How to Mount a Geek using SSH and your file system on Mac


We all know that the “geeks shall inherit the earth“, so since that’s a foregone conclusion, I thought this little post was in order…

Mounting geeks for most girls is not an easy task, ‘cos you need something shiny, complex and preferably remotely accessed, to get into geek wide area networks. Macs are as ubiquitous with Geeks as Google is with more normal people, they come in a few lustfy flavours, have a geek sex-appeal that rivals Paris Hilton videos on Limewire, and most importantly are a topic of endless conversation. So when opening a conversation with a geek, SSH is a sure fire bet to get their attention, since it’s something they both use very often, and are intimately aware of. What you want to do is take the SSH from something they think of as “secure” to something more like “Single Sex-mad and Hot”. To do that, you need to mention your file system, which is of course of great concern to the typical Geek – he’s wondering whether you’re FAT, FAT32, NTFS (Not Thinking Full-on Sex), ext3 (external threesomes) as soon as you start speaking, so if you can communicate that as quickly as possible, you’ll get a better network response times – current thinking is that ext3 is the best filesystem to use for your hard drive, and if you’re willing to get into sharing hard drives, then you’ll find his network much faster.

So, all that in mind, you’re wanting to open with something like this:
You: So, you’re a mac user?
Geek: Umm, yea (looking at his shiny new powerbook with lustful thoughts), I’m working on writing some code. Are you?

You: Yea, I’m busy figuring out how to get our company web hard drive working over SSH, any thoughts? I’d be keen to try over lunch later?
Geek: Ummm, so yea, you just go to Lifehacker, there’s a tutorial there – you seen it yet? You’re delicious’d right?

You: Totally, I’ll check that out. I’ve got this friend, and she’s really into threesomes, and she’s coming to lunch later, you keen to join us?
Geek: Ummm, so yea, I’m busy with this code, so I’ll join you after if it works. I’ve not really done three hard drives over SSH yet, so I’m not sure I can help you?

You: Nope, the way your fingers work your keyboard, I’m sure you’ve got some skills that we could use. Maybe we could share some hard drives for a bit to see if we can get our macs hot?
Geek: Ummm, yea sounds good. What do we need your friend for again, we’re just doing ssh?

You: Yea, totally, I’m into the ssh thing. I’d love you to mount my friends drive as well. This friend, she’s really into threesomes, and she’s coming to lunch in a bit, so if you join us we could definitely get our macs hot!?
Geek: Sounds cool, lemme check this code for bugs…

You: OK, so I’ll see you later then?
Geek: Yea, see you later. I’ll be there if this code works out…

Inspired by Lifehacker

Time saver for logging time in Basecamp


Basecamp is an awesome tool, but sometimes you need to do stuff quickly, and there are too many clicks you need to go through to get stuff done. Something I’ve become religous about, and which we’re making a part of our every day habits at Technovated, is to log time against everything we do. It’s probably the only pragmatic take on what you’re really spending your time and money on every day.

Problem is that I’ve ended up with about 4 Basecamp tabs open at any one time… all doing different things. One of them is usually the record of my time during the day, and days gone by.

Anyways, long story short is that Demian has created a bookmarklet that gives you your time log for the day in one click, so if you’re using Basecamp, then you might want to take a look at it ;-)

Web 2.0 London Geek BBQ – summer kicks off; BBQ Etiquette humour


It’s been about a week now since the the good weather has hit London, so I think it’s time to start thinking about the next Web 2.0 / Geek BBQ. This year has seen an explosion of the innovator community in London, or at least, folks are starting to come out of the woodwork, so it would be really cool to meet some new people, while enjoying the sunshine at the same time.

To get you into the mood, here’s a little gem from Tim (if you’re a girl, please take this as humour, from whence it comes ;-)

Right, so if you’re keen for some sunshine, stimulating conversations, and of course good meat, then please leave a comment here to show interest, and send this link to the people you think may be interested… (my mailing list has become to big to wield effectively in Outlook, so I don’t want to miss people out)

In the meantime I’ll start looking at dates and locations.

The pain of blogging


It seems an age since I last blogged regularly. I mean, I used to live blogging. I love the ideal of it, the ability to communicate with anyone anywhere in the world with access to the internet, the way the long tail brings you together with people in a way that you never thought entirely possible. I love the application of blogging too – support tool, notification tool, reminder tool, news tool, memory tool, family tool, community tool, collaboration tool – and in each of these ways I’ve missed the contact I used to get every day through blogging.

People used to laugh at me and ask me why I blogged – “What’s the point?” they’d say; “Who’s reading your blog?” thay’d ask; and so it went on and on and on. I just smiled and told them that it was more for me than anything else. The catharcism of blogging is unique in human existence I think. When else were we as individuals able to communicate with so many of our own kind at the click of a “Publish” button? That was my excuse and I’m sticking to it. [ As an aside, to all the doubting Thomas', today I can honestly say that I have a business, doing more business than I could have ever imagined a year ago, with two partners I would have given my left testicle to work with a year ago, doing the kind of work that I love doing, because I blogged. Put that in your pipe and take a deep breath ;-) Blogging works. ]

I used to just read and absorb as much as I could, and then simply point to it. My blog was only useful to people who wanted to find the kind of stuff that I was pointing to. Now, when I do blog, I try to make my blogging useful in it’s own right. There are loads of people pointing so why add to the noise? If you are any good with a search engine these days, you shouldn’t need a pointer – blogs are indexed so regularly now that if you use the right search phrase and you’re specific enough, you go right to the source – so I’m not going to try point anymore unless it’s really something I think you might benefit from, especially if it’s a bit of humour, or something I’ve got first heads up on ;-)

The pain is that good blogging takes time. It’s time consuming because to write something good takes something out of you, and it requires that you think before you write. At the moment, everything I have is being poured into my business to get to where we want to be, so I have little left to give outside of getting sleep, going to gym and running, eating properly, and having a small semblance of a normal social life. I don’t bemoan it, but I do feel guilty for not blogging more than I would like to.

The greater pain is that I have started to realise what I can blog about, where I can actually offer something of value to readers, and the ideas that pop into my head all the time are all great blog posts, but they need time. And like any good cobbler, I’m so busy that I’d rather not blog, than blog something half-arsed and half-conceived.

What do you think?

Anyways, this is a brain fart. I’ve got about 20 mins before I need to catch the last tube home, so I thought I’d post something for a change, and it’s been really cool just letting the words come out. The good news is that I’m starting to change my role within the business, so that I do less code & project management, and more communication, so hopefully that will lead to more regular posts about good stuff. I also need to introduce you to Doris, and I’m really looking forward to that.

Adios for now ;-)

Junior / middleweight Front-end developer needed for Soho agency, London


There’s a job going for a junior to middle person looking to hone their front end skills in a Soho agency… Details are as follows:

BIO are a young London based digital advertising looking for a full time Junior / Mid weight front end developer who has a passion for working in big brand clients and creative great creative work.

If you are interested please contact Robin Souter at BIO:
robin [AT] thebioagency [DOT] com
+4420 7494 3494
+447900 182 224

Salary: Negotiable


Video interview: Gareth Knight, Technovated – UK startups, what we’re doing, and office space


Mike Butcher interviewed me at the Future of Web Apps last week:

I interviewed Gareth Knight from at the Future of Web Apps conference last week but due to the WiFi being so bad and other things getting in the way since I haven’t managed to upload it until now. Yes, lame huh. Anyway, even though the sound and video is a tad out of sync, I think it’s worth showing.

Lemme know what you think? ;-)

PS – we’ve still got some desk space going at our office in Putney…