Battle For The Net

September 10, 2014 Comments off

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

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Quirky Cordies

July 29, 2012 Comments off

Quirky Metal Cordies

I came across these in a well known stationary shop here in the US yesterday and being somewhat of a neat freak think they make an excellent job of tidying any desk area/home office. After taking a quick look at the website, the other similar products – Pivot Power, Plug Hub and Contort I feel also fit into this category.

Categories: Home Lab, Opinion

WordCamp Boston 2012

July 15, 2012 Comments off

WordCamp Boston 2012 After a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Boston’s WordCamp last year I was looking forward to this year’s event. Although the quality of speakers was again consistently high, notable presentations this time included:

  • “Optimizing WordPress for Speed and Scale” from Ben Metcalfe – of for beginners and advanced users alike.
  • An introduction to responsive web design “Going Mobile: From 960 to 320” by Chris Cochran and
  • A frank discussion of “Enterprise-Class WordPress” by Jake Goldman.

Copies/links to all of the presentations made available can be found here.

Categories: #wcbos, Opinion, WordCamp

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

October 6, 2011 Comments off

Although in recent years my day to day work has taken me away from the front lines of supporting the Mac users of the company I work for, as a convert myself and former Editor of the apple_bites twitter feed and e-mail newsletter I was saddened to learn of Steve Job’s death yesterday.

Like all great maestro’s he commanded the Apple product launches with seemingly effortless ease and with his legendary “reality distortion field” fueled by his passion and apparent relentless attention to detail made us all forget just how much work was behind the “magic”.

Whilst others discuss and help solidify his place in history – as a kindred spirit and after a brush with death and having had to deal with a chronic medical condition myself I imagine the only thing worse than his initial diagnosis was the moment he realized he would no longer be able to continue in the role of CEO and everything that entailed; indeed the short amount of time since then and yesterday’s sad news suggest he hung onto that as long as could.

He will be missed..

The Post PC era has arrived!

August 3, 2011 Comments off

OK, maybe not quite but hyperbole aside when something enters the mainstream media (does Dilbert count?) there’s normally something to it – in this case a succinct statement about the challenges of supporting Generation Y users and the potential for conflict with Generation X.

Categories: Humour, Tools

WordCamp Boston 2011 – Day 2

July 24, 2011 Comments off

After a bumper schedule of sessions yesterday followed by the WordCamp reception event at the Microsoft NERD Center, today’s talks begin early this afternoon.

Highlights from today included the energetic “How Blogs Are The Core to Any Social Media Strategy” by Joselin Mane, “Getting Started with WordPress as a CMS” by Jake Goldman and the light-hearted but topical “You’re Doing It Wrong and It’s My Fault: Dissecting The Client Relationship” by Andrew Norcross.

As can be seen by the many #wcbos specific comments already on Twitter it seems that everybody (including myself) enjoyed themselves, learnt a lot and are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Categories: #wcbos, Opinion, WordCamp

WordCamp Boston 2011 – Day 1

July 23, 2011 Comments off

Although my first, today was the inaugural day of the second annual Boston WordCamp event for WordPress users. Hosted at the George Sherman Union building of Boston University – a WordPress user itself, it’s aim is to bring users of the blogging platform’s community  together to share and discuss a number of topics as well as meet one another.

Of the presentations today, highlights included “Customizing the Admin Interface” by Jake Rainis and Niki Brown, the standing-room only “Simplifying Your Life With WordPress Multisite” by Christina Dulude and after the formal presentations the Lightning Talk by C.C.Chapman which although short was entertaining.

Supported by an extremely well organized group of volunteers, a Mobile app for keeping track of the schedule and one of the most well designed attendee badges I have seen in a long time so far it has been well worth the modest attendance fee.

Categories: #wcbos, Opinion, WordCamp