2020-10-23: Note to self, start reading again.

2020-10-17: Nice to see there are still apps out there like Reeder that keep on releasing versions with a …

2020-10-14: My patience for software development over the last couple of years has grown to the point where I …

2020-10-14: What did I miss from last night’s Apple event? As far as I can tell, a new iPhone, a new mini …

2020-10-12: The surprise factor behind the Field Notes subscription has definitely tailed off for me. It’s …

2020-10-12: The Hatton hoodie Congratulations to Tyrrell Hatton on winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. And great as his …

2020-10-07: Back to home cooking for central Scotland With new restrictions in place for central Scotland, our first visit to our favourite restaraunt …

2020-10-07: That’s my first Rails application ported over to DigitalOcean’s Apps platform. It was …

2020-10-02: Friday night dinner at the golf club with a cracking view. Great start to the weekend.

2020-09-29: What a fantastic evening for the young golfers getting coaching tonight.

2020-09-29: Recommended task managers from Curtis McHale I can’t argue with the picks that Curtis has made. He knows his recommended task managers very …

2020-09-27: Autumn is all about the apples and cinnamon.

2020-09-27: Another Sunday. Another nine holes with Drew. Cracking day for it and he managed to play most of the …

2020-09-25: Technology is tiring.

2020-09-24: I just setup a Windows laptop for the first time in over 15 years. Saying no to ads and declining to …

2020-09-24: The Coalition for App Fairness launches In an effort to address issues with Apple and their App Store, several companies have founded a …

2020-09-24: Fantastical’s widgets are here. Still hoping for widgets from Reeder, Instapaper, Spotify and …

2020-09-23: Reading Twitter lists in Feedbin has been largely a painful process. With some lists containing 50+ …

2020-09-23: Project options Over the last few days I’ve been assessing a number of projects that I have in the works. The …

2020-09-22: Remembering X-COM They story behind a PC classic, X-COM. The first part that you see is the strategic level. As the …

2020-09-22: Looking forward to seeing Micro.blog 2.0 released. The bookmarks feature looks great and will let me …

2020-09-20: A welcome change to the usual Sunday. My Dad took Drew out for a few holes at his golf club today. …

2020-09-18: View from the desk.

2020-09-18: Basecamp's excellent case for options Shape Up, Basecamp’s way of building products, doesn’t use roadmaps. The team’s …

2020-09-18: I finally added the last replacement wedge to my bag yesterday. The RTX4s have a good feel and …

2020-09-18: Widgets and App Library oh my! With Apple’s iOS 14 update, there are two features that I am using now to tidy up my home …

2020-09-17: Catching the Spitfire I managed to catch the NHS Spitfire as it flew over two hopsitals in my hometown of Paisley this …

2020-09-16: The problem of call to actions in Twitter threads Threads on Twitter have been around for a while now. It allows you to chain tweets together, which …

2020-09-15: Back to long nights and learning With the golf season starting to wind down and the nights starting to get darker and longer, …

2020-09-12: Finals day Finals day at the golf club today. As is my duty, I was the referee for the junior club championship …

2020-09-10: Greyhound, a great watch Just finished watching Greyhound on Apple TV+. A great watch and goes straight into the action. Tom …

2020-09-09: Time for morning pages again? Last night I read a few posts on Micro.blog about people returning back to blogging and writing. I …

2020-09-08: Yeah, I'm buying Madden NFL 21 EA is bringing Colin Kaepernick back to Madden. Starting today, Kaepernick will be available as a QB …

2020-09-08: Morning technology woes I spent the first hour of the morning trying to update some apps on an iPad for an iCloud account. I …

2020-09-04: Just me and my boy out on the course tonight. He’s playing well and finished with a superb 4 playing …

2020-09-03: It’s not all bad. Germany is banning single-use plastic and styrofoam. It’s definitely …

2020-09-03: Of course the tech companies passed on the new digital services tax to consumers Oh look. The big tech companies are now all just passing on the new digital services tax straight to …

2020-08-29: Spent tonight refereeing our last junior semi-final match at the golf club. Looking forward to …

2020-08-21: Jen timed picking up these new caramel crunch biscuits from Aldi perfectly. #mbaug

2020-08-20: Our Japanese maple in the back garden is starting to change colour. A change of seasons is upon us. …

2020-08-20: Nicholas Bate’s Tools of Excellence for a Brave New World series continues with The Master …

2020-08-20: Instagram's sole aim is to keep you in the app Looks like I removed the Instagram app from my phone at the right time. As if Instagram weren’t …

2020-08-20: I had no idea Unsplash had an iOS app. Found out this morning after continuing my process of …

2020-08-16: Almost stationary. To be fair, I envy this little guy’s pace of life. #mbaug

2020-08-15: Silhouette of Ethan playing at Gleneagles last year in the junior open. I like this type of picture. …

2020-08-14: Increasingly finding the sun among the trees now as the days get shorter. #mbaug

2020-08-13: Still enjoying blue skies in Scotland. No filter needed. #mbaug

2020-08-13: I was optimistic about Mozilla yesterday. Today, I’m not so sure after reading various posts …

2020-08-13: Nicholas Bate’s 14 point productivity primer is a great place to start if you need to get back …

2020-08-13: Toying with leaving Instagram This morning sees my youngest son, Drew, start his first day in Primary 4. As always with his first …

2020-08-12: Managed to catch the Perseids meteor shower tonight from the back garden. First time in a long time …

2020-08-12: My Soundcore Life 2 headphones were a great buy. Good sound from them and they include noise …

2020-08-12: Mozilla still fighting for the open web I must admit, the news that Mozilla was laying off employees didn’t improve my view on …

2020-08-12: I missed yesterday’s microblogging photo challenge. Bah.

2020-08-10: Looking out the window from one of the buildings at Paisley Abbey. I would love a window like this …

2020-08-09: The black and white of a good book. In this case, a recent copy of Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of …

2020-08-08: The Saturday night view. #mbaug

2020-08-07: Daytripping to Culzean Castle is always a good way to spend the day. Definitely a family favourite …

2020-08-06: Owning freelancing Seth’s latest post is all about ownership. If you want to build a career as a freelancer, or …

2020-08-06: Bisect o’clock. Okay, I’m almost a second out, but getting this spot on was always going to be a hit …

2020-08-05: Days definitely flow better when they are planned. #mbaug

2020-08-04: Deciding on a new camera When it comes to taking photos, I always resort to my iPhone. It’s a great camera and provides …

2020-08-04: A moment of peace and quiet as I walked off the golf course a couple of weeks ago. #mbaug

2020-08-03: A bug is causing my TailwindCSS to fail all of a sudden. #mbaug

2020-08-02: Me and Drew had a great afternoon playing golf under a sky of floating clouds. #mbaug

2020-08-01: Looking up through the trees in the back garden. #mbaug

2020-07-25: Despite numerous attempts to read Dune over the last few months, I just can’t get into it. Normally …

2020-07-24: Made the switch from Apple Music to Spotify today. So much easier to move about in the app and …

2020-07-14: To get myself familiar with Ruby on Rails again, I’ve been taking some ideas from other web …

2020-07-12: Trust people’s common sense Senior minister Michael Gove has said he does not think face coverings should be compulsory in shops …

2020-07-09: I’ve been enjoying watching Picard on Amazon Prime for the last couple of nights. Just a few …

2020-07-08: A paid tier on Twitter? If the benefits were right, I’d definitely go for it.

2020-07-07: We had a new deck put in the back garden to give us more seating space. Up until that time, Scotland …

2020-07-07: The 3 x 5 card Nicholas Bate gives us a productivity system so simple it can fit on a single index card. A fresh 3 …

2020-07-04: Sat down with the rest of the family tonight and watched Hamilton on Disney+. Absolutely amazing, …

2020-07-04: My review of The Last of Us Part 2 This week I finally finished The Last of Us Part 2. I’ve been waiting patiently for this game …

2020-07-03: Friday night fun. Pizzas from our favourite local Italian restaurant, a couple of cocktails for me …

2020-07-03: Despite switching to TailwindCSS, I still find myself styling components so that they look very …

2020-07-03: Google acquisition of Fitbit being scrutinised by EU regulators Google announced it was buying Fitbit last year for $2.1 billion and said it hoped to complete the …

2020-07-03: Today’s plan was to get in a round of golf with my son, my dad and my uncle at my dad’s …

2020-07-02: Hello Hey! I’m sold on Hey email. In the last six days that I have been using it, I’ve been getting …

2020-07-01: Is it time to go out on your own? In a post-Covid world, maybe the time has come to go out on your own. Keep it simple initially: just …

2020-06-26: Giving Hey a try With Basecamp’s Hey email product now open to everyone, I have decided to try it out for …

2020-06-25: I like the new GitHub This week, GitHub shipped a significant change in its user-interface. And with it comes the same …

2020-06-17: Great night for a few holes.

2020-06-06: We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter An apology from the NFL’s commissioner, Roger Goodell: We, the NFL, condemn racism and the …

2020-05-28: Wonderful night for a walk.

2020-05-26: Fun gaming with Minecraft Dungeons Tonight I bought Minecraft Dungeons. To be honest, it might have been more of a nostalgia hit. Ever …

2020-05-22: Just downloaded iA Writer from the App Store. I forgot how wonderfully simple this editor was. Quite …

2020-05-18: Version 3.00 of my preferred typeface for coding, Iosevka, just dropped.

2020-05-17: The over due pull request I have a pull request that’s been sitting in Github for about two weeks now. It’s for a …

2020-05-17: Bringing back blogs I hate to play down the benefits of blogging, but I think the author here has a point. There used to …

2020-05-14: Stay focused with context Curtis McHale offers some important productivity advice for those working from home which you can …

2020-05-14: Star Wars meets Top Gun? I never thought I would see that happen but it does kind of work.

2020-05-14: This demo for the latest Unreal Engine is absolutely astounding. The level of detail, lighting …

2020-05-07: After a lapse of reading, I’m back on track and finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo …

2020-05-07: The Last of Us Part II is finally getting a release date in June and the new trailer is just adding …

2020-05-05: Another wonderful evening stroll through the trees with Jennifer and the boys.

2020-05-04: What better way to celebrate Star Wars day than a test of patience with a jigsaw.

2020-05-03: A bird's-eye view I spent the morning finishing off a few components for a theme for my Caddieclix product. This is …

2020-04-27: Tantive IV set complete! Took a wee bit longer than we planned but it’s finally finished. Just need …

2020-04-26: Care package from mum arrived this afternoon in the form of sticky toffee pudding complete with a …

2020-04-26: After some consideration, I’ve decided to kill my Atlassian account. I’m not using any …

2020-04-24: Goodbye mattisms.dev After a few weeks of not posting to my dev blog, I’ve decided that over the weekend I will …

2020-04-24: Progress on the Tantive IV build has been good. Almost there!

2020-04-24: I’ve been trying to build a series of themes using the Tailwind CSS framework. Creating the …

2020-04-23: Nicholas Bate with some basics for your marketing strategy.

2020-04-21: Mobile version of XCode coming to iOS? I hope so.

2020-04-21: The benefits of bootstrapping Today’s blog post from Seth Godin highlights what for me, is the most significant benefits of …

2020-04-21: Kurt Harden is supporting local businesses. We all should do this and continue to do so when the …

2020-04-20: Having to do the “confirm email address, reset password, login, associate account” dance …

2020-04-19: Another night, another walk in the local fields with the sun shining. Great time for the family to …

2020-04-19: In an effort to break the boredom I’ve opened a few Lego sets that we had initially put by. Drew’s …

2020-04-10: Great day for a walk, although the trees are still a little bare for my liking.

2020-04-08: New DualSense controllers revealed for PlayStation 5 Sony has revealed their new DualSense controllers for the PlayStation 5. A familiar look for the …

2020-04-06: Me and Jen watched Knives Out last night on Apple TV. We fancied it when we first seen the trailers …

2020-04-06: Fresh start Mondays with Nicholas Bate.

2020-04-06: Kurt’s great day.

2020-04-03: A brand new editor is coming to the Bear app and it is available now if you want early access to it. …

2020-04-03: The Twitter timeline is just completely unusable. Tweets are injected into your timeline by …

2020-04-02: The Last of Us Part II is delayed again. I’ve waited for this long, I can wait a few months …

2020-04-01: The good and bad of Apple acquiring Dark Sky It was announced yesterday that Apple has acquired the weather app Dark Sky. As part of the …

2020-03-31: I can’t begin to say how much of a benefit using RSS is, especially in this time of a global …

2020-03-30: I have to say, Ethan’s first batch of oatmeal and raisin cookies are pretty spot on. I wonder if I …

2020-03-30: Oatmeal and raisin cookies are in the oven. That’s a productive lunch hour used.

2020-03-30: The things I miss We’re now into our full second week of the stay at home advice issued by the UK government. …

2020-03-27: Looking for something to read? How about some flash fiction from Matt Gemmell?

2020-03-27: I’ve been really enjoying using Tailwind CSS over the last few days. I’m finally getting …

2020-03-26: Rules for living. All of these should be within easy reach for everyone given the circumstances.

2020-03-24: Life Reminder 25 It’s time to rediscover the joy of reading.

2020-03-23: Monday firsts First day for a number of things. Some are actual firsts and some are just reboots. Home schooling …

2020-03-19: The four stage strategy from “Yes, Minister”. Sometime it feels like the world’s …

2020-03-18: I was skeptical of the value of the $299 price tag on the new Magic Keyboard but reading more about …

2020-03-18: Kurt Harden is onto a winner with his idea for schools not having classes

2020-03-16: Managing the firehouse of pandemic information In light of everything that’s been happening in the world in the last two weeks, it can be …

2020-03-16: I’ve been away from the Internet for a few days. Did I miss much?

2020-03-10: New homescreen in iOS 14? It looks like the homescreen is getting a big change in iOS 14. Furthermore, the list view will …

2020-03-10: Fast Company asks what would happen if the world reacted to climate change like it’s reacting to the …

2020-03-09: This personal security checklist should be a must read for everyone. I would advise you follow the …

2020-03-09: Pleasantly surprised by the Apple Watch Pleasantly surprised. That’s exactly how I would sum up my own personal review of the Apple …

2020-03-09: I often find myself reading blog posts about topics like this post on bookmarking categories and …

2020-03-06: The Last of Us is coming to the small screen The news that I’ve been waiting for. HBO is adapting The Last of Us into television series. …

2020-03-05: Push notification ads in iOS? No thank you Apple.

2020-03-04: Productivity reminder from Nicholas Bate. The list is your assistant.

2020-03-03: I’ve seen enough to convince me that Tailwind is a better fit for my product than Bootstrap …

2020-03-01: Deactivating Facebook is good for you I’ve had this opinion for a long time despite not having a Facebook account, but even if you …

2020-02-28: First paragraph: La Belle Sauvage Three miles up the river Thames from the centre of Oxford, some distance from where the great …

2020-02-28: I like the idea behind the Iconfactory’s Tot app. Just a limited number of spaces that you can …

2020-02-25: Idea for a new website? Are there any blogs or websites that focus on positive changes to the web and apps? I’m thinking of …

2020-02-24: I knew I was close to finishing The Falcon of Sparta but I didn’t think I would finish it during my …

2020-02-24: First paragraph: The Falcon of Sparta Following in the foot steps of Michael Wade and Kurt Harden, I’ve decided to start publishing …

2020-02-21: Useful writing I’ve been trying to find a way to reboot my writing habit for a couple of years now. The …

2020-02-21: Tried and tested apps I’ve noticed a change in the home screen of my iPhone over the last few months. There’s …

2020-02-17: I’m not looking for another RSS reader, Feedbin is still my RSS reader of choice. But damn, …

2020-02-13: Despite the many things that Visual Studio can do, I find it very uncomfortable to use when writing …

2020-02-12: Even in the snow, the golf course still looks great. Just waiting for spring to roll round now so I …

2020-02-12: You know you’re a golfer when you start to despise the snow. It’s not all bad though. I’ve got me …

2020-02-10: My reading progress has been pretty good so far this year. I hope it’s not the kiss of death …

2020-02-09: A very dark and broody sky for the snow moon.

2020-02-09: I helped Drew make a birthday cake for Jennifer this afternoon. Proof will be in the taste test …

2020-02-09: I’d still like to see cross-posting to Twitter on Micro.blog as a “per-post” …

2020-02-06: Feedbin is crushing it as a content organiser. First feeds, then newsletters, then Twitter and …

2020-02-06: There hasn’t been much that has dazzled me since recently picking up C#. I must admit though, …

2020-02-05: I went with Fantastical's annual subscription Last night I pulled the trigger on the new Fantastical annual subscription. What was it I said a few …

2020-02-05: The Rework podcast share a great talk by Matthew Vincent, a member of Basecamp’s Ops team, about the …

2020-02-05: I often wondered what kind of impact web page bloat has on CO2 emissions. Now I know.

2020-02-04: Warming to Fantastical I’m starting to warm to Fantastical. I hovered over the subscribe button today. I still find …

2020-02-04: In the search for a viable alternative to Fantastical, I’ve found that Calendar 366 has a pretty …

2020-02-04: It’s great to see Feedbin have added an automatic option that will automatically switch …

2020-02-03: And that’s it folks for the 2019-20 NFL season. Just 219 days to go until the next season …

2020-02-02: I love those moments when I’ve been working on a big refactoring in a bit of code and it …

2020-02-01: Looking more into app subscriptions and Fantastical alternatives There was much debate this week about Fantastical’s move to a subscription app and …

2020-02-01: A simple upgrade has turned into a multi-app deep dig of calendar apps over the last few days as I …

2020-02-01: Finished Shiang: Empire of Salt by C. F. Iggulden. It took a while to get back into the story but it …

2020-01-31: Going to give Calendars 5 by Readdle a spin. Curious to see how it fares as a Fantastical …

2020-01-31: The man behind the Super Bowl trophy Being a Green Bay Packers fan, I already know the legend that is Vince Lombardi. A coach who took a …

2020-01-31: Still a European Today is the day that Great Britain leaves the EU. To mark the occasion, fellow Micro.blogger, Paul …

2020-01-29: Fantastical 3 alternatives Following on my Fantastical 3 post, I’m considering moving to Calendar for iOS as it’s …

2020-01-29: I must admit, I’m a bit skeptical of the subcription move by Flexibits for their 3.0 release …

2020-01-29: The first step I’ve been putting off starting what I know will be a long-running item of work. I’m …

2020-01-28: Beta books from the Pragmatic Bookshelf are great. They give you early access to purchased books …

2020-01-28: I’m wondering why I’m gravitating away from one genre of books to another? I haven’t enjoyed a …

2020-01-24: Over at Beautiful News, 30 countries could be 100% geothermal powered.

2020-01-24: Is Eli going to the Hall of Fame? Eli Manning is set to anounce his retirement today on NFL Network. The big question now though is, …

2020-01-24: Nicholas Bate on writing more and better.

2020-01-23: Personal DuckDuckGo traffic idea I was looking at the DuckDuckGo traffic for the last few years. The stats are pretty impressive. A …

2020-01-23: The retrospective. A useful practice that can be used with individuals or groups. Check out how …

2020-01-22: Career paths Career has been a frequent topic in our house in the last year as our oldest decides where he wants …

2020-01-22: Happy birthday to Boing Boing and their 20 years of blogging! I love seeing sites that are still …

2020-01-21: I need to ship Rails app updates more often On Sunday night I migrated a couple of Rails apps to Ruby 2.7 including Writeabout. Last night I did …

2020-01-20: Not the score I hoped to wake up to for the NFC Championship game. 🙁🏈

2020-01-17: University professors release games to improve cognitive skills Interesting. Research backed brain training games. University professors from New York and …

2020-01-17: The Pixelmator refresher file I increased my knowledge of Pixelmator last night by messing around with the subtract option to …

2020-01-16: I’m going to add a back-end admin plugin to Writeabout to make the adding and updating of writing …

2020-01-15: JetBrains have a released a new font for developers.

2020-01-15: I had a bit more fun messing about with Stimulus and Rails by implementing light and dark themes for …

2020-01-14: Last night I added a fav icon, a touch icon and Twitter card handling for Writeabout. On the face of …

2020-01-14: I finished James Clear’s Atomic Habits this morning. The first of many books that I hope to read for …

2020-01-11: Baby steps with StimulusJS Last night I needed a much needed break from the usual Rails coding, so I worked through an example …

2020-01-11: Little code and coffee combo this morning while the boys are back at Taekwondo. Working on a feature …

2020-01-10: It’s been a horrible week of colds, coughs and flu in our house. Today was a major turning …

2020-01-09: Blogs, blogs, blogs Over the holidays I mentioned that I was writing a blog post that I would publish this week. Well, …

2020-01-09: Nicholas Bate’s skills, tools and knowledge series continues. One for the notebook fans. …

2020-01-06: Apologies for the radio silence over the last few days and the days to come. The flu has swept …

2020-01-03: I’m writing this morning on Ulysses. I forgot how great it is to simply write.

2020-01-02: It sounds very dramatic and I certainly don’t mean it to sound this way, but is 2020 the start …

2020-01-02: What is your word for 2020?

2020-01-02: Happy new year to everyone! I’m slightly befuddled by a little too much eat and drink but it’s been …

2019-12-31: Mind map to curated list to final plan. It took an hour to do but I’ve managed to outline 12 …

2019-12-31: Mind mapping again It’s been a while since I last did any mind mapping. A few years in fact. I’ve probably doodled a …

2019-12-30: I’m not back to work until the 6th of January but I’ve got some marketing work to do tomorrow for my …

2019-12-25: Merry Christmas! Well, that’s Christmas Day almost done in the Lang household. My parents have just left for the …

2019-12-25: Another Christmas, another reading of A Christmas Carol done. I love reading this book at anytime of …

2019-12-24: Sadly we’ve hit that point where the kids are no longer fascinated by Norad tracking Santa. We …

2019-12-24: I’m halfway through James Clear’s Atomic Habits now. So many great examples in this book. I’ve found …

2019-12-23: Morning routines for the rest of us Curtis McHale offers an important reality check when it comes to emulating the routines of the …

2019-12-23: Nicholas Bate has all the skills you’ll need for 2020.

2019-12-20: Just waiting for The Rise of Skywalker to start. 🍿

2019-12-19: I am catching up on some podcasts this morning. This Rework episode with Dave Teare from 1Password …

2019-12-19: You are most welcome Nicholas A thank you note from fellow blogger, Nicholas Bate. I forget how I came across Nicholas …

2019-12-19: The Ruby cost at Basecamp David Heinemeier Hansson breaks down the cost of the operations at Basecamp with a spotlight on the …

2019-12-18: Nighthawk sounds like a good Twitter client with its smart filters, close friends and a …

2019-12-18: Lightsabers done right A look at the different techniques used to make the lightsaber work on screen through the different …

2019-12-18: Action versus motion Standing on the platform waiting for the train this morning l, I opened up my Kindle app and started …

2019-12-17: I had one of those mornings on the train where I could have just kept writing and writing. Sadly, it …

2019-12-16: I’ve been using a similar form of this Gitmoji for a couple of weeks now. It’s good …

2019-12-16: Life reminders continue with Nicholas Bate.

2019-12-14: I didn’t realise how amazing and creepy the autosuggestion is on the iOS keyboard. It managed to …

2019-12-13: A few thoughts on the UK general election I don’t tend to comment on political news, but I thought it would be a good chance to round up …

2019-12-12: Micro.blog has arrived as a recognised community. We have a Font Awesome icon!

2019-12-12: Nicholas Bate reminds us to keep our lists under control.

2019-12-12: A big day tomorrow for the UK. I’m not holding my breath for a positive outcome though.

2019-12-10: Honoured to have made Kurt’s 25 blogs list again. Despite my ups and downs of blogging, …

2019-12-10: I sat down last night and managed to get three-quarters of the way through a feature for a Rails …

2019-12-09: Pretty productive morning already. Read a chapter from my book using the Kindle app and pushed a …

2019-12-08: We had a great time this morning doing breakfast with Santa at The Bothy restaraunt in Glasgow. A …

2019-12-06: Where does the open source community go after GitHub? The decision by GitHub to renew their contract with the Immigration and Customers Enforcement agency …

2019-12-06: Took a day off from work today, to well, do some work of my own. Pretty productive day.

2019-12-05: Is gaming helping destroy the environment? With the help of Claire Barlow from the University of Cambridge and John Durrell, a specialist in …

2019-12-05: The book reading continues this month with Conn Iggulden’s Shiang: Empire of Salt (book 2) and …

2019-12-04: Grammarly for iOS. One of those great apps that I use daily but rarely give it a second glance.

2019-12-04: Still, have to try Curtis McHale has some words of wisdom when it comes to deciding to work towards something more than …

2019-12-03: I’m really impressed with Fathom’s website and analytics app. The landing page to sign …

2019-12-03: Does the world need more search engines? It’s a question posed by the tech team behind the seach engine Cliqz. Sure, they might have a …

2019-12-03: I’m looking for a domain name for a junior golf event. The name is quite long so I’m using just the …

2019-12-02: Adaptive product naming A favourite saying of mine is Phil Karlton’s quote about hard things to do in computer …

2019-12-02: I think I made it through Micro.blog’s Microblogvember. It’s been fun to do and has …

2019-12-02: I’ve started using Todoist again. Bullet journaling on its own doesn’t cut it and Things is limited …

2019-11-30: Last day of my two month focus on basic functionality for my Rails product. For December and January …

2019-11-29: A few better alternatives to hunting for bargains for #blackinkfriday. Golf, gaming, coding and …

2019-11-29: I wonder if this idea for an iPod app will make Kurt ditch his beloved iPod? I suspect not.

2019-11-29: Are your inboxes making you anxious? CJ Chilver’s reminds us that we can reduce our anxiety by reducing the number of inboxes that …

2019-11-29: The themes I’m building for my Rails product are hardly fantastic to begin with, but they are …

2019-11-29: Messaging apps ... which one? An interesting look at choosing the right messaging app. I use iMessage as my default messaging app, …

2019-11-28: Another Lego set complete for Drew! There are some nice little touches on this year’s Christmas set …

2019-11-28: If my website is my little corner of the Internet, then I need to invest a bit of time in ensuring …

2019-11-27: Even though the Ruby programming language is no longer flying high as the most popular language for …

2019-11-27: Michael Wade’s rules for Thanksgiving officially mark the start of this fine holiday. Yes, I …

2019-11-26: Going to mix up my learning goals for 2020 by focusing on Go and React. Picking a couple of …

2019-11-25: NYT subscription I’ve been toying with the idea of taking a New York Times subscription. I find myself on their …

2019-11-25: A larger company might afford better long term prospects with it being more secure and more stable. …

2019-11-24: There’s nothing more I miss about freelancing than being a company of one. Setting your own …

2019-11-23: On a brighter note I did ship my random writing prompt web page. I’m not sure about the name, the …

2019-11-23: Woebegone. Never was there a more suitable word for British politics.

2019-11-22: A cup of tea, some Ruby code and having a little hum along to Bloc Party. I like these kind of …

2019-11-22: I must admit, I rather like the look of Tesla’s new Cybertruck. I’m also starting to …

2019-11-21: Shattered & Hollow. Just one of the many great tracks on First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold album. …

2019-11-20: Nicholas Bate starts another essential series of posts, life reminders

2019-11-20: Debating clowns I didn’t miss much then with last night’s election debate. BBC political editor Laura …

2019-11-20: I’ve been giving a second look at React over the last few weeks. What I like about React is that …

2019-11-19: Sleep deprivation on the rise It seems we now need naps at work. A recently published study from Indiana’s Ball State …

2019-11-19: Trying to get organised with Things again so that I can abate this ongoing state of procrastination …

2019-11-18: Tonight’s goal is to build a better image upload experience in my Rails application. …

2019-11-17: I always love the superb view at my parent’s garden in the winter. Over the years I’ve taken a …

2019-11-16: I’m not sure if it’s age or wisdom (they’re not exactly the same), but as these …

2019-11-15: Watching Jaws tonight. The murky waters in the movie are much more realistic looking than the more …

2019-11-14: Had a wee listen there to “Protect Ya Neck” by Wu-Tang Clan.

2019-11-14: Apple subscription bundles An Apple bundle might start with news, TV, and music, but Apple could also chuck in iCloud data and …

2019-11-13: I’ve spun up a Ghost blog on a small DigitalOcean droplet. No idea what I’ll do with it …

2019-11-13: If I could do the whole career thing again, then I would love to be able to write for a living.

2019-11-12: Applying for a 2nd golf club membership for Ethan. He will stay at his current club, Paisley, but …

2019-11-12: I don’t know why I took so long to do it, but I’ve just activated the ActivityPub API on my …

2019-11-11: Despite the fact that touch interfaces are everywhere in personal computing devices, we’ve yet …

2019-11-10: I’ve got space in my golf bag for new wedges and a hybrid for next year. I’ve been …

2019-11-09: Cold start to the morning. Boys are Taekwondo while I sit in the cafe with a little code and coffee …

2019-11-08: I watched the latest trailer on Apple TV for the new Star Wars movie. Even after over 30 years of …

2019-11-07: I’m resurrecting PenMuse, or something like it A while back, I started a little Rails app that would generate random writing prompts. After a few …

2019-11-07: Frightening figures for golf in the UK as the number of registered players fall. I’m still …

2019-11-07: The diminishing MacBook Pro battery performance Ever since I upgraded my macOS to Catalina, I’ve noticed that MacBook Pro’s battery …

2019-11-06: I want to stick with Ruby on Rails as my goto web development tool for the foreseeable future. …

2019-11-05: Building the reading list again Last week I finished my first book in a long time. It felt good to get to the last page and actually …

2019-11-05: Our street is in a very quiet part of town, but like most places this time of year, there’s …

2019-11-04: What does “Ikagi” mean to you?

2019-11-04: Another study backs shorter work weeks Another short-term study on moving to a shorter work week. Is there evidence though, to still …

2019-11-04: The blogging challenge Adam Keys has some words on the challenges of blogging. The hardest part is showing up, every day, …

2019-11-03: In building a product for a specific market, I’ve discovered that the admin interface …

2019-11-03: Quiet house Using this afternoon’s quiet house to do a few things. One of them is working out why I have …

2019-11-03: A good turn out today for the start of the junior winter league at Paisley Golf Club. I hope the …

2019-11-03: Gathering Ruby and Rails coding ideas I’ve been collecting a few ideas for Ruby and Rails apps to try a few things out. In the past I’ve …

2019-11-02: I’ve been following a few more people on Twitter and using Feedbin to read my timeline. The ability …

2019-11-01: Started job hunting again. Key requirement for future roles is finding a role in which I can work …

2019-11-01: Goodbye Fitbit After today’s news that Google has bought Fitbit, I’ve decided to delete my Fitbit account. This …

2019-10-29: Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 both have computers that have been running the same number of years …

2019-10-29: Filter and focus Nicholas Bate reminds us of the purpose of a list. The purpose of the list is to filter and focus. …

2019-10-25: The Last of Us II delayed As much I want to get my grubby post-apocalyptic mitts on this game, I’m prepared to wait …

2019-10-22: Ghost 3.0 Ghost 3.0 now includes memberships and subscriptions. As of today, Ghost is the first totally …

2019-10-21: The IndieWeb Movement Jamie Tanna’s transcript of his talk on the IndieWeb movement is a wonderful read. Instead of …

2019-10-21: Rebooting ... again It seems that every once in a while I need to do a personal reboot. A chance to start over again …

2019-10-11: It’s that time of year again.

2019-10-06: Clearing the home screen Spurred by this post on digital minimalism, I’ve decided to do a little clearing of the decks on my …

2019-10-06: I forgot how good the Travelling Wilburys albums are. Volume 1, crank it up.

2019-10-03: I wish there was an option in iOS to see folders of apps in a two by two grid as an initial default …

2019-09-29: Watching the Paisley GC juniors playing in the Scottish Junior Team Championship at Kilmarnock …

2019-09-27: Yip, e-sport stadiums are now a thing Philadelphia Fusion, the city’s Overwatch League team, are having an e-sports complex built …

2019-09-27: Not a fan of the new programming font from Microsoft. It’s really wide. Wider than anything …

2019-09-27: Closing down Friday is here.

2019-09-26: The vacuum of leadership It’s not very often that I link to Twitter, but this tweet about teen leaders and how …

2019-09-25: Finally! A release date for the The Last of Us Part 2. I guess that’s my birthday sorted then!

2019-09-21: Looking for something to read? Here’s the 100 best books of the 21st century according to The …

2019-09-19: I love those few weeks leaving the summer when we start hitting the range and you still have clear …

2019-09-19: The greatest unsigned quarterback in the NFL? Another NFL season, another time to wonder why teams aren’t signing up Colin Kaepernick to …

2019-09-18: Apple iterations A nice reminder from John Gruber about new Apple products and the fine art of shipping that product. …

2019-09-16: I had no idea that Basecamp offered a free plan for smaller teams and individuals. Is this a recent …

2019-09-15: Spent the afternoon watching the Paisley golf club juniors play in a local competition at Elderslie …

2019-09-14: That’s the garden sorted for the winter. Time to reward myself with a couple of hours watching …

2019-09-13: Keeping it simple In my development work I usually find that the simple way works best and is also easier to maintain. …

2019-09-10: Nothing new today that would make me want to buy an Apple Watch. An always-on display isn’t a …

2019-09-10: Curious about potential Apple Watch releases today. My Fitbit died a few weeks ago and I’m now …

2019-09-10: I’ve been using it almost daily for years, but it still amazes me how flexible and verstile …

2019-09-07: Paisley open doors day Every year, our home town has an open doors day where many building and places that are usually …

2019-09-06: I’ve started using Bear to write up features for a product. Instead of going straight a user story …

2019-09-05: Another great update to Bear, the notes app. Back in the day the best thing I used for managing …

2019-09-03: The Brexit train wreck continues.

2019-09-03: Tis the season for notebooks! Just backed @rohdesign’s Sketchnote Ideabook on Kickstarter. Ordered …

2019-09-03: Hobonichi’s ordered for me and Jen. It’s becoming a little tradition this.

2019-09-02: The email shake down I loved this post from the Signal vs Noise blog about trading off tracking people through email for …

2019-09-02: The benefits of hard work.

2019-09-02: Personal projects do make you a better developer. My focus just now is on a larger project though. …

2019-09-01: A product decision over some code and coffee For the last few months, I’ve been building a content management system aimed at a particular …

2019-08-29: Michael Wade reminds us of the important things.

2019-08-27: Second day on the new job. Another day of online courses, health and safety training and getting …

2019-08-19: Feedbin for iOS is now available on the App Store. Great to see Feedbin now have their own native …

2019-08-18: NB reminds us to embrace the simplest of movements, walking

2019-08-15: I’m starting to wonder if running a side-product is worth the hassle given the amount of …

2019-08-14: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Trailer I can’t wait for this. I remember watching this as a kid. Everything about it was amazing. …

2019-08-13: Playing with the Dark Sky API and the Bootstrap card component As part of a side-project I’m working on, I’ve been trying to build an informative …

2019-08-13: Drew’s first hit on the course Drew’s played his first six holes on the course today from the shortened blue tees we have for our …

2019-08-13: Nicholas Bate reminds us to do the right things.

2019-08-08: Spent the day exploring the beaches and grounds around Culzean Castle today. Such a great place to …

2019-08-06: Had a great time yesterday at St Andrews. Got the boys picture on the Swilken bridge, walked along …

2019-08-04: A few pieces of the Webpack puzzle are starting to fall into place now. Got a few notes so that I …

2019-08-04: Coffee on my desk, pen and paper ready, text editor open. This morning’s goal is to get my …

2019-08-02: Great night tonight. Some ten pin bowling with Jen and the boys and then a wee walk along the Clyde.

