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Database-less, No-DB, static website generators

Database-less, No-DB, static website generators

Alastair Aitken August 12, 2013 0

In the beginning Tim created the web. And the web was without form, and void of JavaScript, instant messenger, social media, cookies and targeted advertisements. It’s a wonder that the web got anywhere at

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Write Once, Read Never? Forget it, give me Dreamcode

Write Once, Read Never? Forget it, give me Dreamcode

Alastair Aitken August 6, 2013 0

“Forget all the constraints of today’s browsers. Then write down the code of your dreams for all the tasks you need to build your app. This is dreamcode.” Depending upon how you look at

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5 reasons why I’ve fallen in love with CouchDB again

5 reasons why I’ve fallen in love with CouchDB again

Alastair Aitken July 31, 2013 0

Oftentimes whilst browsing YouTube I fall into a hole. Last month I fell into a mashup hole, where I wasted many hours viewing of dozens of mashups between unlikely combinations of artists, such as

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Internet startups – strike while the iron’s hot

Internet startups – strike while the iron’s hot

Alastair Aitken July 23, 2013 0

In my youth I played in bands – not any old bands but ones that were set to redefine western civilisation with their groundbreaking music and rock star posing. Bands require more than one

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Guru, Ninja, Rockstar – job titles mean nothing

Guru, Ninja, Rockstar – job titles mean nothing

Alastair Aitken July 16, 2013 0

I once had a job as a guru. In reality I was only programming some code on a computer that would display news headlines according to the user’s search criteria. But a “guru” is

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Cultural differences in IT

Cultural differences in IT

Alastair Aitken July 8, 2013 0

You say “tomato”, I say “massive privacy violations” The NSA PRISM revelations have highlighted some cultural differences that exist between the US and Europe, primarily concerning privacy and security, and how those cultural views

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European startups do it the hard way

European startups do it the hard way

Alastair Aitken July 2, 2013 0

In IT there are moments when you feel as though you’re behind the curve. Years ago I carried around the belief that all hard drive heads needed parking prior to moving a machine, something

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Going Paperless with Doxie Go

Going Paperless with Doxie Go

Alastair Aitken June 24, 2013 0

At high school, whilst studying for an exam in Computer Science, a friend bought a pack of crib cards to enable rapid assimilation of the kind of answers that he thought he would be

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PRISM means that you cannot trust US cloud providers

PRISM means that you cannot trust US cloud providers

Alastair Aitken June 18, 2013 0

Without wishing to sound like man-in-the-pub: if the NSA’s PRISM program is so effective then how come it couldn’t detect that someone with access to it was leaking details of its existence? Mind you,

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Evernote makes changes and then changes back

Evernote makes changes and then changes back

Alastair Aitken June 11, 2013 0

Web applications? I’ve tried ’em all, from the well known through to the obscure. I even tried to join Facebook when it would only accept alumni from US universities; I was refused, which must

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