Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

  I’ll be available for a new CTO / VP of Engineering role this June, ideally based in Surrey or South-West London. Take a look at my LinkedIn profile or get in touch to talk.

First proper night out after the second baby for the last night of Stewart Lee’s Content Provider tour at the Royal Festival Hall. As always, brilliant, even sitting at the back among the “Friends of the South Bank”.

Arsène Wenger became Arsenal’s manager when I was 17. Throughout my adult life - university, jobs, relationships, marriage and two kids - he’s been a constant. It’s a strange, sad feeling that he’s going. #MerciArsène for the beautiful football, the trophies and so many highs.

Reposted Pelle Wessman Pelle Wessman’s post on Twitter
Great alternative to, and much more valuable than, simple likes. Love it! 👍 https://twitter.com/jonasdowney/status/986336442573053952

I finally got round to trying some AWS basics:

  • Route 53 for DNS of barryf.co.uk
  • S3 for static web hosting
  • CloudFront in front of S3 for HTTP/2 and CDN
  • SSL certificate via ACM

Hate the UI but it was reassuringly easy. Next to try: Lambda and API Gateway.

Leaving Venntro

After ten happy, successful and highly educational years, I’ve decided to leave my role as Chief Technology Officer at Venntro this month. After so long with the company I felt the need to shake myself out of my comfort zone and look for a fresh challenge.

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At my first #HNLondon for a long while. A big crowd, a couple of top-notch speakers lined up and free pizza. Good work, @steviebuckley.

Frosts ❄️ built a snowman ⛄️

My paternity leave has timed perfectly with the snow and ice. Being homebound with a newborn is more bearable when I’m snowed-in anyway.

Hello to my son Charlie 👶👋

Watching those side boosters land from @spacex Falcon Heavy was a genuine open-mouth woah moment! Just amazing. Nice touches with Bowie and Don’t Panic on the Tesla screen.

🎉 Jekyll’s default Minima theme now has #microformats baked in to its templates. Really pleased to see my pull request merged in the latest gem release. #indieweb

https://twitter.com/jekyllrb/status/955551155031101440

You know it’s bad for your football club when you’re getting trolled by Amazon’s marketing team…

Alexa, when was the last time Arsenal won the Premier League?

The fascinating story behind the ruins we have in Virginia Water in this long thread of tweets:

https://twitter.com/PaulMMCooper/status/950033589374156800

(@PaulMMCooper - you need a blog!)

Reposted Venntro Development Venntro Development’s post on Twitter
Our Digital PM, @hayleyhinsley is speaking at @DeliverConf on the 25th. See her "Aim Wide, Not Just High" talk: http://deliverconf.co.uk/speakers/aim-wide-not-just-high/

Making a looping lullaby box

My wife and I are expecting our second baby in the new year. Our first, now a toddler, loved his Ewan The Dream Sheep at night, especially its gentle harp lullaby music, but the short duration (20 minutes) meant we were frequently restarting the music to help him fully drift off.

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Way back in 2006, long before Slack, a few colleagues and I ran a little tumblelog/microblog at the very cool URL vom.it (sadly no longer live) to share the interesting stuff we’d found. I especially liked the way posts and comments were presented inline.

Screenshot of vom.it

Once again, the only festive music worth listening to is Soma FM‘s brilliant Christmas Rocks! radio.

After seven years using the same profile photo/avatar, I thought it was probably about time I used something a bit more recent. Before and after…

me

I hadn’t read @brad_frost’s (cool name) article about thoughtless use of the word “just” before seeing @adactio’s tweet.

I’m sure I’ve used “just” in copy in that context before and I’ll strive to avoid doing so in future.

As seems obligatory today, this note tests whether I can post tweets with over 140 characters, now that Twitter supports up to 280. I’m posting this to my site first (naturally) and hopefully the Ruby @gem and Twitter’s API won’t bork when it’s syndicated 🤞