Notes

  • I’ve recently switched to Mimestream for email on my Macs. It’s the slickest macOS Gmail experience I’ve found. It’s unapologetically tied to Gmail (including optional keyboard shortcuts) so you’re not battling with IMAP. It’s currently free but I’ll happily pay for the 1.0.
  • Matt was kind enough to spend a couple of hours with me this afternoon over video, quickly understanding our pain points and giving me plenty of ideas and insights. If you’re looking for someone to advise on product, technology or design you should definitely get in touch. twitter.com…
  • 📢 I’m excited to share that I’m one of the speakers at this month’s #CTOCraftCon. I’ll be virtually joining some seriously amazing CTOs talking about Delivery. Details and tickets at conference.ctocraft.com… twitter.com…
  • I really like the Life Happens page in the IndieWeb wiki that Ana highlights. Such a great message to acknowledge that other things happen in people’s lives that can prevent them participating in a community. twitter.com…
  • Micropublish now supports the proposed Micropub extension for Channels. If your server’s endpoint responds to ?q=channel, or your config has a channel property, you can use the new field. While my current site doesn’t use channels, I’ve designed page management in my new, work-in-progress server to use the new proposal.
  • Six years after I tried it and initially questioned the pricing, I guess Slack knew what they were doing. Not bad for a spin-off from a MMORPG. www.theguardian.com…
  • I’ve been using @tailwindcss for a few weeks and surprised myself by how much it clicked. Like many, I thought it was heresy, but building with it is fast and addictive. Happy to see dark-mode support and more in 2.0. twitter.com…
  • Source control in the 1980s using a pink dinosaur, part of Paul Fellows’ tales of Acornsoft, Arthur and RISC OS: We had 7 or 8 guys trying to write an operating system to go into a ROM, so you’ve got to get it right, and they’re all doing different bits of it and some of these share system files. No CVS, no source control, no Sourcesafe, none of that. The solution was the main system header file with all the constants, SWI numbers and addresses of everything lived in. You could edit that if you...
  • Some code I’ve contributed to open-source projects is now being stored in vaults in the Arctic, thanks to GitHub’s Archive Programme. Very cool (excuse the pun).
  • This weekend’s IndieWebCamp in London has sensibly been switched to online-only because of the current health concerns. A big well done to the organisers, Cheuk, Calum and Ana, for their initial attempts to keep it going and then swiftly reconfiguring for an online event. Communication with attendees during the week has been exemplary. I’m very much looking forward to joining tomorrow’s sessions from the comfort and safety of my home office.
  • I went to @GrowableMeetups’ Serverless talks at @CazooUK this week. I find real-world examples much more compelling than theory, and @bob_the_mighty’s and Scott’s stories of rapid scalability and what can be built with small teams were very impressive. twitter.com…
  • Tried Apple Pay’s Express Mode on the Tube this morning and it worked beautifully. Lightning fast and no risk to barrier etiquette. FYI set up your “Express Travel Card” in your Wallet first. www.apple.com…
  • First language: BBC BASIC Had difficulties: Assembly Most used: CFML (ColdFusion) and JavaScript Totally hate: ASP/VBScript Loved: HTML forever! For beginners: Ruby via twitter.com…
  • Highly recommended: Stewart Lee’s Sharknado / Alan Bennett routine. Even better when the stage props fail.
  • Pre-ordered an iPhone 11 Pro earlier this afternoon, silver, 256GB. And so begins the passing down of devices through the family. I seriously considered the 11 but have been spoiled by the OLED screen on my X and didn’t want to downgrade to LCD.
  • Hottest day of the year (up around 34C) at the local village fete. Tombola win, burger, nice pint of real ale, ice cream and now home to cool down in front of the cricket.
  • Flying off to The Hague for a week for work this afternoon, so my Father’s Day treats have been cut short. I’ll miss my little monkeys.
  • Back at HWC London for the first time in a long long while, and thinking about making some changes around this place. While a Big Rewrite is clearly a Bad Thing, I’ve been looking for a reason to brush up on Node and wean myself off Ruby. Building a new home for myself is quite appealing. And with the Brighton 2019 IndieWebCamp coming up in October perhaps that’s a reasonable target to aim for in terms of a (rough) new site.
  • At the Barbican today for the Lead Dev London conference. Strong start. I especially enjoyed seeing @lara_hogan for the first time. #leaddevlondon
  • I’m in San Jose for this week’s @eBay Leaders conference. It’s my first visit to California since 2001 and I’m quite enjoying it, especially the food markets downtown.
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