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The LocalHero project

Right now I am in the process of leaving my place of employment. After 13 years the process of simply collecting my personal information stored on my works systems (mainly email) is huge and as tiresome as it is i will miss things and those contacts, photos, and documents will be lost forever. A little (or large) part of my digital (and actual) life, will be lost forever.

As you are reading this blog, you realise i have a website. It is something i update infrequently and mostly with content related to my technical interests. However it actually does a ridiculously good job of maintaining, ordering, publishing and backing up content. Which makes you think…

What if instead of relying on third party social networks or email providers or our work place to order our digital life we could own the data ourselves?

What if we could use the worlds number one content management system?

What if some of the work had already been done?

Introducing the LocalHero project

More to follow, test

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WordPress development is apathetic

There has been a lot of discussion that WordPress is becoming less user friendly and indeed it has got some traction as the recent WordPress 3.8 is certainly aimed (amongst other things) around making the dashboard more user friendly. Given this I don’t think wordpress is becoming less user friendly, however it’s never been friendly to newbies.

Instead I think the area where Worpress has dropped the ball is that sensible projects that could make its so much better are not being tackled, instead development seems to be based on UI improvements and quick wins. These are great but a better WordPress platform would make these sort of improvements easier. Indeed a better platform would enable people to build their own UI. Thus rendering the  rolling MP6 (and similar initiatives) into the core moot (because developers would be rolling their own version of the dashboard through plugins). Continue reading

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Some clarification to the webmentions discussion

In reply to this analysis by Barnaby Walters of my original article.

Barnaby you wrote:

The evidence is against you here, as almost all known usage of webmention has been for short replies which don’t make sense without context.

Actually we aren’t disagreeing, maybe I didn’t express myself well when I wrote “At the moment of the method is built around a POSSE architecture. This works well for long form articles which can stand alone but address issues or ideas that are posted on an external website”. Continue reading