Category Archives: Real life

Get off the Internet

In my last post I summarised why undermining (all) our security with intrusive laws is unhelpful. But what if it comes to pass? The best advice (and what I would try and do) is get off the Internet.

Laws that undermine security

The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill combines some previous laws and makes more explicit what the (UK) Government security services can do. That’s a good thing.

However, there are two areas where I think the bill will make life worse for us (UK citizens):

Undermining our security, for the general everyday…

CSUN 2014 round-up

This was my first CSUN conference and it was a very enjoyable, if very tiring event. Having posted quite a few sets of notes from the sessions, I though an overview of the resources and experience would be helpful.

CSUN: International Association of Accessibility Professionals

Kathy Walbin, Rob Sinclair and David Dickter presenting about the IAAP.The IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) has been rumbling along, preparing for a while now, and it's time for the official launch.

CSUN 2014 prep

Just a little heads up that I will be going to CSUN for the first time this year, which is taking place next week 19-21st March). I’ll be in San Diago (usefully) from the 18th to 23rd March.

I’m going to try and blog what I find, so suddenly this …

Open Rights Group Conference

Open Rights Group Conference I just had an interesting day at the Open Rights GroupConference (#ORGcon). As someone that doesn't identify with any political party, it's the only (mildly) activistic group I'm involved in. That's probably due to the close connection with the tools I use everyday at work, like the Internet. A few things I learned from the day...

Bristol Council CMS discussion

Presentation slide.I attended the Roundtable Discussion about Bristol City Council’s Future Web Platform, an interesting insight into how local authorities think about their web presence. Something about the presentations & process jarred with me, and it took a little while to work out what the problem was: the assumptions. I've dissected some of them and proposed new ones.

Music industry change

Current spending on bandsOk, I don't know much about the music industry, but there is such as huge disparity between what the record labels say and just about everyone else, it's difficult not to comment. I think that's probably because their business is over, and here's what might replace them.

.net standards champion

I was pleased (and rather surprised) to be nominated for “standards champion” in the .net awards. The thing is, the competition is, um, quite fierce! I’m up against the W3C, Mozilla, and some of the best known names in the business (like Zeldman). So I’m not picking out a …

Dr Horrible’s sing along blog

Capture from the first act of the musical.In a break from our irregular schedule, I feel compelled to point out that Joss Whedon is doing a sort of Radiohead. For a few days only, there is a three part "supervillain musical" free online. During the writers strike Joss and a few friends got together to do something fun and silly, and experiment whilst they were at it.