2019-08-02: iTerm’s new status bar with configurable Python components should mean no more faffing about with …

2019-08-02: Looking forward to my new development role with the NHS National Services Scotland in a few weeks. …

2019-08-02: It’s never too late to start writing.

2019-07-30: Rebooting my reading list with a trusted author Despite only being a few chapters from the end of Cixin Liu’s The Wandering Earth, I decided to give …

2019-07-29: A corrupt bailout? I often wonder why we as a planet, can’t seem to get our shit together, and then I’m reminded by …

2019-07-26: A prize fund of $30m, a world-class centre stage, and only the best can take part after months of …

2019-07-26: Not content with being an already great free service, Unsplash now has collections for education.

2019-07-25: I’ve added “Galaxy Fold” to the growing list of muted tech topics that I …

2019-07-24: Nicholas Bate has what you need for daily productivity.

2019-07-23: Bullet journaling again I’m bullet journaling again. To be honest, I didn’t really stop. I’ve been keeping a light bullet …

2019-07-23: There are lots of good reasons to having your own website.

2019-07-15: I was hoping for a week free of fire-fighting, but I’ve been at my desk two minutes and guess …

2019-07-09: Laptops. Allowing people to take their work home with them since the 90’s.

2019-07-08: I’m loving the new icons and UI touches to Feedbin.

2019-07-03: Great to see Rails 6 will be shipping with multi environment credentials.

2019-07-02: Following on from the news that the Microsoft ebooks store is closing, here’s how to backup …

2019-06-28: I knew there was a reason that I stopped buying some books as ebooks.

2019-06-27: Spent the last couple of nights trying to resolve a MapKitJS and Turbolinks issue I was having. It …

2019-06-25: Looks like view components are coming to Ruby on Rails. This is going to be a great addition to the …

2019-06-19: Time for ships to be accountable for their shipping containers? Maybe it’s time to do something about the ways in which shipping containers are transported …

2019-06-18: Taking out a full page ad in your opponent’s city newspaper to congratulate them. What a class …

2019-06-18: Nicholas Bate reminds us that there is always time for a new plan.

2019-06-18: Just had that moment when you’ve been trying to work out something for ages and then you find …

2019-06-17: The beginning of Nike: A simple sales strategy My sales strategy was simple and I thought rather brilliant. I drove all over the Pacific Northwest, …

2019-06-17: Well done to Brooks Henderson winning the Meijer LPGA Classic! Just 21 years old and now …

2019-06-14: Boys had a great time tonight at the club’s junior fun night. They even walked away with a prize …

2019-06-14: The pebbles of product work I like this. Each piece of work is a mere pebble tossed into a flowing river. Maybe your pebble …

2019-06-14: Nicholas Bate reminds us to do it better, even when it’s just those everyday tasks.

2019-06-13: Thought experiment Thursday with Niklas Göke’s blog, Empty Your Cup.

2019-06-13: Tried Todoist yesterday for about five minutes and then deleted my account. The reason? I …

2019-06-13: Paid version of Firefox I’ve seen a lot arguments for and against Mozilla’s paid version of Firefox. I …

2019-06-11: Raptors were so close last night! Need to wait until Friday morning now. I must admit, I’m not …

2019-06-07: Two wins this week for the Paisley juniors. Good start to the season! Also good to see Ethan win his …

2019-06-07: Fan-made version of Star Wars scene 38 Also, I wonder if we’ll get a new version of A New Hope with this included as an option? …

2019-06-07: Where have all the good programming and development blogs gone? Maybe I’m not looking hard …

2019-06-07: Part-time career? Personally, I do think working fewer hours makes me more productive. But that’s not why I do it. The …

2019-06-05: I think I’ve arrived as a Javascript developer. I wrote this Ruby code last night. …

2019-06-05: Prefabricated future Prefabricated and self-contained homes are becoming increasingly good alternatives to traditional …

2019-06-05: I watched the final episode of Chernobyl last night. It’s without a doubt, one of the most …

2019-06-02: Found the perfect accompanying domain to go with this one, mattisms.dev. Expect web development …

2019-06-02: Respectful communication This weekend the Roman Catholic church celebrates World Communications Day. This is a day that the …

2019-06-01: I’ve been trying to solve a problem for a software product that’s been at the back of my …

2019-05-30: Lee Westwood's thoughts on the image of golf Lee Westwood has been talking about the image of golf. It’s not something I haven’t …

2019-05-30: In my internet travels today, I have came across two avatars that used Commander Keen images. …

2019-05-30: Split-screen editing on the iPad? Wow. The iPad is fast becoming a serious alternative to a laptop.

2019-05-29: Fallen friends Kurt Harden shares some thoughts on his connection with nature. Over the past 24 years I have grown …

2019-05-28: Great night for some golf.

2019-05-26: Installed Things 3 on my phone this afternoon. I’ve been struggling to make bullet journaling work …

2019-05-25: Always disappointing when you find a blog with good content and there’s no RSS feed.

2019-05-24: I try remind myself daily that I need to reduce my phone usage but it hasn’t really happened. This …

2019-05-24: Nicholas Bate with the definitive marketing strategy.

2019-05-24: Community websites and Facebook This week we almost missed another school notice about an “own clothes day” for Drew. …

2019-05-24: 21st century problems. The traffic jam getting to the top of Everest.

2019-05-23: Just watched the last episode of The Big Bang Theory. That’s how you end a TV series.

2019-05-23: Played 18 holes with Ethan last night. I started well, but as always when playing 18 holes, I fell …

2019-05-23: Service outages can be a good thing Feedbin was down again this morning, but thankfully it’s back up and running now. This is the …

2019-05-22: Technical debt explained Although I understand what technical debt is, I often find it difficult to explain it to others in …

2019-05-22: Pete Corey’s Minimum Viable Phoenix is a great starting point for those looking to learn the …

2019-05-20: Right, made it through this morning’s RSS feeds without seeing any spoilers from last …

2019-05-14: Interesting programming problem I solved this morning. Rewrite a regex expression so that it …

2019-05-13: Starting to think I might just have enough features in place for a new landing page for Markcase.

2019-05-13: Essential career advice for software developers Scott Hanselman nails it with his advice for a young university student attending the Microsoft …

2019-05-12: The personal website is back.

2019-05-11: I don’t use GitLab, but the way the company is run and managed is really refreshing. Everyone …

2019-05-11: A shame to see that Eastwood golf club is facing closure. A nice course with great views on the …

2019-05-11: The importance of doing nothing.

2019-05-10: Keeping it simple I’m building a CMS web application that allows an organisation to share content through their …

2019-05-10: Creative screen time Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that my youngest son Drew is spending a crazy amount of …

2019-05-09: The death of lootboxes in gaming? American government officials have finally taken their shot at video game lootboxes. Specifically, …

2019-05-09: Struggling to do the usual reading and writing that I use to do on a daily basis. I finished Andy …

2019-05-08: Yes to the bigger picture and more to say yes to by Nicholas Bate.

2019-05-07: I wish we had tools like this medieval city generator when I was growing up. It would have been a …

2019-05-04: A horrible round of golf today. Started poor, a run of good holes and then another horrible hole at …

2019-05-03: Fastmail’s aliases are a great way of protecting your main email address. I had to contact a website …

2019-05-02: McIlroy says Tiger could play for ten more years. I’ll be honest, I don’t think …

2019-05-01: Great night for a hit.

2019-04-27: Just finished seeing Avengers End Game. An amazing conclusion to this part of the MCU. Fans will not …

2019-04-24: No more big game politics please It looks like the people of Scotland could be on their way for another vote on independence. …

2019-04-24: The context switching curse It’s taken me such a long time to find my way back to what I was doing yesterday. Some things …

2019-04-24: Change the game up with NB’s power rules.

2019-04-22: Ubisoft are making Assassin’s Creed Unity free to download on PC and donating money to the …

2019-04-22: It's Earth Day today, so go find a cave However, if you haven’t yet made plans and wish to take a stand, there is one activity that you can …

2019-04-22: Good advice from NB that can apply to more than just business. Start the plan to make 6 months from …

2019-04-19: Great day down at Troon today with Jennifer and the boys. Spent most of the day walking along the …

2019-04-18: The revolving door of football managers I don’t really follow the football in the UK, but it surpises me how often managers are held …

2019-04-18: Search arrives in Markcase Last night I shipped the ability to search your bookmarks in Markcase. With over 1800 bookmarks in …

2019-04-17: Last night I shipped a little search improvement to Markcase and tonight a change to another Rails …

2019-04-15: Deep work and goldfish A study commissioned by Microsoft found that since the year 2000 – or about when the mobile …

2019-04-15: My own Commonplace book has been neglected of late. Time to change that.

2019-04-14: Who to win at Augusta? I would love to see Woods win at Augusta today. It’s taken a while but he’s finally back to winning …

2019-04-13: Another concerned netizen on the rise of Chromium-based browsers.

2019-04-11: Light nights are finally here at the golf club.

2019-04-11: Checking back in after a little blog break This wasn’t intentional, it just kind of happened. With a week off work, I’ve been doing …

2019-04-03: Days Gone might just fill the gaming void until The Last of Us II comes out. 🎮

2019-04-03: We need more illustrated books Maybe it’s the books that I buy, but I don’t see many books with illustrations in them. …

2019-04-01: Related bookmarks for Markcase I’ve been making quiet and steady progress with Markcase over the last couple of weeks. Just …

2019-03-30: Me and the boys went for a walk along the Clyde today. Great day for it.

2019-03-28: Improved weather results in DuckDuckGo. Another reason to make it your default search engine.

2019-03-28: Back to Vim In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been slowly getting back into using Vim as my default text …

2019-03-23: Last of the painting done in the den this morning. Just need to get a few bookcases from Ikea for …

2019-03-23: Great advice for those building new products. At both Viaweb and YC, every minute I spent thinking …

2019-03-21: Killed by Google is a reminder that although the Google search engine has been around for over 20 …

2019-03-21: Slowing down with Michael Wade Essential advice from Michael Wade about the benefits of slowing down as a strategy. The …

2019-03-21: LucasArts is back (kinda) “Lucasfilms Games.” To quote an old master, that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time… a long …

2019-03-21: The basics from Nicholas Bate. Glad to see that I am striving to get back to all seven of these.

2019-03-19: Curtis McHale recommends some depth.

2019-03-19: Campfire etiquette for the digital age, courtesy of Wally Bock.

2019-03-18: I watched The Players Championship over the weekend It was a great weekend of golf on the television with The Players Chamionship. Even with a few …

2019-03-18: Thinking about bringing back my weekly digest posts. For no other reason than, I just want to write …

2019-03-18: Side-projects are taking a back seat for the next few days so that I can get the den re-painted and …

2019-03-17: Almost there with registrations for Markcase. I’ll start will limited registrations to begin …

2019-03-15: Another great episode from the Rework podcast this morning. This episode features Aja Hammerly, a …

2019-03-15: After a few hours of wrestling with Vue, I finally have unit tests in place for a few components. A …

2019-03-15: Should we be surprised? Australian broadcaster Waleed Aly on the attacks in Christchurch the reason why they no longer shock …

2019-03-14: Monoliths make getting started easier An advantage of a monolith code base that can go overlooked is the minimal entry barrier to getting …

2019-03-14: Nichola Bate’s productivity boosters continues.

2019-03-13: Of all the apps that Setapp has on offer, I can’t find an alternative to Balsamiq. Oh well, …

2019-03-12: Focus this week for Markcase is to add a registration screen that is only open until the number of …

2019-03-12: What next for the web? As the World Wide Web celebrates it’s 30th birthday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee reminds us that a …

2019-03-12: Six years old and still ensuring that my RSS subscriptions are easy to digest and manage. Happy …

2019-03-11: I need to learn the shortcut keys for Slack. The constant clicking between accounts is such a …

2019-03-11: Switched to the annual plan for Micro.blog account. Another great reason to love Micro.blog!

2019-03-10: Me, Jennifer and the boys went to see Captain Marvel yesterday. A great and enjoyable movie as well …

2019-03-10: The kettle is on, notebooks are out and I’m about to kick off a weekly planning session. I’m …

2019-03-08: Okay, the device in The Expanse is not a cell-phone. Still, it looks more environmentally friendly.

2019-03-08: Apparently, Apple is now under demand to deliver a foldable iPhone. Nevermind a foldable iPhone, how …

2019-03-07: Say hello to Markcase I’ve been working on a little side-project for the last few weeks, and now I’m ready to …

2019-03-07: Michael Wade on crisis management A few thoughts from Michael Wade on crisis management. You’ll need a “deep bench” …

2019-03-07: Powerful A light installation that shows the future sea levels in a Scottish coastal town. A powerful image …

2019-03-07: You can now play your PS4 games on your iOS devices As with these other platforms, the idea behind the iOS app is to let you enjoy your PS4 titles …

2019-03-07: The “I Miss Rave” playlist on iTunes takes me back. 🎵

2019-03-07: Web Design 3.0 A very detailed post over at NicePage about the changes in web design, the gap between site builders …

2019-03-07: The MacStories team have compiled a collection of shortucts for Apple’s Shortcuts app. Well …

2019-03-06: These glacier pools in Iceland are the result of retreating glaciers. The photographs themselves are …

2019-03-05: First beta user setup on my bookmarking app, Markcase. I still have a list of bugs and features I …

2019-03-05: Planning for March with Curtis McHale Curtis McHale shares his plans for March with his bullet journal. If you need proof that it works …

2019-03-05: For those looking to learn web development, then I would highly recommend Thoughtbot’s Upcase …

2019-03-05: A book of bookmarks I can think of a few people who would appreciate these little books of bookmarks. Hat-tip to …

2019-03-04: A list of ideas for Firefox. I would love to see these picked up and made into browser extensions.

2019-03-02: Just blitzed through my unread feeds in Feedbin in a matter of minutes using the keyboard shortcuts. …

2019-03-02: Me and Jen took the boys to Taekwondo this morning. Usually we alternate it, but we decided to both …

2019-03-01: Twitter’s “Hide Tweet” button feels like another feature for the platform that …

2019-03-01: A change of seasons means a change of colour for my blog. I’ve been doing this since I started …

2019-02-28: I’ve followed Smashing Magazine’s monthly wallpaper posts since they started. I might …

2019-02-28: Is Chrome suffocating the web? Chrome’s continued dominance of the web now puts it in the same position as Internet Explorer …

2019-02-27: It’s disappointing to see a number of poor quality and outdated websites when it comes to …

2019-02-27: BritBox, the UK rival to Netflix It would be “one permanent, comprehensive home where anyone in Britain can get all of our …

2019-02-27: A trailer for all 10 Star Wars movies What’s better than one Star Wars trailer for one movie? How about a Star Wars trailer for all …

2019-02-27: Brilliant at the basics. The essential everyday list by Nicholas Bate.

2019-02-26: Overwatch: 30 characters and still going strong A massive milestone for the team shooter. 30 characters to choose from and still going strong. …

2019-02-26: A reminder from Michael Wade that not all treasure is silver and gold. Who knows what riches you can …

2019-02-26: We're slowly cooking Whether you believe the fable about boiling frogs or not, it looks like we’re becoming a world …

2019-02-26: 80 characters per line is still worth sticking to Even though we have bigger screens with more pixels available to use to view, Nick Janetakis makes a …

2019-02-26: I’m loving Patrick Rhone’s new podcast, Rhonecast.

2019-02-25: Hard to believe the Ruby language is 26 years old now. It’s definitely a programming languge …

2019-02-25: Nicholas Bate yet again delivers. This time, some pointers to dealing with the new crazy world of …

2019-02-23: Code and coffee combo this morning. Working on some changes to my bookmarking app to allow for a …

2019-02-22: Cutscenes looking worse than the game itself? I don’t know about that. In fact, I can’t …

2019-02-22: I'll keep building for the web When it comes to building ideas for applications, I will always choose the web first. It’s …

2019-02-21: Superhero movies snubbed no more I’m not one for paying particular attention to the Academy Awards, but even I had to do a …

2019-02-21: Firefall I had no idea about the “Firefall” that occurs at El Capitan at this time of year. …

2019-02-19: Just realised that my bookmarking web app Commonmarks shares the same name as CommonMark, the …

2019-02-19: I dare you to find a better picture of the moon than this one. I also think I have found myself a …

2019-02-16: Kurt Harden’s hunt for the perfect album continues. I have to say, this is fast turning into a …

2019-02-16: Cup of coffee on my desk. Pen and paper ready. Text editor open. My three essentials for weekend …

2019-02-13: Dark to light After years of using Solarized Dark as my preferred colour theme for coding, I’m starting to …

2019-02-11: Goodbye Stoop After a couple of weeks using Stoop, I’ve decided to remove the app from my phone. The app …

2019-02-11: Michael Wade reminds us that slow can be more.

2019-02-11: The perfect album Sent a few suggestions this morning for the perfect album to my buddy Kurt in Ohio. Suggestions …

2019-02-08: The web industry debate rages on The debate about the use of Javascript in the web industry and the role of the front-end developer …

2019-02-06: Scaling back I’ve been scaling back on some things recently. Canceling subscriptions for products and …

2019-02-05: Commonmarks now deployable to Heroku Over the last couple of days, I put the finishing touches to the Commonmarks application so that …

2019-02-01: Driving to work this and I caught a small glimpse of what would have been a great sunrise. I drove …

2019-01-30: Finally all done with the bait store. Now Drew is looking for his next mega build!

2019-01-29: Tolkien Exhibition in New York I would love to have seen the “Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth” exhibition in New York. …

2019-01-28: Benefits of the daily diary Good advice from Derek Sivers on keeping a daily diary: It works best as a nightly routine. Just …

2019-01-27: Commonmarks update Just a little Commonmarks update for those interested. I’m working on the password reset over …

2019-01-26: Stoop for newsletters Recently, I’ve been scaling back on the number of newsletters that I subscribe to. Some are …

2019-01-24: Bait store still a work in progress but Drew’s making good progress. 👍🏻

2019-01-22: The four-day work week is good for gender equality Another benefit to the four day work week. A four-day week, such as that proposed by Wellcome, …

2019-01-22: Still loving Musish After a week of using the open source Apple Music web player Musish, I’m still a fan. The …

2019-01-22: Don't just think it ... Write it says our man in Arizona.

2019-01-21: Another Super Bowl for the Patriots? Gutted to see the Saints go out like they did last night with the non-call on Robey-Coleman’s …

2019-01-20: Just noticed a change in the Feedbin web UI on my phone and desktop this morning. I don’t know …

2019-01-19: Drew with the first part of his Lego Ideas bait store. Even at this early stage, some of the …

2019-01-17: Great advice from Michael Wade to remember to do the small things.

2019-01-17: Nicholas Bate and his daily investments. Still a favourite blog of mine.

2019-01-15: For those interested, I’m still working on a startup screen and Heroku deploy button for …

2019-01-15: DuckDuckGo map related searches are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework. Nice to see …

2019-01-15: Signal v Noise leaves Medium It’s great to see the Signal v Noise blog running under Basecamp’s own control again. …

2019-01-11: I’m not sure what to make of the new status feature on GitHub. I barely use the status feature …

2019-01-10: More screen time for kids? According to philosophy professor Jordan Shapiro, parents should embrace the technology that their …

2019-01-10: Considering Commonmarks as a SAAS product Over the last few days there has been some interest in my bookmarking web app that I’ve been …

2019-01-09: A number of packages that I used to use in Sublime Text have disappeared over the last few months …

2019-01-09: What would you do with an empty day?

2019-01-08: What did you learn in 2018?

2019-01-08: The new world order of JavaScript There’s no denying that JavaScript is an excellent language for the web, especially the …

2019-01-08: I probably need to start thinking about imports now for Commonmarks. Pinboard and Pocket are …

2019-01-07: Private repos for developers on GitHub’s free plan is a great move by Microsoft to match the …

2019-01-07: 8 years using Ruby on Rails and today I just used the after_find callback for the first time. Every …

2019-01-07: I must admit, I do miss freelancing. Skipping the commute into the office this morning would have …

2019-01-06: I am hoping to add RSS feeds to Commonmarks today so that I can hook up my bookmarks to Micro.blog. …

2019-01-04: Just finished watching Bird Box on Netflix. Fantastic to watch but closing the blinds now. 😱

2019-01-03: Back to work It’s my first day back at work after an extended period of time off. I’m going to be …

2019-01-02: First round of the year with Ethan. Pleased to say we’re both hitting the ball well but my game …

2019-01-01: Say hi to Commonmarks My own bookmarking app is up and running. It’s nothing fancy in terms of how bookmarking apps …

2018-12-31: A few scrappy thoughts on buying online instead of locally As I picked up our New Year’s Day order from the butchers this morning, I was reminded of how …

2018-12-31: Plugging the web development knowledge gaps Dan Abromov’s Things I don’t know as of 2018, is a refreshing take on the knowledge gaps …

2018-12-30: Great afternoon exploring the Gleniffer Braes with Jennifer and Drew. Drew even came prepared with …

2018-12-28: I’m clearing the desk, sorting out notebooks, reviewing app subscriptions, getting a list of …

2018-12-28: Keep it simple.. Another great productivity booster from Nicholas Bate.

2018-12-19: Got my own bookmarking app up and running on Heroku last night using Rails. It’s a simple …

2018-12-18: I’m still not convinced that JavaScript is the way forward for web applications. At the rate …

2018-12-14: Spinning up another little greenfield Rails project. I was tempted to try another framework/language …

2018-12-13: Instagram has been getting less appealing these days. The constant adverts on my timeline don’t …

2018-12-12: Love NB’s reminder about productivity balance. When you add regular events to your diary, …

2018-12-11: Firefox 64 is here! Am I the only one who had higher expectations for this release of Firefox? It is …

2018-12-11: A fascinating and in-depth look at the typesets and other inspirations for the WALL-E movie. This …

2018-12-10: Voyager 2 has officially entered interstellar space. The distances still boggle my mind.

2018-12-09: Putting the finishing touches on a new website I’ll be lauching during the week. Great to be …

2018-12-08: Can’t wait for Avengers: End Game.

2018-12-07: A blogging style guide. Love. This. I can see me spending the weekend reading this and its suggested …

2018-12-06: A $250 set of Star Wars keys for a keyboard. Yeah, I like Star Wars, but not that much.

2018-12-06: The recruitment game in software development is similar to what Michael Wade posted today. The …

2018-12-05: The finished Lego Winter Village Fire Station. Most of the work by Drew with me just stepping in a …

2018-12-04: Trying to escape the Google monopoly on the web I read today that Microsoft is reportedly throwing in the towel with their EdgeHTML browser engine …

2018-12-04: Nicholas Bate’s simple productivity boosters continues with scheduling ahead.

2018-12-03: It’s been two years since the first trailer for The Last of Use Part 2 dropped. Two years and …

2018-12-03: An electric bike with anti-theft features and rider recognition for the city. Cost? $4000. …

2018-12-03: Lately, I have been seeing web development articles with intriguing headlines that have me clicking …

2018-12-02: I’m getting good feedback on an idea for a new service and product. The next step is to create …

2018-12-01: Drew made great progress on the Lego Winter Village Fire Station tonight. Just a wee bit of help by …

2018-11-30: Daredevil to cancel after three seasons as all good stories must come to a close So it is official. No more Daredevil seasons on Netflix. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s …

2018-11-30: Some advice from Michael Wade on doing the day.

2018-11-28: How to back up your Bear notes. Good thing I do all three of these. Just to be safe.

2018-11-27: Saturn in our sky and other planets. I’ve always imagined what this would be like. Now I know!

2018-11-27: Just learned that serverless computing isn’t about doing away with servers, it’s about …

2018-11-27: That was probably one of the best Walking Dead episodes ever. Not thee best, but definitely up …

2018-11-26: Kurt Harden knows the value of a plan.

2018-11-25: This timelapse from the ISS is just amazing.

2018-11-25: New Fleetwood Mac album downloaded. My parents musical taste definitely rubbed off on me.

2018-11-23: Autographed ebooks? Matt Gemmell continues to push the limits of content creation with an iPad.

2018-11-23: Stockpiling of wine? I’m glad to see one company taking Brexit seriously! 😂

2018-11-23: With Wreck it Ralph set to appear in Fortnite, I’m now convinced that Fortnite is nothing more than …

2018-11-22: Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends!

2018-11-21: Programming win? Bloody typical. I just spent a couple of hours adding a new field to a Rails application, built up …

2018-11-21: Social media isn't reality, but I know that As David Heinemeier Hansson leaves Instagram for the second time, the question of reality on social …

2018-11-20: I wish I had people like Michael Wade teaching me at school. A proper education in life.

2018-11-19: Curtis McHale shares his process for routines using Things for iOS.

2018-11-19: Honoured to once again find myself in amongst a wonderful collection of bloggers. Many thanks Kurt.

2018-11-19: We don’t do Thanksgiving in the Lang household on account of being in the UK, but if we did, …

2018-11-19: NB’s simple productivity boosters continues.

2018-11-19: Bracing myself for a week of Brexit drama.

2018-11-17: Building back out from self-doubt Jonathon Snook has been sharing a few thoughts on imposter syndrome and what he’s doing to …

2018-11-16: The only thing I like about Google these days is their homepage doodle. I don’t use their …

2018-11-15: Just write the damn code One of my big downfalls, when I start work on something, is wondering if I am going in the right …

2018-11-15: Coffee and worrying don't go I’m with Kurt on this, amen brother. In my diet plan you can have as much coffee as you like. …

2018-11-14: I love Curtis’ idea for a daily shutdown routine.

2018-11-14: I wish I could have read this when I started high school all those years ago. Starting High School: …

2018-11-14: The Simplest of Productivity Boosters, a new series by Nicholas Bate. Can’t wait to get the …

2018-11-13: As always, Matt Gemmell provides a thorough and deep dive into his tech choices as an author. This …

2018-11-13: Still trying to land the Rockbounce to wallride twice in one run for Alto’s Odyssey. …

2018-11-13: The power-idea balancing act with Michael Wade.

2018-11-13: Weighing up single-page applications With a new full-time role, I’m in the process of getting my head around some of the technology …

2018-11-12: I imagine that the Twitter edit button will be limited to a number of edits and will also include a …

2018-11-09: A manifesto for programmers concerned about the impact of software. I’m definitely in the …

2018-11-09: Less and slow for a better quality of life says Nicholas Bate. I couldn’t agree more.

2018-11-08: How many companies are this transparent when it comes to making mistakes? Fewer than I would like to …

2018-11-06: Reviewers say iPad Pro a serious challenger to laptops. Well, until they add the capability to write …

2018-11-03: Chasing the tried and tested career During my last few months of job hunting, I was received numerous enquiries from recruiters for …

2018-11-02: My favourite notes app just turned 2 and continues to be an essential part of my day.

2018-11-02: Nicholas Bate asks, what can we remove?

2018-11-01: Dealing with distractions I’ve been trying to reduce my screen time on my phone. It hasn’t been easy and …

2018-11-01: So WhatsApp is going to starting showing ads in the Status feature. How long before they do the same …

2018-10-31: Still contemplating the portfolio career Six years ago I wrote a snippet about a portfolio career. This is still the end goal for my career. …

2018-10-31: I’ve not picked up my Kindle for a few months now. That’s no reflection on the device …

2018-10-31: The predictable Apple product update Is it just me or has the Apple product update become something of a formality now when it comes to …

2018-10-30: Forget the Apple announcement. Let’s get to a more important issue. How many people signed up …

2018-10-28: Great day for Ethan and the rest of the RGU boys practicing at Caldwell Golf Club today. Hope we get …

2018-10-26: Nerf are going to do guns from Fortnite starting with the always popular SCAR. Of course my boys …

2018-10-26: Another notebook recommendation from one of my blog buddies. This time, it’s Michael Wade …

2018-10-25: I’m halfway through Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. Definitely my favourite of the four defender …

2018-10-25: When it comes to blogs, Kurt Harden has one of the best there is. A wide range of topics, daily bite …

2018-10-25: Nicholas Bate goes beyond the to do list. Always an essential part of my daily surfing on the web.

2018-10-23: I’m of the mind that web development has become overly complicated. Or maybe I just …

2018-10-20: Got me a new prompt in the form of Spaceship ZSH. Git, Ruby and Docker info all in the one prompt. …

2018-10-20: Ruby falling out of fashion? Ruby is falling again on the TIOBE index. It’s not a cause for alarm, but I will continue to …

2018-10-13: I’m becoming more interested in Google’s Material Design for my web applications. The …

2018-10-13: Staying productive with side projects I’m in the process of moving back to full-time employment, but the step away from being …

2018-10-09: Great post by Julia Evans about what a senior engineer does. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought …

2018-10-09: VS Code continues to impress me. Not just in terms of functionality, but also in the consistent …

2018-10-08: Voyager 2 still going. Space sure is amazing.

2018-10-05: The power of the timetable. Who thought that something so simple could be the ultimate time …

2018-10-04: The new Action Text framework for Ruby on Rails looks great. Easier management of rich content for …

2018-10-03: I’ve started working through the Project Eueler problems in both Ruby and C# to see …

2018-09-30: What a great weekend of golf! Another win for Europe!🏌️‍♂️🇪🇺

2018-09-29: Europe still looking strong after this morning’s Fourballs. While I would like to a European …

2018-09-29: Just starting to get the benefits of Docker. It’s been a long time jumping on board with this, …

2018-09-28: Superb comeback from the European team in the Foursomes. Each time I watch it, I seem to enjoy the …

2018-09-28: It’s a clearing the decks kind of day. Both mentally and physically. It’s always feels …

2018-09-17: Disappointed to see Path closing down, but to be honest, it’s been a long time coming. The …

2018-08-29: Great night for some golf with my boy.

2018-08-29: Back to school for those at work. Great tips from Nicholas Bate.

2018-08-24: I forgot how time consuming and demanding job hunting can be. Practically a job in its own right!

2018-08-16: I love how Code allows you to create splits with a simple drag of the mouse. Sure I could learn the …

2018-08-15: Done an npm install for a HTML theme and found the resulting node_modules directory contains 700+ …

2018-08-15: After some thought, I’ve decided to skip setting up another Micro.blog account for coding. …

2018-08-14: MoviePass is losing money, not as appealing as when it first came out and now being sneaky with …

2018-08-14: Any suggestions on a name for my new programming blog? I’m setting one up just to catch notes …

2018-08-14: Winding down I’m winding down my freelancing business over the next few weeks to take on a permanent role. …

2018-08-14: Two weeks straight using Visual Studio Code and I have to say, I am definitely won over this time. …

2018-08-10: Now seems as good a time as any to not only reboot the blogging habit, but also a number of other …

2018-08-04: I just pasted some text into Grammarly’s app and it couldn’t find a thing wrong with it. …

2018-07-31: Listening to Banquet from Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm album. One of those albums that is perfect …

2018-07-27: As great as it is to be on holiday and having a change of scenery, there’s always the familiar …

2018-07-22: Great to see Francesco Molinari winning the Open. Truly well deserved. 🏌️‍♂️🇮🇹

2018-07-22: As much as I would love to see Tiger Woods win another major, I think it’s going to be Jordan Spieth …

2018-07-22: Back to Feedbin and the web For the last few weeks, I’ve been using the lire app on iOS for reading through my RSS …

2018-07-22: I love this time of year when Comic-Con is on. You get a bumper load of trailers for what’s coming …

2018-07-22: Spotted this overgrown shed playing golf with Ethan today at Hidden Lake.

2018-07-20: Great to hear that The Clone Wars is coming back.

2018-07-19: Thanks to my buddy Curtis for letting me know about cleaning your iPhone’s charging port. Solved my …

2018-07-18: Nightmare. I’m having to lift my lightning cable connection in order to get a charge into my iPhone …

2018-07-10: The master list. Have to do, want to do, dream to do, home and work. Doesn’t get much easier than …

2018-07-05: Is 120 the new 80? Did I miss the heated and crazy developer debate that the new accepted line length is 120 …

2018-07-03: I need to find a way to retire sooner to enjoy more days like this.

2018-07-01: Weekly digest Trying to enjoy the summer while baking in what has been a really hot start to it. Glasgow had its …

2018-06-29: Battleheart 2 for iOS looks great. I never played Battleheart, but I’m a huge fan of Battleheart …

2018-06-28: Anyone have any recommendations on a Jekyll theme that would serve a similar purpose as an About.me …

2018-06-28: Have I lost my tech touch? It’s been a frustrating couple of days getting my laptop into some kind of order. I …

2018-06-28: School holidays are here It’s the first day of the school summer holidays here in Scotland. In previous years I would …

2018-06-27: Vivo getting one up on Apple? Vivo also achieved another technological feat. Unlike Apple, it managed to incorporate a fingerprint …

2018-06-25: Sometimes I struggle with the whole being online thing. The last few days has been one of those …

2018-06-22: Took a few attempts but just managed to get GitLab’s CI and automated deployment working for a …

2018-06-21: The Micro.blog site is the only place where I can compose a reply and see what I’m replying …

2018-06-21: Mini standards by Nicholas Bate. Because it always starts with the little things.

2018-06-19: Goodbye Things I’ve been trialling Things on my iPhone and iPad for the last few weeks. This morning though, …

2018-06-18: WhenWorks WhenWorks is a new appoinments app that allows you to define when people can book appointments with …

2018-06-17: I’ve been using Lire for a couple of days now. A great RSS reader and one that really makes a …

2018-06-17: Weekly digest It’s not been so much about the grind this week. It’s been more about the struggle. While I’m not a …

2018-06-14: I’ve started compiling lists of bookmarks that I use almost daily. By putting them in Bear, …

2018-06-13: Boring Stuff Day. What a bloody great idea!

2018-06-12: Just watched The Last of Us Part II gameplay from E3. It looks fantastic. Violent, but fantastic. …

2018-06-11: Moving a few sites over from Heroku to Netlify. Having one of those moments when I wonder why I …

2018-06-10: Weekly digest Another busy week work wise. Counting the days now until the holiday. It’s official: …

2018-06-08: App rot Link rot is a problem on the Internet. When you find something great on the Internet, you bookmark …

2018-06-07: I remember a similar app for iOS that did something similar to Edit. As good as Bear and Ulysses …

2018-06-07: The Firefox Side View extension is already proving to be very useful. Great when using a page as a …

2018-06-06: I never get tired of the view from the braes. 📷

2018-06-05: Two new tests from Firefox. Colour options look fun but the side view extension could be really …

2018-06-05: Apple’s upcoming privacy changes for Safari are a welcome change for the Internet. With GDPR …

2018-06-05: The MDN web docs is becoming a daily visit in my quest to just understand and write plain-old JS …

2018-06-04: Curious to know if the Ruby on Rails framework and any other frameworks and languages are …

2018-06-03: Weekly digest Bit of a quiet week this week as Ethan was away for most of it on a school trip just down the coast. …

2018-06-03: Wondering now if the Microsoft acquisition of GitHub is just a ploy to keep devs busy on Monday and …

2018-06-01: Microsoft to acquire GitHub? My first impressions of this are nervousness. I always liked that …

2018-06-01: Great to see another Assassin’s Creed game coming out. I really enjoyed Origins. 🎮 Nice use of …

2018-05-31: Dual-screen? I want no screen. I want holographic displays that I can manipulate with my hands and …

2018-05-31: I'm all in with Micro.blog I think I’m getting to that stage now where I am all in with Micro.blog. I’ve been …

2018-05-31: The boys on the ice A horrific story about the plight of seven boys and young men who stowed away on a ship bound for …

2018-05-31: My working day is often plagued by those little decisions that I never get round to resolving. This …

2018-05-29: Ethan off on his first school trip away from home. A few tears this morning from mum and little …

2018-05-27: Weekly digest A great week for the boys this week. Ethan managed to get a couple of cuts in his handicap at the …

2018-05-27: Nicholas Bate’s Essential Tools of Excellence continues with the fixie. It’s the one …

2018-05-27: The Expanse is coming to Amazon Prime! Great timing. I just cancelled my Prime subscription a few …

2018-05-25: Han Solo movie was fantastic. Being a Star Wars fan I might be a little biased. But only a little. 🍿

2018-05-25: I’m finding it increasingly difficult to want to watch the NFL. First, the long-term damage …

2018-05-25: No battle royale mode, a more realistic limited stand mode and playing the game as a female? Dice …

2018-05-25: James Mangold is working on a Boba Fett movie? If Logan is anything to go by (fantastic btw), then …

2018-05-24: Feels like I’m drowning in the digital landscape these days. I need to simplify my digital …

2018-05-22: The never-ending cycle of trying out apps and what I am doing about it Everytime I try a new app or service out, it feels like I’m simply putting something else on …

2018-05-20: Weekly digest Keeping it short and sweet this week. Freelancers // Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin - Loved this …

2018-05-18: Influential media Posts like Buffer’s “How to Share Posts From the Instagram Feed to Stories” are …

2018-05-17: More Twitter woes. Sad to see great Twitter clients being eroded away.

