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  • Fri, 13:38: If you love someone, set them free. At least, if you're a telco! BT ❤ O2. 3 ❤ EE
  • Fri, 14:06: OK. Not only do I not like soy milk, it actively seems to disagree with me. Experiment One: Soy Latte is a failure.
  • Fri, 14:36: PSA: enabling Microsoft Band notifications with Action Center http://t.co/45J53SqBbV
  • Fri, 14:37: (I wrote up how to get notifications on Band if you're using Action Center to filter banners)
  • Fri, 14:43: @WinObs figured I should write that down!
  • Fri, 15:17: Dang. Can't get audio on the Star Wars teaser trailer...
  • Fri, 15:20: OK, the You Tube version of the Star Wars trailer works. http://t.co/1paW4ZSoCW
  • Fri, 15:26: OK, loving the X-wings doing the Dambusters run: http://t.co/zLm1dMYW5g
  • Fri, 15:30: Who's got the under and the over on @io9's analysis of the Star Wars trailer?
  • Fri, 15:31: (That X-Wing across water image is one of the best SF moments ever. Beautiful SFX.)
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I've been playing with a Kinect 2.0 on my PC. Here I am, in a false colour depth point cloud, sat at my desk.

26-11-2014 18-29-06

Interesting to get skeletal tracking and depth sensing on my desktop.
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I recently acquired a Microsoft Band smartwatch/fitness monitor. It's a fascinating device, with many more sensors than any other fitness hardware I've used - and with support for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.

One of its selling points is the ability to deliver notifications from your phone to your wrist, with snippets of emails, tweets and the like. So I was puzzled to find that I was only getting email and SMS alerts, with the Band's notification tile remaining empty. Until the other night when, while I was slumped on the sofa watching TV, my wrist buzzed with a Skype call from a friend.

If Skype was working, why weren't any other notifications getting through?

Time for some detective work.

For work purposes I'm surfing the bleeding edge of Windows Phone, running the latest version of the developer preview of Phone 8.1.1. Before the release of Phone 8.1, Windows Phone devices used banners to display notifications onscreen, overlaying whatever app you're using. Windows Phone 8.1 introduced the Action Center, its notification hub, which collects those various notifications in one place.

One of Action Center's features is the ability to suppress banners, leaving notifications to gather in one place without interrupting what you're doing. It's a low level service, intercepting messages as they're generated.

Looking through my notification settings I quickly realized that a new release of Skype had reset my notification settings, and it was displaying banners - and it was those banners that were being passed through to my Band. Time for a quick experiment: I enabled banners for the official Twitter app, and turned on the Band's Twitter tile.

Huzzah! Notifications appeared on my wrist.

So now it was time to enable banners in Action Center for all my favorite apps, leaving those I didn't want to send messages to my Band only working with Action Center - using it as a notification filter for Band.

Now I get the notifications I want, and my Band is working the way I expected.

