Dave Cross

Recent Writing

  • First Direct Update
    Earlier in the week I talked about my concerns with First Direct’s new password policy. I got an email from them about this, but it really wasn’t very reassuring. But I kept digging. And on Thursday I got a bit more information from “^GD” on the @firstdirecthelp twitter account. It still doesn’t answer all of my questions, but I think we’re a lot closer to the truth. Here’s what I was told. @davorg Hi Dave, I can confirm that the password is encrypted. Security and safety will always be a priority for first direct. ^GD — first direct help (@firstdirecthelp)... read more
    From: davblog | Published on 2014-07-19
  • Chvrches – Somerset House
    Why this gig? Because it’s Chvrches and they’re one of the best bands around currently. And because I’ve never been to one of the summer shows at Somerset House before. Support Support is from Emilie Nicolas. From the set-up as she walked on stage with her band, I worried that they might be a bit of a Chvrches clone band, but I was wrong. She was a lot more soulful than Chvurches – at times reminding me of Lorde, Banks or Goldfrapp. It was all pretty enjoyable stuff. I won’t be going out of my way to see her again, but... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 2014-07-17
  • First Direct Passwords
    I’ve been a happy customer of First Direct since a month or so after they opened, almost twenty-five years ago. One of the things I really liked about them was that they hadn’t followed other banks down the route of insisting that you carried a new code-generating dongle around so that you can log into their online banking. But, of course, it was only a matter of time before that changed. A couple of weeks ago I got a message from them telling me that Secure Key was on its way. And yesterday when I logged on to my account... read more
    From: davblog | Published on 2014-07-16
  • London Perl Mongers Meeting
    I thought you might be interested in a couple of events that the London Perl Mongers have coming up in the next couple of months. Technical Meeting 24th July 2014, Conway Hall Currently, four talks have been announced. Thomas Klausner (domm) from Vienna.pm is going to talk about OX & AngularJS  Alex Balhatchet is going to talk about his rewrite of Ovid’s Test::Kit module Mike Francis will tell us about creating a RESTful database frontend with Web::Simple & Web::Machine and how annoying that was Dave Cross will natter about Github, Travis-CI and Perl Meetup event / Facebook event / Lanyrd... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-07-12
  • London Perl Mongers Meeting
    I thought you might be interested in a couple of events that the London Perl Mongers have coming up in the next couple of months. Technical Meeting 24th July 2014, Conway Hall Currently, four talks have been announced. Thomas Klausner (domm) from Vienna.pm is going to talk about OX & AngularJS  Alex Balhatchet is going to talk about his rewrite of Ovid’s Test::Kit module Mike Francis will tell us about creating a RESTful database frontend with Web::Simple & Web::Machine and how annoying that was Dave Cross will natter about Github, Travis-CI and Perl Meetup event / Facebook event / Lanyrd... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-07-12
  • Beth Orton – Barbican
    Why this gig? There was a time that I thought I’d never get to see Beth Orton live. By the time I got back into going to gigs, she had pretty much disappeared from the music scene – she hadn’t released an album in years and never seemed to play live. But then, in late 2012, she emerged with a new album and started playing live. Since then I’ve seen her a couple of times. I’ve enjoyed the shows, but I pretty much decided that I didn’t have to see her every time she played in London. So I probably... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 2014-07-03
  • Perl School Slides
    In 2012 and 2013 I ran an experiment called Perl School. I ran cheap Perl training on a Saturday at Google Campus. I got some great reactions but I stopped it after almost a year because it wasn’t getting the traction that I hoped for and attendances were starting to drop. That’s not the end of Perl School though. I have a couple of ideas that I’m considering and it will return at some point (in some form). But I thought that the courses were good. And I realised earlier today that I hadn’t made some of the slides public.... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-07-01
  • Perl School Slides
    In 2012 and 2013 I ran an experiment called Perl School. I ran cheap Perl training on a Saturday at Google Campus. I got some great reactions but I stopped it after almost a year because it wasn’t getting the traction that I hoped for and attendances were starting to drop. That’s not the end of Perl School though. I have a couple of ideas that I’m considering and it will return at some point (in some form). But I thought that the courses were good. And I realised earlier today that I hadn’t made some of the slides public.... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-07-01
  • In Dreams – Barbican
    (This video unfortunately cuts off after two and a half minutes, but people don’t tend to video stuff at the Barbican, so there’s not much to choose from.) Why this gig I heard about this gig through a Songkick alert which I got because Stealing Sheep were playing. It’s been far too long since they played London so I leapt at the opportunity to see them again. But it’s also one of the Barbican’s themed nights – which is another good reason to see  it. And the theme is music from David Lynch films. So there was no way I... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 2014-06-20
  • The Eagles – O2 Arena
    (There was a really strict policy against taking photos or videos of this show. And the security were very hot on enforcing it. So I’m impressed that the video above was taken – even though the quality is a little dodgy) Why this gig? Oh, because it’s the Eagles. They’re not the trendiest band in the world, but I’ve been listening to them for a very long time. I’ve never seen them live before and this “History of the Eagles” tour was likely to be my last chance. I thought hard about going as a) my ticket was £95 (that’s... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 2014-06-18
  • Eddi Reader – Barbican
    Why this gig? Because Eddi Reader is one of the loveliest people working in the music industry. Because “Perfect” is still one of the best songs for getting me into that summer mood. Because I saw her at the Union Chapel a couple of years ago and it was a great show. Support Support came from Kris Drever & Éamonn Coyne – a pair of singer/songwriters from Scotland. It was pleasant enough stuff, but nothing really distinguished it from all the other Scottish singer/songwriters. There was one nice point when Eddi came out and joined them for a song. Apparently... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 2014-06-11

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