Braindump March 2013
I was surprised about Google Reader though - apparently the user base isn't as big as I presumed it was, and they decided it was too niche to bother with. I'm also surprised they didn't just roll it into google plus - surely little effort to gain thousands of much needed G+ users? Meanwhile i've moved over to feedly.
Currently most of my stuff is self-hosted, with the exception of comments hosted by Disqus. I really don't want the hassle of running my own comment system, due to spam, but i'm starting to think about moving to a self-hosted system, maybe something like a self-hosted version of Disqus, that I can easily drop into different blogs? Whatever I use, it needs to have all the usual anti-spam stuff - comment spam is the bane of any aspiring blog software developers life!
I also paid up for a years membership to app.net - same as twitter, I am @rickhurst. It hasn't become part of my daily social/workflow yet, as not enough of my regular twitter contacts are using it, but I wanted to put my money where my mouth is when I say i'd rather pay for a service than rely on annoying advertising.
I gave a talk on Backbone Marionette at the Southville JS meetup. It was a practical code based demo, I think it went OK. Either way it was a good turnout and nice to have it hosted in a pub back room, so we could continue chatting at the bar afterwards. The code of the (fairly pointless) demo app I put together in blue peter style is online here.
I also gave an ignite talk on remote working at the Anywhere Working Bristol event. That seemed to go down well and it was nice talking about non code-related stuff for once!
I was also pleased when a colleague pointed me to Poweramp for Android - I had been complaining about how most Android music players don't support gapless playback, which is a real party-pooper when it comes to mix albums such as my favourite mix album of all time Journeys by dj 70 minutes of madness.