2018-05-17: An interesting post about science backed advice for parents who want to bring up well-rounded kids. …

2018-05-16: I’m increasingly wary of podcasts where the end of episode “picks” by the hosts …

2018-05-14: Finally after weeks of waiting, these little beauties arrived in the mail.

2018-05-13: Weekly digest The boys have been enjoying the good weather and the chance to play lots of golf. I had a great day …

2018-05-12: Spent the afternoon getting the garden into order today. There’s something to be said for a little …

2018-05-11: Started using Aloe Bud to remind myself to take breaks through the day. Particularly important for …

2018-05-11: I’m pretty much all in with Firefox these days as my main browser. I’m using it for both …

2018-05-11: After a couple of weeks of heads down work for a client, I decided last night to find some solace in …

2018-05-06: Weekly digest Highlight of the week was Ethan making his confirmation on Thursday night with my dad acting as his …

2018-05-06: Another great view from the top of the braes.

2018-05-06: Ethan and my dad all set for the Junior/Senior Open at Paisley GC today. Looking forward to seeing …

2018-05-02: I wonder if all those people that said, “I want to build the next Facebook” are still behind that …

2018-04-30: Views aren’t bad up here.

2018-04-30: Bear just keeps getting better and better.

2018-04-29: Weekly digest A horrible week this week with the incident that happened in Toronto on Monday afternoon. Thankfully …

2018-04-28: Just seen Infinity War. Loved it!

2018-04-26: The best map in the galaxy This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way …

2018-04-26: Nicholas Bate’s daily protocol is the killer app that I suspect many are looking for.

2018-04-24: Great to see a company like FastMail use the GDPR rules as a way to protect all their customers and …

2018-04-23: I never thought anything like this could happen in Toronto.

2018-04-23: Another week, another weekly plan.

2018-04-22: Weekly digest Busy this week with client work and running a test of a product idea. Beyond Black Box Management …

2018-04-19: Curtis McHale has some constraints for a better workflow.

2018-04-19: First, there are rumours of Black Ops 4 ditching the single-player mode and now the Battlefield and …

2018-04-16: I would love to make use of the micro-casting plan on Micro.blog, but I’d be too concerned …

2018-04-15: Weekly digest The boys both had their own golf games this week. Ethan was down at Troon on Friday for a friendly …

2018-04-14: The Expanse is back for season 3. I loved reading this series, but the television series does a …

2018-04-14: With no hard launch date for The Last of Us 2, God of War, might just be the game that can fill the …

2018-04-14: Hello Wavelength Micro.blog has added another great way of creating content, a micro-casting app. Micro.blog now …

2018-04-14: The rule of three I love this idea of picking the best three shots from a day-trip or an event. So, I’m going to do …

2018-04-13: View from the desk. Getting through some work while Ethan plays at Troon Links in a friendly match …

2018-04-12: Started using collections in Jekyll. Pretty powerful stuff.

2018-04-12: Finding it difficult to shake off the shit-storm state the world is in this morning.

2018-04-12: Still not happy with layout of PenMuse. I’m thinking of moving to a fixed-width container as opposed …

2018-04-11: Using Your Time. Back to blogging again. Good to get something out in the internets again.

2018-04-11: Publishing a blog post today that’s been collecting dust for a couple of weeks now. Might be great, …

2018-04-08: Weekly digest I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging this week. Kids are off school this week and next week, so …

2018-04-05: I would love to see account types on Twitter and then better controls that are derived from them. I …

2018-04-05: Migrating Day One to Bear This week I’ve started migrating my Day One entries to Bear. I initially wanted to omit all …

2018-04-05: Unsplash has its own iOS app now.

2018-04-05: Always interested to see what’s on Kurt Harden’s reading list.

2018-04-04: Michale Wade has the perfect way to focus. Chair. Notebook. Coffee. Drafts. Index cards. Pens. …

2018-04-01: Weekly digest Took advantage of the Easter break and gave myself a four day week this week and next week. I need …

2018-03-29: Good views while I wait.

2018-03-29: Tower 3 beta installed. A familiar front-end but a little bit more fresh than Tower 2. Not had a …

2018-03-28: Great to see @dave’s feeds database is up and running. Not many surprises among the top ranked …

2018-03-28: I'm ditching Day One For the last few years, I’ve been using Day One as a digital journal. However, over the previous few …

2018-03-28: Sustainable living? I’d love a place like this.

2018-03-28: I’ve been wrestling with VS Code for the last few weeks but I just can’t get that …

2018-03-28: A few observations on the Apple education announcement I missed the Apple education themed announcement yesterday. The time difference means that I’m …

2018-03-27: The audience's algorithm A post over at The Guardian highlights a great idea that I would love to see implemented by any …

2018-03-26: Features for PenMuse for April The automated delivery of daily writing prompts from my PenMuse website is stable enough now that I …

2018-03-25: Pretty good day for Ethan at Eastwood golf club today playing alongside the rest of the RGU boys. …

2018-03-25: Weekly digest No television this week, too busy for that. Made significant progress on a side-project this week …

2018-03-23: I wouldn’t mind seeing more split view options in MacOS. I know there’s apps that can do …

2018-03-21: A Ruby on Rails ERP book? I’ve been re-reading this post on how to build an ERP sytem from scratch. I’ll be honest …

2018-03-20: Great to get back out on the fixie today. Blue skies matched the bike perfectly.

2018-03-20: Great to get back out on the fixie again.

2018-03-19: Weekly digest Another flurry of snow on Saturday night and Sunday morning put the golf on hold again this weekend. …

2018-03-16: Human only email I’ve been migrating a number of newsletters over to Feedbin to reduce my …

2018-03-16: Nicholas Bate’s tools of excellence series continues. Sometimes an idea is bubbling. A plan, …

2018-03-15: Stephen Hawking is right; you all should leave planet Earth. Kurt Harden is staying behind. I might …

2018-03-15: Kaweco GRIP for Apple Pencil I’ve been considering an Apple Pencil for some time now. This …

2018-03-15: Firefox now lets you block annoying website notification pop-ups I’ve been using Firefox a …

2018-03-13: My personal defcon status has been lowered from “bloody miserable” to “almost bearable” as this cold …

2018-03-12: The great thing about RSS readers is the speed at which I can catch up. Even after a couple of days …

2018-03-12: Weekly digest Spring has been delayed by the still freezing bite of winter in Scotland. Never have I craved the …

2018-03-08: Did I just write a reply in the style of old Donald himself?

2018-03-08: 📚 Got my copy of Michael Wade’s Random Thoughts. Great to have all these in one place.

2018-03-08: Still considering Toronto Following a raft of measures to cool off the property market, sales have plunged, down 35% overall …

2018-03-08: 📚 Almost halfway through King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence before I decided to give up on it. First …

2018-03-07: What do you think Apple will call its over-ear headphones? I’m going with HeadPods on this …

2018-03-07: Lacking direction? Reset your personal compass with NB.

2018-03-06: All things good for the mind, body and soul.

2018-03-06: Do you want want blank spaces on your iPhone home screen? Here’s how

2018-03-05: Nothing better than getting back to normal. Roads are drivable and schools are back open.

2018-03-04: Weekly digest Big story of the week has been the weather. On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning we had …

2018-03-02: Street Fighter’s Chun Li is 50. Wow. Now I feel old.

2018-03-02: Themeable seasons One thing I’ve been doing over the last couple of years is switching colours on my blogs and …

2018-03-02: Nicholas Bate offers up some nudges to get you writing.

2018-03-02: BBC Studios is adapting Terry Pratchett’s iconic Discworld books for a six-part TV series I enjoyed …

2018-03-01: Version control for project management Did a stupid thing today and deleted a checklist from Trello that I was using. As far as I am aware, …

2018-03-01: 🎵Got the Master and Commander soundtrack playing while I catch up on some Rails work for a client …

2018-03-01: Brilliant and better note-taking at meetings courtesy of Nicholas Bate.

2018-03-01: Twitter finally gives us an official way to bookmark tweets I can’t see me using this at all. …

2018-03-01: Overwatch’s newest hero is an armor-clad engineer named Brigitte. Overwatch can do no wrong in my …

2018-03-01: Ask Micro.blog I’m wondering if this is something that might interest the users of Micro.blog. I want to ask …

2018-03-01: Another day of snow in Paisley.

2018-02-26: Micro Monday shout-out to my writing prompt generator on Micro.blog, @penmuse.

2018-02-26: Crux technology My wife is thinking of setting up a Facebook account so that she can book in for a fitness class she …

2018-02-23: Michael Wade advocates for a time of calm planning.

2018-02-23: Just what we need, more guns I’m not surprised it’s being suggested by Trump that they need to arm teachers in …

2018-02-23: Start that novel Nicholas Bate has the steps you need to start that novel.

2018-02-22: Great to see Ethan making progress under the watchful eye of club professional Andy Carlton. More …

2018-02-22: I’ve been moving a few newsletters so that they’re sent to Feedbin. Amazed by the amount …

2018-02-20: Looking forward to more nights like this when I can get both the boys out on the course.

2018-02-20: Forgot how great the Silent Alarm album by Bloc Party is 🎵.

2018-02-13: I could really do with a col-md-1.5 class about now. #webdevwoes

2018-02-13: Robots opening doors? Calm down people, we’re a long way from Skynet happening.

2018-02-13: Using Stimulus in PenMuse It’s been a while since I dabbled in a bit of JavaScript. It’s not that I don’t …

2018-02-12: The world looks pretty bleak just four degrees warmer.

2018-02-12: So, even with the night shift on, iPads aren’t good for night time reading. Already thought this …

2018-02-12: Great to see the snow didn’t put Drew off from his golf yesterday. Snow! What snow?

2018-02-07: Would you download an app that wasn’t on the App Store and didn’t have any developer …

2018-02-04: Weekly digest It’s app changeover time this week! I’ve been in task management limbo the last few months with …

2018-02-03: Feels good to be starting another Rails project. I’m hoping this one runs for a while, but I …

2018-02-02: RSS discovery A common observation around the slow uptake of RSS readers is that RSS is still something that …

2018-02-02: Despite a few attempts this week and last week at using VS Code, I keep coming back to Sublime Text. …

2018-02-02: Write daily Nicholas Bate with a run down on being happy. Writing daily is just one simple part of it. Write …

2018-02-01: That painful moment when you realise that the reason your JavaScript isn’t working is because …

2018-02-01: Move to Jekyll complete Last night I finally pulled the trigger and moved my Ghost hosted blog to Jekyll. While the cost of …

2018-01-31: Important things Michael Wade provides another gem of being productive. One important thing today, that will put …

2018-01-30: A Wishlist for Micro.blog Micro.blog has been getting some great updates over the last couple of weeks and I’m looking forward …

2018-01-28: Weekly Digest No digest last week due to a little problem with this blog after I imported 1700 posts to it. It’s …

2018-01-28: I think the Frontlines series might be a good read while I wait for the last two books in the The …

2018-01-28: Better writing fundamentals by Nicholas Bate.

2018-01-27: Finally got my freelance website moved over from Ghost to Jekyll. 👍

2018-01-25: Be nice if feed readers like Feedbin could detect similar headlines for the last couple of days and …

2018-01-24: I wasn’t aware of Monzo’s VC funding. However, I’m still closing my account now …

2018-01-21: I’ve been playing with Wordpress again over the last few days. So much more going for it than …

2018-01-19: Looks like I’ve for a few updates to do over the weekend. Bootstrap 4 is here!

2018-01-18: Considering some blog changes I’m considering a few changes in the way I blog. Micro.blog for personal stuff, quotes, …

2018-01-17: Inbox zero.

2018-01-15: New updates to Faviconographer. Might give it another try.

2018-01-15: Share to Micro.blog is now available on Feedbin!

2018-01-15: Atom still trying to play catchup with the likes of Sublime Text. I can’t see it ever …

2018-01-15: Yesterday’s two NFL games are what the playoffs area all about. High scoring games with plenty …

2018-01-15: FastMail rule added to delete the almost daily emails I get from Cloudinary for their Heroku addon.

2018-01-15: Weekly Digest January is one of those months that just never seems to end. Still two weeks to go until the end of …

2018-01-11: Making the Most of Feedbin's New Twitter Integration Today Feedbin announced a new feature to their RSS reader which allows you to subscribe to Twitter …

2018-01-11: Michael Wade once again delivers a gem of wisdom: Move more into the role of “Creator” …

2018-01-11: Reading Twitter with Feedbin This is a great move for Feedbin. Rather than following a single collection of accounts, I can now …

2018-01-11: My First MailChimp Campaign A few weeks ago I had an idea. A newsletter that would provide help and guidance for a particular …

2018-01-10: This bug on Ghost is driving me round the bend. Every character you type in is registered as two …

2018-01-10: I’m considering a set of wireless headphones for client calls and blocking out the kids whiles …

2018-01-10: Damn. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Forgot about them. 🎵

2018-01-10: Staying on Track When it comes to planning the day with bullet journaling, there’s one aspect of it that frequently …

2018-01-09: Experimenting with numberless actions on Twitter In keeping with Micro.blog’s lack of counts for things like followers and likes, I’ve decided …

2018-01-08: Benefiting from the Constraints of Pen and Paper to Tame Tasks In the last 18 months, I’ve moved from using a task manager application to using pen and notebook …

2018-01-08: Right, so my predictions for the Wildcard Weekend were 1 for 4. Only got the Saints results right, …

2018-01-07: Weekly Digest That’s the holidays over and everything is getting back to normal. Well, almost! Managed to make it …

2018-01-07: Right, calling it with a victories for the Bills and the Saints today.

2018-01-07: First half of wildcard weekend done and I got both predictions for yesterday wrong. Maybe I’ll have …

2018-01-06: I'm Starting a Newsletter Again, With a Difference​ With a rising interest in newsletters, I started one last year. I tried to publish one long-form …

2018-01-05: I completely missed the part of GitHub’s project tracking feature that allows you to track projects …

2018-01-05: Just found out how to use the SUMIF function in Numbers for the first time. Every day is a school …

2018-01-05: GitHub’s Projects feature is increasingly becoming an alternative to using Trello, but …

2018-01-05: Nicholas Bate reminds us of the basics when we’re stuck.

2018-01-05: My Three Words for 2018 I've already written about how I use habits rather than resolutions for the year. Resolutions are …

2018-01-04: Numberless Analytics One of the significant problems with social media is that everything has a number against it. …

2018-01-04: A new year, a new Hobonichi. Same old trusty Lamy Safari though.

2018-01-03: I’m seriously thinking about coming off Twitter or just making my account private. Seeing less …

2018-01-03: The unruly web Amongst another Twitter scare, there’s a reminder that there’s a better social network …

2018-01-03: No Resolutions, Just Good Habits I'm not making any resolutions for the year ahead. In my experience, it's a self-defeating exercise …

2018-01-02: Morning Stories For the last couple of years I've been writing every day through a practice called morning pages. It …

2018-01-01: RSS Update It’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates on my blogging habits and where you can find me. Now …

2018-01-01: So refreshing to have an inbox of positive posts in my RSS reader this morning. I wish every morning …

2017-12-29: Choose a word or three Nicholas Bate picks one word, Mike Vardy picks three words. Whatever number of words you choose for …

2017-12-28: After three days away from my desk, now is as good a time as any to clear the decks before client …

2017-12-25: Merry Christmas everyone!

2017-12-23: Disappointed to see that the Grammarly blog doesn’t have an RSS feed.

2017-12-21: Frustration is a blog post that doesn’t link to the products that it recommends.

2017-12-21: There’s been a change to Sublime Text in the last release that stops the command palette …

2017-12-21: First, Twitter’s ads play on the fact people don’t know what Twitter is for and now …

2017-12-18: I’ve been giving Feedly another spin. It’s been four years since I last used it. Other …

2017-12-18: Weekly Digest Another week closer to Christmas, another week of school and club activities for the boys. We …

2017-12-16: Always a good view from The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

2017-12-16: Moved up another belt for Tigercubs. Well done wee man!

2017-12-15: Time for The Last Jedi! Update: It was amazing!

2017-12-14: Christmas jumper day at school!

2017-12-13: Bear just keeps getting better New themes, autocomplete for tags and of course TagCons! Once you get a decent tag collection …

2017-12-10: Weekly Digest I’m still a couple of weeks away from finishing for the holidays, plenty of work to keep me busy. …

2017-12-04: Bluetooth, oh how I hate thee.

2017-12-04: Nicholas Bate’s What we know about 2018, the complete list. A must read in preparing for the …

2017-12-04: Weekly Digest I missed last week's weekly digest due to an ongoing battle the sniffles that I have only recently …

2017-12-01: Trying to kid myself on that the Hawaiian sunshine is included in every bottle. Alas no sunshine …

2017-11-30: Hard a-larboard! Posting this here in the hopes that Michael Wade sees this and doesn’t need to break his …

2017-11-29: Version bump for my Daring theme for Ghost so that it works with Ghost’s 1.0.0 release. Also hat tip …

2017-11-29: Discovered that I am a lousy open source software maintainer. Two pull-requests for my Daring theme …

2017-11-28: The Facebook Pages Organisation This morning I got a text message from my kids' primary school. It was a reminder that this week was …

2017-11-28: Deep work vs distractions Curtis McHale breaks down the process of getting work done in a world of distractions. I …

2017-11-28: Mindful giving It’s the time of year for giving and there’s lots of ways you can do it. Small …

2017-11-28: Independent feeds Tom Critchlow is re-discovering the glory days of blogging. The tags, the blogrolls and much more. …

2017-11-28: Starting to feel normal again after a lingering cough and cold.

2017-11-27: Outlined a couple of blog posts this morning that I’ll publish this week.

2017-11-26: Cracking afternoon for Drew at the putting competition up at Paisley Golf Club. Bobble hats off to …

2017-11-23: Remember what I said about Twitter being left in the dust?

2017-11-23: Looks like collections are the new must have feature in the social media silos. First Instagram and …

2017-11-23: 4 spaces for indentation on JS looks weird.

2017-11-22: Business without email Proof that your business can survive without email. In short, Schwarz is a classic craftsman. If …

2017-11-22: Just finished watching Stranger Things 2. Damn that was good television.

2017-11-21: I’m really liking what Kona are doing with their bikes these days. The Honza is another great …

2017-11-20: As a freelancer I’m wondering if a newsletter is worth putting into place. Another thing to maintain …

2017-11-20: Weekly Digest The cold has been doing the rounds in the Lang household this week. The boys and I have gotten with …

2017-11-19: Bacon. That’s good for a cold, yeah?

2017-11-18: Hello PenMuse I'm always on the lookout for something different to write about, but some days the nudge just isn't …

2017-11-15: Too many writing apps? I’ve got three apps on my MacBook that I’m starting to use on a more frequent basis. …

2017-11-14: Yeah, Firefox 57 is pretty fast. 😲

2017-11-14: EA’s release of Star Wars Battlefront II is already under fire. Let’s hope that Firefox …

2017-11-14: I’ve got Star Wars Battlefront II downloading on the PS4 for tonight. Early Xmas present to …

2017-11-13: Bootstrap 4’s Flexbox support is great. I can see me using it a lot more with new projects and …

2017-11-13: Weekly Digest Another week closer to Christmas. I’ve already had my first mince pie and it’s still …

2017-11-12: Them shadows again.

2017-11-12: Back to GitHub A few months ago I started a GitLab account out of curiosity. I wanted to see if there was anything …

2017-11-10: I think I have a rogue plug-in for Sublime Text. I’ve been getting errors all morning. …

2017-11-09: I wish Github’s Pull Request filters would persist in between changes.

2017-11-09: Tried to use my iPhone SE as a mouse this morning for about a minute. Definitely time for a coffee.

2017-11-08: Attention vs Currency Is attention no longer a viable form of currency? We’re told every day as creators online …

2017-11-06: Mondays Nicholas Bate has Monday’s covered. Do you? Mondays can be approached slowly or quickly or …

2017-11-06: Weekly Digest Another hectic week with Ethan having two lessons this week and Drew having a lesson, Halloween on …

2017-11-05: Long shadows Long shadows up at the golf club today while I was picking up Ethan.

2017-11-05: Another great lesson for Drew this morning. Won’t be long until he is beating his brother out on the …

2017-11-03: Hyper terminal emulator, good but not great A week running Hyper as my terminal has been mostly without incident, but I’ll be switching …

2017-11-03: Finding that Spark’s short and long swipes a pain to use when the actions are different. …

2017-11-03: Twitter's house rules I can understand the joy on Twitter when a certain account was removed by a member of staff who was …

2017-11-02: Another great lesson for Ethan with our club professional, Andy. Just a few minor setup changes and …

2017-11-01: A bleak future for the web? The Trinet (Amazon, Facebook, Google) is a depressing prospect for the future of the web. The War …

2017-11-01: Pocket Productivity Curtis McHale offers some advice for those looking to get more from their mobile devices when it …

2017-11-01: 40 day writing streak on 750words.com. The daily habit is getting easier to do now. Here’s to …

2017-10-31: Nice. You can now click the labels on a Trello card and it will show the text for the labels on all …

2017-10-30: Back to winter coaching with the RGU boys and David Orr. A few takeaways to work on.

2017-10-30: Finally, bobble hat season is here! #ynot #ynotmade

2017-10-30: Running Hyper this week instead of Terminal just to see what all the fuss is about.

2017-10-29: Weekly Digest They say that life begins at 40. Well, they haven’t had the week I’ve had when it comes to ailments. …

2017-10-29: I haven’t seen the Buffalo Bills play like this for years. Great game to watch.

2017-10-28: Trying to put together the parts for a monthly newsletter aimed at both Rails developers and Rails …

2017-10-27: Just discovered the attribute_was method in Rails. Everyday is a school day. #til

2017-10-26: Goodbye Path For a long time, I’ve been a user of Path. A social media network for those who want a level a level …

2017-10-25: Part of my web development toolbox for years. Saying Goodbye to Firebug

2017-10-25: New home for my micro.blog - mattisms.blog.

2017-10-25: Levelling up advice for programmers One of many nuggets of advice for programmers who feel they are lagging behind. The goal is become …

2017-10-25: Downsizing Twitter Last night I started down-sizing my Twitter account. Here’s a few things I did. Deleted all …

2017-10-25: A reminder from Nicholas Bate that the Internet serves both the good and the bad. False news on …

2017-10-23: Taking stronger action Gregory Brown is closing his Twitter account (@practicingdev). In 24 hours I’ll be shutting …

2017-10-23: Great first episode of the new season of The Walking Dead. Good pace and build up to the next …

2017-10-23: I would love to be able to pin cards at the top of each list in Trello. Just saying.

2017-10-23: 25 smarter blogs One again I’ve made Kurt’s list and he now he’s planning a surprise visit! Family …

2017-10-23: Weekly Digest I had the week off with the boys last week so we did a few things we don’t usually do. I took the …

2017-10-23: Back to work this morning after a week off.

2017-10-22: Subscribed to the Hurry Slowly podcast this morning. Expecting good things.

2017-10-22: Less is more with Slack Half of these ideas on making Slack less of a time suck are terrible suggestions. Just because you …

2017-10-20: Great first lesson of the off-season for Ethan with Andy, our club professional. Plenty to work on …

2017-10-20: Nice start to the day.

2017-10-18: A lot of love for Cardhop on the blogs today. Going to have to give it a try at some point.

2017-10-18: Another day, another blog post written. That’s three in a row. Need to get a couple of topics in …

2017-10-17: Features I would love to see in Safari iOS I've been using an iPad Pro as a web development device for a few months now. Overall I've been …

2017-10-16: So many good things have happened on Micro.blog in the last few months and the cherry on the cake is …

2017-10-16: Weekly Digest Not much happened last week. More time at the golf centre for Ethan and I was finishing off some …

2017-10-15: My kind of prepping.

2017-10-11: Just tried pumpkin spice cream liqueur. Erm …. not a fan. Might be alright for a coffee …

2017-10-10: Cowboys must stand for national anthem Jerry Jones chips in on the NFL #takeaknee protest with an ultimatum for the Cowboys team. “I’m not …

2017-10-10: Another Star Wars Christmas Another Christmas, another Star Wars movie. I can’t wait to see this. Since watching it this …

2017-10-10: Had that moment in a software project yesterday when you realise you should have named something …

2017-10-09: Goodbye to being productive in the air I can’t say that I’m a fan of seeing high-speed Internet access being rolled out onto …

2017-10-09: Weekly Digest This is the first in an ongoing series of weekly posts that I am going to do. With Micro.blog taking …

2017-10-07: Drew finished building this year’s Lego Halloween set. Well done wee man! 👍🏻

2017-10-07: Drew moved up to his Tiger cubs green belt this morning. It’s great to see him making progress even …

2017-10-06: An Instructor's Instructions Michael Wade with the essential list for instructors. Different ways to explain the subject and how …

2017-10-06: Currently having a geek out frenzy on ligatures in Sublime Text.

2017-10-04: Took the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta for a spin tonight. Love it!

2017-10-04: Typical. The day the Battlefront 2 beta comes out and I’ve got work to catch up on tonight.

2017-10-03: Star Trek Discovery episode #3 was a lot better last night. Going to stick with it.

2017-10-03: Been a while since I did this. One more technique I found helpful is keeping a “content ideas” file …

2017-10-03: I often struggle with content ideas for my freelancing blog. I should look towards my expertise more …

2017-09-29: Techo and Field Notes deliveries in the same week! 👍

2017-09-29: Micro might just be the text editor that brings me back to full-time terminal use! On a related …

2017-09-29: Back on the #langster for running errands at lunchtime. Great to be clocking up the miles again. …

2017-09-28: I have to say. The unique way in which micro.blog allows posts and conversation in the form of …

2017-09-28: This is the most restraint I’ve had to show in my life. This tub contains the awesome trio of nuts, …

2017-09-27: It’s that time of year again! Next year will be my third year using a Techo. It’s proven to be so …

2017-09-27: When did Twitter’s native app for macOS get the split view treatment?

2017-09-27: Took a day off yesterday for some recovery, but it also gave me the chance to upgrade MacOS to High …

2017-09-27: It doesn’t seem to matter what Twitter does these days. Even with more characters to tweet …

2017-09-26: Just watched the first two episodes of Star Trek Discovery. I think it could get better. I’ll watch …

2017-09-25: I’ve returned to blogging with a post about why I think web analytics are not a good fit for …

2017-09-24: Watching the world go by.

2017-09-21: The combination of Working Copy and Textastic on iOS 11 now allows me to do more web development …

2017-09-21: Is it just me or is the iPhone’s battery draining faster under iOS 11?

2017-09-20: Just when I’m starting to like using Safari’s Shared Links feature, Apple goes and …

2017-09-20: No newsletter and micro me Yesterday was the last edition of my newsletter. I won't go into all the reasons why I've stopped …

2017-09-20: Published the last edition of my own newsletter last night. It wasn’t working out for me. Glad …

2017-09-19: Having one of those days I would like to forget.

2017-09-19: Learned my lesson today from buying cheap hardware. Bought a Bluetooth keyboard as a short term …

2017-09-18: Same thing we do every time I pick him up from school. A little selfie for his mum!

2017-09-18: Might be time to read Cal Newport’s Deep Work again.

2017-09-18: Now that I’m using the iPad Pro as my main development machine a couple of days a week …

2017-09-18: First national competition for Ethan down at Dumfries & County GC. Great conditions so far. 👍

2017-09-17: First national competition for Ethan down at Dumfries & County GC. Great conditions so far. 👍

2017-09-15: I now have Instagram photos feeding through to here as well as links from my Pinboard account and …

2017-09-15: Started composing a support email to @manton about the custom CSS changes for my micro-blog site as …

2017-09-15: About time I looked at something a little different than the usual web application framework.

2017-09-15: The new Banksy?

2017-09-15: Electron does take some flak for being a performance hog but the appeal of being able to deliver the …

2017-09-15: Trello’s new native app is just another Electron app, but I’ll still take it instead of …

2017-09-06: The new Banksy?

2017-09-06: Pipedream Cycles Moxie The Singletrack review of what is without a doubt, the best hardtail I've laid eyes on, even if it …

2017-09-06: Star Wars stamps If stamps, scruffy-looking nerf herders and laser blasting walking carpets are you thing then these …

2017-09-06: The value of importance ... ... is knowing what is important. Don't attempt everything. Do what's important. No, not everything …

2017-09-06: Pro colour schemes If you see me bashing away at text editor then you'll know that I'm a die hard Solarized fan. In the …

2017-09-06: Disney now seems to be the creative equivalent of the Trump presidency.

2017-09-06: It’s official. I’m giving up on Twitter has a medium for conversation. It’s …

2017-09-06: I’ve been tempted to upgrade the iPad Pro to the public beta release of iOS 11 but with the …

2017-09-05: Finally a break in the weather.

2017-09-04: Gave up trying to remove those last few Instagram posts from my microblog timeline. Just going to …

2017-09-04: Drew built this little set all by himself. He needed just a little bit of help with the mechanism …

2017-09-04: I don’t know who’s scarier!

2017-09-04: Dinosaurs, warriors, bandits and pirates. His imagination knows no limits.

2017-09-04: Not bad 9 holes with Ethan tonight. He’s looking good for his final tomorrow.

2017-09-04: This caddying lark fair burns up the calories. I should take it up full time. Ethan, you pro yet?

2017-09-04: Loving the new Monokai Pro colour scheme for Sublime Text 3!

2017-09-04: Bought a license for Monokai Pro this morning. Small change to ensure that a great theme keeps going …

2017-08-31: Lost his final tonight but not until he took his opponent to a playoff. Super proud of you pal, keep …

2017-08-31: Productivity​ is ... ... defined by Nicholas Bate. Productivity is no longer simply about 'the things to do', it is …

2017-08-30: Not bad 9 holes with Ethan tonight. He’s looking good for his final tomorrow.

2017-08-30: Learning Ulysses I can't remember the last time I bought individual learning material that wasn't a book. I'd be …

2017-08-30: Media diets Jason Kottke shares his. I love this idea as a recurring post.

2017-08-30: ​Where I don’t publish Last week I linked to Manton Reece’s dedication to staying the course for Micro.blog and the …

2017-08-27: Dinosaurs, warriors, bandits and pirates. His imagination knows no limits.

2017-08-27: I don’t know who’s scarier!

2017-08-22: Accountability Are you accountable?

2017-08-22: Stay the course I'm still grappling with Micro.blog but what's reassuring is Manton dedication to staying the course …

2017-08-22: Hello TextExpander ... again A while back, I read with disgruntlement about the change that Smile were introducing to their …

2017-08-21: Ghost & Unsplash Good to see the Ghost team are steadily adding features to my favourite blogging platform. This it's …

2017-08-18: Taming the Twitter timeline It seems that I just can't let go of my Twitter timeline. Despite not been very active on Twitter …

2017-08-16: Survive and thrive ... ... with the personal resilience guide from Nicholas Bate.

2017-08-16: Deep book researching advice Cal Newport divulges his technique for researching books. The key to my system is the pencil mark …

2017-08-16: The content creation device Jack Baty has been using his new iPad in anger this week. The results are good! I’ve been using the …

2017-08-15: Erasing the past Kurt Harden is concerned about the erasing of American history. The first is that it strikes me as …

2017-08-11: Time to kill the personal website? Rachel Kaser over at The Next Web certainly thinks so. Like it or not, social media provides an …

2017-08-10: Ulysses Subscriptions So following the footsteps of TextExpander and Day One, the writing app Ulysses is now moving …

2017-08-10: Hello Ghost 1.0 It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. A couple of weeks ago the first major update to …

2017-08-07: Back to work. Always a good time to reboot a few habits.

2017-07-24: The least loved great sportsman? On a day where a Brit has won his fourth Tour de France, the focus seems to be more on Jordan …

2017-07-19: Bullet journal #2

2017-07-15: Open source Medium Dave Winer ponders on the possibility of an open source version of the popular blogging platform …

2017-07-12: Exploring alternatives to GitHub I've been a user of GitHub for a long time now. Ever since I started my career in Ruby on Rails I've …

2017-07-10: Scorched Earth A sobering read about the future of the planet and what climate change effects could result in in a …

2017-07-10: Time to read Just as it is important to set aside time to think, it is important to block out time for reading. …

2017-07-10: Comic book kind of guy I'm not sure if Nicholas Bate is a comic books kind of guy, but I'm sure he'll make an exception for …

2017-07-07: Trillion Prime 27.5 Singletrack World are testing a new British built steel hardtail, the Trillion Prime 27.5. I wish …

2017-07-07: Slack: Necessary evil? I've been using Slack for a few years now. I use it more for work than anything else. I am part of a …

2017-07-06: Subscription pricing for Day One Day One's change to subscription pricing model is taking some flak but I think it's a good move for …

2017-07-04: Cracking open Vim again It's been a while since I took another stab at learning Vim. If you don't know what Vim is then all …

2017-07-04: Deep vs shallow It seems that a lot of the things I'm reading online point towards long-form blogging again. Gregory …

2017-07-03: Fall like a thunderbolt I have never read The Art of War, but I've seen this quote enough times mentioned elsewhere (other …

2017-07-03: The latest Field Notes Time for another quarterly delivery of Field Notes memo books. This time it's the Campfire edition. …

2017-06-23: Attended Nicholase Bate’s Deep Productivity seminar in March and and it was worth every penny. …

2017-06-22: Got a DigitalOcean server setup with multiple Jekyll sites. I forgot how great and simple static …

2017-06-21: Thanks to @curtismchale and @patrickrhone for their replies to my newsletter this month. Cheers …

2017-06-21: Another new fan of Discworld Glad to see Terry Pratchett's Discworld books are still gaining fans. Annie is the latest convert.

2017-06-17: Yard work done.

2017-06-16: The Green Machine It's great to see that Kona bikes are looking great again.

2017-06-16: Right, so you can only schedule a tweet with a pic on it.

2017-06-16: Can’t complain about the new look on Twitter’s iOS app, but would still like to improvements …

2017-06-12: Playing the “waiting on DNS” game. Sigh.

