The always up to date ranking of the top productivity blogs by traffic.

One of the most stealthily popular pages on this blog is my list of the top disability blogs by traffic.  If you are unfamiliar with it – I wrote a script that uses the Alexa Ranking to work out which of a set of about 300 disability websites is the most popular. It automatically updates every 24 hours so you can see if there are new people producing a lot of good content and use it to get a feel for what the bits of…

Using AzuleJoe and CommuniKate 20 online

So in November we launched CommuniKate 20.  We were, and are, pretty proud of it. In the last two months, something a little strange has happened, it’s been very popular, and interestingly we’re seeing more and more traffic to the demo page that you can see here.  We’d intended that the demo page be used by SLTs  to have a look at the pageset before installing it on a device.  However, it turns out that there are  people using it as a first-order communication device: …

Friday Requiem: Square Pen in a round hole…

Quick note for readers.  I think it’s important that I consider my back catalogue of posts to be part of the site and that they get maintained, looked after and followed up on.  So each Friday I’ll be picking a post I did from that week last year, and see if my opinions have changed, or find out how the story develops. Last year, in this post,  Russell Smith wrote a wonderful guest post for us on assistive technology and some of the tool’s he’s…

Load of good cobblers

Where possible, I repair clothes rather than buy new ones.  My jacket has had a rip mended, so have the jeans I’ve just put away.   This is partly a small idiosyncrasy of mine, and partly because I’d like to keep money in the local community rather than in supermarkets and partly because I’d generally like to be a little less consume-consume-consume where I can. One of the slightly embarrassing things about the modern world is that it costs more to get something repaired than buy…

Step-by-step: Making a Low-Tech Communication Book….

The very wonderful Kate McCallum has been increasingly appearing on this blog, first with a great switch repair/teardown,  then with a brilliant Step-by-step guide on how to build a tactile overlay for an AAC device,  to say nothing of the fact that she is the driving force between the CommuniKate project we launched last month.   Most of you will know Kate as someone who regularly fills Twitter with useful and interesting bits of AAC hackery and today she’s giving us a step-by-step guide on making a…

5 arguments that break as soon as Disability is involved. (Friday Requiem)

Quick note for readers.  I think it’s important that I consider my back catalogue of posts to be part of the site and that they get maintained, looked after and followed up on.  So each Friday I’ll be picking a post I did from that week last year, and see if my opinions have changed, or find out how the story develops. This is an update of this post, written last year.  One of the things I find fascinating about disability is that it breaks…

Why it’s a good thing to be slaved to your email

    I occasionally write productivity posts, or what my friend charmingly calls ‘best practices in self-care’.  Mostly these are relatively small-scale ‘save five minutes’ posts (as indeed, most writing on the topic is). Today I’m writing something different.  This post is part history (it’s about me) and part acknowledgement that change happens in levels. There are a lot of things that you can do to make sure that you juggle more plates without dropping them,  but you have to have to do things one…