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Slack all the things!

October 21, 2016
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Slack all the things!

OK, if you haven’t heard of it before Slack is kinda like IRC, kinda like Dropbox, kinda like a lot of things – it’s a neat place to bring together communications between your team or community, and the integrations allow you to pipe in external feeds like twitter activity or RSS. It’s a great way The post

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GirlswithDeepPockets.com

October 2, 2016
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Ok, this post is about one of my latest crazy/harebrained/whacky ideas. I’m fed up of having to carry my Galaxy Note 3 in my hand. I can’t stand handbags and most women’s clothing items don’t have pockets or the pockets are insufficient. Given how easy it is to build a website these days, I thought The post

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HIBPwned updated on CRAN

September 15, 2016
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Haveibeenpwned.com is a fantastic service that helps people find out if they’ve been involved in a data breach. HIBPwned is an R wrapper for that service. Recently, due to abuse of the system, Troy Hunt had to add a limit of one request per 1.5s. The new version published on CRAN last night adds a The post

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Giving back with code

July 20, 2016
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Giving back with code

From code in answers on Stack Overflow to R packages or full programs, there’s a lot of code being written and given away. This post examines some of the reasons why the people writing all that code do it, why you should consider giving back with code, and how you can get started. Finally, I The post

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Bad ways to run a user group

July 7, 2016
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Bad ways to run a user group

I love user groups and I always want there to be more. I’m not a perfect organiser but I run reasonable groups. When I see organisers doing it badly, it makes me sad. There’s lots of great ways to run a user group, but I thought I’d cover some of the bad ways to run The post

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Use your .Rprofile to give you important notifications

June 23, 2016
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Use your .Rprofile to give you important notifications

In R, we can use a file called .Rprofile to do things in R based on a number of triggers. One thing I’ve done is give myself a DIY notification of how many data breaches I’ve been involved in! First of all, you need a file called .Rprofile that’s stored in your working directory. Some The post

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HIBPwned on CRAN

June 9, 2016
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HIBPwned on CRAN

Part of my (slowly) working pipeline of coding projects has been an R package that wraps the fantastic HaveIBeenPwned.com API. If you’re not already familiar with HaveIBeenPwned, rectify the situation, NOW! Don’t worry about continuing to read the rest of the post; getting yourself signed up for account breach notifications is way more important! With The post

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Recent presentations

June 1, 2016
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Recent presentations

The last month or so has been a whirlwind of awesomeness with a veritable bevvy of user group and conference talks on my part! I thought I would share the materials with you and provide some brief thoughts on how each presentation went. Sessions SQL Saturday Exeter : Stats 101 London Business Analytics (LBAG) : The post

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#satRdays voting closes May 31st

May 27, 2016
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#satRdays voting closes May 31st

Voting for 2 of the 3 locations for satRday conferences will be closing at the end of May 31st (GMT). It’s been a phenomenal turnout with more than 1,500 votes so far. You can still vote if you haven’t already! EU status Budapest, Hungary, is where Gergely will be throwing the EU event and it’s The post

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satRday location voting now open

May 11, 2016
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satRdays, free R conferences, are a project being supported by the R Consortium. When Gergely and I submitted our proposal, we said we’d be supporting three conferences: Budapest, Hungary (Gergely’s home turf) Somewhere in the US Somewhere else in the world We’ve had an overwhelming response with 40 submitted conferences but for the fully-funded ones, The post

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