2017-06-12: iPad Pro for software development? Apple's App Store Guidelines now allow executable code in educational apps and developer tools. …

2017-06-12: Decision time ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2017-06-09: Small solutions to big problems It's often the case with me that I look for a big solution to what I perceive to be big problems …

2017-06-09: 8 day streak on @750words. Feels great to be writing daily again.

2017-06-06: Never under-estimate the simplicity of a problem. Fixed a Rails 5 upgrade by updating the …

2017-06-06: iOS 11 looks great with the new Files app. Not enough changes though for me to use an iPad Pro for …

2017-06-05: Tame the distraction monster Not your usual productivity hacks. I do think I could be doing with less distractions during the …

2017-06-05: WWDC17 Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off today. I wouldn't call myself a fan-boy but I …

2017-06-02: Fixie Friday - Hartley Cycles Red Hook Crit Track Wonderful paint job on this one. via Bikesoup Magazine

2017-05-31: Covfefe Once again, Twitter explodes over the tweets of a certain president. As for what covfefe actually …

2017-05-22: Smarter money, smarter spending I've had pre-paid cards in the past but the app that accompanies the Monzo card should provide …

2017-05-17: Ugmonk "Gather" Desk Organiser Gather is a modular desk organiser that is being funded via Kickstarter. My inner-nerd says yes but …

2017-05-17: Another night on the course A lot colder tonight than last week, but glad to get out for a hit with Ethan.

2017-05-17: Who do I know that’s been writing frequently on Medium?

2017-05-17: MBP hardware boosts are tempting but I’ll wait on news of new iMacs before I decide on what …

2017-05-15: The basics ... ... are what we should always come back too.

2017-05-15: Simple rules I often fall into the trap of complicated systems. A simple rule works because I can have one of …

2017-05-11: Rebooting the morning routine The morning routine of reading, writing and planning is nothing more than a distant memory these …

2017-05-10: Sunset over Paisley Golf Club Enjoyed a few holes with Ethan out on the course tonight.

2017-05-09: Always have a book on the go ... ... and other essential reading basics from NB.

2017-05-09: Slow down Execupundit reminds us to slow down. I find that I get more work done by slowing down. …

2017-05-09: A spreadsheet will do Over the weekend I closed my Highrise account. In case your not familiar with the name, Highrise is …

2017-05-08: What to look for in a blog It's come to my attention that I am hardly the good faring blogging citizen I was a couple of years …

2017-05-08: Did that thing where you write a series of related words that results in something of value. Will …

2017-05-08: Did that thing where you write a series of related words that results in something of value. Will …

2017-05-08: Enjoyed the first episode of Jamestown. I can see me watching the rest of the series. It also fills …

2017-05-06: Just waiting for Guardians 2 to start.

2017-04-28: Hello Micro.blog This week I finally got my invite to Micro.blog. A few months ago Manton Reece wrote about a project …

2017-04-28: Evil Following A bike for all occassions. And it looks menacing as hell!

2017-04-28: More client work today and enabling the daily themes for DailyMuse users today. First new feature …

2017-04-27: The integration of RSS feeds means that Micro.blog might just be the perfect place to host an …

2017-04-27: Client work lined up for today and some product work on DailyMuse. It’s been neglected in the …

2017-04-24: “Hello there beautiful listener.” - Best podcast intro ever.

2017-04-21: Instagram business accounts require a Facebook page. Bizarre requirement. That’s the price of …

2017-04-19: I forgot how bloody great Muse are.

2017-04-19: What a day. I’m mentally exhausted.

2017-04-18: Coffee & Code The blogroll has been chirping about coffee shops. First it was Future Lawyer: First, some of us …

2017-04-18: New LinkedIn design would be nice if it did away with those loading progress bars and spinners.

2017-04-17: The Perfect System And yes, it's a one size fits all system.

2017-04-17: The Real Star Although I didn't attend Star Wars Celebration, it was clear from many people online that this was …

2017-04-17: Social Media Shifts Social media is always on the change. They clamber over each other to promote their best features …

2017-04-15: First time watching #doctorwho in a whille. Better than I expected.

2017-04-14: 8) Any advice or thoughts on #bloggingburnout?

2017-04-14: 5) I’ve still not found a way of quickly posting to my blog and while that isn’t the main issue it …

2017-04-14: 6) I’m going to start a last attempt to post regularly next week. If it fails then I think it might …

2017-04-14: 7) .. or switch to something that makes it stupid easy for me to share stuff. I’m even considering …

2017-04-14: 3) I want to blog because I enjoy it. It starting to wear on me though.

2017-04-14: 4) One thing about blogging with Ghost is that there are little in the way of automated tools and …

2017-04-14: 1) I used to be a consistent blogger. Frequent blog posts, sharing links from others and many other …

2017-04-14: 2) Lately though it feels like a chore to do. It feels like too much hassle for little in return.

2017-04-10: Back to work this morning and Rogue One is now available to watch on Apple TV. Nice timing Matthew.

2017-04-07: Fixie Friday - Mockba 80 via Amy Danger

2017-04-06: 7) If you have to do any kind of work for your freelance business, keep it light. Admin work, review …

2017-04-06: 8) Finally, schedule your next time off when you go back to work. Something to look forward to when …

2017-04-06: 4) Don’t go anymore than three months without taking at least a week off.

2017-04-06: 5) Use the week to rest. I’ve enjoyed some golf this week and a walk down at Troon.

2017-04-06: 6) Tie in your time off with the rest of the family. Don’t be the parent/partner who’s always …

2017-04-06: 2) It’s hard to take holidays when you don’t get paid for them but that’s all part of the …

2017-04-06: 3) If you are freelancing I recommend taking regular breaks from work. Look at it as an investment.

2017-04-06: 1) For the first time in a long time I feel completely rested. I think it’s been nearly a year since …

2017-04-04: The basics of productivity Basics or essentials? Either way, these are the foundations for anyone looking to level up. Bonus …

2017-04-04: New iMacs on the way Great to hear that new iMacs are on the way. Regarding iMacs, Schiller also said that new iMacs are …

2017-03-28: Stormcrow For serious tweet-storming on Twitter. I love this idea for an app as I hate trying to condense down …

2017-03-28: Cookies and batch processing ... ... with Annie Mueller.

2017-03-24: Blogroll updated Added Annie Mueller to the list. Who's on your blogroll?

2017-03-24: The Deep Productivity Seminar Yesterday I attended the Nicholas Bate's Deep Productivity seminar in Oxford. It was a great chance …

2017-03-23: Subscribe improvements ... ... over at Feedbin. I love using Feedbin. Such a great RSS reader and the fact that they keep …

2017-03-23: Bravery in brevity CJ Chilvers looks at the importance of being small and why avoiding the need to grow can be a good …

2017-03-23: Medium memberships Medium announced it's paid tier called Memberships. I'm not convinced though. Sure it's great that …

2017-03-22: Oxford bound Driving down to Oxford this afternoon for tomorrow's Deep Productivity seminar with none other than …

2017-03-20: Coffeeshop etiquette Some essential coffeeshop tips and etiquette from the peeps over at DNSimple. When you order your …

2017-03-15: Chain of thought Lately I've been thinking a lot about marketing. While making my afternoon coffee I was running some …

2017-03-13: Indyref, Brexit, Trump and now Indyref2. Haven’t we been through the mill enough?

2017-03-08: How Americans are still putting up with the Trumpster is beyond me. It must be infuriating as hell.

2017-03-06: I remember when asking a question on Twitter would get you replies from real people. Now you get …

2017-03-05: New Ass-savers Might be time for another batch of these. The one on the Langster is starting to look a bit worse …

2017-03-05: My kind of blogging The no-pressure kind. Manton Reece explains. I love that blogs can scale from the trivial to the …

2017-03-04: Observations ... ... from our man in Arizona, Michael Wade. The best way to create magic is never to rely upon it. …

2017-03-03: #playstationlive Fire arrow

2017-03-03: Patrick is nonline Patrick is now nonline for at least the next year. As of March 4, 2017 I’ve stopped all online …

2017-03-03: Installed .NET Core and Visual Studio Code. What could go wrong?

2017-03-03: Looking for an agile friendly project management tool. Team have outgrown Trello. Looking at Jira …

2017-03-03: Holding off on an iMac purchase to see if any new models come out soon. What’s the chances of …

2017-03-03: Fixie Friday - Specialized Langster Pro Not mine, but the Pro track edition. Looks great with the wide bars on the front. via Hizoku Cycles …

2017-03-02: Gunslingers ... ... re-imagined. via BoingBoing

2017-03-02: Rocket science ... ... it isn't.

2017-03-02: Replacing Evernote with Bear Bear uses a simple three-paned design. The largest column is devoted to your current note. A smaller …

2017-03-02: Being of a certain age, I can’t understand the comparison of Medium Series being a thinking man’s …

2017-03-02: Cement factory to home When Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973, he immediately saw a world …

2017-03-01: Giving up and adding at Cultural Offering. While I am giving something up for Lent, I am also adding something. I am …

2017-03-01: Pro devices in the wild At the start of this week I was visiting a client for a catch up and a chance to go over a project …

2017-02-25: Drew on my new tee from Hollister - “Daddy, that’s a cool t-shirt!” - Kid has good taste.

2017-02-23: Ghost on Indie Hackers We launched Ghost about 4 years ago with a $300,000 Kickstarter campaign. Today, it's a sustainable …

2017-02-21: Alto's Odyssey trailer The sequel to Alto's adventure is coming soon. This will be one sequel that I know won't disappoint. …

2017-02-21: It all begins with ... ... coffee. Once I start the coffee I have five minutes to make sure the dog doesn’t chase the deer …

2017-02-20: Capturing the wild ... ... with Patrick Rhone. I’ve recently re-adopted something I learned in a high school creative …

2017-02-20: Cool netbooks? I would love to see a return of some great quality and slim netbooks. I'm in the middle of assessing …

2017-02-20: New notebooks ... ... deserve great content.

2017-02-20: Weekly plan bars I've been having a successful run with the bullet journal and implementing Mike Rhode's daily plan …

2017-02-19: Be nice if @tinyletter could allow new subscribers to select previous newsletters to be sent to …

2017-02-19: Second newsletter of the year sent out using @tinyletter. Great product for managing a small …

2017-02-17: iPod to the rescue A story of one man and his music. Tonight I discovered that my music library has gone missing. I …

2017-02-17: Good blogs I'm bookmarking this as an essential. I'm surprised I haven't read this post before by Merlin Mann, …

2017-02-17: Quick wins The complete list from Nicholas Bate.

2017-02-17: Test the list with Execupundit.

2017-02-17: Scaling Back For a long time I've wrestled with a number of different terminal apps and tools in the hope of …

2017-02-13: Just noticed the black navigation bar at the top of @github. Nice! 👍

2017-02-09: An email just made my day. I wish I got more emails like that. Thank you sender (you know who you …

2017-02-07: The mid-life crisis bike I often joke with Jen that my mid-life crisis will involve buying a top-end mountain bike without …

2017-02-07: Plan the work Work the plan. It's all you need to know to get things done.

2017-02-07: The art of Minecraft Amazing how people have put Minecraft to such a creative use. via kottke.org

2017-02-07: Weekend Report #7 This weekend was something of a bust. It's that time of year when kids of a certain age turn from …

2017-02-07: I’ve been wrestling with Macvim (and Vim), Tmux and trying to copy and paste for a few days. Any …

2017-02-07: Watched the #superbowl2017 game last night. Great performance by the Pats in the 4Q. Do feel bad for …

2017-02-07: Still rebooting my MBP to re-connect my bluetooth keyboard and mouse. It is 2017, right?

2017-02-06: Didn’t stay up to watch the Super Bowl last night, but definitely going to watch this amazing …

2017-02-03: Essential reading material... ... from my man in British Columbia, Curtis McHale.

2017-01-30: Thanks to Kurt ... ... for the recommendation Kurt. If you're looking for the newsletter, you can sign up here. Next …

2017-01-30: The profound effect of Deep Work Cal Newport's book Deep Work has been circling the blogs I follow for the past year. I finally took …

2017-01-30: Campfire chat I know, from reading my friend Kurt Harden’s blog, that we may not see completely eye-to-eye …

2017-01-30: Rockin'1000 does Smells Like Teen Spirit Amidst the chaos of the world, I was glad to be taken away for a few minutes with the Rockin'1000. …

2017-01-26: And that’s why I would like to be able to edit my tweets.

2017-01-25: Sketching some ideas Finally broke out the other stack of Field Notes notebooks I got with my Black Ice editions. …

2017-01-23: Less - the 2017 edition by Nicholas Bate.

2017-01-22: Screw it. I’m switching over to something else. #GBvsATL

2017-01-22: Can’t dispute the fact that the Falcons are the better team though. #GBvsATL

2017-01-22: Game over. #GBvsATL

2017-01-18: Bluetooth has given up on me again on MacOS.

2017-01-17: Award for best planet ... ... goes to planet Earth.

2017-01-17: A lesson in building habits It's that time of year where people are starting to tail off on their new year resolutions. Let's …

2017-01-17: The bike industry is bad enough with it’s annual product cycle and “industry …

2017-01-17: Now I’m left with the choice of two Langster models that I’d rather not purchase and so …

2017-01-17: I had plans to buy a @iamspecialized Langster Street for my birthday next month, but it’s a US …

2017-01-17: Feels great to be human again. #manflugone

2017-01-16: Central heating on, four layers on, hot water bottle at my back and I’m still bloody freezing. …

2017-01-16: Picked! #GBvsDAL

2017-01-15: A great start! #GBvsDAL #GoPackGo

2017-01-13: Tempted to buy the Nintendo Switch but I think I’ll wait until its release and then check it out and …

2017-01-12: Just discovered the “caret_” settings in Sublime Text. Bumping up the width for eyes to …

2017-01-11: Logitech K811 definitely not holding as much charge as it used to. Time for a new keyboard me …

2017-01-11: Meaningful work Not all work will be meaningful. Some will be meaningful to others but not for you. Some, will be …

2017-01-11: I hope we get to see some of the features of the @dashboardapp app on @twitter this year.

2017-01-11: Productive morning at @BLENDTogether in Paisley with good music in the background. I should work …

2017-01-11: Winston Churchill Tweeting Twitter might have it's drawbacks but it's power to condense ideas and thoughts into a single-tweet …

2017-01-10: AskJeeves, Altavista and now Yahoo! We’re losing all those great website names from the early …

2017-01-09: I’m always skeptical about acquisations but I think Trello is going to continue to grow at …

2017-01-08: Taken a while for Rodgers to hit his stride but finally, points on the board! #NYGvsGB

2017-01-08: Always good to discover a Ruby gem in a book from a couple of years ago and the gem is still …

2017-01-08: Judging by the tweets I’m not missing much. #oakvshou

2017-01-07: The Marvel Universe Live was great fun to watch and had plenty of action. Bit loud for Drew but he …

2017-01-06: Fixie Friday - State Bicycle Ashton 4130 Core Line

2017-01-06: Is it time somebody built a bootstrapped version of Medium?

2017-01-06: Get what you want ... ... this year with Nicholas Bate.

2017-01-06: Rooted productivity Cal Newport touches on single root commitments and productivity. The solution to these issues is …

2017-01-05: 1000 words done for my first newsletter. Not a bad start. #amwriting

2017-01-05: Medium still isn't for me I've wrote in the past about the blogging platform Medium and how I have issue with such a high …

2017-01-05: One of the best things you can do as a member of a dev team is to simply talk to each other on a …

2017-01-03: Announcing my monthly newsletter I'm starting a newsletter this year. Yes, I'm a bit late to the newsletter thing and yes this is …

2017-01-02: More resolutions When everyone else is making resolutions to do things like less social media, less eating, less …

2017-01-02: May the force be with you ... ... for 2017. Sorry people, couldn't resist. via starwars.tumblr.com

2017-01-02: Building some goals for 2017? You might want to start with Nicholas Bate then.

2017-01-02: New micro-blogging service Manton Reece is launching a new microblogging service and a book about independent microblogging. I …

2017-01-01: 4yo stayed in his bed until 9am. I hope to God that’s his New Year resolution for 2017.

2017-01-01: Happy new year!

2017-01-01: Same old schedule by @bbcscotland. #onlyanexcuse and #jackiebird. Absolute dire.

2016-12-30: Like the idea of topics for #twitter2017. Lists could be replaced by these.

2016-12-29: New year essentials ... ... for an awesome 2017. It finally 'clicks' that you don't need much stuff-at all-to be very, very …

2016-12-29: The essentials of daily logging Michael Wade just provided the best daily logging template for my Hobonichi Techo for 2017.

2016-12-28: Be nice if you could filter out Twitter’s Moments based on their category. Moments is quite …

2016-12-28: Clearing the decks With the new year just around the corner, it's always a good time to clear the decks and start …

2016-12-27: Carrie Fisher dies at 60 Saddened to hear that Carrie Fisher has passed away at the age of 60. It wasn't until a few years …

2016-12-25: Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to you all! I wish you all the very best over the holidays and for the new year.

2016-12-24: The Browns win! There is such a thing as the Christmas miracle then.

2016-12-23: #MINvsGB tomorrow. Disappointed it’s not on @skysportsnfl. Will watch the other game tomorrow …

2016-12-23: The turkey is in, the kitchen is stocked. Just a few presents to wrap and we’re all set in the …

2016-12-22: All client work wrapped up. Slack turned off. Holidays can officially start now!

2016-12-21: The spirits of a classic Fascinating how many times this classic has been illustrated. I began my annual tradition of reading …

2016-12-19: The enigma ... ... that is Nicholas Bate.

2016-12-17: #rogueone was amazing!

2016-12-17: The future adds a zero Except that messages now travel 50 times faster than they used to, sent to us by 100 times as many …

2016-12-16: Headphones too expensive to lose When I first heard about Apple's AirPods I thought they were a joke. Honestly. After all they're …

2016-12-16: Level up There comes a point in your career when you can no longer coast along just punching in and out and …

2016-12-15: Evernote - Time to move on? So apparently Evernote employees now have the ability to read the notes in your Evernote account. …

2016-12-15: Time tracking - A valuable metric Curtis McHale explains why tracking your hours as a business owner can improve the health of your …

2016-12-15: Trailer for Dunkirk via The Verge

2016-12-14: An honour ... ... to be included in a list of such fine and esteemed bloggers. Many thanks Kurt.

2016-12-14: The Cyclist's Christmas Wish List I'd take the Kona Cinder Cone purely for nostalgia reasons. They are bloody great bikes.

2016-12-14: Small wins ... ... are the best wins.

2016-12-14: Otterbox Chargers and Headphones My favourite mobile phone case company Otterbox are now expanding their product line to include …

2016-12-14: Timepage 2.0 Update My favourite calendar app, Timepage, has just been released with a number of particularly nice …

2016-12-08: I’ve noticed Firefox running really slow on my MBP these days.

2016-12-08: Alto's Odyssey Looking forward to the sequel to Alto's Adventure. Games on my phone are a rarity but Alto's …

2016-12-08: Get It Done Right Michael Wade reminds us to get it done ... right. In all of the rush to get it done, meet the …

2016-12-08: Paper Is Not Broken Patrick Rhone imparts some much needed opinions on the argument that paper is broken. But I’m here …

2016-12-06: I’ll let it slide for this half of the series. I hope it picks up after the holidays when it …

2016-12-06: Last night’s episode of #twd was another long drawn out affair. Is this how it is now? Start …

2016-12-05: Don't Forget To Schedule Life I was on one of those consulting projects that seemed fine months earlier when it went on my …

2016-12-05: A Little Inconvience Is Okay When you notice something is affecting your drive, find a way to adjust your environment. Even if …

2016-12-05: There should be an option to chain tweets together rather than do this “reply to self” …

2016-12-05: Now I’m using some of that knowledge to build a “light” ERP application with Ruby on Rails.

2016-12-05: Worked with Dynamics NAV for a few years building and maintaining ERP applications for clients.

2016-12-05: Never underestimate the benefits of your past software development experience.

2016-12-03: The $500 E Ink Gamble Another attempt to replace paper with a tablet. This time it's the turn of a $500 E Ink tablet. …

2016-11-30: Considering Spark Lately my email has been getting the better of me. Despite numerous attempt are curbing email, I …

2016-11-30: It doesn’t get said enough. @dnsimple’s service and support are amazing.

2016-11-30: Netflix Adds Offline Mode Parents with young kids on long haul flights rejoice! In all seriousness though, it's about time …

2016-11-29: It's never too late... ... to set those goals. You should have your goals and major projects decided before November …

2016-11-29: Another Social Network Entrant Gab aims to be an honest and open network for people to converse online. Their basic features appear …

2016-11-28: The MacBook Pro - Great for Hackers It struck me odd how so many people took to the Internet announcing their disgust that the new …

2016-11-28: “Even though Paul isn’t a professional unboxer, he’s a great entertainer.” - Professional unboxing? …

2016-11-28: Rogue One Reminder Tickets are on sale today for Rogue One. With the kids in tow we went for the Saturday morning …

2016-11-28: Rogue One tickets booked. Plumped for the Saturday morning showing. Can’t wait!

2016-11-25: Why Notebooks Work For Me This week I've highlighted the three notebooks I am using to replace my task manager app. The reason …

2016-11-25: Chatbooks Your Instagram pictures printed to photo books. Love it.

2016-11-25: Newsletter Coming Soon I can't remember if I mentioned this in a previous post but in case I didn't here's an update. I …

2016-11-25: The Simplest Pleasures Courtesy of Nicholas Bate.

2016-11-25: The Ideal Gift For those that like notebooks and the Beatles.

2016-11-24: The Logging Notebook When it comes to getting things done the focus is always on what needs done and when you can do it. …

2016-11-24: Sidetracked with Sidetrack Installed Sidetrack this morning as a way of reading my RSS feeds from Feedbin. Loving it so far.

2016-11-23: Anonymus Blogging The makers of Telegram have launched a blogging platform called Telegram. Yes, it could be used by …

2016-11-23: Meeting Patrick Thanks for the lunch and afternoon in London Patrick! One down, four to go.

2016-11-23: The Bullet Journal Bullet journalling has been around for a few years now, but it's only now that I've decided to start …

2016-11-23: The Surveillance State Intrusive snooping by the government or a necessary action? The legislation in question is called …

2016-11-23: The 100 Most Influential Images Of All Time Selected by Time magazine to be the most influential images of all time. Warning. Some people may …

2016-11-23: The Don't List All the things you shouldn't be doing. via Nicholas Bate

2016-11-22: Bye Bye Black Friday I'm glad to see that the much hyped part of the retail year, Black Friday, is falling out of favour …

2016-11-22: Trello to JIRA. What’s the advantages from a client (product owner) perspective?

2016-11-21: Rogue One Expansion Pack Coming Soon The Rogue One movie is coming out soon and so is the last expansion pack for Star Wars Battlefront. …

2016-11-21: Time To Replace Twitter? Not a month goes by now without criticism of Twitter and it's walled garden network. I really don’t …

2016-11-21: Belle Is Planning And here's her setup.

2016-11-21: Moving To An Analog Task Management System A few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and stop using Todoist as my task manager. As you know …

2016-11-21: An Execupundit Tradition For Thanksgiving Day on Thursday.

2016-11-18: Took advantage of the @ynotmade sale and put an order in for a Laneway backpack. My Gulper is great …

2016-11-17: First Todoist and now Any.do are adding AI to their task managers. Is it really that hard to manage …

2016-11-17: Somone convince me this blogging malarkey is worth doing.

2016-11-16: Wouldn’t mind seeing my Twitter lists added as filters to my timeline. Be nice to just switch …

2016-11-16: AI For Your Todo List Todoist has just anounced a new feature to their task management platform, Smart Schedule. Smart …

2016-11-16: Jagged Success comes from two simple realisations. NB explains.

2016-11-16: Japanese Calendar I've got the planner, next is the calendar (and of course being able to speak Japanese). via …

2016-11-15: Guerrilla Bike Tactics Great to see the city officials in San Francisco and Seattle responding positively to the need for …

2016-11-14: No super moon last night, just the Scottish equivalent. Super cloudy skies and rain.

2016-11-13: What is going on in Tennessee? #GBvsTEN

2016-11-09: How are my fellow Canadians taking the news of the election results? @curtismchale?

2016-11-08: The Four Quadrants Great advice by Curtis McHale and at a great time too. 2017 is just around the corner.

2016-11-08: Mike on Notebooks Mike Vardy shares his thoughts on Medium on why he uses notebooks. Ultimately, however, I use …

2016-11-08: Can still hear #easystreet from last night’s #twd.

2016-11-07: Digital Morning Pages Again For over a year now I've been writing my morning pages by hand. At first the exercise was all about …

2016-11-07: Time to Ditch Time Zones? A fair argument about abolishing timezones and the whole planet using Coordinated Universal Time. I …

2016-11-07: The Execupundit Show The pilot is coming folks. I can't wait.

2016-11-07: If I block every account when I see their ad in Twitter, will I eventually have an ad free timeline? …

2016-11-07: Fireworks Some great moments captured from Friday night's fireworks over Glasgow.

2016-11-07: Habit Calendar Another nifty kickstarter idea. A calendar for building habits. via Swiss Miss

2016-11-06: First mince pie consumed. Couldn’t hold out any longer.

2016-11-04: The Case for Big Business Who knew that so many positives can come out of big business? For one thing, he says, big companies …

2016-11-04: Convinced 4yo is going for a record. He’s watched “Wreck-it Ralph” 4 times this week and nothing …

2016-11-04: What a nightmare. There’s no belgian bun emoji.

2016-11-04: Reading again Nice prompt from NB to start reading again. Read deep again. Read the original not the news article …

2016-11-02: Instapaper in now free, the new MBP has no SD card slot and IFTTT has renamed their recipes to …

2016-11-02: Considering starting a monthly newsletter for next year. One essay a month on a general topic with a …

2016-11-02: Tempted to separate personal and work emails. I would still use a single inbox but just apply …

2016-11-01: Driving Range Practice Another practice session at the driving range with Ethan. Glad to see him improving and still …

2016-11-01: Well premium subscriptions are free now.

2016-11-01: Instapaper is free. Not entirely convinced this is a good thing.

2016-11-01: North American Holidays There's a lot of things I love about living in the UK. Beautiful scenery within an easy drive, great …

2016-11-01: The @FieldNotesBrand order confirmation email is actually pretty slick with the graph paper …

2016-11-01: In the Future I don't know about you but the Execupundit drive-time show trumps them all.

2016-11-01: Stoking the Creative Fire It's time to get out there. "If you get out of your daily routine—which for most of us is …

2016-10-31: Pumpkins This year's pumpkins went down quite well.

2016-10-31: The Stream I'm still finding my feet with consistent blogging but there may be something to what Patrick Rhone …

2016-10-31: Rhoneisms I love Patrick Rhone's approach to his online writing. Much like Henry David Thoreau had three …

2016-10-31: Benjamin Button Reviews the new MacBook Pro Brilliant. Just brilliant. The most obvious change is the redesigned keyboard. Removing the …

2016-10-31: New Ideas for Twitter Love these. Especially the news page.

2016-10-29: Enough Drama The dust has finally settled from Apple's announcements. The world has returned to what it once was, …

2016-10-28: Lesson from Vine. No platform or network is immune from being shut down.

2016-10-28: Apple vs Microsoft: A Win for Both Many might see the recent annoucements by Micrsoft and Apple as a win for Micrsoft and who can …

2016-10-27: Pockethub? Pocketpaper? Pocketslack?

2016-10-27: Switched to both Pocket and Pocket Casts in the last couple of days. New goal. Only use services …

2016-10-24: At this point I couldn’t care who bought Twitter. Just as long as someone makes the decision to kill …

2016-10-24: Avoiding my timeline today, so opting to use the Twitter widget in Notifications Centre to post …

2016-10-24: The first three pages ... ... are the most important.

2016-10-24: Aviemore Break Upon a friend's recommendation we took a break last year to Aviemore. We had such a great time last …

2016-10-20: Much love on Twitter for the Nintendo Switch. Was not expecting that response at all.

2016-10-17: 19 minutes to cancel my account on Siteground. As cancellation processes go, it probably the worst …

2016-10-17: Siteground chat duration - 17 minutes. Account still not deleted.

2016-10-17: Siteground chat duration - 9 minutes. Account still not deleted.

2016-10-14: Fancy a new bike? Get over to the Robin Williams bike auction and get your bid in. Some truly classic bikes!

2016-10-14: #notagitcommand git ass

2016-10-14: #notagitcommand git stash poop

2016-10-14: What started as an ordering application for a client is slowly turning into a full-blown ERP Rails …

2016-10-14: NFL season has been great so far. What a finish in the #DENvsSD game last night.

2016-10-13: Star Wars Rogue One Trailer #2 Seriously. Why isn't it December the 16th yet?

2016-10-13: Just Blogging The last year has been a real struggle here on the blog. Inconsistent posting and a lack of …

2016-10-13: Drew’s chasing the window cleaner round the windows of the house. I hope he doesn’t make him fall …

2016-10-13: The Red Bull Foxhunt An insane format but great fun to watch.

2016-10-13: Dictators beware! Good to see technology being put to good use. A Swiss journalist has created a Twitter bot that …

2016-10-13: I’m not actually in London. Twitter web client just thinks I am.

2016-10-13: Twitter has gone electoral map crazy.

2016-10-11: Essential Marketing Advice Curtis McHale has the three step process for marketing your business. Blog, podcast and meet people. …

2016-10-11: The DailyMuse Facelift Development of my DailyMuse service has been lagging in the last year. Sure I've shipped a few …

2016-10-06: Share Your OPML? Dave Winer may be kick-starting an old service. Share Your OPML. In 2006 I had a web service called …

2016-10-05: Virtual Tea This is wrong. A blatant mis-use of technology.

2016-10-05: Zen Writing Leo Babauta at Zen Habits has the lowdown on how to write every day. And it all starts with a …

2016-10-04: Here Comes Iron First Netflix's fourth superhero series will air in March 2017. I started watching Luke Cage last night, …

2016-10-04: Just Fine I've been rebooting a few habits and processes over the last few weeks and one emerging trend from …

2016-10-04: Effortless Results ... ... from Michael Wade.

2016-10-03: Ryder Cup 2016 Sketchnotes I haven't done any sketchnotes for a while but seeing Mike Rohde's great Packers game sketchnotes …

2016-10-03: Essentials ... ... from an essential blog to follow. Of course it's Nicholas Bate.

2016-10-03: The ultimate fail. A web design company with a web address but no website.

2016-10-03: Pirates Trailer Still love these movies. via The Verge

2016-10-02: Hard not to see that USA will hold onto their lead in the Ryder Cup. Can’t dispute it’s been great …

2016-10-02: Hilarious hearing the American fans cheering for shots and then the backspin kicks in! #RyderCup

2016-10-02: Apple family sharing, iTunes app and Music app. A combination of apps and preferences that results …

2016-10-01: What a putt! #RyderCup

2016-09-30: Chasing bugs in my code due to my many different typos of the word ‘denomination’.

2016-09-30: Raspbian Pixel Still don't own a Raspberry Pi, but the benefits of having one are far outweighing the drawbacks …

2016-09-30: Changing Productivity Curtis McHale on the placebo that continually changing your productivity tools offers and why it's …

2016-09-30: I had no idea you could change the colour of task categories in @highrise.

2016-09-28: Gap in the Themes Market? Over the last few weeks I've been looking at themes for Wordpress and Ghost. Now it's easy to say …

2016-09-27: New Daring release I released a new version of the Ghost theme I use for this blog last night. In an effort to …

2016-09-27: Can’t wait for @HMRCgovuk to move to one fecking site. Nightmare having to jump between two …

2016-09-27: A designer/developer could make a nice sideline income from Ghost themes by just keeping them up to …

2016-09-27: How many times before I click “I don’t like this ad” until @twitter decides to block ads from my …

2016-09-25: It’s taken 3 complete quarters but this game is starting to pick up. #WASvsNYG

2016-09-25: Great play by the Redskins. #WASvsNYG

2016-09-22: Tabs in Sublime Text 3 are a nice welcome though. Shame the ST3 update wiped my custom icon 😬

2016-09-22: Tabs everywhere in macOS. Will take some getting used too.

2016-09-21: Wordpress hosting recommendations please? Dreamhost? Siteground? Also what themes are y’all using?

2016-09-21: Having one those days where I could quite easily hit the “delete account” button for most of the …

2016-09-20: Spaces found after noticing keyboard shortcut is different.

2016-09-20: Where the hell are spaces in macOS?

2016-09-20: Need help writing a book? Wally Bock has you covered with your first six steps towards a published book. Long before any …

2016-09-20: A Wordpress theme that doesn’t display the title for each post in the posts index and each …

2016-09-20: Zombie email To get yourself into the groove of batching, try blocking out two to three daily email check-in …

2016-09-20: Start small Start small. Start with just the smallest version of your idea and a way to manually make it happen. …

2016-09-18: Finally. Some good offensive plays. #CINvsPIT

2016-09-18: Disappointing game tonight on @SkySportsNFL. Low score, little offence. #CINvsPIT

2016-09-16: Tempted Tempted to back this laptop stand that adjusts in height. Currently I have a Griffin laptop stand …

2016-09-16: Low tech productivity tips by Nicholas Bate.

2016-09-15: Can anyone recommend good examples of Ruby on Rails open source applications with good READMEs and …

2016-09-14: So you can delete most those iOS apps you never use like Stocks but for some reason you can’t delete …

2016-09-14: Restarted the Mail app to fix the font size issues. My only glitch from the iOS10 update.

2016-09-14: I haven’t swiped to unlock on iOS10 yet.

2016-09-13: iOS 10 is near and MacStories has a complete run down of the upgrade.

2016-09-13: Looks like I’ll be dusting off my Rspec-fu in the next couple of weeks. Been a good few years since …

2016-09-13: Safari beachballing on the Github site again. Appears to be a recurring issue.

2016-09-13: More hardtail fun Singletrack review the Ritchey Timberwolf. Looks great.

2016-09-12: Is an Aeron still the developers chair of choice?

2016-09-12: Be refreshing to see a few Wordpress themes that are slider free.

2016-09-12: When did Wordpress sites become so bloody confusing to use? Oh yeah, when every theme had to have a …

2016-09-11: Phew! Close one. #GBvsJAX

2016-09-11: Week 1 game? More like a playoff game. #GBvsJAX

2016-09-11: I didn’t think it was going to be this close. #GBvsJAX

2016-09-11: Nice catch Cobb! #GBvsJAX

2016-09-10: Getting some Overwatch tips from Ethan. Great having a gamer in the family.

2016-09-10: Less than 24 hours now until I get Sunday night football back. Also glad the first game on is the …

2016-09-09: Start the weekend ... ... with the Friday link pack courtesy of Swissmiss.

2016-09-07: Time to turn off Twitter for the next few hours.

2016-09-07: Got a Mac Mini from late 2014 with 2.6 i5 and 8GB. It is ridiculously slow to start up. Never been …

2016-09-06: Just discovered the in? method in Rails.

2016-09-06: Onza are back ... ... and they're making bikes. Proper beautifully made mountain bikes as well! Kind of makes me wish …

2016-09-06: Building a page of local and remote freelance designers and developers. I would rather refer work to …

2016-09-05: My First Wearable - The Fitbit Alta A few weeks ago my wife bought a Fitbit Alta. She’s been on a health kick for the last couple of …

2016-09-05: Need a new clipboard manager? A clipboard manager doesn't sound like a mega-useful app to have on your Mac but Tapbot are aiming …

2016-09-05: Finding out why Derek Sivers asks why. But whatever you decide, you need to optimize for that, and be willing to …

2016-09-02: Time to breathe A little reminder that we all need time to breathe. One of my favourite words has always been …

2016-09-02: At long last ... ... some worthy bike upgrades. The DMR V-Twin pedals.

