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

Sublime code folding

I've just used the code folding in my all new favourite text editor Sublime. And it's rather nice:That's all!

January 23, 2012 by Jake Rayson


The way things were

I recently had a bout of the Seasonal Flu, and one of the few bonuses was that I lay in bed and watched old episodes of The Antiques Roadshow. There is something so gloriously timeless about the show, how a medieval glass goblet looks pretty much the same now as it did in the '70s.

January 23, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Linux should be like a window

George Orwell wrote "Good prose is like a window pane". Good software is the same, so that you are concentrating on what you are doing, not how you are doing it.

January 19, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Holier than thou

At my last contract job, building a gloriously swift website in Drupal, I decided to give generously of my generous contract income to Free Software. Notepad++ is my perennial Windows text editor of choice, even in the light of the oncoming (proprietary) text editor juggernaut that is Sublime.

January 15, 2012 by Jake Rayson


Drupal vs. Ruby

Or, to put it more verbosely: When to use a Web Application Framework rather than a Web Content PlatformNo, I am not a flaming firestarter, I just wanted to share some thoughts. I have a couple of projects on the boil at the moment, one is my own portfolio site, the other yet another recipe site, with a seasonal twist.

December 29, 2011 by Jake Rayson


Linux Minted

Yesterday I installed Linux Mint 12, almost officially the world's most popular Linux distro, made easy for simpletons such as myself. I was swayed by ZDNet contributor Jamie Watson, as he has detailed the progress of Linux Mint 12 thoroughly.

December 21, 2011 by Jake Rayson


How do you look without images?

Have you ever considered how your website looks if the user has images turned off?I only ask because I have tethered my Android phone to my laptop using EasyTether (darned proprietary software but I couldn't get the Free stuff to work).

December 12, 2011 by Jake Rayson