Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

Indie Microblogging

I’ve just backed Manton Reece’s “Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing” Kickstarter project. It’s a book and upcoming micro blogging platform (Micro.blog) that dovetails neatly with my thoughts and work on the IndieWeb.

As I’ve noted before, Manton aims to support many of the same technologies I’ve implemented on this site and I’m happy to support him in developing his platform. His vocal support for the IndieWeb is a welcome high-profile voice. Good luck, Manton.

Micropublish 2

Today I pushed a rebuild of my Micropub client, Micropublish, live to https://micropublish.net. The source is on GitHub. 

I’ve squeezed it out just before the end of 2016 so that I meet my IndieWeb commitment. For the first time I’m now able to edit posts on this site and delete (or undelete) them if needed. 

There are a couple of things I want to improve, but it’s ready for use. If you have a compatible site I’d welcome you to kick the tyres and let me know how you get on.

Transformative

I’m happy to say this site is now running my new IndieWeb microblogging software, Transformative, which I’ve open-sourced on GitHub.

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Colophon

Transformative is a microblogging engine that powers my personal website barryfrost.com. It’s written in Ruby and supports several key IndieWeb technologies as detailed below.

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North Norfolk Notes

Earlier this week I returned from a very enjoyable holiday in a surprisingly sunny North Norfolk with Laura and 10-month old Henry. For posterity and in case it’s useful for those with a similarly-aged baby/toddler, here are a few of my highlights.

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Introducing Webhook Mentions

Webhook Mentions is a very simple Ruby app I’ve built that sends Webmentions to any links in new/updated posts in a Jekyll-powered GitHub Pages site marked up with Microformats 2 h-entry markup.

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How to comment

You can comment on any of the posts on this site using the IndieWeb comment method. Here’s how it’s done.

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Using camo for SSL image proxying

I’ve just set up SSL image proxying on my website through camo to make sure any external non-https images are served via https. Camo is a simple HTTP proxy that also encrypts URLs with HMAC to prevent someone piggy-backing off your service.

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Contact

Colophon

This site is powered by my own IndieWeb-compliant publishing tool. It’s my home for all my notes, articles, bookmarks, photos and more, hosted on my personal domain rather than in someone’s silo. I can choose how it looks and works while having fun building it for myself.

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About

Hello, I’m Barry, a web developer and product owner, working in Windsor and London. I live in a village in Surrey with my wife, Laura.

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UX London: Products, People and Platforms

The 2014 UX London conference was held at the end of last week in Greenwich, promising three days of “inspiration, education and skills development for user experience designers” focused around products, people and platforms. Here are my highlights of the talks and workshops I attended.

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Monitoring my broadband connection

My home internet connection quality seems to yoyo from day to day. Our area is yet to receive so-called “superfast” broadband and I’m stuck with somewhere between 0.5-2Mbit/s depending on contention. Frustrating.

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Witness the fitness

I’m 32, unfit and getting a bit tubby. I drive to work, sit at a computer for most of the day and eat/drink what I like. This lifestyle has got me through my twenties intact, but it’s time to change. I’d like to lose a bit of the flab that I’ve gained and generally feel fitter and healthier.

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The recruitment threesome

An employer, a candidate and a recruiter. Sometimes recruitment is direct, but often it involves each of the three parties jumping into bed together. Despite early enthusiasm the end result can frequently be disappointing and unsatisfying. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Get your eyes lasered

I was a contact lens/glasses wearer for over 16 years before finally undertaking laser eye surgery in December last year. I had toyed with the idea for a while and finally went for it. I’m thoroughly pleased with the end results and wish I had gone for it sooner. What follows are my own experiences and thoughts which may be valuable if you’re considering laser eye surgery too.

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