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Say no to notifications

Published in notes, tech.

The only way I’ve found to make Yosemite shut up pic.twitter.com/urJgRzcWsb — Giles Turnbull (@gilest) December 3, 2014 I switch off notifications from as many applications as possible, on as many devices as possible, as often as possible. I do it because I don’t want or need to know when I get incoming email. I’ll find out […]

Slack doesn’t kill email (it’s just text in a different box)

Published in tech.

This is a little rant about communication, heavily disguised as a rant about Slack. But it’s not really a rant about Slack.  First, some numbers: Right now, I am a member of 7 different Slack teams. I’ve got outstanding invites to 2 more teams that I’ve not responded to. The team I spend most time […]

Slack doesn’t kill email (it’s just text in a different box)

A blog is your brain, over time, on the internet

Published in work, working in the open.

Blogs are a bit old-fashioned these days, certainly as a way of expressing personal identity on the web. Personal sharing has moved to social networks, and I don’t think any amount of nostalgic yearning for the days when blogs were cool is going to change that.  But I do think that blogs still have something […]

Use the human voice

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Not the corporate voice Too much official communication is written in a tone I call “the corporate voice”.  By “corporate”, I don’t just mean the voice used by companies, I mean any organisation. You see this formal tone everywhere. I see it in things written by local and national government, in letters from my child’s […]

Devon again

Published in life, places.

We unimaginatively returned to Devon for another little holiday. More photos

Devon again

Use the words normal people would use

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So normal people can understand you We were on holiday down in Cornwall recently, so like lots of other families we went on a day trip to the Eden Project. We’d been there for hours, and had tired legs, when we popped into the exhibition building known as The Core. Inside, there’s a huge wall made […]

Super Inventy in Crouch End

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We’re on the W7 bus down to Crouch End, me and my two little nephews – four and seven years old. I’m dropping them off at school, something I’ve not done before so it’s a bit of an adventure for me. Daily routine for them. It’s warm and muggy and the downstairs back seats of […]

A few days in Berlin

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Cor, Berlin’s nice isn’t it? We had a little family break there. More photos

A few days in Berlin

The internet column archive

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Every week for over a decade, I wrote a syndicated column for the Press Association. I started writing it while still on the PA staff, and continued after leaving to go freelance. In April 2014, I resigned the gig as I was too busy with my new job at GDS.  This folder of 589 text files contains my (incomplete) archive […]

The internet column archive

How to play balloony

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Ever since my son was very small, he and I have been playing a game we invented – an indoor variant of tennis that we call balloony. Here’s how to play it. Mark out the playing area. You need a rectangular empty space approximately 3.2m long by 2.4m wide. This is the space we have in […]