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The Biggest Problem of the Web

February 7, 2010
The Biggest Problem of the Web

Let me briefly describe what I think is the biggest problem that is holding back the full potential of the web. The majority of web applications (the useful websites that actually ‘do’ something) are conceived and created by developers: And yet the make-up of the global population is very different (the following graph is...
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On Fractal Quality and Startups

February 6, 2010

Some recent interesting blog posts have talked about the fractal nature of quality: quality items (software, restaurants, whatever) will exhibit the self-same high-quality at every level. A great restaurant will not only have great decoration and great food, but a well-serviced coat-check and high quality napkins. No detail is left to chance. Companies like Apple...
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The Forensics of Twitter Bullying

February 5, 2010

Due to the sensitivity of this issue, I’ve decided to remove this post. Hope you understand.
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Bun Girls

February 2, 2010

I recently purchased a stupid domain, and can’t decide what the best thing is to do with it. However, I’m pretty certain that the current Bun Girls: Ladies Got Bread isn’t it. Any ideas? Maybe a superhero comic-strip; “Bun Girls: Better Bread Than Dead”?
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Snowboarding / Software Design Metaphor

January 24, 2010
Snowboarding / Software Design Metaphor

I’ve just returned from a snowboarding trip to the beautiful Val d’Isere. One aspect of the trip made me think about software interface design. Where possible, we tried to avoid the pistes. They are exactly as you expect them to be: busy, often icy routes that you sometimes have to use to get from...
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Cheapest Best Places to Live?

December 29, 2009

What are the cheapest, best places to live in the world? If you want to be somewhere that has a cool nightlife and local amenities, and is probably close to another great city, where would you go? For example, what are the best cheap places in North America, UK, or Japan? Can you live...
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The Lego Digital Camera

November 29, 2009
The Lego Digital Camera

The Lego Digital Camera looks pretty neat until you realise that: It’s only 3 Megapixels, so for £70 (or £60 on Amazon), it’s an expensive kids toy. The “Buildable but not breakable!” is a bit mis-leading. You can’t pull it apart and re-configure the blocks (like you might expect with Lego). The top and...
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Reinventing Business Cliches

November 9, 2009

Blue Red Sky Thinking: brainstorming ideas to solve the potential apocalyptic end to human life caused by climate change. Thinking Outside Inside The Box: discussing creative solutions to a problem by placing fixed parameters on the solution or by focusing on the limitations. The best solutions are often those that are found once the...
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Wanted: Singer(s) & Collaborator(s)

October 17, 2009

I adore music. I haven’t written or recorded much lately, but I intend to rectify that. Here are a few tracks (more to come in a later post) that I’ve recorded at some point in my life. I recently realised that they’re all fairly negative; I think I’m kind-of going for a ‘catchy depressed...
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The Januarist – Past vs Present

October 4, 2009

A big group of us who still value (but don’t fawn over) objects and less-physical things from the past have set up a new blog dedicated to that very same topic. It’s called The Januarist, so pop on over (assuming the DNS has finally propagated) and let us know what you think.
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