…so your plain ordinary webserver just got listed on a high-traffic news site. Slashdot? Reddit? Hacker News? Well done, turns out you’re hosting something thousands of people want to read. Now thousands of people want to come to your webserver at once. But you’ve got a problem. Your server’s hosed and none of those potential […]
Remember last month (1, 2, 3) where National Rail Enquiries ordered me to shut down my free train times web app and locked down their data feed so only people whom they grant a license key can query it? A month later they still hadn’t gotten back about my license application – even though I’m […]
A lot of people are interested in the alleged “openness” of the Live Departure Boards data discussed in the earlier posts. Right now we have no way to know how many license applications are being submitted and what kind of reception they’re meeting, and indeed whether any licenses are being granted at all. Thus I’ve […]
On Sunday I wrote this post about how National Rail ordered me to shutdown my free train times application and intend to charge users of their UK “Live Departure Boards” data feed. Responses from readers were positive and I’ve been put in touch with a few groups who’re equally appalled. In the last couple of […]
About a year ago I wrote a simple web application to present UK train times in a simple format for mobile phone users.
…and today National Rail killed it.
Today an old friend emailed me for advice about quitting his day job and going freelance. He’s been in the business for ten years and has great wisdom in the field of C/C++ games programming. I got halfway through writing a response then realised hey, others might benefit too. It’s UK-centric but hackers elsewhere may find it interesting.