• Starling Bank Improved 3D Secure

    Starling Bank have now improved their 3D Secure approval process.

    Starling Bank 3D Secure Payment Approval

    When we introduced 3D Secure in March 2019, it involved the use of ‘one-time passwords’ sent via SMS as the type of authentication for online purchases. Now, we’re improving this service to make it even more secure. Instead of sending the message by SMS, we’re enabling you to approve payments in your Starling app.

    3D Secure requires that some transactions be approved, and is designed to increase the security of your account.


  • Captain Tom Moore's 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS »

    Captain Tom Moore, is aiming to walk a hundred lengths of the back garden (which is 25m in length) before he is 100 years old at the end of the month.

    So get behind Tom as he does 10 laps a day!

    I saw Tom’s JustGiving page raising money for the NHS, and was blown away as he was nearing £2 million. Within minutes of donating, he had past £2 million for the NHS and that figure keeps on climbing.

    In the current climate, with Coronavirus having a massive impact on all of us, not least the NHS, what a fantastic effort, and an inspiration to us all.

    Check out Tom’s updates on Twitter, and sponsor him on JustGiving.

    Captain Tom Moore


  • Migrating to Hugo

    When I set this blog up over a year ago, I had all good intentions of posting more frequently. Alas, for over 12 months I haven’t posted anything more. I really must try harder!

    My other websites are all still running on Wordpress, and I would really like to migrate them over to static sites. Why? Primarily due to the huge bloat that exists in Wordpress these days.

    Originally I was intending to do this with Jekyll, but before I started I went for a look at StaticGen to compare the static site generator (SSG) options available. Hugo is much faster at building sites (sub 1 second), and gets frequent updates. Hugo is also written in Go, a language that I started to use more towards the end of last year and was keen to spend more time with.

    Hugo SSG


  • Starling Bank 3D Secure

    Starling Bank is one of a new breed of mobile ‘challenger’ banks in the UK, with a focus on a new way to manage your money, real-time banking & security.

    Starling Bank Cards

    Yesterday Starling announced that it is Introducing 3D Secure:

    Today, we’ll start a phased rollout of 3D Secure, an authentication tool for online purchases, to our customers. We explain how this will help keep customers' money safe.

    3D Secure is a tool for online transactions that requires the account holder to complete an authentication process for some purchases. It forms part of the security of your account.


  • Longbow: Jet Hydroplane UK

    It was great to see my friend Dave yesterday to catch up on our Jet Hydroplane UK project and see how the build of Longbow was progressing.


    Jet Hydroplane UK is a British Team, with a serving British Military pilot at the helm, and a joint passion to build and run Longbow, a jet hydroplane, on lakes and lochs within the UK.

    I’m thrilled to have been involved in this project since its start in 2016, and really pleased with how the build is now starting to take shape.

    Looking forward to sharing the latest pictures in the next update later in the month!

    Meanwhile, you can look at the project here.


  • Microsoft Band Discontinued

    Earlier this month Microsoft announced that they are ending support for Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health Dashboard on 31st May 2019.

    Microsoft Band Pedometer

    Microsoft has announced the end of support for the Microsoft Health Dashboard applications and services. This document contains important dates and information regarding the end of support.

    On 5/31/2019, the Microsoft Health Dashboard site will be shut down and Microsoft Band applications will be removed from the Microsoft Store, Google Play, and Apple App store. 

    The good news for those with Microsoft Band devices is that eligible users can claim a refund.


  • Kentmere rainbow: A quadcopter view

    One of my hobbies that I enjoy when I am not writing code is flying multirotors, otherwise known as drones.

    I currently fly both a hexacopter, DJI F550, and a quadcopter, DJI Mavic Air.

    I have collected quite a bit of footage over the past few years, and recently decided to make a start editing some of it; another hobby perhaps?!

    Here is the latest video, with footage originally captured in September 2018 during a flight over Kentmere in Cumbria, UK.

    Kentmere rainbow. September 2018

    Kentmere Rainbow Video


  • Owning Your Content

    Whilst I have had a business website since starting Progress Concepts, I decided earlier this year that I wanted to create a personal online presence. Somewhere I could create my own content, regardless of whether it was business related or not.

    I have always been one to own my online presence, that’s why my email address has always been at my own domain rather than a generic webmail service or worse still an ISP. Whilst @gmail.com addresses are popular today, @msn.com or @aol.com were thought as big in the past. And how many ISP’s have long since disappeared, taking your email address with them (anyone in the UK remember freeserve.co.uk)?