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Australia’s Drupal procurement: you’ll never guess who won

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:51:38 +0000

From the ‘tying up loose ends’ department… I mentioned a while back that the Australian government was procuring Drupal services for the development of a government-wide (and non-mandatory) content management system. The winning bidder was announced last week. And guess who it was? Acquia. Would you believe it? Contract details will be published online within 6 weeks, … Continue reading Australia’s Drupal procurement: you’ll never guess who won



How to watch the Salmond/Darling debate outside Scotland

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:13:12 +0000

If you really want to watch the Alex Salmond vs Alastair Darling TV debate on Scottish independence this evening, and you’re outside Scotland, and you’re determined to watch it on a large screen, but your broadband isn’t up to watching it online, and you have a Sky Digital or Freesat satellite box… still with me? … Continue reading How to watch the Salmond/Darling debate outside Scotland



On the passing of Puffbox Ltd

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:40:10 +0000

Point of order: Puffbox Ltd, whose website this used to be, is no more. It’s been dormant for near enough two years, with all my business activity being transferred to Code For The People Ltd. And now, having gone through the various formalities, it’s been dissolved by Companies House. The blog will remain here for the foreseeable future … Continue reading On the passing of Puffbox Ltd



Me on the WP Elevation podcast

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:56:59 +0000

I’m a huge fan of Troy Dean’s WP Elevation podcast: he’s the best interviewer in the WordPress space, and he has a knack of getting great people to spend an hour giving away their secrets. So it was a real honour to be invited (courtesy of one Mike Little) to participate. We recorded the show … Continue reading Me on the WP Elevation podcast



Australia wants Drupal-based gov-wide CMS

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:09:28 +0000

Canberra is planning on doing a GOVUK: developing a single ‘Whole-Of-Government Content Management System’ for Australia. And they’re very clear on what they want: ‘The solution must use Drupal open-source software‘. Why Drupal? They’ve published a detailed report (PDF) on their decision. They had two key requirements: that it must be ‘truly Open Source’, and very … Continue reading Australia wants Drupal-based gov-wide CMS



Buzzfeed listicles have no place on GOVUK. Do I really need to write that?

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:36:42 +0000

Her Majesty’s Government has made occasional forays into the world of Buzzfeed. I thought the Foreign Office’s use of the platform to rebut claims by Russia Today was quite amusing, and entirely appropriate. A very serious message presented in an ultra digestible format. Earlier this week, someone in UK central government (the Treasury?) put together a list of 12 … Continue reading Buzzfeed listicles have no place on GOVUK. Do I really need to write that?



New CERT-UK website will be shortlived

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:21:20 +0000

If Puffbox was still on active service, it would already have brought to your attention the news that: ‘The number of government websites is increasing despite a high-profile cull, Francis Maude has revealed. The Cabinet Office minister said his officials were engaged in a “nightmarish game of ‘splat the rat'”. “As soon as you knock … Continue reading New CERT-UK website will be shortlived



Why I’ve resigned from WPUK

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:40:55 +0000

Last night I resigned from WPUK, the coordinating body which emerged from the organisation of the first few UK WordCamps. In 2008, I felt genuine excitement at the thought that the UK WordPress community had grown big enough to justify its own WordCamp; and I think it was right to focus the community’s collective efforts … Continue reading Why I’ve resigned from WPUK



Open source didn’t exist until 2011

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:38:15 +0000

Puffbox emerges briefly from retirement to bring you an extract from Computer Weekly’s write-up of a somewhat confrontational appearance by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and DWP officials before the Commons Work And Pensions Committee, and a reported £40m write-off of IT work. Universal Credit director general Howard Shiplee also revealed that the … Continue reading Open source didn’t exist until 2011



US develops shared, centrally-managed WP platform for government

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:22:55 +0000

Can’t help but mention the sites.usa.gov project being run by the US General Services Administration, offering ‘a shared service to help agencies focus on creating great content rather than on building systems to deliver that content’. No charge initially, but looks likely in due course. And yes, of course it’s running on WordPress. By providing … Continue reading US develops shared, centrally-managed WP platform for government