Jake Rayson Rayson

Freelance blogger (not sure if paid?)

<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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Hush hush GPG

Hush hush GPG

I'm in the midst of Top Secret work again, because my life is incredibly, nay, unbearably exciting. The client had to send over some Sensitive Material, and rather than just leave it on the bus on USB stick for me to pick up later, they've decided to encrypt it using GPG (or GNU Privacy Guard), an Free variation on PGP.

October 8, 2009 by in Developer

GNOME Do What?!

GNOME Do What?!

On my quest for ever smaller icons and ever smaller finger movements on my Acer Aspire One Natty Book, I have come across GNOME Do. This is an application launcher based on the Mac's Quicksilver and Gnome Launch Box.

September 23, 2008 by in Developer

Locking up the monkey

Locking up the monkey

Over the past few weeks, the Email Service Provider MailChimp has announced a slew, well, three, new security measures. Security is always a balancing act, between ease-of-use and effectiveness.

May 27, 2011 by in Developer

Back on track

Back on track

Within an hour of arriving back in Blighty yesterday, I had located and reserved an Acer Aspire One (hereafter affectionately acronymed as the AA1), now only £180 from Currys. Now all I have to do is reinstall Ubuntu, the AA1 tweaks & fixes, my most favourite software and my settings (easily done, as I simply have to copy over my home directory).

November 13, 2008 by in Developer

Job hunting? Keep Facebook private!

Job hunting? Keep Facebook private!

I heard a small but invaluable piece of advice at a meeting yesterday: if you are looking for a job, then make sure your Facebook profile is set to private.The accountant chap I was talking to said he had turned down an applicant purely on their Facebook shenanigans.

June 9, 2011 by in Developer