2016-09-02: Can't wait ... ... to see the outcome of Michael Wade's new project.

2016-09-02: It's back to school ... ... for everyone.

2016-08-31: Dropbox account deleted. Rarely used it these past few months anyway.

2016-08-30: Saying Goodbye to Evernote Ian Dick writes about his farewell to Evernote. This year though a couple of things changed. …

2016-08-30: Star Wars Album Covers I love these. Mashups of classic albums with Star Wars. via kottke.org

2016-08-30: Forgot how great the sunspot gem is for interacting with the Solr search engine. Great DSL and …

2016-08-30: Nothing marks your learning progression with a programming language than reviewing older code you …

2016-08-30: Second thing I noticed is how I would have written the poor code now with all the experience I’ve …

2016-08-30: First thing I noticed was all the instances of poor code I had written. Bad design, object naming, …

2016-08-30: Started work this week on a Rails app I last worked on a few years ago. #learningdeveloper

2016-08-24: Is blogging dead? I've been asking that question myself for the last few weeks. I've been searching for a way to …

2016-08-24: Goodbye Vesper The notes app Vesper has closed down. I wasn't a user of Vesper but I did give it a try just over a …

2016-08-24: Instapaper acquired by Pinterest I'm on the fence about this. Products and companies get acquired all the time. The concern that many …

2016-08-24: Need some music to work too? The 50 best film scores have been compiled over at the Playlist and feature scores from movies such …

2016-08-23: Pinterest acquires Instapaper. I really hope Pinterest allow Instapaper to run as is.

2016-08-23: Wanted: A folder in the iOS Photos app that deletes photos older than 30 days.

2016-08-23: Great, now I’m mechanical keyboard shopping. #geeklife

2016-08-23: Quit Safari. Start Safari. Github page opens. groan

2016-08-23: Safari beach balling when I open up a client’s repo on Github. It’s gonna be one of them days.

2016-08-23: Dropping Todoist for a while For a while there has been a nagging at the back of my mind. Am I really getting the full use from …

2016-08-23: Write that book Find a reason and write.

2016-08-23: The oldest trick in the book? Or is it just common sense? During his 15 minutes with each executive, Lee explained his simple …

2016-08-23: The most overpriced box set ever $800 for the new box set of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It's hard to see what you're really …

2016-08-19: Quality control Finally starting to see some positive moves from Twitter. Be great if they could make it easier for …

2016-08-18: The boy is getting No Man’s Sky for his birthday in a few weeks. I wish his birthday would …

2016-08-18: They should just call it anti-social media.

2016-08-17: More Potter books on the way Not the copious tomes I was hoping for but I'll take it.

2016-08-17: More than just a list If you want it done, it must be scheduled. If it’s not scheduled, it’s just another item on your …

2016-08-17: Looking forward to playing a few holes with Ethan tonight at @PaisleyGolfClub.

2016-08-15: The leap of faith It's great to see movie crews and especially stunt performers, going to extraordinary lengths to get …

2016-08-09: It doesn’t happen very often but it’s an effing pain when it does happen.

2016-08-08: The love-hate relationship with Medium I'm still on the fence about Medium. Despite having an account there and no stories posted I still …

2016-08-08: Batman vs Superman concept art Amazing work here for the movie. I particularly like the foldable spear. via Ian Dick

2016-08-08: Thanks to Charlene at @paisleyphysio. Back treatment is going great. What a difference from a week …

2016-08-05: Fixie Friday - YES Singlespeed via YES BIKES

2016-08-04: Earn that title A reminder from Derek Sivers that you need to continually do the work to earn that title. By using …

2016-08-03: My Web Development Tools - 2016 Edition The world is going gaga for mobile apps. They are seen as the most accessible form of software and …

2016-08-02: Ending the day here on Twitter with a little revelation. I’m actually enjoying using Twitter …

2016-08-02: My Desktop Development Tools - 2016 Edition Desktop apps are my main tools when it comes to web development. A browser, a terminal and an …

2016-08-02: Looking forward to my physio tomorrow to get my back into working order. It’s been a nightmare …

2016-08-01: My Hardware Development Tools - 2016 Edition For this week I’m going to focus on the different development tools I use and why I chose them. …

2016-08-01: Post scheduling in @TryGhost. Excellent!

2016-08-01: Thanks to @paisleyphysio for the back treatment this morning. It’s done wonders for my mobility!

2016-08-01: Are Your Tasks Competing? NB's Productivity series continues ... Among competing tasks the one with the highest long-term …

2016-07-31: A 58” wedge makes a not bad wee walking stick when you put your back out. #golftipsforlife

2016-07-29: Hardtail hooligans ... ... are going to love this.

2016-07-28: Get Creating Read Nicholas Bate.

2016-07-27: Problems with Twitter It appears that Twitter is dying. It's losing money and credibility. John A De Goes looks at the …

2016-07-27: Facebook Blogging? Blogging on Facebook. A chance for the masses to have more of a say online or just another way to …

2016-07-27: Cut-off Turning my ideas into reality is what I want the most out of life. So that’s what gives me the …

2016-07-27: Need Help? May be Patrick can help you?

2016-07-26: Picky date time pickers. The bane of web devs everywhere.

2016-07-25: Anyone using one of those Gigabyte boxes for web development? Looking to build a linux box for …

2016-07-25: First day back to work after four weeks off. Am gonna coffee … lots and lots of coffee.

2016-07-22: View from the desk I had a great time with Ethan yesterday playing at Paisley Golf Club.

2016-07-22: Miniture NES pre-ordered. I have to keep telling myself it’s a Christmas present for my …

2016-07-22: Another round of golf with Ethan yesterday. He played great, I played crap. I really should learn …

2016-07-20: Is Your Product Easy to Duplicate? For many software developers, rolling your own version of a product is a tempting thing to do. You …

2016-07-20: Seriously @twitter. Take my money and stop the ads.

2016-07-20: Back to work on Monday, but using this week to get the decks cleared and ready.

2016-07-19: Hello Simplenote For a long time I’ve been looking for a notes application for myself. The criteria for such an …

2016-07-19: White-board for the win? Of course. Get the big picture.

2016-07-19: New Star Trek Television Series And on the topic of Netflix: Star Trek fans around the world clamoring for CBS' new take on the …

2016-07-19: Always the Same or Free An interesting point about technology companies and how even just a small price change can have a …

2016-07-19: All the Same Today, right now, anyone with a $300 laptop can use the very same tools as the people at the top of …

2016-07-14: Run up to flying home begins. Just about to head to the airport. It’s been a great three weeks but …

2016-07-13: Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. Is that a joke?

2016-07-13: And on the topic of sports-related hobbies, I’ll be hoping to joining a golf club in October. …

2016-07-13: Any recommendations on hosting docs for an open source Rails application? Github pages? Read the …

2016-06-28: Better Blogging With Wally Bock. Love this advice. All the essentials for a good blogging workflow.

2016-06-28: The List Productivity advice for the real world from Nicholas Bate.

2016-06-27: Interesting hearing a non-UK view on the England team.

2016-06-24: Last day of client work before downing tools for four weeks. A good time to get away I think.

2016-06-24: Going to try and block out the news for a while and get some work done.

2016-06-23: Great to see @path getting regular updates. Love the new #pathdaily feature.

2016-06-21: Disappointed that #downloadingdengar isn’t trending for the @eastarwars Battlefront update.

2016-06-21: Magical Lightswitches A shame you can't get these for UK light switches. They would have been a great addition to the boys …

2016-06-21: Korean Breakdancing A little reminder that people are awesome. via Kottke.org

2016-06-21: Trust In Experts The EU referendum debate has been nothing short of a fear factory in the last few weeks. Politicians …

2016-06-17: When Television Overtakes Books This has been something of a let down this season of Game of Thrones. There has been some great …

2016-06-16: Installed Elixir and Phoenix, created an application (does nothing atm) and deployed to Heroku. …

2016-06-16: Food for Summer Gyro anyone?

2016-06-16: The Death of Text? Facebook is touting video as the next big thing for their platform. However, Tim Carmody points to a …

2016-06-15: Book Recommendations from Curtis This has to be the definitive list of books on running a successful business. There is room for a …

2016-06-15: Finding Yourself Lost? I've been faced with this problem over the last couple of weeks. Read on for the answer. When you …

2016-06-13: Finish More Great advice given my recent "never finishing anything" run. ... readings of non-fiction …

2016-06-09: Do the Work There are no shortcuts. There’s no substitute for hours put in. Good work requires commitment and …

2016-06-09: Job or Project? Give me a project any day of the week. Projects are open-ended, chosen and ours. Working on a …

2016-06-09: Digging Deeper Into Trello Now that we know the basics of a Trello board we can start to dig deeper into the other parts of the …

2016-06-08: The Bike Shop of Dreams.

2016-06-08: What is Worth Communicating? A question prompted by Nicholas Bate in his Jagged Thoughts for Jagged Times series. In the New …

2016-06-07: Twin City Steel I love this mountain bike build. Period correct components from the 90s really make this bike …

2016-06-07: What is Trello? Trello is a great tool for managing projects and products. Before we dig deep into Trello though I'm …

2016-06-03: The Three Cs I think I've found myself a new set of labels for categorising my tasks in Todoist. Think of your …

2016-06-02: 300 issues of Ruby Weekly. Well done @peterc and the @cooperpress team in reaching this milestone. …

2016-06-02: People would find workarounds by including spaces, symbols or other text just to pad it out.

2016-06-01: Read More Blogs Set Godin has a great reminder of why blogs are the best free source of valuable content on the …

2016-06-01: Are You Curious? I love this view on how people are split when it comes to technology. We can make lists about how …

2016-05-31: Internet Mob Justice I'll be honest. I'm fed up seeing this mob justice on the Internet. But now we are reaching the …

2016-05-30: Grass Roots Productivty - Always Be Capturing Everyone has their own preferred system for getting things done. Whether it's GTD, maintaining …

2016-05-30: The Weekend Report #1 (Trying something new. Mini posts on the last weekend of the month.) Made a home cooked dinner on …

2016-05-27: New Leaders Ready for purchasing. The Cure is screaming out to be bought. I had great intentions of getting …

2016-05-27: Fight from Failure Great advice for programmers and anyone building a product. In this mindset, each day your task is …

2016-05-25: What Next for Apple? Fellow Scot Ian Dick highlights some areas of technology where Apple are falling behind. Apple also …

2016-05-25: Last of my files moved out of my Dropbox account. Now only used when working with clients and for …

2016-05-23: Forget LinkedIn Some suggestions for alternatives to the workplace social network.

2016-05-23: Why I Stopped Using Buffer Many people use Buffer as a tool to automate the process of sharing links to social networks. I even …

2016-05-20: Is There Value in Social Media? All this week I’ve been writing about finding value with social media. Social media as a mainstream …

2016-05-20: Slow and Steady Wins the race. This morning, just as a test, move very slowly. Avoid scanning material. Read it …

2016-05-20: The BFe26 Redesign Excited about this bike with it being a steel hardtail, but I really wish we could settle on one or …

2016-05-19: Finding Value Outside of Social Media A lot of people use social media as their means of keeping up with news, topics and communities. …

2016-05-18: Worry Not For Patrick Rhone has some wise words on the subject: Worry is born of desire — desire for change. …

2016-05-17: Instructions via Austin Kleon

2016-05-17: We Need Realists It's funny, you never see "realist" as a required skill in ay job posting. We need order …

2016-05-17: Finding Value in Twitter as a Freelancer Yesterday I wrote about the value of Twitter on a personal level. While I don't place much value on …

2016-05-17: Anyone I know using a Fitbit? Would you recommend one?

2016-05-16: First round of golf with Ethan this year and I only beat him by one shot. I really need to up my …

2016-05-16: A round of golf with the boy this afternoon @PaisleyGolfClub. I hope I don’t embarrass him to much. …

2016-05-16: Remember FriendFeed? I do. It was great. It's a shame it fell into obscurity and was eventually closed down. After …

2016-05-16: Finding the Value in Twitter I think of social media as one of those necessary evils in life. I'm well aware of the benefits of …

2016-05-13: Great support from @sparkpost. My email issue was resolved in a few hours.

2016-05-13: Playing with Firefox and Test Pilot I have been a Safari user for a while now. Safari’s built-in sharing on OS X and iOS and the ability …

2016-05-13: More with Nicholas Bate A great series by NB.

2016-05-12: Still Here The observant among you will have noticed another lull in my writing here. It's been a frustrating …

2016-05-12: Ten Years of Hanselminutes Well done Scott Hanselman on reaching double-digits with his technology podcast, Hanselminutes.

2016-05-10: Dealing with Distractions Michael Wade keeps us on the path of the productive. Distractions swoop down to shatter your focus. …

2016-05-10: The Morning Pages Experiment What I'm experimenting with now, though, is adding a little more structure to my pages. Not …

2016-05-10: Been trying a number of desktop apps as web alternatives, but I keep coming back to the web based …

2016-05-10: Doing the Twitter cull thing again. Mostly news sites.

2016-05-09: Do I know any people who are good with SQL Server Reporting Services?

2016-05-09: Social Media Addiction Daniel's decision to delete the majority of his social media accounts is a reminder that social …

2016-05-06: That moment where you can’t decide which one your messaging apps you’re going to use. …

2016-05-06: Fixie Friday - Saffron Frameworks via CycleEXIF, photos by Jim Holland

2016-05-06: Switch Off A nice reminder from NB for the weekend.

2016-05-06: Converse, Connect & Value Required reading for anyone looking to harness social media as a tool to connect your product with …

2016-05-05: My three year old son knows no limits. He’s trying to eat his jelly using a Mikado stick. 😂

2016-05-04: Still no split-view in Twitter for Mac. Do you have to read the new Moments feature, upload a GIF …

2016-05-04: You know what I love to see in @dayoneapp? Being able to merge entries.

2016-05-03: “A solid post” says my editor. I have to be doing something right with this writing …

2016-05-03: Hello Quitter I have a particularly bad habit of opening apps, leaving them to run and then wondering why I have …

2016-05-03: Managed to switch my email address to a new one with a different domain and still receive the email …

2016-05-02: Closed my Zapier and Buffer accounts over the weekend. Wasn’t doing much with either of them.

2016-05-02: Write more with Nicholas Bate.

2016-05-02: The Feed is Dying The feed is dying. The reverse-chronological social media feed — the way you’ve read Instagram, …

2016-05-01: Nothing stops the boy ... Another Sunday, another medal under the belt. Ethan's settling in well at Paisley Golf Club and the …

2016-04-29: Sorry. That should have been more @dayoneapp sync woes.

2016-04-29: The Turn It Off ... ... Turn It On Again 22 didn't roll off the tongue as easily.

2016-04-29: Genius Fundraising Idea The contribution buys you an evening at home. No dressing up. No rubber chicken. No sitting at a …

2016-04-28: Most other services provide their own syncing mechanism or I use iCloud. Dropbox just doesn’t have …

2016-04-28: Dropbox account downgraded to the free tier for the first time in three years. Just don’t need that …

2016-04-28: It’s snowing. It’s May next week. #bloodyweather

2016-04-27: Snowden Trailer I like the look of this. via The Verge

2016-04-26: The Benefit of Ownership when Blogging In a quest to get back on the blogging bandwagon, I thought I would take a look this week at the …

2016-04-26: Remembering the Glory Days The Awl remembers the glory days of Google Reader. Instead, our websites now keep tabs on us, the …

2016-04-26: Still Freelancing at 60? I love this post from Adrian about what he's learnt from his time as a developer and where he sees …

2016-04-26: Dropbox Infinite Project Infinite, announced at Dropbox’s Open London event wants to give you the best of both …

2016-04-25: It Can't Be Rushed The project is vaguely on your mind. You sip coffee and read a book. You scan the news but with …

2016-04-25: Peanut Butter When I was a kid and my mother wasn’t around to make us something to eat, my dad used to smile and …

2016-04-22: Be Even More Successful Do this.

2016-04-22: A Father's Advice A wonderful piece highlighting some life lessons from a father. Begin conversations with people on …

2016-04-21: Off The Grid Stephen Fry's post makes for a good argument in getting off the grid. Jacking out of the matrix …

2016-04-21: 20 Years Since Moseley Shoals Today marks 20 years since Ocean Colour Scene’s Moseley Shoals entered the British charts. It was …

2016-04-21: Perpetual Devotion Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of …

2016-04-21: Bourne is Back Great to Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass working on the new Bourne movie.

2016-04-19: Subscribing to @problogger’s RSS feed again. Feels like 2010 again.

2016-04-19: Sony PlayStation Neo I can't say that I'm exactly thrilled to see Sony releasing a console so soon after the release of …

2016-04-13: New Kindle Oasis Not content with the millions of Kindles out there, Amazon have introduced another Kindle to the …

2016-04-13: Also started using Sidekiq for processing background jobs like emails. Another tool added to the web …

2016-04-13: One eye on a Rails app I moved to Heroku from Cloud66. For my needs, Heroku’s managed platform is …

2016-04-13: Business Advice by Derek Sivers Derek Siver's latest post is the best business advice anyone needs before they start. First you …

2016-04-13: Rails app migration from Cloud66 to Heroku done. Time for bed now.

2016-04-12: TextExpander Subscription Change - Too Little Too Late? Smile have adjusted the pricing of the new TextExpander subscription service. We will apply a …

2016-04-12: Recommendations please for good blogs around the following topics: Web Development, Agile practices, …

2016-04-11: Book Recommendation from Curtis If you want to tip the daily balance from shallow work to deep work, my buddy Curtis in British …

2016-04-11: First Competition of the Year for Ethan Ethan played in his first competition of the year at Paisley Golf Club. He's still struggling with …

2016-04-11: Blog Bursts I've found it hard to maintain a steady level of posting. Seems like I'm in a continual state of …

2016-04-06: Installed aText, migrated snippets across and uninstalled TextExpander. Time to move on now.

2016-04-06: Alternatives to TextExpander? I love using TextExpander. I use it everyday for all manner of things. It's not completely …

2016-04-06: Smart Writing I applaud Moleskine for their determination to break into the digital world with their new Smart …

2016-04-06: Just Resting It's been a quiet here. I've got the week off and I'm enjoying some time away from the computer. …

2016-04-06: The Definitive Trilogy Courtesy of Nicholas Bate.

2016-04-06: Forget Flying Cars I'd rather have one of these in the driveway.

2016-04-05: And on the same day @medium announce a way for writers to get paid for their content. Good move!

2016-04-05: Can’t say I’m a fan of the new @textexpander subscription. I like paying for software I use …

2016-04-04: Finally. A week off. Glad that I put the MacBook in for its battery replacement this week. No …

2016-04-01: Let's be consistent ... ... with Nicholas Bate as our guide.

2016-04-01: What is Art? I love Tanmay's definition of art. Art isn’t just about doing fancy stuff or indulging into …

2016-04-01: Fixie Friday - Polished Cannondale Track A photo posted by A. Danger (@adangerpdx) on Mar 27, 2016 at 7:46am PDT

2016-03-30: SQL Server Mgmt Studio could really do with Sublime Text’s “Goto Anything” feature. Navigating the …

2016-03-30: It’s good to be shipping. #thewebdevlife

2016-03-28: Ubuntu Tablet A tablet that runs Ubuntu is now available for pre-order. I've toyed with the idea of adding a …

2016-03-28: The Beginning of Markdown John Gruber's early notes on the beginning of Markdown. Just another idea in a notebook. via The …

2016-03-28: Lots to do ... ... on Planet Earth. Let's start with the first one. Celebrate more often: you've got a place on …

2016-03-25: It's All You Need Pen and paper.

2016-03-25: Some Ideas for DailyMuse It’s been a while since I updated my daily email service, DailyMuse. It’s a year old now and I’m …

2016-03-23: Anyone got any pointers to finding topics to blog about from a web dev perspective?

2016-03-23: Morning Pages Update For six months now I've been writing my morning pages every weekday morning. The idea of morning …

2016-03-23: LENKR Wooden Handlebars Very nice. via PEDAL Consumption

2016-03-23: Field Notes Wallet I seen this very nice wallet on Tools and Toys and the first thing I thought was, "There's no …

2016-03-21: The Pitfall of Free Services There's little doubt that the world wants free online services. Darren Rovell's poll on Twitter …

2016-03-21: Too Late for Twitter? I love this idea of paying a subscription fee for using Twitter, but I fear that it might be too …

2016-03-21: Start Simple With current trends towards front end frameworks and micro-services, it's refreshing to see advice …

2016-03-15: More Raspberry Pi Goodies The recent release of the Raspberry Pi 3 and now Western Digital's new dedicated PiDrive makes the …

2016-03-15: Special Thanks Taking time out from the usual run of links and posts to say thanks to Curtis, Michael, Kurt, …

2016-03-11: Little Daily Actions These are the actions that could change your world. Forget the bold gesture. Don't bank on the big …

2016-03-11: Tracking A fantastic write up of your average day being tracked. A couple of weeks ago I went to the local …

2016-03-11: Fixie Friday - NEUKLN V1 Frameset Gotta love the raw polished finish on this bike from 8bar. via 8bar bikes

2016-03-10: I love the possibilities that “rails new” brings. So many things we can build.

2016-03-10: The Concentration of Power in Journalism A great post about how the concentration of power in journalism now lies with technology providers …

2016-03-10: Reviewed: On Writing Well I finally finished William Zinsser's On Writing Well last night. I've been making slow progress …

2016-03-09: Ulysses for iPhone Ulysses is now out for the iPhone. Having used it on my MacBook for a couple of weeks, I might still …

2016-03-09: Axe Review Minus Zombies An axe review with no mention of its use for taking down the odd zombie. Rick Grimes would not …

2016-03-09: The Freewrite I like the idea of the Freewrite, but I would never buy one. It creates a sense of being a …

2016-03-09: Are ISVs like this so paranoid about their product that they have to restrict access to videos that …

2016-03-09: To watch a demo of a reporting server tool being used to embed a report I have to sign in to the …

2016-03-09: ISVs that invoke insane levels of protection on the demoing of their products are closing the door …

2016-03-09: Falling Out With Twitter It's happening again. I'm falling out of favour with Twitter. Last night I thumbed through about six …

2016-03-04: The Ongoing Art of Handwriting It will never die. I write now more than I ever did. The growing collection of notebooks and pens on …

2016-03-03: Just discovered the Mac gamma setting on my Dell monitor. Only had the monitor for a year. #rtfm …

2016-03-02: The New Knog Oi Bike Bell A bike bell that doesn't look like a bike bell. How is it that it's taken this long for someone to …

2016-03-02: Thanks to @dnsimple and @cloud66 for making SSL upgrades simple to do. Took me just a few minutes to …

2016-03-01: Apple Wins Major Court Victory Apple received a boost in its fight against the FBI after a judge ruled in Apple's favour. Judge …

2016-03-01: Free Books Yes, you heard me right. Nicholas Bate has added a number of digital books to his growing list of …

2016-02-29: The missing step is often the most valued step. Thanks Michael!

2016-02-29: Where is Everybody? Last week my wife Jennifer was looking for something to read during her lunch break. She stumbled …

2016-02-26: On Writing Well - Technical Writing While reading On Writing Well last night, I was glad to have found the section on technical writing. …

2016-02-25: The Morning Routine The morning routine is going well since officially embarking on it around November of last year. …

2016-02-25: Book Recommendation of the Month Patrick Rhone's book Enough. Buy it, read it love it and then read it again. I'll still be reading …

2016-02-25: Benjamin Franklin and Scheduling A schedule, just like a financial budget, is there for the purpose of serving my goals. A schedule …

2016-02-25: I’ve been using Sublime Text 3 all week as my text editor. Is it just me or is the speed …

2016-02-24: Did I miss the memo? Where’s the Mandrill addon for @heroku?

2016-02-23: Signing Off No, not me. It's an idea proposed by Kurt Harden. And I have to say, it sounds like a great idea. …

2016-02-23: Less Noise I’m a user and fan of the private social networking app Path. I love the constraints on their …

2016-02-21: The Jeb Gamble Jeb Bush has ended his 2016 presidential campaign. Bush, the son and brother of US presidents, made …

2016-02-19: Be nice if @duckduckgo’s instant answers were wrapped in a native desktop wrapper. One app, …

2016-02-19: Fixie Friday - Aventon Mataro via Primicicli

2016-02-17: 1Password for Families AgileBits have announced their new plan for families. It’s never been easier to share 1Password …

2016-02-17: Revision Notes ... ... for the career you love. Thanks NB!

2016-02-16: Home Values Kurt Harden loves the family life at home and makes it a top priority. At lunch, I was able to …

2016-02-16: Social Media: The Best Of, The Worst Of As I'm writing this in my editor in Ghost, the title reads "Social Media Sucks". Yeah, I …

2016-02-16: Shawn Blancs iPhone Apps and Workflows I love reading posts like this. Discovering how different people tweak the home screens on their …

2016-02-16: Ghost are Moving Ghost's plan to relocate their business to Singapore is a blow to innovative internet businesses in …

2016-02-16: 4/ People here are mostly decent, but I do wish there was a better way of putting out these mobs and …

2016-02-16: 3/ It’s times like that I wonder myself why the fuck I spend time here and then I remember the …

2016-02-16: 2/ The Twitter mob rule seems to be one wrong move and you’re out. Must be hard being perfect …

2016-02-16: 1/ So Stephen fry becomes the latest casualty of the Twitter mob. I don’t blame him for …

2016-02-15: The Vastness of Space It's stuff like this that just boggles my mind. Compared with the overall vastness of space, the …

2016-02-15: Just watched Ethan complete a 60 and 0 game on #starwarsbattlefront. “I’ve never been so …

2016-02-13: Just opened Tweetdeck in the browser for the first time in a while. Actually quite a good Twitter …

2016-02-12: Fixie Friday - Cipolinni Cannondale Track The classic red and yellow colours of team Saeco brings back a few memories of watching Cipo. via …

2016-02-11: Do I Need LinkedIn as a Freelancer? LinkedIn. The social network for the workplace. I have something of a lax attitude towards it. I …

2016-02-11: Sure it’s easy to distinguish them in the picture but try looking at them on at the top of …

2016-02-10: The Sherp I definitely want one of these. Someday, civilization will collapse. It is with that knowledge …

2016-02-10: Firewatch A new game on the PS4 and PC that puts you in the role as a fire lookout in a national park in …

2016-02-10: Hawking's Reith Lecture An amazing illustrated guide to Stephen Hawking's wonderful second Reith lecture on black holes.

2016-02-09: If I had more say in the decision with the client I would have chosen Sinatra instead of Rails for …

2016-02-08: +1 for a zombie emoji. Describes exactly how l feel right now. And no, staying up watching the Super …

2016-02-08: Catching up on Super Bowl highlights. Well done the @Broncos. If it’s Peyton’s last …

2016-02-07: Chicken Nuggets and Twitter The perfect analogy of the relationship between Twitter and the user's of Twitter. I don't think …

2016-02-07: If Twitter was to stop tomorrow then I’m glad I still use an RSS reader to stay up to date …

2016-02-07: Social media isn’t the Internet. There’s a lot of people that don’t know that or …

2016-02-07: 6/ Reserve judgement for when you have used it. Until then, you’ve no facts to base your …

2016-02-07: 5/ Also Twitter is free so while I might not agree with all of their new features I can’t …

2016-02-07: 4/ If you’re threatening to leave Twitter over it then I do think you’re overreacting. …

2016-02-07: 3/ The “while you were away” sections of the timeline are quite handy. I don’t …

2016-02-07: 2/ You can always opt out of using the new timeline as well. That’s good. #twittertimeline

2016-02-07: 1/ This new “out of order” timeline doesn’t sound bad at all. It will be mostly in …

2016-02-05: Feedbin's Great New Feature Feedbin just won the Internet. Email newsletters direct to your Feedbin. What a great feature!

2016-02-05: Mail is Proven This week I had something of an issue involving my email and a feature in my CRM that I wanted to …

2016-02-05: The Career Manifesto Courtesy of Michael Wade*. I know the perfect place for this little gem. *(Sign up required, but it …

2016-02-05: 2nd session of circuit training done this week. That two sessions, two weeks running. Just need to …

2016-02-05: Fixie Friday - 8Bar KRZBERG V6 Love the colour! via 8bar Bikes, original source

2016-02-05: Best GoPro Use Ever We've all seen them. People showing off their GoPro footage of a mountain bike run down the alps, …

2016-02-04: Don’t underestimate the power of a client who is easy to talk to and always helpful.

2016-02-04: Props to the @highrise support team who replied to my support query this morning. Great product and …

2016-02-03: Mastery I've been reading George Leonard's book, Mastery. It was recommended by fellow blogger Nicholas …

2016-02-03: Facebook at Work I'll be surprised if this is as big a thing as Facebook. I can thing of a few things off the bat …

2016-02-02: I’ve got just under 70 followers on Medium and I haven’t posted anything.

2016-02-02: It’s not all bad though. Got The Beatles playing in the background.

2016-02-02: Everyone else in bed. Just me, the laptop and mountain of changes to do for a client. Best get …

2016-02-01: 1000 tweets! Feels like 2008 all over again.

2016-01-29: As soon as it hits 5pm it’s beer, burgers and then battlefront (the Star Wars kind).

2016-01-29: Pushing Words Daily Pushing words out even when I don’t have a lot of things I think others will care about is a …

2016-01-29: Spring Semester is Here And so is productivity revision time with Nicholas Bate.

2016-01-29: Fixie Friday - Bellitanner NYC Cab Belt drive fixie. That's a first for here (I think!). via Bellitanner Bikes

2016-01-29: Is it beer o’clock yet?

2016-01-28: Still Using Gauges A few weeks ago I wrote about how I was still using Feedbin as my goto RSS Reader. Well it seems …

2016-01-28: Declined another LinkedIn request from a Dynamics NAV recruiter. When are they going to start …

2016-01-28: Rails Concerns. So bloody useful.

2016-01-27: Impeccable Taste Last week was the funeral service for my uncle who suddenly passed away a couple of weeks earlier. …

2016-01-27: The Off Switch Remember the off switch? Thankfully, I have another option available to me that other might not …

2016-01-27: Busy or Thinking? Paul Jarvis writes about the uncomfortable silence that is doing nothing but thinking. The biggest …

2016-01-26: Hey @twitter, if you’re not going to put lists on the timeline page, then at least let me …

2016-01-26: Tiered Twitter It seems Twitter is turning off ads for it's highest engaging users. Matt Gemmell has doubts about …

2016-01-26: Ethan: “Oh man. I only got one kill with Boba Fett. That’s so embarrassing.” Ethan …

2016-01-26: I still think the shortcut-key to send an email in Mail is weird. CMD+SHIFT+D where D is deliver?

2016-01-25: Asking me to estimate on the spot isn’t an estimate. It’s a guess and not even a good …

2016-01-24: That was a DRIVE! #NEvsDEN

2016-01-23: How Belle Beth Cooper Uses Todoist Belle Beth Cooper's in-depth write up about how she manages tasks and projects is recommended for …

2016-01-23: The Reading List Thought I would publish my reading list to the world. Definitely helpful to have a Trello board for …

2016-01-22: Mighty mouse usually disconnects when I accidentally bump it from the side of my keyboard. More …

2016-01-22: Remember the days of wired keyboards and mice and they just worked, like all the fucking time. I …

2016-01-22: Fixie Friday - Greyhound P & B Love the matt finish on this bike. via FGGT

2016-01-21: Anywhere But Medium Dave Winer on the drawbacks to hosting your writing in the newest walled garden, Medium. Medium is …

2016-01-21: Essential Kitchen Gear ... over at Tools & Toys.

2016-01-21: Review - The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet It's been 4 days since our Amazon Fire 7 tablet arrived in the post. The idea behind buying the …

2016-01-18: Ethan still off school with tonsillitis and a pulled muscle in his leg. He doesn’t do things …

2016-01-17: Fairly new to the whole Android thing, so any recommendations for a Markdown editor on Android that …

2016-01-17: Just watched #coingate from the #GBvsAZ game. Aside from it going to Arizona, that takes some skill …

2016-01-17: Got an Amazon Fire 7 ordered. For the money you can’t beat it for the kids to use. I’ll …

2016-01-16: Predictions for the NFL divisional games this weekend. Wins for Patriots, Packers, Panthers and …

2016-01-15: Recommended Reading This week I subscribed to the writing blog of Wally Bock. Love what I've been reading so far from …

2016-01-15: Fixie Friday - Bishop Bikes Track Love the detailing on this bike. Absolutely amazing work. via Cycle EXIF

2016-01-14: Dear @twitter, please put lists within easy reach in the web client. Cheers, Matthew

2016-01-14: 5 Words 1 Rule It's as simple as that.

2016-01-14: A Canvas Made of Pixels Clay Bavor's large scale digital canvas is a fantastic use of technology. Even the frame is made to …

2016-01-13: Yet again I’m toying with the idea of deleting my LinkedIn account. Is this career suicide for …

2016-01-13: Just discovered you can start a new email from @alfredapp. Doh! #rtfm

2016-01-12: Has Web Development Gone To Shit? There was me thinking I was absolutely bonkers for not falling head over heels in love with the …

2016-01-12: Four Essentials for a Winning Proposal Curtis McHale continues his look into winning proposals with a look at four essentials for any …

2016-01-12: Reconsidering Moleskine Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk does an extensive comparison of three of Moleskine's …

2016-01-11: Considering Writing a Book? Consider these gems from Nicholas Bate.

2016-01-11: The Family Business Kurt's family business is ticking over nicely as the winter break comes to an end. My wife and I …

2016-01-11: 2 for 4 on the wildcard weekend predictions, not bad. Good to see the Packers back to good form.

2016-01-09: Predictions for the NFL wildcard weekend. Wins for the Chiefs, Bengals, Vikings and Packers.

2016-01-08: World Sketchnote Day World Sketchnote Day is coming! If you're new to sketchnotes then this is a great way to start the …

2016-01-08: The Playlist of All Playlists Meticulously compiled by Kurt. Enjoy!

2016-01-08: I’ve been re-discovering a few blogs I used to follow years ago but moved away from. Nice to find …

2016-01-06: Simplifying Last week I was toying with the idea of switching from Todoist to Wunderlist. The quick path out was …

2016-01-06: Understanding Others Understanding other people is a tall order because everybody is different—but that’s what makes life …

2016-01-06: Daily Moleskine Art Brought to you by Tom Joyce. I love these. Reminds me of the Slaine series from 2000AD.

2016-01-05: Old ... ... but certainly not busted. Marco Arment takes a look at why the 2012 non-Retina MacBook Pro is …

2016-01-05: Caesura Letters 2.0 Caesura Letters, my daily dose of deep reading, is now freely available for all. I've been reading …

2016-01-04: There’s a lotta love out the for Tom Coughlin. Shame his coaching career didn’t end on a …

2016-01-04: Jen and Drew are napping, Ethan is playing Star Wars Battlefront and I’m working. There’s something …

2016-01-04: I’ll happily pay for an OSX app that opens my apps full-size or with another app in a split pane. …

2016-01-04: Cramped Commonplacing Today's commonplace entry courtesy of Nicholas Bate's learning tips. My Kaweco fountain pen was …

2016-01-04: Most Amazing Lego Millennium Falcon Ever! A Star Wars fan has spent a year building the ultimate Lego Millennium Falcon. Absolutely amazing. I …

2016-01-03: Remember Blogrolls? You know what I miss? I miss blog rolls, where authors would list their favourite sites on their …

2016-01-03: The Blogroll Remember blogrolls? So do I. They were a great way of finding other blogs to follow. Here's a …

2016-01-03: The Website Obesity Crisis Maciej Cegłowski, the creator of Pinboard, highlights the growing obesity of the web and what can be …

2016-01-02: Start With a Page Write a page a day and in 12 months you'll have the makings of a novel. Study a nation a month and …

2016-01-01: More and Less Love Kurt's more and less theme for 2016.

