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Web Components are the future of web development

Web Components are the future of web development

Alastair Aitken December 17, 2014 0

Building applications by bolting together components is standard fare for developers; encapsulation and reusability have been key concepts donkeys years. So why does a practice that’s so ubiquitous across almost every aspect of software

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The quick, quick slow death of the website

The quick, quick slow death of the website

Alastair Aitken September 8, 2014 0

Despite being an author of published novels, a friend of mine is having trouble finding a publisher for his latest tome. Discussions have been so protracted that he’s already well on the way to

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Understanding business strategy using underpants

Understanding business strategy using underpants

Alastair Aitken August 12, 2014 0

There’s a scene in The Simpsons where Bart’s shorts drop, exposing his underpants to the schoolyard bullies. Nelson, the ringleader, teases him, “who buys your underpants? Your mommy?” To which Bart replies, “well yeah,

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Grunt – a build system for front-end professionals

Grunt – a build system for front-end professionals

Alastair Aitken July 28, 2014 0

In most programming language eco-systems, a comprehensive build system is taken for granted. Some are more convoluted than others: Java developers have long had to wrestle with the visual spaghetti of XML in order

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Would you prefer dinner with Pamela Anderson or a psychometric test?

Would you prefer dinner with Pamela Anderson or a psychometric test?

Alastair Aitken July 2, 2014 0

The first time I came across psychometric tests was when a schoolfriend told me he’d just had to sit one as part of a recruitment selection procedure. He could only recall one of the

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Threema – private, secure messaging

Threema – private, secure messaging

Alastair Aitken May 18, 2014 0

Privacy is the new black and SnapChat looks like it’s wearing last season’s colours. What was supposed to be a secure, private service for sending time-expiring mobile messages was, according to the US Federal

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Safe Harbour is dead and ubiquitous cloud computing too

Safe Harbour is dead and ubiquitous cloud computing too

Alastair Aitken May 6, 2014 0

The US government is fighting desperately on behalf of the US cloud computing industry with its announcement that US privacy laws will probably be extended to non-US citizens. This is somewhat counter to a

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Do you talk shop at parties? But you’re in IT; boring!

Do you talk shop at parties? But you’re in IT; boring!

Alastair Aitken May 6, 2014 0

My previous family doctor joked that when attending a party he would never tell anyone else exactly what line of work he was in. If he did, the response more often than not would

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Getting started on StartMail – part two

Getting started on StartMail – part two

Alastair Aitken April 29, 2014 0

Email encryption Setting up encryption on a native email application is a bit convoluted and, frankly, beyond the perseverance of the average user. And is it actually possible to do this in a web

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Getting started on StartMail – part one

Getting started on StartMail – part one

Alastair Aitken April 21, 2014 0

Six months ago, due to privacy concerns, I migrated my domain’s email hosting from Gmail to MyKolab (you can read about how to do that here) and very happy with the results I’ve been too.

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