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This is Ian Ozsvald's blog (@IanOzsvald), I'm an entrepreneurial geek, a Data Science/ML/NLP/AI consultant, founder of the Annotate.io social media mining API, author of O'Reilly's High Performance Python book, co-organiser of PyDataLondon, co-founder of the SocialTies App, author of the A.I.Cookbook, author of The Screencasting Handbook, a Pythonista, co-founder of ShowMeDo and FivePoundApps and also a Londoner. Here's a little more about me.

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19 May 2007 - 15:12Thunderbird videos on ShowMeDo

Lucas and Marius – two of our ShowMeDo authors – have created a great 3-part video introduction to Mozilla Thunderbird entitled: ‘Being Productive with Mozilla Thunderbird‘.

I’m always impressed by the quality of the tutorial videos that our users submit – these three Thunderbird videos deserve the attention of Mozilla.org…and that gives me an idea.

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15 May 2007 - 11:53Danny proposes a possible £5 App discussion

Danny (of HoboInternet) has just posted about a idea he’s proposing for the intriguingly-named stripme.org [no site yet] service.

The idea is simple – a RESTful site which can strip comments out of CSS, so you don’t have to serve comment-heavy CSS in day-to-day operations but you can preserve comments for development.

Perhaps the idea can be extended to auto-compress CSS and JavaScript files in a service which takes care of caching? At ShowMeDo we still use raw CSS and JavaScript (it gets piped as gzip-compressed, but the original files are heavy on spaces and formatting) because it is a faff to remember to strip/compress the files for release.

Would a handy service which does this easily (free for low volume, low-cost if you go over a sensible limit?) make for a nice app?

Danny – this sounds like an ideal talking point for the next £5 App!

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13 May 2007 - 14:40£5 App – Job Board

John and I announced our ‘Job Board’ idea at the second £5 App meet. We want to make the board useful for Jobs, Requests and Announces for geeks in Brighton.

If you want something added, just post a comment on this post. To get in the picture you’ll need to attend and stick something on the board.

Here’s a photo of the board – if you follow the link to Flickr you’ll find that it has clickable hot-spots (thanks Jane for doing this!):

The Job board

From top to bottom the links are for:

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11 May 2007 - 15:08Second £5 App Write-up – Social Start-ups

Tuesday night saw another very successful £5 App meet where Alan Newman and Raj Anand spoke on their startups (html-slides below).

Alan and Raj at £5 App Meet

Alan discussed the rocky road to building a stable development company (SensibleDevelopment.com) and his effeffelle.com social footy site. Raj gave a very interesting talk on ‘how to start a start-up’, a subject he blogs about occasionally on the Kwiqq blog.

See their web-friendly slides here:

This is our second event (earlier announce) which follows our first event the previous month.

[Update – Dan Glegg, speaker for the next event, has a write-up of this evening and talks about his subject for the third event]

As before – feedback was great, Clive has a write-up and it seems that our free beer and cake is appreciated 🙂 Thanks again to Danny and Ben of HoboInternet for providing such a great venue and to Jane for once again taking an excellent set of photographs.


We also introduced our new Job/Skills/Announce Board which was quickly filled (see picture and web-links on the linked post) – we’ll want it crammed next time! This is a great opportunity for you to post about jobs, available-skills and event announces.

The third £5 App will take place on June 12th (Upcoming announce to follow) and we’ll have a new format. Dan Glegg will be the only speaker – he’ll talk about his Ruby tools and consulting (Dan – could you Comment about this?) and may be making an Announce on the night.

£5 App co-founder John is keen to get some geeky discussions going to balance out the business-founder-stories – so rather than have a second speaker we’ll probably open the floor to several proposed £5-apps. A speaker will introduce an idea and the group can discuss it and maybe a new project or two will be born there and then. We’re keen to experiment and see what format(s) work best for everyone, so do ping us feedback!

Mailing list: Are you on the mailing list? If not then leave a comment below and I’ll add you to the list – I make an Announce every month about the upcoming event.

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