New Deredeo Dreadnought Available for Pre-Order

Forgeworld have finally placed the long-teased Deredeo Dreadnought up for pre-order. Bulkier and more heavily armed than a Contemptor, the Deredeo is designed to be a walking fire-base. To buy the Dread’ and both the available weapons will cost you £65 + shipping: £35 for the body, £18 for the Autocannon Battery, and £12 for the missile launcher.

The Deredeo pattern Dreadnought is a dedicated heavy support frame, though it shares many core components and systems with the more general assault-based Contemptor class. Initially deployed in limited numbers to each of the Legions due to difficulties in its manufacture, its durability and firepower saw demand for the Deredeo pattern dramatically increase after the outbreak of the Horus Heresy.

The experimental rules are also available for download, with some summary being:

  • Ballistic skill 5, AV13/12/11, 3 Hull Points
  • Autocannon battery is S8/AP4/Heavy4, and re-rolls armour penetration due to the new “Sunder” special rule
  • The missile launcher can target a different unit to the other weapons, ignores obstacles to line of sight (but not cover, if I read it right), and always hits the side armour of vehicles. S6/AP3/Heavy3/Pinning
  • If the Deredeo doesn’t move, it gains Skyfire and Interceptor for a game turn – combined with being able to target 2 different units will make this effective for anti-air/defending against enemy reserves or deep-striking units.

For now, the Deredeo is a Heavy Support choice for Codex: Space Marines only, so Blood Angels/Dark Angels/Space Wolves are all out of luck. As it’s “experimental” you will need your opponent’s agreement to play it.

Personally, I think it looks awesome. What do you guys think?


What Happens When You Type into your Browser and Press Enter?

A fascinating (and very in-depth!) look at what happens when you type into a web browser and hit “enter”?

If you’re not a technical person (and probably even if you are) it might surprise you to find out just how many steps and processes are involved. Bonus points to the team who wrote this for including all the stuff happening on the local hardware.

Overcast’s 2014 Sales Numbers

Marco shares his experiences selling his excellent podcast app in 2014. There’s a lot of good information for app developers to think about, but for me, the closing paragraph is the most inspiring:

After the self-employment penalties in taxes and benefits, I’m probably coming in under what I could get at a good full-time job in the city, but I don’t have to actually work for someone else on something I don’t care about. I can work in my nice home office, drink my fussy coffee, take a nap after lunch if I want to, and be present for my family as my kid grows up. That’s my definition of success.

The Desks of Basecamp

I love this look at the desks/working environments of the Basecamp1 staff. It combines a couple of things I like to see – how people work, and home décor. I find both to be a source of inspiration.

Personally, my favourites are Jason Z’s (above) and Tom’s (below) – they’re both just the right mix of modern and clean, but with enough fun and clutter to give some personality. That said, I’m re-evaluating my own work-from-home setup at the moment, so I’ll be pinching ideas from all of them!

Tom @ Basecamp's Desk

For comparison, here’s my current desk setup:

My Desk

  1. I still think of them as 37Signals, because it’s ingrained in my mind from years of following their growth. 

My 2015 Reading List

I mentioned in my “2015 aspirations post” that I wanted to read more. As well as reading more, I wanted to read more consistently — in 2014 I read in fits and starts… burning through several short stories or a novel one week, then not picking up anything else for a month or two.

With my 2015 goal, I want to read at a steadier pace, as I think this will help me reach my target easier. In Goodreads I setup a target of 26 books in 2015, so one every two weeks on average1.

You’ll find my “Currently Reading/To-Read” list below, which I exported from Goodreads. This is just my initial list for this year, and includes more books than I need to reach 26 books read — in case I pick up the pace during days off, for example. It’s not a prescriptive list, in that I will add other books as they grab my interest. I’ve tried to mix fiction and nonfiction, and I’m adding in several “classics” which I’ve never got round to reading yet. I’m still confident I will manage to meet this goal in 2015, but that might change after a few months!

What’s on your reading list? Anything I think I should add to my own list?

