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.

Twitter without Infinite Scroll

I like reading stuff on twitter.com because a lot of interesting people write things there which they don’t write anywhere else. But Twitter is designed to be addictive, and a key mechanism they use is the “infinite scroll” design. Infinite … Continue reading

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Tools I like for creating web apps

I used to dislike creating websites. CSS confused me and JavaScript annoyed me. In the last year I’ve grown to like web development again! The developer tools available in the web browsers of 2019 are incredible to work with. The … Continue reading

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The Lesson Planalyzer

I’ve now been working as a teacher for 8 months. There are a lot of things I like about the job. One thing I like is that every day brings a new deadline. That sounds bad right? It’s not: one … Continue reading

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Inspire me, Nautilus!

When I have some free time I like to be creative but sometimes I need a push of inspiration to take me in the right direction. Interior designers and people who are about to get married like to create inspiration … Continue reading

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Paying money for things

Sometimes it’s hard to make money from software. How do you make money from something that can be copied infinitely? Right now there are 3 software tools that I pay for. Each one is supplied by a small company, and … Continue reading

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How Tracker is tested in 2019

I became interested in the Tracker project in 2011. I was looking at media file scanning and was happy to discover an active project that was focused on the same thing. I wanted to contribute, but I found it very … Continue reading

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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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