Jake Rayson Rayson

<p>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. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>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). </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>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. </p>

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Chunky Data & HTML5

Chunky Data & HTML5

Anyone familiar with Ruby should be familiar with Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby, a satisfyingly leftfield guide, to Ruby. It features foxes, Blix the cat and a pet ham.

published December 8, 2011 by

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Name your heroes

Name your heroes

Speakers for Schools is a new charity that brings "field leaders", experts and Captains of Industry to speak in state schools. It was founded by the BBC's very own Business Editor Robert Peston, himself a protégé of the comprehensive system.

published December 7, 2011 by

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Sorry Vim, my brain's too small

Sorry Vim, my brain's too small

I have been trying so hard to learn Vim but I have after hours of trying to turn off hard wraps. I want soft wraps, I can't figure it out after about 3 hours, it's time for me to hang up my programmer pretensions and use a tool that works for me.

published December 6, 2011 by

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Ubuntu Linux Everywhere

Ubuntu Linux Everywhere

Otherwise known as The Convergence of EverythingMark Shuttleworth, famed trailblazer for Ubuntu Linux and head cheese at Canonical, has written a fascinating, powerful and succint vision of the future.In his own words: “By 14.

published November 30, 2011 by

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Security: More is Less

Security: More is Less

In these days of identity impersonation and unscrupulous restaurants filching your credit card details, security is right up there with flossing and backing up data as something you really ought to consider though most people don't really.But you can have too much of a good thing.

published November 30, 2011 by

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Tomboy notes alternative

Tomboy notes alternative

Following the news that Mono is likely to be banished from Ubuntu hereandeverafter, and now graced with the knowledge that Tomboy will likely be an orphaned elephant in the corner of my operating system, the search is on for an Open Source alternative which I can access from other platforms and devices. Is there such a beast?

published November 22, 2011 by

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Some odd censorship

Some odd censorship

Like somebody's 20th century grandad, I finally managed to work out how to "tether" my 3G phone to my laptop. It's like the glory days again, being connected via a modem but without the whirring screeches of yesteryear.

published November 22, 2011 by

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LESS hubris, more humility

LESS hubris, more humility

For CSS hacks like myself, there are a couple of "CSS preprocessors" out in the wild which can make your life much, much easier. They allow a mere non-programmer front end developer mortals to use variables (gasp), mixins (what?

published November 9, 2011 by

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Wiggle that website

Wiggle that website

Not many people know about the loneliness of the Front End Developer (FED;). However, it's a fact that many projects will have an array of programmers but only one soul FED.

published October 21, 2011 by

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No network

No network

No internet and no mobile for a whole week. That's what happened when I visited the Preseli Mountains in west west Wales.

published October 15, 2011 by

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