unconference magic continues #blc8

I participated at barcampLondon8 at the weekend.  A unconference format of event that uses open space techniques to allow a community to self form and to collectively learn and thus enable individual to self learn.  An unconference does not make much sense to most new to the concept but here is its magic:  with no specific planning, I attended a series of sessions that were on topics that I currently have a big need to learn and solve problems around.  I had no idea who was turning up or that those topics would put forward before I turned up.  But they did and guess what, this sort of experiences happens every time I attend such events.  Talking to others, this seems to be a shared outcome.

I lead a session on the LifestyleLinking open source project and I participated in session on  bee keeping,  beginners guide to jQuery, future of barcampLondon, DIY living sustainable, what is the semantic web?, Tiddly wiki, open source charting app, future of HTML ,HTTP what is 200 call 401 etc, Agile development, how to start and contribute to an open source project, crowding sourcing and school IT education.  Not forgetting informal chats on  Monty Hall problem, that was at 5am Sunday morning.  Probably a term of University education in a weekend.  Thank you to all barcampers for making the event the magic it was.

jquery beginners guide

Sunday barcampLondon8


why use   cross browser  lightweight  documentation really good  widely adopted  help everywhere

jQuery    just about writes itself

GETTING STUFF   #header  e.g. css links import  divs  pictures etc.

EVENTS  something event (the actual code)  eg click hover etc   recommend   delegate function use here

JQUERY ANIMATIONS  most  fadein  fadeout  animate etc

jquery and css  most used addClass etc  ie altering the default css’

Manipulation of Elements  e.g. for alter images,  move it about on the screen

Traversing the DOM   find child sibing  each etc etc.

Setting and getting attributes   attr  html  text

jQuery  ajax  lots of wrappers   getJSON()  get post getScript

more resources  docs.jquery.com


secret life of bees barcampLondon8

one year old bee keepers story and knowledge on bees

three types  workers queen drone

how sting works, how nectar store  in be to hive

How is a new queen created?  Type of feeding makes her unique

worker, start  clean cells  for new eggs, nurse bees and attend queen e.g feed clean dirt in hive, make wax, store pollen coming into hive,  enzimes to convert pollen to evaporate water and regulate temperature of hive thus each other,  guard hive from other bees wasps etc etc

flying  literally wear out wings and die

waggle dance   taste pollen and direction relative to the sun  wiggle length  how far way  up to 3 miles

drones –  mate with queen if lucky

UK privacy barcampLondon8

first talk

what are the privacy laws

cookie used in EU including norway etc  then you fall under  those privacy laws

Can individual stop processing of personal data?     Should get consent  but if not directly then OK?   tick box filled in already? will change status presumed???

What is meant by free consent?   Law looking at what this actually means right now.

individual need to show demonstrate  considerable distress,  so hard prove.

is it a criminal offense?   yes but need to prove all the above which seem to be hard and practically make that ability prove impossible?

Compensation if proven,  financial payments can be won and those that had knock on affects

some exemptions:  household exemption  personal family  friends below dunbar number

There is a journalist exemption but apart from that the rules apply ie  not allowed to publish private data with out consent.

data directive EU wide,  UK  a bit more restrictive

open a file is processing  and personal data (even if public already)

law applies to individuals to businesses


bit.ly/tech-law   presenter blog