Josh Russell, Technology Strategist


  • Use your space for good

    February 6, 2017 There are ‘tech for good’ project teams springing up more and more, tackling difficult problems, and trying to have a positive impact. But they’re often voluntary, unfunded groups, and they usually don’t have anywhere to meet and work. This is where ... Read
  • Instead of giving U2 $100m

    July 21, 2016 (just found this draft I hadn’t published, interesting that a few of these have now happened anyway) Things the internet would have preferred Apple do over U2 being given $100m for an album nobody wants. Would U2 have made $100m from fans ... Read
  • The rules of science, sounds a bit like agile

    July 5, 2016 In his recent continuation of Carl Sagan‘s Cosmos series, Neil deGrasse Tyson laid out the the rules of science: test ideas by experiment and observation build on those ideas that pass the test, reject the ones that fail follow the evidence wherever it leads and question ... Read
  • Lean Founder

    August 18, 2011 Semi-autobiographical, in no particular order, being a #LeanFounder: You don’t need that new laptop, a refurb will do, but your current laptop is fine until it dies. Plain eggs on toast is cheaper than eggs benedict, and better for your waist. Walk whenever ... Read
  • Decentralising online transactions

    January 6, 2011 Or “online cash” – since I don’t have to hand my physical cash to Visa so they can give it to you for that coffee I just bought. Of course they’d like it that way, hence the push of “mobile ... Read
  • RockMelt

    November 17, 2010 Update: I stopped writing this post, it got too long, and I got bored. Also, it looks like Meebo might have just pwned RockMelt anyway, with their MiniBar. This is an ever-changing space, and will require a followup post! It’s too ... Read
  • Reuse and invisible familiarity in design

    October 7, 2010 Some great backstories about things you see or hear everyday. Content used so much it becomes public domain, or more, part of the cultural landscape. Recognisable sometimes only subconsciously, but as a layer that stimulates familiarity, and builds on associations we have with certain ... Read
  • Twitter DM Bookmarklet hack

    September 30, 2010 I want to click a button or hit a keyboard command to send a DM from my browser. So, scratching my own itch, I made a bookmarklet to do exactly that. It doesn’t do anything else, and it could certainly ... Read
  • Web-based services I pay for

    July 8, 2010 It occurred to me that I’ve not got an ongoing account of what I pay for on the web, so I thought I’d make a list. Maybe this is an opportunity for a service itself.. PayPal could show you this ... Read
  • OnePageMapSite

    June 29, 2010 Working with Brian Suda, I just recently open-sourced OnePageMapSite, the code behind and With it, you can create a self-contained site that displays a Google My Map on your own domain, e.g.. Features Full-page interactive map Configuration through a simple config file Optional ... Read