2016-01-01: Happy New Year! That's it. The end of another year and the start of a new one. Start as you mean to go one they say …

2015-12-31: The one feature I wanted to see in Twitter’s Mac client and it’s not there. Back to Tweetbot it is …

2015-12-26: Jen’s mixing her drinks again. Lemsip in one cup and tea in the other.

2015-12-25: Best Christmas present this morning was the kids not waking up until 8:45am!

2015-12-25: Wishing you all a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! 🎄☃

2015-12-24: “Spoiler warning: This piece contains major spoilers for The Force Awakens.” - …

2015-12-24: Time for New Lights? Maybe. My Knog lights are still going strong and they're holding their charge well. Despite that, …

2015-12-24: Star Wars Brawl Print Love this. via Kottke.org

2015-12-24: Need Wallpaper That Rocks? Louie Mantia has great wallpaper designs. I've started using some of these for Trello board …

2015-12-23: It’s been a joy to use Ghost for blogging over the last few months. Managed hosting, simple …

2015-12-23: The joys of having your kid playing #StarWarsBattlefront while you work. “Look Dad! I can make the …

2015-12-23: The Ice Storm of 2013 I was just reminded this morning that it was two years ago that the ice storm hit Toronto and the …

2015-12-22: Turning down client work again due to my availability. Can only be a good thing right?

2015-12-22: My Now Page My now page is live. Is yours? Thanks to Derek Sivers for the idea.

2015-12-22: What I'm Doing Now Photo by myself after an ice storm hit Toronto in 2013. Aside from putting my family first and …

2015-12-21: A Christmas Tradition Tonight marks the start of one of my Christmas traditions. The annual reading of A Christmas Carol. …

2015-12-21: Another Insight from Arizona I've added this one to my DailyMuse collection. There is much that you want to do and much that can …

2015-12-21: The only thing I was annoyed at was the audience. No whoops or cheers when the movie started. We …

2015-12-21: I did read a few tweets about disappointing characters but I think they will evolve in the next …

2015-12-21: I finally got to see The Force Awakens last night. Loved it. Absolutely loved it.

2015-12-20: Thanks JJ. Great movie!

2015-12-18: Fixie Friday - Icelandic Green Cannondale Track This is it. The last one of the year folks and what better way to finish this year's Fixie Friday …

2015-12-18: DuckDuckGo: Still Growing Great to see that DuckDuckGo is still growing. Through Dec. 15, DuckDuckGo received 3.25 billion …

2015-12-16: All I can say is thank goodness for other apps like Tweetbot that don’t have this and hopefully …

2015-12-16: Seen the new Moments feature on the Twitter’s website and iOS app. Not that taken with it. Does it …

2015-12-11: #WelcomeToCanada. Best hashtag ever. Honestly.

2015-12-11: Kill, Commit or Transform Your Writing I'll be honest. I'm probably not the ideal person to be giving advice on writing but here's a little …

2015-12-11: Want to be an Expert? Follow the seven steps from Nicholas Bate. There's no shortcuts or life hacks to this. Just honest …

2015-12-09: Goodbye Carousel and Mailbox Dropbox has decided to call it a day on their photo management app Carousel and the email client …

2015-12-09: It's Journal Day My plan for celebrating the day (which, truthfully, I started last night) is to open up past year’s …

2015-12-08: Crazy iPhone battery case theory - it’s actually there to stop the iPhone bending in your …

2015-12-08: Obviously as someone who hasn’t used Mailbox I might be wrong but Mail app isn’t the …

2015-12-08: I know Mail app might not have all the bells and whistles that Mailbox has but it gets the job done.

2015-12-08: Am I missing something? Dropbox closes down Mailbox. Tweets from people that they have no great …

2015-12-07: Flying Over Pluto “These close-up images, showing the diversity of terrain on Pluto, demonstrate the power of our …

2015-12-07: The Staying Power of the B-52 Makes you wonder why on Earth the US military has needed billions for more advanced bombers when …

2015-12-07: Still Using Feedbin A while a go I wrote about my move to Feedbin from Feedly and my reasons for the move. At the time I …

2015-12-07: The Mixtape radio station on Apple Music. The BBC Radio 2 equivalent for an Apple generation.

2015-12-04: Can I get some recommendations for an iPad Mini 4 case please? No keyboard cases, just a case that …

2015-12-04: That Throw, That Catch, Just One More Time This is why I love American football.

2015-12-04: Want More Time? Yes please! Another great new series from NB.

2015-12-04: Public Square of Me A nice reminder that there are more pressing matters in the world than the growing number of icons …

2015-12-04: CleanMyMac’s non-responsive feature is now non-responsive. I would grab a screenshot but even …

2015-12-03: An app or process is sucking the life out my MBP. Rebooting about three times a day now. Grrr.

2015-12-02: In the last month I’ve got a client using pull requests, review apps and AB testing. I wonder if I …

2015-12-01: Evolution of the Bicycle Evolution of the Bicycle from Visual Artwork on Vimeo. A wonderful video showing the different …

2015-12-01: Miniature Space Tilt shifting is the effect used in photography to simulate a miniature scene, but I've never seen …

2015-12-01: Another bookmarklet for the list Brett's latest bookmarklet is great for programmer. Turns code blocks into plain text and make them …

2015-12-01: Culling the Email Subscriptions I've been a fan of email subscriptions for a long time. The direct delivery to your inbox might not …

2015-12-01: A shocking state of affairs. There are no biscuits in the house. How I am supposed to get any work …

2015-11-27: Nothing Scheduled, Nothing Gained This blog has been gradually winding down in activity for the last few weeks. You've probably …

2015-11-26: I had no idea that Tweetbot on OS X allowed you to create columns based on lists and searches. Nice!

2015-11-26: Still haven’t bought a Raspberry Pi but I’m finding it hard to find a reason not too. A couple of …

2015-11-25: Over at the bothy ... ... I'm breaking down the technical debt concept for product stakeholders.

2015-11-25: Captain America: Civil War - Trailer The Cap movies are my favourites in the MCU and the series looks to get even better with Civil War …

2015-11-25: Good selection of NFL games coming to the UK next year.

2015-11-25: I need a new analogy for software as a service for a client. Maybe airplanes. Would you fly on an …

2015-11-24: The kind I can scribble in the margins. Can’t scribble on a Kindle. It makes a mess of the …

2015-11-24: I need to order myself a stack of books. Not the Kindle kind, the physical kind.

2015-11-24: Me and Jen have talked about emigrating to Canada, but the houses prices have always put us off. …

2015-11-20: Fixie Friday - P&B Greyhound Lovely build! via FGGT, photo by Arregui Velázquez

2015-11-20: Recommendations for a OS X SQL Server client? Anything that helps me manage all the objects in the …

2015-11-19: Like Buses Kickstarter campaigns are like buses. Nothing for ages then two come along at the same time. This …

2015-11-19: Christmas Holiday Tradition? Black Friday does not mean shopping; it means we watch the first Christmas movies of the year - Die …

2015-11-19: For the #sqlserver folks. Is there any advantages to using decimals as your primary key rather than …

2015-11-19: Developers can handle the multiple environments well enough with the command line, but its not for …

2015-11-19: The plan is to reserve the staging environment for pushes from the master branch. Once tested …

2015-11-19: The previous staging environment was used to test different branches, but it became a block. Review …

2015-11-19: Half the battle of this has been helping the client decide how best to use multiple environments for …

2015-11-19: Almost there with getting a client setup on @heroku’s pipeline feature. Review apps are set …

2015-11-18: Spent an hour using @careteditor tonight. Nice features that make it stand out from other Markdown …

2015-11-18: I’ve downloaded and installed Firefox Developer Edition out of curiosity. Just wondering if it …

2015-11-18: Is there any advantage to using Firefox Developer Edition over Firefox or any other browser?

2015-11-17: Kickstarted: The Baron Fig Squire Pen I haven't backed anything on Kickstarter yet. I missed the Baron Fig notebook and the Bullet …

2015-11-17: Your Ideal Week Suddenly, everything was dark, and I realized that I was in bed and it was time to face another day …

2015-11-17: I could do with a suite of tests right about now.

2015-11-17: Looks like I’m not worthy to be testing @github’s new repo design. Guess I’ll just …

2015-11-16: Another friendly customer experience from the staff at the Braehead Apple Store.

2015-11-14: No Words During times like this I tend to reserve commenting on social media. As NB puts it, "some days …

2015-11-13: Planned Basic Income For All in Finland In its final version, the basic income would replace other benefits people currently receive, and …

2015-11-13: Fixie Friday - RAW Santafixie Team via FGGT

2015-11-13: Catching up with some podcasts on @OvercastFM this morning. Great to so many of the features in the …

2015-11-12: I still wonder if the ultimate goal of Apple is to bring iOS and OS X together somehow.

2015-11-12: I’m using an MBP just now but I reckon I could move down to a new MacBook. iPad Pro as a main …

2015-11-12: Read a few articles about people being able to switch to iPad Pro from their current laptop. Think …

2015-11-12: I do wish @slack’s formatting just used @gruber’s Markdown as a starting point.

2015-11-11: So I gave the first few episodes of Sons of Anarchy a go. Good programme but I can’t see me …

2015-11-11: Finally deleted my @appdotnet account. It’s like a ghost town now.

2015-11-11: Some Goodies from NB A little present from Nicholas Bate in the post last week. Just getting round to looking at them …

2015-11-11: Honest Work I wanted to make a product and sell it directly to people who’d care about its quality. There’s an …

2015-11-11: Finding Dory Finding Nemo was one of Ethan's favourites, perhaps this one will be one of Drew's favourites. …

2015-11-11: Spoiled for Choice There are too many easy choices. I've noticed that retail stores and their vast volume of products …

2015-11-11: Twitter is far from perfect but the it’s gradually getting there. It is improving.

2015-11-11: I had great intentions of going back to using @appdotnet for a while there but it still feels like a …

2015-11-11: Pretty hard to get psyched about something if the founder isn’t using it.

2015-11-09: Resilience ... the full story by NB.

2015-11-04: The Ideal Life Another great post by Curtis McHale. This time on what your ideal life would be. Here's a hint. It's …

2015-11-04: Hearts or Stars? The latest update to Twitter has seen the replacement of the favourite action with a star to a like …

2015-11-04: If hearts aren’t your thing I’m pretty sure @appdotnet still use stars.

2015-11-04: Twitter’s new strategy: Make enough changes on Twitter to keep people tweeting.

2015-11-03: Starbucks red cups are out and I’ve only seen one tweet that references “the red cups …

2015-11-02: The Beautiful Bullet Journal of Kara Benz. I'm still intrigued by the Bullet Journal and it's place in my toolset. Especially …

2015-11-02: Got a Plan? Nicholas Bate does and so should you.

2015-11-01: Disappointed to hear that @GlenAbbeyGC may be redeveloped into housing and retail.

2015-10-30: The Dreaded About Me Page Two words that fill me with dread. About me. I don't mind writing about a lot of things, but one …

2015-10-30: Fixie Friday - Aero Commuter via Cycle EXIF

2015-10-30: The Mobile Writer Tools & Toys has another fantastic guide. This time it's the tools needed for writers that …

2015-10-30: A Morning Routine ... with a difference. No to do lists here.

2015-10-30: Hobbiton or Oxford? Amazing that Tolkien's work is still being found.

2015-10-30: The Path to Resilience Continues ... with Nicholas Bate.

2015-10-28: Reasons To Write Four reasons in fact. Here's an excerpt from the first reason, validate your expertise: Someone …

2015-10-28: Write Like You Talk I try to write in this style for longer posts. People have commented on this in the past but I never …

2015-10-28: Show Up Kurt Harden has some simple but effective advice for your career. Show up - Showing up plays a …

2015-10-27: Just ran 4km in 30 minutes. Is that good? It’s the first time I’ve ran any considerable …

2015-10-23: groan Wasn’t the 400 lines of JavaScript I wrote for this project enough? Evidently not.

2015-10-23: Fixie Friday - AllFixedGear Specialized Langster Nice to see the AllFixedGear crowd have a Langster in their group. via AllFixedGear

2015-10-23: Saying Thank You Steven Pressfield offers a top tip for making a lasting impression. Say thank you As in, on a card. …

2015-10-23: Feedbin Gets Image Previews My favourite RSS reader has a great new feature, image previews.

2015-10-21: The Now Page Movement People often ask me what I’m doing now. Each time I would type out a reply, describing where I’m at, …

2015-10-20: Blog migration to Ghost has went rather well. Pleased with it so far.

2015-10-20: I bought tickets for #StarWars last night. Between the game release next month and the movie the …

2015-10-20: Final Star Wars VII Trailer Tickets booked. Can't wait!

2015-10-20: Better Strategic Plans ... with Nicholas Bate. Yip, definitely time to do things differently.

2015-10-20: Lists As a kid, I remember my father at the dining room table in the morning jotting down his to-do list …

2015-10-19: Thanks! I'll get in touch as soon as I can.

2015-10-19: Contact Me Interested in working with me? Fill in your details below and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. …

2015-10-19: About Me I'm a freelance Web Developer from the UK. I build high quality web application solutions using Ruby …

2015-10-19: Playgrounds A nice reminder that while places like Medium allow you to share your writing easily, you're still …

2015-10-19: New Digs For about two years now I’ve been a user of the static blogging engine Jekyll. In that time I’ve …

2015-10-08: Medium’s recent changes to allow you to use your own domain have me intrigued.

2015-10-06: Field Notes Planner Field Notes have joined the ranks of paper planners with their own take on a planner. I love the …

2015-10-06: Plant Trees, Be Productive Forest is an app that tries to help you concentrate by giving you the incentive of creating a …

2015-10-06: Still re-discovering people that I was following on Twitter before I deleted my account.

2015-10-05: Brief assessment from using Tweetbot 4 for the last few days: Nice features but for me the official …

2015-10-04: Clyde Timelapse A superb autumn night captured by Ian Dick. via iand.net

2015-10-04: Find Yourself Patrick Rhone is back from his personal retreat. Like Thoreau’s Walden Pond cabin, each hermitage …

2015-10-04: First Sketchnote Always great to see what people have done for their first sketchnote. Learning to #sketchnote with …

2015-10-04: Sustainable Services At a buck or few per app, how could it be otherwise? That type of pricing will work for Angry Birds …

2015-10-02: So you still can’t rename spaces in El Capitan then?

2015-10-01: The Paper Revolution Is paper making a comeback or did it simply refuse to budge from the digital invaders? When reports …

2015-10-01: Curious to know if any OS X users have ditched Alfred in favour of Spotlight since the Yosemite …

2015-10-01: Pinned tabs in Safari. Finally!

2015-09-30: Amazing Sketchnotes by Tanmay Vora. Amazing stuff!

2015-09-30: Morning Pages Milestone Yesterday I reached something of a milestone. I filled the Volant Moleskine notebook that I was …

2015-09-30: New Bike Frame Material? Can't wait to see if it can be used as a frame material for bikes. Today a team of material …

2015-09-30: Well Played I started the El Capitan upgrade process last night by kick starting the download before I went to …

2015-09-29: The X-Files Is Looking Good Me and Jen watched this religiously years ago. It's great to see it coming back.

2015-09-27: Always Good Always good to see a website I worked on go live.

2015-09-27: How the Night Sky Should Look It would be amazing if the night sky looked like this.

2015-09-27: New Website for Caesura Letters New website but always the same great content.

2015-09-27: Investigating an error on DailyMuse today. Full service should resume tomorrow.

2015-09-25: Pizzas and beers tonight. It’s been a long week. I deserve it.

2015-09-23: Client Work is Enough In the last few months I've made an interesting discovery. I'm crap at building and marketing …

2015-09-23: Saying No A quick story about Steven Pressfield and the power of saying no. After an incredibly difficult …

2015-09-23: The Right Effort I participate when directly engaged. I try to make sure that what I’m posting is of a positive …

2015-09-22: Hunter-Gatherer ... The complete list. One of NB's best in my opinion. Definitely in the top five.

2015-09-22: Three Is Enough One index card, three words. That's all it takes.

2015-09-21: It Arrived! My Hobonichi Techo planner arrived yesterday. Still can't get over how small it is. Can't wait now …

2015-09-21: Stuff Simplification A good three step guide to de-cluttering from NB.

2015-09-21: Winning Isn't Everything In a shock turnaround, Marco Arment has pulled his ad blocking app, Peace, from the App Store. Later …

2015-09-17: Fractured Days A writer has to focus. She can’t just flip a switch and start grinding. She needs time to settle …

2015-09-17: My Opinion on Medium is Changing Ever since Medium opened its doors to the world it has attracted fans and critics. People that use …

2015-09-17: The Playlist I loved Patrick's idea for his commonplace book, Core. I've started collecting a few choice snippets …

2015-09-17: Why Do I Like To Write? Jason Fried answers this on Twitter. Why do I like to write? Because words are fucking fun to play …

2015-09-16: Posting Rhythm The new posting rhythm continues. A snippet and a couple of link posts each day. I'm publishing …

2015-09-15: How to Read a Book There's reading and there's reading. Find out the difference. via Sandbox Rim

2015-09-14: Hobonichi Techo Planner Ordered I missed out on getting one of these last year but I wasn't going to make that same mistake twice. …

2015-09-14: Ignore the Trivial Many More wise words from NB. There is another way: work from a 3 by 5 card which highlights your vital …

2015-09-14: Thanks everyone for the keyboard recommendations from yesterday and thanks @patrickrhone for the RT.

2015-09-13: Breaking Tradition Myself an Jennifer made a decision over the weekend that will break a minor tradition in the family. …

2015-09-13: Hunter-Gatherer for the Digital Age ... by our bushcraft guide Nicholas Bate.

2015-09-13: Sunday is for Baseball To me the sports are not comparable; they are simply different games. I prefer to watch football in …

2015-09-13: Can I have your OS X wireless keyboard recommendations please?

2015-09-11: Playing the DNS propagation waiting game.

2015-09-11: Thanks to everyone who emailed and DM’d to keep my blog going!

2015-09-11: Received a word document that a school wants to use as a web page. Feels like the late 90s all over …

2015-09-10: I should really use AirDrop more often. Such an understated feature of OS X and iOS.

2015-09-10: Using Ruby on Rails with SQL Server. I didn’t think I would ever have to do work with SQL …

2015-09-10: I like the new AppleTV. Don’t think much of the iPad Pro but only because I can’t use it …

2015-09-09: Drowning in Digital I regularly go through the feeling of drowning in digital. I like being online and everything that …

2015-09-09: iA Writer 3 I love how iA have opened up with their iA Writer 3 release: If you came here to read about …

2015-09-06: Books: Dead-tree or Digital? Just a question for you all. What's your criteria for deciding whether to buy a book in dead-tree …

2015-09-06: Fixing Twitter Dustin Curtis weighs in with some areas where Twitter needs to do better. I completely agree. And …

2015-09-06: The Digital Struggle I've been struggling to find the motivation to write here. I've had my finger on the digital implode …

2015-09-03: Happy Blogiversary to Cultural Offering 8 years and still going strong. Well done Kurt!

2015-09-03: Skulls and Monsters and Demons! Oh My! Some truly amazing work by Tom Joyce.

2015-09-03: Thanks Nicholas I love getting stuff in the mail from Nicholas Bate.

2015-09-03: On lighter news here’s a free business idea. A newsletter that aggregates all the best bits …

2015-09-02: Started using Heroku’s new pipelines feature. No complaints so far with it. Also a much easier …

2015-09-02: I just clicked the language details bar on a repo for the first time in GitHub.

2015-09-02: Just wondering. With all the focus on iOS 9 being able to block ads, will Apple’s policy …

2015-09-01: Playing The Long Game Patrick Rhone is playing the long game on goals. Maybe you should too? The smart players, at best, …

2015-09-01: Project Success from our man in Arizona, Michael Wade. Read on for the minimal plan to project success. Write …

2015-09-01: The Richness of Slow There I was doing my morning pages on the subject of selecting tools to work fast when we want to be …

2015-08-30: Obviously private accounts could be skipped but the rest of the accounts could be added to this …

2015-08-30: It would be nice in Twitter if you could see other people’s timelines as they see them.

2015-08-30: Good luck to Heather, Josh and Jack representing the @ElderslieGolf juniors in finals day today.

2015-08-27: Can Old World Be More Modern? New technology doesn't always qualify as modern.

2015-08-27: Maintaining The Work Life Balance Curtis McHale dispenses seven tactics that help getting the balance right between work and life.

2015-08-27: Morning Pages Should Be Like Skimming Stones The morning pages habit trundles on with my Moleskine Volant notebook filling up by the day. Some …

2015-08-27: Most of the time tech news is much more pleasant to read than the actual news.

2015-08-27: Tech news of the day. Twitter app is going lighter and Instagram is allowing portrait and landscape …

2015-08-26: Living the Life A little reminder that the Internet is simply a facade into people's lives. You need to actually …

2015-08-26: Russian Family Cut Off For 40 Years The amazing story of a family living deep in Siberia without contact with the world for 40 years. …

2015-08-26: Searching for a Worthy Successor to Backpack Do you remember Backpack? If you don't, it was a knowledge base web application where you could …

2015-08-25: How to Ship Great Software Pearls of wisdom from JavaScript laureate, Thomas Fuchs. Don't follow the hype Use what works for …

2015-08-25: Mike Rohde's Sketchnoting Podcast Re-Released I can't wait to get through these. The great thing about these episodes is that they're all fairly …

2015-08-23: Black Notebooks No More Moleskine. Black. Two words that many people might associate with each other and with good reason …

2015-08-23: Everyone Needs a Personal Website I couldn't agree with Matthew on this topic more. Having a personal website is something most …

2015-08-23: Programming Language Commitment I'm not adverse to trying out different programming languages, but the steady stream of new …

2015-08-20: Email Done Right ... with our man from Arizona, Michael Wade.

2015-08-20: Need Fresh Ideas? Nicholas Bate advises you write. A lot.

2015-08-20: Nuclear Explosions: A Visualisation An extremely interesting and yet haunting visualisation of all the nuclear weapons that have …

2015-08-20: The Change Your Thinking Reading List Brought to you by Nicholas Bate.

2015-08-20: Time or Attention? Loved this. So many times I'll say I don't have the time but it's not actually true. I do have the …

2015-08-14: Dammit. Bought Reeder 2 on the MAS then found out today that Reeder 3 is in beta and includes …

2015-08-13: And Talking of Japanese Words ... here's The Art of Manliness with their take on kaizen. The Kaizen approach to self-improvement …

2015-08-13: Challenge and Eliminate Don’t be afraid to challenge prospective clients with goals. Make them work to prove that they’re …

2015-08-12: Japanese Words Ever since I heard about the word kaizen used in Scrum, I've been fascinated how Japanese words can …

2015-08-12: Nights are Fair Drawing In Darker nights mean no more sun blessed evening rides, well at least until next year. Going to make …

2015-08-12: You Don't Need Nicholas Bate with more thought provoking lists of wisdom.

2015-08-10: Focus Backgrounds Distraction free wallpaper by Joe Darnell.

2015-08-10: Infrequent Posting Is Good While I would love to commit to a steady stream of fresh and interesting content here, I'm just too …

2015-08-10: Is Ruby on Rails Still Relevant? It’s a question that I’m seeing on an increasing basis as I venture through the Internet. I’ve seen …

2015-08-10: Patrick's Path Patrick's journey on the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path continues with the right livelihood. I use …

2015-08-07: The Apple Music family plan is worth it for the musical education my boys are getting. Access to …

2015-08-06: An Empty Cartridge I’ve just checked the order on a batch of Pentel pens and refill cartridges I bought from Amazon. It …

2015-08-06: Break Out Read, write, ask, plan, move, start and hold fast. It's all in NB's break out guide.

2015-08-06: Speed Matters An argument that working faster is better. Slowness seems to make a special contribution to this …

2015-08-06: Atom’s startup time is certainly a nuisance but if that’s my only critique of it then I …

2015-08-05: Free Can Be Good If you know me and you read my blog on a regular basis you’ll know that I’m an advocate for paying …

2015-08-05: Measure the Right Things This brings back nightmares of timesheets being used to measure performance. It's a poor way of …

2015-08-05: Star Wars Battlefront - Fighter Squadron Gameplay Star Wars Battlefront just keeps getting more and more awesome. Can't wait for November.

2015-08-05: Work Continues Work begins on a couple of software products. I'm not getting too wrapped up in the finished …

2015-08-04: Putting It Off I’ve been holding onto a few ideas for software products. There’s two in particular that I would …

2015-08-04: The Daily PKM Routine The seek, sense and share workflow of personal knowledge management.

2015-08-04: War of the Words All I can say is thank goodness for books.

2015-08-04: We went through two cabled headsets before I suggested spending more for a wireless headset.

2015-08-02: Less Email ... more talking. That's just one of NB's three rules for managing less email.

2015-08-02: Life or Death on the Roll of the Dice This brought back a few memories. Despite their unique preferences and stylistic tendencies, all of …

2015-08-02: The Rockin' 1000 Forget the Foo Fighters, I'd pay to see this lot sing.

2015-07-30: Be Future-safe A very nice reminder of why I choose to host my own blog rather than opting for a service like …

2015-07-30: The Hobby Writer I've got something of a fascination with writing. It's not that I want to become a writer, although …

2015-07-30: Recruitment agency has sent me a role for a rail engineer. Nice to know that Ruby on Rails attracts …

2015-07-29: Another New Coding Font No sooner do I get settled with Monoid when I hear of another coding font. This time it's the …

2015-07-29: Growing Up Too Fast? I was watching Ethan this morning as he was playing with a friend on the Playstation. A session of …

2015-07-29: Some Recommend Reading ... by Tools and Toys. Something for everyone in the list.

2015-07-29: Another round of golf with Ethan and another good score by him. I wasn’t too bad either!

2015-07-28: Half-way through my first Django project. Impressed with the features of the framework I’ve …

2015-07-28: Playing a round of golf with Ethan tomorrow. Looking forward to it, even if the weather isn’t …

2015-07-27: Hello Atom! About a year ago I made the jump to Vim. Having finally mastered enough of the keystrokes to muster …

2015-07-27: Monoid - Open Source Coding Font Got me a new coding font.

2015-07-27: Need a Boost? Execupundit has you covered. It can be difficult to predict the popularity of topics. Supervision …

2015-07-27: Stop Hurting the Web From time to time friends ask me what they should use if they want to start blogging, and for a …

2015-07-27: Given the choice between using Twitter’s embed snippet or just using a block quote for the …

2015-07-27: Still wondering though how I can gift movies to my father-in-law in Canada for his Apple TV.

2015-07-27: Not bad turnaround for a big company that handles thousands (probably millions) of transactions in a …

2015-07-27: First time I’ve had to contact Apple support for a purchase in the iTunes store. Prompt reply …

2015-07-26: Bold New Start Don't wait for the new year for a bold new start. Start today with Nicholas Bate and reap the …

2015-07-26: Music Recommendation The Last of Us is a fantastic game as is the soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla. Highly recommended …

2015-07-26: Notebook Lost and Found Ana Reinert has a couple of suggestions to ensure your most prized notebooks get back to you.

2015-07-26: Repeating the Basics A tweet by Brian P. Hogan sums up brilliantly what I've been doing in the last two weeks to stay …

2015-07-26: The Pixar Theory Jennifer read this over the weekend and suggested I read it too. With two young kids, a Pixar movie …

2015-07-23: Communities Need Trust When it comes to building communities, there's one essential ingredient that can make or break the …

2015-07-23: Fixie Friday - Affinity Kissena Second Affinity bike I've added in the last few bikes, they really are beautiful looking bikes. via …

2015-07-21: Book Recommendations by Patrick Rhone Another one for the list. Thanks for the recommendation Patrick!

2015-07-21: Down The List Michael Wade sums up well what being productive means: This means working with deliberation and not …

2015-07-21: I Want This The Bradley Mountain Waxed Canvas Utility Roll is one of those products you're going to own for a …

2015-07-21: Save The Web Amazing piece about the changes in the Internet since the glory days of blogging. The …

2015-07-21: T-Shirts ... the ultimate guide.

2015-07-21: Take the Stairs We end up with needlessly difficult lives because we have trouble recognizing ease when it’s hidden …

2015-07-21: The Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen Just dawned on me the other day that I don't currently own a fountain pen so I'm starting a short …

2015-07-20: I had a good week off with the family last week, but it’s back to work this morning.

2015-07-13: Better Photos for Instagram I've become something of a Instagram fan over the last few months, so this was right up my street.

2015-07-13: Naughty Firefox I've been a long-time fan of Mozilla and Firefox but the move to include Pocket in the open-source …

2015-07-13: The 32-Hour Workweek I work four days a week when a client allows it and most usually do but I will make exceptions for …

2015-07-13: The Medium Debate Continues I'm still not a fan of Medium for blogging, but that's just my preference. It is a great place for …

2015-07-11: Had a mini test ride on a Specialized Fatboy today. I’m pretty sure my next bike will be a fat …

2015-07-09: Better Note Taking One study found that taking notes on a computer leads us to transcribe lectures or talks verbatim, …

2015-07-09: Buffer's Transparency Dashboard Special hat tip to Buffer for their transparency dashboard. This is the kind of business I would …

2015-07-09: Fixie Friday - KHS Aero Track via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2015-07-09: Where's the Value In Writing? For the last two weeks I've been writing my morning pages. The fact that I have managed to keep this …

2015-07-07: Need a Better Workspace? Tools & Toys have you covered. Definitely getting me a NeuYear calendar for next year.

2015-07-07: New Han Solo Film Announced A film about the early life of Han Solo has been announced by Disney. Good to see that Disney are …

2015-07-07: Offline Tools When we talk about tools that make us productive, we often refer to products and services that …

2015-07-07: Twitter Overhaul If I unfollowed you on Twitter then don't panic. I've got a bunch of you on lists.

2015-07-07: Victoire Cycles 29er MTB Having ridden the 650b wheel size for the last three months, I've been impressed with the larger …

2015-07-06: Does Your Organisation Pass the NB Audit? Be honest. I'd be surprised if most organisations managed to even get three out of seven on Nicholas …

2015-07-06: Freelance Offers Offers of freelance work have been overflowing in the last couple of days. Good to see.

2015-07-06: Right Intention, Wrong Store It happens to me more times than I care to admit. I take my iPhone out of my pocket, fully intending …

2015-07-05: Are You Bulletproof? And do you need to be? via Nicholas Bate

2015-07-05: Jurassic Mondays Off to the cinema tonight with Ethan to see Jurassic World. Should be good.

2015-07-05: No Regrets I recently read Kurt Harden's list of products he hasn't regretted owning. I decided to carry on …

2015-07-05: Why Young People Should Play Golf This post highlights the benefits that youngsters get from playing golf. Ethan's first year on the …

2015-07-02: Easier Meetings ... with Nicholas Bate's In Three series.

2015-07-02: Fixie Friday - Bob's Custom Titanium Track Who doesn't love titanium? via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2015-07-02: Test Your Problem Solving Skills Interesting insights about how we can solve problems by disproving ideas rather than proving them.

2015-07-02: Writing Again I'm writing again. Trying to get into the habit of writing (not typing) 750 words every morning and …

2015-07-02: In fact I wonder if it there will be a decline amongst a few of BBC’s radio stations.

2015-07-02: Starting to wonder if Beats 1 is going to grab a significant percentage of listeners from BBC Radio …

2015-07-01: Cellphones Off Before Bed The study indicated that those spending time on their cellphones just before bedtime resulted in a …

2015-07-01: Ethan's First Junior Open Ethan played in the Junior Open at Elderslie Golf Club yesterday. He had a good time but it was a …

2015-07-01: Vacation What are you going to do on vacation?

2015-06-29: Is Microblogging Back? Returning to Twitter hasn't cracked up to what I thought it would be like. Good to see instead that …

2015-06-29: Microblogging ADN doesn't have enough people. Twitter is too short. Facebook is too big. I don't have a Google …

2015-06-29: Own-Mailbox I like this idea of a secure, self-hosted mailbox.

2015-06-25: Fixie Friday - Jacobs Track Bike via FGGT

2015-06-25: Moleskine Timepage Just added Moleskine's new calendar app, Timepage, to my iPhone. I'll be road testing this for a …

2015-06-25: On the Mend I had big plans for this week, but it was effectively written off as our youngest son was ill all …

2015-06-25: What's in Jason's Backpack? Everything he needs. Also great to see Jason's blog featuring a variety of posts. Long live blogging …

2015-06-25: What's in Patrick's Pockets? All the essentials and nothing more.

2015-06-25: Five days in and our 2yo is still fighting this stomach bug.

2015-06-22: Back to Work It's been a few weeks of ups and downs. A death in the family, in-laws visiting and just when we …

2015-06-22: My Backyard I think a trip to the highlands needs to planned for this autumn. Best of all, it's just a short …

2015-06-22: The Inside-Out Seven Another classic NB list for on the wall above your desk. The brand evolved organically from …

2015-06-22: The McDonalds Burger Bike Tote A nice idea, but I would rather go for a proper bike ride up the hills and make my own burgers when …

2015-06-19: Sad circumstances for the in-laws visit, but it was good for the boys to see their gran and papa …

2015-06-19: In-laws have left. Lower the DEFCON level.

2015-06-18: All 15 Pixar Movies Ranked by Vulture Adults will have their own variations on this ranked list of Pixar's movies, but has anyone asked …

2015-06-18: The Pocket Notebook - A Game Changer The Simple Dollar cover everything you need to know about using a pocket notebook. It’s really hard …

2015-06-18: Programmers or developers? What’s the difference?

2015-06-16: Golden Gate Bridge Construction I've never seen pictures of the bridge while it was being built. Quite amazing. via Eclecticity …

2015-06-16: Obama's Stealth Startup Great to see the US government using leading engineers from Silicon Valley to work on their digital …

2015-06-16: The Buddha Stand Nice trick. via FGGT

2015-06-12: No, that climb didn’t take two minutes.

2015-06-12: That was weird. First pic at the start of the ride just posted alongside the recent one. Bizarre.

2015-06-11: An Evening with Kurt Dog-walking, Shakespeare, baseball, Beethoven and hot dogs. All available at Cultural Offering.

2015-06-11: Fixie Friday - Storm Cycles via FGGT

2015-06-11: The Serious 11 Serious ambitions need a serious checklist. Thanks NB!

2015-06-11: Markdown editors. There must be hundreds of them.

2015-06-11: Pet Peeves: Web sites for desktop software that don’t show screenshots on their landing pages.

2015-06-10: Blank Pages Blank pages are great. They are empty to begin with. Devoid of markings, letters, pictures, symbols …

2015-06-10: Flatpack Skyscrapers Can a building taller than the Burj Khalifa be built in seven months?

