Hosting a Site on Google Cloud Storage

This is part of my series of try some alternative hosting options. Next up, I decided to try Google Cloud Storage. Amazon’s cloud platform is probably the best known, but it’s far from the only one, with plenty of competitors, including Google. Cloud Storage is their equivalent of Amazon’s S3. It’s designed to store files (and […]

My Attempts at Website Optimisation and the Results

Having decided to move to a static site (using Hugo), I thought I would try and make a few improvements to help boost page loading times and share both my methodology and the results of what I did. Measuring Progress I decided to use three different services to track my progress: Google’s PageSpeed Insights […]

Going Static with Hugo

One of the options, when I started looking around for an alternative to my home-brew blogging engine back in 2003/4, was Movable Type. It generated static files each time you hit publish. It was slow and seemed a little antiquated, so I opted for WordPress (then at version 1.2, which shows how long I’ve been […]

Celtx Tools Application

I’ve been a user of Celtx for a number of years.  Apart from being a great free app for writing screenplays, comics, stageplays, etc, I’ve also found it the closest thing on Windows to Scrivener for writing stories of any length. That’s not to say it’s perfect, especially where text files are concerned.  Some of […]


Automatically Backing Up Saved Files A batch file and some instructions on how to automatically encrypt and backup files in a directory to Dropbox each time they’re saved. Book Review Custom Post Type A book review custom post type for WordPress, a replacement for my old book review plugin that makes use of the new […]

Viewfinder Design

Update: I received an email today to say that PubStorm is shutting down as of the end of November 2016. This is part of my series of try some alternative hosting options. Next on the list was a service I stumbled across completely by accident. It’s called PubStorm from a company by the name of Nitrous. Their […]

Why is Everything So Slow?

Reading Brandur Leach’s article about Learning From Terminals to Design the Future of User Interfaces I found myself agreeing with many points, though not all. While I don’t agree that terminals are the answer to user interfaces, I was very keen on some of his points, notably: We should be honest with ourselves and call out […]

Hosting a Website on Tumblr

Last year some time I whipped up a simple site based on a premise I’d had knocking around in my head for a while. The aim is simple: send jovial insults to people you know. I originally registered a domain and hosted it on GitHub pages but as the domain expired, despite the relatively low […]

Is the Raspberry Pi a Rip-Off?

Let me start by saying that I like the Raspberry Pi, I own four of them. I’m also a big fan of the Foundation’s aims. The title of this piece is pure click-bait. That said, I happened to be perusing the second-hand listings for computers on eBay recently, in response to a forum post, and was […]

Where are the Cheap Computers?

OK, so most people have heard of the Raspberry Pi, the low-cost PC designed to get kids programming again.  The Model B retails at about £16 (I found it for £21.60 with delivery), so what I want to know is where are all the other cheap computers?  By cheap I mean sub £100.  The Pi […]