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

Cinnamon is tasty Linux Mint treat

I have recently discovered the delights of Garam Masala in my Anglo-Indian fusion curry adventures. It adds just the right note of warm, spicy afterglow to the Perfect Curry.

February 28, 2012 by Jake Rayson


No data limits? No data!

@3uk Picture this: I’m sat on the train, with my Android mobile tethered to my laptop, eking out my paltry 500MB of data bandwidth from Vodafone by turning off all images in my browser.I spy a poster, a big poster, boldly proclaiming:Goodbye data limits.

February 28, 2012 by Jake Rayson


I am a mighty advertiser!

I’ve noticed an interesting trend of late in the social networking world: micro-advertising. Google have embarked on yet another Google Adwords mailout campaign, with a £50 off deal.

February 21, 2012 by Jake Rayson

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Image optimizers. Free.

Oh Free Software, how brilliant are you? I was looking for an online PNG (oronounced “ping” graphics format optimizer, to squash down my delightful but chunky graphics.

February 17, 2012 by Jake Rayson

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No Chrome Movement

I have been thinking, dangerous but true. Much of what I like in the world of web design and computing is when the interface gets out of the way, allowing the user untrammelled access to the task at hand.

February 16, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Kids are the future. Teach ’em to code.

I ♥ GitHub; I ♥ the shiny Open Source goodness of their shared code repository versioningness, I ♥ the commercial option for private repositories, I ♥ the website, I ♥ how easy it is to keep your oft-used projects local and up-to-date, and I ♥ the command line simplicity of Git.And I ♥ it that they’re hosting the first US CoderDojo for kids, aged 7-18.

February 10, 2012 by Jake Rayson


The open web needs you NOW: a summary

Daniel Glazman @glazou, co-chairman of the CSS Working Group, has published a dramatic call for action entitled The open web needs you NOW, which has swept like wildfire across the web community.He is asking that websites don’t cater solely for webkit-based browsers (that’s Safari, Chrome and most Android & iOS browsers).

February 10, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Why I treat IE6 like a Nokia 3210

Nearly 3 years ago, that clever old bastard and emigre-wannabe @Malarkey wrote a Universal Stylesheet for the much maligned browser Internet Explorer 6. In the words of @zkhan, “it's essentially serve IE6 text only, but dressed up as though you're being kind”.

February 7, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Kickstart new Google web fonts

As a Free Software stalwart, I’ve long considered Google Web Fonts a magnificent service: the fonts are Free, and Google hosts them for free, so that everyone can have web fonts on their websites.I also came across Kickstarter a few months ago, via the educationalist Phil Shapiro, and have indeed contributed to the book Don’t Go Back to School.

February 2, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Linux Minterface

Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical has announced Ubuntu's new Heads Up Display, catchily titled The Intenterface. I like the look of it a lot, as I said previously, the Sublime Text editor uses a form of it already.

January 30, 2012 by Jake Rayson