Jake Rayson

A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text. As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology). For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions. I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.

Latest Posts

Modular kitchen systems

One of the joys of moving into a new house is fitting a new kitchen, and I have learnt a lot about kitchens over the past few days. When you're fitting kitchens, modularity is king.

November 29, 2008 by Jake Rayson


AA1 Ubuntu bugs & niggly bits

I recently installed Ubuntu Linux 'Intrepid Ibex' on my chintzy Acer Aspire One and there have been a number of glitches with the updates (no sound, fan not working properly, keys playing up, card reader reading less than usual...).

November 23, 2008 by Jake Rayson

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Introduction to synthesis with Pure Data

A shameless plug for a good man’s book!I met Andy Farnell because he was leading an audio synthesis session at a Pure Data workshop run by Goto10 (who are purveyors of a fine multi-media Linux distribution called pure:dyne).

November 20, 2008 by Jake Rayson


A bucket with a hole by any other name

A good friend of mine is having ongoing and traumatic connection problems with 3 Mobile Broadband (the joke is that 3 stands for 3% chance of connecting). The hapless operator admitted as much that there have been significant connectivity problems in certain areas (in such out of the way places as North London!

November 19, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Back on track

Within an hour of arriving back in Blighty yesterday, I had located and reserved an Acer Aspire One (hereafter affectionately acronymed as the AA1), now only £180 from Currys. Now all I have to do is reinstall Ubuntu, the AA1 tweaks & fixes, my most favourite software and my settings (easily done, as I simply have to copy over my home directory).

November 13, 2008 by Jake Rayson



Guadalajara is one huge sprawling busy urban megatropolis. I accept defeat graciously, and alas I´m bowing out from any sensible blog entries for October.

October 17, 2008 by Jake Rayson

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The quest for a Mexican netbook

I feel bereft, without a netbook to be called my own, and spending the next month travelling around all of Mexico. My last Acer Aspire One broke while I hamfistedly tried to upgrade its RAM, so I am forced to write longhand using a pen in a book with old school hand writing, and then to transcribe these scribbles via the medium of the internet.

October 5, 2008 by Jake Rayson


What could possibly go wrong?

Last week I attempted to install an extra 1GB of RAM on my Acer Aspire One (affectionately known as the AA1). I diligently followed the instructions on the Aspire One User web site.

October 4, 2008 by Jake Rayson


GNOME Do What?!

On my quest for ever smaller icons and ever smaller finger movements on my Acer Aspire One Natty Book, I have come across GNOME Do. This is an application launcher based on the Mac's Quicksilver and Gnome Launch Box.

September 23, 2008 by Jake Rayson