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.

  4. My notes from last night's London Homebrew Website Club meetup #indieweb

    Last night was the first London Homebrew Website Club meetup. I said a few words about this site and touched on some of the IndieWeb concepts I've been experimenting with, which seemed to go well. Strong turnout of about a dozen people: some completely new to the ideas and others who have been involved with the community for a while.

    And good to swap notes afterwards with Glenn Jones who demonstrated his work-in-progress Transmat platform and to see some of the location functionality under the hood of Tom Morris's site. Checkins may be the next item type I add.

    Thanks to Chris Roos and Tom for organising.

    My slides on Baker.

  5. I'm going to next week's Homebrew Website Club in London #indieweb

    Homebrew Website Club comes to London

    Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, whatever...

    As part of a deliberate attempt to attend more meet-ups I'm heading to next week's inaugural London meet-up of the Homebrew Website Club, an offshoot of the IndieWeb movement.

    As the mission statement above suggests, it promises to be an opportunity to show others how I've built this thing and discuss ideas on how personal websites could develop.

    If like me you're interested in this kind of stuff then add yourself to the list and come along.

  6. tickbot: my little script that integrates @tickspot time-tracking reminders into @slackhq

    Introducing tickbot:

    Tickbot is a very simple app/script that reminds our team in Slack to do their time tracking in Tick and cheerfully name-and-shames those who forgot the next morning.

    It's clever enough to adapt to weekends and UK bank holidays so people aren't incorrectly nagged.

    I'm pleased to report that while our team have already started to curse tickbot when he badgers them, so far no one has forgotten to submit their time. Well done, tickbot.

    The source is available on GitHub if you'd like to poke around.

Barry Frost