December 2012 Entries

Link Roundup–15th of December 2012

50 Web Development Resources from 2012 – some useful stuff, although seriously how many CSS frameworks do we need? 9 OSX command line tricks you should know – most of these seem unappealing to me, but, from this post I learned about ‘caffeinate’ (prevent the Mac from sleeping or screensavers from activating) which is very handy for me at times, and about potentially updating OSX without using the App Store. BYOD is about to get more expensive – it’ll be interesting to see how this affects the popularity of BYOD, as cost savings were always one of the...

The future is cloudy–15 minutes with Azure

Azure has been getting a lot of love lately, and I took a few minutes this evening to have a quick (I’m not joking, detailed review this is not) play around to see what’s changed. Firstly, the new management portal – it’s very shiny. That’s not an overly technical review, but once you play with it you’ll see what I mean. It’s nice and clean and littered with pleasant pieces of user experience engineering. Simple overviews, clean graphs and options, easy to use toolbars, and so on. I noticed some of the new options (such as Web Sites,...

Google Analytics on Steroids

GAS, aka, Google Analytics on Steroids looks like it adds some pretty handy functionality to Google Analytics. If you’re not afraid of adding another dependency into the mix, then it could be just what you need to help track more metrics on your sites. Wrappers like this always feel like a double edged sword to me. On the one hand, they offer tempting functionality or features, while on the other hand you really don’t ever know how well supported they’re going to be, so it’s a gamble getting too used to using them – which of course would...

On Patching and Progress

I spent a large part of my day today patching various machines, creating a new VM, and installing/updating software. It felt pretty time consuming at the time, but at the end of it I stopped and realised that it was a great reminder of how far computing has come lately. Patching a whole load of systems, installing a new development environment, installing a new Windows and SQL Server into a VM still takes a bit of time, but nowhere near the time or hassle it would have taken a few years ago. While I’m struggling to like using Windows...