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Privacy with Backend-as-a-Service

Privacy with Backend-as-a-Service

Alastair Aitken June 3, 2013 0

Recently I’ve been attempting to control my inbox by reducing the number of extraneous emails I receive. To effect this I have been unsubscribing from as many email lists as possible. One email list

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Management for dummies: procrastination

Management for dummies: procrastination

Alastair Aitken June 2, 2013 0

The evening was descending into pure vaudeville. It was the shiny face as much as his lack of stature that made him seem to appear as a ventriloquist’s dummy, something to which he had

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JavaScript showdown: Fat client versus thin client

JavaScript showdown: Fat client versus thin client

Alastair Aitken May 20, 2013 0

Flares had been passé for a number of years but, where I went to school, fashion required any number of years to percolate down from the avant garde to the 11 year old school

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Management 101: Do as I say, not do as I do

Management 101: Do as I say, not do as I do

Alastair Aitken May 13, 2013 0

“Leading from the front” is often cited as an admirable quality in leadership. The ability to “roll up the sleeves” and “get your hands dirty” are another two similar qualities. There are a multitude

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Nobody kicks sand in the face of PHP anymore

Nobody kicks sand in the face of PHP anymore

Alastair Aitken May 9, 2013 0

You must have heard of PHP? It’s that crappy programming language that muppets use to produce babyish websites that are full of drivel. PHP used to be an acronym for Personal Home Pages, which

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Rest in peace Internet Explorer

Rest in peace Internet Explorer

Alastair Aitken April 29, 2013 0

As the English post-punk band New Model Army sang, “hate will drive you onwards, hate will drive you upwards”. I can’t suggest that the lyrics of an act named after Oliver Cromwell’s puritanical group

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Continuing professional development

Continuing professional development

Alastair Aitken April 22, 2013 0

It was an old college friend who introduced me to the concept of being “on the bench” in relation to work rather than sport. The company he was working for had simply run of

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Hiring contractors is no silver bullet

Hiring contractors is no silver bullet

Alastair Aitken April 8, 2013 0

Contract working is often pot-luck and whilst it would be nice to be able to pick and choose gigs based upon whether they advance career, boost knowledge or remunerate well, the need to pay

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The dream of a Linux Desktop is over

The dream of a Linux Desktop is over

Alastair Aitken April 4, 2013 0

Arguably one of the leading lights in the open source community, Miguel de Icaza, announced that he was ditching Linux as an operating system for desktop computing, or rather he ditched it a while ago

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Intent versus action, or the myth of self-documenting code

Intent versus action, or the myth of self-documenting code

Alastair Aitken March 26, 2013 0

There are many great developers, many bad developers and any number in between. But subjective judgement is often temporal: a bad developer one day can be a great one the next. In any human

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