Author: Andrew Cruickshank

Let’s Encrypt

Okay, it’s been a while since I have written anything here.  Partly because I have been busy, but mostly because I have been unsure of what to write about and what direction to take this blog in.  That is still the case, but since I have just updated my site to use SSL it seems appropriate to say a few words…

Yeoman, Grunt and Bower

I recently started working on a new web app, and instead of just cloning one of my previous efforts, I scanned the forums to see what sort of tools and templates are hot right now.  I’ve used the HTML5 Boilerplate as a template before, and there is nothing wrong with it, but I wondered whether there was a simple way to customise it for my needs.…

Minecraft Server

I’m no Minecraft expert or anything, but I do occasionally play it with my son.  I’ve probably spent more time installing mods for him and discussing the merits and pitfalls of the various characters and objects, so I do feel quite familiar with it.   One of the latest requests was to setup a private server so that him and his friends…

Bluemix

I hadn’t heard about Bluemix until about two weeks ago, which I was a little surprised by, since I have been keeping an ear to the ground with all stuff cloud-related – or so I thought.  But perhaps you can’t blame IBM for playing it cool with their new PaaS cloud offering.  It was only released into the wild a few…

Passwords

Yawn, yawn… not a very exciting subject, but it has to be done.  The number of passwords and accounts that most of us have to keep track of is just not manageable without some sort of system, unless you have a photographic memory.  I don’t. I’ve had a few systems over the years; from using the same password for every account,…

Google App Engine

I finally got around to trying out Google App Engine the other night.  This is Google’s cloud computing, or Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering, for developing and hosting web applications.  It currently supports Python, PHP, Go and Java (or any other languages that run on the JVM). I was looking around for some code to set-up my own proxy…

Chocolatey

I first heard about Chocolatey this morning on my cycle in to work, listening to the Software Engineering Radio podcast and their latest episode: “Continuous Delivery on Windows”.  Interesting discussion btw. I hadn’t given much thought to package managers for windows before – that’s what Linux is for isn’t it? – but it struck me as quite a big deal for the future of Windows in…

Namecheap

Just finished migrating a few blog sites from GoDaddy to Namecheap (domains and shared hosting).  For no major reason really.  The blog sites are mostly under development and not heavily used, and I have not had any issues with GoDaddy, apart from the far-too-frequent ‘special offer’ emails.  I’d read some good things about Namecheap, and I particularly liked their claims…