Title Author ISBN Status
The Customer Support Handbook: How to Create the Ultimate Customer Experience for Your Brand Sarah Hatter 9780615962016 currently-reading
Trial by
Andy Smillie 9781849709286 currently-reading
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose Tony Hsieh 9780446563048 currently-reading
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie 9780671027032 currently-reading
Devourer Joe Parrino 9781849707923 currently-reading
The Rogue (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #2) Trudi Canavan currently-reading
Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” Lena Dunham 9780812994995 to-read
Ready Player One Ernest Cline 9780307887436 to-read
At the Mountains of Madness H.P. Lovecraft 9780812974416 to-read
The Assault on Reason Al Gore 9780747590972 to-read
Mockingjay Suzanne Collins to-read
The Traitor Queen (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #3) Trudi Canavan to-read
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein 9780441783588 to-read
The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1) Robert Ludlum 9780752864327 to-read
I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) Isaac Asimov 9780553803709 to-read
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1) William Gibson 9780441569595 to-read
Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet, #1) Orson Scott Card 9780812550702 to-read
Foundation (Foundation, #1) Isaac Asimov 9780553803716 to-read
Bad Science Ben Goldacre 9780007240197 to-read
The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins 9780199291151 to-read
The God Delusion Richard Dawkins 9780618680009 to-read
Bossypants Tina Fey 9781609419691 to-read
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Seth Grahame-Smith 9780446563086 to-read
1984 George Orwell 9780451524935 to-read
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Suzanne Collins 9780439023481 to-read
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Terry Pratchett 9780060853983 to-read
American Gods (American Gods, #1) Neil Gaiman 9780747263746 to-read
Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1: Broken Bat Doug Moench 9781563891427 to-read
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 9780307347978 to-read
Brave New World Aldous Huxley 9780060929879 to-read
Lord of the Flies William Golding 9780140283334 to-read
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 9780061120084 to-read
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days Jessica Livingston 9781590597149 to-read

(Top image: “I ,<3 Reading” by Kate Ter Haar.)

  1. At the moment I’m slightly behind schedule, which isn’t an ideal start! 

“Until Politicians Make the Effort to Understand the Internet, They Must Leave it Alone”

Alex Wickham’s take on the recent comments from David Cameron, and the general inability (unwillingness) of politicians to understand the Internet:

In the first two weeks of 2015 we have already seen several chilling examples of the state seeking to curb freedom of expression on the internet. Yesterday, Cameron committed the Conservative Party to introducing “comprehensive” legislation to further extend internet surveillance laws. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, summed up the Tory position: “I’m not interested in this civil liberties stuff. If they’re a threat, I want their emails and calls listened to”.…

…Yet, patently, politicians do not understand the internet. Put on the spot during a Q&A about Snapchat, a mobile app used mainly by young people to send pictures, Cameron threatened to ban it.

The attitude, and lack of understanding of what they (the politicians) are saying, is worrying enough. But then:

Then there is the even more sinister behaviour of the Electoral Commission, the body which regulates elections in the UK. Under the guise of Cameron’s shoddy Lobbying Act, they have written intimidating letters to political bloggers warning them they have to abide by new rules dictating what they can and cannot say.

I’d not heard about this use of the Lobbying Act against bloggers (I try to stay up-to-date with the news where UK politics, civil liberties, and technology meet), so that’s worrying in itself. It’s a very gross misapplication of the law — entirely designed to limit speech — and has no place in an open democracy.

Just because politicians do not understand the internet, it does not give them the right to impinge on the freedoms of every person who uses it. If they want to come up with serious policies about how to stop the bad things that happen online, they first have to make the effort to understand how the internet works.


“What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry”

Cory Doctorow on the scary rhetoric coming from the Conservative Prime Minister, just before the next General Election:

David Cameron says there should be no “means of communication” which “we cannot read” — and no doubt many in his party will agree with him, politically. But if they understood the technology, they would be shocked to their boots.

Every time I hear senior politicians talking about technology (usually in the context of “security” and “safety”) it becomes clear they really don’t know what they’re talking about.

(Image: Facepalm, Brandon Grasley, CC-BY)