Twitter Bots

So, this last weekend was BarCamp Brighton 2. I’ve already posted about that elsewhere, but what I haven’t blogged about yet is my talk.

Recently I’ve been playing around with Twitter Bots. I had a need to be able to let just the people I work with when someone had brought food into the office, so I created yahoofood. I wanted near real-time updates of when The Ten Word Review was updated, so I created the ttwr bot. I also want to allow people to review things on The Ten Word Review using their mobile phones, so I’m going to be needing to create a bot for that.

Continue reading “Twitter Bots” | 19 March 2008

My First BarCamp

This last weekend I attended BarCamp London 3, at Google’s Headquarters. Even though I’d managed to get tickets for the previous two I’d wussed out at the last minute, thinking that I hadn’t got anything of worth to add to…

Continue reading “My First BarCamp” | 29 November 2007

Would you like to start Working With Me?

I’ve been working in Yahoo’s London offices for just over a year now, and I’m loving it. Awesome people to work with, as much free coke as I can drink, good projects to work on and Pool, Foosball and Ping-pong…

Continue reading “Would you like to start Working With Me?” | 17 October 2007

Neil Crosby is engaged

To the very lovely Rebecca Courtley. More details to follow once we get back from our holiday……

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It’s been a while…

So, it’s been a little while since I last blogged - bet you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, aren’t you? Me too…

Continue reading “It’s been a while…” | 14 August 2007

Open Hack Day

Well, I’m off to Yahoo! London’s (and The BBC’s) first Open Hack Day. I’m writing this on the tube, rain’s streaming down outside, and I couldn’t be happier. Inspired by last year’s Open Hack Day in the states, this year’s…

Continue reading “Open Hack Day” | 16 June 2007

Everything I know about Internationalisation I learnt from Eurovision

Well okay, that’s not quite true. As I’m sure most of you are aware, last saturday was [Eurovision][1] and like many people I watched it with friends (and with a large drink in my hand). What I did that most…

Continue reading “Everything I know about Internationalisation I learnt from Eurovision” | 20 May 2007

Powerpoint Karaoke

Last night I took part in London’s first Powerpoint Karaoke night. Basically, the premise was that you got to present some Powerpoint presentations that you’d never seen before, hopefully injecting a little humour along the way. These were all…

Continue reading “Powerpoint Karaoke” | 24 April 2007

It looks like a purple people eater to me…

I’ve been in London for exactly one year and one week now, and it’s been an interesting ride.

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Blackout London

I’m a child of electricity. Pretty much everything I do, every day of my life relies on electricity in one form or another and that’s probably not a terribly good thing. That’s why I, along with hopefully a fair few…

Continue reading “Blackout London” | 28 October 2006

Microformats - A WSG Meetup in London

Coming up on the 19th October (the show starts at 19:00, but get there for 18:30) is the long anticipated WSG Microformats meetup at Westminster University’s New Cavendish Street Campus. Organised by Stuart Colville, the line-up this time features…

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comments (1) | write a comment | permalink | 5 October 2006

d.construct deconstructed

(Sorry about the title, it had to be done.) So, last Friday I went to the second annual d.construct conference down in Brighton. The main thrust of the day was that APIs are good, you should definitely be using them…

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comments (2) | write a comment | permalink | 11 September 2006

“F*ck ‘em!”, says Patrick H. Lauke

Well, okay - he didn’t quite say that. Yesterday was the first Geek in the Park event, organised by the Multipack, up in Royal Leamington Spa. Even though it was about three hours away from where I live in London,…

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comments (5) | write a comment | permalink | 28 August 2006

Geek in the Park

Everyone loves a good picnic - a nice bit of sun, relaxing under a tree, WaSPs threatening to attack you… On Sunday 27th August, the Multipack has organised what will hopefully be the first annual Geek in the Park event…

Continue reading “Geek in the Park” | 26 July 2006

Norton Internet Security woes

People who know me well will tell you that I have a deep-felt aversion to Norton Internet Security. I’ve previously had to look after a small network of home PCs that had it installed on some of them, and boy…

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comments (1) | write a comment | permalink | 1 July 2006

Off to @media 2006

Right - it’s time for the seemingly obligatory post that all good bloggers have to do when they’re off to a conference - the one where they boast about going off to it. So, here goes - I’m off to @media 2006!

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comments (1) | write a comment | permalink | 14 June 2006

Web Standards Group Meetup

I’ve just signed up to go to the first ever London based Web Standards Group meetup, on the evening of 14th July. Taking place at Northampton Square Campus (a mere fifteen minutes walk from where I work), Chis Heilmann and…

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comments (4) | write a comment | permalink | 8 June 2006

Am I Geek enough to go to dinner?

Another geek dinner is about to take place - this time hosted by Dave Shea, the head gardener at The CSS Zen Garden. It’s taking place in one week’s time on Monday 23rd January in London (more info here)….

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@media 2006 wannabe

Dammit - everyone who’s anyone is talking about going to @media 2006, “Europe’s foremost professional web design conference” which just happens to be being held just up the road from where I work. (I say just up the road…

Continue reading “@media 2006 wannabe” | 5 January 2006

Retrospectively prospective (phew - try saying that quickly!)

Well it’s that time of the year again, isn’t it? The time of year when everyone looks back over what they’ve done and what’s yet to come in the new year. So here comes, in no particular order, my…

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Back Online

Right, I’m back in the driving seat - we finally have the internet in our new flat. We’ve been here for a month now without it, hence the lack of updates. I’m planning big things over the next month though…

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comments (4) | write a comment | permalink | 26 December 2005

The anniversary meal

As I mentioned a couple of entries ago, I’ve been going out with Becca for just over a year now, with our anniversary being last thursday. It’s the first time that I’ve ever got to this stage in a…

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comments (2) | write a comment | permalink | 6 October 2005

After hearing yesterday’s interview with Ron Hornbaker, the creator of, on BBC Radio 2 I decided that it was about time to release some of my own books into the wild. I first heard about BookCrossing over a…

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comments (2) | write a comment | permalink | 11 August 2005

The Graduate

I’ve finally got the first of my 101 in 1001 tasks completed! Last friday, I graduated with a First Class honours degree in Software Engineering from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. It was a long hard day, starting at…

Continue reading “The Graduate” | 19 July 2005

Aberystwyth Stunet (Turning a WRT54GS into a straight switch)

I learnt last week that the University of Wales, Aberystwyth’s Information Services people had at some point in the past year or so decided to lift the limit which said that each room in halls could only have one…

Continue reading “Aberystwyth Stunet (Turning a WRT54GS into a straight switch)” | 25 October 2004

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