Category Archives: Real life

Bristol Council CMS discussion

Presentation slide.I attended the Roundtable Discussion about Bristol City Council’s Future Web Platform, an interesting insight into how local authorities think about their web presence. Something about the presentations & process jarred with me, and it took a little while to work out what the problem was: the assumptions. I've dissected some of them and proposed new ones.

Music industry change

Current spending on bandsOk, I don't know much about the music industry, but there is such as huge disparity between what the record labels say and just about everyone else, it's difficult not to comment. I think that's probably because their business is over, and here's what might replace them.

.net standards champion

I was pleased (and rather surprised) to be nominated for “standards champion” in the .net awards. The thing is, the competition is, um, quite fierce! I’m up against the W3C, Mozilla, and some of the best known names in the business (like Zeldman). So I’m not picking out a …

Dr Horrible’s sing along blog

Capture from the first act of the musical.In a break from our irregular schedule, I feel compelled to point out that Joss Whedon is doing a sort of Radiohead. For a few days only, there is a three part "supervillain musical" free online. During the writers strike Joss and a few friends got together to do something fun and silly, and experiment whilst they were at it.

Why I don’t buy DRM (music) products

iTunes Plus, Play, Amazon (when it gets to the UK), fine. But with DRMed content, even from a popular service like iTunes, you never know what's around the corner. Your music could just disappear.

Email IA for the overloaded

A multitude of small postboxes in rows, all with little locks.For those who get a large volume of email, you probably know the pain of trying to balance reading, sorting, and acting on that email. After several years of battle, I've settled on a particular filtering method that will probably work for anyone that receives email from several internal teams, and many project lists. Do you need IA for email?

My phone thinks I’m a geek

Phone picture showing bizarre text message.Predictive text is great, but a double edged sword. I've taught it a few too many acronyms, and now they are the default. Now, the default words for some things are really annoying. Are there any others who've been unstuck by this, or am I the only one?

If I’m never heard from again…

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I try not to 'test' the system if I can help it. But when a friend drops you in it (possibly), you don't have much choice. If I'm not heard of again, this is why.

@media 2007

I’m just back from @media, and thought I’d post up brief notes (such as they are) for my own reference and anyone else’s gain. Obviously, I will only comment on the presentations I saw, and it’s all from my own particular perspective.

Jesse James Garrett – Beyond AJAX

Jesse James Garrett presents the keynote on Beyond AJAX.I didn’t …

Web mob is the new jury?

Any web geek will have heard of the Digg vs. the AACS copy protection body, but is this the new Jury system?