Setting Up an .is Domain with ISNIC Oct 27, 2013 I’ve purchased a couple of .is straight from the Icelandic Domain Registry (ISNIC) in the past year with a view to using them with my own vps. The process of setting up nameservers isn’t great, given their somewhat confusing management interface. That’s summed up in a recent tweet below. Looks like I just spent 39 euros on a domain I can’t use. Fucksticks. — Craig Lockwood (@craiginwales) October 26, 2013 ...
A Decade on the World Wide Web Aug 14, 2013 10 years ago today, I started this blog. That’s just under a 3rd of my life. In other words, that’s quite a long time ago. I started out using Movable type and very quickly (3 days later) ditched it in favour of the b2 “weblog tool”, which WordPress was later spawned from. Back then, I blogged frequently about what was going on in my life, which tended to centre around University coursework rather than technical posts. ...
Second Rate Britizens Jul 06, 2013 I decided to attempt a simple app this week, first using GoCardless, then later the beta of Stripe. It requires the payment of funds between two individuals, neither of which might be a business. GoCardless suggests signing up to use their partner programme, which involves registering a user as a merchant. This isn’t entirely suitable given the individual will be asked many queries on the nature of their business (which they don’t have). ...
The Developer Dream Jun 27, 2013 I suffer from idea overload. It seems that every day I have an idea for something. As a developer, I’m lucky in that to be able to take an idea to inception very quickly. Best of all, I can show it at inception stage to a huge audience (if I had one), garner feedback and quickly iterate on that idea. To date, I’ve mainly created these by myself – a casualty of doing paid work in the main like this too. ...
The Problem with Full Stack JS Applications Apr 03, 2013 Whilst node.js heralded an era of being able to use a single language for both server and client side development, nobody mentioned the confusion such an approach could cause. It’s inevitable that there’s going to be similarities in code that constructs data on the server and that which presents it on the client. The fact that the two are written in the same language and the structure of them is so tightly coupled can make it easy to lose track of where you are and what you’re doing when knee deep in code. ...
So You Want to Run a Fairtrade Business? Mar 28, 2013 This is a brief retrospective of what I’ve learned in the 6 years I’ve been running Fair & Bare, a Fairtrade t-shirt company along with my wife. If you’re a new follower of mine, you heard right – I run a Fairtrade t-shirt company. I’ve not actively been marketing it more recently for a number of reasons, but I still have a strong belief in our original vision. That vision was that Fairtrade shirts at the time weren’t being well received by the world, despite being available. ...
Breaking up Relationships with CouchDB Mar 01, 2013 [NB: This is an unpublished post I wrote in 2010 on getting started with CouchDB. Therefore, despite all the code and examples being relevant, it may be considered somewhat ‘belated’] Beware – there’s a bunch of home wreckers out there intent on removing the love of your life and replacing it with a wicked mistress. For me, my first experiments working with databases were performed with Oracle, the staple of our computer science course at the time. ...
Growing a Business with Developer APIs Feb 20, 2013 Those of your you who follow me on twitter will might be aware of a single day hack I attempted last week, which takes output from Lovefilm’s customer history and formats it so it can easily be imported into the lovely Letterboxd. It’s named Loveletterd and it seemed entirely appropriate to release it on Valentines day. After hearing that Letterboxd had created a CSV import tool for it’s community to use and as I’m a Lovefilm developer, I felt like it would be a great use of my time to get to work on Loveletterd. ...
Introvert Interfacing Feb 07, 2013 You pay for your ticket, hotels, travel and then spend the rest of the year excitedly awaiting being able to attend the conference everyone is speaking about. Having travelled halfway across the country, braving weather you’d never ordinarily leave the house for, you arrive in the unrecognisable city. You’ve left your family to be here, which is heart wrenching at the best of times and your lonely hotel room is no comfort (especially given the number of beds it has). ...
The Move Towards Static Websites Jan 22, 2013 There’s some discussion on new podcast “The Back to Front Show” on why of late we’re seeing so many static websites cropping up. It seem like now more than ever, we’re seeing both developers and designers jump ship to this way of working, having long been using database backed solutions (such as WordPress/Drupal) to manage their publishing. When I talk about a static site, I think of it of raw HTML sat on a server and nothing else. ...