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From https://jitsi.org/blog/new-feature-brady-bunch-style-layout/ The Jitsi team on a morning stand up

Here’s the tl;dr. End to end, if you’re fairly quick at setting up instances on whatever you use for cloud servers, then you can rip through all of this fairly quickly.

  1. Set up an instance on AWS and prepare to install Jitsi Meet.
  2. Before you run the actual install command in the above tutorial, refer to this Jitsi community post if you want to set up a lobby/waiting rooms.
  3. To allow only admins to initiate a room take a look at this from Cross Talk Solutions. There is a video walkthrough too.
  4. Set up the lobby (aka waiting rooms) using this Jitsi community post. Scroll down to the section about Secure domains (user logins) — this (and restarting each of the services like you did at the end of step 3) is all you need. …

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Chomolungma, from base camp one, in the Kingdom of Tibet

How easy would it be to kick over an egg-cup full of water? Pretty easy. We all know lots of people who could do that.

In a business team you might have a range of tasks that need doing, that for people with the right skills, are also of similar simplicity. And customers who are paying you, because of how effortlessly you can do that.

But what if all those egg-cups full of water are sitting at the top of a tall mountain? You may still have five or six people that can kick them over. …


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Sit on mower — https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreyww/

Many years ago, I used to mow grass for East Sussex County Council (ESCC). Not on the council’s patch though. We used to mow the grass of Hastings Borough Council, ESCC having won that work through a bidding process.

In around 2013, over 20 years later, my agency, Miggle, had just finished helping Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) build its first Drupal 7 website.

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BHCC’s Drupal 7 site from 2013

At the same time, while looking for new work to pitch for, I found a council in Hampshire looking for pretty much what we’d just built. It occurred to me that if one council could mow another’s grass, then why couldn’t one bid to help to build another’s website, using shared code as a starting point, generating a bit of a return on the city’s investment? …


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I’d been wanting to do something with distributing Linux Mint for a while, because think it’s a great way to repurpose hardware, in stark contrast to the throwaway culture we live in.

I’d tried and failed a few times with Linux in the past. I’ve always wanted to have a Linux laptop as my main machine — but usually found there was some blocker, with something key I was unable to do. However, having now used Mint since Oct 2019, I’m yet to find any significant issues since my last foray into the world of open source operating systems. …


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The overarching strategy

As a sole trader, or as owner of a modern small or micro business you’ll want to be getting the most possible out of online technologies.

I think it’s important, especially in the early days, to not spend too much time deliberating over what to use for the various areas you need to cover. Ultimately, your products and services are what differentiates you. Even if you are a technology business, you are probably not in the business of competing with the providers of the tools listed below; these are not areas where you need to do something radically different. …


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Alick at Miggle One

Managing the change

Back in May 2017 I decided to stop running Miggle as a web development agency. I told my team in September 2017 and my clients, to whom I said I would support up till end of August 2018, soon after. In January 2018, on our 11th birthday, I made a wider announcement and explained the rationale behind it in more detail.

The relaunch today of miggle as miggle.one marks the end of what has been a successful journey through change. Key points along the way were as follows:-

I had a great team, and so the various organisations who were lucky enough to convince ex-miggles to join them got some star performers. There was always going to be a point where we either had more clients left than staff or vice versa and some of my team transitioned quicker than I’d hoped, which made the end of Q1 2018 quite full on. But the upside of that was a massive boost to cashflow, so the pain was worth it. …


First published on the miggle blog 25/1/18

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After exactly 11 years of running miggle, the last seven of which have been as specialists in providing solutions in Drupal, I have decided to make a significant change in the services we offer, which I believe will still be true to the core mantra we’ve always worked by. This is to be a safe pair of hands, delivering operational freedom for our clients in order to help make them self-sufficient.

A big part of operational freedom has always been about us being honest when we think our clients should embrace change, even if that means we part ways. We did this in 2011, when we started to pare back on offering content management services, because we thought there were more cost-effective ways for our clients to access those services. …


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Yellow Telephone by https://www.flickr.com/photos/lensletter/

As a business we’ve never received very many phone calls. Even when there were 15 or so of us. Most of the calls we get are unsolicited inbound sales calls or recruitment agencies. For a small business these can be disruptive, and a waste of time. They are often are best not answered. With genuine inbound calls decreasing as a percentage of all call over time, answering the phone more often had become a waste of time. The majority of inbound enquiries come to us by other means — email, website or social.

So last year we took the decision to no longer answer the phone. Instead, when you call us now you get a message that tells you we will return the call as soon as we can or at another time which is convenient to you. There are also a number of other options that you can listen to which provide more info about what we do, when we are open etc. So in many respects it’s just an audio replication of our web based chatbot. You can try it at +44 (0) 1273 358 448. …


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Chasing a pot of gold — (Rainbow by https://www.flickr.com/photos/mariana_maia/)

As an agency owner, have you ever said that? I know when I was running a fully fledged web development agency it was something I often said and heard.

Nowadays, in my role of helping clients find the right digital agencies, it’s evident that some of those who are pitching for the work on offer are doing so because it represents a step up in either income, challenge or profile compared to what they’ve done previously.

Agencies are often on the look-out for projects which raises their profile, or offers higher value, more complex, challenging or engaging work. But despite having the undoubted brand, design, comms or content skills, they often fall short of winning based on some of the tech, or, if they win the work, find that new or unforeseen technical challenges erode that job’s profitability. …


If this definition of antisemitism https://antisemitism.uk/definition/ started life as a ‘working definition’ then surely it’s acceptable to debate it, or ask questions on it. On that basis Richard Burden’s post here https://labourlist.org/2018/07/richard-burden-why-im-concerned-about-the-ihra-definition-of-antisemitism/ seems to raise two more than fair, extended and reasonable amendments to the definition that might help clarify as to what passes as acceptable criticism of Israel. If these were accepted into the definition, I think it would help zero in on what was unambiguously antisemitic. They are:-

“It is not anti-Semitic to criticise the government of Israel, without additional evidence to suggest anti-Semitic intent”

“It is not antisemitic to hold the Israeli government to the same standards as other liberal democracies, or to take a particular interest in the Israeli government’s policies or actions, without additional evidence to suggest antisemitic intent.” …

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Dad and Husband who loves the great outdoors. Own @miggle, digital product management consultancy.

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