Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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Monday, 10 November 2008

Agile: I should think so

So here we are blogging from a smart phone, not that it's a miracle or anything but by all accounts it's a step closer to one. I don't think I need to specify which smart phone, only need to say that i had fun writing this and you should be able to guess? Or maybe the smugness gives it away?

Well, I'm off to an Agile Development introduction workshop in the morning, I thought I would share some comments about it tomorrow, so I spent £5.99 on this new iBlogger app, it should come in handy during the day, as the team I work in do not all have twitter.

So if this blog makes it up then I regard this purchase a success.

Saturday, 4 October 2008


Well hello again, sorry about the delay, not that anyone reads this I expect?!

I thought it was about time I posted a blog, after all, it's here so I better use it right? Well I'm still not sure about that, especially now I have twitter et al. Besides, do I really have enough free time to spend it twittering, google chat and blogging and emailing and talking on the phone and working?(don't be silly) and having a social life? Actually living life? Rather than writing about it?...... of course I do!

So, I guess I'll start twittering on about this new stuff I am slowly slowly adding to my daily dose of communication. Maybe I should feed my twitter into my blog... or feed my email from my twitter and then send my chat & email to my blog?... or publish my twitter to my blog and send that to my email?... or just forget the blog?... or forget the email?... hmmm.... but I do feel the need to "let it all out" sometimes in a much longer format, not that I have much to let out it seems so far!
Maybe, if I could plug my brain into the net and then blog directly from my thoughts, as I went through the day, it might be a thousand pages long already this week!... Oh but how to vet them, I don't after all want any old thoughts on my blog, god forbid some of the rubbish that might get churned out on to you all. Even during a IM conversation the other day, I thought, if I could think this chat while I was working on the subject we were talking about, I could be coding the VLE at the same time, saving all the alt/apple tabbing between windows, and also be sending an email about the meeting we arranged... all without managing 100 windows!

Anyway, been thinking/talking about all sorts recently.

On the downside:
  • Totally missed the FOTE conference, due to being out of da loop, I do wonder about the Team spirit in our current work environment.
  • Lots of negative feedback all over the place, seems that our current systems not Fashionable at the moment. If it's not in the cloud it's rubbish apparently!
On the Upside:
  • Now setting up all sorts of external channels for Tech/Development information, due to the above in da loop situation.
  • Lots of people wandering around 'empowered' and excited about web applications, that's a great thing for the web savvy and API writers out there.
  • Sharing resources and using common tools should really help us stay one step ahead in the future.
Getting interested in php again, such an easy language to use, can see why moodle/facebook etc used it. Once combined with clientside APIs it's fantastic.

Sharepoint or as I am thinking more and more Whatsthepoint.

Weird how we are all walking talking cyborgs these days, just the implanted technology and body armour to come!

If education is full of I-don't-want-to-work-hard employees how do we get them to take time to learn to use all the many 'Cloud' applications out there?

So to sum up then, hmmm.. not really sure whether I have a overall point here... need to try and blog in one hit, rather than adding to it over a long period of time...
P.S. Todays development went out the window, in place of cloud account management... single log on, yes please hurry up with that!

Monday, 18 February 2008

Web2.8.2.18 - just a short ranting ramble [ grammar not included ]

One thing I have noticed more and more recently is that there is a genuine divide amongst online designers. On the one hand, there are the ones that use the web to communicate their clients ideas and build intuitive UI's based upon grounded design principles. Then on the other, there are those that live and breathe the web and all things connected, and happen to have clients as a by product. The latter being the ones that are so busy hanging out on the "Cutting Edge" that they forget to publish their wonder web in basic HTML format!

A lot of people, it seems, are so preoccupied with being ahead of the game, that they have forgotten one simple fact: Most people will not bother using a web site/application if they have to jump through hoops to get the damn thing working. On top of that, if the so called designer is "pushing boundaries" with the layout and typography too, then once it is working, one has no hope of using the web page without lots of trial and error!

To give an example:Well I was but then a certain browser crashes and rest of blog is lost... no time to re-write... oh well hmmmm...

To Summarize my humble rambling rant then: Imagine yourself getting in your car one morning to find that the steering wheel is in the boot, the foot pedals are on the front bumper and turning the ignition key beeps the horn!

Friday, 11 January 2008

Will web 3.0 see the end of IE 6? Well, if it doesn't....

Will Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 be the end of me? I hope not but I wouldn't put money on it... However, after an exhausting week of work, shouting expletives and faking acts of violence towards my poor laptop, it leaves me pondering what it would be like trying to use all these wonderful web applications in older browsers like Internet Explorer 5 and Netscape Navigator 4? In that sense at least, there is a light at the end the the IE6 tunnel....

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Web87 ?


For quite a few years now, I have noticed that myself and a few friends started to use the number 87 in place of a few words like "many", "loads" and "lots". So, a simple question like, "How many eggs would you like?" would be answered "87 please!". You get the idea...

Basically this is going to be a blog about web2.0+ ...