What skills and technologies would you focus on for the next couple of years?

Here’s my list: Digital not IT Git more than SVN Javascript over┬áJava JSON more than XML Python more than PHP Ruby even more than Rails German more than French Mandarin more than German Kano more than Moscow Kanban more than Scrum Kaizen more than perfection Agile much more than PRINCE2 In fact, agile rather than …

Podcast recommendation: Off the Wall Post

As you might know, Shift Run Stop (that podcast I used to edit every week) is on holiday at the moment. While we work out when/how/whether to restart, I’ve found myself listening to lots more podcasts. There’s one in particular which I think you might like. Off the Wallpost (‘a conversation about digital media in …

Color: why it’s interesting and why it won’t be “the next Twitter”.

Color invites you to “creates new, dynamic social networks … wherever you go”. It’s getting a lot of attention at the moment, largely because of $41M VC funding. It’s even being hailed as having ‘a very good chance of becoming a large scale success like Twitter‘. In case you have not yet heard of Color, …

Guardian Activate 2010

I went to Activate 2010 yesterday. It’s a conference about technology, society and the future (‘changing the world through the internet’). This is the second time the Guardian have run an Activate event (Activate 09 was very interesting, though I see I mainly ended up writing about how the event embraced the Twitter back-channel by …

Making a podcast – some notes and observations

For the past 3-and-a-bit months, I’ve been making a podcast with my friend Leila. It’s called Shift Run Stop and thanks to iTunes featuring it on their Podcasts page, it’s recently started getting rather a lot more attention and listeners than we’d ever have hoped. A few people have asked me how the recording and …

TV scrobbling and attention data – What’s Dale been watching?

I love it when people take control of their own attention data. Dale Lane has set up a lovely TV scrobbling service in his house, allowing him to capture and share what he watches on TV. The overlap between rich information visualisations, attention data and television is fascinating. I’m not surprised to see Dale doing …

Guardian Activate 09

I went to Activate 09 today. “an exclusive one-day summit providing a unique gathering for leaders working across all sectors to share, debate and create strategies for answering some of the world’s biggest questions.” I was there for most of the day today, though I sadly had to miss a chunk of the afternoon. Here’s …

Laptop Stickers

I’ve been collecting photos of laptop stickers for ages. Here’s what my ever-changing MacBook Air looks like at the moment (click the image for the Flickr version, complete with notes). I’m always on the lookout for more. If you want me to display your sticker, and don’t mind posting it to me, let me know …