SEO and your mission statement

Build something, start a business, make a website, loads of people buy your stuff.  It’s simple isn’t it? Or perhaps you start a business, you make a website to advertise your business but it either fails to ignite or bumbles along while your scramble for sales to better get your business out there. So you rebuild your website […]


Next Project

Hi-rise Bunks

Bunk beds with desks underneath.  Who’d’ve thunk it?  Looks like I’ve got something to aspire to but then I don’t think I’m ready for breaking out the hard woods quite yet.  Does this guy come with the bunk? My hi-rise bunk will be hand made but will be an unambitious (and cost effective) soft wood […]


As Finished as a Toilet 2

A long time ago now at the start of winter I started the upgrade of the upstairs toilet.  At the time I said that there might be some parallels to draw between toilet conversion and software engineering and I was at least right with this in one respect – that they can both take a […]

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Apex Validations for Tabular Reports (4.1 or any version)

There is a lot of misdirection out there in Googleland about Apex validations and how they are much nicer since version 4.1 yadda yadda.  For Tabular Reports ignore this advice.  After half a day of searching my conclusion is when dealing with validations for Tabular Reports you should stick with the old way of iterating […]


Continuous Delivery: Integrating TFS on Linux 2

We’ve got a thing going on at work about providing Continuous Delivery and in that vein we’re integrating our TFS implementation with a backend nightly build driven through our Linux infrastructure.  Unlike a lot of software projects, we don’t actually produce much software – we’re more about data warehouses, ETL and business rules than we […]


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Making Progress

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost two months since I started my toilet project.  Yes I know.   However things are still moving in the right direction albeit a little slowly.  Most of the delay has been introduced – not because of a lack of time to do things but because of a lack […]


Loo-sing It

I’ve created a little spreadsheet costing up the various bits I’ve assembled so far for the toilet replacement.  It’s pretty much on budget so far but that will soon get blown by the tiling and flooring as of course they didn’t come in as prime considerations at the time I started planning.  Initial thoughts went […]


Golden Gameplay

I love this thread on Slashdot which pretty much sums up my thoughts on games and gaming in general.  The thread is inspired by this article which takes a view on the current state of the nation in gaming.  We all know what a huge business gaming has become in all aspects: in browser, on mobile, […]


Delivering the One-Man Project 1

In a recent email conversation I touched on the ability, or more often inability, of a one-man software project to deliver regular controlled packets of code.  Or to put it another way the the ability for many one-man software projects to deliver very little or nothing at all despite setting out with the best intentions […]


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Replacing an Art Deco toilet 3

I’m lucky enough to live in a nice neighbourhood in Amsterdam dating from when the Olympics were last in town in 1928.  The style of the houses is the know collectively as the Amsterdamse school and is typified by an Art Deco and Expressionist theme – curves, use of repeating lines, horizontal ladder effects, extensive […]