Barry Frost

Hello, I’m Barry. I live in Surrey in the UK. I’m CTO of Global Personals and lead our globaldev development team. Read more about me or about this site.

  1. Fun discovery yesterday: my car is 4G.

    I have a Three SIM card for data from which it creates a wifi hotspot, displays live traffic updates, plays Spotify, etc.

    Driving along the M25 I notice a little '4G' icon appear. Sadly I was a little too busy driving to use it.

  2. Yes! BT has accepted my order for its FTTC broadband, now available in Virginia Water. I'll soon be improving on my 2Mbit/s to ~40Mbit/s.

    Yes! BT has accepted my order for its FTTC broadband, now available in Virginia Water. I'll soon be improving on my 2Mbit/s to ~40Mbit/s.

    Update (2014-04-22): Up-and-running, but only after a cocked-up cabinet activation by an incompetent Openreach engineer that left me without broadband at home for 8 days.

  3. Twitter's new implementation of multiple photos and tags is a further step away from its simple 140-char origins

    Twitter have recently announced changes to support multiple photos per tweet and tagging of people in photos, changes that bring their service even closer to Facebook/Instagram.

    What saddens me is the continued shift away from the original concept of a tweet being entirely encapsulated within 140 characters to fit neatly in a SMS. It's easy to see why, but photos and tagged users will be hidden in a tweet's metadata rather than being part of its body.

    It's expected that Twitter will include the new features in the public API but what else is being planned?

    Twitter's @vivian calls hashtags & @s "arcane": "We are working on moving the scaffolding of twitter into the background" @cwarzel

    As the above tweet suggests, other non-text cruft may also be on the way out. If so it'll be a shame. It's arguably a welcome move for Twitter's new users to lower the barrier to entry and bring it closer to Facebook, but I'll miss the 1:1 relationship between a tweet's content and its meaning.

Barry Frost