last update:

I’ve had my eye on the Fairphone 2 for a while now, and when my current phone, an aging Samsung Galaxy S4, started playing up I decided it was time to take the plunge. A few people have asked for my thoughts on the Fairphone so here are a few notes. Why I bought it The thing that sparked my interest, and the main reason for buying the phone really, was the ethical stance of the manufacturer.

Wiring my web

I’m a nut for automating repetitive tasks, so I was dead pleased a few years ago when I discovered that IFTTT let me plug different bits of the web together. I now use it for tasks such as: Syndicating blog posts to social media Creating scheduled/repeating todo items from a Google Calendar Making a note to revisit an article I’ve starred in Feedly I’d probably only be half-joking if I said that I spend more time automating things than I save not having to do said things manually.

I admit it: I’m a grammar nerd. I know the difference between ‘who’ and ‘whom’, and I’m proud. I used to be pretty militant, but these days I’m more relaxed. I still take joy in the mechanics of the language, but I also believe that English is defined by its usage, not by a set of arbitrary rules. I’m just as happy to abuse it as to use it, although I still think it’s important to know what rules you’re breaking and why.

Well, I did a great job of blogging the conference for a couple of days, but then I was hit by the bug that’s been going round and didn’t have a lot of energy for anything other than paying attention and making notes during the day! I’ve now got round to reviewing my notes so here are a few reflections on day 2. Day 2 was the day of many parallel talks!