So you think you’re in control of your website?

I’ve recently been approached about a project for me to work on, part-time and on the side.  This itself isn’t unusual, but it’s one of a very small minority which I think is a good idea and has some promise.  I’ll not go into details about it, as I don’t know the full details of […]

Coding basics: DRY programming

I’ve been working on an old code base recently, a one which I have inherited, and looking through it I was frustrated at a lot of the code involved.  Don’t get me wrong, that’s normal for most programmers when they inherit an old project, but I’m not sure this followed good programming practices from when […]

Home Media Server – Part 3 – Samba Configuration

As part of the file server set up, I’ve created a Samba share in order to facilitate easily adding files to it form other devices around the house.  It’s not been plain sailing, and I’m still not convinced my setup is right, but here’s the pain steps I went through using the terminal on Debian:

Installing non-free network drivers on Debian

As you might have seen, I’ve been building, and setting up my home server, and during that time, I had a lot of issues getting things working.  Some were from my own stupidity (like installing the GRUB loader on the wrong hard drive so it wouldn’t be read at boot time) and others weren’t so much my fault, […]

Home file server – part 2

After posting my intention of building a home file server for storing my movies, pictures, music and probably other files, I had to order some new hard drives to give me the space I think I will need.  They have now arrived so I get to install those into the case, and then set up the operating system […]

Home file server update

I’ve not forgotten to post about my file server, I just haven’t finished setting it up yet, and therefore haven’t finished the post.  I’m running into some issues getting the operating system to work how I want it.  It sound picky, but there’s some hardware issues involved too, which are being a pain.

Creating a home file server – Part 1

This post is the start of a series on setting up a home file server. There’s lots of them out there, but I wanted to document the process I have gone through so that I have a record of it in future, and so that there is an up-to-date resource somewhere online for doing it.

That was a nice break

I’ve been away for a short time, but it’s easily explainable.  I got married!  Yup, not all coders are loners; I’m one of them.  I got married at the end of May and went on my honeymoon to Mexico a couple of days later.  During that time I didn’t use the internet and most other […]

Performance issues with SASS generated CSS and missing sourcemaps

I’m a big fan of anything which makes my life easier, and when it comes to web development and styling things, SASS ticks just about every box I need.  I’m not going to go into what SASS is, but you can see what it’s all about over at sass-lang.com. (PRO TIP, don’t go searching “get sass” with […]

Building my roadmap

Having just released version 5.1.4 of my website which brought in the ability to contact me, I thought about all the other features I want to build into this site.  I debated not putting that sort of detail on here as it might indicate how feature lacking this actually is, but then I realised that I’ve got nothing […]