Introducing Myself

by Fraser Speirs

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Hello, dear O'Reilly readers. This post marks a new chapter in my blogging history, which extends backwards to before we called them blogs. I'll start this particular blog with a little about my background and intent.

My background is that I've been a Mac user since I graduated from a Sinclair Spectrum to more powerful computers. I was a Hypercard and Applescript hacker from the early days and eventually moved on to more powerful things.

I wear altogether too many hats, but my most comfortable hat is that of Cocoa Developer. You may have heard of FlickrExport, my iPhoto export plugin for, or Xjournal, which is a blog client for I'm also the person behind the newly-formed company Connected Flow, which is now the company behind these applications.

My interest and practice in Cocoa development mostly lies in writing client tools for what is popularly known as "Web 2.0" applications. I have a pet hypothesis that Web 2.0 is even more significant for desktop application developers than for web application developers, but I'll expound on that in a future post.

I have a few interests beyond software development but far too little time to pursue them to the level I would like. Most of my spare spare time goes on photography (you can check out my Flickr photostream) and playing bass. I'm married to Carolyn, we have a one-year-old daughter, April, and we live in Greenock, Scotland.

So that's a little about me. I look forward to writing for you all and hearing what you have to teach me.

I've told you a little about me. If you've got a further question or just want to say hello, fire away in Talkback.


2005-10-08 10:57:10
Hey Fraser, nice to see your face round here
2005-10-08 11:00:02
Hi Giles,

So far so good :-) Look forward to working with the team here.