Monthly Archives: April 2010

Reasons to celebrate 29th April 2010

One of the first things I did when I joined Canonical just over a year ago was conduct some user research. The idea was to identify some broad areas that needed to be addressed and so I devised sessions that included topics like dealing with music and photos, browsing the Internet, chatting with friends, etc. […]

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What makes a good design critic?

While at CHI earlier this week, I went along to a session with the same title as this blog post. I was looking for some inspiration, something to take to a UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) session perhaps, something to turn into a blog post, food for thought. The session at CHI included a food critic, […]

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Trailwalker

Every year Oxfam runs a Trailwalker event in the South Downs. 4 people, 1 goal, 100km (60 miles for those of you who are old school), 30 hours. I am delighted to be able to participate this year. (I am also very nervous about doing it and slightly apprehensive about discussing it with my mother […]

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Reasons to celebrate 15th April 2010

Karmic saw the first community wallpaper competition and delivered us a beautiful set of photographs for our desktops. Last cycle’s winners were this cycles judges and everyone has delivered. Ladies and gentlemen I give you the results of the wallpaper competition! Congratulations to the winners and huge thanks to the judges. I know, from my […]

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Last night a Brompton saved my life*

To give context to this story you need to know two things about me: 1) I am a commuter. I live in Brighton and work in London which means that I have a one hour train journey at the start and end of each working day. 2) I like cycling. I have used a bicycle […]

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The process of certainty. And mojitos.

You know that feeling when you know someone very well and you buy them a present? You know they will love it and you are excited at the very thought of their delight? Part of you is a little scared though. A few butterflies in the stomach. What if I have misread? What if they […]

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The Digital Economy Bill: Bananas!

Over at Confused of Calcutta, JP Rangaswami has written a crystal clear article on why we should be concerned about the content and treatment of the Digital Economy Bill. Wherever you live, whatever your interests I urge you to read it. If you live in the UK, whatever your position I urge you to write […]

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