Last year myself and some other volunteers in our company built a new app with accompanying backend and website for the Inner City Helping Homeless charity in Dublin. Here’s a post from back then with some more details on the development & design journey. I recently however documented better the architecture itself for an interview and thought I’d share more on that now, in the hope that other tech folks may be inspired to try something similar for a worthy charity or organisation they know.
Like any well architected solution, what we’re interested in is:
I was watching the new series of Car Masters: Rust to Riches on Netflix over the weekend and after seeing some classic design mistakes I had to write a quick post about it! (I tried explaining to my kids but met zero interest!).
For anyone who hasn’t seen it, Car Masters is a show where five folks who work in Gotham Garage in Temecula, California, restore and build cars, either to trade for better cars to restore or for outright cash. There are some suspicions on how real the garage actually is, but we’re going to put that aside for…
As Covid is slowly retreating in some countries many of us lucky enough to have been working remotely will be perhaps able return to the office, most likely under some flexible or hybrid arrangements. Should we though? Or should we just stay working from home?
Here’s 10 reasons to stay at home, and 10 reasons to get back to that office.
Like many people around the world, Liberty IT staff have been fortunate enough to have been able to work at home during the pandemic, and from my personal point of view, as a company we’ve adapted well to remote work. Great work still gets done, we’ve onboarded a large amount of new teammates who’ve never even seen our offices and we’re still constantly trying to stay ahead in technology, innovation and more.
I’ve found however that I’ve, of course, met fewer people across the company over the last year; all the in-office serendipitous or planned meetings are long gone. …
Over Christmas this year I spent about 2 hours unfollowing everyone on Twitter except NASA and some astronauts! Why? I just had enough of the constant negativity, Twitter had become a place where most of the tweets I saw were just not pleasant, and there’s enough misery in the world these days without having to scroll through it.
It wasn’t so much the openly negative tweets, as the people I followed didn’t generally post anything too bad. It was instead the passively-negative tweets that became more and more prevalent — the ‘I’m going to say something bad about someone else…
A few years ago in a previous job, my boss mentioned to me “Nobody in this company is going to do anything for you.” Initially taken aback, I realised later what he meant – my career was my own to manage, and nobody else was going to do it for me.
Some of us may be lucky enough to have someone take a real interest, to be a mentor and to actively try to improve our careers. Years before in that same company, I had such a manager — he invited me to meetings I didn’t have to attend so…
This is a simple post on how to write a blog post, based on my own experiences over the last few years writing numerous posts, mainly on technology and innovation.
It’s not trying to teach how to get views or how to make money — it’s more about how to plan the structure and content of a post.
I see two main types:
There are no beginnings or endings
One amazing piece of good news in these awful times is that Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time book series is being made into a major TV series by Amazon and should be released in 2021! For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, it’s a 14 book fantasy series with amazing characters, story and world-building, complete with thousands of years of backstory. If Amazon handles it properly, it should be TV gold and last for years. So hopefully more Game of Thrones than Legend of the Seeker. Bonus points if you remember that one!
This epic-length guide journeys through all the buzzwords and trends that you may encounter in 2021 in emerging technology and innovation. This is edition #2 of the A to Z of Innovation — see the inaugural 2020 version here. So get yourself a cup of tea, put Teams on Do Not Disturb and lock the attic door to keep the kids away, because this is a long one.
This year, I’ve added in some extra features to the A to Z, mainly as it’s either that or watch more Netflix. So:
Three years ago I wrote a post here on Medium called ‘One Hour of Side Project Coding a Day* — A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping’ (with the asterisk being ‘Except when my wife gives birth’!). That post has been one of my most popular, mainly due to what I suspect are all the other people also struggling to make time for side-projects.
Three years later, and during a pandemic: it’s still difficult, but still worth trying to do.
I’m lucky/privileged enough to still have a great job, in a company that’s really stepped up and supported its employees during…