About Sam Michel
Inquisitive. Hopeful. Jovial. Cantankerous. Digital marketer. Event organiser. Long-time fan of tech, collaboration and innovation. Exploring digital, social, business, technology, society, psychology & startups.
Sam founded Chinwag in 1996 to support the nascent digital marketing industry. The organisation has grown alongside the industry, whilst Sam has held roles ranging from, arguably, the UK’s first paid webmaster at Time Out magazine, part of the founding management team of the UK’s first web agency, Webmedia and the startup team at digital off-shot of TV firm, Carlton (now part of ITV)
He’s developed launched numerous industry events including Chinwag Psych, international startup series, Digital Mission. He’s the Executive Director of Social Media Week London part of a global collaborative event series taking place in 26 cities worldwide. Sam is a member of the global advisory board. Consultancy clients including UK Trade & Investment, Open Data Institute, the BBC, Innovate UK and he’s an active participant in a number of startup accelerators.
Personal, some work and some geek-related blogging lives at Toodlepip along with BBQ recipes and other oddities.
Unless you have a penchant for number crunching and government-related form-filling, tax returns, VAT returns, cashflow forecasts, balance sheets are probably tasks that you’d like to delegate. Let us not forget the UK’s record-breaking 17,000 page tax code. To run a… [read more]
<tl;dr> A brief and thoroughly geeky blog post. If you’re not tinkering with Mongo on a Mac, best click away now </tl;dr> Are you wanting to tinker with the fancy schmancy NoSQL database Mongo and you’re running MAMP on your… [read more]
In a delightful combination of user experience fails, Transport for London troubled my inbox this morning with an email alert about ‘card clash’.
This is second in a series of posts about migrating from Drupal 6 to Wordpress. The first post tackled installing Wordpress and some basic security options. This time it’s a gnarly bunch of SQL for converting content out of Drupal 6 into Wordpress version 3.7. It should also work with the latest version (at time of writing Wordpress 3.8 Parker).
And there goes the morning. If I could describe a deeply annoying start to the day, it would be thus: Wake up to discover that you’re offering your Twitter followers a sweet deal on Jordan’s (whatever the hell they/s/he is/are). Then follows a flood of tweets, direct messages, emails, text messages and the other half shouting across the room, “your Twitter account has been hacked”.
After six years, I finally bit the bullet and decided to make the jump from Drupal to Wordpress. The reasons are numerous and I’m planning another blog post to chisel through that particular rock and hard place.
Plugins like SSH-SFTP-Updater-Support provide an easy way to use SSH for plugin, theme and core updates but requires a manual process each time. In its recent release Wordpress 3.7 enabled automatic background updates – no-one wants to wait for a security patch, right?
Comment spam is a thing of the past. Or so I thought. Then, one Friday night an alert popped up saying one of our web servers was down. Whilst hunting the problem, I discovered that it might still be a major problem for websites and had a go at some code to tackle it. Why bother? Over the last week 1,774 IP addresses posted 16,149 comments. Or at least they tried.
The computer games industry is worth billions. Grand Theft Auto alone is expected to make £1bn. Teams of 100+ work for years crafting intricate game play, dizzying visuals, head-spinning mathematics to make it all work. In 1982, computer games weren’t very good. This is a story of two Cambridge graduates who turned the games world upside down.