All posts by Stephen Pickett

About Stephen Pickett

Stephen Pickett is a programmer, IT strategist and architect, project manager and business analyst, Oracle Service Cloud and telephony expert, information security specialist, all-round geek. He is currently Technical Director at Connect Assist, a social business that helps charities and public services improve quality, efficiency and customer engagement through the provision of helpline services and CRM systems. Stephen is based in south Wales and attended Cardiff University to study Computer Science, in which he achieved a 2:1 grading. He has previously worked for Think Consulting Solutions, a leading voice on not-for-profit fundraising, Fujitsu Services and Sony Manufacturing UK as a software developer. Stephen is the developer of ThinkTwit, a Wordpress plugin that allows you to display multiple Twitter feeds within a blog.

How I made beer for the first time (properly)

I’ve recently been blogging about my experience of home brew; I first blogged about “My introduction to home brew“, then how “To make a scratter” and finally “Cider making, from fresh apples“. Whilst the latter two are clearly about cider – my passion – I’ve also been interested in wine making and beer making. So far my experience of these has been limited to wine and beer kits; now I can’t really make wine using fresh grapes due to the limitation of access to cheap grapes, ingredients for beer on the other hand are quite easily accessible so I thought I’d give it ago…

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My experience of the CITP assessment process

I’ve recently been through, and unfortunately failed, the BCS CITP assessment process. For those that don’t know the BCS is the Chartered Institute for IT and the Chartered IT Professional status is equivalent to the chartered status in accounting, but for IT. There are a number of benefits that CITP status gives you, but mostly it is the recognition that comes with the title.

Whilst I was on this journey I couldn’t find a great deal about it online (not really great given they are trying to expand knowledge about it in the IT profession) which made things considerably difficult for me – I am the sort of person who needs a lot of information about a subject to really tackle it; this is, in some ways I guess, contradictory to the attributes of a Chartered IT Professional I guess but it’s just in my nature. I wanted to blog about my experience for others to understand it better but also to remind myself when I try again.

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How to add a Twitter feed to WordPress blog

You may or may not know that I’m the developer of a Twitter plugin for WordPress, called ThinkTwit – this very easily allows you to add your tweets to your blog, which can make it very easy for someone to see your thoughts in one place and is also a great marketing tool to have on your corporate website. There are hundreds of tools out there that do this, but few are as flexible as mine.

Not many people are aware of ThinkTwit, and those that do find it could easily think that it’s just for developers, so I thought I’d post a blog on how to use it to show how easy it is to use – and generally to help people who want a quality, reliable tool that is easy to install now but can be very easily expanded further down the line.

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Cider making, from fresh apples

This post is the third in my series on home brewing, if you are interested in reading from the start please look at “My introduction to home brew“. So up until this point I’ve made some home brew from packs and I’ve made a scratter to pulp my apples – now all that’s left to do is find some apples and turn it in to cider!

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My introduction to home brew

So I’ve been very quiet recently, for 3 main reasons:

  1. Work has been insanely busy, I may have an update on that in the coming months.
  2. I’ve been studying for my Chartered IT Professional (CITP) certification,I  should have an update on that in the coming weeks.
  3. I’ve been making cider! (And perry, and beer, and wine!)

As you can tell by the title, the last point is what I shall write about today…

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ThinkTwit Update 1.4.3

Just a quick update to ThinkTwit:

Updated the readme.txt, and both shortcode and Output Anywhere as there were some inconsistencies in naming but also some of the instructions were out of date and hence wrong. Should resolve any issues anyone is having with either of these or with multiple usage on one page.

Many thanks to Martijn Pantlin, from Orgone Media, for testing and pointing out issues to me!

ThinkTwit Update 1.4.2

It’s been a while since I last posted or made any changes to ThinkTwit as work is very busy at the moment – apologies if anyone has missed me, but I’m guessing not as I’ve not had a lot of feedback. One request that came through recently which stood out has prompted this latest release, here’s a summary:

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