Showing posts from July, 2012

This Blog Has Moved!

Right, so yes, five years ago I moved to github pages, and never bothered to redirect any of these pages there. Now I've moved on from there, and... Finally I am using my real domain, . My blog is now at .  See you there!

On The Evil Of Stereotypes

I attended (one way or another) two events last week that got me thinking The first was  Girl Developers will Save the World  - a session that had me a little confused as to whether that referred to me, or  actual  girls, i.e. those that are not yet legally classed as adults.  The second was the  Remarkable Women Twitter  party the following day. Firstly, a caveat/disclaimer (as usual) - both events were useful, thought-provoking and overall worthwhile.  But the alarming thing to me was the number of times I heard "boys are…" or "women think…" or "girls prefer…".  And I know we often make generalisations to stress a point, but I'm becoming extremely wary of statements that group people together along some arbitrary boundaries.   "Google+ failed because it's design by men for men" - no, it's because it's not designed for anyone.  Its only purpose was to compete with Facebook. "Women are better at communicating an


So, my first day at my very first OSCON .  I have to say that when Ben and Martijn told me I had to do OSCON, that it was one of the conferences to go to, I was sceptical - not because I thought it would be rubbish, but because I have enjoyed all the conferences I've been to for different reasons. But I'm really impressed so far. The program is packed with great topics and speakers, and so many things I want to see that clash with each other.  It's frustrating, and all the sessions get in the way of all that networking stuff! The people are so friendly.  They smile at you randomly in the corridor.  They talk to you for no reason.  As a Londoner it comes as a bit of a shock to the system.  And it's nice!  Great conversations with different people. The venue  is set up for these encounters with plenty of places to sit with the laptop or mingle or meet and sit with people at lunchtime. The exhibition area is not a total waste of time!  The booths are full

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