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Design depends largely on constraints.” — Charles Eames


Sunday, 20 January 2013

A Short Note

In 2001, Charlie was born, and (understandably) we were freaking out a bit, having a new child and all. However, at about the same time, I met this really remarkable kid at the W3C, and I asked him what advice he could give me, from his perspective.

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Production Notes

I’ve (finally) moved this server to another Rackspace cloud server; same (small) size, but with a fresh OS.

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Akamai, Again

I’ve spent the last year working at Rackspace, and it’s been quite a ride. However, I joined there thinking that our work on HTTP was winding down.

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Thursday, 25 August 2011

And now for something completely different... again.

Today is my last day at Yahoo!, after five and a half years (yes, I got a gumball machine). It’s been a lot of fun and I wish all of the folks there that I’ve worked with over those years well; I’ve learned and done a lot, and Y! has given me a lot of room (both metaphorical as well as physical, given that for most of it, I’ve been more than 7,500 miles from my boss), which is much appreciated.

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Wednesday, 3 January 2007

Week Two in Victoria

I say “Victoria,” not Melbourne, because we’re currently staying in Forest Hill, courtesy of Roger and Marg, who are on holiday.

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Sunday, 24 December 2006

Week One in Melbourne

It’s Christmas Eve, and Charlie and I have been on the ground in Melbourne for a week. So far, we’ve got a new mobile phone (sweet), checked in with his school, and looked at a lot of apartments, trying to find somewhere to live for a few months while we house-hunt. Not quite as fast as I’d like, but not too shabby. Meanwhile, most of our possessions are about two months behind us, somewhere between San Francisco and Singapore.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Seven Year Itch

In a nutshell: After a lot of angst, back-and-forth, and false starts, we’re moving back to Melbourne next month, seven years and a few days after we arrived in San Francisco. This shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows us well, although many of our Australian friends have expressed that they won’t really believe it until we step off the plane.

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Sunday, 3 September 2006

This Site Powered By...

A while back, I mentioned that I was considering changing my hosting setup. In the end, I decided to outsource, for a few reasons;

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Tuesday, 18 April 2006

Three Months at Yahoo!

I’m quickly coming up on three months as a Yahoo, and a bunch of people have been asking me how things are going, as well as what I’m doing.

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Friday, 27 January 2006

And Now for Something Completely Different

For the past three and a half years, I’ve learned a lot, had a tremendous amount of fun, and made some really good friends working at BEA Systems in the Office of the CTO. I’ve also enjoyed working with the great people at WS-I and in the W3C’s Web Services Working Groups (particularly, the folks in Web Services Addressing).

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Thursday, 22 December 2005

How to Throw a Holiday Party

One thing I detest about many technology companies is their tendency to treat employees like overgrown 15-year-olds with no social skills. This was most evident at Java One’s “Social Event” as previously discussed, but you also tend to see it in Silicon Valley holiday* parties.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2005

Bennet Murray Nottingham

…has entered the building.

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Friday, 25 March 2005

Site Updates

After a deeply wounding comment about this site’s design from SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHO THEY ARE last week, I’ve refreshed the stylesheets and front page design.

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Sunday, 19 September 2004


If you’re wondering where the promised travel stories from Melbourne got to, you’ll have to wait a bit longer; other events overtook me.

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Wednesday, 8 September 2004

And now for something completely different: Roadblog!

I’m typing this from the Red Carpet Club in San Francisco International Airport, about to depart on a snap vacation to Melbourne.

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Sunday, 25 July 2004

A Monkey’s Lunch is…

Baileys Irish Cream Kahlúa Macadamia nut liquor, or dark rum (e.g., Myer’s) Coconut Juice Cream Banana Ice

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Saturday, 13 December 2003

For those who've had kids recently.

Anitra turned me on to what happened to Steve from Blue’s Clues. As he would say, “Cool!”

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Sunday, 9 November 2003


I’ve done some adjustment to this Web log; you may or may not notice the differences. Most of is is cosmetic and tightening up of the templates, but I’ve also changed the URI layout (thanks, Mark), and as a result RSS aggregators may act strangely before they settle down. Or not; mine, Shrook - a very fine aggregator for OSX indeed - doesn’t get tripped up.

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Tuesday, 7 October 2003

Humboldt Fog

Saute Wednesday has exposed one of our vices… ashed goat’s cheese is like nothing else on earth.

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Thursday, 24 April 2003

now available - Photoblog!

OK, here’s the deal. As previously reported, we got the nifty Ericsson phones that come with free cameras. They’re Internet-capable. The next obvious step is to hook it up to a blog, and presto! You’ve got photoblog! You get to see people I meet, places I go and the mediocrity of daily life (as well as my struggles with predictive text input) in near-real time!

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