My friend, and colleague at Bristol Wireless, Peter Clive Ferne died on the 7th October 2010 from a brain tumor. He will be sorely missed by friends, family and the many people he knew on the Bristol technology scene.
Some good friends of mine, Sam Rossiter and Naomi Smyth, that I met through Indymedia and Bristol Wireless, are setting sail around Europe to meet and interview people with survivalist skills in a bit to find out more about how to survive the future. The BBC have an article on them.
I finally bought myself a ticket for Oxford Drupal Camp Education, which was held on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June 2012 at St Catherin's College, University of Oxford; though I'm only going to be making it for the Saturday. It was great to bump into others from the local Oxford Drupal Users Group there, as well as meet some more folk from the world of Drupal and go to some of the interesting looking sessions.
There's lots of web sites that provide link shorteners (bit.ly, tinyurl.com, imc.li, tiny.booki.cc; to name but a few). In the past I'd always used tinyurl.com, but then I started working on a project to provide a book of useful technical tips for political activists and grassroots campaigners and some people on the project were concerned about the security implications of third parties logging the redirects, having to have a named account in order to edit the links and the potential of the lin
Last night was great, did a talk with Sy from Bristol Indymedia at the Cube Microplex on the subject of hacktivism. I showed the film En Busca de Hackers, which is beginning to look slightly hackneyed to my eyes though I think it's still a good example and introduction to the topic. It's notable that the story lines are slightly open-ended with no clear conclusion.
Well I've just about recovered from BarnCamp 2011, which was held once again at the beautiful location of Highbury Farm above the village of Redbrook in the Wye Valley. This was the fourth year of this event organised by HacktionLab, the tech-activist collective I'm involved in.
Am pleased to say that we finally got the new One Central Place web site launched and live! The new site is built on CiviCRM and Drupal and is a great improvement in functionality over the old version, which was a bespoke site built in Django.
A couple of friends have been asking me about what batteries they require to run a 12volt sound system. I spoke to them about it a bit, recalling what I'd learnt from folks such as Raymundo and Clive Magrec.