June Links

Yesterday I attended my first TEDx here in Birmingham. It was an amazing collection of topics covering everything from gravitational waves through to food start-ups in Detroit. I can wholeheartedly recommend finding your nearest one and going. What follows is a big pile of links, none of which are related to TED, but which I’ve been meaning to get out for a while. Continue reading »

May Link Dump

Yeah, I haven’t done this for a very long while. In between writing a lot of words and fixing a lot of systems, my Instapaper queue has just been growing and growing. So here’s three dozen links to stuff I’ve found interesting so far this year sans descriptions. Continue reading »

My First Buck

When I was eight, I wrote some words on an aging RM laptop using Word 97. They were terrible words and they ran together to form an even more terrible sentence. But it was the first ‘thing’ I had created with a plot, characters and a purpose and I have continued ever since; through terrible fanfics, introspective ramblings and enough robots and aliens to thoroughly exhaust the subject, I’m still putting words on digital paper. So far, five months into 2016 I’ve written a few sentences shy of 100,000 words.

And last week I received my first payment for it. Continue reading »

The SVN Server

Nowadays I take it for granted that everything is in git. Even my Uni dissertation was stored in a git repo. But this is a story of the first time I was exposed to source control, back when SVN was the top dog, and someone had a genius idea of how to set it up on a server. Continue reading »

Turning Ten

Ten years ago I decided to take a domain I had registered the year before and put it to good use. I replaced my homebrew CMS (the second version) and replaced it with the freshly released WordPress 2.0 along with a new design. Continue reading »

The Hot Path

A few years ago I had a problem. An API, consuming a dozen microservices, needed to scale and not just by an order of magnitude or two. It needed to handle a load far greater than it was originally intended for. How to do it? Continue reading »