Author Archives: Sam Thursfield

About Sam Thursfield

Who's that kid in the back of the room? He's setting all his papers on fire! Where did he get that crazy smile? We all think he's really weird.

Writing well

We rely on written language to develop software. I used to joke that I worked as a professional email writer rather than a computer programmer (and it wasn’t really a joke). So if you want to be a better engineer, … Continue reading

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GUADEC 2018 Videos: All Done

All the editing & uploading for the GUADEC videos is now finished. The videos were all uploaded to YouTube some time ago, and they are all now available on http://videos.guadec.org/2018 as well. Thanks to everyone who helped with the editing: … Continue reading

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Natural Language Processing

This month I have been thinking about good English sentence and paragraph structure. Non-native English speakers who are learning write in English will often think of what they want to say in their first language and then translate it. This … Continue reading

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GUADEC 2018 Videos: Help Wanted

At this year’s GUADEC in Almería we had a team of volunteers recording the talks in the second room. This was organized very last minute as initially the University were going to do this, but thanks to various efforts (thanks … Continue reading

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Tagcloud

The way we organize content on computers hasn’t really evolved since the arrival of navigational file managers in late 1980s. We have been organizing files into directories for decades. Perhaps the biggest change anyone has managed since then is that … Continue reading

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How BuildStream uses OSTree

I’ve been asked a few times about the relationship between BuildStream and OSTree. The answer is a bit complicated so I decided to answer the question here. OSTree is a content-addressed content store, inspired in many ways by Git but … Continue reading

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2017 in review

I began this year in a hedge in Mexico City and immediately had to set off on a 2 day aeroplane trek back to Manchester to make a very tired return to work on the 3rd January. From there things … Continue reading

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