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

Inter-face lift

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.

September 19, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Whoops, Ubuntu did it again!

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.

September 18, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Geany & Sweep

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.

September 16, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Acer Perspire One

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.

September 10, 2008 by Jake Rayson


CSS on a tight leash

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…).

September 7, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Zero Config

Shock horror, I had to actually print out a paper letter today. This is the first time in probably 6 months.

September 2, 2008 by Jake Rayson


A tool

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.

August 25, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Lessons What I Have Learnt

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.

August 19, 2008 by Jake Rayson