Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

August 2013


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10 years of @globalpersonals today. We’ve been celebrating with bacon, cake, champagne and… squirrel monkeys:

Agile Product Ownership in a nutshell

15 minute video clearly describing the role of a Product Owner.

Email market share (as tracked by @litmusapp in July)

asplake/link_header · GitHub

Small acts of leadership

I’m at @ScienceMuseum (South Kensington, Greater London) w/ 3 others

@ian_winter there is/was a fan in my office if you want it.

@kellyedworthy I did well! Made some valuable contributions on buttonholes.

@TheGeekPeople You’re absolutely right. Leaving the decisions to the expert!

@simondevon Leaving all decisions to my expert. Thankfully she knows what she wants. #nodandsmile

In a florists for a wedding consultation. No idea what’s going on. I hear that peonies were late this year.

@JamesLafferty Congratulations to you and @laurac1. Great news!

Enjoying a nice pint of Aylesbury Whittle, courtesy of Mr @timblair #ale

@GrahamM_6t9 Thanks, Graham. We’re listening to them now.

@StevieBuckley Oh dear god no.

@ian_winter So tempting! £2,500 for Chas.

Trying and failing to choose a wedding band. Every demo is Kings of Leon or the Killers and sounds like a trying-too-hard X-Factor audition.

@cronkshaw Laudrup? No point in sacking him now the season’s started. Expecting a Clough-esque season of limping along before the inevitable

@cronkshaw His awful mis-management of transfers this summer has changed my mind. Going to need some amazing signings, not just panic buys.

@agit8or Ha, now that’s service. Enjoy the rest of your hols. Not jealous at all!

@Dave__Bell Yep. Well, providing we beat Fenerbahce in the play-off. Which isn’t guaranteed on today’s showing. Benteke looked immense.

@Dave__Bell Nice. Yeah, the natives were very restless. “Spend some fucking money” was the loudest song of the day.

@agit8or Chamakh? Filled in for van Persie a couple of seasons ago but then sunk like a stone after. Bit of a punt I’d say.

@magspop @cronkshaw Jim - sits to the left. Lots of swearing and kicking the seats in front. He’s overdue a heart attack!

@Dave__Bell That was painful. I’d rather have watched it on a stream! Good result for your lot.

Mr Angry in the seat next to me is decidedly unimpressed with the referee. I think he’s missed his football over the last 3 months. 1-1 HT.

First match of the season. Looking forward to seeing all the new signings we’ve not made. Ah well. Come on you reds!

Serve your Rails assets over S3 (and CloudFront) with asset_sync


Automatically “hires” and “fires” (aka “scales”) Delayed Job and Resque workers on Heroku. When there are no queue jobs, HireFire will fire (shut down) all workers. If there are queued jobs, then it’ll hire (spin up) workers.

Agile software development with Trello and Google Docs

“How we use Trello and Google Docs to make UserVoice better every day”


3G and 4G LTE Mobile Coverage Map

Lineup Builder

Quickly create football line-ups and formations

GitHub Enterprise (self-hosted) looks very attractive right now. #githubisdown


Find cleaners in London. Payments via Stripe

What it’s like to work for Stripe

Use Travis CI to test GitHub pages builds

Meet the Hackers Who Want to Jailbreak the Internet

Wired article on the IndieWeb movement, POSSE and other related things.

@BenHobson Shameful. Best find yourself some mulled wine to wash it down with.

@JamesLafferty If I send them my bank account number and sort code I could win a developer. And viagra.

@BenHobson What kind of sick mind would think that’s acceptable? Fruitcake, marzipan, icing, the whole shebang? (I want one now).

Recruiter email intro of the day: “I apologise for spamming you” (but I’m going to do it anyway).

@ian_winter @neilmiddleton I was charging two mobiles off it at the cricket a few weeks ago. Plenty of juice.

@neilmiddleton I have one of those too. It has saved my bacon a number of times.


Use Rack::Timeout on Heroku

Many years ago, even before Tumblr, we ran a tumblelog: vomit

@tomgiddings Love the Intercity one. Refreshing honesty too from BR: “We’re getting there”.

Thoughts on Colocation