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  • Wed, 12:08: Thought for the day: "conventional wisdom isn't".
  • Wed, 12:11: (Your product isn't new or revolutionary if it's a PDQ Bach concerto.)
  • Wed, 12:15: TIL that Philp Glass built the hardart for Peter Schickele's PDQ Bach Concerto for Horn and Hardart. Also that the player needed quarters.
  • Wed, 12:36: Wondering if the reason why I'm not seeing Twitter notifications on my Band is that I've diverted all notifications to the action center...
  • Wed, 12:54: RT @bryan_talbot: Want to get a copy of Granvdville: Noel - AND get it signed by Bryan? Then get to Forbidden Planet for 6! https://t.co/jI
  • Wed, 13:01: Travelling for Thanksgiving? Got a KIndle? You could try my short SFF collection Hummingbird Futures: http://t.co/uge8E2q7jM
  • Wed, 13:54: Think I have worked out how Band handles notifications. It intercepts banners, not the Action Center.
  • Wed, 14:50: Recent Reads. Grandville N�el. Bryan Talbot's anthropomorphic graphic thriller continues to deconstruct extremist politics. Cult Unicorn.
  • Wed, 15:53: RT @zackwhittaker: Here he is. *melts internet* http://t.co/WYmPrI4KCc
  • Wed, 17:29: Out from under my desk, and Kinect 2.0 set up on my PC.
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  • Fri, 12:13: Businesses might have a premise or two, but they don't work from ideas. They work from premises. It's "on-premises" not "on-premise". Aargh!
  • Fri, 12:29: I got "You are... Courier" on "What typeface are you?" What about you? http://t.co/sxeaQo0kwr via @Qzzr_
  • Fri, 12:32: As @journoian notes, you could just say "on-site"...
  • Fri, 12:42: Pro tip: check the tide tables before dumping a body in the river. http://t.co/YXNNEzabV5
  • Fri, 13:09: RT @edbott: Turn on 2-factor authentication & install a smartphone authenticator app to protect your online accts. Here’s how: http://t.co/
  • Fri, 13:56: How can you be an "agent of change" when you're the same person, backed by the same money? All you've done is change your name.
  • Fri, 13:58: RT @thurrott: With the Office 365 Nonprofit donation, qualified nonprofits get Office 365 for free or at a significant discount. - http://t…
  • Fri, 14:50: (Jesse's fav'rite painting is the one of the clown/with the daisy in his hand and a tear rollin' down)
  • Fri, 20:20: RT @thurrott: !!!!! European parliament preparing to call for Google break-up - http://t.co/K9Cm9Rjlhe
  • Fri, 20:23: Interesting side effect of Band: my phone battery is lasting longer, as I'm not continually checking the screen. Haptic triage FTW!
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  • Thu, 14:15: Salt beef sandwiches at the Groucho while looking at 4K monitors.
  • Thu, 14:47: Cortana has decided I work in the local coffee shop. She might be right. 🍵
  • Thu, 14:49: As UKIP want to expel EU citizens, how do they feel about those of us from the Channel Islands? We're not English too.
  • Thu, 14:51: RT @om: Making @uber story about media is what's wrong & shifts focus away from larger issue of what companies do with our data & what we c…
  • Thu, 15:24: Recent Reads: Dead Man's Chest. Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher's beach holiday uncovers missing servants, smugglers, and a pig-tail thief.
  • Thu, 15:37: I am a rebel. Drinking tea in Soho's best coffee bar... http://t.co/zK7YE3bzuZ
  • Thu, 16:30: Current coffeeshop soundtrack is Muchacho by Phosphorescent. Tex-Mex country that reminds me of Byrne/Eno's last collaboration.
  • Thu, 16:37: RT @majornelson: "Atari: Game Over" is now available (for free) on Xbox Video http://t.co/iEcwDy7gUN cc @zakpenn <--the Director http://t.…
  • Thu, 16:40: (things are happening)
  • Thu, 19:48: Books and cocktails: http://t.co/nHt5ySYe9O
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  • Wed, 12:16: It's Freelancer's Day? i'll celebrate by sitting in a coffee shop bashing out an article, then going home and reviewing devices.
  • Wed, 12:31: RT @SwiftOnSecurity: Feminist Hacker Barbie - rewrite the Barbie Is A Computer Engineer book IN YOUR BROWSER! (via @logodaedalus) https://t…
  • Wed, 14:59: Google Play mailer in the UK is still trying to sell Glass Explorer...
  • Wed, 15:16: I didn`t have the only Surface in the coffee shop this morning!
  • Wed, 15:23: I put a 1TB USB drive in a measuring jug. Data smoothie, anyone?
  • Wed, 15:29: Pleased to see that Beavertown Brewery is doing what I can only describe as a proper British CDA.
  • Wed, 15:40: I have a horrible feeling I missed the @BellevilleBrew pumpkin ale. Not in stock at @thebeerboutique anymore :-(
  • Wed, 15:43: Oh good grief.
  • Wed, 15:59: Oh good. The PUA who advocates assaulting Asian women has been banned from the UK. http://t.co/djOJCHTtiT
  • Wed, 16:01: Whoa, the Jeff Teper stream from the UBS event is terrible. Lots of clipping.
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So I finally did it...

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...bundled up a selection of previously published short SF and fantasy of mine (much of which began as flash fiction on here), and turned them into a Kindle book. NaNoPubMo?

Anyway, here it is Hummingbird Futures: Stories of Magic and Machines. The three stories are the first of my Silicon Valley Magic urban fantasies, and two of my West Country Singularity stories.

HF

You'll find it in the Amazon US store and UK store.

