Strategies for linking to obsolete websites

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Plugin offering to fix a broken link by replacing it with an archive link.

I’ve been blogging for a long time. Over the years, I’ve linked to tens of thousands of websites. Inevitably, some of those sites have gone. Even when sites still exist, webmasters seem to have forgotten that Cool URls Don’t Change. I use the WordPress Broken Link Checker plugin. It periodically monitors the links on my…

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Joining the board of OpenUK

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Cartoon of the OpenUK vision.

As you know, I’m a supporter of open technology. I write open source, I work on open standards, I care about open data. So I am delighted to have joined the board of OpenUK. Our purpose? To develop and sustain UK leadership in Open technology. I want to make the UK the best place to…

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My first visit to a hairdresser in a decade

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A long haired man with two hairdressers. It's me. And I look bemused.

Way back in 1999, I moved to Canada for a year. Ottawa got down to -30℃ – so I grew my hair to prevent my ears snapping off in the cold. And then I kept growing it. Very occasionally I’d go to a barber for a trim, but I hated the experience. I’m not good…

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The 360 Selfie

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Us posing outside the Colosseum

I’ll admit it – I never really got the selfie. I was trapped in the mistake that they were a mere narcissistic folly. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The more I travel the world, the more I see a change in people’s behaviour around monuments. It used to be people jostling to get the…

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New Year’s Resolutions

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A medieval drawing of a woman holding a sword. A bearded man's head is impaled on it.

Post-birthday haze, it’s time to set out my resolutions for the upcoming year. Get better at empathy I have a theoretical understanding that other people are humans, with their own complex lives and decisions. I’m not always good at putting that into practice. Groups of people and abstract personae, I feel like I have a…

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A Year In Review

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Blood being drawn from my arm.

It’s my birthday! As is customary, here’s my year in review. See 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. Sadly, I am a poor diarist, so if I’ve missed off something important to you – sorry! It has been a year of great change. A new house, new jobs for us both, new…

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A year of actually reading books

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Montage of book covers.

I set myself an unofficial New Year’s Resolution* – to read more books and write a review of each of them. I wanted to read about one new book per week. Well, I fell a little short of that target – what with getting a new job, moving house, road-tripping across Australia – but I’m…

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A selfie with a serial killer

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Somewhere, stuffed in a cupboard or undeveloped on an old roll of film, is a photo of me laughing and joking with a murderer. It was one summer, while I was visiting home between university terms, and I was out with friends celebrating our youthful vigour. A group of us – very much in the…

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Weeknotes – Mid-year Review

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Terence Eden standing outside Number 10 Downing Street.

I loathe performance reviews. OKRs, KPIs, EYRs? Bleugh! There’s a level of introspection which always makes me intrinsicly uncomfortable. Besides, I always feel like I’ve done nothing worthwhile other than arse about on a computer. In my new job, I decided to keep an achievement journal. Well, a Trello list of tasks I’ve done well.…

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Scruffiness Privilege

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Web Developer with a job (has a great big beard). Web Developer without a job (is clean shaven).

When I was at school, we had to wear a uniform. Black trousers, white shirt, brown blazer, brown tie. Coincidentally, it was more-or-less the same uniform as the local supermarket. On the last day of school, I ripped off my tie and vowed never to wear one again. And, aside from the occasional wedding and…

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