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The Green is (almost) Back

Posted: 2018-11-23 | 2 minute read

Over 15 years ago in 2002, I bought the domain and commenced developing a PHP-based blog with photos and widgety things. Looking back, it was during Uni times and we had a lot of birthday parties and general social activity (not a lot of studying was going on), which was published on my website. Features were added over time including a photo gallery, comments, “yell” box, user accounts and the like.


Counting lines of code in Koi CMS

Posted: 2018-10-22 | 4 minute read

My friend @boyter has written a lot about counting lines of code, so I thought I’d have a stab at running his fantastically fast source code counter “Sloc, Cloc and Code” scc over the Koi CMS codebase to see what it thinks. Firstly, if you haven’t thought about counting lines of code or want to know more, Ben has written a lot about this, so check out these links:


Analytics as Code

Posted: 2018-10-04 | 19 minute read

This is a partially-baked idea, so be warned. But I really wanted to get this out there in writing, mainly to see how the idea unfolds. Since thinking about this quite a lot, I’ve only seen a couple of other examples of it in the wild and I’d love to take it beyond being theoretical. You may have heard of Infrastructure as Code, described as: Infrastructure as code (IaC) is the process of managing and provisioning computer data centers through machine-readable definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration or interactive configuration tools.


Using Amazon Rekognition to produce better alt tags

Posted: 2018-09-25 | 7 minute read

I haven’t had a tech post for a while so I figured it was about time I discussed one of many AWS services available today: Amazon Rekognition. It’s certainly an awkward word to type, but what can we do with it? I added a ticket to my backlog, simply: “Do something interesting with AWS Rekognition”. This post is the result of doing something interesting! I’m a bit lazy when it comes to adding alt text to images on my site and I know this has direct implications for SEO and accessibility.


The Humble MiniDisc

Posted: 2018-08-29 | 14 minute read

Ah, the humble little disc in a hard shell known as a MiniDisc. It’s a little hard to believe how old the format really is! Today’s blog comes to you with kind support from ATRAC and the magneto optical community. Yes, it’s the world of MD. A history lesson Today’s blog will focus on the period I know best: late 1990’s until more recently. But first… Sony worked to develop the MiniDisc technology as a competitor to Panasonic’s Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) and Sony’s own Digital Audio Tape (DAT).