2015-06-10: The Bleachers You think the best coaches and players sit near the field of play? Think again. You always find the …

2015-06-10: The Bristol Pound Would you use it? I propose the Glasgow Pound currency. Not an actual note, just a bottle of …

2015-06-09: Jupiter and Venus Converge UK-based observers will be able to see the convergence of Jupiter and Venus through the month of …

2015-06-09: The Fallen of World War II A visualisation of military and civilian deaths in World War II. The numbers are staggering. via …

2015-06-07: Make Your Kids Eat Everything It's certainly not impossible. You may wonder how we get our kids to eat kale and clams, and here …

2015-06-07: Matt's Guide to Consulting Not me, but my fellow Scot Matt Gemmell. His 15 minute guide to consulting is a wonderful guide to …

2015-06-07: Michael Wade ... says no. That and other great tools for greater productivity.

2015-06-07: Stop Reacting Seriously, stop reacting. Stop checking Twitter, Facebook, email and anything else that's driven by …

2015-06-07: Three In Three Sketchnotes More sketchnoting, this time it was the turn of Nicholas Bates' "In 3" posts from last …

2015-06-05: Apparently Netflix thinks I might like to watch “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”.
I don’t think so Netflix.

2015-06-04: 100 Uses for a Pocket Notebook Who knew there could be so many?

2015-06-04: Is Cleveland Cursed? 147 seasons without a title win. That's a long time. It could end this year though if the Cleveland …

2015-06-04: Sketchnoting Again Ever since I took delivery of my Nock Hightower a few weeks ago, my notebook has been with me every …

2015-06-04: Tweetbot 2.0 for Mac. Nice.

2015-06-04: With notes annotations on Instapaper I’m starting to wonder if I really need Pinboard.

2015-06-04: Goodbye Yahoo Pipes.

2015-06-04: Still the greatest feature in Firefox. Opening web sites in the sidebar. Especially when the web …

2015-06-04: In-laws settled in for their stay. Now, back to work.

2015-06-04: In-laws have arrived. Raise the DEFCON level!

2015-06-04: Good to see tmux have left the growing mess that is SourceForge.

2015-06-03: Extraordinary People, Ordinary Jobs It's unreasonable to expect extraordinary work from someone who isn't trusted to create it. — The …

2015-06-03: My Favourite Feature in Firefox I think it's fair to say that I've finally settled on a browser that I enjoy using. For well over a …

2015-06-03: Selling Three Three point guide to selling from NB. Can it be that simple?

2015-06-02: My Alternatives to Google Ever since going Google free, I've tried a number of different services to cover my needs. In this …

2015-06-02: Never Say Again ... with the incomparable Nicholas Bate.

2015-06-02: The Mailbox Effect Kurt Harden continues to deliver life changing lessons from his own experiences. My old …

2015-06-02: The USA Freedom Act is Passed The Intercept summarises the recent passing of the USA Freedom Act. Good to see change happening as …

2015-06-01: Batteriser Extends Your Battery Life This is the kind of technology innovation I like to see. "Killer apps" are common as muck …

2015-05-29: It’s been a long time since I’ve had the Twitter app on my iPhone. Very impressed with …

2015-05-29: First time searching for Twitter in the App Store. Gone are the multitude of good client apps and …

2015-05-29: Finding that a lot of the code I’m writing for DailyMuse is to support the product rather than being …

2015-05-28: Alternatives to Google Not only can you be Google free, but the alternatives are just as good in terms of functionality. I …

2015-05-28: Fixie Friday - Bianchi Pista Concept Been a while since we featured a Pista here. via Pedal Consumption

2015-05-28: Supporting Features in DailyMuse In the time it's taken me to get DailyMuse up and running, I've noticed that a lot of the code that …

2015-05-27: How Big is Minecraft? Wired answers the question in 8 bit. Funnily enough, the number of possible worlds is similar to the …

2015-05-27: Ideas for Better Twittering Adam Keys has some thoughts on this. I like this in particular. Keep a private list for high …

2015-05-26: FIFA Officials Face Corruption Charges FIFA officials are now facing corruption charges for bribery that occurred in the US and was paid …

2015-05-26: Happy Blog-iversary ... to SwissMiss. 10 years and still going strong!

2015-05-26: The Learning Benefit of a Side Project As I move towards building up my GitHub profile with examples of work, I realised something about my …

2015-05-26: The Open-office Model is Killing the Workplace I've worked in a couple of open-office layouts but nothing near having to share the same table with …

2015-05-25: Black Holes & Clones The BBC earth mini-site aims to explain what happens when you fall into a black hole. After all, …

2015-05-25: Building a Universe No Man's Sky has high expectations. With a game universe composing of billions of planets, it is set …

2015-05-25: Is the Web Defeated? I hope not. Technically, it’s simple. The web cannot emulate native perfectly, and it never will. …

2015-05-24: Are You an Early Adopter? I'm generally not, but that's okay. If we didn’t have any early adopters ironing out the kinks, …

2015-05-24: GitHub is not My Resume I've been searching through various contract opportunities over the last few weeks. Client work is …

2015-05-24: Switching Off CCTV I'm on the fence about whether switching off CCTV cameras to save money is a good or a bad thing for …

2015-05-23: Big Food is Out I can't say if this trend is happening in the UK, but in the Lang house we've almost completely …

2015-05-22: I hope the @ElderslieGolf juniors are playing well in their match against Kilmacolm. Couldn’t …

2015-05-22: Wrote my first bit of Rack middleware yesterday for a Rails application. Not so hard to do once you …

2015-05-21: Fixie Friday - 2010 Nagasawa Nakano Red Rainbow Flake via FGGT

2015-05-21: I Should Be Blogging I really should. My problem at the moment is that I have too many things on the go at once. …

2015-05-21: Lots of People ... ... are willing to pay for your product or service. You'd be surprised just how many.

2015-05-21: No Excuse There's no excuse for the lack of blog posts around here recently. I've tried to kickstart my daily …

2015-05-20: The Humble Pocket The Art of Manliness uncovers everything about the humble pocket. This is because the original …

2015-05-20: The Moleskine Tool Belt A clever idea for any notebook, but I have to say I do prefer my Nock Hightower.

2015-05-20: The Writing Workflow of Curtis McHale We need more posts like this. Good to see that Markdown is favoured by Curtis.

2015-05-19: This has come up in a few ads I’ve seen recently. Makes me wonder if it’s the new choice …

2015-05-16: Giving Atom a spin. A number of great improvements since I last used it. Could it replace Sublime …

2015-05-14: Fixie Friday - Don Walker Cycles A little fast one today.

2015-05-14: The Emojic 8 Ball XKCD delivers again with the Emojic 8 Ball.

2015-05-14: The Next Level of Blogging Curtis McHale talks about taking your blogging to the next level and hiring an editor. Working with …

2015-05-13: Re-reading I have old favorites I return to again and again. Stories like Watership Down, The Wind and the …

2015-05-13: Subscriptions Cleanout I cleaned out my RSS feeds over the weekend. The following feeds have been removed for different …

2015-05-13: What's Your Daily Intentions? Patrick Rhone shares a simple way he shapes the day in his favour. An excellent idea.

2015-05-13: Why You Turn Up I love this. You turn up because of the people around you. You know, the ones with common interests …

2015-05-11: Jason Christman's Star Wars Art Always loved these posters but never got round to buying one. via Star Wars

2015-05-11: Task Management That Works The Zapier blog has been a new addition to my reading list and it certainly hasn't disappointed. …

2015-05-11: The Distracting Dumbphones A brilliant post about the increasing world of digital distractions. Still, I am an optimist. Most …

2015-05-11: The Ruins of Berlin An amazing flyover of the ruins of Berlin after Allied air raids during World War 2.

2015-05-11: Time to Explore I've been working with Ruby on Rails full-time now for close to 4 years. Two years as a full-time …

2015-05-10: Recommended books for learning Python?

2015-05-08: The joys of home delivery from @asda. Ended up with two bags from someone else’s order which …

2015-05-07: Fixie Friday - Airtight Cycles Möbius 650c Kyudo A work of art. The detailing in the frame is amazing, especially around the seat tube cluster. via …

2015-05-07: Goodbye Minimal Mac It's the end of an era as Patrick Rhone calls it a day on his Minimal Mac blog. This is the final …

2015-05-06: Paper Star Wars These scenes from Star Wars are amazing in their detail.

2015-05-03: Fat Chance Cracking bike, cracking colour, cracking name. What more reason do I need to post this here? via …

2015-05-03: Focusing on Writing Code I wrote this on Friday's post: Building and marketing products isn’t for me. I prefer to be neck …

2015-05-03: Meanwhile at NBU ... they're teaching the things other business schools don't.

2015-05-03: Giving up 2/3 of the way through Peter V. Brett’s The Daylight War. Feel like I’ve been …

2015-04-30: Discoveries What was the last thing you discovered? I mean really discovered. Not just a link that you found …

2015-04-30: Fixie Friday - Ronin via FGGT photo by Father Tu

2015-04-30: Transforming Journalong Journalong has been limping along for a few months now. With almost no interest from myself in …

2015-04-29: Embrace Your Constraints Curtis McHale knows his limits when it comes to keeping up with the ever changing world of web …

2015-04-29: It's Official, Todoist Rules ... ... well, according to Matthew Stibbe anyway.

2015-04-29: Words That Sell The amazing story of author Mark Dawson.

2015-04-29: Added a dollop of peanut butter and honey to my porridge this morning. Not as bad as I thought it …

2015-04-27: Feels like January again. Bloody freezing.

2015-04-23: Fixie Friday - Winter Bicycles Velvet Hammer via Cycle EXIF

2015-04-22: Just a heads up that I’ll be available for freelance/contract Rails work from the 1st of June …

2015-04-20: Rise of the New York City Skyline This is amazing. As you ride the elevator to the top of 1 World Trade Centre, you can watch an …

2015-04-20: I keep pressing j and k to move up and down the emails in Mail. I’m well and truly a #vim user …

2015-04-19: Hello Instagram Jason Fried wrote about finding a positive experience when he joined Instagram: Every scroll …

2015-04-19: How Long To Internalise A Habit? Caesura Letters today discusses the time it takes to form a new habit. Habits are not the result of …

2015-04-19: Nice, Not Yet Essential A quick summary from different reviews of the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is the best smartwatch …

2015-04-19: Programmers Need a Plan B Given I'm a couple of years from this milestone, it's a worrying prospect to think that my chances …

2015-04-19: The 25 Once again, I'm honoured to be included in such great company. Thanks Kurt.

2015-04-19: The Adapting Notebook Moleskine are adapting to the digital world around them, but the big plus from this article is that …

2015-04-16: Exercise Often The message is clear. Exercise often. It's just one aspect of clean living.

2015-04-16: Fixie Friday - Festka One LT Dazzle via FGGT

2015-04-16: War on the roads A slightly biased article towards cyclists that points the finger at the motor industry to blame for …

2015-04-16: Journalong has fallen by the way side for some time now. Think it’s time to call it a day and …

2015-04-16: Feels like you’re admitting defeat when pull the plug on something you created.

2015-04-16: Best. Trailer. Ever.

2015-04-16: In other news, I messed about with an Apple Watch yesterday. I’m still not sold on it.

2015-04-16: I must find a way to put in a 2 hour bike ride at night that doesn’t keep me awake for hours …

2015-04-14: Digital Hygiene Seth lays out five steps to digital hygiene.

2015-04-14: Something Special “We’ve always spoken about the principle of association since he was young and playing in bigger …

2015-04-13: Go Slow Michael Wade, our resident pathfinder, knows the way forward. Take your time and as you move down …

2015-04-13: Growing the Game After a rocky start to the year, it seems that Ethan is finding his form again. It was a big ask for …

2015-04-13: Make an Index for a Notebook A must step for anyone serious about embracing pen and paper.

2015-04-09: Vesper or Day One?

2015-04-09: Back to Basics ... is an undoubtably great new series from NB.

2015-04-09: Fixie Friday - Stelbel Ortica via PEDAL Consumption

2015-04-09: Molecover Yip, pretty sure I want one of these.

2015-04-09: The Rosko 650B This was too good not to post. via CycleEXIF

2015-04-09: Didn’t watch last night’s #scotsdebates. I probably didn’t miss much.

2015-04-09: Considered getting myself an @Instagram account. Gave up after trying almost every close permutation …

2015-04-07: Hello Tether I've been running Tether on both my Macbook Pro and iPhone for a week now. Install it on both and …

2015-04-07: Marco & DuckDuckGo Good to see Marco Arment switching to DuckDuckGo. I've been using it for the best part of two years. …

2015-04-07: The Problem with Petition Services Before the Internet, the best way to make a group of people heard was to have those people sign a …

2015-04-02: Fixie Friday - Samson Track via FGGT

2015-04-02: Hating on Attention A great piece on being an introvert. My thoughts are my thoughts. I share what I choose to, and the …

2015-04-02: Let Your Kids Point & Shoot Kids have the wonder and curiosity that adults have spent many years replacing with logic and …

2015-04-02: The Prodigal User Returns I have burned through a number of different tool choices over the last two years. In an effort to …

2015-03-31: I can understand people’s grievance with the limits on the free tier if they have side …

2015-03-31: The hobby tier is a great stepping stone from the free tier to their new standard tier and well …

2015-03-31: Heroku’s decision to curb the free tier and introduce a hobby tier is a great move. Am I in …

2015-03-31: Might get my head blown off for this but I’m glad to see Heroku are scaling back on their free …

2015-03-30: Being Boring With Technology Choices The nice thing about boringness (so constrained) is that the capabilities of these things are well …

2015-03-30: Cycling in Amsterdam Lots of cities could learn a thing or two when it comes to figuring out how to get the best of both …

2015-03-30: Drew Houston ... ... and his drive to keep Dropbox being a successful product. Excellent interview with Dropbox's …

2015-03-30: Managing Your Time Online with Automation and Filters Left unchecked, you could easily waste away your time online. Posting, bookmarking, pinning, …

2015-03-30: That was one helluva season finale to the The Walking Dead.

2015-03-30: Switch to Pocket from Instapaper hasn’t been that great. I can see me switching back to …

2015-03-29: Good Experience I spent Sunday down at Barassie Links with Ethan and the rest of the Elderslie Juniors Newton Shield …

2015-03-27: Curtis McHale Knows Good Project Plans A project plan should be built in partnership with your client. When they buy into the project plan …

2015-03-27: Fixie Friday - 1986 Pista Beauty or beast? via FGGT

2015-03-27: NSA Busting Security Advice Okay, maybe not NSA busting but definitely more secure than thinking up your own passphrase.

2015-03-27: Suggestions for Your Reading List ... ... all the way from sunny Arizona. Thanks Michael.

2015-03-27: Why I Paid for Fantastical 2 During the week I found out that Flexibits were releasing a major upgrade to their OS X calender …

2015-03-26: Expecting free upgrades for the complete lifecycle of a software product is ridiculous.

2015-03-26: Not only am I supporting the future of the app, but also the developers behind it as well.

2015-03-26: Didn’t even hesitate this morning to purchase Fantastical 2. For an app I use every day, …

2015-03-25: DailyMuse: The Today View Email is great. It's a reliable form of content delivery that can reach a multitude of devices and …

2015-03-25: The B-52, Still Flying This planning deficit is nothing unusual. It would be a tribute to Boeing engineers’ advance …

2015-03-23: Sounds harsh, but when you get emails every other day, they become just another “mail for the …

2015-03-23: I understand the motives behind such platforms and their push for positive change, but I’m at …

2015-03-20: Diary or Journal? Who cares. Just capture.

2015-03-20: Fresh Ideas ... ... are everywhere. You just have to look.

2015-03-20: Uses for DailyMuse Great to see DailyMuse making a positive change. Those are the two things I’m using it for so far …

2015-03-17: Don’t get me wrong, my straps are secure and keep my feet planted, but sometimes getting my feet out …

2015-03-17: Also good to have SPDs back on the fixie rather than toe straps. I’m feel more sure footed on them …

2015-03-17: Back to schools runs on the bike this week … well at least while the weather holds.

2015-03-17: Essential Zones with Nicholas Bate.

2015-03-17: Medium Adds Custom Domains Medium's recent announcement that they will start allowing people to use their own domain names for …

2015-03-17: The Great Unfollow A reminder that Twitter is the ultimate destructive distraction. Since returning, I've definitely …

2015-03-15: Typing on the MS keyboard would be easier. Not sure how I would fare on the TextBlade.

2015-03-15: Wondering if I really need such a device as a folding keyboard. The MS offering is nice but the …

2015-03-15: The Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard doesn’t have the greatest product name but good to see MS …

2015-03-13: Fixie Friday - Kalavinka Super Exhibition via FGGT

2015-03-13: Say Hi to DailyMuse It's been quiet of late on my blog and for a good reason. While my daily posts have ground to an …

2015-03-13: XKCD and Pratchett I spent my teens and many years after reading through the Discworld books and now I'm passing them …

2015-03-12: More Zombies Please Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are the only things on the television I'll sit down to watch. …

2015-03-12: Need a Highlighter for the Web? Here you go. Can't wait to see this being available. It will be interesting to see if snippets can …

2015-03-11: Developers love details. Nuff said.

2015-03-10: Apple Watch … meh. New MacBook … yay!

2015-03-10: Battle Plans ... ... carefully drawn up by Execupundit.

2015-03-10: Just Another Apple Announcement Last night, round about 5pm, I closed down my work apps, shut the lid on MacBook and left my iPhone …

2015-03-08: Second failed attempt at reading Book Yourself Solid. Going to keep it back for a time when I’m not …

2015-03-05: Fixie Friday - Rodagira Zorlac 2 via FGGT

2015-03-03: Dunbar's Number A little reminder that while we're connected in more ways now than we have ever been, our number of …

2015-03-03: Email Essentials ... ... you just can't ignore.

2015-02-27: I finally sat down to watch #citizenfour last night. Amazing documentary.

2015-02-27: I'm Busy In case you didn't notice, it's been real busy here at Lang HQ. Client work, side project work and …

2015-02-26: I might end up paying more in delivery charges, but I don’t order as much anymore. Prime lets you …

2015-02-26: Haven’t looked back since cancelling my Amazon Prime subscription. Rather than relying on next day …

2015-02-25: Cold in Ohio I love Ohio but it is cold. It is Ivan-Denisovich cold. It’s …

2015-02-25: Self-Destruct Tweets A very interesting idea. Lazin-Ryder is one of a number of Twitter users who are using homegrown …

2015-02-25: Small Tasks The trick, of course, is to choose the small tasks which Vilfredo Pareto - he of the 80/20 Rule - …

2015-02-24: Always wary about pre-empting the need for a gem when using Rails. More inclined to leave using a …

2015-02-24: Can’t decide if that was thunder or the wind I just heard. Bloody loud whatever it was.

2015-02-24: Are Trolls Attracted To Videos? No spot comes close to YouTube when it comes to the number of dumb and vicious remarks in its …

2015-02-22: Is OS X running on an iPad going to be a thing then? I would love to see it happen.

2015-02-20: Spent most of the day looking at Wordpress as a CMS for a local school. Like what I’ve seen so far.

2015-02-20: Essential Client Management 40 rules for managing clients including this one: Working weekends for clients: I’ll do it once if …

2015-02-20: Programming Advice Search for deeper understanding of approaches to programming that seem strange or incorrect to you. …

2015-02-20: Saddleback Leather iPad Sleve These iPad sleeves make me want to buy an iPad, just to warrant the purchase of the sleeve. …

2015-02-19: Deciding on a Pricing Strategy I've been working on a new idea for a service for the last few weeks and I'm just about ready to …

2015-02-18: Alas, front-end design and web copy are really not my thing.

2015-02-18: Draw Up Some Battle Plans ... and earn your victory.

2015-02-18: My Wall Calendar Problem I would love to have a wall calendar that would give me an at a glance view of what's coming up the …

2015-02-18: Write For Yourself A fantastic piece on the drawbacks of using publishing platforms such as Medium. In truth, Medium’s …

2015-02-17: If the postman wasn’t singing so bloody loud, he might have realised that he was delivering mail to …

2015-02-17: A Big Problem for Google Marco Arment on what could be Google's biggest challenge yet. Shallow social-shareable listicles …

2015-02-17: Clarity Through Blogging Perfect time to be reading this again. Even if nobody reads them, you should write them. It's …

2015-02-17: What is The Rails Way? It's a question I've been asking myself as I switch between different Rails applications for …

2015-02-16: Getting Noticed I've always been the quiet type, often electing for the quiet corner of the room rather than being …

2015-02-16: Good Weekend For Golf It was a good weekend for the members of Elderslie's Junior Newton Shield squad. Coaching on the …

2015-02-16: NB Knows What's More Important Routine & Ritual. Get the critical stuff, the vital stuff, the oh-so-easily-neglected stuff …

2015-02-16: Short Term Contractor, Long Term Freelancer Even before I started freelancing, I always got confused by the almost interchangeable career titles …

2015-02-14: Junior squad out with @ElderslieGcPro working on their short game. Good turn out as well. …

2015-02-14: Well that was a crap movie.

2015-02-13: Fixie Friday - Rozzo Fixie or Singlespeed? Who cares. This Czech built bike is definitely a great looking bike. via Cycle …

2015-02-12: Centireading I can't say that I've read a book over 100 times, perhaps the closest to that count is A Christmas …

2015-02-12: Patrick is Kicking Ass Warning, this contains a lot of ass kicking, but it's well worth the read.

2015-02-12: Sell to Yourself First The thing is, that even with all the successful projects behind us, we’re typically bad at selling …

2015-02-12: The One Ring Explained A brilliant five minute guide to the history of the One Ring. via kottke.org

2015-02-11: Doing a number of spikes with the Ionic framework this morning. Like what I’ve seen so far just by …

2015-02-10: Never thought I would be proficient with Vim on a day to day basis. It’s taken a number of …

2015-02-10: Decided to give this Twitter thing a try again. We’ll see how it goes.

2015-02-10: Back on Twitter I'm back on Twitter. After weighing up the options, I'm probably better being an active member of at …

2015-02-10: Kids & Technology Last weekend our son came home with the school quarterly bulletin. As always we familiarised …

2015-02-06: 3 Reasons for Sharing Content I've been keeping this site going for a few years now, and while my main form of sharing content is …

2015-02-06: Tips for an Effective Work Day Curtis McHale knows how to be effective during his work day. No further proof is needed than the man …

2015-02-06: Westeros Built With Minecraft The entire kingdom of Westeros created in Minecraft. Amazing. via kottke.org

2015-02-05: Store Bought Bike or Online Bought Bike? For the last month I've been pouring over mountain bike websites and magazines in the hope that I …

2015-02-03: A wise man said ... ... these things are unwise.

2015-02-03: Business Goals ... ... with Curtis McHale. Hats off to Curtis for his willingness to be transparent and honest about …

2015-02-03: Hosted Service or Custom Solution? In the early days of the Internet, hosting your own website was reserved for those in the know, but …

2015-01-30: Fixie Friday - Amy's Pista Concept via PEDAL Consumption

2015-01-29: Bike vs Taxi via PEDAL Consumption

2015-01-29: Hello Pocket, Goodbye Instapaper A couple of weeks ago I moved my Instapaper account over to Pocket. The reason for the move was that …

2015-01-27: Is Success Only In Your Head? Curtis McHale asks if success is only in your head?. Well worth reading if you've failed in the …

2015-01-27: The Distant Observer It's close to a couple of months now since I stopped being an active user on App.net. The only time …

2015-01-23: Fixie Friday - Treshombres CLASSY Lurvely! via FGGT

2015-01-23: One Year On With My YNOT Gulper Just over a year ago I noticed that working from home eradicated my need for two separate messenger …

2015-01-23: Stairway to Space Space, stairs, butter, motorcycles and slinkies. And they say education is boring! I got my oldest …

2015-01-22: Back on Track Minor setback this week as a couple of viruses knocked me and Jen out of contention for a couple of …

2015-01-22: Less Listening, More Learning Podcasts and screencasts can eat up a lot of time. I've started to see a swing towards listening to …

2015-01-19: Learning with Rust I'm always reading about other topics in software development. Over the last few years I've read …

2015-01-16: Benefits of Being an Indie Dev Marco Arment provides a detailed breakdown of his sales figures for 2014 for his app Overcast. More …

2015-01-16: Fixie Friday - Zorlac 2 via FGGT

2015-01-16: Writing is a Habit I've noticed a lull in my posting frequency here. Towards the end of last year, my posting frequency …

2015-01-14: Paying For Software Is Smart Paying for tools is a smart choice. If programs like Keynote and Mail.app were actually profit …

2015-01-14: Why Are Flashbangs Still in the Hands of US Police? In the past year I've read a number of different accounts of police using these harmful devices for …

2015-01-13: Amazing Aerial Photos of NYC A collection of stunning images of New York taken at night by Vincent Laforet. These are pictures …

2015-01-12: The De-cluttered Desk I had been putting it off for weeks, probably months in fact. My desk was slowly becoming a …

2015-01-12: The Last of Us This is just a quick hat tip to The Last of Us on the PS4. I've been playing this game for the last …

2015-01-12: Which way? A quick reminder to set your direction with NB.

2015-01-12: Zombie Music Two albums worth mentioning are the two albums of The Walking Dead soundtrack. I didn't think these …

2015-01-11: Paisley Packer Lambeau Field is over 3500 miles away. No distance is too great though to root for the team you …

2015-01-09: Fixie Friday - KRZBERG V5 Team Edition via PEDAL Consumption

2015-01-08: Double Win It was a bit of a double win today for me and my son. We each got good news today that have changed …

2015-01-08: To TDD Or Not To TDD Skipping the TDD cycle isn't always a bad thing to do. After all, sometimes you just want to write …

2015-01-05: Journal Prompts In this roadmap are many questions. In your journal — whether digital or by hand — you can simply …

2015-01-05: Love Mondays ... ... with NB. Surprise them. Shock them even. Don't even complain once. About having eaten too much, …

2015-01-05: Smaller Goals, More Opportunities Setting a goal for the year is made by many at the start of each year, but people frequently give up …

2015-01-05: The Developer's Sketchbook I've been thinking for a couple of week now about learning Rust, but something that's been bugging …

2014-12-30: Contextual Resolutions Resolutions rarely affect only ourselves when we make them. Patrick makes a good point of getting …

2014-12-30: I Should Write More I was on a roll there for a while, but it's been difficult to get that consistentcy back again. I am …

2014-12-30: Uses for Notebooks Sadly I failed to completely fill a whole notebook this year. Seems like a trivial goal to have, but …

2014-12-30: Worst movies of 2014 I would have to say that the Jack Ryan reboot was by far my most disappointing movie of 2014. Chris …

2014-12-26: Boxing Day Boxing Day: a day where you avoid anything too clever and start by reflecting on (1) identifying …

2014-12-26: Fixie Friday - Anson's Pelizzoli Ending Fixie Friday 2014 with a lovely Pelizzoli. via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2014-12-24: Goals for Fans of The Beatles Read from the best, read from Nicholas Bate.

2014-12-24: Have You Changed? It turns out, 31-year-old me who’s played a handful of sports in adulthood is substantially more …

2014-12-24: The Burst Method An early Christmas present from Arizona. All you need to know to get things done.

2014-12-19: Christmas Quiet I can't wait for the run-up to Christmas to finish, and for Christmas itself to begin. This frantic …

2014-12-19: Fixie Friday - Sparkle Pony Holeshot Disc SS Yeah, I know. It's a single-speed. But you can't deny it's a rather fetching bike. via PEDAL …

2014-12-17: Custom Assertions with Minitest In the last few weeks I've been working on a Rails 3 application for a client. The test suite …

2014-12-17: Feedbin's New Updated Section Feedbin has been my goto RSS Reader ever since Google Reader closed. I'm glad to see that …

2014-12-17: Goodbye Dr Dobb's I haven't been reading the Dr Dobb's site for a while but back in my days as a .NET developer, it …

2014-12-17: School Run Topics This morning's topic of conversation in the car to school with the kids was very enlightening. …

2014-12-17: What a Hunk of Junk The different sound components of the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive failing explained by Ben Burtt. …

2014-12-16: 10x Your Business If you’re serious about growing your business, I want to challenge you to aim high. Don’t just think …

2014-12-16: Faster Golf Rory McIlroy reckons a faster version of the game is required to get more kids interested in the …

2014-12-16: Measurable Goals It's that time of year where you should be thinking about goals and plans for next year. Here's a …

2014-12-16: This Will Help A little self promotion. My latest book, This Could Help, is now officially available on all …

2014-12-12: Bootstrapped: Under Armour From small beginnings to billion-dollar sports apparel giant, the story of Kevin Plank and Under …

2014-12-12: Fixie Friday - Москва-80 via PEDAL Consumption

2014-12-12: Santa Science The Santa deniers just ruin it for everyone else. The Guardian hits back with some key evidence to …

2014-12-11: Esteemed Company Always glad to be featured amongst some really great bloggers.

2014-12-10: Simple Job Performance What does your job really boil down to? Execupundit knows.

2014-12-10: Small Moon Makes me laugh everytime I read it. via XKCD

2014-12-10: YNOT Winter Beanie Anyone want to send me one of these for Christmas?

2014-12-08: New Gaming Market So I finished the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare single-player campaign last night after just three …

2014-12-08: Pong Traffic Light Wonderful idea. Wonder if there's any other games planning on being released? via Swissmiss

2014-12-08: The NOW Year Calendar I love the idea of incorporating monthly themes into the calendar. Each month leaves a space on the …

2014-12-06: The Tech Behind the Catch It's that catch again. This time looking at the tech behind Odell's gloves. Beckham’s are …

2014-12-05: A Recipe for Killer Apps? While I do believe that killer apps have had their day for the foreseeable future, I can't deny that …

2014-12-05: Fixie Friday - Kerry Hopkins Aero Track Love the exaggerated gussets on this frame. via Cycle EXIF

2014-12-05: He's Back (Again) Yes, another Terminator movie. Anyone else think that these movies will keep going and going with …

2014-12-05: New Bond Film, New Car The new Bond movie, Spectre, is out next year but that's not what I was interested in. I'm not a …

2014-12-05: Project or Context? Ensuring that your productivity system is correct is important if you want keep the actions flowing …

2014-12-04: My Bookmarklets It's been a while since I reviewed my bookmarklets and since Carl T. Holscher was doing his, I …

2014-12-04: Spectrum Vega Console Having owned a Spectrum as a kid, I would love to have one of these little beauties. I think I would …

2014-12-02: Bookmarklet Love I haven't reviewed my bookmarklets in a long time. Definitely think there's room though for one or …

2014-12-02: More ... ... with Nicholas Bate.

2014-12-02: Evolving: Freelance to Business Owner Curtis McHale talks about his change from solo freelancer to business owner and why it's necessary. …

2014-12-02: The Demise of Killer Apps? Are killer apps a thing of the past? I remember a few years back when Twitter was young and great, …

2014-11-30: Glorious Golf Another glorious day for the junior section at Elderslie Golf Club.

2014-11-28: Star Wars Episode VII Trailer At last! Looks like JJ kept the lens flare to a minimum.

2014-11-28: Some Paths Are Rough And that's not a bad thing in Michael Wade's eyes.

2014-11-28: Let Kids Fail Finally. A parent with the sense to not hold their children's hand in everything they do. If the kid …

2014-11-28: GTD in 15 minutes I read David Allen's GTD book a few years ago. It seemed a lot to take in and while I did try it, it …

2014-11-28: Fixie Friday - Dolan DF 3 Track via FGGT

2014-11-26: Jurassic World Trailer I'll save the criticism for when I've seen the movie, but I suspect that I will love this movie.

2014-11-25: App.net No More I'm stepping away from App.net. It was a hard decision but I think I made the right move. When I …

2014-11-25: More Jagged Thoughts from Nicholas Bate. The digital interrupt is relentless, often trivial, sometimes insufferable, …

2014-11-24: Best Catch Ever Odell Beckham Jr shows the world how it's done. And in case you think there's a stroke of luck here, …

2014-11-24: Packed Lunch Glad to see I'm not the only one who packs a mean lunch for their kids. The researchers have …

2014-11-21: Fixie Friday - Ellipsis Track Bike via FGGT

2014-11-21: Van Gogh Bike Path We need these bike paths everywhere.

2014-11-21: Wrong Question Continues Nicholas Bate's Wrong Question series continues with How do I get more time? Read on and subscribe …

2014-11-21: Spark Notebook Love the look of this new notebook on Kickstarter. Looks like it has a place for everything. via …

2014-11-21: Moving from Evernote to Dropbox I've not used Evernote for a while now but Seth Clifford's setup in Dropbox still was intriguing to …

2014-11-18: This Is How You Log Your Travels Amsterdam seen through the sketchnotes of Mike Rohde.

2014-11-18: Shared Tools, Shared Responsibility When it comes to working with clients, there's a shared responsibility to ensure that both parties …

2014-11-14: A Time for Things This one is definitely going on the playlist. That list of things is a wish list, a someday-maybe …

2014-11-14: Fixie Friday - Little Wing via PEDAL Consumption

2014-11-12: Daily Reminders from our man in Arizona.

2014-11-12: Broadcasting to Twitter Again I'm going to give Twitter another go but this time just as a broadcasting tool. In the past I've …

2014-11-07: Business Tools are the Exception to Simplifying Despite my efforts to simplify my tools, there are some that I just need to keep using. They're just …

2014-11-07: Fixie Friday - Rusby Cycles Fixed Commuter via Cycle EXIF

2014-11-06: Kappstein FlipFree Hub A rear hub that doesn't require you to flip the wheel to switch from fixed to freewheel? I'm sold. …

2014-11-06: Dragon Device Stands Love the look of these device stands.

2014-11-06: List Love You sip coffee and make your list. At a nearby table someone is writing The Great American Novel but …

2014-11-06: Simplifying Again In the pursuit of workflow zen, I've been simplifying things a bit. It's been a positive change so …

2014-11-04: Listen & Enjoy I'm a big fan of both Mike Vardy and Patrick Rhone, so I was really pleased to see Mike had asked …

2014-11-04: Reading Redmine: Comments Continuing my series on reading Redmine, we'll take a look at commenting. Next to tool choice, …

2014-11-03: Danny MacAskill - The Ridge More death defying bike riding by Danny MacAskill. This time it's back to the Isle of Skye to ride …

2014-11-03: Point Interesting new idea for home security. I would be interested to see how accurate it is.

2014-11-02: New Best New personal best for Ethan today at the golf with a round of 102. I'm really pleased at the …

2014-10-31: Battleheart Legacy I usually don't install games on my iPhone, but after hearing about Battleheart Legacy I just had to …

2014-10-31: GRÜN bike Integral01 There were a number of bikes that caught my eye this week, but this GRÜN bike won this week's place …

2014-10-30: Microsoft Band Microsoft products have waned with me over the years, but their new product, Band, definitely got my …

2014-10-30: Desktop decisions Apple's choice to remove the ability to upgrade the internals of their products has me asking …

2014-10-29: Team 256 What started as a monthly challenge is now fast turning into a social network daily ritual, which …

2014-10-29: Idea Index Excellent use of those blank pages at the start of a book, create your index of ideas from the book. …

2014-10-29: Planet Journey across the world using your mouse with these amazing images taken from the International …

2014-10-24: Pixelmator for iPad I love using Pixelmator on my MBP, but it's great to see it's now available on the iPad too. via …

2014-10-24: Fixie Friday - Legor Cicli 29er Obviously this isn't a fixed wheel bike, but with just a single gear and no suspension in sight, …

2014-10-23: New Todoist for Macs A new look Todoist for all you Mac people. Love this service.

2014-10-23: NB is Timeless No fads, gimmicks, or shortcuts. Just practical advice and hardwork.

2014-10-23: Be More You ... ... with a journal.

