Category Archives: annoyances

A reply from the UK government to my request for road gritting open data

Andy Mabbett is not happy with the government’s delayed and inadequate response to his request for open data on gritting routes. Continue reading

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Transport Scotland/ ScotRail refuse plaque marking Jordanhill Station as subject of one-millionth Wikipedia article

Andy Mabbett is disappointed by Transport Scotland’s response to his suggestion of a plaque to mark Jordanhill station as the subject of Wikipedia’s one-millionth article. Continue reading

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The BBC’s fundamental misunderstanding of copyright

The BBC’s response to a complaint by Andy Mabbett shows a fundamental misunderstanding of copyright law. Continue reading

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Can you make a Freedom of Information request via Twitter?

Andy Mabbett explains why Freedom of Information made via Twitter should be honoured. Continue reading

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How can I automate repetitive find’n'replace operations?

Andy Mabbett asks for help automating a large series of find’n'replace operations, which need to be performed monthly, to update the West Midland Bird Club website which he maintains. Continue reading

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Google Books: please make better use of screen space on my netbook

Andy Mabbett wishes Google Books would make better use of the screen-space on his netbook. Continue reading

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The mysterious case of Birmingham’s missing Victorian cast iron urinal

Andy Mabbett wants to know what happened to the listed Victorian cast iron urinal, which he acquired for Birmingham Railway Museum in 1987. Continue reading

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Fixing Facebook’s Microformats (at their request)

Facebook’s hCalendar microformats have the wrong timezones. They asked me to help fix them. Here’s how. Continue reading

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