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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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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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Getting started on StartMail – part three

Getting started on StartMail – part three

Alastair Aitken April 20, 2014 0

This is the third part of a three-part series. Contacts At the time of writing, StartMail’s contacts implementation and contacts import functionality has yet to be completed. However, the following fields are currently shown

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