2014-10-23: Incubating Ideas Techniques like brainstorming try to sell a way of generating ideas in a short space of time, but is …

2014-10-14: Notebook Organisation For the paper purists out there, a great tip for organising your notebook. via Unclutterer

2014-10-14: Reading Redmine: Multiple Assertions Per Test In an effort to brush up my development skills I've been reading the Redmine source code this week. …

2014-10-10: The Real Life Thor An amazing account of a USMC pilot who ejected from his F-8 Crusader over a thunderstorm. As the …

2014-10-10: Need a Plan? Nicholas Bate is there to lend a hand.

2014-10-10: A New Todoist Karma Many of you will know my love for the Todoist service, but it just got better. The Karma part of …

2014-10-01: The App.net Daily Post Experiment For the month of September I committed to posting a 256 character post to my App.net account every …

2014-09-29: Time and a Place for Client Work There's a time and a place for client work. Rushing out the door on a Saturday morning isn't one of …

2014-09-25: Want to Blog? Write Carl's question on an index card. Put it on your wall. Answer his question. Repeat daily. I …

2014-09-25: Be a Rock Star Don't worry, there's no biting the heads off bats.

2014-09-25: The Smartphone Impact I've been without my iPhone for a week now. It's amazing how many things you miss when a single …

2014-09-19: Fixie Friday - Look Track Columbus Altec 2 via FGGT

2014-09-18: I Voted No to Independence Today is a big day. Not just for us Scots but for the rest of the UK as well. From that last …

2014-09-17: Getting Fridays Back I really need to learn to say no. I've been freelancing for over 18 months now. It has brought a new …

2014-09-16: Decision Making with Spikes Big decisions are often fraught with risk. Sometimes though the only way to make the right decision …

2014-09-12: A Quick Guide to the Other Football Sport Love American Football? Love writing code? Here's a quick run down of American Football related …

2014-09-12: Death of the Watch? Apple's addition of a smart watch to their product line is a sign that smart watches are definitely …

2014-09-09: The Compromise of Free Services Free services are the most popular way to attract users, but what are you compromising on for this …

2014-09-05: The First Draft Isn't Final I watched DHH's keynote from RailsConf 2014 and it re-iterated a few things for me but what stood …

2014-09-05: YNOT Weston Phone Pouch I would love to have one of these Weston phone pouches sitting on the shoulder strap of my Gulper. …

2014-09-05: Fixie Friday - Breadwinner Cycles Holeshot CX via PEDAL Consumption

2014-09-04: The Daily Reading Ritual It's taken me a long time to find a habitual way of reading books that works for me. I call it the …

2014-09-03: 10 Tips for Todoist Todoist has been my choice of task management app for almost a year now. In that time I've learned a …

2014-09-01: Compromising Compromise doesn't always need to mean settling for second best. When working with clients, …

2014-08-29: Fixie Friday - Arrogante This will turn a few heads. via PEDAL Consumption

2014-08-25: Back to School with CO Cultural Offering's prep list for the new semester.

2014-08-25: Back to School with NB Nicholas Bate's seven step planning list for the new term.

2014-08-25: What is my Target Market? Continuing with the book, Book Yourself Solid, I've identified what my ideal client is, but what's …

2014-08-22: Notebook Hacking 101 Wonderful idea for organising your notebook.

2014-08-22: Bad Press With anything we create we take a risk of getting a bad review of comment. Dealing with this is just …

2014-08-18: My Ideal Client Do you vet your clients for suitablility before working with them? Maybe you should for happier …

2014-08-15: Fixie Friday - Andy Ellis' Makino via PEDAL Consumption

2014-08-15: Making Mistakes We've all been there. We've made a mistake in our career that has had serious repurcusions. We might …

2014-08-15: Good Advice ... We should re-read some of our favorite books from childhood because adult life also has trolls, …

2014-08-15: Got a Book in You? Here's a good place to start.

2014-08-15: Bricks anyone? A festive idea for your kids or those just pretending to be kids.

2014-08-14: Exploring Alternative User Interfaces for Journalong I'm exploring alternative user interfaces to the standard web form for Journalong. In the quest for …

2014-08-08: Effective Communication Effective communication isn't about how your message gets to your audience, it's about the message …

2014-08-08: Fixie Friday - Ryan's Leader Kagero We've not had a Kagero for a while. via PEDAL Consumption

2014-08-07: Still Rebooting In what must be my longest period of habitual change, I'm still in the process of rebooting. It is …

2014-08-06: How I Use Projects in Todoist Inspired by Mike Vardy's series on using Todoist, I thought I would share how I use Todoist and the …

2014-08-05: Three Months With Linode My blog has been hosted with Heroku for sometime. My requirements for my blog were not complicated. …

2014-08-01: Faster, Easier Writing I've been following the tips from this post in the last week and I'm already starting to see the …

2014-08-01: The Healthy Freelancer An essential guide to leading a healthy life as a freelancer. It's not all work you know.

2014-08-01: Juvenile Journaling James Shelley has an important insight into the importance of journaling: Writing a journal feels …

2014-08-01: Fixie Friday - Red Hot Nagasawa 1977 This gorgeous fixie gets this week vote for it being as old as I am. Glad to see that even older …

2014-08-01: Confession: I've never used IRC It's one of the first big technologies to emerge from the early days of the Internet, it's still a …

2014-07-31: Mind Reading Chad Fowler's book, The Passionate Programmer has a chapter entitled 'Mind Reader'. In it Chad talks …

2014-07-30: Getting the Most from Feedbin There's been a lot of talk over the last couple of years that RSS is dead and it certainly didn't …

2014-07-25: Great Guide to That First Draft Michael Wade has the best advice for getting that first draft done.

2014-07-24: Small Is Good Twitter and Facebook are huge in terms of the number of users they have, but is this always a good …

2014-07-23: Productivity is About Processes Dazzled by the lights of new task management app? Before switching, make sure you're switching for …

2014-07-18: Fixie Friday - Trophy Bike The Senior VPs get all the cool toys these days. via FGGT

2014-07-17: Mastery takes time Yesterday I mentioned I was embarking on a last attempt to master a different text editor. If I'm to …

2014-07-16: Another attempt I'm trying it again. I've made a number of these attempts over the years with my longest attempt …

2014-07-04: Fixie Friday - Paul Smith Mercian via FGGT

2014-07-01: Celebrities There's a new age of celebrity available now. They offer more in the way of entertainment and you …

2014-06-27: Blog Update Many of you will notice that my daily posts have tailed off somewhat in the last few weeks. Despite …

2014-06-27: Fixie Friday - Violet Nagasawa via FGGT

2014-06-20: Two Todoist Tips Mike Vardy has been writing about his experiences with Todoist recently. If you're a fellow user of …

2014-06-20: Trade-offs Nicholas Bate is on the ball again with advice on true productivity. Trade-offs are hard, very hard …

2014-06-20: Choose the right medium Curtis McHale as an excellent follow up to my Limiting Yourself post. When you dive in to a project …

2014-06-20: Fixie Friday - HISPANIA Ciclos It was a hard pick this week, but this bike from Hispania won out.

2014-06-20: Rebooting Yesterday I wrote about coasting along. Good for when you're driving and taking in the good views, …

2014-06-19: Coasting It's a horrible thing to admit, but I've been coasting since the start of the year. While I've had …

2014-06-13: Fixie Friday - Kenny's GT Pulse via FGGT

2014-06-13: Still There Last night I took my oldest son to his coaching at the golf club. He had a great time. Chatting with …

2014-06-10: Limit Yourself Every week it seems there's another new service or product online that aims to solve the problem of …

2014-06-05: Fixie Friday - Black Warrior / KALAVINKA via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2014-06-05: Podcast recommendations ... ... by Curtis McHale.

2014-06-05: Selling advice ... ... from the trenches.

2014-06-05: Moving Swiftly on With the release of the new Swift language for Mac developers, I am now interested in trying out app …

2014-06-02: Time to think I finally got round to reading this over the weekend. Matt makes a fine case for using tools that …

2014-06-02: Markup systems ... ... for your notebook. I'm a big fan of Patrick Rhone's Dash/Plus system, but whatever suits …

2014-06-02: The Essential Eight I keep just eight apps on the home screen of my iPhone. They're the essential eight, the eight apps …

2014-05-30: Being Useful Curtis McHale knows his tried and tested from his new hotness. You should too.

2014-05-30: Four Lists Essential lists for life from Cultural Offering. Thanks Kurt.

2014-05-30: Rewarding Work For most of my career I've worked on a number of applications, systems, websites and other software …

2014-05-29: A New DuckDuckGo Sicne I started using DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine last year, I've had to content myself …

2014-05-23: Checklists Checklists are often skipped over as an aid to problem solving. They shouldn't be. They provide a …

2014-05-23: Fixie Friday - Rossin Track via FGGT, photo by Father Tu

2014-05-20: A Startup Plan ... ... without VC's, funding, rock star programmers or a hip office. It can only be Nicholas Bate.

2014-05-20: The Wrong Assumption Not surprising that George RR Martin writes his Song of Ice & Fire books on a disconnected DOS …

2014-05-16: Scots Reinstated Graham Obree and Chris Boardman have both had their Hour Record times re-instated into the record …

2014-05-16: New Bike Itch I had that 'new bike itch' again, but despite the advances in lighter materials and better …

2014-05-15: Communication Communication is important when establishing a relationship with a potential client. It can be won …

2014-05-13: Be Wealthy Nicholas Bate once again with advice on becoming wealthy Hint: It's not about working your ass off. …

2014-05-13: Paper writing tips from ... ... Kurt Harden. Here's the first: Grab them by the … whatever will get their attention. Memo? …

2014-05-13: Matt Gemmell is ... ... thinking slowly.

2014-05-13: Tolerance Tolerance is something that many of us were able to exercise before the Internet, now though it …

2014-05-09: Fixie Friday - Stratos via FGGT

2014-05-09: Bad Assumptions Assumptions about the Internet based services we use lead to the fact that only the more popular …

2014-05-09: Important Syndrome ... ... and how to beat it.

2014-05-09: Personal Branding The desire and willingness to create things that genuinely help people is the only business plan …

2014-05-09: New Instapaper I'm glad I came back to using Instapaper when I did. They've just introduced a new UI and now you …

2014-05-09: More daily routines ... ... from Kurt over at Cultural Offering.

2014-05-07: Sticking with App.net Many readers here will know of my support of the social platform, App.net, and how it has become a …

2014-05-02: Daily routines The last two months have been something of a blur. Client work has taken up most of my day now and …

2014-05-02: Fixie Friday - Somec Pista via FGGT

2014-05-01: The Cramped The new site by Patrick Rhone for those that appreciate quality pens, beautiful notebooks and the …

2014-05-01: Moving to Linode I've been reluctant to explore other services for hosting web applications, but with costs for even …

2014-04-25: Fixie Friday - James Perse City Cruiser via FGGT

2014-04-25: Are you a team player? Carl Holscher is. We all have strengths and interests. I have been the Mac Guy. But I need the …

2014-04-25: In the zone ... ... with Execupundit.

2014-04-23: Breaking Habits for the Best Even the best kept habits require a break. Regardless of how well you think it's working for you as …

2014-04-15: Software Isn't for Life Software is a form of product that will deteriorate and expire with time. With this in mind, how …

2014-04-10: The Limits of Automation The other day I experienced the limits of what automation can deliver and realized that not all …

2014-04-08: To Kill a Project Stopping a project isn't easy to do, especially when that project is based on an idea that seemed to …

2014-04-01: Balance Balance isn't something that comes up a lot when people are writing about productivity. Once you are …

2014-03-28: Fixie Friday - Mars Cycles Track via FGGT

2014-03-28: Complicated Software Complicated software looks like hard work, but does that make simple software easier. I would say …

2014-03-24: Back on the Course Yesterday was such a glorious day in terms of weather. An ideal day to get Ethan back out on the …

2014-03-24: Plain and Simple Bookmarking I seem to have a love/hate relationship with bookmark managers. I like using them yet I find faults …

2014-03-21: Ask Yourself ... .. are you being productive with the work tools you have?

2014-03-21: For the Pen & Notebook Lover In Your Life ... ... the perfect gift.

2014-03-21: Fixie Friday - Father Tu's A2 Seriously though, you have to wonder how many bikes this guy has. via FGGT Photo by Father Tu

2014-03-21: Logitech K811: A Review It's been a month now since I started using the Logitech K811 keyboard. The reason I made the switch …

2014-03-19: Mountain Bikes from NAHBS 2014 Too many beautiful bikes here to recommend one. Nice to see a few rigid singlespeed steeds in there. …

2014-03-19: Apps Are Not Solutions A nice reminder from Productivityist that apps are tools just like other tools and need to be …

2014-03-19: Need to Improve Your Business? Start here with Nicholas Bate's summary to building a better business.

2014-03-19: Testing Boundaries On a day to day basis I'm providing a service to my clients based on the programming languages I …

2014-03-14: Fixie Friday - Rose City Fix via PEDAL Consumption

2014-03-14: Does Freelancing Offer More Flexibility? Working as a freelancer doesn't offer the flexibility that I first thought it would, but is that a …

2014-03-13: Writing Takes Time When I first started blogging I thought I could simply keep on writing and the ideas would come. For …

2014-03-07: More & Less Nicholas Bate has the balance in productivity.

2014-03-07: Fixie Friday - GT Team USA via FGGT

2014-03-07: Five Dollar Value Three pounds got me a tea and hot roll this morning from my local cafe. A pot of tea which should …

2014-03-05: No More Netterpress For Me Yesterday I decided to pull the plug on the Netterpress newsletter. Saying no to your own ideas is …

2014-03-03: Project Retrospectives I'm coming to the end of a project with a client. In the past I would have made sure the client was …

2014-02-28: Fixie Friday - Stubborn Cycleworks Lightsaber via PEDAL Consumption Photo by Father Tu

2014-02-26: No Smoke, No Mirrors A reminder from Michael Wade that we need log our day as it happens. How else are you going to see …

2014-02-26: I Don't Have One A reminder from Carl Holscher that opinions on everything aren't a necessity.

2014-02-26: The Marketing Alternative to Social Networks Marketing your product online has one bad rule. It's not a rule so much as a practice. Whether it's …

2014-02-26: Make It Stick For the last couple of days I've been trying to resolve a bug in an application I'm writing for a …

2014-02-25: Remembering the Start Page Remember having a start page? I do. Everytime I would open my browser, I would be faced with a …

2014-02-21: Where's Your Own Backup? We IT folk love having backups of data, but what about backups of ourselves? Carl Holscher describes …

2014-02-21: Fixie Friday - Sean Martin's Zephyr via FGGT

2014-02-21: Switching to Annual Subscriptions Yesterday I got a hold of my credit card statement. This is the statement for the credit card that I …

2014-02-19: Social Networks: The False Ego Boost Social networks are everywhere. Some are aimed at specific individuals and markets while others just …

2014-02-19: Stir Kinetic Desk As nice as this desk is from Stir, it is way out of my price league.

2014-02-18: Netterpress - A Retrospective I'm four editions into my App.net newsletter and it has definitely been an eye-opener into running a …

2014-02-17: New Lights from Knog These are definitely one of the best brand of lights I've used for cycling. Great to see they're …

2014-02-17: Effective 7 Being effective is a seven point plan. Thanks NB.

2014-02-17: Star Wars Rebels Teaser Must catch up with The Clone Wars series before this comes on.

2014-02-17: Considering a Standing Desk Last week I hurt my back while lifting my youngest son. Five days on and the pain is still there. …

2014-02-14: Things To Do With A Bad Back All this week I had the pleasure of taking my youngest to nursery in the morning. It's been great …

2014-02-14: Fixie Friday - Cloud 9 Cycles via FGGT

2014-02-13: Who Are You? Social networks are a funny thing. They allow people who are shy or uncomfortable in crowds to be as …

2014-02-12: How to Keep a Programming Journal Keeping a journal is great for anyone looking to record their thoughts and experiences but I have …

2014-02-11: One Gesture, Multiple Actions I've been using Unread on my iPhone since it's launch and it is a joy to use. I star the articles I …

2014-02-07: Fixie Friday - Jooona's Kagero via PEDAL Consumption

2014-02-07: Plain Text Data Please Being a fan of plain text files means that I am particularly picky about the services and tools that …

2014-02-05: Write from the Beginning I need answers. Not right now, but definitely later on. I've an idea in my head to turn my Grass …

2014-02-04: Unread - The Simple RSS Reader It isn't often you find yourself using an app that is just effortless and simple to use. If you have …

2014-02-04: Bring Back DungeonKeeper I wrote about IAPs last month and now after seeing this, I will no longer support games developers …

2014-02-04: Good News for Everyone The complete list from NB.

2014-02-03: Justifying Purchases One aspect of freelancing that I didn't expect to be much of an issue was that of justifying buying …

2014-01-31: Plodders I would love to show one of my teachers this. "You're a plodder. You will never amount to …

2014-01-31: No plan involves later Curtis McHale knows the benefits of working smarter, not harder. You should too.

2014-01-31: Detach yourself ... ... for a clearer view. Thanks Michael.

2014-01-31: Mountain bike lovers beware ... ... Thomson (yes that Thomson) are making frames now. Click ahead to the frame in all its beauty …

2014-01-31: Social media is killing social media In the quest to find news users for people to follow in my Netterpress newsletter, I started putting …

2014-01-31: Fixie Friday - Victoire Cycles Polo Bike I just couldn't resist. via CycleEXIF

2014-01-29: Quality and Time I take pride in the work that I do as a web developer. I always try and deliver the best possible …

2014-01-28: Career Advice I was recently asked by a close friend for some career advice. They're in a good job with a good …

2014-01-27: Unproductive Day Today hasn't been a good day. It started going wrong before lunch-time with crossed wires with a …

2014-01-24: Fixie Friday - RAVANELLO ![](middle http://s3.matthewlang.co.uk/2014/fixie-friday-ravanello.jpeg) via FGGT photo by Father Tu …

2014-01-24: Build a Business ... ... a better business, with Nicholas Bate

2014-01-24: Lists for Life Some suggestions for lists to keep. I actually have some of these as sub-lists within my master …

2014-01-24: Great Technology Advice from MininalMac The one question you must ask yourself when you let new technology into your life: [What problem …

2014-01-24: Marked 2 - An Essential Markdown Viewer Markdown. It's become so engrained in my workflow that I barely think about the syntax now. This …

2014-01-24: Turbocharge your Lego ... ... with Atoms.

2014-01-22: How to Run Cheaters with Pow Brett Terpstra released a new version of his Cheaters cheat sheet system. Brett recommends two …

2014-01-21: Solutions with Code As a freelance developer working for a client, I don't have the luxury of daily stand ups to get the …

2014-01-17: Time to Grow? I always keep my ear to the ground when it comes to local businesses starting and closing in my …

2014-01-16: Need An Escape Plan? Nicholas Bate has some pointers to get you started.

2014-01-16: The Cinelli Hobo Notebook The journal for cyclists. I wants one. via PEDAL Consumption

2014-01-16: Offering Value One thing that I will need to focus on this year is increasing my client rosta for my freelancing …

2014-01-15: Apps - Free Isn't Free Anymore Well on the app stores at least. It's been bugging me for a while now, but you may have noticed the …

2014-01-14: Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer It's one of the few things I watch and enjoy on TV these days and also one of the very few …

2014-01-14: Budgeting Your Apps & Subscriptions As part of my smarter budgeting theme for the year, one area I'll be looking to budget better for is …

2014-01-13: Need a Productivity Boost? Nicholas Bate has 7 productivity boosters to get you on the right track again.

2014-01-10: Fixie Friday - Field Cycles Steel bike. Couldn't resist. via Cycle EXIF Update

2014-01-09: I'm done with bookmarking apps Last year I dropped Pinboard as a bookmarking manager and instead rolled my own bookmarking …

2014-01-08: Accountable Intentions I've probably read close to a dozen posts over the last week on setting resolutions. Half of the …

2013-12-30: After the Ice Storm After the ice storm that hit the Toronto area before Christmas, I managed to get a few shots of the …

2013-12-30: My Blog Plans for 2014 Last year was a great year for me in terms of blogging. I managed to write posts for most week days …

2013-12-30: Palmerston... ... a great place to write. No fast food, no traffic, no slog of a commute, no rat race, no corridor …

2013-12-27: Fixie Friday - Moth Attack Last one of 2013, enjoy! via FGGT

2013-12-20: Best bike trick of 2013 And the boundaries just got pushed even further for bike tricks. via Kottke.org

2013-12-20: Best golf shot of 2013 via Kottke.org

2013-12-20: Fixie Friday - Dosnoventa Houston via FGGT

2013-12-20: Is the blog truly dead? Every yeay I read that blogs are dead or declining in use. Blogs obviously aren't dead and I …

2013-12-13: Time to regroup The last few weeks have seen my writing tail off from the schedule I would have preferred to keep. …

2013-12-12: My First Year Freelancing The start of next year will mark my one year anniversary as a freelance web developer. It's been an …

2013-12-11: Journal Day Mark your calendars for next year, Patrick Rhone is proposing a new holiday for journal fans …

2013-12-11: More Essentials from NB This time the nicely titled, "How to be more intelligent 101". Essential reading from NB. …

2013-12-11: The Daily Capture Capturing. It's an action that I repeat every day. Although I don't have exact figures for it, I …

2013-12-10: Column Space Column space is a prize piece of real estate in a newspaper. In a medium that is restricted by …

2013-12-09: The Archive My blog archive goes as far back as 2009. A single post on a suggestion for Google Reader is all I …

2013-12-09: Don't Self-Destruct Nicholas Bate identifies the seven ways to self-destruction. Tip: Identify and eliminate these …

2013-12-09: Bike Bullies Proof that technology and search companies are not the only corporate bullies when it comes 'brand …

2013-12-06: Teaching Programming I've read quite a few articles about teaching kids how to program and write code. There's the …

2013-12-06: Fixie Friday - Rock Lobster Love the diamond tubes on the frame, really sets the bike apart from most other track bikes. via …

2013-12-05: Resistance Resistance is a natural response when you're faced with a big challenge or project. It can be all …

2013-12-02: Next Year's Motto It's the start of January and I'm already giving my motto for next year some thought. It's simply a …

2013-11-29: Fixie Friday - Skream Bikes Sprint via FGGT

2013-11-28: Confidence I'll be honest, I'm not a completely confident person. For those that know me personally this will …

2013-11-27: Goodbye Taskpaper, Hello Todoist This week I migrated my master list over to the Todoist service. I've been using Taskpaper for most …

2013-11-25: Sharpening the Saw: Shortcut Keys I managed to catch up on my queue of podcasts this morning and one of the topics on discussion on …

2013-11-22: Fixie Friday - Giovanni Pelizzoli Ciocc via FGGT (photo by Eroica Cicli)

2013-11-22: My Background Tools For programmers, there's two tools that they will use everyday. A terminal and a text editor. For …

2013-11-21: Personal Producitivty I've read lots of articles about being productive, but what I have yet to see is actual results. …

2013-11-20: Trying out TextExpander One tool that I have yet to fully embrace in my day to day work is a text expander. Back in my days …

2013-11-19: Admitting Defeat It's not often that I have days like today. Days where even the best laid plans are completely …

2013-11-18: More Random Thoughts ... ... from Michael Wade. If you do not have a stack of unread books at home then there is no hope for …

2013-11-18: Limiting Your Social Networks Many of you will know through my posts that I'm a big App.net fan. It's my goto place when I want to …

2013-11-15: Fixie Friday - No Quarter Plum Crazy Being a new frame builder in the UK, I just had to link to this amazing restored 1970's track bike …

2013-11-14: My Seven Essential Daily Tools I'm always reviewing the tools I'm using on a daily basis, and last week I wondered what tools I was …

2013-11-14: The Coach Who Never Punts As an American football fan, I thought this was such a refreshing take on the game. Given that this …

2013-11-13: Nice Idea ... I'd like to order a couple of sets of these iPad stands for the different iPads in the house. via …

2013-11-13: No Excuse Now Nicholas Bate is giving away some great resources for free or at reduced prices. Don't miss out!

2013-11-13: My Daily Reading List One habit I've managed to sustain this year is my daily reading list. It grew out of the fact there …

2013-11-12: The App.net Newsletter: An Update It's been a couple of weeks now since I first presented the idea of a newsletter for App.net. A lot …

2013-11-11: Use the Right Tool for the Job When I started freelancing I used email to store lots of things my clients would send me. I would …

2013-11-08: Fixie Friday - Team Raleigh Track via FGGT

2013-11-07: A Lasting Impression How many people have you encountered in life that have really left a lasting impression on you for …

2013-11-06: Trello Power Tips Some bloody useful Trello tips from my man in British Columbia. Thanks Curtis.

2013-11-06: Habits That Didn't Stick I've tried to start a number of new habits over the last few months, some of them have stuck, some …

2013-11-05: Why I'm Considering Evernote Again Plain text files. I love them. They're portable, easy to manipulate and work with hundreds of …

2013-11-04: Build a Better Business ... ... the executive's summary.

2013-11-04: Random Thoughts ... but always helpful. Thanks Michael.

2013-11-04: The Good Life Great find by Kurt..

2013-11-04: What's Your Personal Laws? A brilliant idea. A bit like a manifesto, but I would say I was more likely to follow a law than a …

2013-11-04: Back to Sketchnoting A while back I talked about looking to get back to mind mapping again but in the last few months …

2013-11-01: Book Reviews #1 I decided to lump these together in one post rather than drag them out into seperate posts. I'll …

2013-11-01: Fixie Friday - Yasujiro Nudity A beautifully put together bike. Frames like this deserve only the best components. via FGGT

2013-10-31: Idea: An App.net Newsletter Last night I posted to App.net an idea for a premium newsletter that aggregates and reports on …

2013-10-30: Little reminder ... ... from Adam Keys that you should reserve a place for work only. The big idea from that article, …

2013-10-30: Mug for Merckx Fans Even if you don't drink coffee, this is a must buy if you're a cycling fan. via PedalConsumption

2013-10-30: The Most Honored Photograph An amazing account of how an American photoreconnaissance team, in a battered B-17 called Old 666, …

2013-10-30: Journalong Update A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would be rewriting the Journalong application complete with a new …

2013-10-29: Winging it ... ... is such a bad move for a manager. Don't be that manager. Read on at Execupundit to see the …

2013-10-29: Trello: A Restrospective For the last two weeks I've been using Trello instead of Taskpaper for managing projects like …

2013-10-28: My Pyramid of Products and Services Eric Davis' book on long term contracts, recommends making long term contracts the top tier of your …

2013-10-25: What's My End Game? During one of my capture sessions from my inbox, I came across this question in Eric Davis' …

2013-10-25: Fixie Friday - Race Green Cannondale Track Nice racing green also the bars are rather good as well. via Pedal Consumption

2013-10-24: The Best and Worst of Freelancing When I first started freelancing, I thought I had the perfect job. Setting my own hours, working …

2013-10-23: Removing the Digital Deadwood Programmers have always got old code lying around. Forgotten applications, libraries, ideas and …

2013-10-22: Lean Product Hosting You don't get anything for free in life, and that is definitely true for hosting platforms. In …

2013-10-21: What's Your Notifications Strategy? At any one time there are usually three devices sitting on my desk. A laptop, a phone and a tablet. …

2013-10-18: Fixie Friday - Roda Gira Titanium Frame via PedalConsumption

2013-10-18: A better you I can't wait to get NB's latest book.

2013-10-18: Navigating life ... ... with our guide, Kurt Harden.

2013-10-17: Am I Doing This TDD Thing Right? I've been building web applications in Ruby, on a full-time basis, for a couple of years now. During …

2013-10-16: My Blogging History Curtis McHale has invited his readers to write about their blogging history, so here's mine. My …

2013-10-15: Getting to Know Projects in Sublime Text When I started using Sublime Text 2, I didn't use Sublime's projects feature. This year though, I've …

2013-10-14: Say Hello to Linkalong I mentioned previously that I was interested in building a replacement bookmarking application for …

2013-10-11: Great call to action ... ... from Patrick Rhone.

2013-10-11: Switching to Trello for Project Management I'm halfway through Curtis McHale's book on turning your freelance career into a viable business and …

2013-10-11: NHL Goal of the Season This has to be the goal of the season. via kotte.org

2013-10-10: How to Find People on App.net A couple of days ago I wrote about what I perceived as a problem on App.net. Finding actual …

2013-10-08: Blog Heroes #7 - Steven Pressfield If I'm being honest, I can't exactly remember how I stumbled across Steven's blog. It was a few …

2013-10-08: Finding People on App.net While flicking through my App.net timeline last week, I stumbled across a post by Guido Osorios …

2013-10-07: Project Updates Last week I found myself once again buried under a pile of work and projects that I wanted to do. …

2013-09-27: Fixie Friday - Digital Camo F550 via FGGT

2013-09-27: Planned Features for Journalong With Journalong still fresh in my head I thought I would list a few of the features that I am …

2013-09-25: Late to the Party While the rest of the family were getting ready this morning, I sat at the edge of my bed and …

2013-09-24: What Is LinkedIn For? Yesterday I read a blog post about a LinkedIn user who was unhappy with the service and had opted to …

2013-09-23: No Tests Please, I'm Having Fun I want to be a good developer and develop applications that are thoroughly tested but when was the …

2013-09-20: Take the Risk Another one for the playlist.

2013-09-20: A Simple Business Plan ... ... for the masses. No sense in starting a business unless it's viable. This is definitely a good …

2013-09-20: What's Your Swing Like? I've seen some whacky swings at the driving range, but most of the time the swing has the desired …

2013-09-20: Getting Things Done with Curtis Curtis' post gave me the kick I needed yesterday. You are choosing to do other things instead of …

2013-09-20: A Great Future ... ... is predicted by Nicholas Bate. I look forward to it.

2013-09-20: Blog Heroes #6 - James Shelley I first discovered James Shelley through Patrick Rhone's Twitter account just a couple of years ago. …

2013-09-19: Dear Retailers: Customers Vote With Their Feet A couple of weeks ago me, Jen and the kids headed to our nearest big electrical store, Currys at …

2013-09-18: Scheduling Time for Products When I first started working independently at the start of the year, I had grand visions of being …

2013-09-17: Considering an Alternative to Heroku I've hosted my blog on Heroku for a while now. I also have a number of other apps including …

2013-09-16: The Small Things Matter Last week I talked about why I was bored of the hype surrounding the release of Apple's two new …

2013-09-13: The Future of Writing is Here And it's called Markdown. Honestly, it's a simple markup that anyone can use.

2013-09-13: Fixie Friday - Rustic Leader Kagero via FGGT

2013-09-13: Why Paying For App Upgrades Is Good The excellent RSS reader client, Reeder received a welcome upgrade this week in the form of the new …

2013-09-12: Choosing My Next Games Console The console war has begun for the next generation of gamers, but choosing between either of these …

2013-09-11: My Sublime Text 3 Setup The text editor. The programmer's most important tool and the center of an ongoing debate that will …

2013-09-10: Bored of the Hype Yet another big Apple announcement goes by and yet again we see just marginal improvements on the …

2013-09-09: Curating Value Jame Shelley is spot on with his observation on the value of curating.

2013-09-09: My Problem I read Matt's post without even giving a thought to applying it to writing code like Curtis has. I …

2013-09-09: Preordered: Nicholas Bate's New Book It's a no brainer really. Books by NB are straight to the point and easy to act upon. I'm looking …

2013-09-09: A Thank You to All Open Source Developers Right now all over the world, open source software is being used by millions of people. Most of …

2013-09-06: Fixie Friday - Wu Tang Bike Killer bike for the clan. via FGGT

2013-09-06: Blog Heroes #5 - Patrick Rhone Patrick Rhone. Writer, curator, Mac fan, thinker, family man and blog hero. Did I miss anything? …

2013-09-05: The Sticker Business Model Path, the social network that limits you to just 150 people, just pushed a new update to their app …

2013-09-04: An Unproductive Day I just had a very unproductive day trying to implement a search addon for a customer. From first …

2013-09-03: Micro Changes Reviewing and adjusting your workflow is good practice as a freelancer if you want to minimise the …

2013-09-02: My iPad Setup I wrote last week about finding purpose for my iPad, a tool that I feel was underused. Over the …

2013-08-30: Doing More with Less A little reminder from Michael Wade that even with ten minutes, you can do a lot. But for small …

2013-08-30: Fixie Friday - Pink & Black Leader KAGERO via Pedal Consumption

2013-08-30: Finding Purpose for my iPad A while ago I wrote about my iPhone setup. I wanted to follow it up with a post on my iPad setup, …

2013-08-29: A Web Developer's Playground I'm ashamed to admit it, but I really don't have enough of my code available for others to see. I'm …

2013-08-28: Giving Draft Another Chance I'm writing this blog post on the web application, Draft. It's been a while since I used it. I …

2013-08-27: Filtering the Signals from the Noise I mentioned yesterday that the web can be a great platform for communicating and change, but is …

2013-08-26: Be a Good Netizen The internet is an amazing platform for the world to communicate and innovate on. It can provide …

2013-08-23: Got an Idea for a Book? Start with Steven Pressfield's Foolscap Method to get yourself started.

2013-08-23: Celebrate Your Success Working as a freelancer can be lonely. When it comes to celebrating client and project success, …

2013-08-23: Away But Not Forgotten NB is off the grid for the moment, but Kurt Harden has a great place to start if you want to start …

2013-08-23: Almost Additions to the Reading List Just a few more e-books that I am considering purchasing or they're not released yet. Everyday …

2013-08-22: New Additions to the Reading List Some additions to my current reading list involve a couple of new e-books that I have purchased …

2013-08-21: DuckDuckGo: A Retrospective Since I went Google free, I've been using DuckDuckGo as my main search engine. It wasn't really the …

2013-08-20: Just a Nudge Meet my son Ethan. He loves playing golf. He's also quite good at it. He might not be the next big …

2013-08-18: Blog Heroes #4 - Curtis McHale When I first started considering the idea of freelancing a couple of years ago, I started to …

2013-08-16: Fixie Friday - Neon Leader Kagero via Pedal Consumption

2013-08-16: School Day I'm in my mid-thirties now. 36 years living on this blue marble in space. In that time I've had bits …

2013-08-15: My Ideal Bookmarking Application I've been using Pinboard for sometime now for managing my bookmarks. I can't complain about the …

2013-08-14: The Windowless Aircraft On my recent trip to Toronto to visit my in-laws, I noticed something on the flight as we flew over …

2013-08-13: 3 Ways to Tell the World About Your Idea An idea is nothing unless you can tell it to someone else. With the world on the web at your hands, …

2013-08-13: Star Wars Weather ... ... where you are.

2013-08-13: Marginal Gains ... ... have been proven to work. So why not use them? Thanks Curtis.

2013-08-13: Breaking It Down ... ... with Adam Keys. Not all tricky problems are complex. Some are presented in a complex way, some …

2013-08-11: Just Write About It Every time I write a post for my blog, I ask myself this question: What if the majority of my …

2013-08-06: Grass Roots Productivity I must have read hundreds of articles on productivity, getting things done, todo lists and of course …

2013-08-05: A Reminder About Your Notes Patrick Rhone reminds us that our notes are always there for us. I have found that the longer my …

2013-08-05: Hunter's Moon Over the Alps There's more where this came from on the Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist. via Mme. …

2013-08-05: How to Work From a Shed ... ... when you don't have a shed. Matt Gemmell offers some great advice on getting it done.

2013-08-04: Blog Heroes #3 - Kurt Harden I first started following Kurt's blog, Cultural Offering, on the recommendation of Nicholas Bate a …

2013-08-02: Fixie Friday - Frenorosso via FGGT