It was my last day at The Ministry a week ago, everyone had a whip round and I'm now the proud owner of a Space Hopper.What I will miss is the lifts, proper right 21st century lifts.
Web design & Free Software
Free Software tools & technologies for web design & front-end development.
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.
I know, I keep going on about it. But this time, I plugged in a friend's Epson Stylus CX5200 and Ubuntu linux spotted it a mile away, all auto configured and ready to scan 'n print.
No, not a new children's TV programme. Geany is a lightweight text editor that uses Scintilla, the same text engine that my favouritest text editor Notepad++ uses.
I don’t want to bang on about how great Ubuntu linux is. Well, actually, I do.
I had ordered an Asus Eee from Amazon way way back in July, to jump on the overcrowded netbook bandwagon, and to be able to flourish redundant technology on the tube with a knowing smile that within a year everyone's niece and nephew will have one at playschool. But the Eee didn't go "Eeeeee" all the way home.
My time at The Ministry is soon to draw to a close, and I have written some scintillating documentation as a parting gift. The most important by far is entitled CSS management (I have a way with words…).
Shock horror, I had to actually print out a paper letter today. This is the first time in probably 6 months.
It is easy to forget that the computer is just a tool, a means to an end. It might be fun, it might be interesting, heck, you might even scrape a living out of it.
I recently finished my first proper bit of remote web building work as an independent web designer/builder! And here are the lessons I gleaned, with the help of the effervescent Mr A.
Hands up who didn’t read the spec properly :*). Foolish, schoolbory error.