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David Dorward
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Suddenly I have an urge to buy a Jenga set…
As I write this, it's Good Friday. A time to go home, visit family, and quite possibly play dull board games. Because let's face it: Jenga is boring. Here's how you fix it.
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On the upcoming problem of websites making decisions based on the type of network connection a user has.
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I agree David. With the 4G network expanding pretty quickly I think this is becoming less of an issue. 

It's crazy how quickly mobile technology is changing though. Only last year we created a guide on mobile broadband data limits ( which will almost be irrelevant with all you can eat data packages becoming affordable. 
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I didn't think much of what I'd heard about this movie before, but this trailer has well and truly sold me on going to see it. Hopefully in IMAX.
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The IETF has just revised its JSON spec; the new version is RFC7159 — that link is to the IETF’s traditional line-printer format, I’ve parked an HTML version at for people who want to actually read the thing not j...
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Fascinating article from +Terence Eden on the security implications of having a large but fractured organisation with no clear leadership on software projects.
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Every website should have more pictures of kittens, so I wrote a script.
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Is this an improvement of the old 2009 Kittenify or something new?
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I spent this morning muttering about the new Amazon Prime “deal”, while +Terence Eden was writing up more or less the same things over at his blog. 
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It all started as a joke. Then someone implemented it and I was amused. Now the story behind Baboon Fart Odyssey is getting more interesting.
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There is a great deal of truth in this article, and it had a silly grin plastered across my face from somewhere in the first couple of paragraphs.
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A hat wearing, board game playing, Kent based, software engineer who works mostly with JavaScript these days.

A software engineer who keeps trying to write Perl but gets distracted by people who want to give him money to write JavaScript. For the last few years, he has been working with IPTV and persuading web applications to play nicely with weird browsers and remote controls.

When not working he likes games, all kinds of games, but preferably ones that involve sitting around a table with other people.

Sometimes he takes photos and publishes them on Flickr

Basic Information
Software Engineer
  • FairFX
    Contractor, 2014 - present
  • Razorfish
    Freelancer, 2013 - 2013
  • Base79
    Player Developer, 2012 - 2013
  • BBC
    Senior Client Side Developer, 2009 - 2011
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