too many.
    • There are 5 distinct parts, 4 areas for coders:
      • The web app and database (php, html etc - I think this may be covered)
        • website
        • database
        • api entry
      • The iOS app (Objectve-c / Swift)
        • mobile viewer
        • SDK
      • The Android app (Java)
        • mobile viewer
        • SDK
      • The Windows Phone app (c#)
        • mobile viewer
        • SDK
      • A Geocoder: 'Content is king' however so we'll need someone to organise contacting organisations so we or they can geocode points of interest.
If you're worried about how long it would take from scratch, the web-site and initial database can be ready in 1 month.
From previous experience I know each app can also be developed in 30 days.

If you're interested in pursuing this and would like to join the initial discussion please contact me via twitter @garybak or on LinkedIn

I have the distinct advantage of having built and promoted something similar before and have learned a lot from my mistakes.

Let's have some fun and make some money.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Is Social Media Promoting Isolation Among Our Children?

My argument is, no. The opposite.


 The ancient humans that came out of Africa were used to living in close-knit communities where a neighbour was seldom more than a glance away. Tribal communities across the world show how children are within easy reach of each other; congregating continually to play, explore, learn and even sleep. Transport systems mean families no longer need to live together. Children are scattered over large distances. Many are completely isolated from their age group and more are limited to just a few local friends.

Social media brings children – especially teenagers – together. They may be physically separated by many miles but the ability for them to chat, exchange images and generally interact is helping them back to the 'normal' state of once again being social animals.

 Modern life, up to the end of the last millennium, deprived our children of so much social contact as to be incalculable. Social media is helping to redress the imbalance.

The advent of driverless cars will be the next huge upheaval of modern society. Safe, unchaperoned transport for everyone: the very old, the very young, and everyone in between - even animals and goods. Driverless cars are not just about freeing up a business person's time to do more while in transit. My daughter will be able to send her children off to see their friends, picking up others on the way, to a common, safe destination where they can get about the business of being children among children. And take them all safely back home.

 I have huge hopes that social media and other technologies will be able to mend some of the broken social structures of the past.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Evolving Universe

The Universe is heading towards its demise. Either by spreading so thin that the protons start to decay, or by collapsing in a huge crunch.

If nothing's done this will happen.


But maybe we can do something. And by we I mean intelligent life. 

And maybe this is precisely why we're here. To work it out. To work out how to survive beyond the normal lifespan of this Universe.

Am thinking though, we're going to have to work together on this.

So why not start now?

Just sayin'.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Delicious cookies on my sites

Since opening up the anagram solver ( ) and the URL Shortener ( ) I was reminded that my sites need to comply with the EU Laws on cookies.

The sites do not use cookies. But I had to pop up a dismissable box to explain that. Which required the use of a cookie.

This is my cookie policy for those sites:


Cookie policy

Some of the Google Adsense Ads you see and links to various social media sites use cookies to 'enhance your experience'.

This site does not require or use cookies apart from one, delicious, exception:
  • The pop-up box on the front page uses a cookie when you dismiss its message - telling you it uses cookies - in order to remember you dismissed it.

More info

By continuing to use this site you're agreeing to our use of cookies.


What do you think of my cookie policy?

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

A Poem: Winter's Children

Winter’s children

Don’t look left or right
  Drive fast keep your face ahead
    Ignore the nearly dead
      Under formaldehyde light.
Bent and staining days perfect white.
Please, give of your daily bread,
  Encourage with a kind word said.
Even staining life’s delight
  You’ll help yourself as well as those
    Who dwell in cold free from cover,
      Sad and cringing, afraid to sleep,
        Public in their humbling throes.
Winter’s not the kindest partner
  Jealous in her frozen keep.

Monday, 7 December 2015

URL Shortener

I've put my URL Shortener on line for you edification and delight.

It's here at

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Anagram solver

As a big fan of on line words games and apps like Scrabble, Word Chums and so on, I often find myself in need of a little help.

There are, of course, a gazillion anagram solvers on line but none really seemed to match my needs.

So I made one.

It took me about two hours to code and sixteen to come up with the title, "@garybak's word finder".

Sixteen hours well spent, I'm sure you'll agree.

It's made to load quickly on my iPhone 5 so I can cheat enhance my scoring ability quite rapidly.

It's here if you'd like to give it a go.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Asset and People tracking using BLE Mesh

Suggestion I sent to Ubudu .. hope they are some other Mesh Beacon provider takes notice

A suggestion for asset / people tracking:
1) Each mesh beacon can be given 1 or more UUIDs to look out for.
2) When an iBeacon with matching UUI is 'seen' your mesh beacon calls a URI via your USB gateway with parameters: Mesh Beacon's ID/major/minor, detected beaccon UUID/major/minor, time and  any txPower values.
3) The receiving server of the URI (like: could log these values then be interrogate any time.
Any programmer could interrogate logs like these for asset/people tracking.

If this was available right now we have an airport and large hospital who'd be interested in a POC set up, with more enquiries coming in all the time.

Hope this all makes sense.