Lean Startup

Lean Startup

“Minimum Viable Products are optimized for learning, not scaling.” “while you decide what’s Minimum, the customer determines if it is Viable” “Customer discovery never stops” Great article on Lean Startup  

Practical Responsive Images : Book

Practical Responsive Images : Book

The power of images isn’t just about improving website conversion. They can transport us. Sometimes in space, sometimes in time, often in perspective. I was still teaching Physics back in 1997, at a Technology School in Canterbury which was very forward-looking, and had two full labs of internet-enabled computers. This was also the time when(…)

You can’t manage what you don’t measure

You can’t manage what you don’t measure

As you may have read my previous posts on healthy working, I have been endeavouring to better manage some of my day-to-day lifestyle habits. When it came to general activity levels, it was the data from my Fitbit which made me realise just how little activity my normal routine required. On the weekends, we love(…)

Reclaiming my MacBook Pro’s hard drive space

Reclaiming my MacBook Pro’s hard drive space

I must confess that I don’t keep a firm track of my storage use on my Mac hard drive. As a family we take a lot of photos and videos, but as much as I regularly curate our photos and move the bulk of them on to our NAS, I always seem to be bouncing(…)

Tate Worlds : reimagined in Minecraft

Tate Worlds : reimagined in Minecraft

The Tate have been working on an amazing project to create virtual environments inspired by some of the artworks from their collection, in a most wonderful way – through Minecraft. You can read more details and download the files here: www.tate.org.uk/tateworlds . Getting started: To ‘install’ these worlds you just need to copy the relevant downloaded files:(…)

WordPress Migration

WordPress Migration

This post is only on the new location for the ALL BS site – seeing it means that the migration was successful…. and actually surprisingly painless. I used the “all-in-one WordPress Migration” plugin.: https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-migration/ Install the plugin on the original WP instance, and run the export command (go through the advanced options, maybe elect not(…)

Healthy Working : Standing-Desk Edition

Healthy Working : Standing-Desk Edition

Are you sitting comfortably? … I hope that you won’t be for long. At the start of the year I decided to make a concerted effort to work in a more health conscious manner. No gym promises, or exercise targets, my plan was to aim low, and to endeavour to form some small habitual improvements(…)

Azure Like It : Getting started with Microsoft Azure Websites

Azure Like It : Getting started with Microsoft Azure Websites

A current pet project runs on IIS, and having found too many restrictions with the IIS instance on my shared hosting accounts I needed to look for alternatives. Digital Ocean and Linode are great reasonably priced VPS services, but Linux only, and this project doesn’t yet warrant the cost of getting a dedicated box somewhere.(…)

Practical Responsive Images – Crop to point of interest

Practical Responsive Images – Crop to point of interest

Following on from yesterday’s Practical Responsive Images post, the next example use of the < picture > element (and using Picturefill), is to apply a point-of-interest crop to an image to maintain the desired focus at different breakpoints. Demo : http://responsiveimag.es/picturefill2_cropApples.html In this example, I’m apply different at-request-time crops depending at different min-width’s, with html scaling(…)

Practical Responsive Images with PictureFill (#1)

Practical Responsive Images with PictureFill (#1)

Thanks to the work of the Responsive Images Community Group and key supporters, the industry is gaining considerable momentum towards implementing the <picture> element and the srcset attribute. Both of these could finally offer a standard solution to the gnarly problem of providing a mature and consistent approach to implementing images effectively, especially within Responsive(…)