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Hi, I'm Jamie Tanna (he/him/his), and I'm currently a Tech Lead (Senior Software Engineer) at the Central Digital and Data Office where I'm working under the Data Standards Authority on api.gov.uk, improving cross-agency API usage, and the further development of https://www.api.gov.uk/.

I currently live in Nottingham with my partner Anna Dodson and our beautiful terror of a cat Morph.

I use my site as a method of blogging about my learnings, as well as sharing information about projects I have previously, or are currently, working on in my spare time.

I'm a GNU/Linux user, a big advocate for the Free Software Movement, and the IndieWeb movement and I try to self host my own services where possible, instead of relying on other providers.

Drop me an email at hi@jamietanna.co.uk, or using any of the other social links below.

My birthday is on the .


A few surprises in this year's #SpotifyWrapped (https://open.spotify.com/wrapped-2021/share-bd296b9dba6c4dcfbb3206f7d9ffa4a2-1080x1920?si=BlK7K4mqQj2G4uaA6J3NnA) with @Phaeleh snatching the top spot from a decade of @UppermostMusic and 59501 minutes of music!


From patient zero to billions wiped off global shares, the inside story of how the Omicron variant emerged

A fellow scientist, a geneticist from Stanford University, speculated in the comments that the virus was so different to the original Wuhan strain, Sars-Cov-2, it could be labelled “Sars-Cov-3” – “essentially restarting the pandemic”.

Recommended read: From patient zero to billions wiped off global shares, the inside story of how the Omicron variant emerged https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/omicron-variant-covid-inside-story-south-africa-1322562


Really happy to see the Test For Coronavirus service now making notifications of tests optional - a sign of great #ServiceDesign following user feedback, and continually improving the service. Not only does it remind me something I've literally just done, but saves a lot of money for not sending notifications to people who don't need them. I appreciate that some folks may still want it, especially if you're testing for someone else, so it's great to get that level of control

A screenshot of the Test for Coronavirus service on Gov.UK which gives the user the option of receiving email and SMS notifications of a test being taken


I've got 252000 DOGE hiding in a wallet on a failed hard drive for similar reasons 😬



Yeah I appreciate what you're thinking, Google, but using "your Linux" as a way to refer to my new laptop definitely doesn't work. Pretty sure it only works for "your Mac"

Screenshot of an email from Google welcoming you to your new device, with an email titled "Jamie, take the next step on your Linux by confirming your Google Account settings"


Successful Slack

An interesting read - I'm not quite sure about everything, but there's some good stuff in here, and it's good to have a fresh perspective

Recommended read: Successful Slack https://www.justingarrison.com/blog/2021-08-08-succesful-slack/


If y'all aren't already following Brandur Leach's thoughts on their site, please go ahead and do it. I've spent the morning going through quite a few really well written and informative posts, and have remembered there's a good back catalogue for the Nanoglyph newsletter too which is excellent. Some really great learnings from years of building awesome stuff, thanks for it all!


Not that I would forget about the wonderful team I left at #CapitalOne, the Purple Pandas, but my leaving gifts are going to remind me of them every day 💜 And thanks to everyone who chipped in for them, it's very appreciated!

A selfie of Jamie smiling at the camera, wearing a face mask covered in little panda faces A painted pink-hued panda mug by Elizabeth Grant, and a vaccum bottle with the World Wildlife Fund panda logo on it The Purple Pandas team logo, a panda lying on in a puddle of purple paint that it has knocked over


How we protect our most sensitive secrets from the most determined attackers

A very interesting read about physical and virtual security required to protect the keys to the castle

Recommended read: How we protect our most sensitive secrets from the most determined attackers https://monzo.com/blog/2021/11/18/protecting-our-most-sensitive-secrets/


This is awesome stuff from Glitch and I hope it'll get some good adoption over tools like Linktree!



Moving over to #Neovim was such a good idea - not only are the Async, LSP and general UI improvements making it a nicer experience, but I'd completely forgotten about being able to embed Neovim into other UIs, so this is being written from Neovim embedded into Firefox using the very awesome firenvim project