Category Archives: Software

Dragon Hunting in Bath

As I mentioned earlier, I took yesterday off. Donna Hanson was in Bath as part of her GUFF Trip (that’s the fan fund for taking fans from Australia and New Zealand to Worldcon). I offered to pop into town and … Continue reading

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Introducing the Twilight People App #TDOV

Today is the international Trans Day of Visibility. I’m spending the day in London at a Trans*Code hackathon, kindly hosted at the offices of CapGemini (whom I used to work for many decades ago). I’ve spent the day working on … Continue reading

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At the London Metropolitan Archives

Photo by Laila El-Metoui Here’s me last night doing my stand up and be mouthy routine at the London Metropolitan Archives. I was talking about an app I’m writing for the Twilight People project. It will be a while yet … Continue reading

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Girls Can’t Code

Many thanks to the Girls Who Code movement for this hilarious video parodying the excuses given for not employing women as programmers. In my case it is even harder. I suffer from autogynephilia, so not only do my boobs get … Continue reading

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That Was Trans*Code

I spent most of yesterday at Trans*Code, a meet-up for trans people and allies in the IT industry. It is primarily a hack day, so various interesting projects got started. Here’s a run-down of what we did. Clothing Exchange – … Continue reading

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My Bath Ruby Talk about Trans*Code

Is now available on video. Many thanks to the lovely people at Confreaks TV. The video covers the entire third lightning talk session, but if you are not interested in IT stuff you can fast forward to around 8:50 to … Continue reading

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Bath Ruby, A Very Different Software Conference

I spent today in the Assembly Rooms at Bath. There was a definite air of eccentricity in having a software conference in such a stately, Georgian venue, but if you are going to hold a conference in Bath, why not? … Continue reading

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That Was Trans*Code

Many of you will be familiar with the idea of hack days — where a bunch of programmers get together and throw together some interesting and innovative applications, or at least demos of what will be applications after a lot … Continue reading

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Jetpack Update

Sorry folks, seems like I was wrong about how Jetpack generates the menu for the mobile theme. It doesn’t use the inbuilt WordPress menu. It does it by finding all of the public pages you have, whether they are linked … Continue reading

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WordPress Wrangling

Some of you may have noticed the additional share buttons on this blog. That’s part of my experimenting with Jetpack, the official WordPress plugin that is seeking to supplant many commonly used independent plugins. My initial experiences are fairly positive. … Continue reading

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Twitter & WordPress – The Other Shoe Drops?

As if by magic, Automattic, the people who own WordPress, have suddenly announced an upgrade to one of their plugins that includes export to Twitter. I shall give it a try and see if my site is suddenly OK again. … Continue reading

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In Training

Kevin and I are on vacation in South Devon. The primary purpose is to allow Kevin to ride lots of trains that he has not been on before. There may also be history and good food involved. It is a … Continue reading

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Tom Abba on the Future of the Book

Last night I went to Bristol to hear my friend Tom Abba talk about the future of the book. Tom is an academic specializing in interactive narratives, and some of you may remember an experiment that he conducted earlier this … Continue reading

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Adventures in EPUB

I have spent most of today working on an EPUB version of Salon Futura. I have been playing with EPUBs for a while now, but this was the first time I have tried to do anything clever with them (as … Continue reading

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We Are All Communists Now

Do you use WordPress to run your blog? If so, are you aware that you are part of a secret Communist plot to undermine the American way of life? According to Mashable and The Guardian, an industry lobbying group, the … Continue reading

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Tinkering with WordPress

One of the good things about WordPress is that it is continually being improved. Unfortunately this conflicts with one of the other good things about it – the large amount of third party support. That is, when WordPress releases a … Continue reading

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Video Software Advice Wanted

As those of you who were online yesterday will already know, I now have the Neil & Amanda videos from the Who Killed Amanda Palmer reading available online. You can see the whole lot here. But I’m not happy, because … Continue reading

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We Are Mobile

One of the things about having an iPhone is that you suddenly start to care much more about how your blog looks on that device. Of course you have Safari available, but really the iPhone screen is a bit too … Continue reading

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Twitter Fears Confirmed

So, inspired by the comment by Mulluane I finally devoted some time to looking for Twitter tools. I think Mulluane is using TwitKit, but my friend Mr. Google took me to this article, on the basis of which I think … Continue reading

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Cool Software

Basically we all need this stuff available on the heads-up displays of our wearable computers: An image-recognition system developed by European researchers can hyperlink reality. It’s true. The MOBVIS system can recognise individual buildings in a photo you take with … Continue reading

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