Josh Russell, Technology Strategist

Thoughts, commentary, ideas, opportunities

Use your space for good

photo borrowed from Browser London 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 you come in. If you…

Instead of giving U2 $100m

(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 buying the album? Unlikely. What else would we the internet have preferred apple…

The rules of science, sounds a bit like agile

https://vimeo.com/101100282 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 everything “To make this journey we’ll need imagination, but imagination…

Lean Founder

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 you can. Traveling for a meeting? Make the rest of your time…

Decentralising online transactions

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 wallets”, owned by guess who! (If not owned, reliant on the infrastructure of – this…

RockMelt

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 early to form a proper opinion on this one, but here’s some initial thoughts.…

Reuse and invisible familiarity in design

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 genres, environments, emotions or experiences. I wonder if the associations we have with those things, the…

Twitter DM Bookmarklet hack

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 do it better.. here it is: Drag this link to your bookmarks bar: send DM Then…

Web-based services I pay for

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 information in a nice way. Blinksale (invoicing) – $6/month Dreamhost (my personal hosting) – $10.95/month eNom…

OnePageMapSite

Working with Brian Suda, I just recently open-sourced OnePageMapSite, the code behind brightonwifi.com and eatinbrighton.com. 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 custom marker pins Include Google Adsense Google Analytics support AddThis sharing…

My review of iOS4 on iPhone 3G – basically, don’t do it

In a word, don’t. iOS4 on iPhone 3G from Josh Russell on Vimeo. OMG slow! Third party apps don’t work after a restart (this is huge, be careful not to let your battery run out) But you do get folders! (yes ok, you do get some good stuff, multiple exchange accounts, syncing of notes to gmail…

Are these pocket-sized devices different?

A post of two parts, here’s part one.. There are a lot of very similar looking boxes-you-plug-into-stuff in the market today. The hardware is basically the same.. Ubiquisys femtocell Logitech Revue for Google TV – engadget article Fon SIMPL OnLive micro console the same array of connection ports (USB, ethernet, A/V) similarly powerful and featured chipsets support…

My #debill letter – Please don’t rush through extreme web laws

  Send a similar message to your UK Member of Parliament (MP) addition: Guardian article about why it sucks   Dear Mr Lepper, The Digital Economy Bill feels like a massive step backward in the endeavor to better humanity through creativity, innovation and freedom of communication. It’s unlikely that the measures taken against those deemed…

iPhone application switcher mockup

  With the danger of focusing this blog a bit too much on iPhone and iPad related posts, here’s my mockup of how the upcoming iPhone OS 4 application switcher might look. Some reports are suggesting that a double push on the home key would bring this up, globally, regardless of what is the current…

Your future blog posts about the Apple iPad

Blog posts I expect to start reading in the next few weeks and months: iPad rev. 2 will have x GSM chip/hardware costs $130 wtf? The real cost of the iPad / mobile operator subsidies True battery performance is only 4 hours Tethering issues Why doesn’t it do x? I really need x, it’s a deal-breaker…