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Making TramTracker work on ‘Dumbphones’

Over the years I’ve been using TramTracker on my ancient Nokia mobile phone, until December 2013 when Yarra Trams updated the web version of the service, and rendered it unusable on older devices. Unlike other public transport operators, Yarra Trams actually took my feedback on board and released an updated web version of TramTracker a […]

Testing the PTV transport data API using PHP

Last week on March 7 Public Transport Victoria finally released something many Melbourne coders and app developers have been waiting for – a public API to query their timetable data. Unfortunately the new API isn’t perfect – it doesn’t meet the Google-defined GTFS standard that many existing apps support, and no real-time arrival data is […]

So I ended up in the news again

Last week I wrote about an unlucky tram stop in Ascot Vale that gets hit by cars every second week. Shortly after it went live, Denham Sadler from Melbourne newspaper The Age got in touch with me, interested in running a story on the tram stop. I gave him a call, and after a bit of a chat, he had enough details to put an article together, and I ended up n the newspaper again.

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A tale of mistargeted Facebook advertising

The other day I was scrolling down my Facebook news feed, when I came across a “Suggested Post” for the ‘Village Sounds’ over 28s night at the Village Green Hotel. So how the hell did it get there?

A mistargeted Facebook advertisement

New speed cameras on the Monash Freeway

Speed cameras: on Melbourne’s freeway network you normally find them hiding behind bridges or hanging from overhead sign gantries, but on the Monash Freeway a different type of speed camera has been installed.

New speed cameras installed over the outbound lanes of the Monash Freeway