The meandering journey of NodeBots Interchange

Published Wednesday, January 27th 2016

What started as a plan to simply make components work a bit better with NodeBots turned into a way of managing any firmware using JavaScript.

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  • Wednesday, January 27th 2016

    The meandering journey of NodeBots Interchange

    What started as a plan to simply make components work a bit better with NodeBots turned into a way of managing any firmware using JavaScript.

    8 minute read (2.2k words)

  • Wednesday, September 9th 2015

    Datatium - data as material for contextually responsive design

    Resposive design is still very screen size focussed where as we should be considering context much more than we do. This talk explains how Datatium helps resolve this.

    1 minute read (190 words)

  • Saturday, August 8th 2015

    DDD JavaScript IoT workshop

    A summary of the various projects completed as part of the JS IoT workshop given at DDD Melbourne 2015.

    1 minute read (120 words)

  • Sunday, May 4th 2014

    A Device API safari

    There are many interesting things to be found in the Device API. This talk went on a journey to see what we could find worth playing with.

    1 minute read (250 words)

  • Wednesday, August 21st 2013

    Should JavaScript devs build real things?

    JavaScript is leaving the browser and entering the real world. Is this just a bunch of web devs playing with hardware or are we starting to see a fundamental shift in the direction web technologies are taking?

    16 minute read (4.7k words)

  • Wednesday, March 20th 2013

    Book launch of Jump Start Responsive Design

    Working on my first book was quite good fun, though hard work, and today after all of that effort it's finally released.

    1 minute read (140 words)

  • Tuesday, November 20th 2012

    The ClickFail of Australian Retail.

    The coming of age of online retail in Australia crashed and burned in Australia tonight due to lack of preparation and hubris. It could have been so different.

    5 minute read (1.4k words)

  • Friday, October 19th 2012

    Datatium - a material to create responsive experiences

    Device responsive design is only one part of context. These are the sketch notes that underpinned a talk at WDS2012 on the wider aspects of using data in responsive design approaches.

    20 minute read (6.0k words)

  • Wednesday, July 25th 2012

    Web Facilitated Play in the Real World

    How can physical interaction with digital media augment the experience of both and what part does the web have to play in this space?

    6 minute read (1.7k words)

  • Monday, November 7th 2011

    App stores are delivery channels not search engines

    The main purpose of the app store is not discovery, it's to simplify the installation process to get an app on your device. Discovery continues to happen through other channels.

    5 minute read (1.2k words)

  • Friday, November 4th 2011

    We are the champions... of the web

    The "problem" with the web is it's lack of control, but it doesn't need control, it only needs an unruly mass of champions to defend it and let the process unfold to win.

    3 minute read (760 words)

  • Friday, November 4th 2011

    We are the champions... of the web

    The "problem" with the web is it's lack of control, but it doesn't need control, it only needs an unruly mass of champions to defend it and let the process unfold to win.

    3 minute read (760 words)

  • Monday, October 17th 2011

    Neo-Futurism in the Information Age

    Finally the gloom of the GFC appears past and the web community are attempting to dream big ideas again - a summary of WDS11.

    3 minute read (720 words)

  • Tuesday, October 4th 2011

    On a post-flash world and Adobe's place within it

    Sacred cows in the Adobe world finally appear to be on the BBQ. Recent signals from the tooling company suggest Flash may finally be about to die - and not too soon.

    3 minute read (800 words)

  • Thursday, September 15th 2011

    Device API - Applications of DeviceMotion & DeviceOrientation

    Modern smartphones are jam-packed with sensors attached to them. This data is now available for use in the mobile web browser too. Here's some things you can do with them.

    4 minute read (1.2k words)

  • Monday, August 8th 2011

    The web of intent

    Web applications could handle common tasks such as sharing or pinning using an Intent oriented design.

    5 minute read (1.4k words)

  • Wednesday, July 21st 2010

    Thingstreams - the future of product / consumer dialogue

    As consumers engage more directly with each other, how to brands understand what is happening in the "backchannel"?

    5 minute read (1.3k words)

  • Wednesday, June 23rd 2010

    Why Google is a more "typical" business than you think

    There's been some interesting reportage over the last couple of weeks around whether Google's decision to remove Windows from internal use as a supported desktop has wider ramifications for the future of Windows in business. The Linux and Mac press have been crowing; suggesting that CIOs take Google's lead and kill off their dependence on the Microsoft OS.

    3 minute read (680 words)

  • Tuesday, April 13th 2010

    Adobe - Narayen's kingdom for a plan...

    Adobe's public fracas with Apple over lack of flash on iThings and Google open sources VP8 - it's been a tough couple of weeks for Adobe with no signs of getting better. Cries of "My kingdom for a plan" may just about to be heard from the corner offices...

    6 minute read (1.5k words)

  • Sunday, July 26th 2009

    Case Study: Django + Agile = Sportsgirl redevelopment

    I've decided to write this one up because there isn't much on large scale and high speed Django development as yet and this is all still fresh in my head so it's worth getting down on paper (or screen as it were).

