Playing with Sightly outside of AEM

Having owned what used to be called Day CQ for some time Adobe have fully rebranded and launched the platform as Adobe experience manager in the 6.0 release. This sees quite a number of core changes and one of the biggest ones for those dealing with the styling and day to day use of the platform is the templating engine Sightly. In a sign of the times Adobe have donated this to the Apache Sling project too. Adobe provide »

Ghost updates on Webfaction

Upgrading ghost in place on webfaction is fairly painless. If you have any problems its easiest to debug by using node in bin directly to launch the ghost index.hbs file, this wat you can see the errors there and then. #!/bin/bash zip -r9 ghost.backup.zip ~/webapps/ghost/ghost; wget -O ghost.latest.zip $( curl -s https://api.github.com/repos/TryGhost/Ghost/releases | \ grep browser_download_url | head -1 | cut -d'"' -f4 ); unzip ghost.latest.zip »

Mac bits that have kept me sane

For many, many years I have been a "Linux on the desktop" hardcore user - using it exclusively for all my work and productive time. When I joined Somo I was given a Macbook Pro as my one and only machine and I've warmed to OS X as a day-to-day operating system. Making the change from my beloved XFCE setup has been pretty painless. I put this down to my toolset being near identical. Sublime 2 - all things text »

Back to SW

At Somo we recently moved from our offices in Old Street, right next to "Silicon Roundabout" to the slightly more traditional Victoria into Portland House. Whilst my commute has basically doubled there are a few benefits to it I'm slowly warming to: instead of having just 10 minutes per leg of my journey I now get a solid 25 minutes or so on the district line to read. I've found myself blitzing through books on Kindle and enjoying it a »

Studying mathematics at the Open University

Quite some time ago (in 2011) the Open University was just about to introduce their new fee arrangements. This was going to take a typical course from ~£400 to £1250. I always had a desire to return to tertiary education and on a bit of a whim decided to register for a Mathematics Degree (B31) and several years later here I am still working through it. Studying with the OU has been immensely rewarding but at the same time incredibly »