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2019

Pisac in Pictures

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Pisac is a small town at the opposite end of the Sacred Valley from Machu Picchu. The town sits just off the Vilcanota River and is crowned with a pretty sp...

Why I am running away to South America

5 minute read

One week from today, I will be on my way to South America. I’m leaving the UK for the winter, like a bird chasing the sun across the sea to warmer lands.

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2016

Tech leaders, express yourself

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As a tech lead, you had better be able to express yourself. Not the woolgathering flights of fancy, where “We could do ___”. But concrete examples. Hard d...

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2014

Force of Habit: Week 1 Review

4 minute read

A week has passed since I started this whole crazy personal R&D project, so I thought it was a good time to review the last seven days.

Force of Habit: Day 9 / RepRap Z-Axis Build

1 minute read

It’s alive! (sort of) There’s a point in most projects where you’ve been building lots of components and disparate parts and it feels like it’s never going t...

Force of Habit: Day 4 / RepRap Y-Axis build

2 minute read

Building the RepRap print bed / Y-Axis Another stage of the RepRap build done today. The bed came together and there’s another installment of the timelapse ...

Force of Habit: Day 1

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Things are already starting to change. I just ran out to my workshop because I had forgotten to tin my soldering iron before I locked up for the night.

Zen Park Picnic

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I hit the park this afternoon for lunch. Was preoccupied as usual. Thinking about work. About all the opportunities I might be giving up by moving on. By ...

Exit interview yourself

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Every Friday afternoon, write down everything that you would recommend in your exit interview. Be exhaustive. Be specific.

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2013

Web Performance Sing-a-long

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I returned from Velocity Conference Europe 2013 today, just in time to get my two daughters to bed. Before we shuffled up to brush teeth and read stories, I ...

Three Managers

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The Rookie - “Why doesn’t anything get done?!?”

You don’t own culture, you are culture

2 minute read

We’ve been wringing our hands about our startup’s culture recently. Like any successful startup, we are not only growing our team but we’re adjusting and ad...

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2012

Product development is language

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Product development is like learning a foreign language. You must raise yourself above the embarrassment and uncertainty of knowing how to express your idea...

OSX gestures for emacs scrolling

1 minute read

I’m now working in a Ruby on Rails team, which means I’m collaborating with a lot of TextMate users on a daily basis. I’ve been an Emacs user for years, and...

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2011

Help me upcycle my old technology

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As an old and seasoned geek, I’ve accumulated my fair share of outdated technology over the years. You know the stuff: old laptops, giant mobile phones and t...

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2009

Outlook Web Access InboxZero Smackdown

1 minute read

Playing nice with email Anyone who works with clients or full-time employers, will sooner or later, find themselves faced with the supposed convenience of us...

Fabric first steps - Directory creation

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Fabric is a tidy tool for deployment that neatly wraps up fussy, manual tasks into a tidy Python syntax. The simple API wraps up most of your common deployme...

Fabric - Installation

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In this article from our Fabric series, I’m going to show you how to get set up with Fabric on your development environment. We’ll get down to installing the...

Drupal an Enterprise ready solution

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Amid all the hype and momentum that is building around adoption of Drupal for sites of all sizes, there remains a bitter skepticism that Drupal is, or ever w...

Goodie Bag - DrupalCon Paris 2009

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No convention is complete without a giveaway bag of knick-knacks and propaganda handed to you at the door. DrupalCon Paris 2009 is no exception, with a custo...

Five tips for attending geek conferences

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From time to time, work creeps up on you and sucks every last drop of knowledge and energy from you as you push from project to deadline to client to deliver...

Relaunch of omphe.com

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Regular visitors to omphe.com will notice that we’ve undergone a major overhaul of the site. All of the professional information pertaining to freelance web...

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