Manchester Geek Socials

Last night Kirk reminded me on MSN that I hadn’t updated my blog for a long time – certainly not as often as I used to whilst at university. This is largely because not much has happened in the past few years, but I felt this was an opportunity to remind people of the geek […]

Another book clear out

I’m having another clear out of my bookcases to free up some space and have the following books free to a good home (all in excellent condition and paperbacks unless otherwise indicated): Building Web Applications with Erlang Neuromancer The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World The Revenge […]

Geek Walk Liverpool

For anyone who doesn’t follow me on Twitter or subscribe to the mailing list, the next Geek Walk event will be on Saturday 10th November. We’ll be meeting outside Manchester Oxford Road station at 10:25 to catch the train to Liverpool, where we will have an urban walk (with the option to dash inside should […]

Open Python books

Looking at the cap on PHP jobs today* reminded me to go and investigate Python again. I’ve played around with it from time to time, even attempted to write a client for UA, but I think it’s about time I started to learn it properly. Fortunately there’s a decent selection of open Python books available […]

Geek Walk in Middlewood Way

For the benefit of those people who read my blog but don’t follow me on Twitter, the next Geek Walk will be on Saturday 22nd September – train to Rose Hill Marple for walk round Middlewood Way, followed by real ale and lunch in a CAMRA-approved pub. Meet 11:10 at Manchester Piccadilly, under the departure […]

Computer books clear out

I’m in the process of clearing out things I no longer need from my house, and I have the following computer books (all in excellent condition) which are free to a good home: Agile Web Development with Rails (4th ed.) Learning Android The Exim Book Dive into Python Learning Python Foundations of Python Network Programming […]

Reduced working week

For the past few months, things have been quiet at work due to a lack of technical projects. Whilst the company I work for is getting plenty of business, the IT side has slowed down as our main product (commercial motor insurance) is largely feature-complete. As a result, I’ve moved to a four day week, […]

CV Feedback

Over the course of the bank holiday weekend I have been tinkering with my CV to bring it up to date. At the moment I’ve got a full time job where my employer has to give three months’ notice, but given the economic climate I think it’s prudent to have a CV ready just in […]

Geek Walks

A few weeks ago I asked on Twitter if anyone would be interested in getting the train to somewhere outside Manchester and going for a walk, followed by a pub lunch. The response was more enthusiastic than I expected, and so I am pleased to announce Geek Walks, the first of which will be taking […]

Voluntary activities and politics

Now that my house is finally sorted and hopefully requires no more immediate work, I’m looking through my volunteer commitments for things to do in my spare time. At present my only major commitment is chairing FLOSS UK/UKUUG, but that will come to an end at some point this year because I want to start […]