On Kodery

I’m at a cross-roads with Kodery – I have a few options, but I don’t know what to do with it. The last commit as almost a year ago – 18th January 2015. That’s mostly due to me having to prioritise paid work over it. When I started building Kodery in 2009, I had a full-time job, no work-like balance sensibilities and no friends to keep be occupied – I ...

HTML Developers: Please Consider

ARIA allows developers to re-invent and extend native HTML features in meaningful ways. But like all bolt-on technologies its features are brittle compared to its built-in counterparts. I never bothered with ARIA roles. Like I’ve thought for years, using HTML the way it’s meant to be used is better. It’s true that it can sometimes be a pain to make form elements look and behave how you’ ...

RescueTime

When I started working at Ghost, John told me about RescueTime. It’s an app (with a website counterpart) that you install on your computer. It tracks what application and websites you use, and analyses how productive they are. it lets you categorise. So set Sublime or your editor of choice as ‘Very productive’, as well as the URLs of sites you work on (local domains work too) and your ...

My Ford Focus ST-3

On September 5th, about 10 hours after arriving back in the country from a holiday, I picked up my new car. I don’t think I’ve written much about it since, or before. There’s more to this new car than meets the eye. I’m the guy who visits Auto Trader several times a day, looking for my next car – looking to see what I can basically swap ...

Burnout

A month ago, I did a talk at WDC that I called ‘Professional Progression’. In the 15 minutes I was on stage1, I very openly talked about all the times I’ve screwed up over my career; letting clients down and making bad decisions. One person said to me: It would be amazing if anyone hires you again. It’s taken me a few weeks to realize it, but almost ...