Latest diary entries

Ramblings about cats, games and miscellanea.

A Short Interlude

So, my new site is ready on my dev machine, but when it came to deploying it to this server, I ran into a bit of a dependency issue. Long story short, I can either plough ahead and risk breaking important things, abandon my deployment system, rip out half my code, or get a new server.

Seeing as the first three will be a pain and I was going to be replacing this server soon anyway, I'm not really tempted to spend the night trying to get it to work here. The catch is that I can't shut ...

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All Change

Last year I made an important decision: it was time to quit my job.

Regular readers will know that I don't exactly have a job - I've been freelance since I left university, picking up work wherever I found it, mostly working directly for people who want websites. The problem has been that most of my clients' priorities were things like design, content and SEO - but I'm a programmer at heart, so didn't exactly find that enjoyable. Not that you can expect any job to be fun and games all the time, but I also made some ...

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Happy Christmas etc

It's that time of year again when puts on its christmas costume and rolls out the TCMI! Sadly I'm phoning it in again this year - I've been working on a new design for the site on and off for the past few months (mostly off), but haven't found the time to finish it yet, let alone do a christmas version. Play the old advent calendar and pretend it's new!

In fact, 2012 has been a bit of disaster as far as is concerned - only 4 diary entries, an all-time low. I ...

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Cookie Consent for Dawdling Developers

I have written a JavaScript thing which will make it nice and easy for you to comply with the new EU/UK cookie law. It's called cookieuse, it's small and customisable, and unlike most of the other cookie consent scripts that I've found, it was written after the ICO backtracked on implied consent.

If you're a web developer who hasn't quite got around to doing anything about the new law yet because it was going to ruin your analytics and social media buttons, and you were hoping the ICO would come to their senses in ...

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A Plan for World Peace

Another day, another depressing UN climate meeting. I find myself becoming increasingly incensed by the constant destruction of our world by people who are only interested in personal power and financial gain. If you are an idiot you can argue against climate change, but you can't dispute the rampant pollution, deforestation, over-fishing and unprecedented pace of the destruction of nature that our species is now capable of - and yet, somehow, our elected politicians manage all that and more.

In the linked article about the climate meeting, someone from Greenpeace says "It's absurd to watch governments sit and point ...

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