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Seven things Yahoo offers developers – my talk at the developer evening at La Cantine in Paris,France

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I just came back from Paris where I talked apparently very animated to around 50 developers about all the goodies Yahoo offers developers:

I like to move it, move it

I’ve spent the ride on the Eurostar editing the recording of the talk. I simply used Audacity and the built-in microphone of my MacBook Pro so the quality is not stunning but does the trick.

I like being in Paris, developers have very good and challenging questions there, the coffee and food simply rocks and I can be in and out in a matter of hours without having to wait at airports and spend hours in the air being unable to use my laptop. We’re now waiting for feedback what other talks people in Paris want us to give and I am sure I will be back before long.

Reaching those web folk – a talk about data distribution, APIs and social media at the NMM

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Yesterday evening I was very happy indeed to go to the National Maritime Museum in London to talk to representatives of several Museums about data distribution, YQL and open tables.

The whole thing was initiated by Jim O’Donnell who had spent quite some time with YQL and NMM’s data.

In my talk Reaching those web folk [PDF, 6.2mb] I covered the switch from a web sites as end points to open data as an opportunity to reach many more users and turn any of your visitors from a receiver to a relay broadcasting your information to their friends, contacts and distribution channels you are not even aware of.

You can download the audio recording of the talk, too: Reaching those web folk [MP3, 76.6mb]

Also thanks to Mia Ridge for taking notes in case you want someone else’s view.

Things to use, find and share – my Yahoo7 Open Session in Australia

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Some days ago (I lost track with all the travelling and time differences) I gave the first talk at Yahoo7’s Open Sessions in their ludicrously beautiful offices in Sydney, Australia.

me presenting YQL

In order of appearance I talked about:

TTMMHTM: Events, Latte Art, Full Frontal and Game developers vs. porn stars

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Things that made me happy this morning:

  • Getting upgraded to business class on my flight back from Hong Kong as BA didn’t have a vegetarian meal for me! Flatbed win with 8 hours straight sleep.
  • Celebrating my birthday with my friends and getting a giant duck: Giant Duck
  • PPK’s slides on JavaScript Events from his presentation at Yahoo
  • Splendid Cappucino Latte Art
  • Meeting colleagues from long long ago randomly in Australia and them blogging about your talk
  • A great presentation by filament group on Access oriented web design
  • Vimeo doing a very nice custom Flash effect for the Let it Shine ad.
  • Sand/Stone is an interesting idea, “a 6,000km-long wall of artificially solidified sandstone architecture that would span the Sahara Desert, east to west, offering a combination of refugee housing and a “green wall” against the future spread of the desert”
  • The Full Frontal conference is now live, come to Brighton in November to get your JavaScript fix.
  • A good comparison of Game Developers and Porn Stars

Open and Accessible – my talk at the OSDC in Taipei, Taiwan

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Yesterday I gave a presentation at the Open Source Developer Conference in Taipei, Taiwan about a different view of accessibility called Open and Accessible:


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As part of my Taiwan trip I had an interview with Ray Wang of IThome about accessibility and he was pretty impressed with me telling him that accessibility shouldn’t be about trying to comply with a law but is an opportunity to build massively successful and better usable products for everybody.

In this talk I am covering the same topic for an Open Source audience. I do believe that free and easily available and usable assistive technology is the future of accessibility as with commercial products we are running in circles. Screen readers are expensive pieces of information and far too hard to install and upgrade. The accessibility world’s technical set-ups are stuck in a woefully outdated state that developers despise having to support and the only way out is to make easier, upgrading and self-maintaining products built on systems like Mozilla’s Firefox.

I hope I managed to entice some people of the Open Source community to give accessibilty a go and maybe organize an Asia Pacific Scripting Enabled.

The talk was filmed, so there will be a recording soon.