Hi, I'm Martin and I write software. I also have a hell of a lot of stuff going through my head with thoughts and opinions on many things. Unfortunately, in this whole jumble I often fail to articulate my point of view very well. This blog is an attempt to rectify that by trying to put all my thoughts on various subjects down in one place. If you want to get in touch, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I often like reading "translation" posts, where someone takes what someone said and puts it into the terms everyone was thinking. I also like reading posts regarding the problem of equality and representation of people at conference and the lack of people who aren't straight, white men in the community, and how we can possibly solve it. I also have a lot of respect for Faruk Ates (@KuraFire on Twitter). So it was a dissapointment this morning to read a "translation" style post by Faruk this morning on the topic of how to increase the participation of minorities at tech and design conferences, which I almost entirely disagreed with and considered crass and unhelpful.
I put my old iMac for sale on eBay yesterday. A few hours after it going on sale, I saw that someone had bought it at the "Buy Now" price. I got a bit suspicious as they had only signed up that day and had no feedback. My suspicious were confirmed this morning when I received emails from eBay saying that the buyer had left the site. All credit to eBay, I was able to get through to someone on the phone within a 90 seconds of calling (despite them saying there was a large number of calls) and get my fees refunded so I could re-list it.
Welcome to my new personal blog. I've decided that I need a place to write my thoughts down, rather than spewing them over twitter or IM or other more realtime forms of communication where my hands type faster than my brain works.