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  • Sat, 12:03: Recent Reads: A Hat Full Of Sky. Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching struggles with a needful thing, and learns people. A witch chooses her hat
  • Sat, 12:05: RT @soapyfrogs: Got my HMRC annual statement. Interesting to see it's only 45p a day to contribute to the EU budget. Why all the fuss? Seem…
  • Sat, 13:38: A cast iron skillet sadly doesn't make a griddle. Farl fail. A tasty fail, but still a fail.
  • Sat, 15:01: Happy birthday. @maryjofoley. Have a pint or two to celebrate!
  • Sat, 15:20: Time for some Phrynne.
  • Sat, 15:29: Why are American banks so backward?
  • Sat, 15:31: In the UK I can do a bank transfer to any bank in minutes. I'm still waiting to get a transfer set up in the US after nearly two weeks.
  • Sat, 15:35: Airmailing a cheque from the UK would have been quicker.
  • Sat, 20:44: Hellcat http://t.co/ya1RYtsuGO
  • Sat, 21:54: "It turns out you can't go home; but you can shop there."

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  • Thu, 12:02: Fascinating call this morning all the way to the Philippines on white space Internet, disaster response, and connected development.
  • Thu, 12:20: I wonder if I have any AllJoyn devices in the office...
  • Thu, 12:26: YouGov really needs to add @sonos as an option in its listening surveys. It's a lot more than "some other device".
  • Thu, 12:29: If the comet lander did end up in a hole, it's got to be the longest hole in one in the history of golf.
  • Thu, 12:53: A conversation reminds me of Neal Stephenson's Mother Earth, Mother Board http://t.co/u0q7VV0WRj Someday I want to write a piece like this.
  • Thu, 14:14: RT @marypcbuk: Ooh. Microsoft buys Aorato http://t.co/gh0NUu5b5j
  • Thu, 14:15: I think we're at a point where users storage and sync behaviours are changing. Need to write this up...
  • Thu, 14:23: Looks like that it was a conincidental hard disk failure which scuppered one of my Windows 10 installs.
  • Thu, 14:44: RT @thurrott: This -> The removal of smart files in build 9879 is a huge step backwards - http://t.co/KuSCy3dbR9
  • Thu, 17:34: Amused by US folk using the #WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant hashtag to list things that are commonplace in the EU. Did they not know it was ESA?
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  • Tue, 12:09: So it looks as though @AmazonUK's Logistics people don't know how to use a doorbell. :-(
  • Tue, 18:16: Robot sends smaller robot to comet. This, my friends, is the future.
  • Tue, 18:26: A new life awaits you in the offworld colonies. http://t.co/9loRIYg4ZP
  • Tue, 20:07: ICYMI: My first piece for @infoworld is a look at RemoteIE and how Microsoft is addressing web developers: http://t.co/CsdFGAUDfd
  • Tue, 20:13: Turning on Clutter.
  • Tue, 20:15: Not sure Clutter'll do much for me - I keep my mailbox quite organised with rules and by using Quick Steps. But let's add AI to mail...
  • Tue, 20:27: Recent Reads: Singularity's Ring. Paul Melko shows the humanity in post-humanity via the tale of a young group mind. Fascinating.
  • Tue, 20:59: tthe moment you typo an email and then think, "wot the hell archie, wot the hell" and run with it. #mehitabel
  • Tue, 21:00: What I'd love to have on my wall? A print of one of Geo Herriman's illos for "Archie and Mehitabel".
  • Tue, 21:04: Windows Server vNext to be named XBox One For Business.
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  • Fri, 12:31: Working on another first piece for a new editor. So I've hunkered down in my loocal coffee shop.
  • Fri, 12:32: Postman left a paper jiffybag behind the dead palm tree. Grrr. At least it wasn't anything important.
  • Fri, 12:36: Looking up at a ballet of cranes, three booms all rotating around the bare concrete heart of a growing building. Brutalism, animated.
  • Fri, 12:46: Hmmm. Baby in "Duck Dynasty" cammo onsie on the Upper Richmond Road. Not something one expects to see in SW15.
  • Fri, 12:53: Lifted. A #Lumia #cinemagraph http://t.co/iftXKsCs1H
  • Fri, 14:21: It does occur to me that Microsoft would score a lot of points by adding Markdown support to the next release of Office.
  • Fri, 14:25: I'll forgive @CostaCoffee for bringing out their Christmas drinks menu for the fact that it includes Black Forest Hot Chocolate again.
  • Fri, 15:33: RT @jackschofield: A @GoPro camera, inside a water bubble ... in space. @NASA video https://t.co/amZJXmQr29
  • Fri, 15:35: RT @edbott: Before you get too into the "OMG AMAZON ECHO IS ALWAYS LISTENING" paranoia, you might want to look at this: http://t.co/yCQXh3d
  • Fri, 16:07: Slightly confused as to what a gang sign is. ✌✊✋ They look like emojii to me.
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