Github: Gathering together an open-source team

As a developer of all things web and mobile, I have often contemplated either contributing to an open-source project that is already on the go, such as my current favourite https://github.com/keystonejs/keystone a brilliant open source CMS platform.

I would love to start one of my own but as a way of gathering together people who can help work on projects that have a commercial interest. In other words as a small business, I may not wish to take on staff full-time when there is already a great bunch of talent out there who can be reached through github.com

I will write more about this when I have time but wanted to share this idea with people out there in the meantime….

Looking for places to explore

I enjoyed doing a bit of video yesterday and Tina had a good time taking photos. So I’m going to be out and about again before long to film some more places. 

If you also own a DJI Osmo, you may know that its biggest let down is the poor quality of the built in microphone. It is for this reason I’m glad for the external microphone Jack as I’ve been plugging in a Lavalier. DJI recently announced the release of their own “flexi-mic” and to celebrate their tenth anniversary they will be giving them away for free to all Osmo owners who purchased their unit before a certain date. The new mic will also be sold bundled with all future Osmos from the shops. 

I was a little annoyed with them for wording it this way because they know they cocked up the microphone in an otherwise brilliant product. In any case I will be getting one for free so can’t complain too much. Once I have it, I shall be recording more stuff and at the same time will buy 2 spare batteries to get more recording time whilst out on the road. 

So with this in mind, how about I make a mini YouTube series about an area close to where I live. Hampshire and Isle of Wight. 

Let me know if you know of some great places?

Tim Lewis – The pottery, Villa Bologna, Attard

Photo post.

Source: The pottery, Villa Bologna, Attard

Today’s share is a post taken from my Brother’s blog and he is worth a follow 😉

Tim and his wife have settled in Malta this past year and they have been exploring, writing about things and sharing some great photos of the places they have discovered.

I love the light in this pottery and I hope to visit it sometime, maybe when we ourselves visit the island in May.

Tim also writes about his travels to Indonesia, Central America and other parts of Europe and shares many of his sound recordings

Tim is a sound recordist and film maker by profession

Summon your Tesla Model S using only your Apple Watch [Video]

Source: Summon your Tesla Model S using only your Apple Watch [Video]

There have been times when we step outside the shopping centre, the restaurant, the cinema and it is chucking down with rain or is very cold. My Wife says to me, “Can you fetch the car” or “Wouldn’t it be great if the car came to us?”

Well maybe that is about to become a reality?

We don’t have a Tesla though, I would love one, I think they look cool and no doubt are cool. The top model can do 300+ miles on one charge and has a pretty nice BHP….. but….

I would worry about the auto pilot to be honest. I like to be in control of things and have only really just about got used to the idea of cruise control in the last 2 cars I’ve owned. Can such things be trusted, can you just sit back, have a jolly whistle and grin to yourself as your car pulls up in front of you with a crowd of onlookers looking on in awe. You causally step in and take control of the car and roar off into the distance.

Except of course it has no engine and doesn’t roar like a V8….

The main issue or concern I have with driverless cars is that I worry about things going wrong. I would be waiting for my car to reach me and what if along the way it had totalled two cars, a shop and a dozen cyclists?

Cyclists tend to take stupid risks that the driverless car would not quite comprehend. After all my brain cannot understand cyclists at the best of times! Yet I do enjoy cycling myself but I do so responsibly – ahem!

Would the Police arrest me? Who would be guilty of the carnage? They could hardly arrest the car or maybe Elon Musk would be guilty on 1000 counts of reckless driving across the globe in the space of a month.

Ok maybe I am being far fetched?! Indeed I was just being a little bit imaginative just there but I think whilst this technology is indeed very exciting, with it comes great responsibility and that is what scares me a little!

 

The Office

In August of last year my family were getting tired of entering the dining room wanting to sit at the table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Only to find each and every time that the table had been relegated to the side. My desk, computers, monitors, laptops, peripheral devices and filing cabinets had become a jungle of furniture. The problem was I had become blind to it almost, apart from the fact that I wanted to work from home more frequently.

It dawned on me that working from home was going to become a bit awkward. My step daughter would invariably want to watch TV and girls watch some funny programmes with a lot of arguments taking place in. They sit in silence watching them yet the noise coming from the television, to me at least makes the sound of the dentists drill sound sublime and sweet. Soap Opera is not my cuppa tea and nor is it a good background noise for working either.

It got to the point where I was finding working from home to be difficult anyway. The temptation to just going and doing something else was always too strong. I also believe that work and home should be kept separate.

Therefore I decided to seek office space.

The first couple I found were not suitable, as they were too expensive and neither had internet. No internet and charging the earth! It wasn’t good. So I gave up. The office would have to stay at home.

Until someone from Pure Offices in Farnborough got in touch. I went and had a walk around and saw what was to become two weeks later, my office!

The price I pay for it is very reasonable and I get internet, tea/coffee, electricity and heating all for the standard price. The only extras they do are meeting room hire and cleaning.

Ferneberga House used to be the town hall and was built back in the Victorian era.  The name means “fern hill” in Saxon and its from this that the town name of Farnborough was derived. Until about 8 years ago the building stood empty and served no purpose and was protected by its Grade II listed status.

We also happened to live opposite. I used to joke about having it as my HQ. I was just starting out as a consultant at the time. However we then moved to the other side of the town as the kids were outgrowing their rooms and the old house belonged to my wife and ex-husband. We wanted our own house.

In this time someone purchased Ferneberga House and turned it into offices for small businesses. So a decade later it is quite bizarre to have my own office within it!

More on this another time. My train is approaching Waterloo!

The Giant God

Just thinking of something to write here on the blog and I recalled something incredible that we saw in Mauritius. I can remember how bowled over we were when we first spotted the giant statue of Shiva, the Hindu God. It was very awe inspiring and then I remember that I was driving “Jimmy”.

Earlier that day I had decided to call the quirky hire car Jimmy and I have no idea why. It may have had something to do with Richard Hammond once calling a car “Oliver”. It may also have something to do with me being a bit… Well… Bonkers.

I almost took leave of my senses but turned into a parking area before I ended up crashing into the people in front who were also gaping in awe at the seriously ginormous statue. We could have ended up as a great big pile of cars had we not been careful. Insurance companies perhaps using the clause….. “Act of God”?

If you visit Mauritius make sure you visit Grand Bassin which is near the Chamerel Falls and the Seven Coloured Earth. Not only will you see the giant Shiva but you will also get to explore a beautiful and tranquil spiritual site.