2015 In Review

Like last year, this year has been good. And as ever, plenty of ups and downs. January was a fairly quiet month. February was also fairly quiet, except Hayley & I booked a trip to Disneyland Paris. In March, I asked Hayley’s dad for his permission to propose, we went to Disney, and I proposed. it was lovely 🙂 I also left Ghost. I spent all of April searching for ...

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 ...

Site Migration Progress

A few days back, I wrote about how I wanted to change up the 3 sites I have. In between client work, I’ve made good progress with the first 2 steps. The domain this blog used to be on is now a gateway site. Go take a look at pauladamdavis.com This here blog is now is now on Jekyll, and the source is on GitHub I’ve moved ...

Everything In Its Right Place

Yes, the title comes from a Radiohead song. I was listening to it as I wrote this. One of the issues I’ve faced in the past few months when wanting to post thins on this blog, is what belongs where? I now have a new company website, which I’m slowly redesigning, and that includes a blog. Where would a web development post go? In the past, it would ...

Back to a Standing Desk

A couple years back, I experimented with a standing desk, by balancing the desk top I had on top of the two draw units I had. It worked well, but after a month or so, my legs kinda gave up, so I had to get out the table legs again and reside to sitting. Ever since then, I’ve known standing while working is a benefit for me, but I ...

May & June Challange

I suspect nobody noticed, but I didn’t do a May post for my 2015 Challenge series,. That was because I wanted to keep quiet about my plans to go freelance again. But the cat’s out the bag now. Pretty much all of May was spent setting up a company, which meant lots of waiting for things to arrive in the post, waiting for HMRC to process the application, ...