Blogs Posts by Nick McHardy

Welcome to my blog, where I cover tech, games and whatever else that’s interesting in the universe like vinyl, fusion jazz and side projects.

This website is inspired by the web of the late 90s - no, not just the style of the site - but also harking back to a time when people would set up websites (probably on Geocities or similar) and write about anything that interested them. Most of the websites looked terrible (my first few sites were no exception) but it was so liberating having your own site. So here’s my modern-day version of that late 90s vibe.

Not sure where to start? Here are some blogs to get you started:

There’s also a 🍊 Garden Diary to check out. It’s sometimes updated as the seasons change.

Latest Posts

Markdown to HTML Theme Test

📅 Posted 2021-02-02 (5 minute read)

This document aims to test a custom JavaScript-based Markdown editor which is easy to use and covers all features supported by Hugo, the fastest static site generator. It’s a WYSIWYG editor which takes over a textarea element in a web app. Probably the closest editor which is similar (but not identical) is https://simplemde.com/ I guess you could say this is not a real blog entry. Here’s an emoji: 😊 Tech Alignment Assumed to be delivered in a .

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Interview Questions

📅 Posted 2021-01-22 (17 minute read)

This post was inspired by one of my mates, Boyter and his post about intern interview questions. Thanks for letting me answer your list of questions! I was fascinated with both the questions and his answers and figured I could have a shot at answering these myself to see where we get to. I met Boyter when we had a bit of a LAN party group going during high school because of mutual friends, so this would’ve been in the late 90’s.

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How Shigeru Miyamoto Inspires Architecture and Leadership in Me

📅 Posted 2021-01-13 (12 minute read)

I was reading this article in The New Yorker the other day and I suddenly felt inspired to write my own reflection. The article of course pulls strongly on the nostalgia strings. But it’s also a story of leadership, too, and I’m in that era of my career/life where suddenly that’s actually really interesting. It’s 11pm. The room I’m in is a toasty 25’C. I’ve got some beats playing on headphones by Mitch Murder and I’m sipping ground black sesame and honey in hot milk.

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Last post for 2020

📅 Posted 2020-12-31 (7 minute read)

Well, I thought I would have more time for this, but as luck would have it, I’m writing this on a mere 2.5 hours away from the magic midnight-new-year deadline. So I’ll just write whatever comes to mind and I feel like sharing. I’ll share whatever photo I’ve taken recently as the featured photo. Here’s a cricket bat stuck in the tree, for safe keeping, in Ashfield. Oh, I’ve got a few photos taken which I should really get onto the site in the garden diary but they will have to wait until next year.

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A question of scaling

📅 Posted 2020-12-04 (4 minute read)

For some background, I run a small web design/hosting/what-have-you business on the side of my main career. I’ve written about this before here. Interestingly, most of my clients are either dentists or dental specialists. I thought it’s time to think back over the past 12 months - as much as they’ve been pretty unusual - and reflect on what’s next for the little old purple toaster. I’ve continued to maintain the serverless CMS “Koi CMS” that I created, since it does make maintaining websites so very nice (I’m using it right now, of course!

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