Bridge Building

Posted on September 2, 2016

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10 things you should check on your website

Posted on August 17, 2016

1. Who owns the domain name? It's not uncommon when you pay someone to build a website for the domain name to be registered in the name of the web design company that produced it, while this is often done for convenience rather than out of any malicious intent it can and often does lead to problems at a later date. To find out who owns "your" domain name visit http://whois.domaintools.com/ and look for the Registrant entry. 2. Where is ...

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Wayra is coming to Oldham

Posted on July 28, 2016

You may have hear that Wayra is coming to Oldham, Wayra are part of Telefonica, better known in the UK as 02. They will be moving into the former Wahoo building along with Hack Oldham, the community maker space I established last year. Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking at the pre-launch event held at Oldham college, the aim of the event was to educate Oldham's business leaders about Wayra and their upcoming call for candidates. We also ...

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How categories should work

Posted on July 17, 2016

You know the situation, you are browsing round an online shop, looking for a particular product but cant quite find what you are looking for, so you search for something similar in the hope of finding out what category you should be looking in. This is the situation I found myself in today with ASDA while looking for a cool box, Logically as I had seen them in store near the BBQ gear,  to me it made sense that there should be some connection ...

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What is a maker?

Posted on June 6, 2016

The other day a random twitter conversation by biglesp, who for quite some time before I met him in meatspace believed was called Big Lesp, got me thinking about what is a maker. https://twitter.com/biglesp/status/735726907656785921 You see we came to the conclusion that the closest thing we have to a job title is Maker, but what is a maker? It sounds like we make things, but in my own personal sense of the word its far more wide reaching ...

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What a year (ahead and behind)

Posted on April 5, 2016

So here I am, at home, having a week off, this isn't something I do very often, having time off isn't something I'm very good at, relaxation is something I just don't do. I'm taking this week off to take stock, a lot has happened in the last 12 months or so and when you spend all your time so involved in a project its hard to see the wood for the trees. As you have probably heard a digital enterprise hub is coming to Oldham, in simple terms ...

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Virgin Media junk mail-o-meter

Posted on January 5, 2016

So last year I had a bit of a rant at @virginmedia, the reason for this was the ridiculous amount of junk mail that Virgin were sending us, so I decided I was going to keep all the mail they sent me for the next 12 months. Here we are 12 months later and I have a draw full of Virgin Media Junk Mail. [supsystic-tables id='1']   So thats 89.165g or 15 items of junk mail trying to get us to buy Virgin Media, when as you may have notices, ...

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New Years resolutions-ish

Posted on December 31, 2015

Last year I wrote a big long list of New Years resolutions, and for the most part I failed. The only thing I did managed to do is cut out sugar in my coffee, which considering the amount of coffee I drink that's no mean feat. So this year I decided to do something different, rather than try to do everything all at once I'm going to set myself a challenge each month, and in order to keep track of these challenges I have one resolution and that ...

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Big thanks for 2015

Posted on December 31, 2015

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported me for the last year and helped make Hack Oldham what it is today. A year ago it was just an idea, and now here we are just 12 months later with a well equipped space, dozens of members, plans to move into a 3000 sq ft 2 story high street unit in a few months time and even a full time volunteer starting next week to get us organised. As much as I can be a miserable people hating grump, ...

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8 bit music video

Posted on December 30, 2015

Love this, kind of reminds me of my childhood.

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