    3 minute read (830 words)

  • Wednesday, July 22nd 2009

    The Golden Age of mobile? Soon maybe...

    Some would say that it's already been - during the heady days of GSM Data and WAP, some would say it stalled when European clients pulled all funding from mobile internet apps in the post-dot-com-crash GPRS days, some would say that with the advent of the iPhone we're there in all it's shiny-coverflow-enabled-finger-waggling-goodness.

    3 minute read (630 words)

  • Monday, April 28th 2008

    Easy product or class rating system

    So you've got a lovely little ratings system going on your site. All of a sudden though you get slashdotted, dugg or just your marketing starts working and you have thousands of users all rating your products / services / systems / posts / videos etc and your pages start to creak.

    4 minute read (930 words)

  • Tuesday, April 22nd 2008

    Phorm over function?

    Phorm is, and will continue to be for some time I think a hugely divisive issue online. BBC have another story today about it, this time having spoken to the various security companies like F-Secure, McAffee etc about whether they will flag a message to the user about whether Phorm has been enabled or not.

    2 minute read (510 words)

  • Monday, April 21st 2008

    Can Yahoo really get things so wrong?

    Yahoo are one of the original dotcoms. They've been around for a long time so they should know their business. Imagine my surprise when one of my clients starts complaining that their confirmation emails to yahoo email accounts are permanently being binned as is everything else they send - including personal communications.

    2 minute read (350 words)

  • Tuesday, February 12th 2008

    Why industries can still be revolutionised on the web

    I'm a bit of a cynic really. Anyone that's trawled through the depths of this blog will know that I have a fairly acid tongue when it comes to technology. I am a walking example of the phrase "familiarity breeds contempt".

    3 minute read (880 words)

  • Thursday, January 31st 2008

    The state of Oz technology

    Well rarely does an entire country entice me to start ranting (and at this point I'll point out I am in fact Australian) but by crikey Australian technology hasn't really moved in the last 5 years.

    2 minute read (440 words)

  • Wednesday, January 9th 2008

    The warm glow of site launch

    I've been in this game a long time but there is still nothing sweeter than launching a site after spending a months building it with your team and the client. As a TD, site launch brings a mix of emotion - fatigue from the lack of sleep for the 10 days prior to launch, relief that the site is launching on time and on budget and the client seems happy with it all and finally worry about whether the thing will work as expected, what will everyone else think about it and by god I hope the server doesn't fall over on Day 1 under load...

    1 minute read (250 words)

  • Friday, December 21st 2007

    My top 5 jQuery seasonal wishes

    I've waxed lyrical about jQuery before, I've been using it a lot to do worker code which I just can't be bothered to hand write any more. Not least because jQuery handles all the little browser inconsistencies for me so the code I actually call into a page is infinitely more maintainable, especially if someone follows behind who maybe isn't so up to speed with JavaScript as I am.

    3 minute read (610 words)

  • Wednesday, December 19th 2007

    SMS Bamboozlement...

    I'm doing some work for a client at the moment who's industry is particularly technophobic. The absolute cutting edge is a bit of YouTube video thrown willy nilly into a page. I'd also point out that design is something that rarely makes an appearance in this particular industry.

    1 minute read (270 words)

  • Tuesday, December 11th 2007

    .NET / XSLT and how to import an external XML document

    I work with XML and XSLT every day of the week. Indeed working for a company called XML Infinity you can imagine how much we use it. I had one of those incredibly frustrating moments this afternoon that one typically when dealing with badly documented parts of .NET or XSLT.

    2 minute read (490 words)

  • Monday, November 19th 2007

    Fuzzy logic could book more flights

    SQL makes logic easy for developers, however it also creates boundary issues when it comes to sales price matching. Fuzzy logic could help resolve this problem.

    2 minute read (530 words)

  • Monday, November 5th 2007

    Bye bye OpenMoko

    Google announced today that they would be partnering up with a load of other companies including Samsung, Motorola and LG to produce a new phone "software stack". For those of us in the technology game this basically means Google plans to release mobile phone operating system to rival that of Microsoft, Symbian and the various Linux flavours out there already.

    2 minute read (480 words)

  • Saturday, November 3rd 2007

    CSS Structure - what a mess

    James posted a message on my blog some weeks ago and it's only now that a penny has dropped in my mind about what we need to deal with the issue of structure in CSS - the problem is we have none. As James points out you end up with a flat mess that with all the best will in the world definitions are hard to find.

    2 minute read (430 words)

  • Saturday, August 25th 2007

    JQuery saves the day?

    If you haven't come across it yet there is a javascript library called JQuery which is being developed as an open source project, designed to give us better control over our web pages and the things we can do with them.

    2 minute read (390 words)

  • Tuesday, March 6th 2007

    Fuzzy's where it's at... or will be eventually

    I'm working on a project at the moment that took a remarkable turn recently. Most clients we work on are fairly staid in their use of technology - which suits our company as we are firm believers of the Keep It Simple Stupid methodology of programming.

    3 minute read (620 words)