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

How hard can programming be?

I was bemoaning the lack of a polished GUI text editor for Linux.orI was waxing lyrical about the elegantly finished open source GUI text editors on Windows, such as Notepad++ and Notepad2, and Smultron on the Mac.

August 14, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Set your folders to synch

My modest library of home movies in uncompressed AVI format have had to make way for proper work. This has meant backing up all my photos and movies, and then embarking upon a spot of synchronisation on my lusty, Ubuntu-driven ThinkPad X60s.

August 13, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Don't be so dim

Generally, my enthusiasm for Ubuntu remains undimmed. Except for the odd niggle.

August 1, 2008 by Jake Rayson


People <em>still</em> don't know!

I have been hustling for freelance work, now that I’m a part-timer at The Ministry. Whoa, that’s the lowest of the low, surely, a contractor and a part-timer?

August 1, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Hush hush

For over a week now, I have been working remotely, Friday 18th July being my last official day of full-time freelance employment at The Ministry. I’m working 3 days a week and 2 of those remotely.

August 1, 2008 by Jake Rayson


People don't know Pt.II

I very graciously let a friend use my hallowed & fusty old Ubuntu-fuelled ThinkPad X60s to check her Hotmail account using Firefox. It all went without hitch, except for the snide comments about “PCs” in general (she’s a MacFan) and the inevitable first-time fumbling with the Trackpoint.

July 29, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Remote waiting

I took a trip to my old stomping grounds of Bristol, over in the Mild, Mild West, had my teeth mended and caught up with some old friends. I also managed some Remote Working on the train, on my crusty ThinkPad X60s.

July 23, 2008 by Jake Rayson


Have you turned it on?

I was about to post a blog following up on my Ubuntu Hardy Heron installation, bemoaning the fact that all of a sudden my audio stopped working. I had played with all the settings in System->Preferences->Sound, plus adjusted everything I could think of in the Volume Control.

July 21, 2008 by Jake Rayson