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Things I meant to blog about

26 July 2009

I’m not quite sure where the past few weeks have gone, but quite clearly they’ve passed me by quickly. These are a few things I’ve wanted to blog about but haven’t had the time to write a decent entry. Normal service will resume shortly. Karoo disconnects file sharers Hull’s only internet provider – Karoo – […]

WhatTheyClaimed.com – a lesson in crowdsourcing

19 June 2009

Yesterday, Richard Pope and I launched WhatTheyClaimed.com, a site aimed at digitising and collating all of the data from MPs expenses. The website is based upon a system I built a few weeks ago to monitor our own expenses at Consumer Focus Labs . The site was designed to match the processes at Consumer Focus, […]

Who owns your portfolio?

28 April 2009. 6 Comments

For web developers and designers the question of who owns your portfolio is an important one. It is a question that is not as clear cut as you might think. It seems that depending on your circumstances, you may not have any legal right to display the work that you produce. The general opinion is split into […]

Talking about Website Accessibility

6 March 2009

Earlier today at the Future of Web Apps conference in Dublin, Robin Christopherson from UK charity AbilityNet gave a talk on website accessibility.  I’ve seen quite a few different talks and sessions on website accessibility and understand how important this topic is.  This talk however really hit home – Robin is blind and gave the […]

CllrTweeps – The Directory of UK Councillors on Twitter

15 February 2009. 3 Comments

A quick update this week! Last weekend I was pleased to launch CllrTweeps.  The new site, inspired by TweetMinster, aims to list every local councillor in the UK who is on Twitter.  After our first week online, we have already tracked down and verified the first 100 councillors using the service. The first version of […]

School Closure Information

3 February 2009. 3 Comments

Unless you’ve been in a cave (or outside of the UK) for the last few days, you’ll know that we’ve been experiencing the fun of a ‘severe snow event’. The exact definition of a severe snow event remains unanswered, and I’ll leave the debate over whether what we’ve been experiencing is severe to another time. […]

Google falls over

31 January 2009. 1 Comment

Well, I never thought i’d see the day, but Google search has completely fallen over. No matter what you search for, Google returns a message saying that “This site may harm your computer”. Google will not let you visit the page unless you manually type the web address into your browser. It is even labelling […]

It’s official… politics 2.0 is here

24 January 2009

This week it feels like a new phase in social media and the internet has begun. The beginning of the week saw America inaugurate a technology-savvy president, who, along with his team, appears to understand the importance of technology and the internet. Throughout last year, Barack Obama and his team made fantastic use of social […]

TechCrunch goes for the cluttered look

18 January 2009

Back in August, technology blog TechCrunch updated with a new design, which was slowly but surely rolled out across its network of sites.  At the time I wrote about how much I liked the new design.  It was simple, clean and effective, as well as quick at loading. More recently, the blog network has taken […]

Cinema-style content ratings for websites

29 December 2008

Recently, the UK Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Andy Burnham did an interview with The Telegraph. During the interview he confirmed that the government was looking into a cinema-style rating system for websites. As a web developer, hosting provider and internet user, I do not understand how such […]

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