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ZeroNet – the rabbit hole…

ZeroNet - Decentralised hosting

Doug Belshaw has been experimenting recently with ZeroNet, a way of hosting a website, distributed amongst peers (using BitTorrent and BitCoin technologies). Essentially, such a website would become decentralised, with no single point of hosting, should someone want to target it in order to shut it down, or deny others access by overloading the server. Resilient hosting…

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Curiosity

einstein - i have no special talents

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What if I just tweak it a little? Change the colours slightly, or make it into a repeating pattern? Or a character? If it could speak, what would it say? Curiosity is creativity’s playful little cousin (Tinker?) – always getting up to mischief…

I came across this quote on curiosity doing some work for Ada College, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills (I’m a big fan). I was invited to come along to the first day with the first cohort and create thinkery from conversations had with staff and students, who were, and are, brilliant.

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Eye

the eye is the window to the soul

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It’s a two way deal.

Once you’ve seen something, you can’t unsee it.

Equally, the interpretation of what you see is a product of things you’ve seen and experiences you’ve had so far.

Eye. Even the english word is a palindrome; it’s a two way deal.

 

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Artificial Intelligence…

artificial intelligence

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So I’ve been meeting with Kin Lane recently (aka API Evangelist) trying to get a deeper hold on all things API (or Application Programming Interface for what it’s worth). As an ex-programmer, I’m interested to understand the evolution of how APIs are being used. A number of insights emerged from our conversation, including this aligned view of artificial intelligence albeit from contrasting positions…

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Being a leader

4 qualities of a leader

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There are a grazillion lists of leadership qualities compiled by those who seem to be able to exactly define what it takes to be a leader. Yet, in my experience, the ability to lead is a shape-shifting un-bottle-able mist.

Nevertheless, here are four very general qualities that I reckon a good leader does indeed require, which I found myself think-doodling about during a presentation given by Hogan Assessments at the recent e-ATP conference in the Netherlands.

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The future of testing

the future of testing

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I read this guardian article recently where a woman asked Tinder for all her personal information. They sent her 800 pages worth of data. Apply this to the world of testing, which is increasingly data rich, and it doesn’t take much to make a pessimistic prediction.

This thought was originally from a town hall discussion at the E-ATP conference, which I had the pleasure of participating in.

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Academic failures – got any previous?

We carry around our academic failures like previous convictions.

If pressed, we might even blame something: but I’d never even been to France so it just didn’t make sense…

Whether or not the excuse is fair, we accept what the piece of paper tells us. I’m not very good at that. Sadly, what we really believe is this: I could never be good at that…

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New Project? Every time…

Starting new projects - is it just me?

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The biggest waste of time is the time spent not getting started. Why do I allow myself to be held captive by irrational worries? Once I start a project, I begin to see it for what it is. And sure enough, the ideas come and I don’t need to fear it anymore. I start to enjoy the process of figuring out the puzzle…

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