I’m a Lead Software Engineer with IoT communications company Kore Wireless for its Device Builder division. Previously, I spent three years as a Developer Educator at Twilio and six as Senior Tech Writer at IoT platform-as-a-service company Electric Imp, which Twilio acquired in 2020.

Before all that, I was a technology journalist, 15 out of 25 years spent in senior roles on the website The Register. I have also contributed to a wide array of publications and news organisations, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, the BBC and CNN.

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macOS Apps, Tools and Libraries

  • ASCII

    ASCII

    Latest Release: 1.4.0 — 09 December 2020
    Icon design tool for 8x8 matrix LED-based electronics projects.

  • Depot

    Depot

    Latest Release: 1.2.2 — 23 April 2023
    Multi-bus adaptor firmware, plus client apps and libraries for macOS and Linux.

  • Fighting Fantasy

    Fighting Fantasy

    Latest Release: 3.1.0 — 30 November 2023  New Version
    A Fighting Fantasy character generator and game manager written in Swift.

  • HighlighterSwift

    HighlighterSwift

    Latest Release: 1.1.4 — 10 November 2023  New Version
    A Swift wrapper for the popular Highlight.js syntax highlighter.

  • imageprep

    imageprep

    Latest Release: 7.0.0 — 10 August 2023
    A command line tool for batch-processing — crop, scale, pad, reformat — image files.

  • MNU

    MNU

    Latest Release: 1.7.0 — 20 June 2023
    A customisable menu bar utility that provides easy access to macOS features and scripts you use every day.

  • pdfmaker

    pdfmaker

    Latest Release: 2.3.6 — 10 August 2023
    A command line tool that combines multiple JPEG images into a single PDF file, or extracts images from PDF files.

  • PreviewCode

    PreviewCode  Download from the App Store

    Latest Release: 1.3.2 — 15 November 2023  New Version
    An app that provides QuickLook support for source code files under macOS Catalina and above.

  • PreviewJson

    PreviewJson  Download from the App Store

    Latest Release: 1.1.0 — 25 August 2023
    An app that provides QuickLook support for JSON files under macOS Catalina and above.

  • PreviewMarkdown

    PreviewMarkdown  Download from the App Store

    Latest Release: 1.5.1 — 02 November 2023
    An app that provides QuickLook support for Markdown files under macOS Catalina and above.

  • PreviewText

    PreviewText  Download from the App Store

    Latest Release: 1.0.4 — 14 August 2023
    An app that provides QuickLook support for textual files under macOS Catalina and above.

  • PreviewYaml

    PreviewYaml  Download from the App Store

    Latest Release: 1.2.0 — 25 August 2023
    An app that provides QuickLook support for YAML files under macOS Catalina and above.

  • Squinter

    Squinter

    Latest Release: 2.4.136 — 18 November 2020
    A development tool to manage application code and library files for projects based on the Electric Imp IoT Platform.

  • The Valley

    The Valley

    Latest Release: 1.0.9 — 24 November 2020
    A macOS port of a 1982 real-time RPG in true Commodore PET style.

  • utitool

    utitool

    Latest Release: 1.0.4 — 23 July 2021
    A macOS command line tool to reveal files’ Uniform Type Identifiers (UTIs).


iOS Apps

  • Fontismo

    Fontismo  Download from the App Store

    Latest Release: 1.2.2 — 02 November 2023
    An iOS app that lets you install high-quality open-licence fonts.


Raspberry Pi Pico Apps

  • Depot

    Depot

    Latest Release: 1.2.2 — 23 April 2023
    Multi-bus adaptor firmware, plus client apps and libraries for macOS and Linux.

  • RP2040 Assembly

    RP2040 Assembly

    Latest Release: 1.1.0 — 10 July 2022
    Sample code and demos for ARM assembly programs written for the Pico’s RP2040 MCU.

  • RP2040 FreeRTOS Template

    RP2040 FreeRTOS Template

    Latest Release: 1.4.1 — 28 June 2022
    Templates and demos for FreeRTOS on the Pico’s RP2040 microcontroller.

  • Phantom Slayer

    Phantom Slayer

    Latest Release: 1.0.2 — 06 April 2021
    Retro fast 3D maze shooting action coded in C.

  • Hunt the Wumpus

    Hunt the Wumpus

    Latest Release: 1.0.1 — 20 August 2023    New  
    Explore a mysterious and dangerous cave to locate a fiendish monster.


Python Apps and Libraries

  • FeatherClock

    FeatherClock

    Latest Release: 1.3.0 — 24 January 2023
    A compact clock project written in MicroPython

  • Hex

    Hex

    Latest Release: 1.2.0 — 31 December 2020
    A utility for converting binary files to hex strings.

  • HT16K33 Python

    HT16K33 Python

    Latest Release: 3.5.1 — 30 October 2023
    A driver library for a range of Holtek HT16K33-based LED displays.

  • Ski

    Ski

    Latest Release: 2.0.2 — 07 January 2021
    Some Python silliness: 8-bit retro ‘arcade’ action via ncurses...

  • Spasm

    Spasm

    Latest Release: 1.3.0 — 02 September 2021
    An assembler/disassembler for the Motorola 6809 8-bit microprocessor.

  • SSD1306OLED-Python

    SSD1306OLED-Python

    Latest Release: 2.0.0 — 16 September 2022
    A driver library for Solomon SSD1306-based displays.

  • Unicoder

    Unicoder

    Latest Release: 1.0.0 — 12 December 2019
    A utility for converting Unicode UTF-8 character codes to hex strings

  • XBeeParser

    XBeeParser

    Latest Release: 1.0.4 — 09 January 2019
    Decode data packets sent to or received by Zigbee-compatible Digi XBee modules.


Shell Scripts

  • bash

    scripts

    Latest Release: various
    Miscellaneous Z and Bash scripts for a variety of Mac and Raspberry Pi tasks.


Electric Imp Apps and Libraries

  • EI Apps and Libraries

    Apps and Libraries

    Latest Release: various
    A full list of available software, with links to their source code repos.


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